Dirt and Trail August 2019


Words: Mike Wessels, Shado Alston & Sean Hendley


Pics: Sean Hendley


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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