Dirt and Trail June 2019


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UXV 700i EPS LE 4x4

• Upgraded CVT-Drive System

• High-Clearance Curved Front A-arms

• Redesigned Sport Steering Wheel and NEW Graphics

• Re-Designed Sport Inspired Roll Cage for Increased Headroom

• NEW Ultra High-Back Bucket Seats with Driver Seat Adjustability

• Kaifa gas-reservoir shocks with adjustable pre-load, compression and rebound

• Upgraded seat belts with integrated elastic shock reduction shoulder harness and safety interlock switch


MXU 150

MXU 250 MXU 450i 4X4 MXU 700i 4X4 UXV 450i 4X4

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K&N Style Filters

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

52, 54 and 60mm R125.00


Jump Starter & Power Bank R1299.00

18L / min

RAC610 Inflator R449.00 RTG5 Gauge R249.00

Bike and ATV Covers

Available sizes S - XL

From R270.00

Ring Globes

H7 150% Power R330.00

H4 150% Power R290.00

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Rim Locks Front and Rear

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R110.00 R465.00

Tubeless Puncture Kits

License Disc Holders


Bar Ends


Scooter V Belts

From R110.00

Tyre Levers

From R95.00

Jerry Cans

From R450.00

Fork Boots

from R120.00




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50500192/L CHAIN LUBE 150ML 34.00

50500193/L CHAIN LUBE 400ML 69.00

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53203200/L AIR FILTER SPRAY 55.00

53203500/L AIR FILTER OIL 500ML 55.00

53204005/L BIO FILTER CLEANER 5l 325.00

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53780300/L SPARK 300ML 44.00

55000314/L TYRE FIX 200ML 45.00

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56000400/L MOUSSE LUBRICANT 100.00

Hand Guards

THE WORLD’S Various Colours available


ABS Plastic R470.00

Alloy R990.00


British made Aramid Fibre brake pads for sport bikes are now accompanied by a new high tech range of

sintered metal HH rated sport bike pads that will set the trend of sport bike brakes into the next century.

Our new range of British made brake rotors come in flat solid types and fully floating designs complete

with alloy centre hubs at competitive prices.




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Communication is everything.

The other night, I hopped on the bike and went

into my local Chinese takeaway.

I got talking to the owner of the shop.

‘What you do for a riving, then?’, he said.

‘What do I do for a living, you mean?’


‘I’m a comedian’, I replied.

‘Go on then, change colour’, he chuckled.

‘No! I’m not a chameleon, I’m a comedian’.

‘Oh right, tell me joke then. Make me raff’, he


Just then in the kitchen, I noticed his wok was on

fi re with my meal in it.

‘Wok! Wok!’, I shouted.

‘Who’s dare..’, he said.

Bugger this, I thought.

I’m off to the Indian take away...

Have a great riding month!




Glenn Foley



Rob Portman



Sinead Foley


Sean Hendley







Office no (011) 979-5035

(011) 979-0053


Kurt Beine

Richard Sutherland

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Typo’s in the magazine:

Sorry it happens. Not on purpose and you won’t believe how we proof and check and when the mag goes to

print… but we set up a spy cam and we think we found the culprit…

How to discipline the office mascot…

Aren’t you glad

that you live in SA?

In Britain, police have crushed bikes

after mob rides through towns…

The bikes of a gang who ran amok on the roads

during an illegal ‘ride out’ event have been crushed

by West Midlands Police. Last month the force

secured public nuisance convictions against 29 men

who used assorted off-road bikes, quads, mopeds

and scooters for an illegal run through the area

around Solihull and Birmingham in 2016.

The vast majority received suspended jail sentences,

however ringleader Andrew ‘Dru’ Tomlinson received

two years in prison, while fellow rider Matthew Sidwell

was handed a 12-month sentence.

The police seized more than 20 machines during

their investigation and 10 have been crushed at a

vehicle yard in Birmingham. The rest of the bikes

had either previously been destroyed or donated to

technical colleges.

“These bikes were ridden recklessly, endangering

road users and pedestrians,” says Chief Inspector

Jack Hadley, who was involved in the arrest and

conviction of the gang. “Their owners have already

been punished in court but it’s important to show that

we will also look to secure destruction orders against

their vehicles.

“Some of these bikes cost thousands of pounds,

so owners need to think long and hard before they

take them out as only some of them are legal on

public roads.

“Certain types of motocross bikes, mini motos and

pit bikes cannot be registered with the DVLA, taxed

or licensed, so are illegal on public roads. Offenders

generally accept this, which is why we see them

riding around with their faces covered in a bid to

avoid being identified.”

West Midlands Police also said that the tactics

they used for catching bike louts have progressed

considerably over the three years since.

“We are now much more experienced in going after

these types of offenders,” says Hadley. “We will use

tyre-deflating stinger devices to contain groups of

illegal bikers that pose a danger to road users and to

disable their bikes.

“Some officers are also now equipped with a DNA

spray which they can use to ‘tag’ offenders and their

bikes. The public have told us they are fed up of

bikers who behave in this way and we are determined

to rid them from the streets of the West Midlands.”


Round the world by

bike record broken?

Britains Henry Crew has become the

youngest person ever to circumnavigate

the globe by motorcycle riding


Arriving back in the UK on Friday, April 19, the

23-year-old is still awaiting final verification of

his age (Crew pips the current record by around

30 days) and his trip (he more than doubled the

required mileage) – but providing both are ratified

as they should be, he will bag himself an official

Guinness World Record.

A group of 50 fellow bikers, well-wishers and fans

met with Crew at Folkestone, riding with him to the

Bike Shed in London, where his journey started just

over one year ago. Kane Avellano, the person who

has held the record since 2017 was even there to

congratulate him.

“I think it will take about a month before it hits me,”

said Crew. “I still feel like I’m about to get on my bike

tomorrow and carry on.”

Crew’s route has taken him all over the world on

his Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled with the route

going from London, through Europe on to Russia,

then across the ‘Stans’ towards Thailand and

onwards to Australia.

From there he flew to South America, ultimately riding

up the west coast of America before heading east

then flying back to Europe and on to London. Along

the way Crew has encountered almost every situation

imaginable from sleeping in a prison in Pakistan

to almost going blind while suffering from altitude

sickness in the Himalayas.

“The longest and toughest day was in northern India,

spending 16 hours in the saddle to cover just 130

miles. It was so stressful.”

Crew has made the trip in aid of the Movember

foundation, who work to raise funds and awareness

of men’s health issues, after his own struggles with

mental health. The question now is: what next?

“Sleep,” he says.

How does the record work?

The record required Crew to return home before May

and to have ridden at least 24,500 miles – but he had

more than doubled that goal by the time he arrived at

the Bike Shed on Friday, April 19.


Triumph Scrambler finishes

5th at Mexican 1000

Last month we brought you the launch

story about this new scrambler from

British manufacturer Triumph. If

you were worried about its off-road

credentials, they raced it at the Mexican

1000 and it will be competing in the Baja

race shortly.

Stunt rider and racer Ernie Vigil is a veteran of the

Baja 1000.

Ernie managed an impressive 5th place in class,

and 17th overall at the NORRA Mexican 1000,

after starting the final day in 6th on his nearstandard

Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE.

A positive third day saw the American rider move

up to 8th place in the Modern Open bike class

having finished day two in 12th after picking up a

54-minute penalty.

Finishing the 1349-mile (that’s LOTS of kilometres),

race is impressive enough, but considering the

competition was riding a mixture of dedicated off road

racers including several Honda XR650Rs, 5th place

on a near-standard road bike is pretty impressive.

The experienced off-road racer and stunt pilot was

due to take the Scrambler to Mexico in November

2018 for the legendary Baja 1000 endurance race, but

a training injury meant that he was unable to compete.

This isn’t Vigil’s first Mexican 1000 riding a Triumph

as he has completed the race previously on a

Triumph Tiger 800, but it will be the first race for

the Scrambler 1200 XE, which has been modified

slightly with a new seat, lights, grips and paintjob.

“After 9 months of training, the injury and over

6,000 off-road miles in the saddle I’m excited to be

getting to the final stage of prep for one of the most

challenging off-road races you can do,” said Vigil.

“I literally can’t wait to get to that starting line and

fire the Scrambler up! The bike has been performing

amazingly well and I’m raring to go.”

Paul Stroud, Triumph’s Chief Commercial Officer

said: “Everyone at Triumph is rooting for Ernie, his

commitment to returning to race fitness following

his injury has been amazing and we just can’t wait

to see the Scrambler 1200 in action.

“Baja desert racing has played such a big part in

the history of scrambling and it was the spark that

kicked off of our whole iconic Scrambler line-up.”


Official Dealer

2019 YZ250F


AG 125 AG 200 YBR 125

TW 200

2019 YAMAHA YZ250F

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

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

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

smartphone app.

New 2019 models now available at LINEX

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

Terms and conditions apply.

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2019 Yamaha YZ250F


2019 Yamaha YZ450F


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

A quick visit to Nampo:

Nampo in Bothaville, is the biggest agricultural

trade show in the Southern Hemisphere. We

have heard lots about it – and this year, we

decided to scrag a couple of bikes – a Goldwing

and a Kymco 400 scoot (full story in RideFast

Magazine), and took the great trek through to

the show to have a gander. If you have never

been – make sure that you do get there – it is

definitely well worth a walkabout. To be fair, you

actually need a couple of days. It is massive!

There is just about everything from bikes, to

ploughs, furniture to tractors, pumps, solar

displays…. You can meet Ryan the bull, sniff the

sunflowers, eat some lekker boerekos and ogle

all the delectable goods on display.

There were a bunch of importers and dealers at

the show, so we got to say hello. Go and pay

them a visit next year – it’s a great excuse to get

out of the office!



Big Boys new

Roamer 180.

Feature soon!

John Deere used to

do stuff with us. They

had a huge display.

Maxxis Tyres put on a good disoplay

- more on these guys soon

KTM 1290 up

for grabs...

Team BMW

KTM’s 790

turned heads...

Kymco displayed

their full product


Team Kubota with thier new

machine - test soon...

The team from

Polaris and Linhai.

Suzuki had a great display.



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Plot 316 Larsens Rd Tel: 011 792 7691 Stock is limited.


www.dmd.co.za E&OE.

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Please inspect items before payment, as the

items are sold as is. No returns or exchanges

are accepted. Availability can only be confirmed

on the day of sale.



Offroad Cycles Kitty

rescue centre: Hows this

for a cool initiative?

We, at Off Road Cycles, got ourselves a feral cat

program up and running.

The aim is trap many as possible of the feral cats

in our area, get them sterilized, and release them

again, so that they keep the pests away, but the

population numbers stay more or less the same.

We have our own trap, and we have a deal with

a local vet that helps us with the sterilization at a

welfare price, so all that is in place, but the problem

is the kittens. We catch them too, but re-homing

them seems to be a much bigger problem than all

the other issues we have with the project.

There are 3 businesses, including us, at this point

that feeds the cats a little only, to keep them fit

and motivated in order to to catch rats etc, and we

will hopefully reach a point where all the adults are

fixed, so the kitten problem will be reduced, but until

then we need people that will take them as pets.

What is happening at the moment is that we keep

the kittens in the shop and get them calm and tame,

so all the kittens are used to people when we give

them away. Trouble is that our kids also happen

to fall in love with them… so we are starting a


We ask for your help, and if you know of anyone

looking for a kitten, point them in our direction.

We have teamed up with the Friends of Ferals

Facebook group, and they help us with the

rehoming as well, but we need more help.

Here is a link to our thread on the Wilddog forum:



Our contact details regarding this program are the



WhattsApp 082 823 4714

Thanks for your help

Here are some photos of the cats we helped so far

for 2019:


2018 YAMAHA YZ250F Limited Edition







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Bike Stand

Added Value

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OXFORD Premium

Heated Grips

Recommended Retail Price R1395.00 incl. VAT

Winter is upon us and all indications so far that

it might be a properly cold one, here is a great

product. As long time riders we have always noticed

that no matter how good your gloves are your

hands and fingers in particular get really cold. A lot

of the high end bikes are coming out with heated

grips which really make life a lot more comfortable,

however some of the older bikes and entry level

bikes do not. DMD has these really high quality

heated grips at a very reasonable price. These grips

have ergonomically engineered surface structures

to optimise riding performance. Thicker rubber in

areas of maximum wear, rhombus tread pattern for

vibration absorption. Special block grip patterns

with sipes for high levels of grip and diamond tread

pattern where maximum grip is required. The grips

features 5 heat settings, draws under 4A and has a

battery saving mode. They are a universal fitment

and work on most bikes with a stable charging

system. Fitment is quite simple and with the clear

instructions included can be fitted D.I.Y. if you have

a little bit of technical aptitude, or you can have

them fitted by the dealer you buy them from. Check

out www.dmd.co.za or call 011 792 7691 to find

your local stockist.

Tankwa Thermal Liner

Recommended Retail Price R795.00 incl. VAT

Another great product from the same guys, (www.

dmd.co.za). With summer having been so flipping

hot a couple of us here at the office who needed

new jackets opted for the Tankwa Air Flow Jackets

which kept us lekker cool in summer but are quite

challenging to ride with in cold weather. So we got

hold of DMD and they told us about the thermal

liner for the jacket. We procured one from them

and tested it on a recent trip through Lesotho and

can tell you that it works really well, we were riding

in single digit temperatures in the early mornings

and stayed warm with our thermal liners. What we

really like is the fact that it isn’t bulky or heavy and

folds up neatly and fits into the bum pocket of the

airflow jacket. It is a universal fit and also works well

with any other riding jacket as well, not just with the

Tankwa jackets. It has a couple of zip close pockets

on the outside and a normal pocket on the inside.

The thermal liner also has elasticised cuffs, with a

stretchy cuff under that, so no wind or cold sneaks

up the sleeves. Another really cool feature is that it

is quite a trendy looking jacket and can been worn

as a casual jacket on its own. We really like the

Tankwa Thermal Liner and wear them most days

around the office or to social events.


Sherco S.A. new


The well-known French brand dirt bike built for

riders by riders has moved its South African head

office from Centurion to Waterkloof Ridge in

Pretoria. Boss man Ben says the move has been

a good one because the new retail outlet has

attracted a lot more customers to the shop. The

shop now features a full new and used retail floor,

a big parts department as well as a well-stocked

accessory and clothing department.

They also have a really good workshop on site and

plenty of parking for their customers. The centre

also offers a variety of restaurants and shops that

you can wonder around while having your bike

serviced or the other half can do some shopping

while you spend a bit of time in the shop.

It’s a really nice destination shop, head down there

and see for yourself. They are at the Waterkloof

Lifestyle Centre, corner of Cliff avenue and

Muskejaat street, Waterkloof Ridge, Pretoria. You

can also drop Ben a line on ben@shercosouthafrica.

co.za or call him on 083 274 7390 or for more info

you can surf onto www.shercosouthafrica.co.za .

Primrose Motorcycles

turns 50.

In this month of June 2019 Primrose Motorcycles

celebrates its milestone 50th anniversary.

The renowned dealership started trading in 1969 by

Chicco Gasparini and Tony Liberatore.

PMCC have had the honour in dealing with many

brands over the years but in the last 30 odd year’s

have been loyal to:

Suzuki, Kawasaki, Aeon, SYM including the last few

years Puzey products.

They attribute their long history and success mainly

to after sales service, relationships with old and new

customers of which they greatly appreciate.

In the photo’s – PMCC in 1971, and current

premises revamped in 2018.

Some of the staff have being with them on average

35 years.

They extend their gratitude to all their customer’s

from past and present and hope to continue for

more years to come.

Pay them a visit to reminisce the years and check

out any specials they have in store.

Contact them on (011) 828 9091


Husqvarna West


A Stunning store, the guys hosted a launch to

celebrate the opening of the store, complete with

the full range of Husqvarna motorcycles, parts and


Amazing- go and have a looksee...

Cnr Hendrik Potgieter Rd & Zandvliet Rd,

Roodepoort, Johannesburg.

+27 10 443 3776





Captions: 1: Francois, Megan Jonker and

Len Du Toit.

2: They took the opportunity to unveil the

Swartpillen 701. Singer Garth Taylor will

be riding it...

3: Wests Francois and Lyndsay





What a time to trade up from your current

Enduro machine to leading edge technology at

your nearest Husqvarna dealer. They will add

R10,000.00 to trade-in value of your

current machine and or off your purchase of the

few remaining 2019 Husqvarna Enduro models!

Stocks are limited so get in touch with your

dealer and secure your next premium ride today!





The joy of the ride is often in nding routes that nobody else has used – rea

destinations AVAILABLE that ON few others FULL would 2019 dare ENDURO to aim for. The RANGE

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2-stroke enduro bikes rely on exceptional agility, a broad powerband and lig

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EASTERN CAPE - Auto Motorcycles, Port Elizabeth – (041) 581 1699

MPUMALANGA - Vans Husqvarna, Middleburg – (013) 282 0766

Huge new Yamaha

dealership in

Pretoria East

So wondering around Pretoria the other visiting

dealers we happen upon some huge new Yamaha

branding on the corner of Simon Vermooten Street

and Lynwood road in Pretoria East.

Our natural curiosity gets the better of us and we

stop in. Turns out Tuning Fork (Pty) Ltd is opening a

huge new store in the old Lexus premises. We got

there while they were still busy moving in and had

a chat to Andre and Paul who took us for a walk

around the new shop. It is BIG, very, very BIG and

beautiful with a state of the art workshop, huge

parts and accessories department and monstrous

showroom for the boats, jet ski’s and bikes. They

have … or will have everything in stock by the time

they open officially in June, with plenty of demo

bikes to ride. They are currently head hunting some

of the best people in the industry to staff the new

mega dealership to give you the customer the best

possible experience. As mentioned, we caught

them as they were busy moving in so we don’t have

all the contact details yet. For more information

give World of Yamaha a call on 011 259 7850, or

pop down to the corner of Simon Vermooten st and

Lynwood rd on Pretoria East for a walk around, you

can even order your new Yamaha so long… More

news coming soon.

Ducati announces

new distributor for

South Africa

Johannesburg. After a successful reorganisation

of the Ducati brand in South Africa under the

guidance of LSM Distributors, an agreement has

been reached with MFE Motors (Pty) Ltd led by Mr.

Jos Matthysen - to acquire the distribution rights for

Ducati in the region.

Jos is a successful businessman with a long time

passion for Ducati brand.

In a recent statement, Mr. Toby Venter, CEO of LSM

Distributors said: “We looked closely at possible

suitors to build on the solid foundation we have

established over the past 5 years. We are confident

that MFE Motors will build on this strong foundation,

continuing the service and distribution network

that Ducati customers deserve. Jos Matthysen has

demonstrated enthusiasm and business expertise,

a combination that is sure to succeed for Ducati”.

“We look forward to developing the iconic Ducati

and Ducati Scrambler brands in the South African

market, proudly taking care of current and future

owners’ community”, concluded Jos Matthysen,

Director of MFE Motors.

For Further information, please contact

MFE Motors (Pty) Ltd

Sales Department:

Roy 084 729 9452

Bruce 074 261 6872.


Fox Irmata Gear:

The LE Jersey

The Fox Racing 360 Irmata LE Jersey is next-gen

MX race wear. It offers remarkable durability and

comfort. Moreover, the 360 Series is battle proven

and ridden at the biggest motocross races in the

world – often to victory and championships. The

360 Jersey uses a moisture wicking fabric on the

main body, with mesh back panels for breathability.

This combination pulls perspiration off your skin and

channels refreshing air through the jersey. Thus, you

stay cool, dry and comfortable even in hot or muggy


360 Irmata LE Pant Available at dealers…

For decades, the sport of motocross has

progressed. From the days of factory welded cone

pipes to today’s high revving 4-stroke engines, the

Fox Racing 360 MX pants has continually evolved.

Whether you’re the new kid on the starting gate,

chasing your first championship or the G.O.A.T, this

is the good stuff.

Fox Racing continues to redesign the now

iconic 360 racewear with a new pant chassis.

After countless hours and multiple prototypes,

Fox Racing has released the next generation of

performance racewear. The 2019 360 pants are

here, and they have raised the bar. And from the

looks of this latest 360 Series- Fox is pulling no

punches! The colours and designs of this new gear

will have you looking sharp all season long.

The pants utilize TRUMOTION 4-way stretch

fabric for near limitless range of motion, while

600D polyester protects high abrasion areas. This

strategic fabric placement delivers a remarkable

combination of mobility and bulletproof durability.

Fox’s Rider Attack Position (RAP) construction

is used for a precise fit, putting you in the best

position to win. Finally, laser cut perforations and

vents channel air through the pants for superior


360 Glove

The all-new, 2019 360 Glove from Fox Racing

features both Cordura and TRUFEEL... and that’s

a very big deal! Cordura Ripstop fabric increases

durability to key areas within the glove design.

Trusted for over 30 years, Cordura fabrics are known

for their perfect combination of durability, versatility

and reliability. Those are the facts- plain and simple.

Fox’s exclusive TRUFEEL technology delivers better

precision and sensitivity by placing direct-injected

internal TPR knobbies inside each glove to contact

your thumbs and two inner fingers. The result is

increased dexterity while grabbing levers, tearoffs

and zippers. to say nothing of the extreme comfort.


Come and join the fun!

JHB 2 Richards Bay in the dirt.

Dirtbikes, quads and Side By Sides all welcome!

4 days of fantastic fun for a great cause.

Kicks off 21st September 2019

Raising funds for the QuadPara

Association of SA (QASA).

Courier Services




So … What’s the hype all about??




Words: Sean Hendley Pics: KTM SA/ZC Marketing Consultants

Glenn’s always been tuning me so much about the

awesome adventure riding in Lesotho and how beautiful

the Mountain Kingdom is. For several reasons, I have

never had the opportunity nor the desire to ride Lesotho

and never really understood the hype around it. Then, in

our March issue this year we ran an article on a ride that

one of our readers and three of his mates did through

Lesotho which really piqued my interest. So when the

e-mail arrived from KTM SA inviting us to join them on a

four day trip through Lesotho on a variety of new KTM

adventure bikes I accepted instantly. One, because I

really wanted to find out for myself if riding Lesotho was

all is cracked up to be. And two, I also have never really

understood the hype around KTM’s and why every other

double-cab bakkie has a KTM sticker on it…

At this point I must say KTM SA is really good at

keeping journalists riding and writing about their bikes.

They have great demo fleet and are always encouraging us

to borrow them or taking us away on adventures. Clever

marketing on their behalf, we spent four days riding six

different KTM Adventure bikes and we all know everything

there is to know about these bikes and spent a lot of time

talking about them to anybody who would listen. Some

of the importers don’t have any demo’s at all and that is

why you very seldom hear us talking about them, it is not

because we don’t like them we just don’t know them.

Then others let us have them for the day or so and

restrict us to a few kilometres, also not allowing to properly

get to grips with their bikes.

So we are not KTM biased, we just get to ride them a lot.


Preparing for the trip

The trip was scheduled for the first to the

fourth of May and there had already been

a bit of snow on The Berg and in Lesotho

and I really don’t like getting cold. My kit, at

best is inadequate for riding in the cold, so

it was off to the suppliers to get that sorted.

From DMD I purchased a thermal liner for

my Tankwa Air Flow jacket, as well as some

decent Forma riding boots and a couple of

pairs of Oxford winter socks.

I popped in at Bikewise and had them

service my Arai TX4 and I fitted my Pinlock

anti-fog mechanism to my visor for riding

in cold and /or wet conditions. Then it was

off to find some winter gloves, beanies

and a neck warmer which were eventually

all scratched out of the deep dark depths

of my wardrobe. Riding pants were next

on the agenda. My Tankwa Air Flow pants

just weren’t going to do it, nor were normal

jeans, (which offer very little protection

anyway). Fortunately I still have a pair of

Covec lined riding jeans and a bunch of

high end MX and Enduro riding pants, so all

sorted there. Next was the casual evening

wear, warm jackets and all the sundries that

go along with a few days away from home.

By the time I had finished packing

everything I was very grateful that there

would be a backup vehicle to carry our

luggage. I had managed to squeeze

everything into two very tightly stuffed

large back packs. I don’t really travel out

of S.A. much and thus the whereabouts of

my passport is usually a mystery. Then it

was up before the sun on a cool-ish public

holiday and meet everybody at the KTM SA

head office.

The ride to, in and through Lesotho

Day 1:

I think we had to be at KTM SA just after six

in the morning and I was pretty interested

to see who of the other journo’s would

be there on time, the biking fraternity as a

whole isn’t known for their time keeping

skills. Nevertheless, most of us were there

and were treated to a lekker brekkie in the

boardroom while we were briefed on our

itinerary and route as well as what bikes

we would be riding. Then it was a hustle to

see who could get their kit on the quickest

and grab a bike because nobody was keen

on riding the 690 Enduro R a couple of

hundred clicks on the tar to the border.

No wind protection and a granite hard

seat does not a comfortable highway

cruiser make. I was lucky enough to bag

the 790R. Our route took us out of Kyalami,

past the Mall of Africa and onto the N1,

then N3 to Villiers where we then hit the

old roads to Reitz where stopped for a cup

of coffee. Reitz is a cool little plaas dorpie

in the middle of the Free State. We then

swapped bikes, everybody still dodging

the 690-R for the time being and boomed

through the Free State down to Kestell and

the ‘world famous’ Kestell hotel for lunch.

Andy Haramis, (Hotel manager) and

Susan Swarts (his side kick) put on a


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fantastic traditional boere style lunch for

us in a hotel from way back when that

has been restored to its former beauty

at the foot hills of the Maluti mountains.

Being fairly close to the Lesotho border at

Phutaditjaba I opted for the 690-R now,

knowing the terrain was going to become

more suited to the 690-R’s skill set. The 60

odd kays of tar to the border in Qwaqwa

was actually quite a bit of fun on the 690.

Once we crossed the Monantsa border into

Lesotho and headed along the Monantsa

pass the road became decidedly more

suitable to that bike. We were now on

proper dirt with a mixture of average to poor

dirt roads and some twee spoor thrown into

the mix. The riding was absolutely fantastic,

great fun for the more experienced rider

but also not intimidating to the novice

adventure rider.

The views and the vista’s from on top

of the mountain passes down the beautiful

green river valleys are beyond breathtaking.

I almost fell off the mountain a few times

nearly missing a switchback or six drinking

in the beauty of where I was. Eventually we

all regrouped just before the last 30 kay leg

of the off-road section where I swapped

onto one of the 1090 Adventure R’s.

A lot more power, plusher suspension

and quite a bit taller than the 690 but still an

incredibly capable off roader. About forty

or so minutes later we made it onto the A1,

one of the only proper tar roads in Lesotho I

think - and regrouped again. We discovered

that one of the journo’s had had a bit of

an off, but neither he nor the bike were too

badly damaged. Then it was a mad race

against the setting sun for about 100 kays

or so to Afriski and our lodgings for the next

two nights. Arriving at Afriski in the dark

made the mountain with all its hairpin bends

a bit challenging. Another journo missed

very sharp bend a relatively low speed and

stopped against an Armco barrier, well the

bike stopped at the Armco and ended up

on the other side.

No harm, no foul but we had now had

our warnings shots and had better be more


Afriski is amazing! You really need to put

it on your bucket list if you have never been

there. Wessel Bosman, the boss man, has

put together a really nice place with some

fantastic facilities and a bunch of mad cap

events all year round. He is also a hooligan

his KTM 1290 Super Adventure R and at

around 60 or so years old has several Dakar

Rallies’ under his belt. Go check out the

Afriski website to whet your appetite or

even better … get yourself there post haste!

Day 2:

Here I am not going to pretend I remember

the names of where we rode through or

the passes we rode, all I can tell you it was

a loop from Afriski out past Katse dam

and back to Afriski through some of the

most awe inspiring scenery I have ever

seen and some of the best riding I have

ever experienced. We were chased out

of bed early again and arose to a winter

wonderland all covered in white frost,

including the bike seats. After a rock solid

breakfast and rider briefing, where we were

forewarned about some of the really severe

switchbacks on the passes, we headed out

in the opposite direction from whence we

had come. So, with the warnings still ringing

in my ears I approached the most warned

about switchback with a lot of caution and

promptly fell on my arse. It turns out that

cold road plus cold tyres plus a small patch


of well-placed dirt seem to be the perfect

recipe for a front wheel washout and a low

side tar test of my riding gear.

So with little more than a possible

bruised rib, battered pride and a few scuff

and scrapes on my kit and the bike I was

soon on my way.

Day two saw us swapping through the

entire range of KTM adventure oriented

bikes. 690 Enduro R, 790 Adventure, 790

Adventure R, 1090 Adventure R, 1290

Adventure S and the 1290 Adventure R we

rode them all. What an incredible lineup – I

don’t think that there is another brand out

there to match this variety.

The route was moderately more

technical than the first day with about

ninety percent of it being dirt, some of it

a little bit more challenging than the day

before. I could fill pages with superlatives

about how beautiful and clean rural

Lesotho is and how friendly the Basuto

people are but nobody is going to read it

and I’m not that good a writer.

Suffice to say the people friendly but

tough and expect their livestock to be the

same, the scenery is gorgeous beyond

description but harsh and unforgiving. Tree

and bunny huggers like myself will have a

hard time dealing with the way they treat

their livestock, but that is just the reality of

eking out a life in this medieval environment.

Anyway, back to the ride. Every time

I go on a KTM ride, my riding skills are

challenged and each time I come back a

better, more confident rider. The bikes are

powerful and quick with brilliant suspension

and chassis’ but can get away from you

if you do not have your wits about you as

another journo found out coming over a

blind rise.

Fortunately journalists are quite tough

and KTM’s are even tougher and after

a quick once over by the medic and

mechanics, both were sent on their merry

way to ride another day. We all commented

on how well the bikes handled everything

we threw them at and how good they

made us look with the on-board technology

compensating for our lack of experience

and skill in a lot of instances. We were

having so much fun that we did not keep an

eye on the clock and ended up riding back

to Afriski in the dark.

By this time I had managed to scrag

the 1290 Adventure S and I was eternally

grateful for the ridiculously good lights on

the bike because I am night blind at the

best of times. After a hot shower it was off

to the restaurant for a properly good dinner

and a talk by the legendary boytjie from the

East Rand, Joey Evans with his inspirational

story about going from a paraplegic to

walking again and then racing the Dakar

purely on absolute iron determination and

God’s grace. The room was very quiet

when he has finished and we were all very

humbled to be gifted with a signed copy of

his book.

Day 3:

This was to be a bit more of a leisurely affair

or so the rider briefing at breakfast alluded

to. No rushed early morning breakfast, no

frantic getting into kit and bombing down

the road. Our plan was to be to follow the

A1 to the Sani Pass turn off, lunch at the

top of Sani then a gentle trundle down Sani

to the Premier hotel in Underberg for our

overnight stop. And thus it was …. until

the photographer bike passed all of us

and the sweeper had re-joined the medic

at the back of the pack, then it was the

Lesotho leg of The Isle of Mann TT. The tar

roads in Lesotho are that good heading

up to Sani that you can really have a bit of

knee scraping fun, or as much as the dual

purpose tyres will allow.

The top of Sani Chalets and restaurant

is a proper tourist attraction with all the

usual trappings, but it is the views and

the ride down Sani Pass in the gravel that

you go there for. They had had a lot of rain

and snow just a few weeks before we had

arrived and Sani - dirt side was not in the

best of conditions. A lot of loose tennis ball

sized loose gravel with quite deep rutting

from the water erosion combined with steep

drop offs and 180 degree plus switchbacks


made for quite the white knuckle ride down

on the 1290 Adventure S. Some of us tried

to go back up again on the smaller 790’s

but most opted out and waited for us at

the bottom of the hairy stuff. From then on

it was the chilled trundle down to the SA

border and onto the hotel in Underberg.

Amazingly, we got there with the sun still

quite high up in the sky and we were able

to strip down to our shorts and enjoy a cold

one overlooking the valley and The Berg

swapping tall tales about close calls and


Day 4

We had a lot of mileage to cover from

Underberg, through Loteni with a quick stop

in for a cup of tea at White Mountain lodge.

Then up Oliviershoek pass with lunch at The

Phatt Chef & Roadside diner on Windmill

farm just next to Little Switzerland at the

top of the pass. Our route would then take

us past Sterkfontien dam into Harrismith

and then it was a burn straight down the

N3 back to Joey’s. So we were chased out

of bed at sparrow’s, had an extraordinary

brekka at the hotel, fuelled the bikes in

Himeville and pointed them north.

Riding this part of the Drakensberg is

fantastic, the dirt roads are in reasonably

good condition so you can get your hustle

on. Whipping through forestry lands, along

the top of mountains overlooking mist

filled valleys and between trout lodges is

something to behold. White Mountain lodge

is a cool little spot in the middle of The Berg

somewhere with a very medieval feel and

a bunch of friendly little cats wondering

around - and looks like a great place for

a family getaway. The Phatt Chef serves

the best pepper steak pies you will ever

eat and the maddest salted peanut butter

milkshakes you will ever lay your lips on.

All good things do come to an end…

It was time to stretch the throttle cables

down the tar back to KTM SA offices in


About the bikes …

2019 KTM 690 Enduro R

We featured this bike in last months issue

ridden by our resident hooligan and we really

loved it, but we didn’t take it on any seriously

long distance tours. So this is a slightly

different point of view to the last test.

The 690 Enduro R is by no means a soft

tar roader, long distance comfy kilometre

eater but it doesn’t mean it can’t do it. Over

the four days we covered about eighteen

hundred kilometres with about half of that

being reasonably high speed tar, at no point

did we have to wait for the 690 to catch up.

It easily kept a steady pace with the rest

of the bikes at way over the posted speed

limits. Whoever rode it did mention the seat

was a bit firm and some wind deflection

would have made it more fun to ride at

that kind of pace, but nobody mentioned

that they needed more speed or power or

even better road holding. The 690 Enduro

R is exceptionally stable at speed on tar,

there is the occasional wobble at higher

speeds, but that is more due to the dual

purpose tyres. Hanging your knee through a

corner is as much fun as on a proper super


The shift assist, or more colloquially

known as the power shifter, has the

690 racing up the speedo very quickly

and surprising a few of the riders on

bigger bikes. The shift assist makes for

an incredibly smooth and quick up shift

with the auto blip assisting in the down

changes. This bike is so much fun to ride

on the tar that you will upset the local traffic


Once you get the 690 into the dirt it

comes alive. I grabbed it at our lunch stop

in Kestell on day 1 and once we hit the

dirt in Lesotho I was suddenly riding like

Alfie Cox, (or so I imagined in my own little

fantasy World). At best I am a somewhat

competent off road rider, but on the 690R I

was easily running at the head of the pack

in the dirt. The suspension has a huge

amount of travel and is superb, soaking up

all the bumps and jumps with ease making

the 690 very rideable. The shift assist and

auto blip came into its own when tackling

the technical sections, no need to claw at

the clutch while trying to hang onto the bars

to change gears in a pinch. Just a simple

tap up or down got you into the correct

gear. The new motor is also just so smooth

and all the power so very useable. All in all

the new 690 Enduro R is a very confidence

inspiring bike to ride, not the wayward

hooligan machine the previous model was.

It is a dirt bike with lights on it so it is not

a highway cruiser, but if you only have

the budget for one bike that you need to

commute on and also want to enjoy the dirt

on weekends you won’t go wrong buying

the new 690 Enduro R.

2019 KTM 790 Adventure and 790

Adventure R

More bikes we featured about 2 months

ago when our editor came back from the

world launch in Morocco smiling like a

Cheshire Cat and bumbling on about what

a game changer this bike is.

Anyway, back to the 790’s ….. Yes! They

are that good. Initially I went in looking for

reasons not to like the 790 because of all

the hype around them. I don’t always just


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accept the opinion of the masses; I like

to find out my truth for myself. Swinging

my leg over the 790 R and dropping into

the saddle felt right, even for my extended

chassis. I was immediately comfortable, I

took a few minutes to acquaint myself with

the controls and the TFT screen with the

various traction control, ABS and power

modes. It must be said, moving from

one KTM to another is easy. Their family

heritage is very apparent in the layout of the

control, menu’s and etc. and all very easy to

understand and learn. The 790 Adventure

R stands a bit taller the 790 Adventure

because of its extended suspension travel,

a good 40mm more than the Adventure.

The 790 Adventure R also comes with ‘Rally

Mode’ as standard but is an optional feature

on the 790 Adventure, both bikes have lean

angle sensitive ABS and traction control

especially in off road modes.

The MTC (Motorcycle Traction Control)

is a lean-angle sensitive traction control

system that reacts immediately the instant

rear wheel rotation speed becomes

disproportionate to the riding situation. In

mere milliseconds, MTC reduces engine

output with an extremely smooth, barely

perceptible intervention at the throttle

valves until slippage is reduced to optimum

proportions for the selected ride mode

and current angle of lean. For particularly

ambitious riders, the traction control can

also be switched off. KTM’s cornering ABS

system allows riders to always use the full

power of their brakes while the system

adjusts brake pressure to match the lean

angle of the motorcycle, for safer and more

predictable braking across a wider range

of conditions and scenarios. It can be

turned off for off road conditions. Braking

demands are very different in sand, mud,

gravel or rocks from the predictable grip

of asphalt. By selecting ‘off road ABS’,

the ABS function is deactivated on the

rear wheel, while the front wheel ABS

intervention is reduced and lean-angle

sensor data is ignored to accommodate

the many potential cornering, steering and

control scenarios off road where the plane

of movement might vary (such as leaning

into a berm, rut or sand dune). This allows

riders to lock up the rear wheel, which

can be used to steer into corners, a useful

skill for experienced riders. ‘Off road ABS’

reduces the prevalence of the ABS on the

front wheel on looser surfaces, which better

balances decent stopping power with

secure braking in the dirt. These settings

were developed for maximum braking

power with minimal electronic intervention

in all scenarios. So, all it does is make the

790 so much easier to ride compensating

for human error in most road and off road

situations. I noticed a concrete culvert way

too late and going way too fast in the dirt to

brake, so I sent up a little prayer and kept

on the gas. The 790R’s suspension soaked

up the impact got us airborne and landed

us safely back on terra firma without so

much as a stutter which was more than I

could say for my poor nought.

Once you get the suspension dialled

in for your weight and riding style,

customise the various mode settings to

your preferences the 790 is just such a

good bike to ride. Shorter riders might want

to consider the 790 Adventure with the

optional Rally mode dongle ad on. Both

bikes can easily cruise down the Highways

and byways for hours at speeds that easily

match their price tag, but are even better

off-road. Nothing we chucked these bikes,

(sometimes quite literally), was too much for

them. They are better than extremely good

off road and even better in the hands of a

properly competent rider. Knee dragging on

the tar is a synch and you will possibly have

quite a bit of fun at a track day with the

correct tyres on. The KTM 790 Adventure

and 790 Adventure R are the next evolution

in adventure motorcycling. This is your day

to day commuter; long distance tourer and

week end off road weapon.

KTM 1090 Adventure R

Yes … another bike we featured last

month, like I said KTM SA keeps us riding.

Personally I love this bike. It is a big V-twin

and sounds so sexy with its Akrapovic

pipe. It is quite basic as far as gadgetry is

concerned but at just under 200K with an

Akrapovic thrown in you will have to go a

long way to find a better deal.

The 1090 Adventure R is extremely quick

off the line and will give most superbikes


a pretty good run for their money between

traffic lights. At speed the off road tyres

do make it a bit exciting in the bends, but

just relax your grip on the bars and it will

steady out quite substantially. The seat is

a bit hard for long periods in the saddle,

but something you can get used to. Wind

protection from the small screen is ample

and my preference is for a shorter sexy

little screen anyway, I’m not a fan of the big

delivery bike screens a lot of people seem

overly fond of. They create a huge low

pressure cell right in front of the rider that

messes with your riding comfort as well as

the aerodynamics of your helmet, much like

the “wooo wooo wooo” you get in your car

when driving at highway speeds with the

window all open.

For such a big bike the 1090R is very

good in the dirt, shorter riders might find the

weight and the height a bit of a challenge

in the dirt but a few small adjustments

should sort that out. You do have to be a

bit judicious on your use of the throttle,

the 1090 is incredibly powerful and the

suspension is quite plush so you tend to

forget how quick you are going until you

get to a blind rise into a tight turn. Then it

is “OHH!! My Ffaaaaa …..!” and “Please

God don’t let me die!” moment, but most

times the off road ABS and suspension

will get you out of it. There were a couple

of occasions on the trails around Lesotho

that the 1090R had my sphincter clamping

down on the seat, but that was just me

being lulled into a false sense of security by

the easy power and great suspension.

A couple of times I hit a lurker or two and

really expected to have the bars ripped out

of my grip and be catapulted into oblivion,

and each time the KTM I was on saved my

ass and the 1090R was no different. Sadly I

believe this is the last year KTM is going to

be producing the 1090 Adventure R, so it is

going to become a bit of a collector’s item.

Might be an idea to buy one and put into

storage as an investment for 20 years down

the line.

2019 KTM 1290 Super Adventure S

and Super Adventure R

Firstly the Super Adventure S is big, very

big and a tad heavy for extreme off road

use but in the right hands very competent.

Not everybody is that competent though,

to me this is a very good and comfy long

distance tourer with really good off road

capabilities. It is packed to the max with

all the mod cons to make it beautiful to

ride long distance. I rode this bike back to

Afriski along the extremely twisty mountain

passes at night at a fair clip, now being

night blind and having no street lighting it

was quite terrifying for me. The 1290 has

sublimely good lights and a great extra

feature, the further you crank over into a

corner the more lights switch on along that

side illuminating the way ahead even better

for the rider then switch off again once

upright. I like that a lot. Power delivery is as

expected, it is strong and smooth off the

bottom and all the way up to the red line,

the shift assist gets you to max top speed

in no time at all and it dives in and out of

corners very well. It is a pleasure riding two

up with luggage.

I had opportunity to ride it along some

quite extreme trails in Lesotho including

down Sani pass which was in quite bad

condition when we went down. It is capable

in the dirt but does require some level

of off road riding skill to keep it upright.

Going down Sani Pass was a bit of a white

knuckle affair for me, but the lads from KTM

were playing with it in the dirt on Sani. So

horses for courses, buy the bike that best

suits you.

The 1290 Super Adventure R is a

completely different animal. I have always

asked, “Why the heck would you want a

1300cc dirt bike?” and the simple answer is

……. Well ….. there is no simple answer.

You have to go and ride one of these

bikes to fully understand and appreciate

what it is capable of. It feels smaller and

lighter than the Super Adventure S and

once you have dialled in all the various

modes to your personal preferences

it is such a fun bike to ride. I liked the

suspension and the power delivery a

lot more than the S and I felt a lot more

confident riding the R. The R is so reactive


to rider input and gives you so much

feedback from the suspension and the

brakes that you know exactly what is

happening all the time. With the correct

setting on the traction control you can

power it through long dirt bends knowing

it will power slide without breaking traction

completely making you look like a pro

rider. The ergonomics are great as well, I

was completely comfortable and at home

on the 1290 R immediately and even tried

the odd little jump here and there. Off

Road the 1290 R amazing but on road at

high speed it does get a bit of a wobble on

from the knobbly tyres, but just relax your

grip on the bars and it stables itself again.

It is not as fast as the S in a straight line

due to an engine mapping block for the off

road tyres, because most people do not

have the self-discipline to ride this beast

within the confines of the tyres. I love this

bike, it just makes your stand a bit taller,

puff out your chest a bit more and get a

bit more swagger in your stride. This is a

manly mans bike.

So what is all the hype about??

Lesotho is unbelievably beautiful but

incredibly harsh. The riding is Adventure

Biker heaven. Lesotho is a bucket list

destination for everybody … and that is

not just hype … it’s a fact.

The new KTM 790 Adventure and

Adventure R is the next evolution in

adventure biking and that is also a fact.

The 1290 Super Adventure R is what all

other adventures wish they could be. KTM

has an adventure bike for everybody, go

ride them all and buy the right one for you

not what peer pressure wants you to buy.

Get to your dealer to check them out

– or, www.ktm.com for full specs on all of

these bikes.



“A birds eye view of the Bronze Qualifier”

By Mishka Moller

We asked you for your

stories of the Bronze Roof

and we got quite a lot of

response. Here you go,

enjoy! And thanks Mishka,

ZCMC and everyone else

for most of the pics.

I am 100% in love with the The Maluti

mountains - how could you not? These

mountains call me back every year -

twice a year in fact - for 5 years now

and it’s always been to work at the Hard

Enduro! It’s a combination of energising

& exhausting, exhilarating & revitalising!

It’s demanding, but extremely rewarding

looking after 26 ‘factory racers’ and 23

riders were new to the this event! Every

year, SOHR has new riders participating

in this ‘bucket shop’ event and we want

to create a memorable experience for

the ‘newbies’ who have trained so hard

and have no idea what to anticipate in this

Hard Enduro which adapts and changes

like the wind annually!

2019 was an exciting start as Charan

Moore; the new organiser and his team

stepped up to the plate. From the first

communication we received, we knew this

‘Mother of Hard Enduro’ Bronze Qualifier

was going to be a proper one! Lot’s of

planning was evident - the route was really

well mapped - with approx 100 km of

superb riding added with some ‘pressure

cooker’ moments and a refuel stop en

route was the order of the day!

It was an early crisp morning start

with over 300 colourful entrants waiting

impatiently in the line but brimming with

nerves and excitement. Last year we

endured a very rainy BQ, so watching the

sunrise over the mountains was already

Gavin Morton

Nicolas Verrier

James Luyt.

a good way to start the race! Lesotho

had recently had rain so there were some

hectic parts over mountains with little grip

and lots of assistance amongst the riders.

Riders started off to a well-timed

flowing start and we headed up to

Bushmans to set up for their ‘refuel of

body’ & fuel stop & a quick once over and

quick fix of bikes by Gavin Morton and

fellow family member Mark Garland from

Arrow Yamaha Racing.

Our 26 SOHR guys all qualified and

were delighted with their medals! We

breathed in the fresh mountain air and

counted our blessings with a Maluti beer

and a braai in the mountains!

Congratulations to all the guys that

participated this year - we look forward

to seeing you at the Roof of Africa 4 - 7

December 2019.

Struggle stories…

Four members of SOHR: Dino Zimmides,

Sean Tagney, Troy Nagel and James Luyt

(known as the ‘MP’s’) took a bet last year

on an enduro ride in Swaziland that they

would all complete the Bronze Qualifier this

year! Much excitement and lots of training!

Less drinking and partying for the guys as

they prepped for the event!

James Luyt’s clutch starting giving him

hassles 20km before the finish line - he

was able to ride very slowly in 1st and

2nd gear and a bit of free-wheeling down

the hill. Determined to finish he pushed it

where necessary! At the last checkpoint

about 12km before the finish-line, James

had absolutely NO power and his clutch

had packed up completely! Another rider

Moshate Letlela (No 66) stopped and

assisted him to the Finish line saying

“This is your first Bronze Qualifier - you

have to finish” James made it!!

A very big THANK YOU to Moshate

for being such a super supportive biker -

makes for a wonderful riding community!

Sean Tagney pulled him with a rope

back to the SOHR Pits.

Troy Nagel pushed hard for 98 km’s

and then had a fall literally before the finish

line popping out his shoulder. Marshalls

and paramedics said he must accompany

them and they will strap him up - not

sure if it was broken or dislocated! Troy

was determined to finish and he said he

doesn’t care what happens - he will have it

strapped once he finishes!

He got his medal - got strapped and

they operated on Thursday! He is back in

the game!

A riders Perspective:

By Mo Moosa

I have rallied cars in the South African

National Rally Championship for 7 years

and have won the National title in Class A6

in 2009. I was part of a professional setup

and was sponsored by Total and Toyota SA

and competed in the ultimate class S2000

against the best in SA.

Growing up on a farm, I have ridden

bikes all of my life and still own the 1983

Model Yamaha PW80 that I rode as a

child. When I stopped rallying I looked for

something to fill that gap and my friend;

Brian Capper; introduced me to Hard

Enduro in August 2015. It ticked all the

boxes for me, in that there were a new set

of skills to master, it was very physical and

it provided that much needed adrenaline

rush that I missed. I started off on a 2012

KTM 200XC-W and then to a 2014 KTM

Family gathering

Derek Hardy.

Mo Moosa.

250 6days. Now I ride a 2018 Husqvarna TE300. I also

ride a Honda Africa Twin and was chosen as one of the

top 28 for the 2018 Honda Quest.

I am blessed to live in the stunning Tzaneen area

where we have some amazing riding. We have a

cool group of riders here, and rides happen most

weekends. I’ve also done quite a few of the LEC races

and did the 2017 the Sea to Ski adventure - being one

of 14 riders to complete the entire route including the

virtually unridable WET Donkeys D!$# pass, finishing

the day riding at 9:30PM after being on the saddle for

over 14hours.

I must admit that the learning curve has been

very steep and I was shocked at the levels of fitness

required to for Enduro. It was also frustrating at

times because of my late start in Enduro I’m not as

competitive as I’d like to be (YET).

A few of my riding buddies have successfully

completed the ROA in various classes and I set about

establishing what I need to do to prepare. My new

year’s resolution was easy..... My riding goal for 2019

was to do the Bronze Roof of Africa.

Since the start of Jan 2019 I’ve done around

1600km of hard riding and around 60 hours in the

gym. In addition to the training I finished the LEC

Casterbridge Eduro in March and then in April I did a

training camp in Ramabanta with Jason Livingstone

of Trail Boss Enduro. This was the one step that

improved my riding more than anything else I’ve done

in the past. We did the infamous Ntsupi pass as part

of the training – needless to say it was tough but also

highlighted many of my weaknesses that I needed

to work on. I had a month to iron out all the kinks

on myself and the bike. She got a new top end and

suspension upgrade... I’m really happy with the Dal

Soggio front end kit that Justin at Shock logic installed.

Arriving nice and early on Friday before the race

we were able to drive out to a few of the spectator

points and look at some of the terrain. I

have a height phobia and after driving

up Bushman’s Pass I was unsettled, and

then getting back to Avani for the riders

briefing to the sound of bikes being

revved, made the butterflies started

fluttering even more wildly.

The next morning was stunning – we

got to the pits as the sun was coming up

and I was actually calm and relaxed. My

target was to complete the route in 6 hours

or less and I managed to get off the line at

exactly 7:30. I was passing bikes from the

get go, and actually was a bit worried that

I may be pushing too hard and would burn

myself out, although the route was actually

easier than I expected.

There was one tough section which

was the climb just before the refuel zone,

there was a bottle neck of around 30 bikes

there. I decided to wait out the main line

and it took around 30min to get through.

While pushing hard to get back to refuel

I misjudged the line on a step-down and

went down hard over the handle bars,

my throttle hand hooked the hand guard

and I twisted my wrist. By the time I got

to refuel the wrist was painful and I had

to take some meds, I took my time and

spent around 15min in the pits as I knew

Bushman’s was coming and wanted to be

fresh and ready for it. It was actually easier

than I expected and I was down in no time.

I felt good although by now my wrist was

now quite painful – I was confident that I

was going to finish.

Around 12km from the end there was a

slippery wet adverse sandstone slab that

we needed to traverse. It was like ice and

my front wheel washed I went down and

was sliding towards the edge and a 30m

drop. There were some local kids and I

called them to help.....this is where my

Roof story gets interesting.

Being fluent in Sesotho I was able

to get everyone working together and

we managed to rescue the bike. Now

for the fun part – I needed to give them

a thank-you – I keep a little bag that

slides in behind my headlight. I keep

my phone, some cash and my snacks in

it. I took the bag out and gave them the

mandatory tip and obviously didn’t put the

bag back properly. I pulled off and about

2km further I came to this most beautiful

sandstone mountain that looked like an

amphitheatre. I had to stop and take a

pic.... my bag was GONE. I realised it

must have dropped in the last 2km.

I turned around and backtracked

carefully expecting to see my bag on the

trail - I got back all the way to the kids...

no bag. So I asked where my bag was

and they immediately said that one Maluki

picked it up and had left running up the

mountain. I told them to go find Maluki

and my bag and I would give them a

present. 3 of them took off at speed up

the mountain leaving me a 2 smallies of

around 4 years old. We started having a

chat and they kept telling me that Maluki

is a naughty guy and he should have

followed me to give me my bag back.

I was worried that that was the last I

would see of them and the bag and my

phone. The small guys said no “Malumi

(uncle) don’t go – they will come back

now now”. Around 25min later there is a

commotion and I see them coming down

the mountain all smiles. They (minus

Maluki) hand me back my bag with only

the money (R50) missing.

Now I had a dilemma – I didn’t have

any more money to give them. This is

when rider 199 (Elize Olivier) came up and

I asked her for some money to give them.

They were happy – I was overjoyed to get

my bag back with my phone back. My

faith in humanity is restored.

I rode like a demon to the end – the last

10km are the best 10km I’ve ever had a

on a bike – I was actually sad to get to the

end. The 30min time lost with the bag cost

me a top 100 position but I was more than

happy with my final time 5h:38min and 135

position. Elize I owe you some cash.....

Oh yes... my wrist – It got progressively

more painful so I went to see the Doc this

morning. I had an x-ray – it’s got a hairline

fracture – I was lucky to be able to finish....

What a ride.... Thanks Live Lesotho

and Charan Moore for some lifelong

memories.....the real work starts now.

By Graham Maclachlan:

The two chubby guys on the left just

behind my brother Vivian are Shaun

Stevenson and Wayne Thompson.

Now Stiffie aka Shaun is a very good

rider and Wayne is more chubby but not

so good. “We all know never to under

estimate a chubby Enduro rider”….LOL

Well, this is where it gets interesting:

There is a bet between the two. If Wayne

finishes the Roof of Africa Bronze, Stiffie

has to grow his hair for a year. If not,

Wayne must buy Stiffie a case of beer

every month for a year.

Well, Stiffie helped Wayne at this

years qualifier and Wayne came in @

17:20….so now the march is on for Roof

of Africa proper!!!!

He hung with him all the way to the end

That is a long time on a bike for a “big guy”.

You can imagine how much fun it has

been and still will be for the circle of friends

going forward!


- James


Lesotho -

Troy and



Fast Fred.

Johan Joubert

proud dad with

Griffin Joubert #15

From Johan Joubert:

Attached (left) are some

photo’s of my son Griffen

Joubert @ the Bronze

Qualifier. I must say I am a

proud dad and the event was

brilliantly organized

The Moore’s did a great job.






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All roads led to Lesotho for the third round

of the MSA National Enduro Championship.

Living up to its reputation, the mountain

kingdom showed no mercy with over

120km of unforgiving terrain to conquer.

Having stepped on the Roof of Africa

podium multiple times in his career,

Harding rider Scott Bouverie (Brother

Leader Tread KTM) took his place at the

start line as no stranger to the Maloti


In an intense battle to defend his lead in

the E2 Class, Round Two winner Bouverie

entered a bar-to-bar battle with arch rival

Kyle Flanagan (Bidvest bLU cRU Yamaha

Racing), who won the opening round.

It was a game of cat and mouse for the

first three laps of the race until Flanagan

managed to take the lead in a final push

for the finish line.

As the season hits its halfway mark, it

has become increasingly clear that the

race for the E2 Championship will come

right down to the wire. Just three points

separate Flanagan and Bouverie ahead of

the next round in Eshowe.

“Back on top…thanks to my team and

everyone who made it happen,” said


“This race was for my uncle and gran who

are both in hospital at the moment. I fought

hard and gave it everything I had, now you

two do the same please,” he added.

Bouverie commented: “Pity I didn’t get

the win but had a really good battle

today. There are still three rounds to

make up some points – it’s going to be

a really tight championship. Looking

forward to the next round.”

For teammate Bradley Cox, Lesotho

brought just the kind of breakthrough

he’d been waiting for. The talented multidisciplined

athlete took his competitors by

surprise when he stormed to his first E1

podium finish this season.


The confidence-boost comes at just the

right time for Cox, who is just days away

from a race at GNCC – the biggest offroad

series in America.

“I finally managed to land it on the box!

I’ve been so close so many times, so

for it to finally payoff is really cool. It’s

also really good to carry this kind of

confidence as I head off to America,”

said Cox.

Adding to the celebrations at the orange

camp was the announcement that KTM

South Africa won the National Enduro

event’s Manufacturer’s Award.

From the Proudly Bidvest Blu Cru

Yamaha team:

Kyle Flanagan lead the race from start to

finish with his rival Scott Bouverie (KTM

Brother Leader Tread rider) hot on his

heels until lap 3 when Kyle checked out

and put some distance between himself

and Scott. . “When I saw Scott made a

mistake on lap 3 I knew I had to push

hard to try and open up a gap. I’m glad I

was able to open a gap and increase my

lead in the championship.” Kyle won the

E2 Category and the overall for the day.

Lloyd Kirk had a good race this and it

was easy to see that the technical terrain

suited his riding abilities. “I managed to

get into a rhythm after the 1st lap and felt

comfortable on the bike”. Lloyd placed

a respectable 2nd for the day in the

E1 category and is currently 2nd in the


Bruce May was flawless yet again

aboard his YZ250FX “I had a good

day overall and in the beginning I just

tried to ride as smoothly as possible

knowing the terrain in Leostho.” Bruce

placed 1st overall for the day in the

Masters category and increased his

championship lead.

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Denzil “The General” Torlage had a

great ride aboard his YZ250X. “1st

lap was really tough as I tried hard

to push and ended up losing my

breath. 2nd lap I caught my breath

back and got going with a good

pace.” Denzil finished the day off in

2nd place in the Masters category.

Well done to Charan Moore and

the Live Lesotho team for hosting

a great National Enduro and a Roof

of Africa Bronze qualifier. Thankyou

must be said to all sponsors

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Some results:

National E2:

1 Kyle Flanagan

2 Scott Bouverie

3 William-Waide Slater

4 Luke Walker

5 Heinrich Zellhuber

National E1:

1 William Oosthuizen

2 Lloyd Kirk

3 Bradley Cox

4 Matthew Green

5 Kayde Mante

All comers:

1.Wynand Badenhorst

2 Dricky Morkel

3 Gerhard Venter

4 Henri Lategan

5 Stefan Brits

High School:

1 Heinrich Aust

2 Ryan Pelser

3 Ryan Sequeira

4 Cayden Purchase

5 Dylan Cox


1 Bruce May

2 Denzil Torlage

3 Gideon Malherbe

4 Warner Trimmer

5 Carl Rohrbeck


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Koue Bokkeveld 400

Husqvarna’s Gilbert

storms to Bokkeveld win

Kenny Gilbert delivered a stunning ride to lead the

Koue Bokkeveld 400 from lights to flag and move

into the South African Cross Country Motorcycle

championship lead for Pepson Plastics Husqvarna.

The Pretoria Dakar hero was backed up by compatriot

Taki Bogiages, who continued his comeback charge

with fourth in the OR2 class.

“What a day,” Kenny Gilbert beamed after storming

to victory in a tough and torrid race across the

deserted Bokkeveld highlands north of the Western

Cape town of Ceres. “We knew long before we arrived

here that to win this race, we needed to get out front

out of the dust and stay there, so Saturday morning’s

time trial was crucial. “But I won that by two seconds

to start the main race first.

“Ross Branch pressurised me for a while but I

fought him off and repaid him the dusty favour he

imposed on me last year and I managed to slowly

open the lead. “The going was super tough as it

always is in the Bokkeveld, but the team prepared me

a beautiful Pepson Plastics Husqvarna this weekend

and I managed to use it to great effect.”

The Koue Bokkeveld was the next step in Taki

Bogiages’ recuperation following his broken back late

last year, but the Pretoria rider was happy with his race

to sixth in class. “We are getting there,” Taki grinned.

“This was a tough one — I had a good time trial and

set a target to ride home to a strong finish, which is

what I did, so I am pretty happy with fourth in OR2

and the way the season has started. “Thanks to the

Pepson Plastics Husqvarna team for a great bike as


It was a day to forget for Masters rider Iain Pepper

however, who took a tumble in thick dust in the time

trial and retired with a hurt wrist. “It was a bit of bad

luck I suppose,” Iain explained. “Visibility was almost

zero and I hit a lurker in the dust and that was it.

“Apologies to the team — my Husqvarna felt incredible

as always today.”

“Pepson Plastics Husqvarna Racing enjoyed a

brilliant day in the Bokkeveld,” Husqvarna Motorcycles

South Africa brand manager Fred Fensham concluded.

“Kenny delivered a star performance to win and move

into the championship lead and Taki continues on

an impressive recovery path. “Sorry for Iain, but he’s

tough as nails and will be back — well done to the

entire team!”

Pics from all over and ZCMCC

Some other comment:

Dartagnan Lobjoit:

P2 overall at this past weekend’s National Off-road

down in Koue Bokkeveld. My best finish to date in the

National OR1 class Stoked with my result but won’t

settle till we get that win!

Big thank you to Rall Racing and Hein Perry for the

help in the pits. Also a big thank you to all my sponsors

for making it possible for me to do this sport I love full


Ian Rall:

The koue bokkeveld National in Ceres was a real

learning curve and I felt good and fast managing to

make up some time after having a bad qualifying 12th


The dust was just too hectic to take chances and I

could only manage to get a 5th in OR2 class.

Keep on building and moving forward!


A cold, dusty and loose rock haven awaited us on a

grueling, mixed terrain track in the formidable Koue

Bokkeveld region.

Our team set onto time trial with some plausible

results as we awaited the 10:30 am start on May 4th.

Jaycee Nienaber, was back to himself with a strong,

all round, performance with a 4th in the OR1 class

and 5th Overall. Some good points in the bag going


In OR2, we had the duo of Jason Venter and Darren

Macleod take to the stage. The initial first charge by

Jason Venter was looking highly promising and he

crept into the Top 15 overall however a rear moose

collapse, halted this and with a limp to the DSP, losing

too much time to catch up, finishing in 7th in OR2.

Darren Macleod, however, kept his consistent

pace throughout with one last surge on the last of the

smaller loops to come in just behind 5th place, in 6th

in OR2.

Stefan Van Deventer, took off in fine

style and was looking good in 2nd place

in the OR3 gate until he lost rear brakes

into the second of the longer loops. This

set him back and limped into the DSP for

some fresh brakes. He managed to stay

constant after that and bagged a 4th in


Our young high schoolers, who have

been a sensation watching this year so far,

bidding well for the future in SA Offroad,

came home with some awesome points.

Davin Cocker Led from the start of the

race after a good time trial and grew his

lead steadily throughout the day. Well done

on 1st place and currently leading the Hs


Matty Wilson, in his rookie year, again

found his mojo and set into a 4th place

time trial start, he quickly found his

way into 3rd place and remained there

untouched throughout for some very good

championship points.

Our Master Class Rider, Faan Van

Deventer, was running big numbers and

amongst some of the bigger bikes with

yet another awesome win in the Masters

Class. This puts Faan at 2/2 for Nationals

so far this year.

Well done to Kenny Gilbert on an

incredible win and thanks to all our team




1 Kenneth Gilbert

2 D’Artagnan Lobjoit

3 Brad Cox

4 Louwrens Mahoney

5 Jaycee Nienaber

6 Ross Branch

7 Gareth Cole

8 Wilhelm Schonfeldt

9 Louw Schmidt

10 Jarryd Coetzee

OR1 Open:

1 Kenneth Gilbert

2 D’Artagnan Lobjoit

3 Louwrens Mahoney

4 Jaycee Nienaber

5 Ross Branch

6 Wilhelm Schonfeldt

7 Brett Lewis

8 Ryan Ripley

9 Kirsten Landman

10 Taye Perry


1 Gareth Cole

2 Louw Schmidt

3 Jarryd Coetzee

4 Taki Bogiages

5 Ian Rall

6 Darren MacLeod

7 Jason Venter

8 Carika Pieterse

9 Carl Swanepoel

10 Kyle Schutte

High School:

1 Davin Cocker

2 Nardus Rabe

3 Matthew Wilson

4 Ryan Pelser

5 Judah Josua de Villiers

6 Jan-Ruben Botha

7 Storm Viljoen


1 Faan Van Deventer

2 Wayne Farmer

3 Dax Hunt

4 Ian Venter

5 Martin Lourens

6 Robert Streak

7 Henry Smith



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Here is a very personal feature from one of our mates and Kawasaki nut Shane Rutherford from the

Wetherd Designs outfit. Life sometimes throws you a curveball. This is how he has dealt with tragedy.

In 2016 my brother and best friend Aidan

was diagnosed with Leukemia.

At the time, I was still living in Johannesburg

and working for Rockstar Energy. For the first

year he was sick, I was bouncing between my

hometown of East London and Jozi. Well, as

often as I could possibly afford anyway.. It was

a tough time for him, plus I was going mental

living so far away..

A year into Aidy being sick, I had

a small melt down and resigned

from my job, so that I could

move home to be with

my family and brother.

It wasn’t a tough

decision at all. Work at the time was awful,

JHB was really crappy and to be honest with

everything happening, I came to realize that

I wasn’t happy with the direction that my life

was heading..

In Early 2017, I took the leap and moved back

to our family farm just outside of East London. I

had no idea what work I was going to be doing,

no direction at all, other than I knew I had to be

where my brother was. When I told the guys

at Rockstar what I was planning, they didn’t

want to lose me, so made a plan to keep me on

board. I worked remotely from East London for 5

months but long story short, this didn’t work, so I

resigned again, with no plan or direction.


Aidan with


Day Winner



Aidan and Daughter


Aidan and Mother


Aidan and


This was the bike at

purchase time...

Again! Flip! I thought I would only be silly once! Haha!

Although times were tough financially, there was better

news on the horizon! Aidy gave me the best news I could

have ever have heard! His latest tests had come back

completely clear, and he was told that his cancer was in

remission! What amazing news this was, we were all so

pumped for him, that he had beaten this monster!! Hells

YEAH! FCK Cancer!!!

For the next 10 or 11 months, things went on as

normal, I was working on my Wetherd Brand again,

painting helmets and doing design work and we managed

to buy Aidy a fix her upper bike that we planned to build

as soon as we had some cash. Then, when it was done,

we would do a small photo-shoot together to celebrate the

hard times and build a little memory bank with something

we both loved along the way.

The plan went smoothly until Aidan came home from a

work trip, feeling tired, sore and had been suffering from

terrible headaches and tummy ache the entire trip.

Two months went by, in and out of hospitals, with his

condition only getting worse. He lost 25kg in the first 4

weeks, and roughly another 12 over the following 4 weeks.

He then developed Bell’s palsy symptoms in his face,

and doctors could not tell us what was causing it.

He wasn’t able to hold food down, and eventually could

not walk on his own. He was deteriorating fast. We could

do NOTHING to help him. I felt so USELESS!!

After seeing specialist after specialist, his doctor finally

came to the conclusion that they had missed a rare cancer

right in the beginning and started treatment straight away.

In a few short days, Aidy was getting chirpy again and

acting a little more like himself. The doctor diagnosed him

with Mature T-Cell Lymphoma, which had spread to his spine

and brain fluid. This of course was causing all the trouble!

Aidan stayed in hospital mostly from then on out, but

when he was well enough to go home, the doctor would

allow him to spend a weekend or week out, to regain his

strength for treatments. Sometimes when he was well


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enough we could work on his bike in the

garage - Our happy place!

However, times were really tough for

him. He was up and down a lot, and had

lost more than 30kg is total, my brother was

so frail. It was the most difficult thing to see

and be around.

I would get in the car after visiting and

cry my eyes out all the way home. I never

thought feeling so helpless could feel so

bad! It is quite possibly the worst thing any

physically fit person could endure with their

sickly loved one. Anyone who has been

through cancer with someone close to them

I’m sure can and will relate.

All through Aidan’s illness, the best thing

I figured I could do was keep his spirits up

and keep him motivated to fight this thing,

so that’s what I kept on trying to do until

the very end. We spoke of dirt bikes, future

plans, holidays together, and my really poor

taste in women. Haha!

On the woman front though, I think

he would be pretty proud of me now. We

also planned and held a small event in

his name called Throttle Day, built a really

cool fundraising campaign for him called

#FCKCancer, and just hung out as two

brothers would - I used whatever time I had

to the max.

Aidy eventually lost his battle with Cancer

on the 3rd of December 2018, and I lost my

very best friend. It was intense, and the most

difficult thing I have ever had to deal with.

But, just before Aidy passed, we

managed to finish his bike, and my good

friend Marc Sing Key took some amazing

photos of us together with the bike at our

track on the farm. Just after he passed, two

other good friends came to visit and took

some photos of me messing around on his

bike so I had some memories to hold onto.

These days when I want to spend time

with Aidan, I jump on his bike and we go

throw some laps around the track together.



Shane putting the bike

through its paces...



• Stock 2006 Kawasaki KX250

• Powder Coated Frame and Parts

• Tyres: Dunlop

• Bars/Grips: Renthal

• Chain: RK Lumo Green

• Sprockets: Renthal

• Bearings: Pivot Works

• Sticker Kit: Wetherd Racing/BBFX

• Reed Valves: VForce3

• Pipe: Running Stock

• Suspension: Stock

All available through Wetherd Racing.

Email: Sales@wetherddesigns.co.za for any help

needed or more information.

Massive thank you to my friends and family who were always

there when we needed them. Thank you to the Companies who

supported us along the way:

Monster Energy, Kawasaki, FOX Racing, Von Zipper SA, Bandit

Bike Graffix, Bell Helmets, Milltrans, Riegers Group, Tractor World,

Claas, 139 Motorsports, Gazebo World, Prepsol, DJ Tech, Sounds

of Summer, Buco EL, Duram Paints, The Bright Beetle, Tim Banks

Biokinetics, Track my Ride, Rubicon EL, Nithrone, Symonds

Sports, His Way Church, Cannonbury Rows Eggs, Shelford Farms,

Pro Veg EL, Kempston, The Out Post, Best Man Suit Hire, Premier

Hotels, Wilson Buchery, Heins Meats, Wildcoast FM, Link FM, Ajax

Tool Hire EL, Norland Plant Hirt, Pine Creek, SL Contractors, Gule

Meats, Kidds Beach Methodist Church, Sunshine Ladies, Elzea

Snacks, Twizza, St Christophers School.


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Marc Sing Key



Taye Perry

Taye has just returned

from the Merzouga Rallye,

where she raced in the

distinguished company

of Ross Branch, Kenny

Gilbert and and Kirsten

Landman. It was a huge,

amazing event for Taye

– her introduction to the

world of Rallye racing in a

lead up to hopefully giving

the Dakar a shot in 2020.

But she’s been racing for

years. Here is the story…

DT: Taye where did it all start?

TP: The social bug bit when I was just

a teenager, I saw a pic of my dad Hein

racing back in the day – and I thought

I’d give it a shot. My dad loved the idea

- My Brother is not so keen on bikes –

and dad brought home a clapped out

RM80 to mess around on with dad on

his RM250. I rode that for less than a

year, but decided that I really love bikes

and dad agreed!

The 80 was traded for an 85 Big wheel

– my first brand new bike. Another year

on the 85 – and that was replaced by an


DT: Racing?

TP: Yup my first race was the Sun

City 200 on that 125 in 2006. I actually

wasn’t sposed to race – I was only 15,

but somehow they snuck me in. The

bug bit so hard – and I got a fourth in

the 125 class.

For 2 years, I raced that 125 – a

brilliant bike, suffered lots of gearbox

issues, but man it was fun. I raced

junior nationals and was just about at

the back of the pack each time – but

man we had fun. My best result was

getting rider of the day at the mini

Winterberg because I struggled so

2006 first offroad

race on RM125

2006 family pic RM80,

RM85 and RM250

2007 learning to

crash properly

2007 Junior

National RM125

2007 Junior

National RM125


much! Dad raced with me all the time – until he broke

his leg at one of the regionals…

DT: Then your dad lost his 250?

TP: Correct. I decided to train on dad’s RM250, because

it would make me faster on the 125. As soon as I hit 18,

I started racing that. Dad only got to ride it when I wasn’t

racing. I rode that 250 for many years and slowly started

moving up the ranks. There still weren’t many girls racing,

so I do have quite a few trophies and great memories on

that bike. I actually learned to crash properly on that bike

– I’m only 4 and a bit feet tall so getting feet to the floor is

often a problem. I had to learn to keep feet on pegs and

open the throttle…

I even raced a quad for a few months – because there

was a ladies class. I raced a LTR450 and got a couple

of podiums – until I managed to cook the motor. I prefer

motorcycles, so I decided to go back to bikes.

2008 Giving

Quads a go

DT: Did you race in teams or for Taye?

TP: I always try to join a team – it’s more fun so the early

days was Junior team Suzuki with Douw and Elouise

Steenkamp, then we moved along to Off road racing

Concepts on the 250. From there we joined Waterite

Racing – and I went Motard racing on Estiaans YZ250F. I

enjoyed the racing a lot – but I wanted more speed – and

girls were only allowed to race 250’s. I did about four races

for the year – the best result there was fourth.

DT: In between all of this you were still racing the 250?

TP: Yes I was racing regionals and GOC with the Bert

Smith Allstars. I was with them for a few years.In 2013,

Bert let me try his KTM 450 – and I never went back. I HAD

to have that power. After many hard years, dad got his

Suzuki back (Thanks Dad), and I conned Bert into letting

me race his bike, eventually buying it from him at the end

of the season.

2009 National

Offroad RM125

2013 Taye and

Bert Smith


In 2014, the team put me onto a KTM 300.

Great bike fast, light, but a small girl like me

needs lots of power – and a bit more weight…

my 450 just fits. I won the GOC championship

that year and was fortunate enough to do the

same for the next 2 years. All on that same

450. A brilliant, unbreakable bike.

While I was racing GOC, I was also racing

national off roads solo. I went into OR1 so

that I could do the full distance – I consistently

ran 6th or 7th. The nationals then were like

400KM’s, so it was a great learning curve.

One of my favorite events is the Botswana

desert 1000. Results have always been good

– 4th in OR1 one year… and consistently

in the top 10. That’s where my love of long

distance started.

DT: You went off to the DRC?

TP: I’ve been backwards and forward to

The Congo for four years to compete in

the annual 4 hour enduro, a tough ride all

around Lubumbashi. The race attracts a lot

of internationals, and we are invited back as

the “Guest Stars”, lots of French and Belgian

competitors and ex pats who live in the DRC.

Some of them have done Dakar, and they keep

asking me why I have not done that yet.

DT: Yup. Dakar?

TP: It’s a big dream. 2020 here we come.

Last year November I decided to make that

a reality. I believe I can do it. The rallye stuff

is what I really love – and I really want to get

into the international Rallye scene. We started

selling everything – to save some funds

to make it to the Merzouga Qualifier. The

challenges are huge – it costs a lot – and we

are not as well-heeled as we’d like. I needed

to raise about R170.000. I managed to get

about 60k together, and a bit more through all

sorts of people who made donations. Thank

you guys - and when I was about to give my

transporter away – Pro Touch Global got to

hear about my efforts – and they stepped in

to help. More funds were secured and in a

dream I flew off to Morocco.

I managed to rent a KTM 450 from an outfit

in Merzouga – for roughly the same price as

it would have cost to ship a bike there and

back again – but I did not want to lose time

or take the chance with customs. That bike

was very tired… I only managed to get like

130kph tops out of it – when my old KTM

ran in excess of 150. But it was a bike and,

happily it did the job.

DT: How did you enjoy the race? And you

were fastest on most of the stages in the

ladies category?

TP: Loved it! Too short and over far too soon.

1300 KMs of mostly sand, man I loved every

second of it! And on the short rocky sections

the South Africans killed it! The internationals

don’t like rocks much. And yes – day one was

a mess - so I had to do some serious racing

over the next few days - but I just couldn’t

quite make up enough time on the leader.

Super stoked!

DT: Walk us through what the race is like.

TP: Day 1 in the prologue – Sunday: That

was a mess, my road book came loose and

was flopping around, Kinda difficult to read at

130kph. I eventually tucked in behind someone

and made it through, but my position was not

so good. We fixed it in the bivvy that night, I

forgot to mention that we paid the Desert Rose

outfit for Pit assistance – and they fixed it up

that evening.

Day 2: Stage 1: Thanks to the prologue, I

started at about position 76… kept it steady

for most of the day and I made up a lot of

positions… until the last check point. A whole

2019 Honda with Mom and Dad

2018 DRC




Everts and


2018 DRC with

Ross and Dart

2019 Honda team with

Bikers Warehouse


2018 DRC Race

2019 Merzouga

Marathon Bivvy


group of us got very lost… and ended up

doing one of the sections twice which added 2

hours to the time… Frustrating!

Four of us did an extra 40KM’s that day, we

finished late afternoon.

Day 3 Stage 2: Despite the bad start, my

position was better – 63rd. It was a good

day of racing – I ended up 35th for the day. A

much happier Taye was at the dinner table that


Day 4 and 5: Stage 3 and Stage 4 Marathon

stages: No changes to bikes, no tyre changes,

no team support. Slept out in the desert.

Big Adventure! I came in 31st. By stage 4, a

massive, sandy dune day, my tyre was totally

shredded, making traction kind of interesting.

It is a tough race, easy to make mistakes. Easy

to lose hours in the dunes. It’s a big mental

game – stay focused with your eye on the

finish. Thanks to all the falls in the dunes, my

road book and ICO stopped working – so I line

hunted for the last 40KM’s…

I had a great day and made up some more

places. Ready for the last day – it felt so good.

Day 6: The last day stage 5, the MX Dune day.

Cold. We kicked off at 8 in the morning. The

start was 60KM’s away from where we slept

and we were all frozen by the time we got

there. The SXS’s started first – so guess what?

We had big ass lines to follow and we barely

had to use our road books. The racing section

was only about 50KM’s of dunes, but man was

it fun! The end came too quickly I could not

believe that it was over after all the prep.

My overall result – 48th – and I qualified for


DT: What’s next for Taye?

TP: Lots of bike time. Lots of road book time.

Bigger and better motorcycle things.

Hopefully quite a few Rallye’s before the big

one. Lots of fund raising – so if anyone out

there has some change lying around… please

do get in touch!

Tayes career at a glance:

• 2 x MSA National offroad Womans Titles –

2014 and 2015.

• 5 x Gauteng Cross country club Champ

2010, 11, 12, 14, 15.

• 4X Daqme de Fer/ Woman of steel award,

DRC ’15, 16, 17, 18

• 2 wins in Toyota desert 1000 race ladies

class, 2013, 2016.

• MSA Namaqua African Rally production

450cc Class winner 2014.

• Merzouga rallye finisher, Dakar qualifier.

DT: Any thank you’s?

TP: Where to start?

Pro Touch Global.

Wow guys!

Dad, mom… all the teams I’ve raced with and

for in the past. To all the generous people who

donated to Merzouga, Big thank you for your


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and wotnott: Taye Perry

2019 Merzouga

Mrathon Day 2

finished tyre

2019 Merzouga podium

2019 Merzouga

finishers medal

2019 Merzouga

stage 3 start

2019 Merzouga

Trophy Plate 2nd

2019 Merzouga Taye with BAS

Team boss Bart and mech


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Re-tread’s & Second Hand Tyres

in the Motorcycle Tyre Industry:

We bet that 90 percent of us

have been in the situation where

you simply cannot afford to

buy a new tyre. I remember

wandering next door to The Bike

Hospital to find a semi decent

used tyre for my CB5504k (OK

that bike was already old then!)

years ago.

It’s not ideal - but when times are

tough you make a plan.

The guys from Bike Tyre

Warehouse sent us this feature

on what to look out for...

Used and retreaded motorcycle tyres:

The proliferation of second hand motorcycle

tyres is growing driven by economic factors &

rider ignorance to the dangers of using them.

The rider needs to ask him or herself

what the tyre went through when used by

the previous owner because it is not always

just about the life and wear of the tyre; not

many riders will get rid of a tyre at 50% of

its life just because he can more often than

not the tyre has experienced some sort of

critical damage that is not always apparent

to the unskilled eye.

So - has the tyre with 2mm-3mm tread

suffered impact damage? Or while buying

the second hand tyre for example you ask if

it has had a puncture you get shown a tyre

that has no evidence of a puncture repair

- but a faulty valve could have caused the

tyre to deflate and the previous owner could

have ridden the tyre while flat.

So he naturally got rid of it after having

it inspected by a tyre professional as the

carcass is fatigued and it is not safe to be

used any longer.

You buy it for R500 what a deal, then on

your Sunday run you run tight in a corner

and the tyre collapses and delaminates

which normally causes extensive damage

to the tail end of your bike and in some

cases takes the bike down with you on it...

The sale of scrubs (used race tyres) by

track riders after a race or track day is a

common practice in the race market. This

is all very well if the tyre is going back onto

the track but when these tyres end up on

road bikes used for daily commutes etc. it’s

very dangerous - and sadly so many bike

owners are ignorant to the fact thinking

because it is a track tyre it has great grip.

Sadly this is a big misconception.

Slicks are not designed for road use.

They require heat which they get with the

use of tyre warmers to bring them to the

required temperature for optimum grip. This

is not possible when you are going to work,

stop starting and filtering through traffic.

Ask anyone who tries to sell you a slick for

your road bike.

“Retreaded motorcycle tyres” you say

with a quick frown. “Why?”

Because you have been racing for 10 years,

you have ridden all the brands because as

an experienced rider you know you need

to try any & all tyres specific to your race

discipline because it’s what you do; because

you want to find what works for you.

You need a tyre to give you traction

& stability at high speed; straight line

precision; braking stability; cornering

stability; lateral support and durability. Tyre

versatility for multiple terrains is critical now

as a single race can cover several terrains,

and you might need different levels of

durability (tyre life).

Yes, every brand works at this - during

development to rigorous testing in-house

as well as giving tyre products to globally

recognized industry test centres like

Tass International. And they do obtain an

estimated tyre life for each product - but it’s

never a definite.


Because there are so many variables -

essentially how long is a piece of string?

Trust me, the most asked question in 20

years in the tyre trade – “How many kilo’s or

hours will I get on this tyre” proves without

a doubt that the life of a tyre is one of the

most important considerations made by a

customer when buying a tyre.

Racers are no different - they ask the

same question as the everyday riders why

because specially developed race tyres are

expensive when you use a set per race or

in the more extreme events 2 to 5 tyres - it

adds up very quickly.

A good example is the 140/80-18

extreme tyre which led to a war among

the manufacturers with a literally overnight

boom creating a high demand for this

extreme tyre type The brands rushed

to get product into the market; specially

designed carcasses and compound

offerings hard; medium; soft & the super


soft commonly known among this breed of

racer as a sticky.

Unbelievable technology which must

deliver on capability and safety when

pushed to the ultimate limit by the racer

and, yes there are brands that have

produced premium quality for this market

but again durability is the one thing that

plagues all.

So back to the quick frown; motorcycle

retreads - what’s this all about?

We have all heard the word retread and

the first thing that comes to mind is truck

tyres, and the daily reminder is the retreaded

rubber lying on our highways and

roads from these truck tyres.

So what are retreads; a brief synopsis.

A re-tread is a used tyre that has been

re-manufactured to extend its life. The old

worn tread is removed and new tread is

attached through a specialised process

involving hot and cold curing. Retreads

are widely used in the trucking industry

because of the high cost of replacing truck

tyres. Commercial jets also use retreads for

the same reason.

However, in the case of truck & aircraft

tyres the carcass has been designed to

take the extended life (mileage) of being


In overseas markets, re-treaded tyres for

passenger vehicles must have a maximum

speed rating of 140 km/h and the original

casing used must have a minimum rating of

180 km/h.

Many motoring bodies and car insurance

companies do not consider retreads

safe and do not recommend their use in

passenger vehicles for the following reasons:

• The history of the original tyre is unknown

(how often has it been re-treaded and under

what conditions has it been driven).

• Less overall structural strength than a

new tyre and the potential for the retread to

come loose from the tyre.

• Potential instability at high speed.

• Inferior wet grip, durability and braking


In South Africa, there are no quality

safety standards that retreaded tyres need

to meet only that the tread depth meets

international standards.

Why you should avoid retreads & used tyres.

While retread tyres may be suitable for the

transport industry due to the cost savings,

they should be avoided in passenger

vehicles simply because of the doubts that

still hang over them. The bottom line is,

these are not new tyres and, like anything

used, they have a greater potential to fail.

Given that most tyre retailers now carry very

affordable new tyre brands at the lower end

of their ranges, there is simply no excuse for

bringing your family’s safety into question

for the sake of a few rand.

The situation is even more severe in the

Motorcycle industry. Generally speaking a

motorcycle tyre works harder than a car tyre

due to more horsepower per square inch

being generated into it, particularly under

racing conditions.

All tyre manufacturers will tell you that

motorcycle tyres are not designed to be

re-treaded under any circumstances -

never use a motorcycle tyre that has been

retreaded. They are not safe and more than

likely will fail with dire consequences.

None of the reputable premium brands

will be responsible for any warranty claims

relating to re-treaded or remanufactured

tyres using any one of these premium brand


What is the standpoint on retreading,

from a safety aspect?

Technically speaking (best-case): re-baking

the rubber affects the tyres structural

property of carcass plies and sidewalls, the

discontinuity between sidewall (baked and

made of proprietary materials) and tread

pattern (raw and of unknown source) layers

may potentially generate circumferential

joint opening. Structural reliability is

therefore unpredictable at least from a

theoretical standpoint.

So - is it worth it?

Retreaded tyres could be less expensive

than the new ones, however, after the

budget tyres have come into play, the

scenario has changed to a large extent.

Now, it seems that budget tyres are even less

expensive than the retreaded ones and as

they are freshly made tyres, they obviously

have better quality than the retreaded tyres.

Hence, a customer is more likely to prefer

budget tyres to the retreaded ones.

In retreading, a new lease of rubber is

put on the casing of a worn out tyre without

changing the cords of infrastructure. Hence,

the quality of the retreaded tyres always stays

a lot down than that of the new tyres. No

matter how well it works after retreading, there

has to be some issue with a retreaded tyre.

Short term you might save a

few bucks - but when you are

cruising at mach 4 and the tyre

delaminates... it wont be pretty.

Even if a used or re treaded tyre

looks good, there is a reason

why it was removed by the

previous owner and destined for

the tyre graveyard.And on a bike

especially - that is no joke!

Bruce de Kock

Bike Tyre Warehouse Group SA

Tel: 011 205 0216


Solo through


Not a huge variety of pics but a

great read for anyone with a bit of

wanderlust. A trip report by Martin

Malec, Adventurer of note.

The Simpson Desert is probably

the most iconic dual sport ride

in Australia, crossing the biggest

parallel sand dunes desert in the

world - at least that is what my

google-fu says. Depending on

track the ride is about 550 to 700

km long.

The rest of Australia - at least from

what I have seen on interweb - cannot

match the riding we have available here

in Southern Africa. But then all I have

ridden in Oz is tar road from Sydney up

to Blue mountains on GSXR1000 and

riding 180hp bike up the most speed

trapped road on the planet patrolled by

one of the most overzealous police force

and pegged mostly to 60 - 80 km/h is a

true mystical experience, as by the end

of it one is hallucinating from excruciating

frustration. But that Simpson desert kept

me awake at night or few, slurping up

whatever youtube videos of its crossing I

could find.

So over the years I have kept my eyes

open for something similar down here (I

should probably say up here as I think

we may be above Australia actually).

Now there are candidates here that can

probably at least to an extent match

Simpson desert - the most obvious being

Kalahari and Namib desert, but most of

them are off limits for riding due to being

on private property or part of protected

areas off-limit to bikes.

But eventually I stumbled upon

south-west Botswana and my focus

shifted there. It started many years ago

when I was trying to figure out interesting

dirtworthy route from CT back to Joburg.



I just happened to read something

about the annual Desert run going from

Kuruman to Swakopmund, initially following

the Molopo river along the Bots border.

They even had a ‘red’ route (that is the one

following the Molopo riverbed), so I thought

what a heck, rode up to Molopo lodge and

took the Molopo track next day east. It

turned out to be massive disappointment -

basically riding in very shallow dull riverbed

along the Bots border fence and most of

the time within 70 meters from perfectly

good tar road on the Botswana side.

In other words, it was like riding 200

km on a tar road shoulder. To add insult to

injury, the boring riverbed was running in

a valley of beautiful Kalahari red dunes for

most of the ride - but those were off limits

as the ones to the south were on private

property, and the ones about 100 meter to

the north in a different country. But I filed

away image of those dunes in my brain.

That image got triggered few years later

when one of the inmates on the Wild Dog

Forum said something to an effect that

there is ‘no good riding around Kathu’.

WTF, I thought as Kathu is right in the

middle of Kalahari. I cranked up my google

satellite images and sure enough struck

gold straight away. I knew there was no

point looking on the South African side

due to private property. But I also knew

that Botswana - one of the last outposts of

freedom in this increasingly incorporated

world - with its predominantly public land

is a better chance. And sure enough,

what I found on those images looked very


Part 1:

What was seen couldn’t be unseen and

within a month I was heading there. The

problem was the 690 with rally kit was

way too heavy for proper exploration in

unknown territory and I ended up failing

miserably. That failure is documented on

the Wild dog Forum:



On the positive side, the failure gave me

the final push to get real dual sport bike

- enter KTM 500, prepared by Off-Road

Cycles - as the big bikes became liability

way too quickly while exploring unknown

and potentially risky territory.

Well, I had to go back. So, when my

plan to go ride Lesotho with few mates

My 500 built by the guys at

Offroad Cycles.

over Easter fell through mostly because

last minute they opted for more exciting

stuff (plumbing - heya Tony), I immediately

switched my attention to Bots and after day

or two of plotting whatever tracks I could

see on the satellite images, I was ready.

And boy did I strike gold! Why nobody rides

there is just incomprehensible to me.

This place is just magic and as far as I’m

concerned easily matches the best riding

places in Southern Africa like Kaokoland

or Makgadikgadi. Yes it cannot match the

size of Simpson desert - it is about 250 km

across from Bokspits to Tsabong.

But, unlike Simpson which I think is a

park and one has to stick to tracks), you

can ride wherever you want, i.e. completely

off-piste (as long as you stay out of


Kgalagadi NP to the north of course). So

you can zig zag all over the place and I did

over 750 km of proper sand riding in three

days of riding.

What I do know, is that there are stray

cats running all over our version of Simpson

as the Kgalagadi park is right to the north

and of course there are no fences around

Bots parks. So one may come over

the dune and be greeted by one. In my

deranged mind I actually hoped to bump

into one or few of these.

I woke up feeling better and finally fully

keen to hit the desert. During the night there

was a heavy storm, which I took as a good

sign as the sand would be compacted and

easier to ride. I settled the bill, jumped into

the car and drove 30 or so km to Middelputs

border post, where I arrived just as they

opened for business at about 7:30 am. I

crossed the border without too much hassle

and drove into the Middleputs town looking

for the police station which I found after

an enquiry or two. The police chief kindly

agreed that I could leave my car there for the

next few days and I parked under awning

in the fenced police parking lot. The reason

I took the car into Bots was the lack of

petrol available in the area west of Tsabong

(if you get lucky you might get petrol in

Middelputs - but it’s not guaranteed so, I

decided to leave my car with two full jerry

cans positioned roughly in the center of my

area of interest, which gave me convenient

temporary base for the exploration.

Cops helped me to unload the bike and

I geared up and set-off. I was quite chuffed

with my progress so far in that it was still

before 9:00 am, and in all my chuffness, I

forgot to take my bike documents, which I

realized within the first 10 km just as I was

to turn off tar and into dunes. Grudgingly I

turned back. I needed the papers with me

in case I needed to cross back to SA to get

petrol in Askham or Two Rivers. I was on

my way again about 20 minutes later.

The objective for the day was Two

Rivers, which is a big camp at the entrance

of the Kgalagadi NP, about 180 - 200 km

away over the dunes. The camp is part of

the NP so off limits to bikes, but I hoped

to be able to sweet talk my way in for an

overnight, and more importantly to fill up at

the petrol station they have there. It was a

long shot, but worth a try.

The first 10 - 15 km from Middelpits was

on tar until I came to village named Khuis,

where I turned off tar and onto a dirt road

that very quickly morphed into sandy double

track. I settled very quickly into the swing

of things and cruised comfortably heading

west. The track runs across low dunes

and flat plains, and the sandy landscape

alternated between light red and yellow/

white, with scrub bush providing spatterings

of green. About 20 km in I came upon cattle

post, which I diligently marked in my GPS

for an emergency - the guy there had water

available. For some reason all the cattle

posts I found were situated on big sandy

plains - I suspect that for some reason that is

where the water is easily available.

At the cattle post I had to decide on

direction. When I plotted the routes I could

only see track running north from the post

eventually taking me to Khawa, which is

a village in the center of this area. I have

been to Khawa before and was going to

ride through it next day, so for now I was

keen to rather push west. I couldn’t see any

track heading west on the satellite images

- most of the tracks here head north/south,

because the dunes are situated in the north/

south direction and the tracks usually run in

the valleys between the dunes.

Anyway, I decided to push west offpiste

if necessary. And while I floated over

the plains free form for first few km, sure

enough eventually I bumped into double

track heading west and took it for another

10 - 15 km until I hit the north/south track I

wanted to connect to.

Further north the dunes gradually grew

with vegetation became sparser and the

sand more pronounced. It was amazing how

the scenery changed every few kilometers.

The riding was just sublime, I was smiling like

the happy idiot I was all the way.

When the track I was turned decisively

north east towards Khawa. I just turned left

and sailed across increasingly higher waves

of dunes off-piste for the next 20 or so km.

The freedom of riding this place gives you is

unparalleled anywhere I know of. Yes, one

can ride freely in Lesotho as well, but the

terrain there will very quickly limit one to very

few options, which is fun in its own way as

one has to solve the puzzle of terrain to get

wherever he wants to go. Here, one can ride

in whichever direction he wants, without any

limitation (apart from strategically concealed

hyena dugout of course).

The off-piste dune section:

After dozen or few dozen km of that I have

arrived at yet another completely different

set of dunes and at that point connected

to the main track between Khawa and Two

Rivers. There was another cattle post with

water there, where I greeted the two herd

The dunes get really challenging

and can sap your energy.


oys there and marked the spot in GPS to

know where to head to should I run into

trouble. By now it was getting afternoony

and I still had about 40 km of dunes to

navigate to Two Rivers. I didn’t know when

they close the gate, but judging by other

border posts (the entrance to Kgalagadi NP

is also a border post), I suspected they may

close at 16:00. So I jumped on the main

track and pushed on to make it there before

that time.

I knew I was being somewhat stupid and

should have rather ease up as by now I was

nursing proper headache from dehydration

and heat. It was pretty hot and I was riding

apart from few photo stops more or less

non-stop since 9:00 am. Since then I have

done about 140 km of sand and dunes and

- because 500 made it deceptively easy - I

stupidly drank probably less than a liter of

water (I was carrying about 7 liters). I know

dehydration when I feel it, and I knew I was

being stupid, but I was keen to get to Two

Rivers before the gate closed so after few

gulps from my camel bag I just pushed on.

The rest of the track sailed up and down

sets of paralled dunes all the way to the

Two Rivers - the more west I got the more

reddish tint they became.

A Few km shy of Two Rivers I came upon

my first fence and gate. I found gate in 180

km of sand and dunes an acceptable score,

though of course I would have preferred

not to find one at all. I made it to the gate

at about 5 to 4pm. My original plan was the

following: The top priority (minimum) was

to talk them into letting me in to fill-up my

bike at the camp petrol station. Second

priority was to talk them into letting me sleep

in their campsite, as that way I would also

have access to the restaurant in the camp -

bingo. If I could get petrol and but not be let

to camp there, I was to backtrack into the

dunes and bushcamp.

Hasty enquiry at the reception desk

confirmed what I expected - the campsite

was full, so no go. They wouldn’t let me go

on the bike to the petrol station either,

but they offered that if I have a jerry can

of a kind I can walk there to get petrol.

I didn’t - I took one of the Coke bottles

with petrol in the morning as spare, but

it fell off somewhere in the dunes. Plus,

it would take quite a few trips there and

back with 2 liter bottle to fill up my bike.

No bueno.

My head was killing me by know, so

I went into full autopilot mode - i.e. my

inner gastro tourist took over. He argued

that without petrol I was toast anyway as

I wouldn’t risk trying to get over dunes

back to my car and possibly running out,

so the only option was to jump across

the border and ride down to Molopo

lodge where they had petrol. Of course

there was another option - backtrack

to Struisedam about 20 km south, buy

some bottles there (or even better, just

buy bottles at the camp), fill-up and go

sleep in dunes as planned originally.

But there was one massive problem

with that plan - no medium rare steak

to be had this side of the border. I eat only

once a day in the evening, but then I have

to eat properly and while I came prepared

with variety of possibly expired cans (as

I have been carrying the same cans for

past 2 years or so) in my bags, I felt that it

may not fully satisfy the gastro tourist after

180 km of sand. In other words, I went

full tourist retard mode, threw away any

adventurer/outdoorsman pretenses and

begged them to let me through the border,

which they were about to close. Nice

people they were they obliged and at about

16:05 I have made it across the border and

after short break I rode remaining 50 km

of tar south to Molopo lodge, where they

were out of petrol. But not out of steak, so

I booked into an A frame chalet and rushed

into the restaurant for a 4 course dinner of

variety of meats and cold beverages.

Petrol will have to wait till morning - I

knew there is petrol station in Askham

about 15 km away, so that should take care

of that….

Next month will be part 2. Look out for

the July issue on shelves.

Molopo lodge - at the end of a rainbow.

Hyaena holes act as traffic

cops keeping things slow.





Here are just a few of the entries received. Thanks

guys – and please get in touch so that we can get your

goggles to your nearest dealer. foleyg@mweb.co.za

The Dirt And Trail Magazine Team…

• Bryan Escott Wilson

• Andre Henning

• Elroy Van Wyngaard

















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