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Paddy says “Mick, I’m thinking of buying a Labrador.”
“Forget that,” says Mick, “have you seen how many of their
owners go blind?”
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,
“You’re obviously not listening.”
The wife has been missing a week now. Police said to
prepare for the worst. So I have been to the charity shop to
get all her clothes back.
When I was in the pub I heard a couple of plonkers saying
that they wouldn’t feel safe on an aircraft if they knew the
pilot was a woman. What a pair of sexists. I mean, it’s not as
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
attacker could be following some kind of pattern.
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
“In addition, KTM introduced a big wheel 85cc to the
As we all know, KTM had had a big wheel 85 for a
Sorry. This was a blunder and we have no idea how it
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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,”
Poskitt told us. “The last year or so I’ve been looking
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
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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Adventure R Rally revealed!
If you thought KTM’s excellent new middleweight adventure
bike was nice, but not serious enough – even in R trim –
then how about this new 790 Adventure R Rally edition?
The range-topping new model is limited to 500 units
worldwide, making it an instant collector’s item for
adventure motorcycle afficionadoes – with only a handful of
bikes likely to reach our shores.
Aimed at riders who “demand the most hardcore
performance and the very best suspension available,” the
new Rally is certainly special – but owners of the existing R
model needn’t feel too aggrieved. While they can’t replicate
the specialness of the Rally model outright, the majority of
the parts are already in KTM’s Power Parts catalogue.
The limited edition uses the same steel trellis chassis and the
95bhp LC8c parallel twin engine, but in place of the standard
model’s capable WP kit is a set of the firm’s race-spec
XPLOR PRO suspension. That means an additional 30mm of
travel to help committed riders clear even the most awkward
obstacles. The downside comes for the shorter legged, with
the seat height rising to 910mm as a result.
Up front there’s an XPLOR PRO 7548 cone valve fork that
offers a huge range of damping performance, combining
ride comfort with excellent bottoming-out resistance.
At the rear is an XPLOR PRO 6746 shock absorber with
progressive damping system (PDS) designed to match the
The Rally also gets a lighter Akrapovic exhaust, carbon
fibre tank protectors and Quickshifter, as well as its own
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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Yamaha always innovate. They have designed
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You can now buy any Yamaha Motorcycle through
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reduced monthly payments tailor made to suit you.
The final balloon payment can also be re-financed
over two years at the end of the contract term.
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the smaller your monthly instalment the bigger your
balloon payment at the end. So now, instead of
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We have brought you regular news and updates
on this very busy Accessory Shop at the Buzz
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more good news, they have become so busy
that they were bursting out of their seams and
desperately needed to expand. When space
became available they grabbed the opportunity.
The RACE SHOP team have now doubled the
size of their shop to carry even more top brand
accessories and have also included a top notch
service and fitment centre. So now you can
have your oil, filters, plugs and etc changed
at the same time as fitting new tyres, brake
pads, chains and sprockets and while you are
waiting for all of that to be done you can grab
a complimentary voucher and wander next
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lunch or, if the notion grabs you, you can get
some ink done at Romans Tattoos based I side
RACE SHOP. What a cool concept, all at the
Petrol Heads lifestyle village. There is always
such a lekker atmosphere in the shop and they
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Kevin Moran, the well known Moto-X’er and owner
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a huge amount of knowledge and experience and
developed some serious skills when it comes to
setting up Moto –X suspension, particularly the
49mm Showa units fitted to 2016 through 2019
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Although fitted with some of the best components
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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
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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
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We have brought you a bit of news about them
in the last 2 issues and on a very cold winters
evening a week or two back they had their
official grand opening. This was a very big deal
with dignitaries from Yamaha Japan attending
the event and everybody and anybody who is
somebody was there.
The atmosphere was set to be something really
special, huge big fire pits were ablaze to stave
off the winter chill, live music in the form of
Justin Serrao and his band kept things festive.
We were treated to some of the best hospitality
while being introduced to the very friendly and
enthusiastic team. After a few formalities it was
time to have a proper walk around and gawp
at the size and spectacle that is Linex Yamaha
Lynwood. Their marine section is exceptional
and headed up by Nadine de Villiers who
has several world titles and Guinness record
titles to her name. Koos Meno is on the parts
counter with almost 40 years’ experience in
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sales. Geraldine Olivier is the super helpful and
knowledgeable Parts & Accessories manager.
Then you have Ettienne Scholz adeptly swinging
spanners on the motorcycle benches with the
duo of Max van der Westhuizen and Dylan
Lange on the marine benches. Lachay Saker
and Alphina Khoele keep all the admin and
accounts making sense and all headed up by
Gerhard Moolman the DP.
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Ahead of the Cape Epic, Smith Power Equipment’s
dealer, Maverick Motorsport, supplied a customised
Polaris Ranger 570 to Mediclinic Southern Africa to
help with medical backup during the most televised
mountain bike race in the world. A day before
the 2019 Absa Cape Epic, the largest full-service
mountain bike stage race in the world, Mediclinic
Southern Africa took delivery of its Polaris Ranger
570 side-by-side from Maverick Motorsport. This
year’s race took place from March 17-24. Leon
Laing, owner of Maverick Motorsport, explains that
as the top Polaris dealer in South Africa over the last
seven years proved its mettle by getting the vehicle
ready with all the modifications the client wanted in
a very short space of time.
Why Polaris Ranger 570? “They purchased this
unit specifically to provide medical backup in
difficult terrain and to evacuate riders who could be
seriously injured during the race,” explains Laing.
The task at hand was no easy feat, and demanded
a rugged solution that could easily traverse the
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The Polaris Ranger 570 was a fitting solution that
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a less skilled person can operate it. We have also
equipped it with the necessary emergency lights for
maximum visibility. The client is very happy with the
unit. It has worked extremely well for the purposes it
was bought for,” concludes Laing.
10 Linhai Rustler Quads
for Adventure Zone
After experiencing the ride quality of three pre-owned
Linhai quad bikes it initially bought, Adventure Zone
Cullinan has since standardised its fleet with 10
new Linhai Rustler 260 XL units from local importer,
Smith Power Equipment. A fleet of 10 Linhai Rustlers
260 XL quad bikes is providing adrenaline-stirring
experiences to nature lovers who also happen to
enjoy pulse-racing action and quad safari activities at
Adventure Zone Cullinan. Having previously run three
pre-owned units, owner Hanro Davel was pleased
with the ride quality and the overall performance
of the range so much so that in September 2018,
Adventure Zone Cullinan took delivery of 10 new
Rustler 260 XL units. Adventure Zone Cullinan
now operates a total of 19 quad bikes. “We have
previously run some pre-owned units here and we
were impressed by their overall performance,” says
Davel. “We then decided to standardise our fleet
with 10 new units. Some of the favourable features
include the 260cc, which is not too big for our
clients, as well as the fact that they are automatic
and have such a utility shape,” explains Davel. “The
performance to date has been fantastic. We will run
them for three years before replacing them. Support
from the supplier has also been great thus far.” “The
Rustler 260XL is the perfect entry-level quad bike.
Its lightweight and automatic transmission makes it
easy to use, a blast to ride, yet with racks and hitch,
it is still capable of helping out with the chores. It is
for this reason why the Linhai Rustler 260 XL quad
bike is one of Linhai’s best-sellers the world over,”
concludes Phil Greenall, Smith Power area manager
who facilitated the deal.
When it comes to adventure activities, through its
two beautiful adventure farms with some of the most
breath-taking gorges, cliffs and river systems, the
facility offers diverse venturesome activities. Whether
for individuals, company team building, or adventurehungry
travellers, there is a choice of ziplining across
rocky gorges, the ancient art of archery, abseiling, as
well as quad bike safaris, among other activities.One
of the most prominent activities is quad bike safaris,
allowing visitors to enjoy a 20-km safari adventure
through a game farm from the comfort of the quads.
If one is more of a motorised adventure junkie, they
can enjoy the stunning 8-km utility obstacle course,
including rocky technical terrain, mud, dirt tracks,
water and flat sections to suit entry level riders.
Full feature soon.
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What? FIM Junior World Motocross Report
Where? Italy. When? 14-15 July 2019
Three South African team members made it to the finals
of the FIM Junior World Motocross Championships at
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
slots per class in Sunday’s final heats, the challenge
was always to qualify and while Camden Mc Lellan
made short work of qualifying with third in his 125cc
race, his compatriots Cameron Durow ended 26th,
Dalton Venter 30th and Arnu Saaiman 37th in their
They went through to the last chance race, where
Venter ended 18th, Saaiman 33rd and Durow 35th.
That left only Camden McLellan in the finals, where he
rode to fifth in the first moto and ninth in the second
heat on Sunday to come home a fine sixth overall.
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
26th, Thownsend 31st and Grundy 32nd.
“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
only did we have three of the lads making it through
to the finals among the best in the world, but they
delivered star performances, while the rest of the
team will take back an invaluable experience — well
done to the entire team.”
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Thanks to Everest Primary school principal and staff
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Nice one guys!!
Grass-roots is a well-used term these days. We
reckon that if we can introduce motorcycles to the
youth in an interesting and informative way, they
might just, in turn, become motorcyclists. Brian
Capper, Neil van der Ross, Dean Rigney and friends
agree with us, and for the third time, on Mandela
Day, they did just that...
This in from Neil:
What a day! What an event!
The message before the stunts are performed is
one of informing the kids about the various motor
sports we all enjoy.
We give the kids insight into our history and the
effort that is takes for athletes like Brian to achieve
We stress the importance of a good education.
We highlight the dangers of drugs alcoholism ,
gangsterism and bad company. Something all of us
are tested by at some stage.
We detailed how we achieved our personal goals by
many sacrifices made by athletes and their parents.
We explained the many hours, weeks and years
of training that it takes to participate at the highest
level of competition.
And Brian Capper gave them a “Hey wow!” show
that was meant to be 67 minutes could not be
finished because the chants of “We want more!” by
the excited kids.
The difference between the bikes and skills
displayed brought home the message of the
The Motokids junior grass roots program was also
shared with the kids. Literature and information was
And the kids were blown away by bikes and Brian’s
We are so glad our positive message was so well
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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.
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
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
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
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.
The Four Strokers:
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
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?
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
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
Husqvarna’s Maddy Malan’s 2nd place
overall for the day sees him extend his
championship points lead.
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.
+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
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
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
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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.
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
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.
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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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
“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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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
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
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.
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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
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
Well. What do you need? What are
you looking for?
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,
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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The latest XT1200ZE Super Ténéré is built to
satisfy your desire to see what lies beyond the
horizon. Everything about this hugely
capable long distance adventure bike has
been designed to take you further than you
ever imagined was possible. Equipped with a
hugely powerful 1,199cc engine and a rugged
chassis featuring electronically adjustable
suspension, the Super Ténéré is ready to thrill
on the highway and excel on the dirt.
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and windscreen on the Super Ténéré are
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 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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Engine: 1200 cc liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, parallel 2-cylinder, 8-valve,
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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Kawasaki has increased 2020 with
a completely revised KX250.
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
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
KX450 motorcycles are infused
with cutting-edge technology
derived from Kawasaki factory
• Powerful 449cc 4-stroke engine
• 49mm Showa coil spring front fork with
• Uni-Trak® rear suspension
• Hydraulic clutch
• Electric start
• ERGO-FIT® technology
• Lightweight frame and swingarm
• Launch Control Mode
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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:
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
which allows for larger valves and the
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
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
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
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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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
• 64cc liquid-cooled two-stroke engine
• Adjustable 33mm leading axle conventional fork
• Adjustable Uni-Trak® rear suspension
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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 intake cam now
has move valve lift for
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
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
The A-Mode is for
conditions, and the
B-Mode for hightraction
Once you hit fourth
gear or six seconds
elapse, the Suzuki Holeshot Assist Control
(S-HAC) shuts off and reverts to the normal
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
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
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.
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
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
• 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)
• 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
• The compact aluminum cylinder is finished
with Suzuki Composite Electrochemical
Material (SCEM )coating for durability,
lightweight, and efficient heat transfer.
• 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
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
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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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
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.
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
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
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!
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
· 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
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.
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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
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!
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.
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
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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
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
• 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
• 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
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
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
“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.
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
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.
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.
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
A slightly dull motorcycle suddenly
comes to life.
As of right now, this model is available in the
mapped version. It makes a lot of sense.
Chat to your local Honda Dealer
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
The first gen was loaned to us by Honda
Wing East Rand Mall:
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Come and join the fun!
JHB 2 Richards Bay in the dirt.
Dirtbikes, quads and Side By Sides all welcome!
4 days of fantastic fun for a great cause.
Kicks off 21st September 2019
Raising funds for the QuadPara
Association of SA (QASA).
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
• 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
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.
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
Mandy Thomas/Base Fit
Please send your
questions to mandy@
basefit.co.za or call me on
082-461-1443. If you found
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