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EDITOR: ROLEY FOLEY
A biker dude was sitting quietly reading his
paper when his wife walked up behind him and
whacked him on the head with a Dirt And Trail
‘What was that for?’ he asked.
‘That was for the piece of paper in your trouser
pocket with the name Laura Lou written on it,’
‘Two weeks ago when I went to the races, Laura
Lou was the name of one of the horses I bet on,’
‘Oh darling, I’m sorry,’ she said. ‘I should have
known there was a good explanation.’
Three days later he was watching TV when she
walked up and hit him in the head again, this time
with a frying pan, which knocked him out cold.
When he came to, he asked, ‘What was that
‘Your horse phoned’
CONTENTS: MAY 2019
Office no (011) 979-5035
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aiming to make
history at 2019
Enduro Queen Laia Sanz aiming make history and
become the first female finisher of the king of Hard
The biggest Hard Enduro event in the world, the
ErzbergRodeo, will have another star rider taking
part in 2019 as Laia Sanz attempts to become
the first female finisher in the history of the iconic
The multiple Trial and Enduro World Champion and
most recently Queen of the Dakar, Laia Sanz, has
formalised her entry for this year’s Blakläder Iron Road
Prologue and Red Bull Hare Scramble in Eisenerz.
Sanz competed last year’s prologue exhibition run,
onboard her KTM 450 rally bike, which she claims
grew her interest for the race. This year, 2019, Erzberg
doesn’t clash with any round of the FIM Cross
Country World Rallies Championship or any rally
events the KTM Factory Rally Team is contesting,
leaving the way clear for Sanz to attack the Iron Giant.
Laia is not the first woman making an attempt to
overcome the famous Austrian mountain and she
stands a strong chance of achieving her goal to
become the first female rider to reach the finish line.
Other notable female riders include former
SuperEnduro Women’s World Champion, Spanish
ISDE team member and Women’s World Trial
contender, Sandra Gomez who reached checkpoint
14 in 2017.
Laia has considerable and impressive skills on Rally
bikes, and clearly in Enduro and Trials given all her world
titles, but Erzberg is one formidable opponent. Good
luck to her and for sure she’ll be a rider on our watchlist.
Watch dirt and Trail magazine - we’ll bring you all the
action. Photo Credit: Sebas Romero/ErzbergRodeo
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Photo: R. Schedl
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Dakar Rally switches to Saudi
Arabia for 2020 in five-year deal
Speculation is over: The Dakar Rally has confirmed
that the 2020 edition will take place in Saudi Arabia.
Event organiser ASO confirmed the move a week
ago and officially marking the end of the rally’s
South American era, which began in 2009 after a
move away from Africa.
The agreement with the Saudi authorities is
believed to be for five years and brings muchneeded
financial respite to the ASO. The ASO had
to hastily assemble a 2019 route situated entirely
in Peru after the late withdrawal of both Bolivia
and Chile in the first instance of the Dakar running
entirely within one country.
David Castera, who assumed the responsibility
of Dakar rally director in March, said: “It is a
real pleasure to have to create a race in such
monumental geography”. “There is a great
variety to choose from. The sport, the navigation,
surpassing oneself, will obviously be magnified in
these territories made for rally raids.”
Saudi Arabia can offer 1.4 million square miles of
desert for the Dakar route.
Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Abdullah Al Faisal,
president of the Motor Federation of Saudi Arabia,
added: “I have always wanted to participate in the
Dakar, and since I did not have the opportunity
to fulfil this ambition, I am now involved in the
realization of a dream even greater: To have the
Dakar in the Middle East for the first time.”
“The vision and support of His Highness Prince
Muhammad Bin Salman and the confidence of
the President of the General Sports Authority,
Abdul Aziz Bin Al Turki Al Faisal, were the keys that
allowed us to obtain the rights to organise an event
of such magnitude.”
“We promise new challenges to competitors by
drawing scenarios in the majestic and mysterious
desert of Rub al-Khali. The diversity of terrain and
the natural environment of the country will lead
competitors to live a unique experience”.
The ASO will reveal more details of the 2020 Dakar
Rally on April 25 in Al-Qiddiya.
Al-Qiddiya is near the Saudi capital of Riyadh -
which hosted the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E
Saudi Arabia is increasing its involvement in
motorsport, having also hosted the FIA-backed
Middle East Rally Championship.
Good times lie ahead for Dakar.
Speaking of Dakar: Our South Africans shine!
Ross 2nd on the podium, Kirsty First in Ladies,
Taye second, Kenny Gilbert 9th…
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KTM’S Ross Branch On
The Podium At Merzouga.
The ‘Kalahari Ferrari’ finished the
2019 Merzouga Rally in second
place overall. This comes as a
massive breakthrough for the
33-year old,who is fast making
a name for himself in the world
Branch has spent the past
week racing in the heart of the
Sahara Desert, where his Rally
skills were put to the test over
five grueling stages. A standout
moment will certainly be his
stage four victory – the first Rally
stage win of his career.
“When I’d finished the fourth stage
I wondered why my phone had
so many messages. I knew I’d
pushed really hard, but I had no
idea that I’d won the stage! This
was a really big deal for me – it’s
the first Rally stage win of my life!”
The Merzouga Rally has a strong
reputation as the ‘Dakar Academy’
and presents a kaleidoscope
of landscapes in south-eastern
Morocco. The event also sets a
very high bar for navigation – just
the kind of experience that will pay
off for Branch going forward.
This was the first time the
Botswana rider has returned to
the dunes since his stand-out
performance at the Dakar Rally,
where he made headlines as the
2019 Dakar Rookie Champion
onboard his KTM 450 Rally
“With a podium finish at the
Merzouga Rally, following Ross’
outstanding Dakar debut, he has
sure laid the path for a new venture
in his racing career. Long distance
navigational races seem to suit
Ross and we are looking forward
to seeing him tackle more Rallies
going forward with a firm eye set
on Dakar 2020. Ross has delivered
impressive results with only two
Rallies to his name and has made
his mark within the Rally circles,
so we can’t wait to see what the
future holds in store for him.”, KTM
South Africa’s Managing Director,
Franziska Brandl, commented.
With an army of Rally fans behind
him, Branch cannot is very humble
and gratefull. “Second overall at
my first Afriquia Merzouga Rally!
I’ve been working really hard to get
this podium and I’m so happy with
this result! I can’t say enough how
grateful I am to the BAS Dakar
team and everyone else for their
support. Thank you for always
believing in me!”
Kirsten Qualifies For Dakar:
Last month we brought you the
news about Kirsten Landmans
Dakar aspirations. South
Africa’s first lady of enduro has
qualified for Dakar with a great
performance at Merzouga.
We have not yet had a chat with
her about her experiences – but
this lady is quite the achiever
and we wish her all the best!
“I can happily say after 5 stages
and something like 1200 km
and not getting one penalty, I
am officially; according to the
regulations of Merzouga, if you
get through the Rally with no
penalties you are guaranteed
an entry to Dakar. So, now my
job is done, I have got my Dakar
entry and that’s it Dakar 2020
here we come!”
“An absolutely huge shout
out to my fantastic sponsors,
Ryobi Africa. To Van der
Velden Motoren team you guys
are simply outstanding, and
everyone else who has helped
me along the way. Thank you.
You guys rock!”
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New face at
This is really sad news for all Joburg KTM riders who
had the pleasure of meeting and dealing with the
bubbly Keryn Ehlers, (ex RAD Moto).
Keryn has knocked the Joey’s dust off of her shoes
and made a Bee-line for the coast and is now doing
all sorts of interesting things at the very busy KTM
Durban. We wish Keryn all the best in her new
ventures. KTM Durban is a huge dealership just
across the river, north of Durban. It is well stocked
with all the latest and greatest that KTM has to offer,
with an extremely busy professional workshop and
a huge amount of accessories to boot. They always
have something on the go, breakfast runs with the
Dukes, off road rides and even the occasional night
market. They also have a very lekker KTM coffee bar,
so drop in at Shop 1A, Park Boulevarde Centre, 11
Browns Drift Rd, Durban North for a coffee and to
meet Keryn. Or get hold of them on 031 035 0090 or
Keryn Ehlers now
at KTM Durban
Craig and Ashley
from KTM Durban.
GIVI Hand Guard
Extenders from DMD
These smoked plexiglass extenders from GIVI fit
nicely into the factory fitted BMW hand guards. They
offer that extra protection against the onslaught of
wind, insects and other unidentified flying objects and
Available for BMW R1250 GS, R1200 GS LC and
F850 GS. Available at dealers.
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A SMART APPROACH
Delivering unrivalled versatility, the TE 300i harnesses
the perfect balance of power and lightweight agility. With
electronic fuel injection, the trusted 2-stroke is exceedingly
simple to manage. By ensuring the perfect fuel delivery for
each changing condition, the system delivers a smooth and
precise power delivery every time while also eliminating the
need for jetting changes. By using a seperate oil tank and
pump, 2-stroke oil is delivered independently at regulated
ratios eliminating the need to premix oil and fuel.
BUI LT T O GO
A S FA R A S Y
DAR E T O TA
THE 2016 2-STROKE ENDURO MODEL RANGE.
The joy of the ride is often in nding routes that nobody else has used – rea
destinations that few others would dare to aim for. The 2016 Husqvarna Mo
2-stroke enduro bikes rely on
agility, a broad powerband and lig
weight – letting you easily explore wherever you choose to go.
Please make no attempt to imitate the illustrated riding scenes, always wear protective clothing and observe the applicable provisions of the road traffic regulations!
The illustrated vehicles may vary in selected details from the production models and some illustrations feature optional equipment available at additional cost.
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Holeshot Motorcycles, Boksburg – (011) 823-5830 Husqvarna West – (010) 443 3776
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MPUMALANGA - Vans Husqvarna, Middleburg – (013) 282 0766
Pinetown new premises
BMW Dealer. BMW Customisers Extraordinary.
We have watched this dealership grow from
strength to strength over the last 5 or 6 years. They
started in pokey little premises in the basement of
Oxford Village Shopping Centre in Hillcrest KZN.
Then into bigger nicer premises in the Knowles
Centre in Pinetown where a change of ownership
happened. The new owners, Supertech group, have
just built a new mega dealership right off the M13
on Kirk street in Pinetown.
The dealership has a state of the art workshop,
fully stocked accessories bar and all the latest and
greatest models on offer from BMW on their sales
floor. Steve Bailey is the man at the helm and he
has a gift for customising motorcycles. So not only
will you get the best service but you can also have
your new pride and joy personalised to your taste.
Take a wander down to their fantastic new building
at 6 Kirk road, New Germany, Pinetown or give
them a call on 031 702 0271 or drop Steve a mail
Machineworx Carwash & Detail Centre Ballito.
Jaw dropping …. That is possibly the best way to
describe this “car wash” that is more of a lifestyle
venue than an actual car wash.
There is a really nice coffee shop with a vast and
exciting menu and some real beauties on display of
both the two wheeled and four wheeled kind. The
décor and the atmosphere will keep you entertained
for hours and have you coming back for more.
The Washworx is quite something to behold with a
menu that is even more exciting than the menu in the
coffee shop, all true Petrolheads will really appreciate
what can be done for your prized possession.
Incidentally, Steve Bailey of Supertech Motorrad put
us onto this place, one of his custom creations is on
permanent display there.
Do yourself a really big favour and get down to
Ballito Lifestyle Centre, Main Road, Ballito, KZN or
surf their website at www.machineworx.co.za, you
can also give boss man Brett a call on 032 648 0050
or mail him on email@example.com .
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SOUTH AFRICA 2019.
5-8 SEPTEMBER, DULLSTROOM, MPUMALANGA.
Visit gstrophy.co.za to find out more!
on the floor.
This is one bike shop with a long history of bringing
great bikes and service to KZN bikers for 30 years odd.
They have changed with the times, given up old
brands, taken on new brands, movied to bigger and
better premises and opened satellite shops.
They are agents for Kawasaki, SYM, Husqvarna,
Suzuki, Linhai and Polaris and have an impressive array
of good, clean pre-owned bikes in stock.
On top of all that they possibly have the largest stock
holding and widest range of accessories south of the
Vaal river. Their workshop is so large and so busy that
it has to be housed in its own building on the same
premises at 1 and 2 Sneezewood Lane, Glen Anil
between Durban north and Umhlanga, just off the N2
North Coast highway.
Just in case that isn’t enough, they have a satellite
branch in Ballito on 13 Moffat drive, Ballito Business
Park which is equally well stocked. Give them a call on
031 566 7411 or 031 110 0056 or drop them a line on
Veekash on parts.
Huge range of
Pirelli Pro FIM Soft & super soft tyres
and XC Mid Soft super sticky tyres
The XC Mid Soft Super Sticky is available only in
120/100/18 and reports from riders using them
are that they are great tyres with exceptional grip,
especially on wet rocks.
The Pro FIM soft and super soft are essentially the
rubber as the XC super sticky, obviously the super
sticky is quite a bit softer and doesn’t last quite as
long. The tread pattern is the FIM homologated
pattern preferred by the Rallye Raid type racers
and is a popular choice on the Dakar rally.
Incidentally, when Pirelli talks about a Mid Soft,
Mid Hard, Hard or Soft tyre they are not talking
about the compound but rather the terrain for
which the tyre was designed. Thus a Mid Soft is
meant for medium to soft terrain, a mid hard for
medium to hard terrain. The Soft is the preferred
tyre for the P.E. national that is run mostly run on
beach sand – soft terrain, thus the Pirelli MX410
“SOFT” is sought after for this race. At dealers or
for your nearest stockist contact the importers and
distributors - firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Pocket Bikes SA
Cape Town based Pocket Bikes SA are the official
Importers, retailers and wholesalers of these 50cc
2 Stroke Air-Cooled petrol driven mini pocket bikes,
mini bikes, pocket rockets, mini quads (ATV), mini
scramblers (dirt bikes), performance parts and spares
for the past 10 years.
They have managed to keep their prices relatively
constant and competitive throughout the years. They
tell us that they have a full range of parts in stock at
any given time and can quickly and easily service their
customers’ needs and requirements.
They retail directly to the end user as well as to many
dealerships in and around South Africa. Pocket
bikes are a great way to get the youngsters and
even the rest of the family an easy and cost effective
introduction to motorcycles.
Did you know that almost All the Moto GP top riders
like 9 times World Champion #46 Valentino Rossi, #93
Marc Marquez, #26 Dani Pedrosa, #99 Jorge Lorenzo,
#58 Marco Simoncelli to just name a few all began
their careers on mini or pocket bike racing when they
were just knee high to grass hoppers? Too much fun!
Huge selection of model bikes also in stock.
Give them a shout on (021) 202-7583 or 084 633
4048 or on Twitter or Instagram using the handle
PocketbikeSA or on their Facebook Page or
Facebook group: PocketbikeSA. You can also mail
them at email@example.com.
Neken Performance Parts Now At WFO Bikes:
Neken was primarily a OEM supplier to
the Likes of KTM, Husqvarna, Sherco,
Ducati, Triumph and Gas Gas.. They
have now been growing their aftermarket
product range of Handle bars and triple
clamps with some major innovations!
WFO Bikes and Racing are importing
the full range of Handle bars and triple
clamps as well as the New SFH Handle
bars and SFS “suspended” Triple clamps.
More on these soon…
041 822 33 44
The Neken SFH handlebar is
swaged down on the ends of the
bars to allow Neken grips that are
twice as thick as the normal grip.
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NEW NC750X D.C.T. (white or black in stock)
Normal price R113,999.00
clearance sale special
2019 CRF 250 RX
Normal price R105,999.00
clearance sale special
CRF 450 R DEMO
Normal price R108,000.00
clearance sale special
2018 CRF1000L Africa Twin D.C.T
(demo bike, +/- 5,500km on the
clock, includes full RUMBUX bars
& STEALTH PERFORMANCE exhausT)
Normal price R182,300.00
clearance sale special
2018 NC750X (new – old stock)
Normal price R100,999.00
clearance sale special
(only 1 left – white)
2019 CRF 250 R
Normal price R98,999.00
clearance sale special
CRF 250 RALLY
Normal price R84,999.00
clearance sale special
2018 CBR1000RR (demo bike, +/-
300km on the clock)
Normal price R228,600.00
clearance sale special
2019 CRF 450 L
Normal price R124,999.00
clearance sale special
2019 CRF 110 F
Normal price R34,400.00
clearance sale special
2019 CRF1000L Africa Twin,
Adventure Sport, manual
Normal price R196,500.00
clearance sale special
2019 CRF 450 RX
Normal price R107,999.00
clearance sale special
2019 CRF 125 F
Normal price R42,900.00
clearance sale special
2019 CRF1000L Africa Twin,
manual (only 1 left – black)
Normal price R181,500.00
clearance sale special
CRF 250 R BROOKE WHIPPLE RACE REPLICA DEMO
ALL EXTRA’S INCLUDED - NORMAL PRICE R85,000.00
clearance sale special R75,000.00
ONLY WHILE STOCKS LAST! FIRST COME FIRST SERVE!
C.I.T. is also your well stocked
Husqvarna dealership in Pretoria
This busy dealership in Pretoria just keeps
metamorphosing to keep up with the ever changing
demands of the motorcycling buying public. They
have extended their mezzanine floor to be a full
second floor and have moved all the bikes and
accessories upstairs. Stocking a wide range of
cruisers, dirt bikes, superbikes and commuters
as well as fully stocked on all the top brands of
C.I.T.’s fully stocked parts
C.I.T Accessories in Hatfield Pretoria
helmets, jackets, gloves, MX kit, boots and every
conceivable kind of motorcycle accessory one can
imagine. Their friendly and professional staff are
very knowledgeable and willing to help you spend
Drop in at 1222 Pretorius street, Hatfield, Pretoria or
give them a call on 012 342 8571.
Hano, Anton, Calvin and Max all ready to get
you kitted out with the latest and greatest
Lots of everything in stock
they even have some
Plenty of bikes
Race Shop Fourways
We are told that big things are happening at Race
Shop in The Buzz Centre, just off Witkoppen road in
Fourways. Ryan and Dion are expanding the shop
and their range of clothing and accessories as well
as opening a fully-fledged workshop to service to
better service the motorcycling community in the
area. Ryan says expansion and renovation will have
absolutely minimal effect on clients and they are still
able to offer you their usual great service and should
be done quite soon anyway. They also have an
agreement with Smokin’ Aces next door to include
something to munch on and drink in the price of your
bike service. Drop in and take in the experience for
yourself. 011 658 0208.
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New Offroad track near Pretoria:
Buffalo Offroad track.
Our Seranne Meyer went along to see what it’s
all about... Quads (Limited riding space) and
Dirtbikes are welcome.
I love to go to new places and check them out,
especially places I can take my children, so when
the opportunity was presented to go and see what
Buffalo Off-Road Track was about, we were in!
So off we go to Pretoria East. Was pleasantly
surprised when we arrived to see the
facilities. They have a fully licensed pub, out
door lapas with braai’s, they sell great braai
packs too. For the kids they have a jumping
castle, jungle gym, plastic bikes and track and my
daughters favorite, farm animals.
All off this overlooking a small planes field.
Time to gear up and go check out the 17km
loop. It starts off with a nice flowing section that
goes down into a river bed where there are a
couple of trees as obstacles. Then you pop out
and go onto some more flowing piece till you
reach the enduro x track, there you have a few
sets of tyres to ride over (you can go round), a
gravel pit and a couple of other goodies, oh and
some really fun tight corners.
Once you are done there, you go on a tight twisty
section all the way back to the parking lot. This
section for getting comfortable with corners is
perfect! For your beginner to intermediate rider,
perfect place to get in some training and saddle time.
We had such a fun chilled day there, and that is
the idea, you arrive in the morning, go play on
your dirt bike, come back, get changed, then have
a chilled cold one and braai some meat. While
over looking the small planes field, where we got
to watch people flying all sorts. Small kids have
a total blast with the facilities, the loop is also
doable for small bikes, might just need dad or
mom’s help over the fallen trees in the river bed.
The entry fee is R80, which is very reasonable.
The braai packs were R65 each and consisted of
a steak, piece of wors and a chicken kebab.
They are situated at 44 Sesmylspruit Street,
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FIRST RIDE HONDA CRF450L
The new-ish Honda CRF 450 L is a bit
of an anomaly, looking at it, it looks like it
might be a street scrambler. Riding it, it
feels like a really decent off roader and is
certainly very comfortable and capable in
the in the dirt. Honda SA kindly loaned us
one for a week and we put it through its
paces a bit. Doing a bit of research on the
bike, we went onto the Honda website
and their blurb is “Connect the tracks by
hitting the streets …… off road heart and
soul now street legal”. So our interpretation
is as follows: If you live in the middle of
the city or deep in suburbia and have to
load your bike up to get to the nearest bit
of open bush to go riding, this is the bike
for you. Essentially, it seems, it is a full on
dirt bike made street legal so you can just
hop on and ride to your favourite off road
venue, have a jol for the day and then ride
home again. No ball ache of having to load,
getting stuck in traffi c, look for safe parking,
off load, try not to lose your car keys, load
up again, get stuck in traffi c ….again, off
load and then do it all again next time you
go riding. With the CRF 450 L you just hop
on and head for the hills, like the rest of us
sensible people who do live on the outskirts
Impressions on the road
Getting the 450L out on the tar reminded
me of bikes like the XR600/650 and so on,
it certainly can be ridden on the tar, but it
very much an off road bike and handles
the tar as such. It is after all based on
the CRF 450 R motocross bike, same
engine, chassis and suspension and
same maintenance intervals being a high
performance 4 stroke. The difference,
besides the obvious lights, mirrors and
tyres, is in the gearbox and the engine
mapping. The bike is not as aggressive
as its motocross cousin and has slightly
longer legs, but by no means will it break
any land speed records. I was reasonably
comfortable riding it around suburbia, in
town and on district roads but did fi nd it a
bit wanting on the freeways. The unit we
had was a 100% stock standard unit with
all the factory restrictors still in place. I think
with an aftermarket pipe and fi lter it would
be a lot more exciting to ride.
Riding off road
If you are a pro off roader and only ride the
biggest, fastest, meanest dirt bikes around
then this is not the bike for you. However,
if you are new to off roading then the CRF
450 L is the way to go. The power can be
upgraded for not very much money as your
riding skills get better. In standard guise, off
the show room fl oor, it is a very forgiving and
encouraging bike to ride. It lets you get away
with the occasional mistake without hurling
you at the scenery and lets you develop
your skills as a rider, but with still plenty
enough power for the somewhat more
experienced rider to enjoy. We grabbed one
of our mates who is a fairly good rider and
we went banging around the bush, through
river and over the kopjies behind our offi ces.
We still have some of the best riding around
right here in our back yard. Nothing was
too much for the Honda and our test pilot
for the day had plenty of fun launching off
various bits of the scenery. His verdict, “it’s a
surprisingly light and nimble bike with really
decent suspension and low down torque,
much more than what the road kit and semi
road tyre might suggest.”
This bike may be an anomaly, but
we think that is a good thing because it
challenges the norm. Contact any of the
Honda dealers advertising in this magazine
for a test ride and a deal on the CRF 450L
or check out www.honda.co.za for your
nearest dealer or to book a test ride.
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Price: Chat to your dealer
Service intervals: Chat to your dealer
ENGINE Type: 449.7cc liquid-cooled 10º singlecylinder
Unicam® OHC, four-valve
Starter: Push-button electric starter
SUSPENSION Front: 49mm fully adjustable leadingaxle
inverted telescopic Showa coil-spring fork;
12.01 in. travel
Rear: Pro-Link system; fully adjustable Showa
single shock; 12.36 in. travel
Ground Clearance: 32cm
Seat Height: 94cm
Fuel Capacity: 7.6 litre
Curb Weight: 131KG’s
Essentially, it seems, it is a full
on dirt bike made street legal
so you can just hop on and
ride to your favourite off road
venue, have a jol for the day
and then ride home again.
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WHY WE RIDE
An awesome ride on two great adventure machines.
It was a bit quiet in our offices the other day when there was a hoot at the gate. We opened up to discover that Honda SA was kindly dropping
off an Africa Twin for our perusal. The new one – Adventure sport, latest and greatest. Nice. We had KTM’s 1090 lurking in the Garage… It was
the perfect excuse to – well go for a Li’l ride…
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Where too? That’s the standard question
in these, largely unplanned journeys.
And that, my friends is why we ride
motorcycles in South Africa.
You can point a bike in virtually any
direction and take off on a lekker adventure.
A loose plan was discussed – out from
our spot, through the li’l town of Irene
with a quick stop at the Smuts Finger
monument, onwards past the Red barn,
Swartkops and, let’s see. What a cool ride
it turned out to be. All in about 200km’s
for the day with lots of getting lost on two
very different Adventure motorcycles.
Our route took in tar, freeways, gravel,
single spoor, 2-spoor and a fairly gnarly
mountain clamber. Then we forded a
flooded river, chased cows out of the
road, visited a monument.
All within a 50 KM radius of JHB central.
Our final stop was the famous
Ridgeway Racebar Edenvale side for
one of their awesome pizza’s and a tall
“Did you check that?”, “How cool
is this spot?”, “Man this is so lekker!”
Standard comments on a motorcycle.
We never talk like this in the car, unless
you are at some exotic destination. This
is why everyone should ride. But you’ve
bought a motorcycle magazine – so this
is stuff that you already know.
All on a Tuesday. Cool huh!
A common question that we get
asked by everyone is - which is the best
There’s no simple answer really. Even
bikes that are similar in capacity can
be very, very different. A small cc bike
like an XT660 Tenere is very different in
application to a 990 Katoom. A GS850 is
different to Triumph Explorer.
What do you want to do with the bike?
Most adventure machines can do a blend
of most stuff – but, some ore better than
others at certain things. Are you with us?
Ask yourself the question: What am I
going to use the bike for?
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Am I going to stick to the tar to work and back? Am I going to ride
gravel roads on the weekends – or are you going to do the stuff we
love – single spoor and jeep track? All things you need to take into
consideration before you lay down your hard earned cash.
The actual answer is that there are no bad bikes any more. The
best answer is that the best bike is the one that YOU like the most.
Don’t just take anyone’s word for it – use opinions expressed as a
guideline when making your choice – but decide what you want to do
with the bike and go and ride the bike first.
These two bikes, in our opinion illustrate exactly what we are
These are two very different motorcycles. We know the KTM 1090
well because KTM has a habit of making sure that we often get to
ride their products. The Africa Twin Adventure was featured in this
here magazine two issues back, but that was an overseas test that
a mate did for us, because Honda did not have a bike that we could
use at that stage. That’s changed – Honda now has a great selection
of all of their latest bikes for press purposes, so we were pretty
chuffed to finally get our mitts onto one.
Our Sean had not ridden either – so we gave him the enviable task of
giving his opinion. And we’ll quote his comment at the end of the ride.
“That KTM is the real hotty that you always wanted… the Honda
is the one you’ll marry one day…”
Fantasy and sanity. That is the best way to describe the two
adventure bikes that we took on an impromptu little ride on a
Wednesday morning. They are both 1000cc plus twin cylinder
machines, but that is where the similarity stops.
The KTM 1090 R Adventure can sort of be described as that hot
little number you want to get freaky with in your wildest fantasies,
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ut you know in reality she is as crazy as
…. and will hurt you if you don’t behave
yourself. She is just so much fun that you
just have to have a go whenever you can
and the KTM is just that – SO MUCH FUN to
ride that you can’t help but misbehave on it.
The Honda CRF 1000 L Adventure
Sport on the other hand, is that beauty
quietly sitting in the corner that you just
know you are going to marry. Beautiful and
curvaceous, quiet and polite and a whole
lot of elegance, the one, that for some
unknown reason you just can’t stop thinking
about and just want to be with all the
time…. Well, for old bloke like me anyway.
The KTM is a high revving, hugely
powerful 1090cc V-Twin with a chassis and
suspension that just kicks ass. I spent a lot
of time on this bike doing my daily rounds
and I always managed to find a reason to
take a short cut through the veldt or mealie
fields whenever I could… And they throw
in a beautiful Akarapovic that sounds so
good. I handed this bike to KTM SA very
reluctantly the other day. I am just on 2
meters tall and weigh in at around 115kg
and a sort of competent rider and I cannot
for the life of me understand why you would
want a bigger, heavier and more powerful
bike than this. This 1090 KTM is so very
competent in all areas. It is light and nimble
enough to be hilarious fun to ride in even
reasonably extreme off road circumstances,
yet fast and stable enough to cruise easily
at well over the legal freeway speed limit. A
couple of superbikes had to put their heads
down and spank it to get away from me
The 1090 is quite a tall bike and for the
first time in many years I actually had to lift
my leg properly to swing it over the saddle
which I really liked. The ergonomics of
the 1090 are mostly all sorted for a taller
rider; my only gripe is that it has a very
racey seating position and low-ish handle
bars. When I had to stand up I found
myself in a crouching position that was a
bit uncomfortable for me. My other little
niggle was the distance between the seat
and the foot pegs. I sat a little bit like a
jockey on a thorough bred race horse, for
short distances this is not really a bother
but on longer rides I did find it a bit hard
on the hips. Otherwise I could not fault the
KTM 1090, although you have to be a bit
judicious in your application of the throttle.
This is, after all essentially a superbike
engine bolted into a scrambler chassis
and she does like to get up on her back
wheel at the slightest inkling of enthusiastic
throttle use. It may be a scrambler chassis,
but the whole bike is really well balanced
and is brilliant to ride in the dirt and is super
entertaining on the tar.
The knobbly tyres (This one had Conti
Twinduro’s) can be ridden reasonably hard
on the tar but really come into their own in
the dirt as one might expect. All in all, one
of the most useable bikes I’ve ridden in a
long time, not once at any point did I wish
for a smaller lighter bike nor did I want for a
bigger more powerful bike.
The 1090 KTM is just such a competent
bike in all situations.
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The Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sport
is a 1000cc long stroke parallel twin with a
comfortable and very competent chassis
that just inspires you to ride for hour after
hour anywhere and everywhere. The parallel
twin does give a very cool deep growl from
the standard pipe and i Sadly I only got to
ride this bike for one day and had to make
the most of the time I had in the saddle
and I was quite inconsolable when Honda
SA came to collect it from our offices.
The Adventure Sport is quite a bit bulkier
than the KTM 1090, but you sit lower in
the bike as opposed to on top of the bike
as with the KTM which makes it feel a lot
less cumbersome. The Adventure Sport
is a lot more suited to my lanky frame - I
can actually stand up straight on the pegs
quite comfortably and focus on where I
am pointing the Honda. The big tank is
perfectly situated and does not get you
overly wide legged when standing or sitting
and does add to the muscular shape of the
bike. I really like the look of the Adventure
Sports, it has a bit of a macho appeal
about it like an old school bear fisted boxer
as opposed to the precise martial artist
appearance of the KTM.
Initially I was a bit concerned about the
DCT, (automatic box), on the Adventure
Sport. Particularly concerning was the fact
that Honda had replaced the clutch lever
with a hand brake lever. I did wonder how
many times I would go for that thinking
it was a clutch and end up on my arse.
Fortunately they have obviously put a bit
of thought into that and put it just out of
normal clutch fingers reach. It took me all 0f
5 seconds to come to terms with the auto
box and I am in love with it. Why don’t all
manufacturers offer this option?
Seriously what an innovation, admittedly
I did smirk at the idea initially, but now that
I’ve ridden one I am smitten. It is just so
convenient cruising down the highway,
lane splitting rush hour traffic or negotiating
obstacles and not having to bugger
around with the clutch and gears. To top
it all off, Honda has added a power shifter
into the mix. So change the settings from
Grandma mode into sport mode, switch to
manual shift and bang on the throttle. This
beautiful, sedate and elegant lady suddenly
becomes a bit of a tiger and she also gets
a bit freaky. The KTM 1090 is a lot quicker
and better in the dirt, but the Africa Twin is
really competent in the dirt but I did find it
a bit more stable and comfortable at high
speeds on the tar.
This is a continent crosser, the type of
bike that just inspires you to spend mile
after mile in the saddle, it is just that comfy.
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Now it may seem like the Africa Twin Adventure Sport can
do no wrong in my book, but I do have a few small moans.
I much preferred the shorty screen on the KTM 1090 vs the
delivery bike screen on the Honda that caused a bit turbulence
and messed with the peak of my helmet. My other grump is
the foot pegs. When your feet are on the ground the pegs stick
into the sides of your legs making you stand very wide which
is quite destabilising especially on slippery surfaces.
Then, the fact it is automatic and doesn’t have cruise
control. That is quite a big oversight in my humble opinion.
At the end of the day, I really like both the KTM 1090 R
Adventure and the CRF 1000 L Africa Twin Adventure Sport
for totally different reasons and if I could hustle a way to have
both in my garage I would. Then, who can afford a wife and a
mistress other than politicians and captains of industry?
So, as an adventure/more mature rider, if I personally had
to choose one, I think it would be the Africa Twin Adventure
Sport, but believe me I will always grab the chance at a ride on
the KTM whenever it presents itself.
And I’ll bet that riders with a more dirtbikey/superbike
background, might just lean towards the 1090…
As much as my ego and peer pressure from my mates
might like a big 1200cc plus adventure bike, in reality both of
these bikes are more than I could ever use to their full potential
and are more than I will ever need.
Always choose the best bike to suit your application, your
budget and your riding style/skill level.
There you go. Two completely different bikes.
Both so versatile.
You need to ride each of them, go for a ride and see what
The KTM 1090 sells for R194 000 with a free Akrapovic
The Honda Africa Twin DCT sells for R217.500 The Manual
version is R205.000
At dealers all over.
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Loosely translated, Swazi Mangala means “Mad Swazi” and this is one of the coolest
adventures on SA’s riding calendar.
Eswatini is a beautiful place and the guys from the Adventure Company – who are also
responsible for events like Tri Nations and Quads 4 Quads are the bunch who host it.
If you have not done it yet – book for next year. Amazing place. Amazing ride.
It’s all about having fun on dirtbikes.
www.adventurecompany.co.za for details.
For years, HJC was imported
into SA – and then, there was a
brief interlude when the original
importer decided to focus
on another brand. The guys
from Autocycle saw the brand
and about five years ago reintroduced
it to the SA market.
Our latest edition to the helmet
rack - The HJC RPHA 11 Vermo.
A top quality lid for only R5500 on
special at selected dealers.
Reinforcement materials, including Carbon and Carbon-
Glass Hybrid fabric, provide enhanced Shock-Resistant
performance, more comfort, and lightness of helmet.
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48 YEARS OF HELMET MANUFACTURE.
It’s a great product, our lot has ridden its helmets under its own brand. HJC
with them for years, the quality and fi nish rejected the offer and proceeded to enter
is great. The latest addition to our family the U.S. market on its own. Although
of helmets is the RPHA-11 – which HJC could easily ORGANIC produce NON-WOVEN and export FABRIC
we’ll be reviewing once we have a bit of helmets without CARBON its own FIBER logo, allowing
mileage on them.
importers to sell its products under their
HJC has roots that run deep in the own brands, HJC HYBRID refuses FIBER to do so and
motorcycle industry, with helmets that has stuck to its own name and logo.
are characterized by vibrant and colorful Many famous motorcycle racers wear
patterns and the HJC logo.
HJC products. Guys like moto GP rider
HJC enjoys huge popularity among Cal Crutchlow, Ben Spies, the winner of
motorcycle riders worldwide.
the AMA Superbike Championship and
HJC holds 20% 2 THE of 2019 the European HJC COLLECTION the Superbike World Championship,
motorcycle helmet market and and Jorge Lorenzo, the winner of the
with distribution of various helmet MotoGP competition, have all raced with
categories to over 65 different HJC helmets. Other riders include names
countries worldwide, HJC stands like Andrea Iannone, Jonas Folger, Mika
with legacy of being #1 helmet Kallio, Danny Kent… just to name a few.
manufacturer in the world. In fact, In the dirt, Freestyle star Nate Adams
at last count, they have captured chooses HJC along with Matt Buyten,
a 15 percent share of the global Vicki Golden. Supercross stars like Kyle
market. Guys and girls, that is a big Chisholm, Matt Bisceglia, Brock Leitner
pile of lids…
all wear HJC.
When HJC entered the U.S.
market for the fi rst time in the 1980s, Here’s the skinny:
an American company placed an order Since 1971, HJC have been developing
worth USD 500,000 and wanted to sell and manufacturing helmets. HJC is
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ecognized for their long years of helmet making
with advanced material construction in strength and
HJC invests heavily on design and development of
helmets in variety of categories, having hand in hand
with Global Partners with advanced technologies.
Other than motorcycle helmets, HJC works with
Automotive, Government Projects, Construction,
Rescue, Community Service, Franchise, Recreations
and Sports, and much more.
HJC continues to explore to all forms, extending
endless possibilities to helmet technologies and
applications. For the Cycle and Snow helmets, HJC
is working with top partners who are supporting the
highest of brands in the world.
HJC works with exciting events and sponsorship all
over the world. From ranging MotoGP motorsports
to ice thrashing bobsleigh events in the Winter
Olympics, HJC all about speed and protection. As a
dedicated participant in the most exhilarating events
in the world, HJC is also looking forward to taking
part in cycle sports sponsorship in the coming years.
Technology: Their own wind tunnel:
HJC continues to invest 10 percent of its sales into
research and development. It has fi led and registered
over 60 patents across the world. Some 30 percent
of the employees working at the Korean headquarters
are involved in research and development, design
or quality management. HJC is one of the few
motorcycle helmet makers in
the world that have a wind
tunnel system in which the
company tests many factors
that arise when riding a
motorcycle, including noise,
airfl ow and the aerodynamic quality
Quite a fi rm with an amazing array
of helmets in the SA Market.
The helmets are well priced
and in stock at most motorcycle
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• Aerodynamic rear spoiler
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The Author with a
Hullo Dirt And Trail Magazine Guys. My name
is Andy Styling and I am from Cape Town.
I started riding dirt bikes in 2008 and my first
dirt bike was a 2007 KTM 450. What did I know?
It’s a 450 and bigger must be better right?
I went into a dirt bike shop and bought all
the gear I needed. That weekend I went to
a track in Cape Town that had an extremely
sandy Enduro loop This was going to be fun
and I could not wait.
Well - I learned a lesson very fast, riding a
dirt bike for the first time and in thick sand was
not exactly happening as I kept falling every
couple of meters as I did not understand that
one needs to stand up and be wide open...
Never the less I kept going back. I decided
to take my bike to the local KTM dealer for a
service and while I was there I noticed another
dirt bike with a strange bulky pipe in the front
and had the markings 300 XC-W on it. This
big pipe fascinated me. The chap in the store
asked me if I liked it and I told him that my 450
was better because it’s a bigger motor…
What did I know?
He told me that the 300 2Stroke that would
slaughter my 450 and it is much lighter. He
then told me more about 2-strokes and I was
sold. This was the beginning of good things.
I really loved how aggressive and light this
300 was. I eventually sold the 450.
Since then I have literally lost count of all
the 2-Stroke bikes that I have owned over the
past 11 years.
1 year after falling in love with 2-Stroke, I
heard that one could get a 500 2-Stroke and
this excited me big time - however they are
very rare around here.
I searched all over and eventually one
popped up, a 1997 CR 500.
I phoned the chap up and said “I’m on my
way straight away.”
It was an hour and a half flight from Cape
Town to go and view and I actually did not
care, all that mattered was that I was getting a
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Some of Andys collection...
they live in the lounge.
On arrival I was actually a bit scared to even climb
onto it, but I did - my legs shaking, I kicked it to life and
it made my adrenalin pump big time... Man this thing
rattled my shoe laces loose.
I paid his asking price and shipped it to my house. For
the next 5 years this CR500 and I became one and I road
it every weekend and during the week.
After 5 years, I noticed that they were getting very
rare and hard to find, so I decided to restore and park it.
However, what irritated me was that I still wanted to ride it,
so I started searching for another one for riding purposes.
Eventually I found a 1991 model. I purchased it with
the intention of riding but I decided to clean it up and
then I looked at it and said...this looks amazing and it’s
too pretty to ride.
It’s 2019 - and I now own all the colours of the rainbow
in 500 cc 2-Stroke you name it - I have just about all of
them: 87 & 93 KX500. 92 WR500. 88 KTM500. 96 KTM
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A great addiction!
The guys always joke and dream of that perfect one.
The one that has the latest suspension latest frame but
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Many people have stuck KX 500 and CR500 motors
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The bike that
started the 500
Andy is probably
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A 2018 KTM 500 2-Stroke.
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The modifications would be a new challenge that we
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2019/04/11 1:06 PM
Here’s just a small idea of what we went through:
The pipe runs on the left hand side and switches to the
right side going past the shock, but a few changes were
about to happen. When the pipe switches to the right the
reservoir is now in the way.
I got smart... Let’s flip the shock so that the reservoir
sits on the left hand side. Great!
But now the support strut is in the way... no problem...
let’s cut and move it 90mm up... OK that works - but now
the pipe can’t go that way as the reservoir blocks it....
OK let’s take the stock reservoir off and source a
shorter one. Fantastic that works. OK now the carb can’t
be on the left hand side because the pipe is there!
No problem. Flip the carb intake boot to the right so the
carb is on the right hand side...that works.
But now the air box absolutely won’t line up with the
carb. OK, problem let’s make once off aluminum air box.
This is what you are in for with any build like this.
Now for the swing arm…
That was not too bad as I copied a KTM 640 LC4 and
used its parts.
The fuel tank also had to be modified as it was off a 450
and had big holes to cover where the electronics were.
The list goes on and on and I have tried not to look at the
account associated with this build.
The bike was built with as much off the shelf stuff as
possible with only a few bling parts like the beautiful handmade
Graham Coker pipe and aftermarket rims.
I’ll ride it soon and let you know what it’s like.
I hope you like it!
Building that perfect bike with that perfect motor is
what this project is all about.
Keeping 500 2-Strokes alive.
Big thanks to everyone who helped to make this dream
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MX NATIONALS PROUDLY BROUGHT TO YOU BY DIRT & TRAIL MAG
THRILLS THE CAPE
National MX is alive and kicking in
2019 with so much talent on Start
lines all over South Africa. Cape Town
hosted the latest round and man – o -
man was it a day of fierce racing!
By Motorsport Media / Pics: ZCMC, Ruben
Louw Photography and Zygmund Brodalka.
A perfect late summer’s Cape Town
Saturday greeted the second round 2019
TRP Distributors South African National
Motocross Championship to the sandy,
rutted and tortuous Zone 7 over the weekend
where local fans were treated to racing of the
There were many incredible performances
but the talk of the day was the final race
when Maddy Malan, who had ridden his
Q4 Fuels Husqvarna to a dominant opening
premier 450cc MX1 moto win dropped his
machine to let Lloyd Vercueil sneak ahead on
his Summit Yamaha. Malan was soon back
in the lead, only to be slowed by a flat tyre
allowing Vercueil to take the second win and
But – you should have seen it! The punctured
Malan rode a heroic race as he held Tristan
Purdon (KTM) off to take second and equal
Vercueil on points retaining the title leader’s
red plate for the next round in Bloemfontein
in May. Purdon, Royce Griffin (RPG KTM),
David Goosen (Tintswalo Yamaha) and Ash
Thixton (KTM) closed off the MX1 top six for
the day. What a race!
It was a far simpler affair in MX2 as Anthony
Raynard stamped authority on the quarterlitre
class aboard his Tintswalo Yamaha,
ahead of Kerim Fitz-Gerald (Red Bull KTM)
and Joshua Mlimi (KTM) in race 1, but Mlimi
made local hero Raynard work for the race 2
win ahead of Fitz-Gerald and Adams, while
KTM’s Bradley Cox too fifth place, ahead of
Tyson Engelbrecht rode his KTM to the
opening over-30s MX3 moto ahead of Wyatt
Avis and Ian Topliss. Avis led the way on his
motocross return in race 2.
He was however overcome by another
former SA champion in over-40 rider Topliss,
who took the second race from Engelbrecht
and over-40 rider, Brett Bircher (KTM) after
Avis faded. Tyson Engelbrecht rode to victory
in the MX3 Class of Ian Topliss in 2nd and
Wyatt Avis in 3rd.
Kayla Raaff continued her dominance of 2019
SA Ladies Motocross with another two wins
on her D-Force KTM from Leah Heygate and
Lloyd Vercuil overall
winner MX 1
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Anthony Raynard MX 2
overall for the day
CIT Husqvarna rider
Q4 Fuels Husqvarna’s
Maddy Malan MX 1
Red Bull KTM Tristan
Purdon MX 1
MX 2 a full wild
class with Tyson
(100) and Ricky
Jenna Bohling (Husqvarna) and Yanke Pieterse (Yamaha) shared out the
fourth places ahead of Tiegan Reed on another KTM.
In the schoolboy classes, Dalton Venter dominated the opening 125cc
High School race aboard his Husqvarna ahead of Ugandan rider Aviv
Orland, Jonathan Mlimi and Christiaan Cilliers in the first moto, but Mlimi
made them all work in race 2 before slipping behind Venter, Orland and
Arnu Saaiman (KTM) as the race wore on. Venter duly took the day from
Orland, Cilliers, Calvin Jean-Jacques (Yamaha) and Saaiman.
Uganda’s Stav Orland (KTM) was unstoppable in the big wheel 85cc
Pro races, leaving Zimbabwe’s Daiyaan Manuel and Swaziland rider
Blake Young (KTM) to share out the seconds and thirds. Zimbabwean
lad Emmanuel Bako was similarly unbeaten in the 85cc Juniors as
Seth Young (KTM) followed him home in both small wheel races
ahead of Deegan Bloomfield and Joshua Fletcher (Yamaha).
Niel van der Vyver (Q4 Fuels Husqvarna) continued his domination of
the primary school 65cc class, completely dominating the opening
race, before working hard to beat Jordan van Wyk (Husqvarna) in moto
2. Van Wyk did not finish the opening race, leaving Liam Botha to
second overall on his EHR Husqvarna ahead of moto 1 second placed
lad Damon Garrell (KTM).
in the MX Ladies
class Kyla Raaff
DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE MAY 2019 4 9
Ethan Williamson took a first race win and second in race 2 to power
his Husqvarna to baby 50cc honours for the day, ahead of Keenan
Strauss, who was second in moto 2 and Jake van Schoor and Chase
Christian Berrington-Smith, whose KTM did not finish the opening heat,
bounced back to take the second race win.
All agree that Zone 7 delivered a great day’s racing! The South African
National Motocross Championship now takes a break over the Easter
period before returning for the third round of the series in Bloemfontein
on Saturday the 25 May.
If you are in the area get there and check it out! It’s a great way to spend
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2019 SA Motocross
Nationals Zone 7 Results
1st Lloyd Vercueil
2nd Maddy Malan
3rd Tristan Purdon
4th Royce Griffin
5th Davin Goosen
1st Anthony Raynard
2nd Kerim – Fitz-Gerald
3rd Josh Mlimi
4th Nick Adams
5th Bradley Cox
1st Tyson Engelbrecht
2nd Ian Topliss
3rd Wyatt Avis
1st Kayla Raaff
2nd Leah Heygate
3rd Natasha Rugani
125cc High School
1st Dalton Venter
2nd Aviv Orland
3rd Jonathan Mlimi
85cc Pro Mini
1st Stav Orland
2nd Daiyaan Manuel
3rd Blake Young
1st Emmanuel Bako
2nd Seth Young
3rd Deegan Bloomfield
1st Niel van der Vyver
2nd Liam Botha
3rd Damon Garrell
1st Ethan Williamson
2nd Keenan Stauss
3rd Jake van Schoor
van der Vyver
Stav Orland from Uganda
took the overall for the
Pro mini class
Overall winner 50cc class
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SA NATIONAL ENDURO RACING ROUNDUP
A WET AND MUDDY
START TO THE 2019 SERIES
By Quinton van Jaarsveld
Read this: Guys we have had a
suggestion around national racing -
Enduro and Offroad. We sometimes
battle to get info on the races and usually
only the top riders get mention. We’d
like to include the riders further down in
the field. If you race nationals - send us
a pic and a short writeup on how it went
at the event and - space permitting we’ll
publish and make you famous!
Here’s the skinny on the opening race of
the 2019 National Enduro Series in New
The 2019 national championship was
launched with a pre-race riders’ press
conference at The Traveller’s Rest Guest
House on Friday night.
The maiden presser, which kicked off a
new initiative that’ll be held on the eve of
every national enduro, was a major hit as
a star-studded line-up of riders spoke of
their off-season preparation, their goals for
the year and fielded questions from fans.
Known for its challenging enduro terrain,
New Hanover handed South Africa’s
enduro elite a proper test befitting a
national championship opener, setting the
benchmark for the remainder of the year.
With the rain pouring for the two days
leading up to the race, the track made
for a challenging enduro. The Natal WFO
Enduro Association hosted the opening
round of the six-leg national showpiece,
and it turned out to be a thrilling mud bath
It was Kyle Flanagan (Bidvest bLU cRU
Yamaha Racing) who drew first blood,
riding a superb race to take the win
ahead of Scott Bouverie (Brother Leader
Tread KTM) and Wade Young (Sherco SA
powered by Motul), who was hampered
by mechanical issues.
Race day met riders with good weather.
Excitement was palpable and a large
crowd was on hand to watch riders start
their quests for South African titles in oneminute
intervals. A 250-metre straight saw
the championship blast off in style before
riders took a sharp left into a gulley and
onto a motocross special, which proved
The 40km course was a challenging one,
with uphilsl and downhills that were made
all the more tricky by the wet conditions,
and riders had their work cut out for them
in the gulley section – the extreme part of
the track – which some negotiated better
Sherco’s Wade Young
takes a bath...
back in action...
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Flanagan, last years E1 champ was on
fire. He made an early break and led the
way after the opening lap. He was hotlypursued
by a rejuvenated Bouverie, who
looked better than ever and is hell-bent
on making up for lost time when his 2018
racing season was cut short through injury.
Wade Young, one of the pre-race
favourites, had to force his way through
the pack due to his grid position and
damaged his radiator hose in the
process. The setback saw South Africa’s
world-beater stuck in the pits for quite
some time before the repairs were
After the first lap, the race organisers
took the decision to divert riders around
the extreme gully section, which had
endured the brunt of the 130-strong
riders and was causing major problems
for the inexperienced competitors.
Flanagan and Bouverie had a riveting
race-long battle and with riders’ times
exceeding the organisers’ expectations,
the flag was brought out with “Flanny”
coming out on top in 4:44:50 after four
laps. Bouverie was some four minutes
behind in second place, while Young
had to be content with third position (the
star trio making up the overall and E2
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For Paddock-based Flanagan, it was the
perfect start to the year in every sense.
“The track was tough to judge with the
mud making it really tricky, but all in all, I
really enjoyed the race and must say, the
track-setters and organisers did a really
good job ensuring the track was safe. I’m
really pleased to take the overall win; it’s
a great confidence-booster and it’s great
to leave the first race of the season on a
positive note,” added the 22-year-old.
Another notable performance came from
Brett Swanepoel, back in action on his
Pepson Plastics Husqvarna, He grabbed
a well-deserved fourth place, proving that
he is more than ready to be competitive in
this year’s championship. He commented
that the event was awesome. Luke
Walker also impressed and rounded out
the top five, stating his intentions for his
McLarens Off Road Racing team.
William Oosthuizen (Pepson Plastics
Husqvarna Racing) fired the opening salvo
in the E1 Class, outgunning Lloyd Kirk
(Bidvest bLU cRU Yamaha Racing) by just
over five minutes to secure the spoils.
Dwayne Kleynhans, who was the fastest
on the day on his Brother Leader Tread
KTM, finished third after incurring
a 15-minute penalty for missing a
checkpoint. Bradley Cox, Warrick Neave
and Kayde Mante fought it out for fourth,
fifth and sixth place over the four laps.
In the hotly-contested Senior Class, Adrian
Werner (KTM Durban) and multi-time
South African supermoto champion Brian
Capper (Bikers Warehouse Honda) diced
flat out around the challenging course.
The experienced duo had contrasting
fortunes as the new lean and mean
Werner took the class win while Capper
ended the day with a disappointing DNF.
Rounding off the podium were Dwain
Barnard and Donovan Viljoen.
Bidvest bLU cRU Yamaha Racing
teammates Bruce May and Denzil
Torlage battled it out in the front of the
Masters Class. It was evident that May
was a man of a mission and he reigned
supreme rather comfortably in the
end. Torlage took second and Gideon
Malherbe was third.
High School Class
The varied skill levels of riders in the
High School Class made for interesting
viewing. Ryan Pelser (Alfie Cox Racing)
prevailed in the end, and was joined
in the top three by Heinrich Aust and
Cayden Purchase (Alfie Cox Racing).
The always popular Clubmans Class,
meanwhile, was won by Jacques
Steynvaart ahead of Tristan Mackenzie
and Leon Els.
The Clubmans and WOW Class riders
had an eventful day as they endeavoured
to complete the course. Andre Kriel in
the WOW Class thanked the organisers
for a brilliant event, with Robert Snyders
stating it was an awesome ride. These
riders had a more challenging first lap
once over 100 riders had passed through
the sections, making the terrain trickier.
Although the gulley section was a
challenge for some, swift action by the
organisers saw it removed for lap two
of the race and provided an exciting
track for riders to enjoy. Riders raved
about the course and expressed their
excitement for the remainder of the
national championship under Enduro
Top riders including Flanagan, Bouverie,
Swanepoel, Kleynhans, Kirk, Neave,
Mathew Green, Darren Grey, Robert
Garvie and Kirsten Landman all praised
the organisers for a tremendous track
A very muddy
Kyle Flanagan off
to a great start...
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and an awesome event.
The general consensus among
competitors and their teams was that
based on the opening-round race, the
2019 championship is set to usher in an
exciting new era for South African enduro
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I am from Cape Town , so we had about
18 hours of traveling to get to the event.
Not knowing what to expect , the nerves
where quite high and the rain didn’t help.
The track was very muddy from start to
finish, but I loved riding in different terrain
for a change. I got a penalty for losing my
clipper card so I got a 12th in the Open
class. Can’t wait for the next one !!
Dirt and Trail magazine is committed to
covering the national race series.
Round Two of the MSA National
Enduro Championship will take place in
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The latest rendition of the Linhai utility 4x4 has just arrived. Our lot grabbed
one and took it out for a spin. This is one company that is constantly
improving – small wonder these quads sell so well in South Africa…
Work or play?
Well – both really. We took this one out into
the surrounding farmlands and tried to get
stuck. Then we gave the quad to a farmer
buddy who farms cattle in the area – and he
went off to give us his opinion. Funny! We
let him ride our Linhai but he wouldn’t let us
anywhere near his Toyota Bakkie…
Anyway. He came back with a great big
smile – there’s a lot to be said for a machine
like this – “It’s so convenient to just pop out
into the lands.”
He then proceeded to ask us all sorts
of questions about costs, backup, load
capacity for feed – can it pull a trailer…
All really clever stuff that we told him that
we’d look up… and he’d have to buy the
magazine to read all about it.
Suffice it to say that this one comes with
a sturdy rack up front that will easily load
a bag of feed or similar, we loaded a big
bag for our office chickens… and there is a
receiver hitch out back for a towbar.
Interesting is the fact that Linhai has fitted
a backrest – a cool feature if you wish to
carry a passenger. Our photographer Tristan
was on the back to start… then he took over
the riding and dad was chucked out back.
The backrest and grab handles are perfectly
placed, you feel safe and comfortable.
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Linhai has fitted beefy 12” wheels on all corners linked to
independent suspension and disc brakes. Nice! The tyres
tread is pretty aggressive in a go-anywhere attitude.
Powering the unit is the proven 400cc liquid cooled fuel
injected four-stroke single. To compliment the utility nature
of the quad, Linhai has included high range, low range and
4wd. And it’s all really simple to actuate.
The seat is comfy and the riders relation from bars to
seat to footwells is logical. A really comfortable quad to
ride. All of the info is transmitted to the rider via a neat
Riders will appreciate the cool new LED touched and
new angular lines and styling.
On the trail:
In high range, power is not mind blowing. The 400
accelerates steadily to the 70 odd KPH top speed.
Handling is cool – the suspension takes the harshness out
of the yumps and bumps, she turns well and the brakes
are very solid. We took her off camber a few times and
down a pretty steep hill and she behaved predictably with
no “ooooh donner” moments.
Climbing hills was a doddle - low range 4wd and the
torque delivery changes the whole nature of the beasty.
Smooth actuation and loads of climbing power on tap.
We aimed her at the river crossing where we always
play – and were happy to see that no water got sucked in –
and there were no water related stalls.
All of this with farmer Brown looking on – we are pretty
sure that he’ll be adding one to the farms books soon.
A great, solid little machine with a big heart and great
trail manners. The Linhai is comfortable, well sprung, easy
to ride – and best of all, it is a brand with some of the best
backup in SA from Smith power Equipment.
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4 days of fantastic fun for a great cause.
Kicks off 21st September 2019
Raising funds for the QuadPara
Association of SA (QASA).
So. To date, Yamaha has not made
their latest WR450 available to us
to test – but we have been sent
a very sweet feature on the 2019
raced by World E2 Champion Eero
Remes in the 2019EnduroGP World
championship. Looks like such a
sweet ride! Photo Credit: Andrea Belluschi
Johansson MPE Yamaha Racing Team are no
strangers to the EnduroGP paddock. Team
boss Joakim Johansson has been around
since the twin shock days, for over 30-years, at
first racing himself and in more recent times as
In 2019 they stepped up to become the
number one Yamaha team in the Enduro World
Championship after Yamaha Racing withdrew
the “official” team, Outsiders Yamaha. It was
a big step for Johansson but one the Swedish
team has taken with enthusiastic hands.
Johansson MPE Yamaha Racing havs a
seven-rider line-up across all classes in GPs
headed by reigning Enduro 2 champion, Eero
Remes was one of the big name riders to
switch teams in 2019 and to say Johansson
was pleased to get hold of the flying Finnish
rider would be an understatement.
Heres a look at Reme’s 2019 Yamaha
WR450F, a bike which is already winning
GPs in 2019…
Joakim Johansson: The main thing is that
Eero is quite a small guy, so we try to make
the WR450F smaller for him. We lowered
the subframe 15mm and of course the
suspension is softer because he is quite
lightweight. The seat cover is replaced from
standard with the Cross X cover for more
grip. Footrests are standard height; nothing
is changed there. Mansson Suspension
helped us with the team bikes suspension.
In the front of Eero’s bike we use a softer
spring, 4.3, and in the rear shock the spring
is 5.3 which is a bit softer than standard.
Otherwise the suspension is the KYB
suspension on the standard bike because
the components are really good.
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The setting is really quite close to standard
with compression and rebound just with
those softer springs.
Eero also runs a lower Magura handlebar
with Xtrig triple clamps which also we can
lower on the mounting clamps to get the
position right for him. Xtrig clamps are quite
good because you can change the off-set if
you want but Eero uses standard off-set.
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Stock Nissin brakes
Brake set-up is again almost standard with
Nissin master cylinder and calipers except
we use the SBS performance brake pad
which brings a bit smoother brake feeling at
the lever. The rotors are all standard.
Sweet blue wheels
SOS Wheels in Denmark help us with the
wheels. Excel rims are standard but we also
have hubs in a shiny blue colour which we
think are really beautiful! With our set-up we
have lighter hubs than standard but really
strong spokes compared to standard.
Keeping it protected
Protection for the bike underneath the
engine comes from CrossPro which is a
sump guard protecting the engine and
also the suspension linkage. Also we use
Polisport handguards and chain guide
protector for a bit more toughness there.
Gearbox is all standard inside and the final
drive is more or less the same as standard
with 13 front sprocket but a 48 rear (two
teeth smaller) which is different but not a
really big change. Like many people we use
a tougher steel tooth rear sprocket from
Softer engine tune
The engine is not a highly tuned factory
special or anything. We make a little bit softer
compression for Eero’s bike and a little bit
different timing on the camshaft. With that
we make different mapping, which is pretty
easy on the WR450F because of the simple
system on the new 2019 bike and really was
all to make the bike more rideable in enduro.
The tuning is based around the Akrapovic
exhaust system which is another beautiful
thing on the bike! It is lighter and obviously
brings improvement to the power
characteristic for the rider. The handling is
also changed with the Akrapovic end can
Twin Air has a different air intake system,
and filter, which we use and again this
is makes the bike less aggressive than
The Swedish Parts clutch cover allows a
bit more oil volume which improves the
consistency of performance when the engine
and clutch is getting really hot. The cover is
made of aluminium block so is also stronger
than standard. And also it looks good!
It is a surprise how little is changed on the
Yamaha WR450F from the Swedish team.
They have a lot of experience racing but
also with Yamahas and know what works
and where to spend their money.
One factor in their favour is the new model,
2019 WR450F which, they say is a jump
forward in terms of handling, tuning and
engine performance over previous models.
More information on Johansson MPE
Yamaha Racing: johanssonmpe.se
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If there has ever been a bike that kinda scares us a bit, it’s KTM’s previous 690. It’s one of
those bikes that gained almost a cult following for its versatility. But it was certainly no sissy.
An unapologetic brute of a bike that will catch you out if you underestimate the power. The
new model is the same – but different…
KTM pitches the Enduro R as a do-it-all hybrid capable
of blitzing the streets and holding its own on an array
of trails. They are quite correct, this is one of the most
versatile bikes out there.
New Engine and Chassis:
The 2019 KTM 690 Enduro R has an all-new motor.
It’s still a SOHC single, but it delivers even more
horsepower and a lot less vibration. Give due credit
to ride-by-wire and dual balancer shafts. There’s also
a dual ignition system with individual timing for each
spark. The new LC4 engine is still a big thumper, but
now smoother thanks to a second balancer shaft
and lots of cylinder head work, including a resonator
chamber that balances out pulses in the inlet tract to
smooth out throttle response.
The six-speed gearbox has a quickshifter, as well as
a hydraulically actuated slipper clutch. This is the first
dual-sport bike we’ve seen with a quickshifter and it
It is still tall, just like the previous model, but the
new chassis keeps the seat height below 92 CM’s. As
before, a chromoly trellis frame is used. The subframe is
a self-supports the polymer fuel tank.
WP Xplor suspension makes its way to the new
2019 KTM 690 Enduro R. That means separate fully
adjustable damping circuits and nearly 10 inches of
travel at both ends.
KTM’s new 690 Enduro R is every bit as niche as its
supermoto cousin the 690 SM.
In fact, off-road suspension and bigger, more
suitable wheels are the only substantial alterations.
But, like the SMC, the Enduro has been treated to a
decent suite of advanced rider aids; including specially
developed off-road traction control that’s beautiful
in use, permitting a certain amount of spin and slide
before subtly keeping things in line with a whisper of
KTM’s Cornering ABS mode allows you to use the
full power of their brakes in all conditions, even while
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The bike is still
a handful and
definitely aimed at
the more experienced
rider – but if you know
what you are up to –
man it is so much fun!
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leant over. In off-road mode, it only acts on
the front wheel, while cornering-sensitivity is
disabled. It can also be disabled.
We passed the bike along to our Kyle
Lawrenson who has ridden most of the 690
models through the years. He is blown away.
“It’s like a while new bike! Same-Same, but
so smooth and it doesn’t vibrate like the
previous models.” “Such a fun bike to ride!
He’s a talented rider and showcased a
few wheelies and stoppies for the camera
before we headed out on the trails. There he
railed it through the berms and tackled all
the tricky stuff he could find.
“The bike is still a handful and definitely
aimed at the more experienced rider – but if
you know what you are up to – man it is so
much fun! Utter hooligan.”
Our Sean Hendley came back with a
massive grin plastered on his kisser:
So I dropped off the 1090 Adventure R with
KTM SA and collected the new 690 Enduro
and was expecting to be a bit bored with
the power and road handling after the 1090
R. Well, I just wasn’t, the new 690 Enduro is
an insane bike and it accelerates better than
any 700cc single cylinder dirt bike I have
I was, in fact moderately surprised that
I didn’t kill myself in the first 10km’s. I was
diving between traffic into the narrowest
gaps at stupid speeds, possibly annoying
every other user in the process, and not
once did I ever have any in doubt in the
abilities of the new KTM 690 Enduro. I
particularly enjoyed the powershifter, just
yanking hard on the throttle and kicking up
or down through the gears had me had me
warping away from traffic with a lekker little
bark between gears.
Diving into corners was surprisingly stable
on the dual purpose tyres, I was eventually
sitting in a motard racer type position and
kicking my foot out into the corner trying to
emulate our centerfold from last month, and
if I had bigger testicles I am pretty sure the
690 Enduro would have obliged.
To date I have only ridden a couple of
kays in the dirt and I am totally sold on this
bike, even with the street scrambler tyres the
690 was very stable and predictable in the
dirt… but don’t take my word for it, get down
to your local KTM dealer and take one for a
ride. You will soon work out why KTM’s star
is shining so bright at the moment.
Engine Type: 690cc Single-cylinder
Clutch: Hydraulically actuated slipper clutch
Frame: Chromoly steel trellis
ABS: Standard w/ Cornering & Offroad modes
Rake: 27.7 degrees
Seat height: 91cm
Ground clearance: 27 cm
Fuel capacity: 313.5 litres
Dry Weight is given at 146 KG’s.
At your dealer.
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ICE Hits PE
THE INNER CITY ENDURO
Using the natural and man-made
obstacles of the inner city and letting
loose a bunch of amateur & pro
extreme enduro riders is what ICE is
all about. Pics: ZCMC
2019 ICE Round 1 took place in Baakens
Valley, Port Elizabeth. The event attracted
around 4000 spectators during the 2 day ICE
weekend. People came to see to the best
18 riders in South Africa battle it out in a last
man standing format to claim prize money of
R60 000. Wade Young, Kyle Flanagan, Blake
Gutzeit are just a few of the big names who
took on ICE round 1!
This was the first time that introduced a
qualifying round. This created great hype
ahead of the main event on the Sunday
afternoon. Kyle Flanagan was the fastest pro
in a time of 2:46, Matthew Wegner lead the
support Class with a time of 3:16 and Titus
Iveson controlled the junior category, who rode
a slightly different route, in a time of 2:50.
With Qualifying job done for the Sunday’s
Main event, the crowds came in their
masses to watch a spectacular display of
extreme enduro riding and they where not
disappointed. Before the Main Event, they had
the ICE hill climb challenge, worth R5000 for
who-ever could make it. The crowds lined the
hill and eventually Wade Young stood on top.
The main event soon followed and you could
feel the tension in the air. Titus Iveson rode
a strong race all day to claim top spot in the
Junior category. Graham Hedgcock dominated
the support category and paved the way for
our ICE Pro riders final.
The Pro final saw Blake Gutzeit, Kyle Flanagan
and Wade Young battle it out for their order
on the podium. After a nail bitting race, it was
neck and neck between all 3 riders coming
into the last 300m through the Motul Log Jam.
Wade had a slight edge while Blake threw
everything at it to try triple jump past Wade for
Blake couldn’t stick the landing and went
down in dramatic fashion, that handed the win
over to Wade Young and left the door open for
Kyle Flanagan to claim second. Blake limped
home with a busted knee and head held high
in 3rd place.
After a successful first round, all eyes turn to
Fast KTM in Johannesburg for Round 2 on the
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SA LAUNCH TEST
Words by Sean Hendley / Pics by Joe Fleming (Bonafide Moto Co)
2019 TRIUMPH SCRAMBLER 1200 XE
It’s print deadline day for our May 2019 issue
and we are out riding the brand new Triumph
Scrambler 1200 XE, so any ‘hotter off the
press’ you will not get. To be sure this is a
very sexy looking retro styled machine with
oodles of character. Just having a quick walk
around the Scrambler 1200 XE the hi-rise twin
pipes might look the part, but could just warm
up sections of your inner thigh although that
shouldn’t be a problem if you are properly
geared up when you ride. Another small
concern might be the front brake lines that
stick out quite a bit and might get snagged
up in tight techy off road situations. Looking
at how exposed the radiator is, there could
be concerns about it getting clogged up and
with mud or grass seeds causing the bike
to overheat. No windshield equals no wind
protection, wonder how that is going to be a
The Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE is also
quite feature packed. They have also gone
the route of the TFT screen which can be
tilted to suit the length of the rider or adjusted
to be read while meerkat-ting. The TFT can
be personalised a bit, there is a new Triumph
app for that and can be downloaded like all
apps onto your smart phone. It also supports
Google maps, with turn by turn directions
as well full GoPro remote controls. There is
also a full electronics package on the bike
ranging from rain, road all the way through
to off road and off road pro which switches
off all the electronic nannies. Ergonomically
the Scrambler seems quite sorted, albeit a
bit wide which could be a challenge for the
shorter riders especially with lekker wide bars.
Triumph has kitted it with fully adjustable
Ohlins twin rear shocks and nice meaty
Showa forks out front which should keep the
power from the 1200cc parallel twin Thruxton
R derived motor firmly planted on terra firma
and hopefully live up to its “Scrambler” name
over the jumps and bumps.
To test all these concerns and theories we
will need to ride the Scrambler properly for
a few days, hopefully we get to do a proper
in depth test soon. The other question is, “Is
it truly a proper scrambler or just a properly
capable naked adventure bike named a
Scrambler?”, only riding it will tell.
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First ride impressions
Swinging a leg over the Scrambler 1200
somehow just felt right, like it was made for
me. I am just on 2 meters tall and the seat
height, distance from foot peg to seat and the
wide handle bars were just such a natural fit
me that I felt right at home immediately. I did
notice that one or two of the shorter riders did
struggle a bit, but there is a low seat option
available from Triumph’s aftermarket division.
I took a minute or two to acquaint myself with
the dash menu and the various rider modes,
once you’ve ridden any of the other Triumph
derivatives it is all fairly simple. The new TFT
screen is nice, easy to understand and read
with all the info you might need at your finger
tips. I did notice the quite fancy MCS levers
and the action on both the clutch and brake
levers was really soft and smooth.
Getting the big Scrambler out on the
road also felt just as natural. The weight and
balance is quite neutral and with the huge
amount of torque from off the bottom makes
it really fun to ride through the twistys, but in
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the dirt is where the Scrambler 1200 comes
into its own. I am at best an average rider,
but the naked openness of the big Scrambler
inspired a confidence in my riding ability and I
was soon 14 years old again on my Dads old
Honda XL 250 S, banging through the bush
and over jumps without a care in the world.
The Scrambler 1200 is really that easy and
confidence inspiring to ride. We only spent
about one and a half hours in the saddle and
did around 90 odd kays of various grades of
tar and dirt roads, with a river crossing or two
and not once did I ever feel intimidated by the
big Scrambler. To answer my own question,
It is a really competent big Scrambler that will
inspire you to ride better in all situations and
it is a really good Adventure bike as well. The
seat might get a bit hard after a few hours
and the wind a bit tiresome, but toughen up
Buttercup and accept the Triumph Scrambler
for what it is, new technology in an old school
styled adventure bike. Aftermarket screens
are available from Triumph as are seat saints
to protect your delicate tush. Get down to
Triumph and go ride one of their demo’s, you
will be happy you did.
/ Engine type:
Liquid-cooled, SOHC, four valves per cylinder, 270-degree crank angle parallel twin
Displacement: 1200 cc / Power (claimed): 90 horsepower @ 7,400 rpm
/ Torque (claimed):
81 foot-pounds @
3,950 rpm / Transmission: Six-speed / Front suspension: Fully adjustable 47 mm Showa USD cartridge fork (XE)
Rear suspension: Fully adjustable Öhlins piggyback RSU’s with twin springs / Front brake: Twin 320mm discs,
Brembo M50 monoblock calipers, radial master cylinder / Rear brake: Single 255mm disc, Brembo two-piston
floating caliper / Tyres front/rear: 90/90-21; 150/70R17 Metzeler Tourance Tyres (as tested on street) Pirelli
Scorpion Rally tyres (as tested off-road) / Wheelbase: 157cm (XE) / Seat height: 87cm (XE)
Tank capacity: 16 Litres / Dry weight (claimed): 207 (XE)
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