RideFast July 2019

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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

always!!!

Cheers, Rob

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