RideFast July 2019


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Rob Portman


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Glenn Foley


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Sean Hendley



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Sheridan Morais

Brad Binder

Darryn Binder

Gerrit Erasmus

GP Fever.de

Eugene Liebenberg

Niel Philipson

Greg Moloney

Daniella Kerby

Michael Powell

Brian Cheyne

Donovan Fourie

Shaun Portman

Mat Durrans

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2020 is fast approaching and it looks like it’s going to be

another cracking year with some very tasty motorcycles

set to hit the market. On this month cover we feature the

new Ducati V4 Streetfi ghrer. This is the prototype model

which will be raced at this year’s prestigious Pikes Peak

event over in the US, but Ducati have said that it’s pretty

darn near to what the 2020 production model will be. This

is great news and not only does it look great but it also

looks like Ducati won’t be doing the usual when it comes

to one’s Naked Sportsbike and dull it down. It looks

like the new V4 Streetfi ghter will get the full brunt of the

gorgeous V4 Desmo power plant and packed with all the

electronic wizardry as well. Pretty much just a V4 Panigale

but without the fairing, and that’s exactly what the market

was asking for. Oh yes, and it also gets wings, which on

a brute naked bike like this will no doubt be a welcomed

edition to help tame the front end.

It looks mean yet has that typical Italian fl air and I for

one can’t wait to see it in action at Pikes Peak. We will

have that full feature in next month’s issue and although

not much info has been released on the specs of the

production model we do have as much info as there is

available as well as some stunning pics of the machine,

which is set to be released in production form at this year’s

Eicma show in Milan.

This year’s event is going to be one of the best yet

that’s for sure. Not only will we be seeing the new V4

Streetfi ghter, but also the likes of a new KTM 1290 Super

Duke R, which we have some news on in this issue, as

well as a new Yamaha R1 and Kawasaki ZX10R. Fingers

crossed this does happen!!!

Oh yes, and we might fi nally see a new Honda V4

superbike model. Rumours have been going around

for years about the V4 from the Japs but nothing has

surfaced yet, but it looks like there fi nally will be one

released soon and here is why I think that. It’s been said

that Honda are trying to lure Johann Zarco out of his KTM

MotoGP contract to come ride for them in WSBK. Alvaro

Bautista’s name has also been linked with the Wings logo.

Now, here is why I think there has to be an epic new V4

machine coming. There is no ways in hell that Honda

would even think of contacting these riders without having

a serious carrot to dangle in front of them. The current

bike and team setup wouldn’t lure many to be honest, but

a new Full Factory run team featuring a new V4 machine

just might. Ok, this might just be me doing some big

Wishful Thinking but I’m seriously hoping that I’m right and

that we will fi nally be seeing a big red Honda V4 beast hit

the market.

Staying with Honda and I know most of you reading this

are probably not big Jorge Lorenzo fans, but I just feel so

sorry for the guy. He just can’t seem to do anything right

at the moment. Sad to see such talent suffering like that

and I for one hope that he can get it sorted and throw his

name into the mix at the front end of the fi eld once again -

that will make things even more interesting!!!

Make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel and

watch the Talking MotoGP segments I do after every race

with Donovan Fourie. The podcasts have really taken off

and I get some great interaction from it.

Staying with Don Fourie and as you all know he is part of

the team from The Bike Show TV series on Ignition TV.

Don has been doing some great articles for us over the

past couple of months and does so once again in this

issue where he tests the new and old Suzuki Katana’s.

Also joining us going forward will be his partner in crime

from The Bike Show, Mr. Mat Durrans, who will be doing

a column for us every month chatting about his ventures

around the world and locally. We feature his fi rst one in this

issue and it’s a cracker and I’m really looking forward to

future columns.

As you can see by the main picture, (and from my

Instagram and Facebook page if you follow), I recently

went all Ducati Scrambler along with my brother Shaun

and new-found mate Jannie Krynauw, the man behind

the Originale Ducati Enthusiasts. I recently became the

ambassador for the JHB Originales crew and marked it

with our fi rst group ride up here in JHB. It was a ride from

the new Ducati SA HQ in Centurion out to Ridgeway

Racebar in Greenstone to enjoy the Catalunya MotoGP

race. It was a great success and I thoroughly enjoyed the

Ducati Scrambler experience. Jos Matthysen, the new

Boss Man at Ducati SA, handed my brother and myself

keys to a Scrambler 1100 and 800 along with Zeus piss

pot lids. He wanted us to take a break from the Sportbike

life and sample the Scrambler lifestyle. As I said it was

awesome and all three of us had an absolute jol!!! Big

thanks to Jos for not only accommodating us on the ride

but also for the big smiles and laughs we had on the day

enjoying the Scramblers.

You will see on our cover we have some pretty big

statements - over 500,000 happy readers last month and

Voted SA’s best motorcycle magazine. These are both

facts and I cannot thank each and everyone involved

for making both these facts a reality. The over 500,000

readers is worldwide fi gures from both our digital and

print mag. I was blown away by these numbers and

hope it continues for a very long time! As for the ‘Voted

SA’s best magazine’, this was after a survey was done

by the Racerzone website, who asked their fans to vote

which is the best mag in the land out of the three top ones

available. It was a resounding yes for RF and again I could

not be prouder!!! This is the 2nd time we have won this

accolade and results like the two mentioned on the cover

just inspire me and the team here to keep pushing and

working harder than anyone else in the industry to bring

you the best magazine out there!

Right, I must now leave you, as I type this out on my

phone while sitting in my van waiting to commentate at

round 5 of the Mayfair Gearbox Club MX series at Dirt

Broncos and I’m starting to get angry looks from those in

charge so let me go grab the mic and start working.

Hope you enjoy the mag, it’s another fantastic issue, as


Cheers, Rob


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Naked Power.

Ducati strips the Panigale V4 for the ultimate Streetfighter

The prototype Ducati

Streetfighter V4

offers a first view of

the 2020 production

model that will

be introduced in

November this year.

Since the Streetfi ghter 1000 was dropped by

Ducati in 2015, the only powerful naked bike in

its lineup was the Monster 1200. The arrival of

the new V4 engine offers a prime opportunity

to reclaim top honours in the class and now the

Italians have revealed a prototype Streetfi ghter V4

to debut at the 2019 Pikes Peak Hill Climb.

When Ducati rolled out the Panigale V4 superbike

last year, several supposedly well-informed sources

suggested that a naked version was in the pipeline

too. The fi re picked up a few months ago when

the Italians entered an unspecifi ed V4 for the

2019 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC),

where sportbikes originally equipped with clip-on

controls are banned for safety reasons. It couldn’t

be anything other than the rumored naked version

of the superbike and it was confi rmed soon after,

when the bike was spotted testing for the race.

No matter how

much Ducati is

trying to obscure

the Streetfighter V4

prototype’s lines, the

family resemblance

with the Panigale’s

nose is evident.


Ducati suggests

that the styling of

the Streetfighter

V4 prototype is

meant to accurately

demonstrate how

the 2020 production

model will look.

Ducati is indeed reviving the Streetfi ghter, this

time built around the Desmosedici Stradale

V4 engine. The 1,103 cc road-legal version of

Ducati’s new motor powers the Panigale V4

and V4 S series with a stunning output of 214

hp and that’s just the base regime.

The 998 cc racing version of this engine in the

V4 R produces 221 hp and goes up to 234

with an Akrapovic racing exhaust system. If

any customer can do this with a simple add-on

off the shelf, imagine what a proper racing

team can get out of this powerhouse. In fact,

World Superbike fans already know that Alvaro

Bautista on the factory Panigale V4 R has been

ruining the competition consistently since the

championship took off last February, winning

most of the seven triple-race events until now

by vast margins.

Ducati hasn’t released any technical information

on the new bike, other than confi rming which

engine it bears and setting a formal unveiling

date as a 2020 production model at the EICMA

show in Milan, in November.

As expected, the prototype Streetfi ghter V4 will

make its fi rst public outing at the PPIHC “Race

to the Clouds” on June 30 in Colorado, at the

hands of expert American racer Carlin Dunne.

Supposedly the motorcycle is still in

development, but if Ducati is confi dent enough

to enter it in a race it probably is already very

close to production standards. At least in

The Desmosedici Stradale 90-degree V4 motor

produces 214 hp in the entry-level Panigale and the

2020 Ducati Streetfighter V4 is expected to enjoy the

same privilege - hell yeah!

terms of design it certainly is, as Ducati admits

that the prototype “is meant to suggest how

the bike will eventually look,” presented under

a livery that’s apparently intended to obscure

its silhouette.

“The Streetfi ghter V4 will be one of the

stars of the Ducati World Premiere 2020,”

said Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati.

“Streetfi ghter V4 is the Panigale for road

riding; so there was no better stage than the

Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

for what will be the highest performance

Streetfi ghter ever put into production.”

Apparently for Ducati it is important to have the

most powerful naked bike in the market, just

as was the case with the Streetfi ghter 1000,

whose 155-hp V2 engine of the previous

Panigale generation was unrivalled at the time.

Should the Italians come up with the full 214

hp of the Desmosedici Stradale, they’d beat

by a slim margin the very exclusive MV Agusta

Brutale 1000 Serie Oro, which produces 212

hp from its 998 cc in-line four-cylinder motor.

Apart from its compatriots’ Brutale, the

competition in the class doesn’t come very

close, with the Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory

and the KTM 1290 Super Duke R reaching

175 hp, and even less for the rest.

Ducati selected the Pikes Peak International Hill

Climb for the 2020 Streetfighter V4 prototype’s

first public outing. Full story on that in next

month’s issue.

The new Streetfi ghter V4 will logically

come with all the electronic gadgetry of

the Panigale, a survival necessity on public

roads with such a fi re-breathing power plant

strapped to your right hand.

As for pricing, expect something lower but

probably not very far from the entry-level

Panigale V4’s price tag (R317,000), for

an extreme naked sportbike that should

dazzle crowds at every rare sighting without

cannibalizing the sales of the more down-toearth

Monster 1200 S v-twin. A little birdy has

told us the new V4 Streetfi ghter should arrive

here in SA around end Feb 2020.

For more info feel free to contact Ducati SA on

012 765 0600.


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The World’s Fastest

Lawn Mower.

Using the motor from a CBR1000RR sportbike,

this mower can get to 100 mph faster than a new

Honda NSX car and keep your yard looking fresh.

When someone shops for a lawnmower,

face-melting acceleration isn’t typically very

high on their buying criteria. Then again,

most people don’t work for Honda UK.

The Japanese purveyor of motorized

goods has gone mad and fi tted a

sportbike engine into a lawnmower,

breaking a world record for the

quickest moving grass-cutter the world

has ever seen.

Powered by the 999cc motor from the

company’s CBR1000RR Fireblade SP

motorcycle, Honda’s Mean Mower V2 gets

from zero to 100 miles per hour (160kph)

in precisely 6.29 seconds. Verifi ed by a

Guinness World Records adjudicator at

Germany’s Lausitzring, it holds the honor

of ‘Fastest Acceleration 0-100 mph for a

Lawnmower’. That’s faster than the 2019

Acura NSX which, according to Car and

Driver, gets to 100 in seven seconds fl at,

possibly making the Mean Mower V2 the

fastest Honda with four wheels this side of

one of the fi rm’s old F1 cars.

The engine in the back of this thing makes

189 horsepower and 115Nm of torque.

Weighing around 140 kilos, this piece of

lawn equipment boasts a better powerto-weight

ratio than the mighty Bugatti

Chiron. It observed an average zero to 60

time of 3.26 seconds and topped out at

151 mph (240kph).

Piloted by stunt driver and racer Jess

Hawkins, Honda’s sophomore Mean

Mower was launched twice in opposing

directions within an hour to get an average

time—similar to that time Koenigsegg sent

an Agera RS down a Nevada highway in

both directions to prove it was the fastest

car in the world. In order for the record

to be offi cial, the Fireblade-powered

lawnmower also had to ‘intrinsically look

like a lawnmower’ and prove that it could

actually, y’know, cut grass.

Laying down

Rubber: Bike

Tyre Warehouse

wins both Pirelli

and Metzeler

dealer awards.

Bike Tyre Warehouse, one of the largest motorcycle

tyre traders in Africa has won not one, but two Dealer

of the Year 2018 awards. The first from KMSA for

the Pirelli tyre brand and the second from TI- Auto,

importers of the Metzeler tyre brand. The awards are

given to the dealer that sells the most of each brand.

To add a cherry to this cake, Bike Tyre Warehouse

also took the Runner Up Dealer of the Year 2018 for

SBS Brake pads, that is interesting because they

are more about tyres than brakes. Other notable

achievement is that Bike Tyre Warehouse was

also made the first Preferred Pirelli Partner Store in

Africa as well as Pirelli Test Division Italy’s Preferred

Technical Support South African Partner.

This is not surprising as Bike Tyre Warehouse stocks

as many as 3000 tyres on their premises at any time,

and very often moves more than 1000 tyres a month.

Bike Tyre Warehouse Group Holdings MD Bruce de

Kock commented on this success story: “It was only

achieved by consistently adhering to the company’s

mantra of #bestadvice #bestservice #bestprice for

every customer that has ridden a motorcycle into the

Bike Tyre Warehouse fitment centre or a dealer/tyre

trader purchasing bulk product from BTW’s Trade

Division.” More than achieving success from various

tyre brands, Bike Tyre Warehouse also stocks their

own Batt brand that has been producing tyres for the

ATV, off-road and motocross market for years, plus

has recently added a range of road going tyres and

slicks. De Kock continues: “I would personally like to

thank each and every BTW loyalist for their support

& my professional team without them winning these

awards would not have been possible.”

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2020 KTM 1290

Super Duke R?

The KTM 1290 Super Duke is easily one of the maddest naked

motorcycles on the planet but that is not going to stop the

Austrian two wheeler giant from pushing the envelope further.

The naked superbike is up for a facelift and KTM will not pass an

opportunity such as this to make its flagship offering meaner.

An undisguised prototype of the 2020 KTM

1290 Super Duke has been spotted up close

in Europe. The test mule offers a clear idea

about improvements on board. Aesthetically,

the already sharp looking street fi ghter receives

an even sharper fuel tank extension and a

more aggressive tailpiece. The alloy wheel

pattern is also fresh.

The instantly recognizable LED headlamp too

appears to have undergone design revision to

have a meaner stance. The spyshots also clearly

indicate that the powertrain witnesses signifi cant

update, so much so that KTM felt the need to

completely redesign the Trellis chassis.

The existing motorcycle’s 1,301 cc V-Twin

liquid cooled engine produces 177 hp and 141

Nm of torque which makes for an outrageous

performance. One can expect KTM to make

things even more brutal with the upcoming

upgrade, especially with the likes of MV and

Ducati releasing new beasts. The updated

engine is supported by a new exhaust system

(longer and convoluted tubing with a new end

canister) which is aimed at complying with the

Euro5 emission norms.

The naked sportsbike continues to employ a

single-sided swing arm but employs a new

multi-link rear monoshock. The WP 48 mm front

fork appears to have been retained. The tyres

and braking system (320 mm front and 240 mm

rear discs with ABS) are carried forward as well.

KTM would equip the new 1290 Super Duke

with additional features. The updated TFT

instrument console is expected to incorporate

additional functionality and improved


In a nutshell, the 2020 KTM 1290 Super

Duke will emerge as a more mature and well

rounded superbike for experienced riders.

The super naked will lock horns with other

premium weapons such as the upcoming

Ducati V4 street fi ghter, Aprilia Tuono V4, BMW

S1000R, Kawasaki Z1000, and so on.

The new KTM 1290 Super Duke is expected to

make its fi rst public appearance at EICMA 2019

in November, in Milan, Italy.


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World Of Motorcycles is Ducati

South Africa’s New HQ.

Any uncertainty that might have been felt with the announcement that Ducati

was once again changing hands was firmly dispelled at the beginning of June as

Ducati South Africa’s new showroom in Centurion opened in fine style.

New owner Jos Matthysen was there to introduce guests to

the new-look Ducati SA premises and impressed everyone with

his enthusiasm and commitment to the iconic Italian brand.

No less impressive are the new showrooms at the World Of

Motorcycles, conveniently situated in Centurion, right next to

the John Vorster off-ramp on the N1.

A brand such as Ducati deserves something special and it

now has it. Spread over four levels, it is a self-contained hub for

everything Ducati; the full range of 2019 Ducati models as well

as a select choice of used models and, for the first time, there

will also be the full range of Ducati apparel on sale, as well as

apparel and accessories from other major brands.

The service department is also fully operational and, with a full

inventory of spares, able to deal with any eventuality on any

model. In the off-chance that a spare isn’t held in stock, it can

be ordered and shipped within three days.

A brand is only as good as the people that work there and

Ducati SA has been fortunate to retain all the key players from

the previous ownership. Sales are handled by Roy and Bruce

and the whole entity is kept running smoothly by Bonitha. The


workshop performs its surgery under the

watchful and skilled eye of Zoki, overseeing

a team of fully qualifi ed Ducati technicians.

Jos is keen to make World of Motorcycles

more than just the home of Ducati SA;

visiting must be an experience and, to

help that, there is Outlaws Pub and Grub,

serving excellent food and drink. A liquor

licence has been applied for, meaning that

you never actually have to leave the place

from dawn to dusk, if you don’t want to!

World of Motorcycles will happily look at

any motorcycle as part exchange for a

new or used Ducati and will have a section

of the showroom devoted to the sales of

these trade-ins. But whether you’ll be able

to look past the gleaming Ducatis on offer is

another matter.

Should you wish to try before you buy,

there are demo rides available for potential

customers. Current demo units include

Panigale V4S, 950 Multistrada, Scrambler

1100, Scrambler 800 Icon, Monster 797

and Monster 821 and there will be more

demo models available in the coming


Make your way to World of Motorcycles in

Centurion to get the full Ducati experience.

Head to Centurion Offi ce Park, Akkerboom

Steet & John Vorster Dr, Zwartkop,

Centurion, 0046. Tel: 012 765 0600.

Pics by Meghan McCabe

Bike and Apparel

Offers from Ducati

South Africa

The Ducati Scrambler has always offered fantastic

style and now, thanks to a very special offer from

World Of Motorcycles in Centurion, style has become

more affordable.

They have seven brand new, unridden, zero-kilometer,

2018 Scrambler 1100s at unbelievable prices. The

Scrambler 1100 Special was R213,900 but can be

yours now for R179,000. For those of you whose maths

isn’t great, that’s a saving of R34,900!

The base model 1100 Scrambler is now R169,000,

down from R196,900.

At the time of going to press, there are four Specials and

three base model 1100 Scramblers waiting for good

homes. Why not give a Ducati a good home today?

If you need a jacket to go with your new Scrambler - or

any Ducati for that matter - then World of Motorcycles

has Berik and Madif leather jackets on sale for less than

half-price; R2950.00. Stocks are limited so hurry to

catch this incredible opening offer.

Tel; 012 765 0600

Track Day Special

for Ducati Owners

If you’ve ever been tempted by the thought putting your

Ducati through its paces at a track day, or if you are a

seasoned track day rider on your Ducati, then Ducati

South Africa has an important date for your diary.

Head to Zwartkops race track on Sunday 21st July

and, not only will you get a reduced rate for the track

day - R450, down from R570 - but there will be a

special area in the pits solely for Ducati owners, while

refreshments will be provided free-of-charge, courtesy

of Ducati SA.

All riders will be allowed out on track in one of four

classes - A, B, C, or D - depending on your skill level.

No previous track experience necessary but all riders

and pillions must wear full protective gear.

It’s the perfect way to give your Ducati the exercise

it needs.

No need to register but please can interested parties

send an email to Albie at albiee@cmh.co.za telling him

you will be going so he gets an idea of numbers and

can make the Ducati area big enough!

For more information, you can email Albie or call him

on 082 698 8589.

Mat from Henderson Racing Products handing over

a signed Alvaro Bautista Scorpion replica helmet to

new owner Jos.


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Jacobs Annual

Vision Run: Fund

raiser for the guide

dogs association.

Husqvarna’s Vitpilen 401:

Now even more comfortable.

Husqvarna SA now offer customers the option of adding

more upright handlebars for the Vitpilen 401 machine,

making it a more comfortable and suitable option for most.

If you are a regular reader of this here

magazine, you will be familiar with the

Husqvarna range of Pilens (Arrows) that have

added to the very cool variety of motorcycles

available from this famous brands stable.

The fi rst two bikes to hit our shores were the

401’s, in the form of the racy Vitpilen and the

more relaxed Svartpilen.

The Vitpilen comes from the factory with

a set of clubman styled handlebars and

ergonomically it is pretty superbikey to

ride. But there is a down side to this.

Over distance, especially for us slightly

larger South Africans, it can get a tad


Husqvarna took the initiative to now offer the

Vitpilen 401 in two formats, in standard trim,

or they will fi t some higher, more comfortable

bars for you.

As a bigger guy, this makes a lot of sense.

You get the head turning looks of the Vitpilen

with a more chilled riding position. And the

conversion looks standard. Great idea.

It turns this bike into a pokey machine that

you can ride all day long in perfect comfort.

Chat to your local dealer about the



Jacob’s annual vision run is here again and we are excited to

give you a brief overview of what this exciting day will hold!

This year’s event will be held on the 27th July 2019 at Plot

no 29 Hazel Rd, Benoni Agricultural Holdings. The gates will

open at 09:00 and a minimum donation of R50.00 per person

over the age of 13 will be required at the entrance which will

include a cloth badge and entrance into the lucky draw.

We would like to invite you, the community and all our

generous sponsors to join in what is to be a day filled

with good spirit and an exhilarating journey into the real

understanding of Jacob’s Vision.

Jacob Kruger was in an accident 13 years ago, leaving

him 100% blind but, Jacob being Jacob, decided to work

around his blindness and show all visually impaired people,

the less fortunate and most of all any people who do not

understand, that “There are no limits other than those which

you apply to yourself”.

Jacob, an ambassador for the blind, thought, what better

way to demonstrate this vision than by getting on a track

bike at Redstar Raceway last year July 2018. He Completed

5 laps around the track, with the help of his all-seeing guide

dog, Ian Howard who helped guide Jacob on the basis of

trust and sensory abilities ensuring Jacob’s safety at all time.

This year, there will be a slight twist to the events, always

keeping to Jacob’s dream of educating and enabling all

communities, through technology, human interaction and

positive awareness that anything is achievable if you are

equipped with the drive and knowledge on how to achieve a

goal. The crew will also be setting up a few different kinds of

challenges, where people will be allowed to try understand

various forms of adaptation. The “Biker Re-Activation

Programme”, works at helping some of our biker brothers and

sisters re-equip themselves with protective gear, etc. when it

can help them get “back in the saddle”.

There will be plenty of food stalls, novelty shops and large

amount of entertainment for adults and kids to interact with

Jacob. There will also be a fully equipped cash bar and

generous prizes will be handed out on the day.

Please join Jacob on his journey by donating and raising funds

for the event to be legendary yet again. All proceeds raised on

the day will go toward Guide Dogs SA & Jacob’s Vision.

Let’s understand what it means to see without sight and to

keep our community growing in the full positivity of dreams!

Please contact the Jacob’s Vision team should you have any

queries on 064 072 2007.


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55,000 miles on his Ducati Scrambler Desert

Sled, across 35 countries in 381 days

Henry Crew, the young 23 year-old man who set off a year

ago to ride solo all around the world with his Ducati Scrambler

Desert Sled, has got back to England, establishing a new world

record as the youngest motorcyclist to complete a round-theworld

tour by motorcycle.

Henry, who left on 3 April 2018 from the

Bike Shed Motorcycle Club in Shoreditch,

London, had planned to ride 35,000 miles in

a year. On his return, on 19 April 2019, the

mileage on the Desert Sled which he rode for

the whole journey displayed a good 55,000

miles (over 88,000 km).

“The Scrambler Desert Sled was an

extremely versatile travelling companion,

capable of dealing with any kind of terrain or

climate. We have travelled the entyre 55,000

miles together, passing from the highest

altitude roads of the world with temperatures

of -7 °C to beaches, deserts, mountains

and rain forests at 52 °C,” declared Henry.

“The bike proved to perfectly equilibrated,

allowing me to deal easily both with sections

of motorway and with off-road riding.

Inevitably I had a few crashes, but thanks to

its low weight, I was always able to lift the

bike up on my own without ever having any

big problems or damage to the extent of

stopping me from carrying on.”

The young British motorcyclist, together with

the Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled which

accompanied him on his world tour, will

be present at the Ducati Scrambler stand

at ‘Bike Shed London 2019’, the event

dedicated to special bikes organised by the

London-based motorcycle club The Bike

Shed, which will take place in London from

24 to 26 May at the evocative location of

Tobacco Dock, a historic tobacco warehouse

converted into an exhibition space.

This will be the tenth edition of Bike Shed

London, which is one of the top European

events for fans of post-heritage motorcycle

culture and a key engagement for the Ducati

Scrambler brand.

At the dedicated Land of Joy area there will

also be two original special versions. One is

a customised Ducati Scrambler 1100: the

‘Goblin Works Hooligan Hillclimber’ designed

and built by Anthony Partridge for the

Discovery Channel TV series ‘Goblin Works

Garage’. The other is a Ducati Scrambler Full

Throttle that has been personalised by Vikki

Van Someren, who is also the organiser of

the whole event.

For further information about Henry’s journey

see the official website dedicated to his

round-the-world tour: 35000miles.com



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Motul Invests in

Youth and the Future

of Motorsports.

Originale Ducati Enthusiasts

JHB’s first MotoGP ride.

World of Motorcycles, the new home of

Ducati South Africa, celebrated Father’s

Day by hosting the fi rst Originale Ducati

Enthusiasts JHB ride from their store in


Originale Ducati Enthusiasts is a club

exclusively for owners and enthusiasts of

Italian motorcycles that was started by

Capetonian Ducati nut Jannie Krynauw in

2014. It began with him and a few friends

doing small events but has now grown to

nearly 200 members.

This ride marks the inaugural event for the

new Johannesburg branch of Originale, and

despite its infancy, saw 26 Italian motorcycle

enthusiasts in attendance. The day started

with coffee and greetings at World of

A quick briefing in the new Ducati showroom.

Motorcycles, followed by a riders briefi ng by

Krynauw who had fl own up from Cape Town

for the event.

The group then set off on their various Italian

machinery for an entertaining ride to the

Ridgeway Racebar where everyone was

shown into the VIP section to watch the

Catalunya MotoGP.

There will be more events and activities with the

new Originale Ducati Enthusiats JHB under the

leadership well-known motorcycle personality,

former racer, commentator and magazine

editor Robert Portman, who is a proud

ambassador for the group. With the success of

this fi rst event, we expect it will become more

popular and successful as it goes.

Check out the RF Facebook page for updates.

Rob and Shaun went all Scrambler for the day.

Motul may be a brand with a long and proud history, but the

company’s eyes are firmly fixed on the future of motorsports.

As South Africa commemorated Youth Day on June 16th,

Motul celebrated the achievements of some of its youngest

Motul Powersport Ambassadors: Megan Jonker, Tristan

Hedgcock and Jason van Breda. Each of them is making

a mark in the sport despite their youth, and they can be

justifiably proud of their achievements to date.

At just 13 years old, Tristan is currently competing in the

CSMX (Western Cape) Enduro Series where he has a 100%

win-rate so far. He has also been gaining some international

experience and recently put up a good fight in the AMA

Mid East Harescramble event where he ultimately finished

fifth. When he’s not riding, Tristan enjoys running cross

country and playing table tennis – which could help explain

his familiarity with off-road conditions and his impressive


Megan has emerged mentally and physically stronger

from some challenging injuries, and is also determined

to overcome the fact that her chosen sport is one that’s

historically been dominated by boys. At 18, she has

identified 2019 as her comeback season and will be working

hard to regain her composure and speed on the Motocross

track and to contend for the GXCC title. Megan credits the

massive support she has received from sponsors, family and

other riders with keeping her focused on her goals.

At a mere 7 years old, Jason van Breda (son of Greame

van Breda) makes even his fellow Motul Powersport

Ambassadors seem old. Currently competing in the Mini

Moto Stock Class, Jason is already a seasoned winner.

He’s getting used to being the youngest rider in his class,

and also to being on top of the log: at the time of writing,

he’s leading the championship in his Mini Moto class

and lying 4th in the Honda NSF100 Cup. Jason is also

a successful swimmer – further evidence of his ‘in at the

deep end’ approach to life.

”Motul is immensely proud to be associated with such

dedicated young sportsmen and women,” commented

Mercia Jansen, Motul Area Manager for Southern and

Eastern Africa, “and we will continue to support them as

part of our commitment to youth and to the future of the

motorsports industry with which our brand is synonymous.”

When it comes to performance, results are everything. It’s

an ethos that Motul is very familiar with, and through their

sponsorship of Powersport Ambassadors like Megan,

Tristan and Jason, one that will undoubtedly continue to

bear fruit in the future.

Jannie with new Ducati Boss man Jos.

Jannie with the 1299 Superleggera.

Johan from MX Alliance with Rob.

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BMW Motorrad Concept R18

Harley still rules the cruiser marketplace globally, having sold 228,000 hogs last year, compared to BMW’s

worldwide sales of 165,000 motorcycles across myriad segments ... but the new BMW 1.8 liter boxer engine

seems to fulfill all the criteria required to give both Harley and Indian a run for their money.

“A picture is worth a thousand words” is

a well-known adage reflecting the notion

that a complex idea can be conveyed

with a single image, which more effectively

conveys its essence than does a


That adage came immediately to mind

when the new BMW Motorrad “Concept

R18” was shown at Concorso d’Elegenza

Villa d’Este on the weekend.

Whilst it is indeed only a concept for

the flying propellor brand, the “Concept

R18” is effectively the first shot in a war. It

represents the first offensive on Harley-

Davidson and Indian territory.

Harley still rules the cruiser marketplace

globally, having sold 228,000 hogs last

year, compared to BMW’s worldwide sales

of 165,000 motorcycles across myriad

segments ... but the new BMW 1.8 liter

boxer engine seems to fulfill all the criteria

required to give both Harley and Indian a

run for their money.

For starters, BMW has the credibility and

longevity to match the American brands,

but with the new engine, it has the cubic

twin-cylinder grunt to more than match

them in the cruiser category.

If 1.8 litres isn’t enough, rumors already

suggest a 2000cc version of the BMW

horizontally-opposed twin will also be

available, no doubt with Harley-Davidson’s

1923cc and Indian’s 1901cc V-twins in

mind as its primary targets.

The most remarkable aspect of the

Concept R18 is that the new big bore

BMW boxer motorcycle engine it contains

has been shown previously. We’ve seen

two custom motorcycles using the new big

bore boxer engine over the last six months

and the release of a new engine to custom

builders prior to its showing in a factoryproduced

motorcycle is unprecedented.

That’s the Custom Works Zon “Departed”

which was shown last December (2018) at

the fabled Mooneyes Show in Yokohama

in Japan. In the 27 years the show has

been running, it has become one of the

most important on the world custom

stage, and last year’s show attracted 300


show cars and 650 show motorcycles.

“Departed” won the prestigious Best of

Show Motorcycle award, at the same

time as creating a stir among BMW

afi cionados about the engine, which was

publicly acknowledged by the BMW

factory as a prototype for the fi rst time.

Dubbed the R18, which according

to BMW’s traditional nomenclature,

indicates it has a capacity of around

1800cc, the geometry and elements

present in the show bike were

reminiscent of much older BMW

Motorrad engines. The push rods

running above the cylinders in chromeplated

protection ducts were used in

BMW boxer engines in the 1960s, and if

you check out “Departed” in the image

gallery for this article, you’ll see the valve

gear covers were styled on pre-WW2

BMW engines, despite the equally

obvious modern day air/oil cooling.

Three month’s ago (in April, 2019), a

second custom bike using the BMW

prototype engine appeared at the annual

Handbuilt Show in Austin, Texas. Austin

is also the home of renowned American

custom craftsman Alan Stulberg’s

Revival Cycles, and the “Revival

Birdcage” show bike was clearly inspired

by Ernst Hennes’ speed record BMW

machinery from the late 1920s and early

1930s, which wore similar polished

aluminium teardrop valve-gear covers.

Those two custom motorcycles

somewhat disguised the sheer physical

size of the prototype engine by dressing

it in different contexts and with cylinder

heads that evoked different eras of the

company’s signature boxer twin engine.

This time, although the R18 Concept

bike also relies heavily on historic cues

in evoking the company’s near 100 year

heritage, the magnitude of the big bore

engine is suddenly evident because we

can see it in a relatively traditional BMW

form factor.

Those protruding pots are HUGE, and

after 98 years of producing horizontallyopposed

motorcycle engines, BMW

has suddenly raised the boxer engine’s

capacity by a whopping 50 percent,

stepping it up from middleweight to

heavyweight class ...

... and the intention is suddenly clear

that it is going after Harley-Davidson’s

heavyweight crown in the cruiser class of


“Naturally we want to keep growing,”

said Timo Resch, Vice President Sales

and Marketing BMW Motorrad at the

unveiling of the “Revival Birdcage” show

bike. In the context of what we have

now seen at Villa d’Este, his words take

on much more meaning: “One step we

will take to do so, certainly in the US

market, is to enter the Cruiser segment.

BMW Motorrad is consistently pursuing

its growth strategy with the clear aim

of becoming the number one in the

Premium Big Bike Segment.”

Many who have owned and tested

Harley-Davidson and BMW twins over

the years have said that BMW twins

as more like a Swiss watch and Harley

V-twins more like Big Ben, despite their

similar engine capacities.

There’s something about the exquisite

primary balance of the BMW Motorrad

horizontally-opposed engine that makes

it feel more like a scalpel than a meat

axe, but the emergence of this new big

bore version of the age old design puts it

fi rmly into Harley-Davidson territory.

With Indian also providing a credible

alternative to the Harley-Davidson

cruisers, the stage looks set for a battle

royale in the coming years.

Honda Wing Centurions

Jacques is sales

manager of the year.

Our very good customer and great friend Jacques Robilliard,

sales manager at Honda Wing Centurion was recently

awarded Honda Sales Manager of the Year at Honda SA’s

recent prize giving acknowledging excellence within their

dealer network. Jacques runs a tight ship, but remains

humble and friendly and has increased sales significantly

during his time at Honda Wing Centurion. Pop in for a chat

at the dealership on the corner of Lenchen South & Heuwel

road, Centurion, Gauteng or give him a call on 012 663 8718.

Beat the cold or make

a withdrawal at the

bank with Oxfords


Oxford has introduced a

comprehensive range of under

garments for the new season, one of

which includes a Deluxe Micro Fibre


This Balaclava, which is made with

Micro Fibre material to allow the

comfort without cold or perspiration

on the body, also has flat lock seams

and a four directional stretch to

ensure perfect fit. The design of

the balaclava incorporates a long

sculpted pattern at the front and

rear and has extra ventilation

pockets for the nose and mouth.

Priced at around R225 RRP we

think it will be a good choice

for riders and pillions this cold

season. At dealers all over SA.


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KTM’s 790 Adventure R

gets hardcore Rally edition.

A new Rally version gives KTM fans something

to wheelie about, as if they needed it.

The new KTM 790 Adventure R Rally builds on

the platform of the 790 Adventure R, keeping

the same frame and 95-hp parallel twin motor.

But it’s focused toward the gnarliest of off-road

duties with the addition of new, longer-travel,

high-spec suspension at either end.

With an additional 30 mm (1.2 in) of travel at

both ends, the Rally edition rocks WP’s latest

XPLOR Pro 7548 forks, with their almost

endless cone-valve damping adjustments

that let you do things with the clickers that

would previously have required you to open

the forks up and get the shim kit out. Likewise,

the shock is the XPLOR Pro 6746 unit, with

progressive damping that changes depending

on where in the stroke it’s at. This suspension

is built in the same department that manages

WP’s racing gear.

The overall effect should be a smoother,

more controlled ride that can handle even

bigger bumps, ruts and rocks, and that

should reduce rider fatigue over a long day

out hunting great spots to take ruggedly

handsome Instagram selfi es.

Other Rally edition add-ons include a

lightweight (and presumably fruitier-sounding)

Akrapovic exhaust, standard quickshifter,

carbon tank protectors, narrower rims, tubed

tyres, rally style footrests and a high, fl at, racy

seat that sits even higher than the standard R

model at 910 mm. That’s taller than a 1290

Super Adventure R, and the same height as

the highest setting on a BMW R1250 GS

Adventure, so this is certainly not a bike for

people with duck’s disease.

Pitched at the hardest-core adventure fans,

the 790 Adventure R Rally will be limited to

500 bikes, with details on pricing, availability

and how to get hold of one yet to come. We

suggest you contact your nearest KTM dealer

now and put your name down if you are keen.

Harley-Davidson to launch

its Smallest Displacement

Motorcycle ever in China

The booming Chinese auto market has been

the talk of the industry for the past few years.

It forced carmakers to change strategies and

create new alliances as means to tap into the

apparently inexhaustible hunger of the local

consumers. On a smaller scale, the same begins

to happen for the motorcycle industry.

As it seeks to expand its global customer

pool, American bike maker Harley-Davidson

announced on Wednesday (June 19) it is looking

to create a new “smaller, more accessible”

motorcycle for the Chinese customers.

By all intents and purposes, the new bike will be

a major departure from the Harley way of doing

business. First off, it will be powered by a 338

cc engine, the smallest it ever made. Secondly,

it will be produced locally, with the help of a

company called Qianjiang Motorcycle

Company Limited.

Even if it will be made in China, the

Americans say the new bike will keep

true to the “rigorous quality standards

and testing processes,” that have shaped

recent motorcycles.

No other details about the new product were

released, apart from the fact it will be on the

streets by the end of 2020. The bike will be sold

on other markets in Asia from a later date.

“Harley-Davidson has always been about

inspiring riders around the world. Our More

Roads plan is all about bringing our brand of

freedom to more people, in more places, in more

ways,” said in a statement Matt Levatich, Harley-

Davidson CEO.

“We’re excited about this opportunity to build

more Harley riders in China, one of the world’s

largest motorcycle markets, by creating new

pathways to our brand.”

The American bike maker is currently in the

process of significantly expanding its hold on the

market. By launching new bikes, including electricpowered

ones, Harley aims to vastly increase the

number of customers it can count on.


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Big Eazy’s Custom

Bike Shop.

If there is pride in

what you do the end

product will show it.

“Why ride it if it’s not custom?,” is the philosophy

that Johann Claassen lives by, known to all his

mates as ‘Big Eazy’ and he is the owner of Big

Eazy’s Custom Bike Shop out in Little Falls on the

West Rand, in the same complex as Raceworx

KTM and Husqvarna West.

Just about everything in the shopfrom

the furniture to the displays and

even the bikes are all hand made

by Big Eazy and his long time mate

Gerry and everything has either a

hilarious or extremely interesting back

story. They do all the design and

fabrication themselves and only send

out for paint and leather work and

the like. They fi rmly believe that if they

have pride in their work it will show in

the end product.

“We are Gatvol of the run of the mill,

we’re going back to old school pride

in our skills,” says Big Eazy, “Beauty

is in the eye of the beholder, add

a bit of performance and a bit of

danger to it to make it awesome.” All

things you really want to hear from

your fabricator when designing your

dream ride. They do everything from

custom chops, café racers, trikes,

bobbers and vintage restorations. As

proof in point, Big Eazy has his Dads,

(Johann Claassen Snr), old Royal

Enfi eld on display in pride of place in

his shop fully restored to perfection.

Chatting to both Johann and Gerry

you are immediately struck by their

passion, pride and dedication to

their craft. They get so excited

talking about all their creations that

you cannot help but be inspired to

start looking at getting your own

dream bike built by them. Head

down to the cnr of Hendrik Potgieter

and Zandvliet roads in Wilgespruit,

Roodepoort and get inspired or give

them a call on 083 3396966 or look

for them on YouTube.

Fully imported stainless

steel tanks from the US

at great prices.

Hhmmm ...... I know

him from somewhere

.... just can’t put my

finger on it.

The Royal Enfield that used to belong

to Johann Claasens, (Big Eazy),

Dad (J.C. snr) fully restored and with

exactly 74 km on the clocks, the last

time Snr rode the bike.

Gerry and Big Eazy

sorting out theirn

creative differences.

Plenty of good used

stock for sale.

Gerry and Big Eazy

work on all the bikes


The counter is recycled

pallets and hand

beaten bits of various

types of sheet metal,

made in house.

High End Air Filters for your Harleys and

custom bikes.

You gotta pay respect

to the gods ....

The New Galfer G1375R

Compound - For The Racers

GALFER launches the new Sport Racing G1375R brake pads made for sports

bikes, and for road or circuit use.

After a long development process, GALFER R&D department and its partners,

among them Moto2 rider Remy Gardner, defined a new brake pad compound for

sport bikes and for road or circuit use. The new G1375R are made of sintered metal

compound and stand out for their braking power, their high coefficient of friction

and for being suitable for all conditions, especially with higher brake temperatures.

As with its brother compound, the G1375, the new R brake pads will have

a special ceramic coating that serves as a heat shield and reduces heat

transmission to the braking system together with the slots on the friction material.

The new G1375R pads are available for 17 different front brake calipers of the

most new versions of R bikes (Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Ducati,

BMW, KTM, etc.)

Trickbitz are the official importers of the Galfer brand into SA and will have stock

of the new G1375R pads soon. For more info call them on 011 672 6599 or

check out their website www.trickbitz.co.za


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Race Shop Fourways just

keeps getting bigger!

We have brought you regular news and

updates on this very busy Accessory

Shop at the Buzz Shopping Centre in

Fourways. So here is some more good

news, they have become so busy that

they were bursting out of their seams and

desperately needed to expand. When

space became available they grabbed

the opportunity. The RACE SHOP team

have now doubled the size of their shop

to carry even more top brand accessories

and have also included a top notch

service and fi tment centre - So now you

can have your oil, fi lters, plugs and etc

changed at the same time as fi tting new

tyres, brake pads, chains and sprockets

and while you are waiting for all of that to

be done you can grab a complimentary

voucher and wander next door to

Smoking Aces for a lekker brekkie or

lunch or, if the notion grabs you, get some

ink done at Romans Tattoos based inside

RACE SHOP. What a cool concept - a

one stop Petrol Heads Lifestyle Village.

There is always such a lekker atmosphere

in the shop and they are driven towards

giving you the absolute best customer

experience possible, they are small

enough to care but big enough to get you

whatever you want. Pop in and speak

to Ryan (Boss), Dion (Manager), Shaun

(Sales) or Kenny (Technician).

Or give them a call on 011 658 0208.

STANCE socks now

available in SA.

STANCE turned socks into one of the world’s most exciting

accessories in less than five years. Their founders saw a

category that had been ignored, taken for granted, looked

over, and dismissed. By creating life into something that had

been overlooked, they’ve ignited a movement of art and selfexpression

that has drawn athletes, performers, and iconic

cultural influencers to the brand - a group they call the Punks

& Poets. By underpinning their creative roots with a relentless

focus on technical innovation, they have ensured that Stance

socks are now found in over 40 countries, now including SA,

on the feet of those who dare to be different.

STANCE SA offer a great range of radically cool socks for

lifestyle to Moto, running to golf, they have the perfect socks

for you.

MotoMate in Edenvale and Biker’s Warehouse out in

Randburg now stock a range of the Stance brand. Go check

them out, they are so cool...

MotoMate Edenvale - 011 027 0545/47

Biker’s Warehouse Randburg - 011 795 4122

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A Satellite Suzuki team in

MotoGP for 2020?

MCN’s sources in the MotoGP paddock

have hinted that there could be big

changes coming to the 2020 grid, with

the Stop and Go Moto2 team reportedly

vying to take over Avintia Ducati’s grid spot

and switch to Suzuki machinery. Spotted

in talks with Suzuki boss Davide Brivio

over the weekend of the LeMans race, the

Italian denied that the Japanese factory

were ready yet to launch a satellite team

when questioned – but admitted that

series bosses Dorna have pushed them

to add two more bikes to their stable as

soon as possible.

However, while Brivio denied the

rumours, it’s also believed that Hafi zh

Syahrin’s management has been in

separate talks with Dorna about his

future. Representing the colossal South

East Asian market on the grid, the

Malaysian rider looks set to be replaced

at Tech 3 KTM by SA’s own Brad Binder

– but could be the perfect fi t for a new

Suzuki satellite outfi t. Not sure that will be

the right move for Brad on the struggling

Tech 3 KTM, but chances in MotoGP are

few-and-far-between so it’s an potion.

Suzuki have expressed interest in running

a satellite squad in the past to help with

development of the GSX-RR. They were

believed to have been close to putting pen

to paper with the Marc VDS team twelve

months ago, until the civil war that broke

out within the squad scuppered their plans,

and Briivo told MCN over the weekend that

it’s still a key target of theirs for the future.

“We want to do a satellite team and we

tried, but there’s no possibility for 2020.

We’ve said the same thing for a few

years, but it looks now like we need to try

the same thing again for 2021. We would

really like to do it, but we have limited

resources and we need to organise a

proper structure. Choosing the right

partner is another problem, but when we

decide to do a satellite team we’ll see if

there are some teams interested. Maybe

next year we have to work on this to

target 2021.

“There’s not been real pressure from

Dorna to have four bikes, but for sure

they’ve made it clear they would be

happy if we did. I imagine that if we

decided to do it, they would try to

support us and to make it happen, like

they’ve always done.”

However, Avintia themselves are also

angling for a better deal for 2020, with team

sporting director Ruben Xaus admitting

at the weekend that they’re hunting for

a Moto2 rider as well as investigating

partnerships with other factories when their

current Ducati deal ends.

“The fi rst option is Ducati because we

have a good relationship. I raced for them

for a long time, so I know the DNA of

Ducati and we are very comfortable with it.

But, as always, there are situations going

on in the paddock, other options are

already on the table but for the moment

we have a contract for two years, so let’s

see what happens in the future.

“It’s clear that whoever we ride with it’s

going to be really good material. Then

securing whoever joins the team in the

future as young talent, they will be with a

good machine. Moto2 is in our point of

view and there are two or three guys we

are looking at and hopefully within two

years we are going to have one on board.”

Bautista: Ducati

WorldSBK deal

better than

any satellite

MotoGP ride

“It is important I stay with Ducati, even if it is

WorldSBK, than to be in a satellite team in


Alvaro Bautista has reiterated his desire to only

return to MotoGP as part of a factory deal,

confirming he will continue competing in the

World Superbike Championship with Ducati

until that occurs.

Speaking to our mates at Crash.net

exclusively as part of a wider interview

discussing his unprecedented form on the

Aruba.it Panigale V4 R and how his dominant

form has invigorated his passion for racing,

Bautista says the effort Ducati has made to

welcome him into the Borgo Panigale fold has

altered his perception of the series.

Indeed, having demonstrated misgivings

towards switching from MotoGP to

WorldSBK when the deal was first mooted,

Bautista’s sheer success already this season

– winning 11 consecutive races from his

debut – has reignited a passion he now

wouldn’t trade for anything other than a

return on a factory machine.

“For sure, it is different [WorldSBK],” he

said. “I think in MotoGP, it is more in the top

(bigger) than WorldSBK but for me it is better

to compete in WorldSBK with a factory team.

I feel more important than to be here than

MotoGP with a satellite team.”

Recounting a recent visit to the team factory,

where he was greeted rapturously, Bautista

says his priority is now to stay affiliated with

Ducati rather than simply finding any route

back to the top flight.

“Ducati made the feeling good, the

relationship with everybody. It is important I

stay with Ducati, even if it is WorldSBK, than

to be in a satellite team in MotoGP.

“It is clear, if I come back to MotoGP it is with

a factory bike, not a satellite bike.”


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Garzo leads Granado

and Tuuli

Granado wins FIM Enel MotoE

World Cup race simulation

Former Moto2 rider Eric Granado (Avintia

Esponsorama) took victory in the fi rst ever

FIM Enel MotoE World Cup “race” in Valencia,

with riders lining up for a race simulation at

the start of fi nal day of the preseason test.

The Brazilian missed out on pole by just

0.025 to Hector Garzo (Tech 3 E-Racing) on

Tuesday, but he fought back once the lights

went out to overtake the Spaniard on the fi nal

lap. Garzo took second, with Niki Tuuli (Ajo

MotoE) – another who has shown consistent

pace in practice so far – completing the

podium a few tenths further back.

Nico Terol (Openbank Angel Nieto Team) took

fourth, with Matteo Ferrari (Ongetta SIC58

Squadra Corse) completing the top fi ve. One

man expected to be in that tight fi ght at the front

wasn’t on track, however – Tuesday’s fastest

Bradley Smith (One Energy Racing) was absent

as he undertook testing duties in MotoGP.

The riders then got a chance to have a fi nal

30-minute session from 17:00, although

it ended prematurely in a Red Flag due to

crashes for Mattia Casadei (Ongetta SIC58

Squadra Corse) and Maria Herrera (Openbank

Angel Nieto Team), riders both ok. The

session was their last chance to test before

heading out on track at the Sachsenring for

the fi rst round of the season and it was Tuuli

who went fastest with the quickest time of

the test, a 1:40.127 and 0.486 quicker than

second place Casadei. Garzo was third on

the timesheets at the end of Day 3, and race

simulation winner Granado was 0.533 off

Tuuli’s benchmark in fourth. 2008 125 World

Champion Mike Di Meglio (EG 0,0 Marc VDS)

completed the top fi ve.

So that’s it from Valencia and winner Granado

heads home with an Energica Eva as his

prize. Now the E-Paddock gears up for the


Sachsenring, which plays host to the opening

round of the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup from

the 5th to 7th July.

Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta: “It was very

good, from the beginning the way we wanted

to do it was makes races and I think today we

showed it was a real race, with all the riders

competing. I was talking to them and they

were very happy. And we’re happy because

I think it’s a way to enter into this new energy

and show we can do with it the same we’ve

been doing since 1992.

“As with everything we do, it’s very important,

MotoE just as any other category.

Everything we do is important for us, and

we’re trying to share with spectators how

good motor racing is.”

Q&A: MotoE simulation race

Answering questions on the

electric-powered category’s

first-ever unofficial race.

Q: What is a race simulation, and why are

they doing it?

A: Basically, a race simulation is an unoffi cial

race that MotoE adopted on the fi nal day of

its three-day test in Spain. The bikes have

never been put through race conditions with

the current grid of riders, so the simulation

allows them to come to grips with the

characteristics of the bikes, while any

kinks can be ironed out from an operation

standpoint ahead of the season-opener.

Q: Did they do qualifying?

A: Absolutely! Along with a race simulation,

MotoE also completed a simulated qualifying

session called E-Pole. The qualifying format

differs from that of MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3,

where riders put in their fastest laps during

sessions, while E-Pole sees riders have just

one lap to put in their best performance. It’s

certainly going to make for some great viewing

once the season gets underway.

Q: What was the overall impression?

A: By all accounts, the MotoE simulation race

was a success. Organisers seemed thrilled

with how everything played out, and there

appears to be no major glitches with the

electric-powered machines and how they run

in race conditions. It’s incredible the category

is even at this stage, considering the entyre

fl eet and its equipment burned down in a

devastating fi re in March.

Q: When is the official opening race?

A: The fi rst round of racing will take place

at the Sachsenring in Germany on 5-7 July,

where it will run alongside round nine of the

MotoGP World Championship. The series is

starting later than initially planned following

the previously mentioned fi res, however it will

still boast a six-round championship with a

double-header at Valencia’s season-fi nale.

Simeon just won

the battle for sixth

Nico Terol

fought through

to fourth


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Another cracking Suzuka 8-Hour in store!

The Suzuka 8-Hours is around the corner.

Testing is already underway for some of the

leading riders, and it will only ramp up in the

coming weeks.

Flying back and forth to Japan isn’t easy for

anyone, but it is what is needed if you will be

able to challenge at the great Japanese race.

The past weeks saw a host of

announcements for rider lineups, with some

interesting developments for what we will see

on the last weekend of July.

The 8-Hours is the biggest race on the

calendar for the Japanese manufacturers, and

still the race that has the biggest impact on a

rider’s fortunes with them. Yamaha, Kawasaki,

Suzuki, and Honda have now all announced

their top teams, but what does it mean?

Yamaha is the four-time defending champions

and they will have an unchanged lineup

for the third straight year, with Katsuyuki

Nakasuga, Michael van der Mark, and Alex

Lowes. The trio are the team to beat.

Their Tech21 Yamaha R1 may not be fastest

bike on track any longer, but the team is well

oiled and prepared to win. They will start the

race as the fi rm favourite because of their

sustained success. That being said they will

face a tough challenge this year.

Kawasaki claimed pole position last year,

and this year they’re even stronger. Team

Green brings back defending WorldSBK

champion Jonathan Rea and pair him with

Leon Haslam, the reigning British Superbike

champion, and Toprak Razgatlioglu. The

Turkish rider has been on the WorldSBK

podium for the last two rounds, and is fi nding

his form once again.

Suzuka will be a massive barometer of

his potential for Kawasaki in the world

championship. The ZX-10RR is a fast

machine in any trim and with the Provec

Racing squad running the operation, there will

be no stone left unturned this season.

Yamaha and Kawasaki will leave nothing

to chance. The resources will be there for

whatever is asked. Testing, development, and

preparation will all be maximized. Everything

is ready for the race. All the team has to do is

win. If they don’t? Don’t be surprised to see a

termination note in the your letterbox.

While the two favourites are doing everything

they can, the same cannot be said about

Honda. Instead there are a series of questions

about them. Why aren’t Leon Camier and

Takaaki Nakagami racing? Is Honda pulling

out all the stops, or are they waiting for a new

bike in 2020?

It had been thought that the recent

announcement that WorldSBK and the

Endurance World Championship would

share homologations could mean that Honda

would use Suzuka as preparation for a new

Superbike for 2020. But, the rider lineups

would indicate that is unlikely to be the case.

There was widespread surprise when the

riders were announced. Answers on the back

of a $20 note if you can explain the absence

of Camier and Nakagami at the expense of

Ryuichi Kiyonari.

Stefan Bradl has been reinstated to the 8

Hours lineup for the Red Bull supported

squad along with Takumi Takahaski. Bradl

is an offi cial HRC test rider and the former

Moto2 world champion is sure to be strong

with Bridgetone tyres underneath him.

He has plenty of good memories of that

rubber having taken his sole MotoGP pole

position with them. Takahashi is currently

leading the All-Japan Superbike series.

While the Team HRC Honda will be the

headline maker they will be hard pressed to

actually be the top Honda squad this year.

The MuSASHi HARC-PRO squad will have

Ryo Mizuno and Xavi Fores in their lineup,

with a third rider set to be added. Make no

doubts, this Suzuka speciality team will be

expecting to contend for a podium spot.

Moriwaki, who will once again be running

Pirelli tyres, will fi eld a squad with former

Moto2 race winner Yuki Takahashi and former

Grand Prix racer Tommy Koyama. The Teluru

SAG squad will have Moto2 racer Tetsuta

Nagashima alongside a strong All-Japan

Superbike pairing of Akiyoshi and Hada.

While Honda has a host of strong riders

in their stable, it is hard to say that any trio

will be particularly strong. There are weak

links in almost every squad fi elding Honda

Fireblades, although with some squads still to

add a fi nal rider, that can still be corrected.

Yoshimura Suzuki has always used the

8-Hours as the centre point of their season.

This isn’t just a big race for them. It’s the

only race that matters. That was why it

was a surprise to see the squad add Yukio

Kagayama to their lineup.

The Japanese legend has been a regular at

Suzuka in recent years racing for his own

team, but he has rarely looked like turning

back the hands of time.

With Takuya Tsueda having been dropped

from their lineup the remaining spots are taken

by MotoGP test rider, and former WorldSBK

champion, Sylvain Guintoli and Kazuki

Watanabe. The Japanese rider, a former All-

Japan GP2 champion, has also raced on the

world stage in World Supersport.

With Tsueda, regularly the outright fastest Suzuki

rider in recent years, but one who has also

made his share of racing mistakes, and Bradley

Ray not having been announced it remains to be

seen if they will fi nd a seat for 2019.

Last year Tommy Bridewell, now racing a

Ducati in BSB, raced for the S-Pulse Suzuki

squad so maybe there will be a home to fi nd

for Ray and Tsueda.

The English rider arrived at Suzuka and

instantly adapted to the bike and Bridgestone

tyres, but he did plateau during the tests

and race weekends and since then his

results have been very patchy in the British


Sitting out Suzuka maybe a good option for

Ray but it’s also an opportunity missed to

impress the Japanese bosses.

SA riders Shez Morais and Bjorn Estment

look to tackle the tough 8 Hour race on-board

their Yamaha and Suzuki machines. Make

sure you follow their Facebook and Instagram

pages for updates during the race weekend.

With the primary seats all fi lled, testing

underway for some squads and the race only

six weeks ago the ramp-up to the Suzuka

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mention of the word Katana in some parts of SA will have men crying tears of joy and women throwing themselves at your feet.

It’s been a long time since the first Katana and last Katana came to SA, but now, it’s time for the legend to be reborn...

Words Donovan Fourie / Pics Meghan McCabe


They say that the universe is designed using

the language of mathematics, that everything

can be fundamentally broken doing into logical

equations, pragmatic policies and numerical

values. Everything happens because a series

of numbers have dictated thusly.

I’m not so sure about this. There are little

incidences where you think to yourself: “this

makes no sense at all”, and the newest

example of this will soon be adorning Suzuki


It’s the new Katana, and it should not

be much of a big deal because, frankly, it is

essentially a GSXS1000 naked sports bike

with a set of shoulders pads and a perm from

the ‘80s. The GSXS1000 is a peach of a

motorcycle, and we at The Bike Show know

this more than others because we raced the

GSXS1000F – the fully-faired sport-tourer

version – for two seasons of endurance racing.

Our Big Girl Racer had its neck wrung for

close to 60 hours per year around some of

the most demanding circuits in South Africa,

where it was raced, crashed, scraped, fl ung,

chucked, spurred, slid, wobbled, dropped and

set on fi re once, and it took all this in its stride.

It handles better than a bike of its size and

intent should, the motor – a 1000cc, in-line

four lifted out of the 2005 GSXR1000 – pushes

a commendable 150hp. It’s an odd sensation,

because in-line four motorcycles have a

tendency to be a little soul-less, and yet this

particular motor feels beefy, manly and rugged

like it hangs out in smokey pool bars and feels

nothing to break the neck off their beer glass

and stick you with it.

Of course, all this malevolence comes in

the genre of a sport-tourer, that suited us and

our endurance ambitions perfectly because

48 hours cramped in a superbike position


sounded like pure, liquid hell. It was an

excellent two years of racing – we didn’t break

any lap records, but we achieved times and

positions a bike of this type should not, and we

did it without breaking our backs, especially

Mat who is nearly 300 years old.

And now we have this same magnifi cent

motorcycle dressed like a Katana, a bike from

the ‘80s. Essentially, that means that to the

rider, who cannot see what the bike looks

like while riding it, it should be just like riding a


Except that it isn’t. That’s because you are

not riding a GSXS1000. You are riding a Katana.

The year 1981 is globally known as the

Year of the Katana because that’s the year the

planet changed. The ’70s was the decade

when the Japanese completely conquered

the motorcycle world, replacing the British and

Italian monstrosities with fast, capable and

reliable motorcycles. It sounds like it might be

unexciting, but it was anything but that.

The factories were all about the numbers,

and those numbers were horsepower

output, top speed, race wins and, lastly,

units sold. Engines grew bigger and more

powerful, while frames, suspension, brakes

and tyres stayed more or less where they

were, meaning everyone rode high-powered

machines that were utterly incapable of

controlling these speeds.


Engine type: 999cc In-line four, 4-stroke

Power: 148 HP @ 10000 RPM

Torque: 108 Nm @ 9500 RPM

Front suspension: Inverted telescopic,

coil spring, oil damped

Rear suspension: Link type, single shock,

coil spring, oil damped

Seat height: 825 mm

Kerb Weight: 215 kg

Fuel capacity: 12 litres


It must have been such a fun time.

The ‘70s got old and died, and the ‘80s were

born. It was here that Suzuki took this madcapped

legacy into the new decade.

The Katana was designed by the Target

Design House in Germany, the same people

that had designed various BMW motorcycles

before, and this is where that uncanny

resemblance lies. It was 1980, the proper

start of the new era when the fi rst Katana

was unveiled to a sea of awe. It was narrow

and compact, adorned with a skimpy fairing

that resembled a quasi-Darth Vader helmet

and bulging out of the middle, like a set

of Terminator pecs, was an 1100cc fourcylinder

motor, the most powerful production

motorcycle engine the world had ever seen.

It was so striking, so different and so

aggressive that even its most prominent critics

couldn’t help but feels a strange attraction

to it. When it was released to the public, it

soon achieved a cult status followed closely

by its own religion. It raced on race tracks, on

roads and while parked outside cafes, and it

won everything. It became a legend and will

forever be loaded in the mythical chronicles of


Even today, nearly 40 years on, the old

Katana growls and snarls its way through the

revs, and the punch it backs would leave even

some modern bikes stumbling.

“It was narrow and compact,

adorned with a skimpy fairing

that resembled a quasi-Darth

Vader helmet and bulging out of

the middle, like a set of Terminator

pecs, was an 1100cc four-cylinder

motor, the most powerful

production motorcycle engine the

world had ever seen.”

And now Suzuki has re-released the

Katana name. Obviously, it doesn’t set the

same bar that it did in 1981, but then the

people who praised the Katana at the time

are probably no longer interested in strung-out

sports machines and would prefer the sporttourer


But it looks like a Katana, and that has

power. When you walk up to it, you see a

Katana. When climbing aboard it, you know

you are climbing aboard a Katana. People that

see you see you on a Katana. And you can

tell who knows the Katana over who doesn’t

because the Katana pundits will give you a

respectful nod. You are most defi nitely alright in

their books.

This is where mathematics makes no sense

– this bike is, for all intents and purposes, a

GSXS1000, and should feel like one in every

way. True, it is a little taller than the GSXS,

and the seat is a bit different, plus there is a

full-colour dash, but this shouldn’t be enough

to make a massive difference to your riding

experience. Mathematics still dictates that you

are riding much the same bike.

But you are not. You are riding a Katana,

and that changes everything. And you are so

much cooler than everyone else because of it.



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Words by Rob Portman / Pics by Gerrit Erasmus & Daniella Kerby

On Tuesday the 4th of JULY 2019 round 4 of the Monocle

Motorcycle Racing Series took place at Kyalami and over

190 riders participated - yes, on a work day Tuesday...



It was a normal workday Tuesday for most, but for the 194

riders who entered round 4 of the Monocle Racing Series it

was by far the best Tuesday ever!!!

The race day was held on a Tuesday as track rental for

during the week was a bit cheaper than a prime weekend spot.

Despite Kyalami being the most expensive track rental in the

land, the powers that be behind the Monocle Series decided

to keep the entry fee at the standard R1500 per rider - enter as

many classes as you like and pay only 1 entry fee. That made

this race day by far the cheapest entry to ride around the world

class and iconic Circuit.

As I said over 190 riders took advantage of this exceptional price and

entered the various categories on the day - Superbikes, Supersport 600,

Supersport 300, Masters, Streetbike, Classic racers, BOTTS, Historics

and DOC (Ducati Owners Club).

It was an amazing sight to see the pits jammed packed with beautiful

bikes and not so beautiful men with big smiles - thank goodness there

were some gorgeous lady racers and the sexy Dunlop promo girls who

helped make the pits a bit more attractive....

Up fi rst on track was the combined 1000cc and 600cc class with

an impressive 31 riders lining up on the grid. Some top names entered

to do battle on the day and it was SA Superbike champ Michael White

who stole the show in race one with another top National rider Nicholas

Grobler in 2nd. The ever-impressive young Matthew Herbert held down

3rd spot holding off the charge from last year’s BMW RR Cup champion

and most improved rider so far this year Mr. George Haji. The leading

600cc rider, Dian Nelson, crossed the line in 5th place overall with top

National Capetonian rider Jared Shultz not too far behind in 2nd and

championship leader Cameron Aitken in 3rd.

Grobler went on to take the race two win ahead of Damion

Purificati and Herbert again rounding out the podium.

Schultz would this time take the win in the 600cc class ahead of

Nelson and Aitken.

We as RideFast had entered our Honda CBR1000RR streetbike

Racer in the 1000cc class once again with rider Shaun Portman. He

did a sterling job to end up 9th overall for the day. Full run down on

that a bit later on in this issue along with how I faired on the same bike

in the Maters Classm which was out on track next.

Ricky Morais proved why he is considered a master in the trade,

both on and off the track, by taking both wins on the day and by

some margin. Appanna Ganapathy picked up 2nd overall with Andre

Senekal in 3rd.

The booming Battle of the Twins class was up next, with plenty

of new Ducati V4’s lining up on the grid, so think it’s time for a name

change? It was however a KTM V-Twin powered machine that took the

race one win in the capable hands of Beaumont Levey, who had an

almighty battle with Ducati V4 mounted Brian Bontekoning, who would

later get his revenge by taking the win in race two and overall win for the

day. Levey would settle for 2nd overall with Alan Hulscher in 3rd.

The Supersport 300 class once again proved to be one of the

most exciting classes on the day. Race one was all about Chris

Wright and Nicole van Aswegen. They battled hard all race long and

at the end crossed the line 0.015 seperating them, with Wright taking

the win by a whisker ahead of van Aswegen. The fastest Mom in the

world would have her revenge and pick up her first win of the season

in race two, getting the better of Wright. Ryno Pretorius would go on

to pick up two 3rd place finishes for the day making the championship

table very tight between all 3 riders. Conor Hagan picked up a very

impressive 4th place finish in race 2 after problems in race one.

Twenty-five streetbike racers lined up on the grid for both races on

the day, with new Yamaha R1M mounted Corrie Goosen going on to

take both race wins. He was pushed hard in race one by 2nd overall

for the day Colin Hume, who’s looking very fast already after only 2 race

meetings. Dave Gunning would pick up 3rd overall with our entry, Darren

Mortimer, on the stock road going Triumph 765 RS (numnerplate and all)

ending up 16th overall after both races. More on that after this.

Jaco Gous dominated both heats in the Classic class with Paul

Jacobs on his Next IT Solutions and BlindTime Window Innovations

sponsored machine picking up both 2nd place finishes. Leon vd

Berg on his custom-built Yoshi inspired Suzuki would round out the

podium in 3rd.

It was great once again having the Historic Bikes part of the days

racing action, as they, along with the Ducati Owners Club got to ride

around the Kyalami circuit in their 4 sessions on the day. Not racing,

just out to enjoy some track time.

Overall another huge success for the new Monocle Series and

we look forward to more awesome racing action at the fastest track

in the land down in East London for round 5 on the 27th of July. The

25th and 26th of July will be open practice days, all included in the

R1500 entry so make sure you go to www.motorcycleracingseries.

co.za to enter now!


If you work at Triumph Motorcycles SA do not read this following article. We as RideFast magazine kindly asked for a new

Triumph 765 Street Triple RS to do a “test” on, we didn’t however specify that the “test” just happened to be on a Tuesday,

racing around Kyalami in the Street Bike class at the Monocle Series. We entered a short-circuit racer into the big leagues and

here is what he had to say about it... Words by Darren Mortimer / Pics by Gerrit Erasmus & Daniella Kerby

Having fi rst swung my leg over a racing

machine at the age of 27 I was way behind in

my child hood dream to be a bike racer. Racing

is a family thing with my uncle Geoff having won

the SA National Rally Championship in 1987,

the DNA was awakening albeit on 2 wheels!

There is a seed of something amazing living

in all of us. All it takes is to put a little water

on it, see it grow and it becomes something


My racing career was short lived with only

a year on track before a big road accident

nearly saw me racing on the highways in the

sky! Recovery was slow and the next time I put

rubber to the race track was on a short circuit

bike in 2016, now following the lead of my boy

who had started racing pocket bikes.

The fi re was back, there are very few

things in life like motorcycle racing. It’s a

bombardment of the senses, everything goes

into slow motion, lap after lap as you chase

down that chequered fl ag.

Racing motorcycles has put me in contact

with some of the most amazing people and I

have built friendships far outside of my circle.

One of these being the privilege of meeting Mr

Ride Fast himself, Rob Portman. I am stunned

at the openness, generosity, professionalism,

skill and passion that Rob, Shaun and the entire

Ride Fast Team possess for all things biking!

Out of this passion rose a partnership with

like-minded bikers to kick off the Monocle

Racing series! This is what true, love of the

sport racing is all about! Motorcycle Racing

in South Africa has an amazing heritage and

we have produced a number of champions

on the world stage - Kork Ballington,

Jon Ekerold, and of course, Brad Binder.


However, the path to greatness is never easy

but this new racing series has paved a way

for the Golden Era of Motorcycle Racing in

South Africa to be revived!

The Kyalami round was held on a Tuesday

to keep costs in check, as weekend circuit

hire costs are astronomical! “Who hosts a

race day mid-week” I thought! Monocle does,

and the racers were not deterred with over

190 entries - the pits were buzzing! Bikes and

classes ranged from the 2-Stroke Smokers

of H.M.G, Classic Racers including some

hyper fast Suzuki Sling Shots, emerging stars

in the Super Sport 300’s and the roar of the

Unlimited Class featuring world class riders like

Michael White and Nic Grobler! The day was

superb and ran with clockwork precision from

the easy online entry, smooth riders briefing,

exceptional Marshalling and Paramedics,

Teams and some slick live commentary by

Rob to keep everyone dialled in.

Rob had entered me in the Street Bike

Class and I had full confidence knowing I

was going to have a weapon underneath

me. The range topping Triumph Street Triple

RS comes stock with a quickshifter on the

up change to minimise the lack of forward

thrust on swopping cogs, slipper clutch to

mitigate the rear end wanting to overtake you

on over enthusiastic down shifts, Brembo

M50 monobloc 4 piston calipers paired to

310mm discs and switchable ABS capable

of producing serious negative G’s and an

awesome set of Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP

boots, standard.

After a frustrating tussle with my seriously

under sized tyre warmers, which left a good

portion of rubber unheated, it was time to

qualify. Having NEVER ridden the new Kyalami

circuit in anger and NEVER even seen the

bike until an hour prior, this was going to be

a classic “trial by fire”. After joining my other

“street bike” rivals on track I soon realised that

I was going to be needing every single one of

the 123 ponies at my disposal. The Triumph

impressed from the get go and for a 765cc

pulled hard through every gear as the gusting

breeze at 220 km/h down the main straight

threatened to part my 6ft 2in frame from the

saddle! While I thought I was on it, two 1000cc

race pedigree beasts blasted past and pulled

another 50m on me by the braking zone!

Suddenly, the session was over, red flagged

due to an over enthusiastic novice on less than

enthusiastic, cold rubber. Between warm up

and qualifying we only managed 4 laps due to

incidents and that’s all the experience I took

into race one.

The Triumph RS is such an inspiring

machine. It turns out those four laps were all I

needed to get acquainted. With fully adjustable

41mm Showa forks up-front and Ohlins rear

suspension both including preload, rebound

and compression dampening settings, the

track is your friend. And with four preset

electronic aid settings including; traction

control, mapping and ABS adjustments this

machine moulds to your DNA almost instantly.

Given, there were moments when it

whispered in my ear, “remember I am a naked

road bike” with a consistent but predictable

front end shimmy into the insanely fast “mine

shaft”. Also having standard gearing and a

conventional gearbox layout of 1 down and 5

up was a challenge in coming out of the long

double apex left hander called Leeukop as

2nd was too short with 3rd being too tall and

no chance of shifting mid corner with the boot

scrapping merrily on the tar mac!

Weighing in at an impressively slim 166kg

this Triumph is only 39kg heavier than my

regular ride, a 150cc 2 stroke, which produces

all of 20 hp! This was a big factor in launching

the RS off the line from my 16th place grid

position in a field of 25 “street bikes”! Funny,

seems I was the only chop with mirrors, lights,

indicators, number plate and road tyres in the

street bike class, possibly because Triumph

SA had released the bike to Rob under the

pretences of a road test, lol. That 16th position

soon became 11th after lap one as the

The new 765 RS features the same

motor as used in the Moto2 class,

so it loves to be ridden hard and fast!

“Funny, seems I was

the only chop with

mirrors, lights, indicators,

number plate and road

tyres in the street bike

class, possibly because

Triumph SA had

released the bike to Rob

under the pretences of a

road test, lol.”

Triumph was eager to please. However, lap

after lap I lost positions on the main straight

and as good as this incredible machine is in

the twisties I could not grow the balls to do it

justice. 14th was a respectable finish with a lap

time in the 2.08 mark, although this machine

even in full road trim is fully capable of a top 5

finish with the right pilot.

Race 2 saw an even better start thanks to

the ride ability and 77nm of Torque of the RS

claiming 9th into turn 1. At half race distance

I had an enthusiastic competitor show me a

front wheel, trying to share the same piece

of tarmac, and with scenes like the infamous

Lorenzo playing ten pin at the Catalunya Moto

GP flashing through my mind I knocked back

the pace. Any day in a “road” test that you can

hand back a bike with a big grin and a clear

conscious is a win in my books!

A BIG shout out to Triumph SA for having

the guts to promote their spectacular machine

in this way! It got a lot of thumbs up from guys

in the paddock who just could not believe the

on track performance. It’s a real head turner

too, with paint, plastics, graphics, and overall

finish being top drawer. The RS is definitely

one of the most versatile, electrifying and

thrilling motorcycles you could ever own. If any

other manufacturers have the boldness to do

the same with a demo, my hand is up guys!

RideFast Magazine, the Monocle Racing

Series and the Triumph Street Triple RS are the

real deal! Darren Mortimer.


Words by Rob Portman / Pics by Gerrit Erasmus




It’s been a couple of months now

since we received our Honda

CBR1000RR and the transformation

from stock standard to streetbike

Racer is just about complete.

Last month we promised you a big

reveal on our bike, which has been

given a complete make over. We

wanted to change the livery and liven

it up a bit, so we contacted one of the

best in the land to help us transform the

livery into something a bit more striking.

Gone is the standard Matt black and

replaced with a fresh new red and white

custom Honda Racing Livery. Kallie

from Syndicate Custom is the man

behind the genius spray work, which is

simply stunning and flawless!

So, our bike is almost complete -

the Arata pipe, Renthal sprockets, DID

chain, Domino grips, Powerbronze

screen and a host of GFP International

parts (rearsets, radiator guard, shark

fin and carbon lever guard) have all

been fitted and work like a charm.

Going into the Kyalami round we

were worried that the gearing we had

fitted being too long, but it turned out

to be spot on. Changing the front from

a 17 to 16 and the rear from 43 to 45

was spot.

We also managed to secure a deal

with Pirelli for the rest of the racing

season, it was time to highlight just

how good the CBR1000RR really is

by fitting it with top Italian made grippy


tyre’s. We opted to go with a SC2 compound on the front and

a SC1 200/55 rear. We knew this was risky as we would be

competing in both the SBK 1000 class with my brother and

the Masters Class with me (yes, I’m a Master!).

An early morning warmup was followed by qualifying

and two races each - a lot for bike, riders and tyre’s but we

managed to pull it off.

To make things even more stressful was the fact that

our races were back-to-back. My brother would race first

followed immediately after by my race.

After nursing the bike and tyre’s a bit in warmup and

qualifying, while still trying to learn the bike around Kyalami, it

was time to go racing.

We fitted a brand-new rear Pirelli SC1 rear for the first quali

sessions and two races, opting to keep the slightly used front

tyre on as it was wearing really well and to help minimize the

work load.

My brother managed to qualify in 15th place overall (out

of 33 bikes) with a time of 1,57.0. I ended up 5th on the grid

(out of 19) with a time of 1,55.3. We both knew we could find

more time with new rubber and more time on the bike.

Shaun managed to get a great start as always and found

himself battling hard for top 10 honours. His progress was

halted by a loose left handle bar, which forced him to back

off and nurse the bike home. He still managed to finish an

impressive 15th out of 30 riders and 11th overall in the 1000cc

class. He also managed to improve his time to a 1,56.7.

After rushing back to the pits and with the help of Riaan

Fourie from Honda SA we managed to tighten up the bar and

send me out in the nick of time to line up on the grid. I won’t

lie, I was feeling a bit nervous about the bar coming loose

while racing, but all my concerns were thrown out the window

after I got a blinder of a start, which saw me lead the field into

turn one. The Blade is such an easy bike to launch and both

mine and my brothers starts proved that fact.

I managed to hold onto the lead for a lap and a half before

being passed by the hard charging, real Master himself, Ricky

Morais, who threw his R1 on my inside going into the Essays.

I held onto his tailpipe for all of 3 corners before he cleared off

into the distance. I then held onto 2nd place for a while before


eing passed by Appanna Ganapathy going

into turn one. I looked on course for a solid 3rd

place fi nish before disaster struck. The bolt

from the gear lever came out making the lever

fall off and dangle on the side. My race was

over and with only 1 lap left - a kick in the balls

if ever I had!!!

Despite the bad luck I was over the moon

with how the bike was going. The week before

Ricky Morais had done a basic setup on the

bike for us. What that man can do with a screw

driver is mind blowing. By simply pushing down

on the front and rear Ricky was able to give us a

great base setting, which felt solid out on track.

The ultra-grippy Pirelli tyres also making a big

difference. The standard suspension did suffer a

bit towards the end of the race with that spongy

feeling coming into play.

Tyre wear was looking a bit torn up on the

rear after two qualifying and race heats, so it

was time for another tyre change.

We fi xed up the gear lever and headed

back out for our fi nal 2 races, both keen

on improving positions and lap times more

importantly. Shaun once again got a good

launch but was boxed in going into the tight

turn one. That put him a bit further back and

he did an amazing job fi ghting back to end up

in 12th overall and 8th in the SBK class. What

impressed me was his consistency, lapping in

the low 1,56s all race long. He did manage to

dip into the 1,55s (1,55.8) which was also really

impressive for a kid that hardly gets to ride.

Job done from Shaun, it was now time for

me to impress. I again got a fl yer of a start and

launched from the 2nd row into the lead before

making the error of trying to shift up thinking

I had a race box shift (so push lever down

to change up). Rev limiter activated and in

spectacular fashion! I eventually got it right but

fell behind Ricky heading into turn 1. I would

push hard to try and hang onto Ricky and

managed to do so for a lap and a bit before he

cleared off. Unknown to me I had pulled a gap

over Appanna and was comfortably running in

2nd place. With 4 laps to go I had the feeling

of the lever coming loose again so backed off

a bit. This allowed Appanna to catch and pass

me. I managed to hold onto 3rd place and pick

up my fi rst podium fi nish in years and the fi rst

for our Honda CBR1000RR streetbike racer.

We had some assistance from Alan Lawlor

in between the two races with regards to

suspension setup. He helped us get a bit

more traction from the rear which proved to

be spot on. The bike felt great and I managed

a personal best time of 1,54.3 - a testament

to how good the Blade is and the setup done

by Ricky and Alan. Also, a massive shout

out to Chris vd Merwe who assisted us with

changing wheels. Big, big thank you bud!!!

At the end of the day the Blade not only

looks amazing but goes like stink as well and

raised plenty eyebrows in pit lane and out on

track. It’s a versatile machine that adapted

well to both mine and my brothers different

riding styles and body weights. It’s the perfect

superbike for the masses and our aim with

this exercise is to prove that you don’t have

to spend millions to have fun and achieve fast

lap times. This is a bike still fi tted with a side

stand, rear passenger seat, stock air fi lter and

motor and all-in-all, even with all the extras

added costing around a mere R250k in total.

At the new low price of only R209,000, with

quickshift and autoblip fi tted standard, it has to

be the best value-for-money superbike on the

market today. That low price allows one to add

some extra go-fast bits to make it even more

enjoyable, or even give it a new custom livery

to make it even more gorgeous!!!

Big thanks to Pirelli and all our suppliers for

coming on board and helping make this bike

so good. To Kallie from Syndicate, your work is

truly amazing!!!

We look forward to fi tting some new EBC

brake pads for some extra strength stopping

power and wear heading into East London.

Can’t wait to see what the Blade, myself and

my brother can do at the fastest track in the

land! Should be fun!


We had battled in our pursuit to find decent mirror

blanks for our bike, until we were told by one of

our readers about a new 3D Printing company

based inside the new Builder’s Warehouse mega

store in Boksburg that could make some up for us.

So, we gave it a go. A simple and easy process -

take a sample in, they design it up and a few days

later we had our perfect custom made mirror

blanks. The whole exercise cost around R550 and

you can go as crazy as you like with the design.

Great value-for-money and a great way to print

up your own designs. (logos, name, etc.)

Visit the Termitelabs desk at the new Builder’s

Warehouse in Boksburg and check out what they

can do for you. Tel 010 300 9389.


In a day and age where everything has to be bigger, meaner, faster and more powerful especially when it comes to motorcycles the

question is, “Can you have just one smaller cc bike to commute on, tour on, do track days on or just have fun on?”

Words and Pics by Glenn Foley & Sean Hendley


For those of you out there in your forty’s you can

recall that the 650cc and 750cc class is what a

lot of us aspired to, they were the bikes to have

and only the a few tough okes would buy the

Kwak Z13 or the Honda CB 1000 6 cylinder

or the Katana 1000 Stryker and they were the

bikes of myths and legends. Then let’s talk to

you folk in your sixty’s and seventy’s and when

you were young guns dreaming of motorcycles,

anything above 500cc was practically unheard

of and were rumoured to have been sold with

coffins or so my Dad told me.

Which brings us back to our question,

“Can you have just one smaller cc bike to

commute on, tour on, do track days on or

just have fun on?” Well we decided to put

that theory to the test and laid down the

criteria as such, they must be mid-range

road bikes – each must be 750cc or less and

above 500cc. They all have to cost less than

R150.000 brand new. For a single bike, you

need a bit of excitement and the bike must be

fast and comfortable enough to use on our

highways and byways. You also need a bike

that you can take off on for the weekend.

We contacted all of the importers to see

what they had for us to use.

Yamaha has that brilliant MT07 that we

rode last month, they also have the MT07

Tracer (R124 950), Let’s get that.

Suzuki has the SV650 (now on special at

R90200, WOW!)… why not, we’ve ridden it

before and that bike is just so much fun.

Honda has the NC750 (R114000), which

is one of the best-selling motorcycles on the

globe, so let’s get one.

Our exotic long term Husqvarna 701

Vitpilen (R149.699) was leering at us through

the window, so we decided to chuck that into

the mix too.

There are some other bikes on the market

that would fit the bill, like Kawasaki’s Z600 but

we had to go along with what the importers

had on offer for us to ride.

There are 600 and 750cc superbikes

available, but remember our sub 150k clause?


Four different bikes, three twins and a single.

But even the twins are different. The Yamaha

and Honda are both powered by parallel twin.

The Suzuki makes use of their legendary

V-Twin 650cc – this also makes it the smallest

capacity bike for the day. Husqvarna makes

use of the legendary 701cc single cylinder. All

of the bikes are fuel injected. Honda supplied

us the slightly more expensive CVT (Auto

transmission) NC.

Real world ride:

This was no track test – in fact if you put most

of these testers onto a track, you’d probably

fall asleep watching them, excpet for the

Husqvarna Vitpilen 701, which Rob and Shaun

have put to the test out on track and landed

up loving every second.

Our motley crew comes from a variety of

motorcycle backgrounds, with the lady rider

Michelle, the only one with any real track

cred. The rest of us just simply ride and love


We opted for a cool (It is winter after all),

ride from our spot at the offices, all the way

out to The Brauhaus Am Dam for lunch – and

back. A perfect breakfast run route with road

conditions that would tell us exactly what each

motorcycle can do. Some urban commuting,

some fast freeways and that beautiful

mountain pass down to Hekpoort.

Michelle says: (Lady Rider with real

track cred)

Honda NC700:

Very comfortable and the big utility box up front

is cool. The DCT is something new for me,

and I love the fact that you can still shift gears

yourself via the switch on the bars. The bike

is pretty responsive. Brakes are fine – I found

the turning took a bit more body language

than the other bikes – probably because it’s a

bit bigger than the other bikes on the day. All

the switches well laid out. A great day to day

runabout – and handy for people who are not

accustomed to clutch and gear actuation.

Husqvarna 701 Vitpilen:

This bike is so much fun. It reminds me

of my track bike – mean streetfighter look.

More comfortable than a superbike and the


suspension and seat is pretty hard. You do

lean on your wrists, but that can quickly be

sorted by just adjusting the clutch and brake

levers. No wind protection, so sustained

speeds get quite windy. This bike is also quite

tall, so short people might be a bit intimidated.

Really enjoy the handling, point, squirt and

lean…. The engine is torquey and exciting for a

single, but you need to ride it a bit harder than

the other twins on the day.

Yamaha MT07 Tracer:

Comfortable. Very similar to the Honda in

terms of handling and all that. The fly screen

does a great job at giving just a bit more

rider comfort. Power delivery is good and

I enjoyed the roll-on power – overtaking

slower bikes and traffic was effortless without

hunting for gears. The narrow bars take a bit

of getting used to, especially turning around

for photos and manoeuvring the bike in tight,

slow situations. Easy and comfortable. Good

looking. A really lekker bike.

Suzuki SV650:

Great handling, lekker power, goes where you

want it to. The controls and layout is excellent.

My only gripe is the fact that the brakes are a

bit on the soft/spongy side, I prefer better bite.

The traffic coming home was massive, so for

carving, I snuck her into third gear and just

soldiered along. I noticed a bit of a wobble at

top speeds around the 160kph mark, but this

is a completely naked bike and is not really

built for sustained fast travels. The Suzuki was

the smallest bike on the day so it was, perhaps

not the most comfortable of the bikes I rode.

Top pic: The NC 750 X in

it’s natural habitat.

Below pic: The Yamaha

MT07 Tracer is big on

looks and power and

very easy on the pocket.

Sean Says: (Long time rider yet

still gets it wrong sometimes but a

legend in his own fantasy)

Honda NC750:

I have never really fancied the NC750X, to

me it has always been the Corolla of the

motorcycle world. Reliable as the day is long,

light on fuel and well-priced but as boring as

all heck, so I wasn’t excited to ride it and left it

until last to ride. I was pleasantly surprised by

how nice it is to ride. Ergonomically Honda has

created a bit of a miracle, from the shortest rider

to the tallest riders were completely comfortable

on the bike all day long, although some of the

other riders bums did seem to take a bit of

strain. I am really growing to love the throaty

gruff burble emitted by the Honda twin motors.

I am also completely enamoured with the DCT

auto box, a feature I believe all manufactures

should give the option of. The handling was

neutral, predictable in corners as well as under

harsh braking, even with a pillion on the back.

All round a really great bike, I enjoyed the NC

750X a lot more than I expected to and would

happily have one in my garage or as a daily run

around to see customers.

Husqvarna 701 Vitpilen:

Possibly my all-time favourite of the bunch we

rode on this test. This is our long term test bike

and when I initially got my hands on it I did

regard it with a bit of suspicion, anything that

petite and sexy is usually really uncomfortable

for a large lad like myself but I was sooo happy

to be proven wrong. I really love, love, love

the 701 Vitpilen. It is torquey and quick, very


quick and exceptionally smooth especially for

a 690cc single cylinder Café Racer. Hang on

the gas and kick through the gears using the

quick shifter and with a couple of lekker deep

pops from the Akrapovic pipe you are soon

hairing along at 180kmh plus, definitely the

quickest bike on the day. You might think that

having no windscreen might be a problem,

but that seems to be one of the party tricks

of the Vitpilen, the wind served to support my

body weight and take the strain off my wrists,

making for a comfortable and fun few hours

in the saddle. I think I love this bike so much

because it is the pure essence of biking; the

engine is loud, noisy and brash. Acceleration is

brutal for such a small bike and the handling is

unbelievably good with just enough electronic

gadgets to enhance your riding experience

without getting in the way. Sadly …. And I

mean that from the bottom of my heart, we

have had to give it back to Husqvarna SA ….. I

really wish they had forgotten that we had it.

Yamaha MT07 Tracer:

For our last issue Linex Yamaha in Randburg

loaned us the naked version of this and Glenn

hogged it so I didn’t get to ride it and was

looking forward to riding this one. The torque

from the little 690cc twin motor caught me by

surprise. I had the office Appy as a pillion and

figured I would need to give the little motor a

bit of motivation to get off the line, only to have

it stand on its back wheel. I quickly learned

to respect the MT 07 and we were soon

tearing down the tar and hanging through

the bends enjoying life. The MT 07 handles

very well, accelerates like a demon and pulls

up to a stop like a little GP bike. It is also

skinny enough to squeeze through tight traffic

The minimalistic

beauty of the

Suzuki SV 650 is

eye catching.

reasonably easy and comfort wise it can’t

be faulted even with a pillion and my lanky

chassis. The MT 07 is such a willing machine

that I was taking wild chances in traffic and

had the opportunity to really test its suspension

under extreme braking and not once did I feel

that the MT 07 might not be up to the task.

What a fantastic bike …… yeah …. I’ll have

one of these in my garage.

Suzuki SV650:

“Uhm ……. Where’s the rest of it?” was

my first question. It is small and feels small,

possibly due to the extremely narrow bars,

skinny tank, low seat height and acute angle

of my knees once my feet were on the pegs

but that is where my griping stops. It is basic,

no gadgets and nannies, no fairing, just a

motor, chassis, wheels and the barest of

basics to make it go ….. like the Blue Blazes.

Running on the road from Magaliesberg town

to Brauhaus am Dam the trucks have driven

a twee spoor groove into the tarmac. I stuck

the little SV 650 into the right hand groove,

stretched the throttle cable as much as I could,

and used it as a rail. I am closer to 120kg than

I am to 110kg and the suspension soaked up

all the lumps and bumps in the road better

than well enough, jamming on the hooks every

now and then to avoid traffic was a doddle for

the little SV even with my lump on it. I got to

Brauhaus well ahead of the others because I

could sneak the SV past traffic without having

to cross into the oncoming lane, the bike is

that narrow and handles that well that I felt

completely comfortable tucking my elbows

in and sharing the same space on the road

as a car or small truck and the acceleration is

quite quick if you drop a gear and bang on the

throttle. A little bit small for me but a great little

bike nonetheless and extremely well priced.

Glenn Says: (Our well rounded

Publisher with encyclopaedic

motorcycle knowledge, supposedly)

Honda NC750:

Whilst this bike is certainly not the most

exciting of the bunch, it is really easy to

understand why this bike sells so well. If I

were to explain this bike in one sentence – a

mature, practical, economical motorcycle. It is

fast enough, really comfortable for commuting

or hitting the long roads with good wind

protection from the mini faring – and the utility

box tank side is such a cool innovation. This

bike is just so easy to live with – hop on and

go – and the DCT really is something that

everyone should try out…

Husqvarna 701 Vitpilen:

The Vitpilen 701 has to be one of the sexiest

bikes on the planet. If that’s what is important

to you, then you definitely need to consider

this motorcycle. I fully expected this bike to be

SA band Evolver once

sang - ...come a little closer,

show me some skin, let’s

get naked YEAH, let’s get

naked ..drive me crazy,

good god, I got my eye on

you ..and we have got our

eye on the Vitpilen 701.

the social misfit, but was pleasantly surprised

that, for me, this was the most fun to be had

for the day. Sure it’s a single – but a single

with massive torque and speed –it never fell

behind – and it actually overtook many of the

other bikes through the twisties. What a cool

motorcycle – barrels of fun to ride!

Yamaha MT07 Tracer:

Last month I was lucky enough to draw the

straw to do the feature on the MT07 naked

– and that bike absolutely blew me away

because it is just so much fun. The MT07

Tracer hosts the same engine, but somehow

feels a bit calmer and more – well grown up

really. Include the mini fairing and comfortable

ergonomics and you have a sports tourer

that will go anywhere in absolute comfort

all day long. A great motorcycle, sexy and

comfortable with a great spread of power.

Suzuki SV650:

Bikes like this one are the reason that I fell in

love with motorcycles in the first place. Basic,

fast, comfortable, fun to ride. Ok it is a bit more

Spartan than the other bikes in this test, but I

personally enjoy the simplicity. The 650 engine

has always been one of my favourites. At the

price, you’d have to go a long way to beat this

bike for sheer practicality.


Donovan Says: (another well rounded

and somewhat decent rider)

Honda NC750:

It is a very well balanced well rounded bike

with great value for money. Everything is well

laid out and so easy to ride. I enjoyed the

DCT gearbox and it worked so well in the

traffic making life a lot easier with the go stop

traffic. The big utility box where the tank would

normally be is very useful to put all your small

items that would normally be stuffed into your

pockets when you’re out and about on a bike.

I did find the seat a little uncomfortable for

me though, being the only bike of the bunch

that hurt my rear end. A great riding position

though and was comfortable and relaxed on

the bike. The ability to be able to hand shift

the gears with the use of the buttons on the

handle bar also for a quick down shift if you

want to do a quick overtake is awesome. A

great all round commuting bike

Husky 701 Vitpilen:

Since this bike was launched and seeing the

first pics of the bike I have always had a liking

for the bike. It is a sexy looking bike. When I

first climbed onto the bike I thought, Oh no,

I’m not going to enjoy this much being a rather

tall podgy guy and the bike having quite a bent

over riding position which has you feeling like

you sitting over the front wheel. But boy was I

wrong, after the first few corners and getting a

feel for the bike I was grinning from ear to ear.

All though it’s only a single and you need to ride

it a little harder than the other bikes it’s such an

awesome bike to play on. The engine sounds

great and the bike handles so well through the

twisties. It definitely beats the other bikes hands

down as far as the fun factor goes.

Yamaha MT07 Tracer:

If we had to choose one bike from the lot

we tested to keep, this would be my pick. A

very comfortable easy bike to ride just like the

Honda but has a little more pepper than the

Honda. A good looking bike and everything

is well laid out and makes the bike so easy to

ride. I loved the engine on the MTO7 , it has

a lot more grunt than I had expected which

made overtaking easy and can cruise along

at well above the highway speed limits all day

long. It’s great for the daily office run and then

weekend comes along its an awesome midrange

bike that you can climb on and spend all

day riding in comfort and will not cost you both

your arms and a leg.

Suzuki SV650:

A very bland looking bike when compared to

the other bikes we tested, but nothing bland

about the bike at all when you climb onto it. A

very easy bike to ride and the 650cc engine is

no slouch at all. It’s easy to understand why so

many people say it’s such a under rated bike,

more value for money you will not get on any

other bike out there in the market. Build quality

is excellent and everything works well on the

bike. If you are in the market for a first bike for

your wife or kids to get them into riding this

would be the bike to look at.

Brian Says: (Not a man of many

words, but excellent with spanners)

Honda NC750:

The NC750 was bit rougher ride on the front

end than all the other bikes on the day, maybe

a bit of setting up might be needed to suit

my riding style. Very cool auto box was very

surprised by the way it changed gear, super

smooth changes. I still prefer the hands on

manual. Nice load space where the fuel tank

traditionally would be situated. Very cool bike.

Husqvarna 701 Vitpilen:

This is not my cup of tea, lekker fun ‘Windgat’

sporty bike. I wouldn’t like to commute too

far. I found the noisy motor is a bit off putting,

sort of reminds me of the Ducati’s with the dry

clutches. It has a very sporty sitting position.

Great weekend play bike but a bit out of my

price range for a toy.

Yamaha MT07 Tracer:

This is great bike and very pretty. Not

exceptionally exciting but really excellent for

commuting, it is smooth and comfortable with

a decent bit of wind protection. Good every

day kinda bike and the one I would have in my

garage out of the lot we rode on this test.

Suzuki SV650:

What a fantastic bike. It is comfortable and

handles smoothly with great power delivery

from the v-twin. I like the smooth gear changes

and easy acceleration from any speed. It is a

very user friendly, the type of bike that can be

ridden every day, all day for whatever reason.

A mini fairing for some wind protection would


e a nice add on for longer trips but not

a necessity at a cruise speed. If I had to

choose one to buy for all round with running

cost and purchase price a part of it, it would

be between the Yamaha and the Suzuki.

In conclusion:

We all had such a good time on these

“little” bikes and couldn’t really fi nd a bad

thing to say about any of them. They are all

capable of speeds over 180kmh, they all

handle extremely well and for the most part

are very comfortable. I, (Sean), personally

spent all day trying to ride the wheels off of

all of them and they were each more than

fast enough to keep me entertained in a

straight a line and handled well enough

in corners to keep me laughing with glee

in my helmet. We had a “BIG” 1000cc

superbike along for another test and I

got to ride that for a bit as well and sadly

I didn’t enjoy it as much as the smaller

bikes. You can have huge fun riding the

mid-sized bikes hard all day and get the

adrenalin pumping without frightening

the crap out of yourself, whereas with the

bigger bikes are just so powerful that you

end up backing off instead of pushing

harder ….. or maybe I’m just getting old.

Get hold of the following good

people if you are interested in any

of these bikes:

Honda NC 750 X

Honda Wing Sandton

Tim Nicolson – 011 540 3000, cnr Peter

Place & William Nicol Rd, Bryanston

Husqvarna Vitpilen 701

Husqvarna SA (for your nearest dealer)

011 462 7796

Suzuki SV 650

KCR Motorcycles

Alan 011 975 5545 – 20 Albatross st,

Kempton Park

Yamaha MT07 Tracer

Linex Yamaha

Mark 011 251 4000 – 13 Malibongwe

drive, Strydom Park, Randburg.


Engine type: 754cc Twin, four-stroke

Power: 54.04 HP @ 6250 RPM

Torque: 68.00 Nm @ 4750 RPM Seat height: 830 mm

Kerb Weight: 217.3 kg Fuel capacity: 14 litres


Engine type: 689 cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke; 8 valves

Power: 74.8 HP @ 9000 RPM

Torque: 68.00 Nm @6500 RPM Seat height: 835 mm

Kerb Weight: 196 kg Fuel capacity: 17 litres


Engine type: 645cc V2, four-stroke 90-degree V-Twin

Power: 75 HP @8400 RPM

Torque: 64.00 Nm @ 6400 RPM Seat height: 785 mm

Kerb Weight: 196 kg Fuel capacity: 14 litres


Engine type: 690cc single cylinder, four-stroke

Power: 75 HP @8500 RPM

Torque: 71.00 Nm @ 6750 RPM Seat height: 830 mm

Kerb Weight: 177 kg Fuel capacity: 12 litres

BSB Bike



Mat Durrans is a very well known name in the South African motorcycle

game and is one of the three ugly faces you will see on the weekly “The Bike

Show” program featured on Ignition TV. We have managed to convince Mat to

take time out of his busy schedule to supply us with a monthly column.

Riding fast, relatively.

Speed is relative,

according to me

and a certain Albert

Einstein. Okay, I made

the Einstein reference

up because what he

actually said is that

time is relative.

To paraphrase a genius is borderline

sacrilege, but I’m a biker so sacrilegious is a

fairly common theme in my life. Anyway, back

to my dodgy summary of Mr. Einstein’s theory

of relativity which states something along the

lines that 10-seconds holding your hand over

a naked fl ame feels like it will never end, while

10 minutes with a beautiful woman feels like it

lasted only seconds.

The same theory of relativity holds true

for speed as I have discovered on many

occasions. During the international launch

of BMW’s S 1000 RR at Estoril earlier this

year I managed to see 292km/h on the main

straight, and it didn’t feel particularly fast. Or

at least it didn’t until I had to hit the brakes for

the next 2nd gear, 90-degree right-hander, and

then it suddenly felt way, way too rapid.

About 20-years ago, while Suzuki’s

Hayabusa was still a fresh and wondrous new

thing I was determined to reach an indicated

200mph (320km/h) on its speedo. Along the

super-smooth French motorway that was

my impromptu test track the last few km/h

were proving diffi cult to get, but I could spend

extended periods at these velocities because

the highway was as straight as it was smooth.

Truth be told, although I was going for a

speed I’d never before attained, and even

though it was a public road (allegedly, offi cer) it

felt safe and in control.

And then it didn’t. Out of nowhere came

a series of gentle sweepers – at the 130km/h

motorway speed limit – that had me fi ghting

for my life as I forced the ‘Busa onto it’s side at

well over 270km/h. First to the right, and then

over to the left, all while trying to gently scrub off

speed while not upsetting the bike or myself.

It was a frightening experience, but only

seconds before it had been blissfully calm and

controlled. Speed is obviously relative to the

prevailing conditions.

Which is why I want to talk to you about

a cruiser. Yeah, yeah, I know this is Ride

Fast magazine, but with my Einstein inspired

philosophising you should now be open to the

idea that you can achieve the same sensation

of speed at 150km/h on a cruiser that you get

at 300km/h on a superbike.

Riding at speed on a cruiser offers its own

challenges, and comes with its own rewards.

That’s not even taking into account the theory

of relativity’s impact on coolness. There’s no

getting away from this, but no matter how cool

you feel in your full leathers on your ballistically

fast Ducati you simply are nowhere near as

cool as the rider in scruffy denims and scuffed

leather on a badass chopper.

Cruel, I know, but it’s just one of those

unarguable facts of motorcycling life.

So, in an attempt to remember why I

started this, my fi rst column for Ride Fast

magazine, I want you to consider one of the

most interesting new bikes I’ve encountered

for a long time: the BMW Concept R 18.

It’s a cruiser, and although only a concept,

what you are looking at here is a production

ready chassis with some other details (like

carbs and bar-end mounting for brake and

clutch levers) that won’t make it out of the

factory. But, this bike should be on sale in the

second-half of next year in pretty much the

same state that you see it now.

What is not up for debate is that the R 18

cuts a striking fi gure with its minimal clean

lines dominated by a huge 1800cc boxer twin

that is itself engineering as art. Even the most

cynical of sport bike purists will surely concede

that their heart strings are tugged ever so

slightly by this return to a simpler form that

celebrates its engineering, rather than hiding it

behind some aerodynamically effi cient fairing.

It may not arrive with too much in the way

of horsepower, but you just know that there

will be enough torque in that massive lump of

an engine to whisk you through the gears at

what I confi dently predict will be a borderline

alarming rate of knots. Make no mistake, this is

one cruiser that will feel fast.

Riding Fast is what you, me and editor Rob

live for, all I would add is that Einstein had the

inside line on what ‘fast’ really means. Were he

still with us I’m sure his garage would contain

both a S 1000 RR and a R 18, both with their

tyres frazzled, just like his hair, right to the edges.






K A W A S A K I H 2 S X S E


The phone rings the other day – Kibble from Kawasaki South Africa is on the other end. Mr Foley – when last did you ride a real

mans bike? “Errr Herrrm…. What do you mean?” Well you’re always messing about in the dirt – but if I recall correctly, you did ride

some pretty fast bikes some years ago. He’s right. It’s been a while… but I vaguely recall Turbo’d ‘Busa’s and maniacal ZX10’s and

12’s, but - “What do you have in mind?” Why not come and grab the H2 SX, keep it for a week and tell us what you think….

Words Glenn Foley

We have featured the bike before – Rob did

a track test and all that…. Yup, we appreciate

that but we’d like a normal oake who does

not race to live with the bike and give us

some feedback. Take it on the roads go for

a breakfast run – you know – that kind of

stuff. So I’m not going to bore you with all the

technical stuff – you can go and look that up if

you like – I’m going to try and explain what this

bike would be like to live with. Cool?

Trying to compute a bike with these

performance levels as a day to day runabout

is quite a task – the modern1000cc plus bikes

are just so fasssst… and I am personally

not a massive fan of out and out superbikes

because of the Pretzel like seating position

– but sports tourers have always been

pretty cool! Over the years I’ve owned a few

Kawasaki road bikes – notably, a very souped

up aircooled ZX1100 and a ZZR1100 that Neil

from NS 2-stroke loaned me when my bike

was stolen and I was on the bones of my arse.

Interestingly – the fi rst bike I ever owned was

a lowly little Z200 that served me for lots of

kilometres. So why not?

Arriving at Kawasaki’s base to collect caused

a double take. Not trying to sound like a softy

or anything – but this sure looked like a lot of

motorcycle for a bloke who has not actually

ridden anything this fast in at least ten years.

But it is just that. A motorcycle. And hey

man – this guy loves motorcycles.

Kawasaki refers to the H2 SX as “The

second generation” of its supercharged

engines, after the H2/H2R and have strived to

create what it calls a ‘balanced supercharger’.

As a result, the new engine has been designed

to offer more low to mid-range power than

the H2 while Kawasaki is also claiming similar

consumption fi gures for the H2 SX to that of its

already frugal Versys 1000.” Add to this all of

the electronic gadgetry - it’s a lot of motorcycle

for your money.

The forms were signed, a small “Our

Father” mumbled (no – seriously), and I

pointed what seemed to be a weapon of mass

destruction into the traffi c. The gearbox is silky

smooth, the fl y by wire suspension so well


The analogue speedometer is

complemented by a full colour TFT

display that’s easy to read even in

direct sunlight.

Proper power

means proper

brakes to help

get it stopped.

dialed in. The route ran from the KMSA offices in Kramerville, onto

the busy Marlboro Drive and onto the N12 towards the Far East

where we operate from. For some reason, the traffic was really

backed up on the onramp, the Kawasaki was pointed into the

white lane on the inside and as we came around the apex, there

sat the local constabulary issuing tickets to all and sundry. It’s like

the national sport at rush hour in JHB at the moment.

A burly looking lady checked out this big green bike

thundering towards her and imperiously pointed to a spot

neatly alongside her. I geared right down, applied brakes and

rolled alongside her - and just a few metres further along. She

ponderously turned and started waddling towards the bike – and

when she got close – I opened wide and grinning like a fool took

off back into the traffic. My favourite trick. I sure hope that she

didn’t think to get the registration number.

Maybe one day we’ll grow up!

The bike blitzes along – absolutely amazing to say the least – it

is actually really difficult to ride it within the prescribed speed limit.

Open the throttle – even a little bit and this bike accelerates to

impressive velocity – and it is sooo smooth. Nimble – she is a big

girl but in the saddle the sheer size disappears and she becomes

a proper street racer. Comfortable too – the Track bike pretzel

effect is non-existent.

Let’s stop in at Holeshot – oops missed the turnoff, Ok

Shimwells, Eep! – missed that too, Game Services? Flip there

goes Snake Road…

It’s funny. Whenever we get a really cool bike to ride – the

route back to the office takes a really long time. Ever been from

Sandton to Kempton via Witbank before?

This bike is just so buttery smooth, fast and comfortable (you

might read this a lot during this story. Sorry.), it simply eats the

mileage. 200 KM’s from Kawasaki’s offices to our spot, 30 km’s

away near the airport.

Not bad. And that was just the intro ride.

Stop at home, admire the bike – a lot. The kids come home

from school and get all googly eyed…


The left switchgear contains heated

grips button, cruise control and

selectors for engine power modes

and traction control.

C’mon Dad take us for a spin. Fight the temptation and park

her snug in the garage… waiting for the actual ride on Friday. A

bit like a kid in a sweety shop.

Friday was breakfast run day and it came and went in a blur.

It’s just so easy on a bike like this.

Our route went from out home base around JHB on the

Krugersdorp freeway. And down the Hekpoort pass. If you think

that this bike is good on fast straight freeways, you have to take it

on a road like this. It is designed to be ridden through the twisties,

so well planted and so much fun. Utterly smooth, effortless power

but also amazing composure through the sweeps. Nothing about

it feels flighty or nervous. It is just so flippen quick and smooth

and – surprisingly comfortable (see I told you?), with fist clenching,

breathtaking acceleration from the 998cc supercharged in-line

four. The power spools up deceptively quickly in every mode,

and response from the throttle-by-wire is just perfect, while the

hydraulic-actuated assist-and-slipper clutch is silky smooth.

Fuel economy is directly tied to performance and that TFT

display gave us an average of 10 kms to the litre… significantly

thirstier than the sub 750 bikes that we were riding on the day, but

SO worth every cent! Handling and braking – exceptional for a

normal everyday rider like myself – we even tested the suspension

on those annoying little speed bumps near Bekker schools.

Totally smooth and

always in control.

But there was more waiting. We got back quite late after

stopping off at Raceworx to meet with stuntman Aras Gibieza

and the sun was well on its way down when I stopped at my kids

soccer club for training. It was dark when we left – the headlight

lit the road beautifully – and as I swung into the curves, I realized

(Duh! Should have read up a bit before riding it…) that this bike

comes with cornering lights too. How cool is that!!

This bike is surprisingly practical and so easy to ride – but

at the same has the mid-range arm stretching supercharger

whistling grunt to take your breath away. I flippen loved every

second! The combination of supercharged useable power, fused

with seamless electronic wizardry and comfort is sheer genius!

If I could afford one, along with the speeding fines that are

virtually guaranteed to come with it – this bike would be front and

centre in my garage.

A joyous 600 odd kilometres in the saddle and this rider

wished that we could have had it for even more. It’s just one of

those bikes.

How fast is it? Well this bloke chickened out long before the

bike did. It’s not about how fast it goes – it’s more about how

quickly you get there! And holy cow is this bike cool!

Go and chat to your dealer.


The single sided

swingarm is a

work of art...

Engine: 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, DOHC, 4-valve, liquid-cooled, supercharged

Displacement: 998cc

Bore x Stroke: 76.0 x 55.0mm

Electronic Rider Aids: Kawasaki Corner Management Function (KCMF),

Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC), Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake

System (KIBS), Kawasaki Engine Brake Control.

Front Brakes: Dual radial-mount, opposed 4-piston monobloc calipers,

dual semi-floating 320mm discs, KIBS ABS

Rear Brakes: Opposed 2-piston calipers, single 250mm disc, KIBS ABS

Seat Height: 83.5 CM’s

Curb Weight: 256 KG’s

Fuel Capacity: 19 litres


Words and pictures by Peter Goodacre. www.warp10.biz



2019 ISLE OF MAN TT Fuelled by Monster Energy

The 2019 Isle of Man

TT was by no means the

Grand Historic race Rob

attended last year where

he got to enjoy the world

greatest road race in

some of the best weather

conditions ever seen on the

Island. No, this year was

rather all about rain delays

and shortened races and

we had one of our own,

Mr Peter Goodacre, there

to capture and report on

what was a stop, start,

frustarting 2019 TT.

Road racing veteran John McGuinness

reckoned that this year’s TT weather was the

worst he’d known at a TT, and who are we

question the opinion of the Morecambe Missile

with 23 wins under his belt since his first TT

appearance in 1996?

It wasn’t that the weather was terrible – it

was just consistently bad enough to put a stop

to the racing. In previous years, TT campers

might have returned to the campsite to find that

a mini hurricane had relocated their tent to a

field 2 kilometers away. That didn’t happen this

year, but there was just enough rain and mist to

ensure that activities on the TT Mountain Course

couldn’t proceed as planned.

Practice and qualifying sessions were

delayed then cancelled during the opening

week, as riders and officials sat by their radios

waiting to hear whether the sessions were

2nd placed James Hillier

powers out of The

Gooseneck in the first

Supersport race

Lee Johnson on the way to

his maiden TT win in the

Supersport TT







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going to take place and if so, when. On those

days TT stood for Thumb Twiddling, as entire

mornings, then afternoons were lost to wet

roads and fog with fi nal negative decisions

being handed down late in the day.

One must feel sympathy for Clerk of the

Course Gary Thompson who had to make

the call on whether racing would go ahead or

not. The safety of the riders is paramount and

races and qualifying sessions won’t get the

green light unless the road surface and visibility

are adequate. Thompson had an incredibly

hard task and, in my opinion, managed

the alterations to the TT fortnight schedule

exceptionally well.

There were some unavoidable

compromises prompted by the inclement

weather. Race distances were shortened and

a new record was established on the sunny

Thursday of Race Week when fi ve races took

place in one day. Of the 35 laps of racing

originally scheduled, 23 were run.

Top: A tough TT for Michael Dunlop on his return after

the loss of his brother. Middle: First TT Podium for

Honda rider David Johnson (3rd Superstock TT)

The opening race, the RST Superbike

TT won by Peter Hickman, was originally

shortened from 6 to 4 laps but was redfl

agged after two, due to the incident that

tragically claimed the life of popular and

talented rider Daley Mathison. On the same

day, the 4 lap Monster Energy Supersport TT

was halted after 2 laps due to rain, handing

a maiden TT win to Lee Johnston. Of the

remaining races, only the fi rst Locate.im

Sidecar Race (3 laps), SES TT Zero race (one

lap) and the premier Dunlop Senior TT race (6

laps) ran their originally scheduled distances.

Despite the rain, there were some amusing

moments. “Isle of Man TT Radio fuelled by

Monster Energy” broadcast a news bulletin

reporting that the Manx government was

planning to invite tenders for Weather Providers

for the 2020 TT Races. The Isle of Man

Constabulary also posted on Facebook that

they had received information that the poor

weather was due to some bikers not greeting

Winner of the RST Superbike

TT Peter Hickman on the

new BMW S1000RR at The


Peter Hickman,

winner of the

Supersport TT

Race 2 on his

Smith’s / Trooper

Triumph 675R.

Peter Hickman made it

3 wins in this years TT

winning the Superstock

TT Race as well.


the fairies and reminded the public that this is a

requirement under Manx (folk) lore.

While the record laps of 2018 were always

going to be tough to top due to the lack of

track time during TT Practice Week, there were

some outstanding results.

Ben and Tom Birchall set a new race

record of 118.317mph in the first Locate.im

Sidecar TT Race, later equaling TT legend

Rob Fisher’s ten wins after taking their second

victory of the week.

In the SES TT Zero race, Michael Rutter

beat his 2018 time by just under a second

to set a new average speed record of


Michael Dunlop claimed his 19th TT

win with a victory in the 2-lap Bennetts

Lightweight TT while riding with a wrist injury

sustained in a crash prior to the NW200 and

Dean Harrison wrestled the Senior TT Race

laurels from early leader Peter Hickman,

reversing last year’s results.

Peter Hickman’s hattrick of wins in the RST

Superbike, RL360 Superstock and Monster

Energy Supersport Race 2 earned him the

Joey Dunlop Solo TT Championship Award,

with the Birchall Brothers taking the Sidecar

Championship award.

TT favorites Ian Hutchinson and John

McGuinness both experienced challenging

fortnights. On the second day of qualifying

Hutchinson suffered a high-speed crash

which he later described as his worst yet,

despite being able to walk away from the

accident. John McGuinness endured regular

mechanical problems with the Norton, which

despite sounding and looking amazing, failed

to translate those assets into podium finishes.

McGuinness did manage a second place in

the SES TT Zero race which might have partly

compensated him for his Norton woes.

Some fans attending TT2019 might be

feeling short-changed by the concessions that

needed to be made due to the bad weather.

While the racing is obviously the major selling

point for the Isle of Man TT, there’s much more

to experience.

The Red Arrows still displayed their

precision flying over the bay (although perhaps

fittingly, the display was cut short due to low

cloud), the dazzling Thursday night fireworks

display prompted “oohs” and “aahs” down

the length of the Douglas promenade, the

numerous bars and restaurants kept the live

music and drinks flowing into the early hours

and the historic sites and museums of the

island could all be visited for the one-time price

of a £10 Manx National Heritage TT badge.

2019’s TT Races will also be talked about

for years to come as the first time that five

races were held in a single day – and this

year’s fans can boast that they were there to

watch it. That’s got to be worth a return visit

in 2020!

AJ Venter competing in the

Lightweight TT. AJ’s TT was

plagued by mechanical

problems in both the Stock

and Lightweight classes. He

did manage to pick up a 5th

overall in the TT Zero class.

TT Zero Race

winner Michael

Rutter on a Mugen

Lightweight winner Michael

Dunlop on the Paton

Dean Harrison

follows Conor

Cummins through

The Gooseneck

Conor Cummins at

The Quarterbridge

in the opening lap

of the Senior TT


Dean Harrison, runner

up in the Supersport

TT Race 2

Tragically the RST

Superbike TT claimed

the life of rider Daley

Mathison early in his

3rd lap causing the race

to be red flagged

Gary Johnson on the

675 Triumph in the

Supersport TT Race 1

The Birchall brothers

on their way to their

second win of the week

McGuinness was

dogged by reliability

issues with the Norton,

which saw him retiring

from the Senior TT in

the opening lap

Eventual winner

Dean Harrison at The

Quarterbridge in the opening

lap of the Senior TT


Words by Dave Houreld / Pics by Dave Houreld & Shark Helmets


Nothing comes close to

experiencing a MotoGP

race weekend LIVE and

in person. The sights, the

smells and the sounds are

out of this world seductive.

Shark Helmets hosted

the 2019 LeMans MotoGP

round and the boys from

Langston Motorsports

(official SA importer) went

along to enjoy a behind the

scenes experience of the

greatest sport in the world!

Let’s unfold this story right from the

beginning of time - I am based in Cape Town

full time as Brand Manager for Langston

Motorsports. As it happened to be I was up

in Johannesburg for my best friend’s wedding

and thought I would use my very short time

there to swing by the JHB based head offi ce

to sort one or two things out that I needed to

get done.

I walked into the offi ce, greeted everyone,

had a quick chat and headed up to Hans De

Beers Offi ce (Managing Director For Langston

Motorsports) and the brief was , “were is your

passport “ , umm at home I did not know I

needed one for Johannesburg? The reply that

came from Hans was ‘no, you going with me

to the Le Mans Moto GP in two weeks’ time ,

get your visa sorted out as soon as possible!!!

The next two weeks following up to actual

fl ight was the longest two weeks of my life!

During this time we received briefs from Shark

Helmets in France as to what was going to

happen for the period we were going to be

there, this experience was nothing short of full

VVIP with Shark Helmets, who were the title

sponsor for the LeMans MotoGP round.

On the 17th May at 23h50 we departed out

of Cape Town International with Air France on

a direct fl ight to Charles De Gaulle Airport in

France, all-in-all a 12 hour fl ight.

Bearing in mind the 17th May was a Friday,

we landed in France on Saturday afternoon at

around 12h00 - now the mad scramble was

on as we needed to catch the high speed train

(TGV) to Le Mans, in this time we were missing

out on all the free practise sessions and even


qualifying. We tried to change our fl ight tickets

but Air France was having none of it.

If you have ever been to France you will

know that CDG airport is insanely massive, it’s

so big we had to catch a tram just to get to our

next terminal. After what felt like a lifetime we

made it to the train, it was now an hour and a

half’s ride to Le Mans - thankfully the train does

300km/h on some stretches, by car it would

take your around 3 hours.

Once we arrived in Le Mans it was once

again a task to navigate out of the train

station and fi nd a taxi to get us to the race

track. Again, while this was all happening,

free practise and qualifying was already going

down in all the classes at the track so it was a

matter of urgency to get there as soon as we

could. After a bit of running around we found

a taxi and he took us to our accommodation,

which was literally 5 minutes’ walk to one of

the main entrances to the Le Mans circuit,

what a pleasure!

We were met by Francois Berni from Shark

Helmets France and handed VIP passes for both

Saturday and Sunday, these had to be visible

at all times as you would walk through sections

at Le Mans that would require a certain pass to

gain access. We were then taken to the Moto

GP VIP Village where Shark Helmets had set up

a full VIP lounge with 6x TV’s , food, drinks and

our very own viewing deck on turns 9 and 10

of the track. We managed to catch some of the

Moto 3 action on arrival, which was awesome

taking into account we arrived very late that

afternoon, but we had so much planned for us

even though we arrived late. Next we headed to

Shark Helmets second VIP lounge which was

on the main straight just before turn 1, there

we had riders come to us for a meet and greet

with some photos, we were lucky enough to

meet and chat with Shark helmets riders Jorge

Lorenzo, Sam Lowes, Miguel Oliveria, Johan

Zarco and Iker Lecuona, this experience alone

had us smiling from ear to ear.

We had some time to walk around and

experience all the stalls before we needed to

be at the Motul Boma for the Motul after party.

The branded clothing stalls at any Moto GP

race are out of this world, anything you can think

of can be bought there in terms of Moto GP

memorabilia and even some of the best know

riding brands had stalls up that were bustling

every minute of every day.

At 18h00 we headed over to the Motul Boma

where there were a few speeches made from

the head of Shark Helmets and Motul, it was all in

French anyway which we don’t understand at all, I

managed to make use two words when I was there

and that was “merci” Thank you and “Bonjor” Hello,

other than that it was just a lot of head shaking and

agreeing to whatever we were being told.

The rest of the evening was spent socializing

with people from all around the world and then

at around 23h00 we decided to call it a night

and head back to our accommodation as

Sunday was race day!!!


We walked back to our accommodation

and just outside the track boundaries were

people camping, making fi res, revving their

bikes in true Rally style all night long - I almost

felt right back at home.

Sunday Morning, people we fl owing into the

track in there 1000’s, Le Mans can only hold

60,000 people, race day would see 105,000

arriving! The atmosphere was electrifying.

At 09h00 we made our way to the track

and straight to the Shark Helmets Moto GP VIP

Village to get things underway for the day. The

weather was grim and really cold on the day but

that was the least of our worries, it was D- DAY!

After some breakfast and coffee we geared

up for the start of the Moto 3 race, now if there

is something everyone should at least once in

their lifetime experience is a Moto GP Race,

but more so the sound of the bikes hitting their

start limiters before the lights go green. I’m

even getting goosebumps just typing it! it is out

of this world to hear it live, we were on turns 9

and 10 and it sounded like they were starting

right next to us, and this was only Moto 3! After

screaming our lungs off for our very own SA

hero, Darryn Binder, it was time to get ready

for Moto 2 where we would be doing some

more screaming. In fact, all we did was scream

throughout all the races…

It was great to see our proudly South

African Moto 2 stars Brad Binder and Steven

Odendaal in real time action. Shark Helmets

had fi ve new BMW X5 at their disposal with

drivers to take us around the service roads

right next to the track, this just made the

experience that much more special. As Moto 2

started their warmup lap we were ushered into

one of these BMW X5 and taken for a grand

tour, this was an amazing experience as we

could access just about every corner of the

track and be right there with in 10 meters of

the riders as they came past us. We managed

to watch at least 6 -8 laps from the BMW X5

vantage point. Brad Binder managed to fi nish

in an impressive 4th place with Alex Marques

taking the win for that round and from what we

heard Brad was having to fi ght with the bike

through every turn and was not all that happy,

but considering this he placed well and it was

a great privilege to have seen him race in the

fl esh, it’s one thing to watch a race on TV but

let me tell you these Moto2 boys are super

quick and so smooth in every corner! We

unfortunately did not get a chance to catch up

with Brad in the pits this time around.

It was time for the main race, the riders

headed out for their warmup lap and things

got real very quickly. The pure sound of the

Moto GP bikes is heaven on earth, especially

when they bolting down a straight and start

gearing down to enter the corner and of

course the corner exit as they punch up

through the gearbox again.

For the fi rst good few laps it was a battle

between Marques and the Ducati riders to get

In front and take the lead, Marques maintained




Eventual winner

Dean Harrison at The

Quarterbridge in the opening

lap of the Senior TT




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the lead and later pulled a considerable gap on the other

riders and went onto win the Shark Helmets Le Mans

Moto GP followed by Dovi, Petru, Miller and Rossi.

And just like that the Shark Helmets Le Mans Moto

GP was over, we now needed to get out of the track

grounds along with 105,000 other people to get a tram

and then onto the train station we go. A promised 20 min

walk to the tram turned into an hours walk, bags and all.

We now don’t trust Francois Berni from Shark Helmets

with anything in time or distance calculations, you can

easily double that to get the true distance or time.

Once at the train station it was an hour back into Paris

via train to our next hotel, the fun was over and now it

was onto more serious stuff for Monday and Tuesday.

We arrived at our new hotel at around 20h00 that

evening, refreshed and headed out for dinner and a bit of

Paris Night tour and then called it an evening as Monday

morning was work bright and early.

On Monday morning we jumped into a taxi and

headed to Trophy’s Head Offi ce in Paris for two days of

product training for two new brands we will be bringing to

the South African Market very soon.

Trophy is another division of Shark Helmets but an

entirely different business on its own, offering state of the

art rider apparel in two different segments.

After two days of product training it was time to head

back home and back to reality. Shark Helmets will remain

the title sponsor for the Le Mans Moto GP for the next 3

years to come, so until the next one keep an eye out for

more info on the below two brands COMING SOON!

Bering - http://www.bering.fr/

Bering offers Race Suits, Leather Jackets, Textile

Jackets, Gloves, Boots, Backpads and so much

more. Bering apparel is fully CE certifi ed, in most cases

only the protective armour in jacket and pants are CE

certifi ed. Bering have gone one better and made sure the

entire garment is CE Certifi ed offering you the ultimate

protection all around.

Segura - http://www.segura-moto.fr/

Segura is a high end retro/classic range of fully CE

Certifi ed riding apparel, made from some of the best

materials possible, giving you the ultimate protection and

keeping you looking classy on your café racer.

Both these brands will be available soon in South Africa,

very soon at selected dealers - for more info please email



Eventual winner

Dean Harrison at The

Quarterbridge in the opening

lap of the Senior TT

Words by Keith Botha - “The Rookie 2019” Catch22Media / Catch22DeadRabbitRacing / Morphine Racing. Pics by Tshepo Phiri




On June 8th, the

Extreme Festival once

again played host to some

breathtaking Superbike

racing at this year’s 4th

Round of the Bridgestone

Challenge, Bridgestone

SuperBikes and the Red

Square Kawasaki ZX10

R Masters Cup held at

the Phakisa Freeway in

Welkom, Free State.

For those who may not know, this amazing

4.242km track played host to Valentino Rossi’s

first ever victory for Yamaha back in the 2004.

Ultimately, with that kind of history it goes

without saying that on race day all riders get

that extra bit of motivation to give it horns on

the former MotoGP track.

With some very cold morning air and track

temperatures, we only saw new rookie riders

go out on a few medium paced sighting laps

to get their bearings around this very fast and

flowing Grand Prix circuit. In Q2 and Q3, we

started seeing temperatures rise and perfect

track conditions allowed riders across all three

championships to really start pushing for the

top spots on the grid. Some of the faster riders

got into the low 1:40’s and some of the back

markers did just under 1:58 and faster across

all three championships.

As always the racing was fast and hard and

the female riders in the Bridgestone Challenge

#83 Morongoa Mahope and #85 Landi Sinden

brought their A game, completely sweeping

the floor with the rest of the pack. Both women

got themselves in the top four places in both

races and gave local rider Mark Myburgh a

good run for his money on his pursuit for the

double race win on the day.


The championship front runners #16

Michael Dixon and #17 Naasief Wadvalla

kept the pressure on fighting to end

the race meeting with some valuable

championship points helping them stay

ahead in the overall standings.

In race two, we saw #73 Nigel Brandt

forced off the track to avoid a head-on

collision with #122 Keith Botha. Keith

managed to save a high-side coming out

of turn 4, with rear brake failure on the

gravel he jumped back on track in turn

5 as Nigel was coming out of the turn.

Luckily for COC Johan Fourie there were

no major incidents or crashes on the day.

Bridgestone Challenge Race Results

Race 1 podium

1st: 99 Mark Myburgh

2nd: 83 Moronoa Mahope

3rd: 165 Ian Thomas

Race 2 podium

1st: 99 Mark Myburgh

2nd: 83 Moronoa Mahope

3rd: 85 Landi Sinden

Bridgestone Superbikes

The Bridgestone SuperBikes class was

filled with nothing but drama and upsets

in both races. In race one, the first man

over the line was #66 Micheal Pypers,

who was later pushed back to third

on the podium as he received a time

penalty for a jumpstart. Unfortunately,

after taking the lead in race two, Michael

lost the front coming out of turn ten and

took a tumble. With his eyes on the

championship, #95 Hendrik De Bruin

got left behind on the starting grid with

a technical problem leaving him in first

gear for most of his first lap. Bridgestone

SuperBikes front runner #51 Shaun

Vermaak was up against technical issues

with his ZX10, but thanks to fellow

teammate, Hennie Swanepoel who

offered his Yahama R1 bike to Vermaak,

who then went on to take a double win

on the day.

Shaun Vermaak had announced his

retirement from racing a week prior to the

round, as a result of his withdrawal from

the series it will leave the championship

wide open. There will definitely be a few

underdogs smelling a possible top five

finish overall.

Bridgestone SuperBikes Race Results

Race 1 - Podium

1st: 51(66) Shaun Vermaak

2nd: 95 Hendrik De Bruin

3rd: 66 Micheal Pypers

Race 2 - Podium

1st: 51(66) Shaun Vermaak

2nd: 13 Harry Timmermann

3rd: 27 Marius Koekemoer

RedSquare ZX10 Masters Cup

When a starting grid is packed with

twenty-six angry ZX10 Kawasakis’, that

are all there to do some serious racing,

we know we are in for a treat. Like

always, the masters in this championship

attacked the track with all they have and

then some. #41 Graeme Van Breda and

#43 Jaco Gouws managed to get great

starts in both races and pulled aways

from the rest of the pack. There were

a few big battles in the mid-pack with

groups of four to five bikes swopping

positions as if it were a Moto3 race.

Red Square Kawasaki R ZX10 Race


Race 1 - Podium

1st: 41 Graeme Van Breda

2nd: 43 Jaco Gouws

3rd: 22 Gareth Bezuidenhout

Race 2 - Podium

1st: 41 Graeme Van Breda

2nd: 43 Jaco Gouws

3rd: 18 Kyle Robinson

After wrapping up another round

of exhilarating Superbike racing at

the wonderful multi-track complex at

Phakisa, we are looking forward to the

next race meeting on July 20th at Red

Star, a track known for its much slower

and more technical layout. Be sure to

catch all the action on the day and come

and support your local Suoerbike riders.



Words by Rob Portman / Pics by Gerrit Erasmus



The famous musician, Mr. James Blunt,

wrote and sang these famous lyrics which

passed through my mind when returning the

Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 - “Goodbye my lover,

goodbye my friend. You have been the one,

you have been the one for me.”

Over the 7 months of having this bike we

grew a very strong love affair, but it did not start

out like this. Like most unbreakable bonds this

partnership grew stronger and stronger over

time. Unfortunately, this is what hampers sales

for the Vitpilen 701 and the entire Husqvarna

street bike range here in SA - it’s not given a

chance to impress!

Us as South Africans are often to narrow

minded and close our minds off to anything

that is not the norm. We live in our comfort

zones and don’t like to stray away from that.

I know this because that’s exactly how I am,

so when Fred from Husqvarna asked me to

sample the Vitpilen 701 for 6 months I was

very apprehensive. I did not want to have to

report back to him with negative vibes about

the bike as I was worried it wasn’t going to

come close to impressing me. Yes, it looks

great, but it’s a single powered motor, how

could it possibly leave a lasting impression on

me - a sportsbike nutter who craves modern

day tech and proper power fi gures, those of

the 3-digit kind.

How was this 2 digit 75hp raw Swedish

street machine possibly going to impress me

over 6 months? Well, it did...

Just like in any loving relationship trust is a

key word and that’s what I built up over the 7

months with the Vitpilen 701. It never let me

down once - not one loose nut or bolt, not one

mechanical failure, not one glitch in the matrix,


Its charm is not that of most other bikes

on the market today. It’s doesn’t lure you in

with massive amounts of electronic tech or

power fi gures, but what does grab you is its

uniqueness and free spirit. It stands out of the

crowd and offers a different perspective to

anything else out there right now. Its overall

design is both simple and progressive, taking

tried and trusted parts, such as the single

powered motor, and combining it all into an

inspiring silhouette of which the eyes never get

tired of seeing.

Fitted with Metzeler M7RR tyre’s it was a

combination close to that of Freddy Mercury

and a microphone - just meant to be!!!

This bike was the perfect everyday partner

for me. It catered to my every request - when

I wanted a sport, fast through the streets ride

it willingly played along, and with a big smile.

When I just wanted to chill and commute

slowly it did so happily and all the while

maintaining great fuel consumption (I saved

plenty cash over the 7 months on fuel for sure).

We transformed the Vitpilen 701 over

the months from gorgeous stock bike to

sensationally gorgeous using the Powerparts

available from the Husqvarna catalogue. Really

well priced, quality products that just adds to

the bikes overall all-inspiring look and feel.

This bike is for sale at the incredible price

of only R120k with all the extras on and I can

100% promise you that it has been looked

after and has a full service history making

it a massive bargain. Contact your nearest

Husqvarna dealer to enquirer about the bike.

So, to the Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 I once

again say this, “Goodbye my lover, goodbye

my friend. You have been the one, you have

been the one for me”!

I urge you to get down to your nearest

Husqvarna dealer and take the Vitpilen, or any

of the streetbike range for a test ride. It won’t

impress you straight away, but if you go in with

an open mind I promise you’ll be blown away

by its charm over time, just as I was. There is

only a few new Vitplien 701’s available at the

new price of only R129,000, so don’t miss out

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