Dirt & Trail May 2019

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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

Magazine.

‘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,’

she replied.

‘Two weeks ago when I went to the races, Laura

Lou was the name of one of the horses I bet on,’

he explained.

‘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

for?’

‘Your horse phoned’

CONTENTS: MAY 2019

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Laia Sanz

aiming to make

history at 2019

Erzberg Rodeo

Enduro Queen Laia Sanz aiming make history and

become the first female finisher of the king of Hard

Enduros, EzbergRodeo.

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

Austrian event.

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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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

season opener.

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…

Husqvarna’s King

Kenny 9th

Kirsten

Ross Branch

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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

of Rallye.

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

Factory Replica.

“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!

From Kirsty:

“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

KTM Durban

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

info@ktmdbn.co.za

Keryn Ehlers now

at KTM Durban

Craig and Ashley

from KTM Durban.

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Supertech Motorrad

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

on steve.bailey@bmwdealer.co.za

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 info@machineworx.co.za .

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Faron Matthison

on the floor.

Perry Bikes

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

info@perrybikes.co.za.

Husqvarna corner...

Nivesh and

Veekash on parts.

Huge range of

offroad gear.

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 - bikewise@kmsa.co.za.

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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 pocketbikesa@gmail.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

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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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Normal price R182,300.00

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Normal price R100,999.00

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Normal price R98,999.00

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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

department

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

your money.

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

interesting customs

Plenty of bikes

in stock

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

SPLIT

Personality

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

of civilisation.

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.

24 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE MAY 2019


Price: Chat to your dealer

Service intervals: Chat to your dealer

ENGINE Type: 449.7cc liquid-cooled 10º singlecylinder

four-stroke

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

Length: 218cm

Height: 127cm

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.

DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE MAY 2019 25


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

chocolate milkshake.

“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

adventure bike?

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?

DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE MAY 2019 2 7


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

talking about.

The bikes:

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…”

Sean Says:

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,

28 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE MAY 2019


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

between robots.

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.

32 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE MAY 2019


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

you like…

The KTM 1090 sells for R194 000 with a free Akrapovic

slip-on.

The Honda Africa Twin DCT sells for R217.500 The Manual

version is R205.000

At dealers all over.

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SWAZI MANGALA

RIDE

www.adventurecompany.co.za


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.


NATEADAMS


IT’S ALL

ABOUT

STYLE,

COMFORT,

LIGHTNESS

& SAFETY

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.

HJC HELMETS

P.I.M. PLUS

Reinforcement materials, including Carbon and Carbon-

Glass Hybrid fabric, provide enhanced Shock-Resistant

performance, more comfort, and lightness of helmet.

WIND-TUNNEL TESTED

Superior in the HJC airfl wind ow tunnel

characteristics formed

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

GLASS FIBER

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

CARBON-GLASS

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.

ARAMID FIBER

are characterized by vibrant and colorful Many famous motorcycle racers wear

GLASS FIBER

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

38 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE MAY 2019


ecognized for their long years of helmet making

with advanced material construction in strength and

lightweight performance.

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.

Sponsorship

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

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40 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE MAY 2019


The Author with a

classic KTM.

The Show

Readers Ride:

Stopper

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

500 2-Stroke.

DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE MAY 2019 41


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

550. 82 83 84 KTM495 and many more...

A great addiction!

This project:

The guys always joke and dream of that perfect one.

The one that has the latest suspension latest frame but

with that old school brutality. A modern KTM with that

beautiful 500 2-Stroke motor.

Many people have stuck KX 500 and CR500 motors

into KTM frames as it’s a lot easier to do because the

chain runs on the left hand side. With the old school KTM

the chain runs on the right and huge modifications are

needed. For my sins, I decided to undertake the project.

I have some friends at KTM’s head office here in South

Africa - and KTM is where it all started for me and dirt

bikes. I have a Facebook group called KTM Fanatics with

over 20k members who share the love and passion for

the brand. I put the word out that I wanted to build my

dream bike:

The bike that

started the 500

madness...

Andy is probably

not married...

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A 2018 KTM 500 2-Stroke.

KTM South Africa caught wind of this and sold me a

450SX F that had blown the motor. This was exactly what

I needed. I had recently bought a fully restored 1991 KTM

500 2STROKE motor with all new parts top to bottom

including new clutch and clutch basket. What made it

even better, all built with OEM parts.

A new motor in my opinion.

Challenges:

The challenges of modifications… the biggest part of a

build like this.

Fortunately my bike builder Paul from PSP is a

professional and does this kind of stuff for a living - well

the restoration of old bikes. Thanks for all the help Paul.

The modifications would be a new challenge that we

both agreed on ideas and how we could win.

Forcing the

engine to fit...

Precision

Coker pipe.

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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

a reality.

Andy Styling.

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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

highest order.

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

the day.

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

Ricky Raaff.

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

Natasha Rugani.

Lloyd Vercuil overall

winner MX 1

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Anthony Raynard MX 2

overall for the day

CIT Husqvarna rider

Dalton Venter

Q4 Fuels Husqvarna’s

Maddy Malan MX 1

Red Bull KTM Tristan

Purdon MX 1

MX 2 a full wild

class with Tyson

Engelbracht

(100) and Ricky

Raaff (252)

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).

Overall winner

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

Bekker (Husqvarna).

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

a Saturday.

For more info: info@mxsa.co.za

2019 SA Motocross

Nationals Zone 7 Results

MX1

1st Lloyd Vercueil

2nd Maddy Malan

3rd Tristan Purdon

4th Royce Griffin

5th Davin Goosen

MX2

1st Anthony Raynard

2nd Kerim – Fitz-Gerald

3rd Josh Mlimi

4th Nick Adams

5th Bradley Cox

MX3

1st Tyson Engelbrecht

2nd Ian Topliss

3rd Wyatt Avis

Ladies

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

85cc Junior

1st Emmanuel Bako

2nd Seth Young

3rd Deegan Bloomfield

65cc

1st Niel van der Vyver

2nd Liam Botha

3rd Damon Garrell

50cc

1st Ethan Williamson

2nd Keenan Stauss

3rd Jake van Schoor

Q4 Fuels

Husqvarna Neil

van der Vyver

Stav Orland from Uganda

took the overall for the

Pro mini class

Overall winner 50cc class

Ethan Williamson

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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

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Here’s the skinny on the opening race of

the 2019 National Enduro Series in New

Hanover:

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

battle.

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

extremely popular.

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

than others.

Sherco’s Wade Young

takes a bath...

Husqvarna’s William

Oosthisen

Brett Swanepoel

back in action...

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E2 Class:

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

eventually completed.

After the first lap, the race organisers

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the extreme gully section, which had

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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”

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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.

E1 Class

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.

Senior Class

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.

Masters Class

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

South Africa.

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

Calvin Hume...

Bradley Cox

Bidvest Yamaha’s

Kyle Flanagan off

to a great start...

Brian Capper.

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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

racing.

National Enduro: Readers Ride: Name:

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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

Piesangkloof in the North West on April 20.

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say about the new tyre. “The AT81 EX has been

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made my rear shock feel going over obstacles and

absorbing them. It’s great for trail riding and any

type of extreme terrain.”

“I can honestly say the AT81 EX is the best

advantage you could have to help you win races,”

said multi-time off-road champion Destry Abbott.

“I’m able to go up things I couldn’t with a regular

tyre, especially in rocky, slippery conditions. I’ve

been using it for EnduroCross racing and extreme

rides and it has helped me with my confidence too.”

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LINHAI’S LATEST

UTILITY ATV

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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Some features:

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

digital display.

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.

Very impressed.

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.

Conclusions:

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.

SOME SPECIFICATIONS:

• 352 cc Engine

• 2×4 & 4×4 Wheel Drive

• Fuel Tank 13 litres

• Ground Clearance 255 mm

• Automatic H/L/N/R

• 2100 mm (L) x 1145 mm (W) x 1225 mm (H)

Price: R79950.00

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4 days of fantastic fun for a great cause.

Kicks off 21st September 2019

Raising funds for the QuadPara

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Yamaha

One Sweet

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

team manager.

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.

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

Chassis set-up

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.

Stock gearbox

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

SuperSprox.

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

being lighter.

Twin Air has a different air intake system,

and filter, which we use and again this

is makes the bike less aggressive than

standard, smoother.

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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K T M ’ s 2 0 1 9 6 9 0 R

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

works faultlessly.

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

electronic intervention.

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!

Utter hooligan.

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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.

Cool huh!!

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

ever ridden.

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.

SOME SPECIFICATIONS:

Engine Type: 690cc Single-cylinder

Clutch: Hydraulically actuated slipper clutch

Frame: Chromoly steel trellis

ABS: Standard w/ Cornering & Offroad modes

Wheelbase: 150cm

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

the win.

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

13/14 July.

#ICEseries

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SA LAUNCH TEST

Words by Sean Hendley / Pics by Joe Fleming (Bonafide Moto Co)

REAL DEAL

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

highway speeds?

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.

Price:

R205,000

/ 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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