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EDITOR: ROLEY FOLEY

Paddy says “Mick, I’m thinking of buying a Labrador.”

“Forget that,” says Mick, “have you seen how many of their

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My girlfriend thinks that I’m a stalker. Well, she’s not exactly

my girlfriend yet.

I was explaining to my wife last night that when you die you

get reincarnated but must come back as a different creature.

She said she would like to come back as a cow. I said,

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The wife has been missing a week now. Police said to

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if she’d have to reverse the bloody thing!

Local Police are hunting the ‘knitting needle nutter’, who has

stabbed six people in the rear in the last 48 hours believe the

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Bought some ‘rocket salad’ yesterday but it went off before

I could eat it!

Have a great month! Enjoy the read!

CONTENTS: AUGUST 2019

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Blunder last month:

Last month in the feature that we researched and put

together from info that we gleaned from all over the

place on the new 2020 KTM model lineup, we said

the following:

“In addition, KTM introduced a big wheel 85cc to the

model lineup.”

As we all know, KTM had had a big wheel 85 for a

long time.

Sorry. This was a blunder and we have no idea how it

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If you are looking for a MX rocket for your junior rider,

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Poskitt welcomed

home after five years

Dakar rider and global adventurer, Lyndon Poskitt,

arrived back home to a hero’s welcome as fans

flocked to meet him in Settle, Yorkshire, on the final

day of his five-year lap of the globe. Poskitt originally

set out in 2014 with a plan to lap the world within 18

months but it turns out that racing on every continent,

competing in two Dakar rallies and covering 143,000

miles takes quite a bit longer. Last tear, he even raced

The Roof Of Africa with KTM South Africa.

“Getting home is a bit of a weight off to be honest,”

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forward to getting back and that’s why I knew it was

time. “I wanted to go to Africa but there was so much

going on that I almost didn’t want to go but I knew I

had to, to finish Races2Places.

“People keep asking if I’m disappointed that it’s over

– but it’s not over! For me,

Races2Places was chapter

one in my adventure life and

now chapter two is coming.”

If you’ve not followed

Poskitt’s story his

Races2Places project has

seen him touring the world

on an old KTM 690 Rally bike

called ‘Basil’ – linking rally

raid events with adventure

rides.

The trip has seen him racing

as far afield as Australia,

Africa, South America and

even Mongolia. Along the

way he’s fitted in two Dakars

in the unsupported Malle Moto class, one of which

resulted in a second-place finish, all while filming for

YouTube. But surely it can’t all be over now?

“People might think I rushed Africa a bit, especially

towards the end but when you read the book you’ll

know why. But I’ve done so much more than I

expected. I never dreamed of going through 74

countries, or exploring the places I did.

“I wouldn’t say no to racing Dakar again. I’ve got no

plans but I’m an adventurous guy and I like riding

motorbikes, so who knows? For now, I’ve got a lot

more plans to continue with the videos.

“There’ll be more racing and more adventure but

it’ll be different. I’ve got an exciting racing project

to announce for January, then there will be more

adventures later in the year but they’ll be much

shorter in duration – maybe only a couple of weeks.”

And the immediate future? “I’ve got a very patient

fiancée to see and a wedding to plan!”

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The Rally also gets a lighter Akrapovic exhaust, carbon

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graphics package, a clear screen and winglets. It also

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seat and Rally footrests for improved comfort and stability

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Like tooo much!! Watch this space…

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valving and set up Kevin has managed to stiffen up

the bottom end without losing any of the plushness

on top. He won’t divulge how he does it; it is his

R&D over many years and experience as a Moto

– X racer that is the main ingredient. For as little

as R3,000.0 he will set up your suspension and

meet you at a local track to do final tweaking with

you and does guarantee that your bike will be a

whole lot more competitive. He can do the same

conversion to most makes of MX suspension and

also does a conversion to the rear shock as well.

We will be grabbing one of his upgraded bikes with

a top rider and compare it to a stock unit in next

month’s issue of Dirt & Trail.

On another note, Kevin also buys and sells a lot of

good condition used Moto- X kit at really decent

prices, so if you have kit that no longer fits you

take it down to him to sell, if you are looking to

replace some of your kit and don’t want to spend

an arm and a leg then get down there as well. They

also have a pro workshop and engineering facility

runwith Kevin Moran and Jeremy Pincus on the

benches themselves. You’ll find 2nd gear at unit 25,

Boundary corner Retail Centre, just off Malibongwe

drive on Boundary Rd in Kya Sands or give them a

call on 010 109 4581.

CF Moto ATV’s & Side

X Sides in S.A.

We’ve seen a couple of different CF Moto products

come into S.A. in small scale with different people

from time to time. Evolution Mobility in Centurion,

known for their Marshell golf cart has teamed up with

international heavy weight Metro Motor to import and

distribute CF Moto ATV’s and Side X Sides into S.A.

on a large scale with proper parts and warranty back

up and will possibly look at expanding the range in

years to come.

Chatting to Jonathan Cohen of Evolution mobility and

Tomer Komerov, CEO of Metro Motor you get a distinct

sense of their professionalism. Metro Motors are the

official importers and distributors of Yamaha, Kawasaki,

SYM, CF Moto, Beta and several other brands in Israel

and have been for the past 40 years and have realised

the potential of the South African market.

They had a range of the new CF Moto range of ATV’s

and Side X Sides for us to inspect, and we did ….

very closely. The quality looks as good as any of

the mainline brands in SA at the moment and the

pricing seems to be pretty competitive. They are all

kitted to the max with tow bars and trailer plugs as

standard, USB ports to charge your phones and in

some instance they even have winches, roofs and

so-on. We will be testing the units in the next couple

of issues and give you the low down.

They have literally just landed and are busy setting up

a dealer network, so we should have some more info

for you by our next issue, for now dealer enquiries

can be made to Jonathan Cohen on 010 593 4649 or

jonathan@evomotors.co.za. More news soon.

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with dignitaries from Yamaha Japan attending

the event and everybody and anybody who is

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After experiencing the ride quality of three pre-owned

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Smith Power Equipment. A fleet of 10 Linhai Rustlers

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Where? Italy. When? 14-15 July 2019

Three South African team members made it to the finals

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Pietramurata Arco di Trento in July. Camden McLellan

rode home to ninth overall in the 125cc World Junior

Motocross Championships, while Neil van Der Vyver

and Jordan van Wyk ended 18th and 19th in the 65cc

FIM Junior Motocross World Cup.

With 80 riders per category and just 40 starting gate

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In 65cc action, Jordan van Wyk ended 14th in his

heat and Neil van der Vyver 15th as both qualified

for the finals, while Liam Botha ended 28th, Pieter

Brink 33rd and Thor Johnson 35th, before Botha

came in 23rd, Brink 27th and Johnson 29th in the

Last Chance race. Van Wyk and van der Vyver then

enjoyed a great dice en route to 13th and 14th in the

opening heat, before Niel ended 19th and Jordan

36th in the second moto with the duo ending 18th

and 19th overall, respectively.

Five SA lads also raced in the 85cc two stroke World

Junior Motocross Championships, where Blake

Young ended 22nd in his qualifying race, Dylan Kirk

30th, Nate Mc Lellan 33rd, Luke Grundy 34th and

Kyle Townsend 38th. Young then ended 13th in the

Last Chance race, ahead of Kirk in 16th, McLellan

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“The 2019 FIM Junior World Motocross

Championship provided our young team with a

wonderful opportunity to race against the finest

junior motocrossers in the world,” MSA Motocross

Commission Chairman Iain Pepper concluded. “Not

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to the finals among the best in the world, but they

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team will take back an invaluable experience — well

done to the entire team.”

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Grass-roots is a well-used term these days. We

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ON THE

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KTM MY2020 EXC ENDURO

RANGE LAUNCHED IN EPANIA.

Last month, we brought you the news on KTM’s

latest enduro offerings. The launch of the bikes

was hosted in Northern Spain, Jonathan Pearson

send us his opinions. We will be doing a local

feature as soon as the bikes arrive in South Africa,

so look out for that in our September issue.

The 2020 KTM EXC Six Day version is now available

at your nearest KTM dealer.

KTM’s 2020 EXC range burst onto the scene with a bang at the World

Press introduction in Bassella, Northern Spain. After last years launch of the

MX range, we predicted that changes would make their way to the enduro

lineup. We were correct.

KTM has applied a long list of changes across the now seven-strong

line-up which includes new frames, updated WP suspension, heavy work

on both two and four stroke engines, new bodywork design and ergonomic

changes all aimed at improving performance and rider experience.

Models:

Jumping back into the EXC Enduro range for 2020 is a brand new, fuel

injected 150cc TPI homologated for Euro 4 and which joins the 250 EXC TPI

and 300 EXC TPI two-strokes, as well as the 250 EXC-F, 350 EXC-F, 450

EXC-F and KTM 500 EXC-F four strokes to complete the KTM enduro range.

The 2020 EXC range also extends, as ever, to the SIX DAYS models

along with a new, limited-edition, KTM 300 EXC TPI Erzbergrodeo Edition

with a production run of 500 units.

The launch took place at the very top of Spain under the shadow of

spectacular mountains that stretch north into the Pyrenees range, the

MY2020 EXC Enduro launch was hosted by Bassella Experiences, the

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location for one of Spain’s biggest events

as well as their off road experience days,

plus home to a new motorcycle museum.

Testing started early, with a lot of bikes

to fit into a long day’s riding.

We started with a bike which has already

been put to the toughest test at the infamous

2019 Erzbergrodeo, the 300 EXC TPI.

In last months issue, we told you about

all of the upgrades undertaken on the bikes,

so we won’t run through all of that again –

suffice it to say that KTM has seriously put

these bikes under the knife for 2020.

Riders like Taddy Blazusiak and Jonny

Walker, present on the MY2020 EXC

launch, were each part of the development

process from the very earliest TPI bikes to

the latest models. Their constant demands,

as much as any, caused a great deal of

work in the software development for these

new models which have the latest versions

of ECU engine mapping.

If you’re looking for a single new part

on the 2020 TPI models which customer

feedback contributed towards, then the

newly designed oil tank with more flexible

mountings for enhanced durability is one.

The outlet is also now fitted with a mesh

filter to protect the oil pump from dirt

intake. Another element is the reworked

wiring harness which concentrates most of

the electrical components in a single area

below the seat. Finding the electronics are

more easily accessible or the routing of

the throttle cable is improved matter to the

customer and, as usual, KTM has listened.

at the heart of off-road motorcycle sport.

The 300 EXC TPI engine stands as

favourite with traditional and extreme

enduro riders because of its versatility and

you really feel that from the get-go with the

new model – each increment of the throttle

twist grip delivered a precisely different

amount of power across the varied Bassella

terrain test course.

300 EXC TPI

Familiar to so many, the 300 is KTM’s

biggest selling enduro model and proves the

point that two-strokes, and in particular, the

Transfer Port Injected models are very much

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The 2020 EXC range extends again to the SIX DAYS

models along with a new, limited-edition, KTM 300 EXC TPI

Erzbergrodeo edition with a production run of 500 units and

with a premium list of PowerParts fitted.

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250 EXC TPI

It is easiest to feel that performance difference when you

jump on the 250 EXC TPI. Naturally the 250 lives better in

the mid-range so it makes for a more attack-minded bike.

If the 300 is the favourite for many riders at events like

Erzberg because of its range of power then the 250 is in its

element in a classic enduro test. Where the 300 makes you

feel capable, the 250 is encouraging you and tells you to

go faster!

One of the notable development changes which the

factory racers played a part in is a new lateral engine

headstay which is one of those parts on a bike which you

think, as a normal rider, you cannot possibly feel. New on

all models, the metal part connecting the cylinder head

to the frame is contributing to cornering precision while

reducing vibrations KTM says.

Rupert Walkner, who is charged with so much of

KTM’s R&D on the off road range, says everybody can tell

this difference: “you would be surprised the difference to

change this part. Anyone can notice it.” Explains Walkner.

By now it was also becoming clear there’s something

different about the way the new models handle on the

track. New valving inside the forks plus that engine stay

stiffness change and an increased amount of lateral torsion

applied to the area behind the headstock in the main frame

each contribute to improved feel for the front end of the

bike across a range of riding conditions.

There were some tough ruts forming into corners at

the Bassella course after so many riders and bikes that

you really needed to hit the line to make the turns and all

models showed how accurate the new chassis can be

even when braking bumps are trying to throw you off line.

Tackling some of the Bassella course’s tough downhill

sections proved the point about slimming the ergonomics

of the 2020 bikes. The 2020 rear fender is 40mm longer

but with the new rear mufflers the feeling space and

control between your legs as you hang off the back of the

bike is improved.

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The myriad of updates has made a great bike

even better

All EXC models are fitted with the WP XPLOR 48 upsidedown

fork as previous with the split fork design delivering

separate damping circuits – the left-hand fork damping

only the compression stage and the right hand one only

the rebound.

For 2020 the fork has a new, mid-valve piston for more

consistent damping, as well as new clicker adjusters on

the upper fork caps for easier adjustment.

On the track the effect of this new setting keeps the

front end a touch higher as you track through the trees

with less tendency to dive. When you transfer hard onto

the front under braking or downhill sections, there’s a

sense of increased bottoming resistance which gives more

confidence on the brakes.

Standard on the SIX DAYS models and optional on the

standard models, the three-stage spring preload adjuster

are easier to use now without tools as well.

Too cool!

The Four Strokers:

350 EXC-F

Hot on the heels of the EXC TPIs is the 350 EXC-F. Many

people’s favourite EXC simply because it feels like a great

balance of power, weight and handling.

Like the 300 2T, the 350F delivers power that can be

docile and careful or it can give you the “grunt” when you

want it which is why so many, from racer to hobby riders

like it – at once a really enjoyable trail bike that is just as

ready to take you racing on the weekend.

Having that range of power at your right hand gives you

the flexibility of using one or two gears for long periods like

the bigger four strokes, but it is still ready and lively if you

want to switch it to beast mode.

It comes as a surprise how usable all the four strokes

are despite their quite different characters.

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450 and 500 EXC-F

The bigger machines, the 450 and 500 EXC-F particularly,

are great at tracking and sticking to a line along the

faster sections of the course or the rocky up hills when

you’re driving on the gas to make it to the top – in those

circumstances the planted feel and grip is very welcome.

Part of that planted feel is down to the new WP XPLOR

PDS (Progressive Damping System) shock absorber.

For MY2020 a new second piston and cup in the shock

increase resistance against bottoming, to match the forks.

The bigger EXC models like the 500 are really good

at letting you stick in one or two gears, second and third

mostly, and simply use the strong and torquey power from

low to high revs. This was also the bike which showed off

the new seat best of all. A slightly different shape and new

foam inside make it more comfortable and grippier.

An improved axial mount for the decompressor shaft

means more reliable starting and a new, more efficient

integrated engine breather system reduces oil losses.

All now come with a fan as standard.

One thing I noticed on the trail is the big bikes rev

more freely and that, in part is down to the short cylinder

with a 95mm bore housing a new piston, which KTM say

improves performance and engine speed strength but

lowers vibration.

It is a lot to take in but the message is clear out on the

track; the big bikes get easier and easier to ride and like

we said earlier, that ability to stick in one gear, especially

on the 500, is a real bonus.

The 250 EXC-F

Revving up to a claimed 12,800rpm, the MY2020 250

EXC-F is a different beast.

With a new 78mm bore cylinder and raised

compression ratio from 12.8:1 to 13.8:1 you can tell that

in part the development for this bike has carried over from

the successful KTM 250 SX-F motocross engine. If the

450F can at times feel like a bike for the pro rider on a race

track the 250F makes you feel like a pro.

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The new 150 EXC TPI.

Weighing in a little differently on the scales is KTM’s 150 EXC TPI.

Nowhere does the new Kiska-designed more ergonomic bodywork,

reshaped tank and lower radiator position come across more obviously

than on the all-new 150 TPI. First impressions of the 150 are like getting

on a slightly heavier E-MTB bike!

It really feels so manageable, flickable and light it is hard not to enjoy

yourself riding it.

The new 150cc EXC TPI engine takes onboard all the attributes of its

larger capacity, 2T model siblings and with an e-starter system, it is a

treat to ride.

The 150 is aimed at a wide range of riders and you shouldn’t be put

off by the capacity because it is a really capable bike. The linear nature of

the TPI engine, even with 150cc means you have access to torque and

though you make many more gear changes on the track than with the

other bikes, there is more power across the rev-range than you expect.

Riding the 150 is a lesson in being in the right part of the revs and if you

are keen to improve as rider this is the bike to learn the craft of enduro.

Like the bigger capacity TPI models the throttle response is quick to

react adding to that agile feeling and much like the 250 EXC-F, the 150 is

a bike you feel like you can push to greater limits on a track.

In short it is a light and lively two-stroke with all the reduced

weight benefits that a small capacity two-stroke brings plus the lowmaintenance

benefits and reliability of the TPI model.

KTM continues to develop its EXC Enduro range and increasingly the

breadth of development includes software as much as it does hardware.

Changes to chassis for MY2020 have delivered a very real improvement

to the handling across the EXC range which now turn better, deliver

more feedback to the rider and hold lines with more confidence whether

you’re on a single track or wide gravel road. The engine changes across

all models have increased the usable power available on all two and four

strokes – and that includes the feisty, new 150 EXC TPI.

Significantly for 2020, the TPI 300 and 250 models have evolved in

this second generation to keep pushing two-stroke enduro motorcycles

forward to remain at the heart of enduro.

2020 KTM EXC models will be arriving in dealers soon.

For more information visit www.ktm.com

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NATIONAL MX Pics by Zygs Brodalka.

DOWN & DIRTY

AT DIRT BRONCO

The fourth round of the 2019 TRP

Distributors South African National

Motocross Championship thrilled fans

at Dirt Bronco in Krugersdorp, Gauteng

with bar-to-bar racing and championship

tussles throughout the day. The day’s

action was opened by Mogale City mayor

Patrick Lipudi. How cool is that?

MX1:

In the premier MX1 Class, David Goosen

took the lead in Heat 1 and looked to be

in control of the race until a hard charging

Maddy Malan passed him late in the

race to take the heat win. KTM’s Tristan

Purdon finished 3rd while championship

contender, Lloyd Vercueil limped across

the line in 10th after a crash earlier in the

race.

Heat 2 saw Goosen again grab the lead

from the start, this time he dominated the

race from start to finish to take the overall

for the day. Purdon and Malan finished

in 2nd and 3rd respectively. Vercueil

managed to salvage a 4th place, which

would put him in 7th for the day. Jayden

Ashwell’s 5-5 finish saw him take 4th for

the day.

Husqvarna’s Maddy Malan’s 2nd place

overall for the day sees him extend his

championship points lead.

MX2:

In the MX2 Class, KTM’s Josh Mlimi

blasted into the lead in Heat 1 and pulled

away from the pack, a technical issue

with his throttle later in the race saw him

lose speed. Anthony Raynard put on an

impressive performance to come from

behind and take the lead. Slade Smith

finished in 3rd with Kerim Fitz-Gerald 4th

and Jesse Wright in 5th.

Heat 2 saw another holeshot from Mlimi to

take the lead but this time fatigue would

get the better of him as he lost places

during the race to finish in 4th and 4th

overall for the day. It was good to see

Fitzgerald on form again as he took the

race win and secured 2nd for the day.

Raynard’s 3rd place finish saw him take

top honours. Smith put together a good

race to finish in 2nd and claim 3rd overall.

Seniors:

+30 rider Tyson Engelbrecht took the

opening MX3 race from +40 winner Ian

Topliss, +30 man Enduro racer Dwayne

David Goosen MX1

Michael Docherty MX1

Tristan Purdon MX1

Maddy Malan MX1


Kleynhans and +40 duo Brett Bircher and Craig Kruger.

Topliss took one for the seniors with the Heat 2 win over

younger competitors Kleynhans, Engelbecht, Bircher

and Kruger.

Ladies:

Kayla Raaff continued her utter domination of 2019 SA

ladies motocross with two more wins as Megan Jonker

bounced back from a year of recuperation from injury

to add variety by sharing the seconds and thirds while

Natasha Rugani (KTM) and Tiegan Reed (KTM) and

Yanke Pieterse (Yamaha) swapped the fourth and fifth

places ahead of Jenna Bohling (Husqvarna) each time.

Anthony Raynard MX2

High School:

In schoolboy action, Dalton Venter (CIT Husqvarna)

continued on his winning ways in 125 High School with

a double win performance over KTM’s Arnu Saaiman.

Miguel de Waal was next up from Yamaha riders

Christiaan Cilliers, Travis Goosen, and Ethan Hoffman,

Zimababwean Tristan Grainger, Thabu Verster, Callum

Marriot and Nathan Maybery. Celliers took third in race

2 from Hoffman, Goosen, Grainger, Verster, Callan

Broskie, Maybery and Marriott.

Slade Smith MX2

Jonathan Mlimi MX2

Ricky Raaff MX2

Kerim Fitz-Gerald MX2


NATIONAL MX Pics by Zygs Brodalka.

85cc:

Blake Young (KTM) took the opening 85cc Pro Mini win

over Leonard du Toit with a brave Dylan Kirk, third from

Hayden Tully, Wesley McGavin and Bryce Petersen, while

James Thompson (Yamaha) took 85cc honours from Timo

Maximo, Toepfer (KTM), Deegan Bloomfield (Husqvarna)

and Zimbabwean Emmanuel Bako (KTM). Du Toit bounced

back to take Pro race 2 from Young, Kirk, Tully, McGavin

and Petersen, while Bako took the second Junior win from

Thompson, Young and Toepfer.

65cc:

Championship leader Neil van der Vyver returned to

winning ways to extend his 65cc title advantage with a

couple of race victories aboard his Q4 Fuels Husqvarna.

He beat Jordan Van Wyk (CIT Husqvarna), Trey Cox (Alfie

Cox KTM), Liam Botha (Husqvarna) and Damon Garrell

(KTM) each time, while Lous Mostert was sixth in the first

moto from Sven Larsen, Jack Pullen, Damien Venter and

Thor Johnson, with Venter sixth ahead of Mostert, Pullen,

Johnson and Larsen in race 2.

Brett Bircher MX3

Arnu Saaiman 125 High School Class

50cc:

Christian Berrington-Smith (KTM) sped to two baby

motocross 50cc wins, leading Jake van Schoor (KTM),

Keenan Streauss, Trent Valecchi, Logan van Vuuren and

Ethen Williamson home in heat 1 with Jake Pretorius, Evan

Frost, Coby Hart and Casey Tilley closing off the top ten.

Williamson (KTM) bounced back to beat van Schoor to

second in race 2 with Chase Bekker fourth from Strauss, van

Vuuren, Valsecchi, Pretorius, Trenton Kretzman and Tilley.

The 2019 South African National Motocross Championship

heads to Pietermaritzburg next on Women’s Day Weekend

in August.

For further information please contact info@mxsa.co.za

Ethan Williamson 50Pro

Jordan van Wyk 65cc


Christian Berrington-Smith 50Pro

Dylan Kirk Pro MIni

Ian Topliss MX3

Jake van Schoor 50Pro

Lloyd Vercuil MX1

Blake Young Pro Mini

Neil van der Vyver 65cc


GRASS ROOTS RACING

JORD: Junior Off Road Racing Development

We recently caught up with

long time racer Neil VD

Ross the man who was

responsible for the Herbalife

Yamaha bLu cRu Team we

featured a few issues back.

He’s been busy.

Team Ikageng, Moto Kids, and

now JORD.

His goal is to get as many kids riding

and racing as possible irrespective of

background, sharing his passion of racing.

The MSA Moto Kids programme was

started in 2016 by Neil and Noleen Roome

with the backing of MSA.

It all started with 2 PW 50’s sponsored by

MX SA’s Noleen. Neil approached Honda

Wing Westrand, who sponsored a CRF 50

and a CRF110.

4 bikes.

They then went on a recruiting mission to

find some new blood. They approached

“King Donut”, Alfred Matamela to put them

in touch with kids belonging to parents who

were being trained by Alfreds school, The

Soweto Motorbike School – and his former

road bike club, The Eagles.

Alfred put Neil in touch with Mpho Makhene

and Thabiso Phiri, two road riders who were

starting their own Mini moto club called

Team Titan Road Racing.

Their sons, Oratilwe (6) and Katlego (8) were

the first two kids to be recruited into the

programme, along with long-time friends, the

Pietersen Cousins Jayden (7) and Donell (6).

They were groomed from the beginning to

take part in racing under the tutelage of the

Moto Kids programme. They were soon

joined by other riders from all walks of life

on their own bikes – and the numbers grew

to 20 riders in the first year.

In that year, they raced four grassroots MX

events at Dirt Bronco.

Year 2 saw more kids joining the fun and

the progamme doubled, with kids moving

up from the PW’s to more race oriented

bikes. Honda West Rand stayed involved.

Tragically, two of the sponsored Honda’s

were stolen but West Rand stepped up and

replaced one of them with a CRF110.

In 2018 MSA, in conjunction with Yamaha

Sponsored 2 brand new PW50’s and the

old PW’s were sold. MSA also paid for a

new Honda CRF110 for the programme.

Parents started buying more competitive

race bikes , wanting to take their kids to the

next level.

How cool is that!

This is when Team JORD started.

2019. Team Jord is born.

The team consists of 6 riders. All the

riders came up through the moto kids

Programme.

The original four, the Pietersen brothers and

Oratilwe on 65s, Katlego on an 85 along

with young Kade Williams on on a KTM50

and KJ Mononyane on KTM85.

The boys are all competing in the GXCC,

regional MX and The Mayfair Gearbox club

series with sponsorship from MSA, TRP’s

Jim Tarantino and Dirt Bronco’s Eddie

Wantenaar.

Neil is the guy who kicks the boys asses to

get things done (Team Manager).

The original 4 debuted at their maiden

national MX event at Dirt Bronco, where the

mayor (see our national MX story), came to

open the event and to meet the kids.

Cool Huh!!

Now here’s a byline: Oratilwe, Katlego and

KJ all race pocket bikes and NSF100’s and

even 150 Road bikes at the Short Circuit

road racing series.

New bums in saddles. Shared passions.

That’s what this is all about. We need more

guys like this.

Debut in Lehau. KJ, Dornell, Jayden, Kade, Katlego, Ora.

JORDS first podiums at the Mayfair Club Series.

No Pressure... 50cc lineup.

Meeting the Mayor

Neil and Ian with the Mayor of Mogale City.

Team Jord Meets National Enduro Champ Kyle Flanagan.

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2020 KAWASAKI KX250F


Impi National Enduro: Eshowe

Yamaha’s Kyle Flanagan takes the win.

Impi is one of the big events in SA

usually attracting some good numbers

– which means that they are doing

something right. This year the national

Enduro took place in Eshowe. Tough

race for sure! We still want features

from the non pro riders, so if you attend

a race – send us your perspective and

we might just make you famous!!

Thanks to ZCMC, Gareth Davidson and

Hayds Brown for the use of your pics.

Here’s the skinny:

The Proudly Bidvest bLU cRU Yamaha

team attended with the intention of

increasing points in E2 and Masters

Championship and earning more points in

the E1 category.

Kyle Flanagan, the fastest qualifier from

Time Trial aboard his YZ250X, lead the

race from start to finish on both days

whilst he had some competition from

Luke Walker in the Time Trial and Brett

Swanepoel in Day 2 of racing. Kyle,

however, kept his cool “I’m glad I was

able to open a gap on the field of riders

quickly in Day 1 so my strategy for Day

2 was to increase my gap which I did. I

couldn’t be happier to walk away with

overall after three days of intense racing.”

Kyle won the E2 Category and the overall

for the day and is currently leading the E2

championship.

Lloyd Kirk had a great Time Trial and

qualified first in E1 aboard his YZ250FX

despite a big crash. Lloyd progressed well

in Day 1 until he accidentally hurt his knee

badly and had to dig deep to finish. Day 2

was all about survival mode and Lloyd did

exactly that even though he experienced

GPS issues he finished strong. “I knew

it was going to be a tough race when I

injured my knee but I am really happy with

my result considering”. Lloyd placed a

very respectable 2nd for the day in the

E1 category and is currently 2nd in the

championship.

Bruce May qualified first in Masters for

the Time Trial and was absolutely flawless

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yet again aboard his YZ250FX. “Impi went

really well for me and I was surprised how

well I did in the Time Trial which helped

me for starting positions in Day 1 and

Day 2. All in all, I had a great Impi event

and thankful to be on the top step again.”

Bruce placed 1st overall for the day in

the Masters’ category and increased his

championship lead.

Denzil “The General” Torlage had a great

ride aboard his YZ250X. “I had a tough

time navigating in Day 2 as my GPS froze

and wasted a lot of time trying to find the

correct route. All in all, I’m happy to have

completed the event and had I a great ride

overall” Denzil finished the day off in fifth

place in the Masters’ category.

Husqvarna: A win and a couple

of thirds in Hard Enduro

Pepson Plastics Husqvarna rider William

Oosthuizen crowned a stunning weekend

for the team with his fourth South African

National Enduro Championship E1 class

win on the trot at the IMPI Hard Enduro in

Zululand over the weekend. Teammates

Matthew Green also starred en route to a

third in E1 200cc, while Brett Swanepoel

came home fourth in open class E2 in

Eshowe.

“I had to work for that one!” Mossel

Bay star William Oosthuizen owned up.

“Thursday’s time trial never went quite as

planned and I found myself seven minutes

off the pace, but I fought hard to halve

the gap on Friday and then Saturday was

brilliant and I managed to turn it around to

win by five minutes. “We fought hard this

weekend and it paid off — that’s four E1

wins out of four races! “Huge thanks to my

brilliant Pepson Plastics team for a superb

Husqvarna as always this weekend.”

Matthew Green enjoyed his best result

of the season as he raced to a strong

third to make it a double Pepson Plastics

Husqvarna podium in E1 at the IMPI. “I

had a good run this weekend,” Matthew

confirmed. “I was in the top three

throughout and my Pepson Plastics

Husqvarna ran like a dream — it was also

a good weekend for the championship, so

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Brett Swanepoel likewise enjoyed a good weekend

in Eshowe on his way to fourth in E2. “I’m happy with

another strong points haul in fourth even though I was

just 20 seconds away from a podium finish!” Brett

admitted. “That’s also my fourth finish in four national

starts so far this season — I have the best team behind

me in Pepson Plastics Husqvarna Racing and we are

getting stronger race by race.”

“Four wins in four races has set William Oosthuizen and

his Pepson Plastics Husqvarna out as the combination

to beat in National E1 enduro racing,”

Husqvarna South Africa Motorcycles brand manager

Fred Fensham concluded. “William pulled out all the

stops to come from behind to win the ultra-tough IMPI

Hard Enduro and his teammates Matthew Green and

Brett Swanepoel also starred this weekend — excellent

work by the entire team!”

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KTM:

Brother Leader Tread KTM’s Scott Bouverie

lined up for the first main race day with

a tall order. The rider had to close the

two-minute gap that championship rival

Kyle Flanagan managed to open up on the

time trial if he had any chance of staying in

contention for the win.

Without any route markers or clear tracks

to follow, Bouverie attempted to selfnavigate

through Eshowe’s unforgiving

terrain in the hope of catching Flanagan.

After three demanding days in the saddle,

it was Flanagan who managed to get the

upper hand at this round with Bouverie

finishing in third place.

Bouverie remains positive, however, and

commented: “The championship is far

from over and the result could be very

different at the next round when there are

clearly marked tracks to follow. I’m still in

the fight.”

It was another successful round for

teammate Kirsten Landman, who once

again went up against the boys as the only

female in the E2 Class. She finished the

event in an impressive 10th place overall –

an unsurprising result from South Africa’s

enduro queen.

It wasn’t just her technical talent that got

her to the finish line, however. It was clear

that Landman had also been working on

her navigational skills as she prepares for

one of the biggest challenge of her career –

the 2020 Dakar Rally.

“Every race I finish is just another positive

step towards my dream of finishing the

Dakar. I’m really happy with the result this

weekend – it’s a massive confidence boost

going forward,” said Landman.

Rounding out the team was Bradley Cox,

who only narrowly missed the podium with

a fourth place overall. While he may not be

in the fight for the overall title, he’ll certainly

come back fighting to get back onto the

podium at the next round.

Kirst Landman

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Adventure

Two Great

Bikes 2400 GREAT REASONS TO GO RIDING

YAMAHA 1200 SUPER TENERE & TRIUMPH SCRAMBLER 1200

What bike should I buy? Our standard reply is that you should try to ride everything that you

are interested in and make your decision. We were asked this question again on the weekend –

so we decided to borrow two adventure bikes, with the same engine configuration – that are,

in our opinion polar opposites. Take them for a ride – and give the readers a few ideas.

Adventure riders live in such an awesome

time. There has never been such a vast

selection of bikes available – well ever!

Both of these bikes happen to be

some of the biggest on the market at

a whopping 1200cc’s. They both host

parallel twin engines… but that is where

the similarities cease.

We are all familiar with the Yamaha

1200 Super Tenere’. It’s been a long time

since we last rode one, so we grabbed

one from the kind peeps at Yamaha SA.

Triumph has just released their 1200

Scrambler – and we are pretty sure that

very few of you have ridden that – so we

figured that it would be perfect for this

story.

Same but different:

Well polar opposites really. And just looking

at the two bikes, that’s easy to see.

The Scrambler is Naked. The Super

Ten has quite as lot of bodywork.

But they are both classified as

adventure bikes. So what do you

choose?

Well. What do you need? What are

you looking for?

Our route:

We plotted a route from the

Yamaha headquarters out towards

Hartebeespoort Dam, where we know

quite a few fairly gnarly dirt passes. It

included urban streets, twisty back roads

and of course, a lekker bunny chow at

the famous Chameleon Village.

Through the course of the day, we

chopped and changed bikes. We went

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fast, even faster and took in a few slow

sections to soak up the views.

These bikes are both excellent, but are

very different beastys.

The Super Ténéré,

Smooth cruising…

If you are looking for a very civilized

kilometer eater that is totally happy on any

gravel or tar road, then this is a bike well

worth consideration. Yamaha has stuck with

this one for a long time – and when you ride

it, it’s easy to understand why. Powerful,

comfortable and capable are all words that

come to mind when you describe this bike.

This is an adventure touring bike of some

note. It has a big fuel tank and that upright

riding posture that makes long trips in the

saddle more comfortable. Perhaps not as

comfortable as the rolling easy-chair ride

of a Goldwing or similar, but then it’s not

intended for the same type of journey.

From the cockpit, the first thing you

notice is how much room there is and how

tall the bike is. It’s superbly comfortable,

the riding position is very upright, the seat

tapers in well and has two height settings

which is essential for a tall bike. Despite

the size, the bike is surprisingly nimble and

light feeling. We had no trouble weaving

or maneuvering it between traffic. The tall

Ténéré is great for traffic dodging. Perched

on the bike you sit above all cars. The

tapered handle bars are wide and give your

arms a bend that feels natural and your

elbows are not too tucked in or too far out.

It comes standard with off-roadish

features such as a skid plate, handlebar

brush guards, and the adventure-bike

suspension that gives you a bit more wheel

travel than a street-only bike. We like the

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grooved footpegs that, when seated, give

you a cushy peg underfoot. When you get

into more technical riding and you stand

up, the cushioning compresses under your

weight and gives you more sure footing on

the underlying metal pegs. The seat height

Cool lights, no beak but an

aggressive look to it...

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and windscreen on the Super Ténéré are

adjustable.

The 19-inch front and 17-inch rear tyres

come mounted on laced rims, a feature

that favours the off-road side of things as it

offers another layer of shock absorption for

the rider.

The bike is powered by a 1199 paralleltwin

motor that acts as a stressed member

of the frame. The engine is positioned as

low as possible to give the Ténéré a lower

centre of gravity making the bike feel lighter

once you’re rolling. The engine is also

slanted forward by 26 degrees which allows

for a downdraft air intake system.

Technologically, this bike is right

up there. There are two riding modes,

Touring and Sport, that change the throttle

response on the fly. In Touring mode, the

throttle response is gentler and eases on

before delivering the power. Dual, four-pot

calipers bind the 310 mm, petal-cut rotors

up front, and a single-piston caliper pinches

the 282 mm rear disc. The brake system

comes with some top-shelf features;

namely Yamaha’s proprietary ABS system

to prevent wheel lockup due to overbraking

or slippery conditions, and the Unified

Brake System (UBS) that balances the

braking effort yet gives you the option of

separating the brakes for traditional function

on the fly. The Super Ténéré comes

standard with cruise control and dual cateye

projector headlights.

Everything about the Super Ten is

smooth and comfortable. You can blitz

along all day at 160 plus without an issue.

In sport mode, the Super T becomes

instantly responsive and you feel the ample

torque of the 1199 immediately.

Top speed? Around the 220KPH

mark… and she gets there beautifully.

In the dirt, The Super Ténéré is off-road

capable as far as adventure bikes go, keep

in mind that this isn’t meant for hard-core

off-roading. Compared to what we consider

a dual sport bike, adventure bikes are big

and heavy — think of it more as a dualsport

tourer.

If you plan on taking on that long haul

where you can choose highway, gravel,

forest service roads or trails, then the Super

Ténéré 1200 should be high on your list. It

is a motorcycle for your daily commute but

when you’re ready to traverse the nation

you can do so without modification.

This is a bike that you can pop your

bestie on the back and undertake a trip to

Timbuctoo in absolute comfort.

Get to your dealer and have a look.

www.yamaha-motor.co.za

Engine: 1,199 cc liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC,

Forward-inclined parallel 2-cylinder, 4-valve, fuel

injected, twin spark, 270-degree crankshaft

Transmission: 6-speed shaft drive

Suspension: Front: Telescopic forks. Rear: Monoshock

Brakes: Front: 320 mm twin discs Rear: 282 mm single

disc Combined and ABS

Tyres: Front: 110/80R19. Rear: 150/70R17

Wheels: Spoked tubeless

Seat height: 845–870 mm

Weight: 261 kg (wet)

Fuel capacity: 23 L

Final Drive: Shaft

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The Triumph 1200

Scrambler: The Real Deal

When we first saw Triumph advertising this bike, we

kind of wondered what the heck they were thinking.

AND, to be fair, we thought that maybe there was

a little bit of bull going on. That is, until we saw the

bike in the flesh – and then actually rode it.

Triumph threw the book away when they made

this one much like KTM did with their 790. This is

truly a unique motorcycle.

Adventure?

You betcha! But in our opinion, it’s a selfish

adventure bike. In fact it’s actually a comfortable dirt

bike with a serious steroid problem. It’s a true - bluestuff

– you in your face grin stretcher, designed to

ride as hard and fast as you can in all conditions.

Amazing, hooligan fun from the first push of the

starter button.

Don’t be fooled it might look old school, but this

bike is packed with the very latest technology and

some very high-end components.

These include six rider modes —Off-road

Pro—to Sport, Road, Rain, Off-road, and a ridercustomizable

Rider settings. Additionally, the XE

features an IMU for lean-sensitive traction control

and ABS, further pumping up the tech on the bike.

Don’t even get us started on that gorgeous digital

display… old meets new seamlessly.

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Check out the suspension, the boys at Hinkley

did not mess about at all when they opted to include

Ohlins piggyback units out back, with beefy Showa

inverted forks. Check out those Beefy Brembo brakes

and spoked wheels 21 inch front, 17 inch rear… this

bike is built for fast riders, and to prove that point

Ernie Vigill rode a pretty close to standard one into

5th place overall in the Mexico 1000 desert Race.

If you expect to pop your buddy on the back and

head up Africa…

Well - you might just have a very unhappy buddy

after just a couple of hours. It’s designed to take your

mate for a quick spin, but chances are excellent that

after the first wheelie you’ll be riding solo again.

The riders seating position is so comfortable.

Throttle response is awesome. Wind protection…

well who needs that on a bike like this? Acceleration

all the way up to 180 is tremendous fun, but a naked

bike becomes silly at those speeds. Handling on the

road is impeccable and you’ll find yourself attacking

the curves far faster than you should. And then you’ll

take a dirt diversion.

Wow! If the Super Ten is more road oriented,

then this is the real deal in the dirt. No other big cc

adventure has ever felt more similar to a dirt bike

than the Scrambler 1200 in an off-road situation. This

is thanks to a slim, classically styled tank (16 litres,

so plan your trip), large foot pegs, a wide handlebar,

and a flat seat. Handling in the dirt is natural with a

planted front end that communicated the level of grip

well. Steering isn’t light, but it doesn’t feel unwieldy

and helps to remind you that this is a big motorcycle.

We probably went much faster than we should have.

What a cool bike! In our opinion, it is a lot of

motorcycle and is supremely capable in the right

hands off road. Huge horse power neatly reined in

by a superb chassis and excellent suspension. Even

if you are a week end hacker like most of us, the

tech on this bike will enhance your off road riding

capabilities and experience tenfold. It is essentially a

single seater but can take a pillion in an emergency

and the small tank and minimal wind protection will

make long tours quite hardcore, so much along the

same lines as all other bikes of this set up it would be

part of a multi bike garage and not your only bike …

unless you’re young and fit.

Get down to the Triumph folks in Kramerville and

take it for a spin. We’ll be very surprised if you don’t

agree with us.

www.triumph-motorcycles.co.za

Engine: 1200 cc liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, parallel 2-cylinder, 8-valve,

fuel injected

Transmission: 6-speed shaft drive

Suspension: Front: Showa 45mm fully adjustable upside down forks.

Rear: Fully adjustable Ohlins twin shocks with piggy back reservoir

Brakes: Front: Twin 320mm Brembo discs, Brembo M50 4-piston radial

monobloc calipers Rear: Single 255mm disc, Brembo 2-piston floating caliper

Tyres: Front: 90/90-21. Rear: 150/50 R17

Wheels: Spoked tubeless wheels

Seat height: 840 mm

Weight: 225 kg (wet)

Fuel capacity: 16 L

Final Drive: Sealed X-Ring Chain


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2020 KAWASAKI

Kawasaki has increased 2020 with

a completely revised KX250.

Kawasaki’s dedicated

motocross racing motorcycles

for 2020 all include liquidcooled

two-stroke engines for

serious power in a wide, usable

powerband. There are four in

the lineup: the KX65, KX85,

KX100, KX450 and KX250 each

slightly bigger than the next,

again, to fit the bike to the rider.

The fresh look to the green 2020 range

includes the headline act KX250 arriving with

similar changes we saw on the 2019 KX450

naturally aimed at boosting power and

performance.

2020 KX450:

KAWASAKI’S KX 450 underwent a major

revamp in 2018. In 2020, the bike gets some

fresh graphics. Here’s a highlights package.

2020 Kawasaki KX450 Key

Features:

KX450 motorcycles are infused

with cutting-edge technology

derived from Kawasaki factory

race teams.

• Powerful 449cc 4-stroke engine

• 49mm Showa coil spring front fork with

A-KIT Technology

• Uni-Trak® rear suspension

• Hydraulic clutch

• Electric start

• ERGO-FIT® technology

• Lightweight frame and swingarm

• Launch Control Mode

Engine:

Delivering strong, responsive power,

the KX450 features a finger-follower

valve train. Crafted with the same

design used by Kawasaki factory race teams,

the 449cc engine produces broad torque and

strong power across the entire rev range.

SUSPENSION

49mm Showa Coil Spring Front Fork

combined with A-KIT Technology. Largediameter

inner tubes allow the use of

large damping pistons for race-winning

performance while a large-diameter front axle

improves front-wheel traction. The Uni-Trak®

rear suspension system ensures optimal rearwheel

traction.

BRAKES

The KX450 features stopping power to

match its 450 acceleration capability. Up

front, an oversized 270mm Braking petal

disc with dual-piston caliper offers sharp

response and a strong, consistent feel. In the

rear, a large-diameter 250mm Braking petal

disc complements the front for race-ready

performance.

ERGO-FIT & ERGONOMICS

Find your best performance with the

Kawasaki ERGO-FIT advantage. Four

handlebar positions and two footpeg

positions allow you to tailor the bike to your

body size, riding style and preference. Wide

footpegs ensure excellent grip for optimum

comfort and control.

ELECTRIC START AND HYDRAULIC

CLUTCH

Conserve energy and ride smarter with an

electric start and hydraulic clutch. A lithiumion

battery ensures strong and reliable

starting performance, eliminating the need

for a backup kickstarter. The hydraulic clutch

offers a direct feel and consistent actuation

even as engine temperatures rise while also

offering a light pull at the lever.

“Most powerful” KX250 ever!

All new for 2020.

The headline act for Kawasaki in 2020 is the

KX250 race machines which stands on the

shoulders of its 450-capacity sibling with

similar updates and a bold claim to be the

“most powerful yet” 250 four stroke.

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World Superbike machine of Jonathan Rea,

the new engine has a higher rev ceiling and

more aggressive camshaft timing whilst

reducing overall valve train weight Kawasaki

says.

Boasting an increase in peak power of

approximately 2.4 kW (3.2bhp/3.3PS), and

performance focused on the high-rpm range.

A downdraft-style intake routing increases

the intake air’s approach angle into the

cylinder from 29.5º to 32.5º, improving

cylinder-filling efficiency and contributing to

increased engine power.

2020 Kawasaki KX250 in a nutshell: damping setting and increased riding

• Revised bore and stroke for high rpm comfort Kawasaki claims. The high and low

focused engine character

speed damping, compression and preload

• New finger-follower valve train designed by adjustable forks have a stiffer spring rate

Kawasaki’s World Superbike engineers from 9.4 N/mm to 10.0 N/mm.

• New slim aluminium perimeter frame with The new 250 also uses a new KYB shock

revised rigidity

which has a stiffer spring rate as well, up

• New front brake pads, new rear brake disc from 52 N/mm to 54 N/mm.

and rear master cylinder

• Adjustable handlebar and footpeg

250 engine gets the attention:

technology

Straighter intake ports increase intake

• Factory-inspired green number plates, efficiency and performance while a stronger

black rims and coloured accents

cam chain in the cylinder head is used to

help reliability and cope with the increased

Showa SFF out, KYB springs in.

loads from the more aggressive cams and

The KYB 48mm coil-spring forks are back higher rev limit.

in the Kawasaki 250 F with new inner tubes A larger throttle body and 60mm shorter

which allow 25mm damping pistons

intake funnel both aim at strong power higher

allowing the same damping

up the rev-range.

force with a lower internal

The 2020 KX250 engine has a 1mm

pressure and in turn

larger bore and 1.4mm less stroke

that means

which allows for larger valves and the

a firmer

shorter stroke to help boost high-rpm

performance Kawasaki says.

1mm larger intake valves (32mm) also

have 1mm higher lift, while the exhaust

valves jump 1.5mm to 26.5mm and

have 0.4mm more lift.

Featuring finger follower valve actuation,

most notably adopted by the Ninja ZX-10RR

Frame game:

Main chassis changes are kept to a

minimum but they include a lower

front engine mount (now stud bolts

not a through-bolt) to improve overall

frame rigidity and work with the new

shock Kawasaki claims.

The rear brake disc jumps 10mm to

250mm, and the rear brake master

cylinder and brake line have been

revised to reduce weight too.

The 2020 KX250 now uses the same

front brake pads as the 2019 KX450,

which are designed for a more

linear brake force application and

better control.

At dealers soon.

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2020 Kawasaki KX85:

The KX 85 motorcycle defines a “big bike in

a small package” and has been strategically

developed to meet the standards of youth

racers searching for the upper hand over the

competition. The KX85 relies on its instantaneous

power, nimble handling, and factory-race inspired

styling to reach the checkered flag first.

The two-stroke, single cylinder 85cc engine is

equipped with the advanced KIPS powervalve

system that generates an easy-to-use widespread

powerband.

The proportionate power of the 84cc engine and

race-ready technology grant young racers the

championship-winning advantage they need to

sharpen their skills.

The KX65 and new KX85 are competition ready

machines designed to encourage the green

shoots of youth talent allowing it to blossom into

full-blown race wins and Championship success.

2020 Kawasaki KX85 Key Features

• 7-inch seat height

• Front and rear disc brakes

• High tensile steel perimeter frame

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KX65:

The KX65 is the most compact bike in the

Kawasaki KX lineup, built to serve aspiring

motocross racers driven to follow in Kawasaki’s

championship footsteps. The bike features a sixspeed

transmission, race-ready engine, strong

stopping power, and great handling.

Its liquid-cooled, two-stroke 65cc engine and

light weight chassis delivers strong controllable

power and exceptional handling that is the

ultimate recipe for winning races. The 33mm

front forks and four-way adjustable rebound

damping are capable of performing at the highest

level in aggressive terrain, while the rear is fitted

with Kawasaki’s Uni-Trak® single-shock system

with adjustable rebound damping and fully

adjustable spring preload.

Kawasaki’s smallest motocross racer is loaded

with big KX features to keep young riders up

front. Boasting aluminum rims, adjustable

suspension, digital CDI, and fast revving flywheel,

the KX65 is a serious competitor.

KX 65 motorcycles are the ideal dirt bikes for

introducing young racers to the competitive

ranks of motocross. With a 64cc engine,

durable chassis, the KX65 allows riders to gain

experience and build skills on a dependable

platform.

Featuring:

• 64cc liquid-cooled two-stroke engine

• Adjustable 33mm leading axle conventional fork

• Adjustable Uni-Trak® rear suspension

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SUZUKI RELEASES

2020 MODELS.

IN SA SOON! And that’s big news!

In 2019 Suzuki did a major

number on their RMZ 250. Sadly,

the bike was not imported to SA,

but this year, the 2020’s are on the

way… 2020 brings no mechanical

changes. Only the graphics have

been updated. Full feature on

these bikes soon…

The 2019 Suzuki RM-Z250 motor was

seriously upgraded. The big physical

changes are the new cylinder head and dual

fuel-injector system. However, electronics

have also been improved. Suzuki claims

“greater power output with improved throttle

response through the entire rev range.” The

cylinder head got new intake ports, and new

cam timing. The new shape is designed

to improve the

delivery of the fuel/

air mixture into

the combustion

chamber for

additional power.

The intake cam now

has move valve lift for

additional power

production.

Twin fuel

injectors feed

the motor,

with increased

pressure behind

them. The

primary fuel injector

is mounted on the

bottom of the throttle

body, and aims the fuel at the butterfly

valve for more complete mixing. A second

injector is placed at the inlet duct from the

air filter. This adds additional air/fuel mixing

time before entering the engine, as well

as keeping the charge cooler. The new

fuel pump output pressure is a 17 percent

increase over the previous model.

Air intake has been improved via a 30

percent larger air cleaner opening. The routing

from the air cleaner is also more direct. A new

throttle body simplifies actuation. Suzuki tells

us this gives the rider a better feel between

the motor and the throttle.

All-new exhaust system for the Suzuki RM-

Z250. The new system has a longer head

pipe, a midsection that is tapered, and a fourlayer

muffler that is legal for AMA racing.

New second gear. The ratio has been

changed to interact better with the new

power delivery. The five-speed transmission

and multi-plate clutch are otherwise

unchanged.

Plug-ins that change the fueling. In

addition to the stock air/fuel mix setting,

Suzuki includes two couplers that you

can plug in. One makes the mix richer

and the other makes it leaner. This will

appeal to racers who don’t want to get into

complicated and detailed settings they may

not understand—or get right.

Traction management system

updated to react more quickly.

The ECM monitors throttle

opening, engine speed, and

gear position (though not

wheel speed) to come up with the

best possible ignition timing

and fuel injector operation.

Three holeshot modes.

There’s an alwayson

Base Mode.

The A-Mode is for

low-traction starting

conditions, and the

B-Mode for hightraction

conditions.

Once you hit fourth

gear or six seconds


elapse, the Suzuki Holeshot Assist Control

(S-HAC) shuts off and reverts to the normal

power setting.

New Chassis. The frame is a

bit lighter and has additional

torsional rigidity. The basic twinspar

configuration remains with

both cast and extruded aluminum

sections. Using hydroforming the new

swingarm loses weight by reducing

welding. The subframe is narrower

and lighter. The 2020 RM-Z250’s

subframe allows quicker access

to the air filter, and makes it

easier for the rider to move

around on the machine.

The seat is lighter

and has

a nose-to-tail gripper panel on

the cover. Suzuki has changed

the foam density, claiming it

will “aid the rider’s control of the

motorcycle.”

KYB delivers suspension

for the 2020 Suzuki

RM-Z250, including a

traditional spring fork. Gone is the air

fork, and replacing it is a simpler design. Both

fork legs have identical springs and damping

components. The new shock gets updated

linkage and damping settings to go with it. To

assist outliers, the shock has a wider range of

damping settings available. The new shock

and link are lighter than the previous model.

RMZ 450:

The RM-Z450 was heavily revised in 2018

with an all-new chassis, a Showa 49mm

coil-spring fork, Showa Balance Free Rear

Cushion (BFRC) shock, and a few internal

engine changes.

In 2019, it received a lighter-rate shock

spring, different damping settings for the fork

and shock, and new graphics.

For 2020, Suzuki’s flagship motocross bike

returns with new black and blue accentuated

graphics. The RM-Z450 will be available in

SA soon!

management systems

• Aggressive styling blends rider-friendly

ergonomics with Suzuki racing identity

• Evolved traction management system helps

the bike hook up.

• Suzuki Holeshot Assist Control (S-HAC).

• Showa BFRC (Balance Free Rear Cushion)

shock settings.

• Bridgestone X30 tyres.

• Large 270mm front brake rotor.

• Fuel couplers are included for quick and

easy EFI tuning.

• The 449cc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke,

four-valve, DOHC engine is the lates

tincarnationof Suzuki’s proven fuel-injected

power plant.

• The compact aluminum cylinder is finished

with Suzuki Composite Electrochemical

Material (SCEM )coating for durability,

lightweight, and efficient heat transfer.

RM-Z450 HIGHLIGHTS

• Light aluminum frame and swingarm

• Fuel-injected engine delivers excellent

throttle response and strong peak power

• Showa coil spring fork and a BFRC shock.

• Advanced S-HAC and traction


WELCOME TO THE

SUZUKI FAMILY

This is the ninth year that Suzuki South Africa has run their Suzuki Weekend Away to Mpumalanga – and the

first time that we booked and went along. And that’s quite sad, because, had we known how cool it was, we

would have made a point of making this an annual pilgrimage.

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Why? Well that’s easy to answer really.

The weekend is open to – well everyone.

It does not matter what kind of road or

adventure bike you ride – or even the

brand. Suzuki’s philosophy is all about

introducing riders to the Suzuki Way Of

Life. We expected a weekend of great

riding – but we were treated to just a bit

more than that.

We all assembled at the Alzu one

stop on the freeway and joined the

guys on a very scenic ride up through

Schoemanskloof, via Sabi to the

famous, motorcycle friendly Numbi hotel

in Hazyview. The hotel has been run by

the Fick family for as long as we can

remember. We all chatted about the days

when rallies were hosted there – but it

has all been renovated and upgraded.

It’s a really great place to kick back and

soak it all in.

The turnout was great and we were

surprised to hear how many repeat

customers were on the trip – testimony

to the fact that they are doing something

right. Suzuki took the opportunity to

showcase some of their cars, along with

bikes like the new Katana and the very

latest DL1000 V-Strom.

It was a great bunch of friendly

people from all walks of like who

assembled for dinner on Friday evening

and that’s when we realised that this

was not simply about going for a ride.

The MC gave us a broad outline of what

to expect – a hunt of sorts, a series of

games in teams of two – and each team

would be scored at the end. Cool!

In the morning we were handed

some very well-thought out route maps

and were given a list of items that we

needed to collect through the day. A nut,

a feather, a pine cone, bottletop, chip

packet – and a few other bits and bobs.

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This is a family affair.

The mileage was checked on each bike and

we were set off in intervals – and told not to

take short cuts. Solid routes were sorted for

the day with the adventure crowd separated

from the road bikes at the refreshment stop

before lunch. We were on a DL1000, so we

joined the adventure route – a scenic, pillion

friendly 50km odd gravel road to the lunch

stop.

Mpumalanga does boast some of

the very best riding in the world and the

adventure section did not disappoint. It

was a very scenic and entertaining route

that dropped us from the mountain tops

into the Lowveld through forests and

craggy mountain passes. Photo stops

were plentiful with plenty of time taken for

photographs and for the riders to have a

stretch and allow a dust gap. In between all

of this, eyes are peeled for a stray pinecone

or perhaps a feather…

Lunch was at the Mankele Mountain

bike track, where Suzuki laid on a few

challenges for the teams… a Smartie such

where participants had to suck up a Smartie

in a straw and transport it across a jumping

castle into a bak on the other side. Whoever

moved the most Smarties won. We moved

about 3. The winning team managed 17…

Next up was the bicycle of screams…

They took the chain off a kids bike, put it on

top of what seemed like a tower and you

freewheeled down onto a motocross track.

Whoever got the furthest won. We did not

win that either.

Lastly was the toilet roll challenge. One

team member held a roll of bogroll inside a

Suzuki Jimmy. The second stood with the

end of the roll in the middle of some cones

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Lydenberg... Too cool!

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and a third drove in circles while trying to

wrap the centre person like a mummy. We

were cheated – everyone else got 2-ply we

were given single ply. No chance!

What a cool idea, really lekker fun . Lots

of laughs for sure.

We met all sorts of interesting people

from road racers to classic motorcycle

collectors – and discovered that one

participant was on the ride on a 1972 300cc

Ducati. Too cool!

The route back home that night was

spectacular – up the passes past White

River – a great way to round off an

awesome day in the saddle.

When we got home, mileage was

checked – and in order to qualify we had to

hand in all of the items collected on the list.

It was explained that the list was given so

that participants did not just whizz through

– but were forced to look around and enjoy

the routes that the trip offered.

Dinner saw a hilarious prizegiving

with the winners of each challenge being

congratulated and rewarded and random

prizes given out for the silliest reasons.

Heaps of fun and a good laugh.

Good friends were made, war stories

were swapped and a good time was had by

everyone.

If you have the time – book for the next

one. It’s like meeting with a group of friends

and taking off on a very cool ride.

A great, social motorcycle weekend

away. See you there next year.

www.suzuki.co.za

Outside Pilgrims Rest Hotel.

The Richards Bay Suzuki clan... all the way from the seaside.

The new Suzuki Jimny was along. What a cool little vehicle...

The Primrose Motorcycles lot...

Suzuki’s Motorcycle Sales manager Stuart Baker

The games were... fun

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SUZUK V-STROM XT1000

PRETTY IN

BLUE

We were lucky enough to bag ourselves the

latest rendition of Suzuki’s 1000 V-Strom

XT1000 so pretty in blue livery.

Ok we know – we’ve featured these

bikes before, but usually we ride solo and

we tend to throw them at the roughest

terrain that we can find - which often is not

what they are really made for.

For this event, we included SWAMBO

(She Who Always Must Be Obeyed), as a

happy passenger and clocked just on 700

KM’s of saddle time from Home in JHB to

the event and back again.

If you are thinking about owning a

Suzuki V-Strom, it is a great choice. And

here’s why…

Although it isn’t the most glamorous

litre-sized adventure-touring motorcycle,

it’s clear that Suzuki drives a hard bargain

with its V-Strom 1000. For 2019, it offers an

up-spec XT 1000 Adventure model outfitted

with hard luggage, engine protection, a

centrestand, and heated grips for an asking

price of just on 170 odd K. These days, that

is a lot of motorcycle for your money.

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We packed all our

luggage for the weekend.

The boxes fit snugly and once

you get the hang of them,

are quite easy to remove

and refit without a fuss.

Beautifully shaped to

match the bike, they are

very unobstrusive when

you ride. They are, however

quite strangely shaped,

so – not really suitable for

big luggage. The top-box,

especially could be bigger.

With some savvy

packing, we loaded some

spare jocks and socks, smart

shoes for dinners instead of our

smelly Forma Adventure boots and

a change of clothing each. For day to

day use or a quick weekend trip like

this, the boxes are perfect!

Freeway gobbler:

The DL is so comfortable on the

freeway. We hit the Witbank straight

early in the morning and cruised along

at speeds slightly in excess of the local

speed limits. Suzuki sure does know

how to build a V-Twin engine, it’s a

blend of smooth torque and predictable

power that makes this bike so easy

to ride. A long freeway can get boring

and uncomfortable, especially for the

passenger, but Sinead had no complaints.

She was quite happy perched

out back, listening to tunes on

our SCS intercoms watching the

world whizz by over the top

of the riders helmet.

Up front, ergo’s are

Perfect, with comfy

seating position. The

simple adjustment screen

does a great job at

keeping everything calm

in the cockpit. Handlebar

switches are logical and

the analogue/digi clocks

are easily legible…

The bike does not feel as

big or tall as – say the Africa

twin or the KTM1090R – and

this is largely due to the fact that Suzuki

has not run a 21 inch front wheel. This

makes the bike more manageable for

shorter peeps. Handling and power on the

road is so comfortable and predictable.

We did adjust the rear suspension stiffer

via the easy to use wheel out back. It

made a noticeable difference with the

passenger and the load.

Mpumalanga is a treasure trove of

twisty roads and we spent an awesome

weekend zooting around with a flock

of other motorcycles. Chris Kuun was

tasked with giving the DL riders a bit

of an adventure route – and he found a

spectacular 50km piece of rough gravel

for us to ride. We tagged in at the back

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and followed through. Once again – no

issues. The road was in pretty bad shape

badly rutted, coated with Fesh-Fesh in

places with a sprinkling of rocks and

stones all over the place. On a bike like

this – if you take it easy, you can ride stuff

like this easily. Even with a pillion. We

did notice a few wide-eyed riders at the

regular stops but, happily there were no

mishaps along the way

The smaller 19 inch wheel up front

limits ground clearance a bit, so you really

need to know what you are up to if you

want to try more tech stuff, but the blend

of a nimble chassis, great suspension and

easy power makes mincemeat of farm

roads and the like.

If you are looking for a bike to use

every day to work and back, or to take a

bike holiday away with your nearest and

dearest on the back, the DL1000 is well

worth a look.

This is such a cool, very underrated

Adventure tourer.

Quick Facts:

· The 1000XT Adventure is basically a

carry-over model loaded with factory

accessories. These accessories include

37-liter aluminum panniers, a center

stand, accessory bar, and heated grips.

· The V-Strom 1000XT Adventure arrives

with the proven liquid-cooled, 1037cc,

90-degree, V-twin that was updated

Old Blue V-Strom, New Blue

V-Strom and a nutty Italian.

for 2018. Suzuki says the engine,

which is Euro4 compliant, produces 99

horsepower at 8000 rpm, and 74.5 ft/lbs

of torque at just 4000 rpm.

· The electronics are led by a fivedirection/three-axis

Inertial Measurement

Unit that ties into Motion Track Anti-

Lock and Combined Brake System.

According to Suzuki, the IMU helps “the

ABS control unit adjust brake pressure—

either independently front and rear, or

together—to fine-tune the bike’s chassis

so it goes smoothly through the rider’s

intended line when braking.” It has many

of the features of cornering ABS, while

also functioning effectively for the dirt. No

cruise control however.

· The 2019 V-Strom 1000XT features a

three-position traction control system. The

settings are simple: High, Low, and Off.

· The 2019 V-Strom 1000XT Adventure

is available in one colour combination—

Pearl Vigor Blue / Pearl Glacier White

bodywork with blue, wire-spoked wheels.

At your nearest dealer.

www.suzuki.co.za

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Words: Mike Wessels, Shado Alston & Sean Hendley

THE BIG BOY’S

Pics: Sean Hendley

CRUISIN’ THE CRADLE

We’ve all seen them running around everywhere, and I do mean absolutely everywhere.

It is quite an odd occasion each time we see a small cc bike or a scooter not branded Big

Boy. Big Boy seems to have cornered this segment of the market very well which piqued

our interest, so we decided to investigate the brand a bit and this is what we found out.

Southern African Motorcycles have 88,

yes “eighty eight”, dealerships countrywide

with 4 warehouses, one in Jo’burg (head

office) then in Cape Town, Durban and

Port Elizabeth stocking upwards of sixty

million rands worth of bike and parts stock.

They export to six of our neighbouring

states and supply to huge corporations

like Uber Eats, Spar, Steers, McDonalds

ABSA, Nedbank, Cell C, Vodacom, SAB &

Outsurance, (for the Points men & women

who keep rush hour traffic flowing). This

means that aftersales back up is critical.

Yes, occasionally they might be out of

stock of some older generation models but

that is normal in any industry and they will

make a plan to assist their clients. And we

saw a warehouse literally packed to the

roof with parts.

Earlier in the month we had asked the

guys from S.A.M. if we could test one

or two of their machines and they gladly

obliged with three of their latest models.

Arriving at S.A.M. head office on the

West Rand we were taken on a tour of

the facility which is massively impressive

and then over some tea and snacks were

introduced to our test bikes for the day,

with a detailed brief on each bike, before

heading off to The Cradle of Humankind

for a bit of fun.

Now, it must be said that Gauteng in

winter is quite an interesting place. You are

either going to freeze your nuts off, which

we were prepared for, or it’s going to be

mild and pleasant weather. Neither was the

case on this particular day, it was at least

25 degrees centigrade at 10 o’clock in the

morning and just got warmer from there so

we were set for a lekker day.

Our 3 bikes for the day were the Big Boy

Velocity 150cc commuter come delivery

bike, the big Boy 125cc Slingshot scooter,

(read about them in our sister magazine

RideFast), and the Big Boy TSR 250cc

street scrambler featured here in this article.

Our test riders were Sean Hendley,

Veteran motorcycle mechanic and rider

Shado Alston and our regular MX Man

Mike Wessels. This was something a little

bit different for all of them.

Our favourite testing facility

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When the road gets

crowded hop on the dirt

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The TSR250: Affordable

scrambling

Shado says:

Jumping onto the TSR, immediately I

noticed that there were subtle yet important

updates to the machine from the bike that

I rode a year or so ago. Notably, the brakes

have been upgraded to a much more

effective 2-piston calliper setup from the

less effective single large piston setup on

the outgoing variant. Both front and rear

brake circuits feel more responsive and give

a better initial bite than the single piston

setup! Even with only 4km on the odometer,

the brakes felt responsive and did what they

needed to do off the bat.

The instrumentation also has had an

upgrade in the form of leaving the traditional

needle gauges for a more modern and

accurate digital tachometer, speedometer

and gear indicator. The ignition assembly

has also been upgraded to the scooter

style key, with a more robust mount for the

mechanism. It also features a slot for the

rear end of the key to close the key aperture

to avoid foreign objects getting into the

barrel and tumbler assemblies.

The motor remains unchanged at 223cc,

akin to the Japanese crf230, a variant

of the legendary CG motor, albeit with a

balance shaft, giving the motor smoothness

through the rev range, which attains around

8500rpm comfortably. More than enough

to propel you over 100km/h! Personally,

I found the gears to be a little short, and

could probably go up a tooth on the front

sprocket for a little extra top-end. My GPS

recorded a maximum speed of 111km/h,

which is both fast enough to get you in and

out of trouble.

The TSR250 is light, nimble and

comfortably handles the conditions of

From street cruising...

To berm shredding!

our roads, speed-calming devices and

potholes. Shod with Yuanxing rubber, the

knobblies do their job well on both tar and

dirt, and I never once worried about the

front locking up or washing out. As with

any large front wheel bike, there is a hint of

stability loss at high speed, but let’s face it,

we’re not going to the drags, but instead

using the machine for what it was intended;

A great starter machine for a beginner, an

economical commuter and essentially an

all-rounder that will give lots of mileage, if

cared for like any scrambler should. I am

confident that the teething problems on the

initial TSR250 have been addressed and the

bike is matured into a reliable machine!

Mike says:

The TSR 250cc is a great all-rounder

motorcycle capable of handling poor road

conditions or gravel with ease. Easy to ride

and comfortable seating makes it another

great commuter or can be even used as

an entry level off roader for those who

don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on a

motorcycle and still want to get the job done.

We put these bikes through the paces

and did some pretty rough off roading and

this 250 didn’t miss a single beat. This is

such a multipurpose bike with great potential

for our African market as this bike is tough

and can handle any terrain whether is bumpy

corrugated farm roads or pothole infested

rural roads she cruises through it all and I

understand exactly why they sell so well.

Sean says:

Honestly, I really don’t expect very much

from any entry level bike, scooter or street

scramblers regardless of brand so it was

with a bit of a “Ho-hum” attitude that I

swung my leg over the TSR 250. Admittedly

I also do not have a huge amount of

BRILLIANT ..... a USB port to charge your

smart phone, all bikes should have these.

Twin pot front and back

calipers, an upgrade

from the last model ....

much more effective.

Nice modern styling.

Everything laid out

very instictively.

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experience with this brand so I do not have a point of

reference to speak from, other than having owned, ridden

and tested a multitude of various motorcycles over the

last 40 years or so.

I cannot remember the last time I had so much fun

riding any bike. Shado commented that I was giggling

like a kid that had just learned to ride. We rode everything

from good tarmac, jumping the speed bumps and

driveways like the neighbourhood hooligans to hitting

a couple of interesting dirt trails with a couple of jumps

to boot and not once did I feel that there might be any

quality issues with the TSR 250, it felt solid, planted and

stable in every situation. We revved the nuts off of it and

were pretty sure we would hurt the engine in some way,

but after a solid day of abuse and misuse the TSR was

still in tip top condition.

Ergonomically the bike seemed to suit all three of our

very differing physiques, Mike is shortish and quite solidly

built, Shado is sort of average height and can hide behind

a twig and I am quite tall and need a bit more of the tree

to hide behind. Nobody complained about the height, the

riding position, cockpit layout or anything, in fact nobody

mentioned anything about the comfort of the bike which

means it isn’t uncomfortable. The bars are reasonably

wide and comfy and everything is exactly where you

instinctively go looking for it. A feature we all really liked

a lot was the fact that all 3 bikes were equipped with USB

charging ports for your smart phones, FAN…freaking…

TASTIC, these flipping phones batteries are always going

flat at the most inconvenient times…

All in all I cannot fault the TSR 250 or the Big

Boy brand in anyway, it is by no means a high end

performance bike and doesn’t pretend or aspire to

be, what it is, is good value for very little money, (only

R24,999.00) for a foot into biking. S.A.M.’s philosophy is

they want to cradle the new comer to biking and are quite

happy to have the other brands take them the rest of the

way. make sure you catch the August issue of RideFast

Magazine for our impressions on the other two bikes.

Get it up .... Big Boy

Your test riders are

...... these mooks

Here are all the technical specs on

the Big Boy TSR 250.

Engine: Single-cylinder, 4-stroke with counter balance shaft

Displacement: 223,4cc

Fuel Consumption: 3.0litres/100km at 70km/h

Max Power: 12.5Kw/8,000rpm

Cruising Speed: 70-95km/h

Clutch Type: Manual, 1N2345

Starting System: Electric and Kick-start

Max Torque: 18.3Nm/7,000rpm

Max Speed: 110km/h

Brakes: Front-disc, rear-disc

Tyre Size: Front-90/90x21, rear-110/90x18

Seat Height: 880mm

Wheel Base: 1,400mm

Dry Weight: 122kg

Tank Capacity: 12Litres

Max Rider Weight: 150kg

Service Intervals: 3000km/6 months

Check out www.samotorcycles.co.za for your closest

dealer, there are 88 of them to choose from or call their

head office on 011 794 6399.

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T h e H o n d a C R F 4 5 0 L

Faster! Faster! Faster!!

Honda’s first batch of the CRF

450L came in for a lot of criticism

locally, because in South Africa,

we received the constipated

version of the bike. A 450 should

run – well like a 450 and, while the

first batch of bikes were fun, they

were a tad on the sluggish side.

Honda South Africa listened to the criticism, did

some homework and invited us to try out a bike

that Bikers Warehouse has remapped and sorted

out for the South African market. No gearing

or any other performance mods have been

undertaken. The impact that electronics have on

modern motorcycles is astonishing.

Cool plan – but, not personally having ridden

the first rendition of this bike, we rustled up a unit

from the friendly people at Honda Wing East Rand

Mall who still had a 1st gen so that we could do

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The FM18C will fit Dunlop

Motorcycle tyres 120/80 and all

90 and 100 series tyres.

• Designed exclusively for off-road competition,

the mousse insert replaces the inner tube

• Made up of a honeycomb structure

• Designed to prevent tyre deflation in case of

puncture caused by perforation, shock or pinching

GEOMAX AT81 CROSS

COUNTRY

• AT81 rear tread block shape and distribution

plus DIRTuitive Grip Design (DGD) tread

blocks help the tyre penetrate down through

the surface dirt for extra traction across a

broad range of off-road applications

• Newly formulated high-wear-resistant rear

tyre compound offers enhanced chipping,

tearing and wear appearance

• Geomax AT81 RC (Reinforced Construction)

rear tyre carcass features four nylon plies

• Lateral grooves on the shoulder tread blocks

provide additional biting edges and also allow

the tread blocks to be more flexible

GEOMAX MX-33 MX TYRE

• Soft terrain tyre, with an unusually wide scope

of application

• Optimized performance combined with improved

durability when used on intermediate terrain

• Enhanced traction/slide control through pattern

optimizing and new compound

• Better control and shock absorption thanks to a

redesigned casing construction

DUNLOP MOTORCYCLE TYRES PROUDLY DISTRIBUTED BY

Henderson Racing Products - 011 708 5905

Available at selected dealers nationwide

AT81EX GUMMY REAR ENDURO

Ever wonder how EnduroCross riders manage to

find traction over the extreme terrain they compete

on? Dunlop’s D756EX has been a trade secret for

years, winning numerous championships. Now that

tyre has been replaced with the all-new Geomax

AT81 EX that features even greater grip and

performance.

The AT81 already has a championship-winning

record, scoring numerous titles in AMA National

Enduro competition, Grand National Cross Country,

and other series. The new AT81 EX was built on the

same winning tread pattern and construction as

the AT81, but adds ultra grippy compounds to the

equation.

Available in 110/100-18 rear size, the AT81 EX is

made for a wide variety of extreme conditions—not

just EnduroCross—and was developed with the help

of Cody Webb and Destry Abbott.

Webb, who used the new AT81 EX en route to

winning the 2017 EnduroCross title, had this to say

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

and I was shocked how much better it made my

rear shock feel going over obstacles and absorbing

them. It’s great for trail riding and any type of

extreme terrain.”

“I can honestly say the AT81 EX is the best advantage

you could have to help you win races,” said multitime

off-road champion Destry Abbott. “I’m able to

go up things I couldn’t with a regular tyre, especially

in rocky, slippery conditions. I’ve been using it for

EnduroCross racing and extreme rides and it has

helped me with my confidence too.”


No Contest, the second gen feels twice as fast...

a real world comparative test and collected

the faster one from Bikers Warehouse.

It’s a “WHEELIE” good new package.

Ride Impressions:

We’ll tell you this. Chalk and cheese.

Road: The previous gen Honda is fun in

lower gears, perhaps a little sluggish as it

steadily accelerates to a top speed at about

125kph.

The new gen bike is twice the fun as

it snarls through the gears, accelerates

like the clappers and blitzes past 125kph

without thinking about it.

We saw 145kph before we ran out of

quiet road. We reckon that it should top out

at about 150 odd KPH. Which is plenty fast

for a bike like this!

Dirt: Umm. No contest.

Jaun weighs in at 70 odd kilogrammes. This

editor weighs a bit more at 105.

Run1:

Jaun on the 1st gen, Glenn on the new gen.

The new gen EATS the standard all the

way from the bottom right up to the top

ending three full bike lengths ahead in a

distance of approximately 200m.

Run 2:

Swap: Roley on the first gen, skinny on the

new. Big dust cloud and about four bike

lengths later, the latest rendition EATS the

standard for breakfast.

Runs 4, 5 , 6… Swap. Same result.

Swap just to be sure…. And so-on.

It’s not just about speed though. The

new mapping has altered the torque

dramatically. On the first gen, you battle

to pull a wheelie. On the latest rendition,

the rear wheel is either stepping out, or the

front wheel heads for the sky with very little

encouragement.

A slightly dull motorcycle suddenly

comes to life.

Good news:

As of right now, this model is available in the

mapped version. It makes a lot of sense.

Chat to your local Honda Dealer

Extras:

Both bikes were fitted with aftermarket

silencers, The first gen Honda East Rand

bike has a locally manufactured silencer,

the new gen has a Leo Vince silencer, mini

screen, spots and Cycra hand guards.

Development on the bike by Bikers

Warehouse www.bikerswarehouse.co.za

The first gen was loaned to us by Honda

Wing East Rand Mall:

www.hondaeastrand.co.za

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ICE HITS JHB

ICE or aptly known as INNER

CITY ENDURO started out

some 5 years ago in the heart

of Port Elizabeth. The concept

was simple ..find the best 15

Extreme Enduro Riders in the

world and build a track made

up of Man Made and Natural

obstacles and let them loose.

The format of Last Man

Standing is simple .. we stop

the race after every lap , throw

the last rider out and restart

the race. With this formula

thousands of spectators are

drawn into this battleground

to witness the carnage

Red Cherry Adventures who own the ICE

concept decided to spread its ICE wings

and a venue in the deep south of Joburg

namely Fast KTM was found.

The next step was to pull in the worlds

best and who better than to challenge

the strong SA field than World Champion

Billy Bolt. Billy on a Husqvarna 4 stroke

flew in early and ran some cool training

clinics for a bunch of locals. The star

studded Pro field included the likes of ICE

podium Yamaha man Kyle Flanagan , Brett

Swanepoel, Duane Kleynhans, Matt Green,

William Oosthuizen, Charan Moore, Scott

Bouverie to name a few . There was some

anticipation from the riders as to who would

unseat Billy and whether or not this was

possible.

Work on the track started months ago and

the track was cluttered with scary obstacles

like The Motul Log Jam, Kwiksure Concrete

Chaos, Compendium Piping Hot, Dunlop

Tyre Torture, Carnival City Gang Plank,

Yamaha Riverbed Rodeo that were sure to

test the field made up of the 15 pro riders,

those 15 wannabee Pro’s called Support

and the brave Juniors who were limited to

the Big Wheel 85cc.

Saturday was prologue day where even

the Pros had to qualify and Scott Bouverie

on his KTM proved to be the fastest on

the day. The surprise was 2 SUPPORT

riders who qualified 2nd and 3rd namely

Heinrich Aust and Warwick Neave. This

would mean that 2 PROs would be pushed

out to Support Class. Finishing in 4th was

William Oosthuizen and 5th the Mclaren

man Luke Walker. Kyle Flanagan who

podiumed 2nd place to Wade Young in the

PE event finished in 5th. Billy was down

with bronchitis and was a doubtful starter

for the main event.

The Big day has arrived and Fast KTM was

filling up fast with huge crowds expected .

15 food trucks , a beer garden and a show

by Brian Capper were the variety of Side

Shows on offer. The Outside Broadcast

vehicle with 8 cameraman were all ready to

stream ICE live for the 1st time ... a massive

undertaking

The organisers decided to increase the

support field to 20 riders and the pro field

was now sitting at 18 riders and the 13

Juniors all got pushed through. The great

news was that Billy Bolt had arrived against

doctors’ orders

With 15 pro’s lined up the trick was to

get through Motul Log Jam as fast as

possible so you could line up the rest of

the obstacles and make sure that you do

not come last... with the Last Man Standing

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format. Coming last is not an option

as you are back in the pits before you

know it. Billy Bolt put on a show second

to none and was bashing bars with our

boys especially in the Log Jam area.

His ability to wheelie over the Piping

Hot and Gang Plank had the crowd

applauding.

The pro race got down to the last

5 with the line up being Billy Bolt,

Kyle Flanagan, Matt Green , William

Oosthuizen and Scott Bouverie. 1

Yamaha , 3 Huskies and 1 KTM. Scott

who was fasted in the Prologue got

caught out in the Log Jam and his race

was run. William was next to go and

made a meal of Tyre Torture and he was

out .

The last 3 lined up for a 2 lap race and

Kyle was pushing Billy but could not

maintain. Young Matty Green got caught

by the Logs and the finish line saw Billy

cross the line 1st with Kyle in 2nd and

Matt 3rd

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The SUPPORT class was full of action and the top 3 after 20 rounds of

racing saw young Adam Bac , Erhardt Beukes and Francois du Plooy

all looking a little tired as they lined up for the last round. It was chaos in

Log Jam as all 3 got stuck but Adam on his Yamaha got away and it was

game over. Erhardt in 2nd and Francois in 3rd

The JUNIORS saw race favourite Titus Everson get caught out and finish

5th overall and the young Matt Battersby was certainly rider of the day

with a smooth performance. Luca van Zyl in 2nd and Zak Gulliver in 3rd

Where to from here for ICE?

It’s just going to get Bigger and Better with a 3 part series next year

in PE, KZN and Joeys. The Red Cherry team are guaranteeing an

international Rider for each event and the likes of Gomez , Lettenbichler ,

Walker , Bazuziak and Cody Webb are all on the ICE radar.

This has to be the maddest , baddest , wildest event on the Enduro

calendar and it is spectator heaven

Our Jaun Delport went along to take the photo’s, heres what he had to

say:

The event almost snuck past us, we were fortunate enough to see a

social media post regarding the event and decided to pop in.

What a day, hot, dry and dusty but so much of fun. The course was

short, tight and technical, with a layout that enabled great viewing from

everywhere.

Billy Bolt rode all of his heats despite being treated for illness the previous

day, showing us just how the International champions do it. Our local

lads made a really good showing riding against Billy Bolt and left us

feeling proud of our local talent. The juniors were the stars of the show,

letting everyone know just how much grit and determination they had.

Brian Capper was on lunch duty, entertaining the crowds in spectacular

fashion and hopefully encouraging a new generation of trial bike riders.

All in all, it was a brilliant day enjoyed by all, I for one would love to see

more events like this in an urban setting making it easier for spectators to

attend.

Check out www.innercityenduro for all the info.. dates for 2020 will be

finalised by end of November.

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How to Minimise

Knee Pain for Riding

By Mandy Thomas, BASE FIT : Specialised in Fitness For Dirt Bike Riding

As riders our bodies need

to be able to cope with the

physical demands

of sharp bends, high jumps

and sudden jolts. In order

to do that successfully, we

need strong knees so we

can sit, stand, squat, and

take turns without crashing

and burning, as well as to

grip, stabilize, and control

our bikes.

Being active is one of the best things

you can do for your joints. But injuries can

happen, and they often involve your knees.

Some of the most common problems are

not just sprained ligaments, meniscus tears

and tendinitis, but also old knee injuries that

may flare up now and then or hurt all the

time.

Dirt bike riding requires you to spend

time in a position where your knees are

bent, considerable strain is placed on the

joints and ligaments. This can have negative

repercussions on your knees if you have not

taken adequate steps to help keep them

strong, especially if they have been already

weakened by a previous injury. Although we

can’t prevent all riding injuries, we do the

below to minimise risk of knee pain:

• Stretch out your legs before and after

riding.

• Always wear well-fitting shoes which

offer enough support.

• Keep your legs strong with regular

strength conditioning work.

• Lose the extra body weight as it puts

lots of stress on your knees.

How to strengthen your knees:

Emphasis on developing the strength

of your quadriceps, core muscles, and

hamstrings, will help support correct riding

posture and maintain a good position of

your knees.

The following exercises will help

strengthen the key supporting muscles

for your knees so we are able to handle

a higher degree of jolt and shock, as well

as help save your knees in the long run.

They can be performed at home or at the

gym after your regular training regime.

We suggest using get a light-strength

mini theraband to add gentle resistance.

Repeat these exercise three times a week.

Straight Leg Raises

Sit on the floor, leaning slightly back, with the

theraband around your ankles and your legs straight.

Raise one leg as high as you can manage against

the resistance of the band. Keep your other leg flat

on the floor. Do 15 repetitions per leg, working with

a tempo of 1 repetition per second.

Side Leg Raises

Lie on one side with your legs stacked and

with the theraband around your ankles. Raise

the top leg and as high as you can manage

against the tension of the theraband. Hold for 3

seconds, lower and relax briefly, then repeat 10

times. Switch sides and start over.

Glute Bridge Walkouts

Lie on your back, legs bent with your feet flat

on the floor. Lift your hips up off the floor and

hold. This is your start position. Then slowly

straighten your right leg so only the heel makes

contact with the floor, then return it to the

start position. Repeat with the left leg. Do 10

repetitions in total, alternating legs.

Wall Squats

Stand with your back against a wall, your

feet on the floor about shoulder-width apart,

and drop your hips down until your thighs

are just shy of parallel to the floor, keeping

your pelvis against the wall. Hold for 30

seconds. Over time try build up to 1 minute.

Remember: Although muscle soreness after exercise is normal, but any sharp, shooting,

or sudden pain in the muscles or joints is not. In this case stop what you are doing and

check with your doctor.

Riding Tip: Before you get on the bike, do a gentle hamstring, quad and hip flexor stretch.

Stretched muscles reduce the impact of the jolt to the knees. Hold each of the following

stretches for 15 – 20 seconds: 1: Hamstring stretch, 2: Quad stretch, 3: Hip flexor stretch.

If you need help getting

your fitness for riding to

the next level or you just

don’t know where to start,

then get hold of us at Base

Fit. Our Base Fit team of

coaches are trained to get

you maximal fitness results

specifically riding.

Mandy Thomas/Base Fit

Please send your

questions to mandy@

basefit.co.za or call me on

082-461-1443. If you found

this article helpful, please

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