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AN EXCLUSIVE CHAT WITH SA STAR BRAD BINDER
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15 years ago, I said to a then 9-year-old Brad
Binder and 7-year-old Darryn Binder to stick with
me and I would make them famous. 15 years on
and the roles have been reversed. I am now that
guy who knows the Binder boys, some people
even thinking I’m their actual Uncle (because that’s
who I am to them - Uncle Rob)
To say I am proud of what both boys have achieved
is a complete understatement! I managed to catch
up with Brad on his short return here to SA, Daz
was too busy for me.
I had such a good chat with Brad and asked him
some very tasty questions, which he answered like
a true pro as always. We feature that full interview in
this issue, where I went to Brad’s new unfurnished
house and sat in his garden out in some beautiful
sunshine. You can also go check out the video I did
on my YouTube channel.
Brad is a true professional and there is no wonder
KTM are doing everything they can to keep him
and put him on one of their MotoGP bikes. He is
the complete package, both on and off the track
and clearly has a good touch when it comes to
development making him a vital asset to the ever
developing KTM team. As I said, I asked him some
tasty questions about his current Moto2 season
and beyond as well as his MotoGP test at Brno, his
fi rst time talking about that. We also spoke about
his MotoGP ride next year and how it all came
about and his plan for the 2020 season so it really is
a must read and another big world exclusive for us
here at RF.
Staying with racing and I am typing this in our new
VW van driving back from the Monocle Series race
down in East London. Feeling a bit car sick in the
process but have to get it done.
I loved the weekend in East London, from the drive
up and down, spending some great time with my
brother. Nothing beats going racing with my brother
and seeing all my mates at the track. I haven’t
raced around the East London track in over 5 years
so I was a bit nervous as I knew our Honda CBR
1000RR was going to be stupid fast after the tuning
done by the team at Performance Technic. More on
that a bit later in this issue along with coverage from
the Monocle Series racing, which was brilliant as
always. I have never seen so many bikes with their
front wheels lofted in the air on one race day in my
life – it was a truly amazing spectacle for all those
present to witness!
The Series really is on a high now and it was
announced at the race that the series has
just signed another 3-year deal so that’s very
exciting and positive news for all involved and the
motorcycle industry itself.
I really enjoyed my racing in East London and
managed to come out with a pole position and
two race wins, my fi rst in a very long time so really
chuffed with that. I had a great battle in both races
with Johan le Roux and Johnny Krieger, who both
gave me a tough time and made me work hard for
both wins. Johnny in particular forcing me to take
a few more risks than I would have liked, the evil
I would be lying if I said I did not shit myself racing
down there, that track is so fast and holding on
while the wind pumps is not an easy thing to do
and takes a lot of bravery so a big well done to
all who raced there on the weekend. The East
London track is better than ever and the entire
town looked really amazing, better than I have
ever seen it before so I am really looking forward
to heading back there next year for some more
Ok, I’m starting to feel some serious car sickness
coming on here so going to leave it there and let
you carry on reading another diverse and exciting
issue of SA’s best motorcycle magazine.
Cheers for now!
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Yamaha launches a new, Euro V-compatible R1 and R1M for 2020.
Yamaha’s R1 is one of the most iconic
and recognized names in motorcycling.
For a while there in the 2000s, it became
more or less synonymous with “faired
sportsbike” in the minds of the bikecurious
but uneducated: “nice bike there
mate, is that a Suzuki R1?” For nearly 22
years now, it’s been Yamaha’s flagship
high-performance superbike and one of
the greatest and wildest rides on the road
and track. And since it’s been five years
since the last major upgrade, Yamaha’s
bringing out a new model for 2020.
The 2020 Yamaha YZF-R1 has taken steps
forward in its revised, Euro V-compliant engine,
its suspension, its beefed-up electronics, and
its aerodynamic performance thanks to revised
Mind you, it’s not what you’d call an earthshattering
overhaul in looks; We’ll admit we sat
here scratching our chins for a decent while
trying to work out how the heck to tell it apart
from the old model. Here’s what we came away
with: not a ton. The easiest way to spot it is
probably the new bike’s ... epicanthal folds? You
know, the bit of skin running down the inside
edge of the eye. The new R1’s got bits of plastic
extending down from the front cowl on the
inside edges of the headlights, surrounding the
front air intake. The old one didn’t.
The new bike’s side plastics also extend back
further than the old one, with a color-matched
panel at the bottom of the tank and black
plastic around the M1 MotoGP-inspired gills at
the front of the tank. But you’d have to be a bit
of a boffin to pick the new bike from the old,
to be honest. It retains the same cool-looking
tailpiece with its flatulence-extracting openings
behind the seat cowl, which also serve to
eliminate any chance you ever had of fitting
things underneath the seat. But this is a razoredged
superbike, so discussions of practicality
are misplaced. There is around a 5 percent
increase in aerodynamic efficiency, though.
Let’s discuss the engine, then. There’s
no leap in power this year, but honestly, if
200 pferdestärke (that’s German for metric
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New settings menu has a lot of settings... But no ABS
A subtly new fairing shape defines the 2020 models.
horsepower), or 197 regular old analog
horsepower, isn’t enough for you, people
should be paying you to write their business
names across the backside of your leathers.
Instead, this year’s engine is about refi nement
and taking a penitent knee toward the
Euro emissions overlords, whose Euro V
restrictions wrap their green, leafy tendrils
around the motorcycle industry from New
Year’s Eve onwards. From 2020 bikes will
need to emit roughly 10 percent less carbon
and nitrous oxides than the Euro IV models,
with particulate matter limits also coming in
for the fi rst time.
The new R1 retains the previous bike’s inline
four architecture with its famous crossplane
crankshaft for perfect primary and secondary
balance. It remains a 998cc, and delivers peak
power at a roaring 13,000 rpm. Yamaha says
it’s smoother and more effi cient, particularly at
high revs, thanks to new fi nger-follower rocker
arms and new cam lobe profi les.
The cylinder head and intakes have been
redesigned, with new 10-hole Bosch injectors
relocated above the 45-mm intake throttle
bodies. They spray wider into a reduced
intake volume, again to boost effi ciency and
combustion stability. The exhaust now has no
fewer than four catalyzers – two in front of the
exhaust chamber and two behind – and there’s
additional noise damping in there as well.
The crankshaft now gets more oil thanks to
bigger lubrication holes – again helping to
boost effi ciency – and the drivetrain also helps
reduce power losses through a wider second
gear pinion and thicker plates on the chain.
The new R1’s electronic systems have
gone under the microscope for 2020, right
down to the ride-by-wire throttle sensor in
the twistgrip. Yamaha has bestowed the
new system with a spring, slider and gear
to help this digital throttle maintain some of
the feel that mechanically actuated throttles
once had. There’s also a new engine braking
management setting that lets you choose how
much you want the bike to drag on a closed
throttle, and some minor modifi cations to the
launch control system’s settings.
A new six-axis IMU feeds data on the bike’s
movements to the central computer 125 times
per second, enabling a new cornering ABS
system that Yamaha says is clever enough
to prevent wheel lock-ups rather than just
responding to them. The BC, or Brake Control
system, has two modes, one which is lean
angle-sensitive, one that’s not. I’m not sure
why you’d want to put your traction control
back in caveman mode, but hey, the option’s
there. We can’t, on the other hand, fi nd an “off”
setting in the R1’s intimidating new settings
menu, so the old fuse box might end up being
the answer if you wish to play slidey-slideys or
throw up an endo.
New silencer has no less than four catalyzers in it.
It’s evolution over revolution in the front forks.
The 43-mm Kayaba upside-down jobbies get
new inner valving, a reduced spring rate and a
revised fork oil level for better rider feedback on
road surface changes, and more “direct and
natural” handling. The steering damper has
been lightly modifi ed, and the rear shock ships
with new settings to match the front.
The monoblock brake, by Japanese company
Advics, gets new higher-friction pads for even
harder stopping potential, and the new R1 will
ship with Bridgestone’s latest Battlax RS11
supersports road/track tyres.
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Is there also a new fancy-pants R1M version dripping with
carbon and Swedish gold? Yes, yes there is. The new R1M
replicates the new body shape in carbon, including the
tailpiece, which used to be plastic, and carries over the engine
and electronics upgrades. It gets fancy electronic active Ohlins
ERS NPX forks to match its fancy electronic active Ohlins
shock. The forks are gas pressurized to reduce cavitation
in the fork oil and provide a more consistent damping force.
Yamaha says it’s more agile and controlled as a result, and you
should be able to go faster around a track on it.
It’s got a Y-TRAC datalogger, which collects and presents a
wide range of performance tracking data through a pair of
apps, one allowing you to control settings, another allowing
you to view your ride overlaid on a Google Maps image of a
racetrack, tracking everything from throttle inputs and lean
angles through to ABS and traction control intervention and
acceleration and cornering g-forces.
The new base R1 is set to arrive in SA around end March
2020, while the R1M is till unknown but will probably be
a special order bike. Pricing for both bikes is yet to be
announced. Visit a Yamaha dealer for more info.
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Twenty-five years ago, Ducati began
building what would become its most
iconic piece of high-octane art: the
916. To celebrate, the company has
now brought forth 500 special edition
Panigale V4 superbikes, tarted up to
look like Tamburini’s most famous
design and festooned with farkles.
To most of us mortals, Ducati’s V4 Panigale
is a pretty special beast in its own right, a
226-horsepower eyeball-fl attener that’s about
as beautiful and exotic a motorcycle as you
can buy in 2019. There’s a reason all the rap
guys have Panigales in their video clips; it’s
swoopy and hot and erotically red in the way a
Ferrari Enzo is – and faster in most situations,
too – but for about a thirtieth of the price.
But there’s always a tier of consumer for
whom special is not special enough. In the
motorcycling world, that tier seems to be
aging fast, and they may not have a whole
lot more sportsbike purchases left in them.
So Ducati has put together an extra-special
Panigale, tweaked to recall the glorious past
of the 916, that it’s certain “is destined for
nothing less than cult status.”
Dubbed The 25th Anniversario 916, the
bike takes the Panigale V4 S as a starting
point. It gets a Ducati Corse-spec front
frame, and the bodywork gets splashes of
white, Shell logos and #1 plates recalling
Carl “Foggy” Fogarty’s four World Superbike
championships aboard the 916 back in the
90s when the world still made sense.
It also gets an Akrapovic silencer,
magnesium forged wheels from Marsechini,
a racing screen, carbon mudguards front
and rear, a carbon fi bre swingarm cover,
race-style grips, adjustable rearsets, racestyle
fuel fi ller cap, a two-tone seat, and
plugs to block up holes where you can take
the mirrors and license plate holder off.
All the great Ducatis of the 90s had dry
clutches, and this V4 follows in that tradition,
complete with an open carbon fi bre clutch
cover to let you watch the plates spinning
and tambourining away. The top triple clamp
is machined from solid aluminum and your
number out of the 500 available bikes is
stamped on there.
That number will not be #5, which Ducati
has set aside in honor of Carlin Dunne,
who tragically went off the cliff at Pikes
Peak a couple of weeks ago, within sight
of the fi nish line and a new record time for
America’s most storied hillclimb event. As #5
was Dunne’s racing number, Ducati plans
to auction the bike off, with proceeds going
toward a fundraiser aimed at supporting
We’re not sure if this thing is destined for cult
status in the way the original 916 was. After
all, that bike has more or less cemented itself
right up the top of many “best motorcycles
of all time” lists. It shifted the goalposts,
not only with its stunning good looks, but
with its compact, lightweight design and
irrepressible racetrack success. It also didn’t
cost R700k. But, whether you frame the
25th anniversary bike as a cynical cash
grab at the few remaining boomers and
gen Xers who still have the fl exibility to ride
a sportsbike, or as a genuine, starry-eyed
tribute to a brand icon, you can’t deny it’s a
gorgeous bit of kit.
This glorious machine will be available in SA
sometime in Dec this year and looks to have
a price tag of around R720k.
For more information, or to book yours,
contact Ducati SA on 012 765 0600.
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BMW’s Vision DC Roadster.
BMW has built a funky new concept to tackle perhaps one of the biggest
challenges in electric motorcycle design: how to make a battery box look as cool
as an engine. The Vision DC Roadster, rolled out at #NextGen, is a future-cool
naked with a nod to BMW’s Boxer heritage.
We can bang on all we like about the
insane performance potential of electric
motorcycles, but the truth is, nobody’s
going to change the world with bikes that
don’t look at least as cool as old-school
combustion bikes. That’s not an easy bar
to reach; motorcycle design (outside the
world of fully-faired sports and race bikes)
has always been dictated by the shape of
the engine at the heart of the bike.
All sorts of angles and cues can be
taken from a nice donk; in earlier days,
the cooling fins on air-cooled engines
gave a nice starting point to work from.
A nicely angled V-engine has launched a
thousand choppers. Crankcases, clutch
covers, pushrods, exhaust pipes - we’ve
had more than a century to work out how
to make these things look amazing.
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Electric motors, on the other hand ... well,
they’re much smaller and simpler. The
bulk of an electric motorcycle is the battery
box, into which designers need to stuff the
maximum possible number of lithium cells
in order to get the best range they can
from the machine. Cells come in two basic
shapes right now: cylindrical 18650-style
units like Tesla uses, and flat pouch shapes
like Zero uses. And the easiest and most
efficient way to store large numbers of both
these shapes is in a big, fugly, heavy ol’
That’s a pretty hideous shape to try to hide
in the sensuous design of a motorcycle,
particularly when it’s the biggest part of the
whole bike, and it replaces something that
designers have spent 120 years making an
achingly beautiful centerpiece.
The BMW team with a mockup of the design.
Assembling the bike.
So this is the challenge BMW is recognizing and
taking on with the Vision DC Roadster. That,
and fi nding some way to make the designs
resonate with the brand’s history. And it’s
chosen to do so by recalling the most famous
BMW engine of them all: the boxer.
To get there, the team has wrapped the
battery box in a sandwich-layered frame of
longitudinal aluminium cooling fi ns, and poked
two special extra cooling fans out on the sides
to mimic the famous boxer cylinder heads that
have poked out the sides of so many Beemers
in the past. On the Vision DC Roadster, these
heads tilt outwards when you switch the bike
on – for no other purpose than to let you know
the bike’s ready to rock.
A compact electric motor wraps directly around
the exposed rear drive shaft beneath the battery
area, which goes out to the back wheel on
a lovely looking single-sided swingarm. The
“tank” and subframe form one long piece that
lays over the top, with a beautiful open center
that lets you look down on the cooling fi ns
while placing the adjustment dials for the nicely
hidden rear shock right where you could adjust
them if you had prehensile privates.
The front suspension is a luridly sexy carbon
take on the Duolever forks we’ve seen on so
many BMWs, with a single adjustable shock
unit tucked away behind a vicious-looking
U-shaped slash of a headlight that follows the
“tank” line downward in an aggressive stance.
There are fl uorescent stripes on the sides of the
specially-designed Metzeler 014 tyres and a
nicely detailed, bevelled hub on the left side of
the rear wheel, presumably echoing the design
within that translates the torque 90 degrees
from the shaft to the wheel.
It looks awesome. It really does. This is one of
the better looking electric motorcycles we’ve
ever seen – it’s shamelessly futuristic and daring,
with a design language that speaks to a fast,
aggressive road riding experience. The dash,
the handlebars, that scandalously open tank
joined to the body with carbon structural rods
... Bravo! It even gets its own fancy riding suit,
complete with an “asymmetrical rucksack” fi xed
to the jacket with magnets, of all things.
But there are no power or torque fi gures. There
are likewise no fi gures on the battery size, or
the vehicle’s range. And some of the build
pictures BMW has provided might give us an
insight into why:
Take a look into that gaping, hollow space at the
battery pack within: a small, rectangular box.
It’s tiny. We’d be surprised if the team managed
to get even a 10 kWh capacity in there. In
designing an electric motorcycle that doesn’t
have a whopping big battery box in the middle
of it, from what we can see BMW has simply
ignored the fact that e-motos need every bit of
lithium they can get if they wish to be practical
using today’s battery tech.
So it seems the Vision DC Roadster isn’t
really an attempt to package a huge battery
box in an attractive bike, it’s an attempt
to make a hot electric motorcycle without
bothering to stick a usefully large battery in
there at all. Granted, this is a concept, but the
design looks great because BMW seems to
be pretending the biggest problem in e-moto
design simply doesn’t exist.
And true, maybe someday it won’t, when the
prophecies come true and somebody works
out how to safely stuff 10 times more energy
into a lithium battery than we can currently
achieve, massively boosting energy density
while staying stable in a real-world range
of temperatures, offering high charge and
discharge rates and generally revolutionizing the
electric car, motorcycle and aircraft industries,
while giving us mobile phone batteries that last
for weeks like the Nokias of old used to.
But when that day comes around, everyone
else will be able to make cool looking bikes with
tiny battery packs too.
1: No pretense of
2: That’s a heck of
3: Electric motor
a shaft sending
drive to the rear
4: Nice lightweight
the sides of the
battery are able to
angle in and out.
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Husqvarna updates FS 450
We’re not talking a massive upgrade
here – the compact, thumb-start, singlecylinder
motocross motor still makes the
same impressive 63 horses it used to,
and weight remains at the same 102.8
kg it rolled out at last year. Wheels are still
Alpina lace-ups, with Bridgestone slicks,
and a savage Brembo brake on the front
for your stoppying pleasure.
The main thing that’s changed is the
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The FS 450 runs traction and launch
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If you haven’t experienced the exhilaration
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The track-special FS 450 is, Husky says,
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The new 2020 FS450 is set to hit
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Lynwood Pretoria is jammed-packed with all the latest riding
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you could ever want. 15% off all the latest helmets and
riding gear while they are blowing out Scorpion, Shark and
Schuberth helmets at cost prices! Also going at cost is the
full range of 2019 Alpinestars MX kit, as well as a huge range
of adventure bike accessories.
This really is a sale not to be missed! They have a huge
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don’t miss out! The Cape Town branch will also be having the
same sale for all you there down by the sea and big hill.
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BMW Launches Fit-for-All Comms
System for Motorcycle Riders.
Communication between motorcycle riders has come a
great way since the day you had to shout to the one riding
next to you to get heard. And there still seems to be a lot of
room for improvement.
BMW has announced the launch of the new
Fit-for-All communication system. Designed
primarily for use between the rider and
passenger, the system can however offer
Just as its name says, the system is supposed
to work on all helmets. It doesn’t. It can be
used with all BMW motorcycle helmets, except
the Bowler, and with a number of helmets
made by third parties.
The device can be used to chat with the one
riding in the back, listen to music, make phone
calls and, when paired with other devices via
Bluetooth, allow for navigation instructions to
Despite being created primarily as a comms
tool for rider and passenger, linking Fit-for-All to
BMW’s Bike-to-Bike communication module
turns it into a different breed of monster.
The resulting combo can accommodate six
riders and allows for group or private chats
between them. Regularly, the range of the
system is of 300 meters, but forming a group
of bikes that ride single fi le can extend that
range to 2 km, as most of the people in the
group will act as relays.
BMW says operating the system is very
straightforward. There are three buttons that
control the intercom, the volume, on and off
capabilities and the confi guration menu.
As per BMW, Fit-for-All is both UV-resistant
and weatherproof. The device needs to be
recharged to work, and a single fi ll should last
you for about eight hours.
The exact release date for the new technology
and the price asked for it has not yet been
announced. Visit your local BMW dealer for
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Motorcycle Racing at
Pikes Peak May Be Over.
2019 may be the last time we saw motorcycles participating in
the Race to the Clouds, as the future of bikes in the Pikes Peak
Internationall Hill Climb is in uncertain.
What is certain is that the death of
acclaimed racer Carlin Dunne at the end
of this year’s event was the drop that
seems to have fi lled the glass. Dunne
is not the only fatality in this spectacular
and dangerous race, with six other
riders being killed during the 97-year
history of the event.
Dunne was an iconic fi gure at the
Pikes Peak, a multiple record holder in
the motorcycle class, and one of the
most beloved characters in the Race
to the Clouds. Albeit being one of the
most experimented riders to ever have
raced up the 156-turn course, Dunne
highsided in the fi nal turn and plunged
to his death. What’s even nastier in this
entire affair is that Dunne is the third rider
to lose his life since 2014.
Now, even more safety-related
concerns surround the PPIHC,
especially as the entire course has been
paved completely, with speed and perils
going up exponentially. Making things
even worse is the growing number of
safety incidents involving spectators
crossing the track during the race, in
front of vehicles.
According to Jack Glavan, manager
of Pikes Peak America’s Mountain, no
decision has been made yet, as offi cials
are discussing the future of motorcycles
in the Hill Climb. Despite the deaths
of several participants, the Pikes Peak
International Hill Climb remains one of
the most thrilling road racing events in
the world, in line with the Isle of Man TT
and the Irish GP races.
All of those who enter with cars,
motorcycles or sidecars acknowledge
the risks and know that things can
end very badly, especially because of
the high speed and the very nature of
the tracks, but from this to banning
motorcycles is a long way. After all, even
motorsports with high safety measures,
such as F1, yield fatalities, but nobody
considers putting an end to Formula
1 races. And the Dakar or Baja are yet
some more races with deadly potential
that come to mind…
Carlin’s mother Romie Gallardo went
on to speak publicly about the 2019
PPIHC, saying that her son most likely
would have loved to see motorcycles
participating in this special event in the
future. A fi nal decision has yet to be
made and we hope 2019 was not the
last time we saw motorbikes racing
towards the Summit House.
Aprilia and Moto
Guzzi are coming
back to South Africa.
After a gap of more than a year, Aprilia and Moto Guzzi
motorcycles are set to re-enter the Southern African market
in the next couple of months. With an exclusive agreement
between Piaggio representative in the region, Vespa South
Africa, and Italian Motorcycle Importers (IMI), the famous
pair of Aprilia and Moto Guzzi are set to be seen across the
Aprilia and Moto Guzzi are both owned by Italian motorcycling
giant, Piaggio, the same company that also owns Vespa.
Aprilia is famous for their range of sports motorcycles, most
notably the RSV4 range of superbikes that are universally
praised for V4 motors, easy handling and advanced
electronics. Moto Guzzi is an iconic name in motorcycling, and
are famous for their range of stylish, characterful machines
sporting their signature lateral V-twin motors with the two
cylinders protruding from underneath the tank.
Says Andy Reid of Vespa South Africa, “We are very pleased
to have reached an agreement with Italian Motorcycle
Importers to represent these famous brands from our stable
across SADC. After a long search to find the right partner
that shares our values and that balances enthusiasm and
business acumen, we are confident that the team at IMI will
give our customers a great experience and lasting value.
Aprilia’s famous sporting bikes and Moto Guzzi’s unique
hand made quality are scheduled to be in the new prestige
showroom in Bryanston from September, in time for
the summer riding season. Aprilia and Moto Guzzi will
complement our very successful Vespa operations in
giving South Africans top Italian styling, performance and
practicality for today’s market.”
The men behind IMI are Jon Isherwood and Ian Huntley
who are both long-time fans of Italian motorcycles, as
collectors, riders and have both had an active role in the
likes of the Ducati Owners Club of South Africa and other
Announcements about their new showroom in Bryanston
and the arrivals of new models coming soon, but what we
can tell you is that the desirable Aprilia RSV4 superbikes
and V4 Tuono naked bikes will be here soon and we will be
putting them to the test against their rivals.
For further information and to book your bike, contact;
Jon Isherwood – email@example.com on +27 83 289 9187
Ian Huntly – firstname.lastname@example.org on +27 82 650 0618
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We might see a new Multistrada next year,
powered by Ducati’s V4 engine.
Rumours of seeing Ducati putting a V4 engine
inside a Multistrada aren’t exactly new, but
several German journalists claim they actually
spotted such a bike in test runs. With no
photographic proof for this claim, we could
easily dismiss such rumours, but we’re not
that eager to do so. Ducati has been revving
up their business for quite some time now
and it looks like they might just be in for such
a bold move.
For the moment, it’s unclear where the V4
Multistrada would sit in Ducati’s stable, as
the family already comprises quite a lot of
bikes, from the smaller 950 to the S and
the Pikes Peak version, topping up with the
If Ducati decides in favour of putting a V4 mill
in the Multistrada, we are tempted to believe
they want to have a clearer shot at BMW’s
S1000XR. The actual Multistrada is a capable
bike that serves touring purposes quite well,
but a V4 engine would not add off-road brawn
in a way diehard adventure riders see fi t.
Instead, it could become a sporty machine that
can make short work of rougher roads while
retaining its asphalt-bound brawn while adding
a hefty dose of adrenaline to the game.
A V4-powered Multistrada would be a proper
Ducati sport-adventure machine that would
not cannibalize the existing bikes. Basically,
the V4 bike would be a new layer to the
Multistrada family, not unlike the S1000XR is to
the R1200/1250GS. Both bikes fare well and
customers are happy – mission accomplished.
After all, the sport-adventure segment is
growing and there are tons of customers who
like this mix of comfort and two-up riding with
lots of luggage without having to sacrifi ce
power. And with the new Multistrada V4 touted
to make around 190 hp, there’s quite a bit of
everything for everyone.
Uncertain as it is now, the idea of a V4-
equipped Multistrada is defi nitely appealing
and we’ll be listening closely to more whispers
from Borgo Panigale.
Stofskop is back!
Motul SA is delighted to renew their
partnership with the organisers of the social
motorcycle event Stofskop. The 2019 edition,
The Royal Randfontein Stofskop, will take
place at the Randfontein Oval Raceway
on Saturday 7 September and offers a
wonderful day out for the entire family.
Gates open at 10:00am with the riding
starting at 12:30pm and whether people
come to ride or support, the enthusiasm is
bound to be infectious – as it is every year.
The Stofskop is perhaps South Africa’s most
welcoming motorcycle event, with the main
entry requirement being that participants
‘run what you brung’. Stofskop is also
famously relaxed and non-conformist, as
befits an occasion when the flat, oval dirt
track takes centre stage and the riding
classes are designed to entice both hobby
riders and die-hard enthusiasts.
The bikes aren’t the only reason to come
along and have fun in the sun – and in the
dust. Between races, spectators can stroll
amongst the food and craft beer vendors
and check out the bike bits on sale. As well
as dust and the smell of petrol, there’s a
distinct craziness in the air. This is an event
where people can dress up, and no-one
really minds if you mess up. After all, it’s not
about the winning but the taking part – and
having the most fun along the way.
Stofskop has always been a wonderful
day out for the whole family, and spectator
tickets have been kept at the same low
prices as last year (just R20 per person, with
kids under 12 getting in for free). There really
is no reason for people not to bring their
kids along for a very different kind of family
Given that Stofskop attracts every kind of
rider, spectators can look forward to seeing
almost every kind of motorcycle in action.
Full details of category entry requirements
can be found on the Stofskop website, but
broadly speaking, bikes must fall into one of
the following classes:
• Inappropriate Road Bike
• Moped Mash
• Chop’s & Bobbers
• Scrambler and Tracker
• Plastic Pigs
Riders wanting to take on the challenge of
the Randfontein Oval should email chris@
stofskop.co.za before Friday 30 August,
2019. Entry is just R350 per motorcycle.
For more information go to the official
Stofskop Facebook page.
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Van Breda Suzuki
hands over Katana to
happy new owners.
The Van Breda surname is very well-known and respected
in the SA motorcycle community. The Van Breda Suzuki
dealership out in Springs is the longest standing, self owned
motorcycle dealership in SA still going strong after 47 years in
business. Les and Graeme Van Breda are the father and son
combo behind the dealership and recently held an evening at
their shop to hand over the new Suzuki Katana machines to
Twenty new Iconic Katana machines have made their way
into SA for now (more coming soon) and Les instructed
Graeme to take 10 of those for their shop to sell. Graeme
though his Dad was mad but is wise enough not to go up
against a determined Les. So, they ordered half the stock
and within days of they had sold 8 out of the 10 ordered.
To honour this great achievement they invited all 8
customers, along with family, friends and big shots from
Suzuki SA to a special evening where they would hand over
the keys, as well as some extra’s exclusive to Van Breda
Suzuki, to the lucky new owners.
It was an awesome night and a truly great
accomplishment for the Van Breda’s who proved that they
are still going strong.
There are still two new Katana models available at Van Breda
Suzuki, although as we type this they might already be gone,
so if you would like one we suggest you get hold of them
now on 011 815 6726.
2020 & 80’s KATANA
RIDERS DAY with
other Bike’s - SUNDAY
11 AUGUST 2019:
The KOG (Katana Owners Group) South
Africa will be hosting a new and old Katana
ride on Sunday the 11th of August 2019.
It’s going to be a great day out for all Katana
fans and owners with Katana models old
and new on display at the various meeting
and end points with loads of prizes up for
grabs and activities for all.
A day not too be missed! For full info check
out the post on our RideFast Facebook
page or head over to the KOG South Africa
page for full info. It will be a marshalled ride
with a back up vehicle for incase there are
any problems. There are various meeting
points all over JHB so go check which one
is nearest to you and make sure you get
there. All bikes are welcome!
The now BIGGER and BETTER motorcycle
accessories and tyre fitment store out at
the Buzz Shopping Centre in Fourways is
having a Winter clearance sale on just about
everything in store. They have loads of
helmets, jackets, boots, gloves, accessories,
MotoGP gear all on sale and a wide variety
of options and sizes to choose from.
They are also offering FREE fitment on all
tyres which are purchased from their new
Tyre bay. Pop into their fully stock shop now
or call them on 011 658 0208 for more info.
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Curtiss Hades - a 217-horsepower
electric “expression of minimalism”.
Curtiss continues its progressive and futuristic
approach to electric motorcycle design with
its latest creation — the Hades.
The fellow who designed Confederate’s
jaw-dropping Wraith and Hellcat, J.T.
Nesbitt, is back with what he calls “the
ultimate expression of two-wheeled
minimalism.” We’re not sure we agree, but
the Hades certainly slaps some new ideas
down on the table.
Designed around the idea of using as
many parts as possible for more than one
purpose, the Hades packs a 16.8-kWh
battery into a bullet-like underslung cylinder.
Running at 399 volts, it’s expected to make
a monstrous 217 hp and an absurd 200
Nm of instantly-available torque.
Those would be fearsome figures even
on a bike with a giant bump-stop for your
butt, which the Hades does not have.
Indeed, its mildly scoopy single seat unit
has but a slight upward tilt at the rear to
hold you onto this weapon of a thing as it
accelerates. The brake lights are also built
into the undersides of the buttock-rests,
giving you the glowing red bum cheeks of a
baboon if you’re into that sort of thing.
Open space pervades the design, most
notably with the almost sacrilegious gap
between the battery box and the backbone
of the frame, which is partially filled in by a
flat-laid rear shock sitting further forward
than on any bike we can remember,
with a linkage back to the top of the rear
wheel. It just looks completely, shockingly
wrong to anyone who’s enjoyed looking at
motorcycles for the last hundred years. An
excellent and controversial touch.
As for the front end, well, Curtiss and
its former incarnation Confederate have
always enjoyed using what we’d call
“statement” front suspension, and the
Hades is another fine example. It’s a
girder-style setup with wicked carbon fangs
holding the front axle. Lascivious gaps in
the girder shapes help reduce material use
and weight, and suspension is handled by
a single monoshock beneath the headlight.
Those hollowed-out fang shapes are
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The bullet-shaped battery
pack on the Hades protrudes
phallically into the sacrilegiously
empty space where the motor
would sit on a combustion bike.
echoed at the rear of the bike in the
swingarm, which appears to pivot
directly around the central axis of the
motor – a nice touch that ensures
the belt tension will remain constant
whatever the suspension is doing.
It’s hard to call this a minimalist design,
given how geometrically busy the whole
thing is, but Nesbitt’s work certainly has
something to say about how electric
motors can be designed to actually look
good instead of being big, fat boxes of
sadness around which designers must
try to salvage some sense of style.
Take a look at the company’s other
“Radial V8” concept (below) for its
Zeus cruiser for another stellar example
of a truly awesome-looking electric
powerplant. Yes, it trades capacity and
range for style, but holy moly, what
style – and hopefully, one day, range will
cease to be the issue it is today.
The Hades will go on sale in 2020
for the princely sum of US$75,000,
which makes us feel a little silly about
complaining that Harley-Davidson’s
30-grand Livewire costs too much.
What’s more, Curtiss is asking
interested parties to buy a chunk of
stock on on WeFunder to help shunt
development along and get the Hades
from the CAD stage into the fl esh.
MotoGP ride, braai
The World of Motorcycles, the home of Ducati South
Africa, hosted the second event of the newly-founded
Johannesburg chapter of The Originales Italian motorcycle
enthusiasts club. The day consisted of a morning ride
followed by a braai and a viewing of the Sachsenring round
of MotoGP back at the store.
The morning ride was a chilly affair, but the group of Italian
motorcycles headed off in good spirits, led by the head of
World of Motorcycles, Jos Matthysen, who was riding a
Ducati Scrambler 1100. The group headed down the R21
until turning off towards Bapsfontein and then taking back
roads to the popular Que Sera venue for coffee and some
Once bellies were full, and souls were warmed, the group
headed off again, taking an entertaining variety of back
roads back to Pretoria and ended once more at World of
Once tales had been swapped, everyone settled down in the
Outlaws Pub & Grub in World of Motorcycles for a braai and
refreshments compliments of Ducati South Africa and then
watched the Sachsenring round of MotoGP.
There will be more events, rides and happenings at World of
Motorcycles soon. Keep an eye on the Ducati South Africa
page on Facebook for more details.
Curtiss’s Zeus Radial
V8 concept also does a
stunning job of making
the battery look amazing
instead of depressing.
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Linex Yamaha Lynwood
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
offi cial 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 fi re 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 Yamaha parts, Paul
Kersten is on motorcycle 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.
Their philosophy is that it must be easy to
business with them. Get yourself along to
the corner of Lynwood road and Simon
Vermooten rd in The Willows, Pretoria
East, directly under the gigantic billboard to
experience Linex Pretoria personally.
Or give them a call on 012 501 0120.
Finance – A
first for the
Yamaha always innovate and their latest
is a designed finance package to make
motorcycling more attainable to a larger
portion of the market.
You can now buy any Yamaha Motorcycle
through Yamaha Finance with a balloon
payment and 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.
Effectively you could actually reduce your
monthly instalments by up to 45%, but do
bear in mind that the smaller your monthly
instalment the bigger your balloon payment
at the end. So now, instead of having to buy
a second hand banger because that is all
you can afford, you can now buy a brand
new bike with all the peace of mind of a
warranty and aftersales back up that comes
with it. Use your fully paid up old bike as a
trade-in/deposit to reduce your instalment
This is really great news for the market as
a whole, not only is it hopefully going to
stimulate new bike sales and get more
people riding, but it is also going to generate
more good quality used bikes.
Check out www.yamaha.co.za for some
great deals or to find your local dealer or call
011 259 7600.
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Ducati Track Day
World of Motorcycles, together with the Zwartkops Brunch
Day, hosted a group of Ducatisti at a fun track day at the
Zwartkops race track near Pretoria. Despite the icy wind
blowing in from the snow-capped Drakensberg, there were
more than five pits filled with Ducatis of all forms. All types of
riders and motorcycles were catered for, thanks to the track
sessions being split into different groups. Therefore there
was a great variety of Ducatis, from the less track focussed
Scramblers and Diavels to the sportier Multistradas and firebreathing
The Zwartkops Branch Day organisers offered a special
price for Ducati riders, while World of Motorcycles set up
the Ducati only pits. They went a step further by creating a
hospitality area for the Ducatisti with food, coffee and drinks
available throughout the day compliments of Ducati.
As the sun warmed the tarmac, laps were turned, and smiles
grew wider. The Ducati staff were on hand to assist riders
and help organise the event, including shop owner Jos
Matthysen who, between overseeing the day, was out on
track aboard his Ducati Panigale 1299 R Final Edition. There
were other interesting motorcycles at the event, such as
1198s, 1098s and the mild-mannered Stephan Fourie with
his stunning 996.
World of Motorcycles is going from strength-to-strength.
Events like the Ducati track day, their Ducati breakfast runs
and social events, in addition to their already perfect sales
and service record, show that the iconic Italian brand is in
good hands indeed.
World of Motorcycles contact details:
Phone: 012 765 0600
Address: Centurion Office Park, Akkerboom Street &, John
Vorster Dr, Zwartkop, Centurion, 0046
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How MV Agusta made
over 300 Million Rand
in just a few days.
MV Agusta have sold out their Brutale 1000
Serie Oro and Superveloce 800 Serie Oro
motorcycles. Both of the Serie Oro models
were limited to a production run of just
300 units each, which is a pretty common
way for the Italian brand to launch new
models, and we can expect more obtainable
“normal” versions of these two bikes to be
ready for next year.
While the volume of 300 units isn’t a terribly
large or surprising number, one should
remember the substantial price tags that
come attached to these machines. The MV
Agusta Superveloce 800 Serie Oro goes for
€28,000 (around R420,000) MSRP, while the
MV Agusta Brutale 1000 Serie Oro astounds
with its €43,000 (around R640,000) MSRP.
“We are delighted with the success of these
two launches,” said MV Agusta CEO Timur
Sardarov. “It proves that we are on the right
path to continue in MV Agusta’s glorious
tradition of constant innovation, breathtaking
performance and superb design.”
“600 passionate riders from all over the world
have shown their unfaltering appreciation
for our iconic brand and our unique
motorcycles. We shall do everything in our
power to make them proud of owning an
exclusive piece of true motorcycle art”.
For those doing the math, these six hundred
motorcycles sold will bring in €21.3 million
(R320m) in revenue for the small Italian
marque. That’s not a bad haul for a limited
edition motorcycle run, and we can compare
it to the €55 million (R825m - 2,700 units)
that Yamaha expects to gross by selling its
new R1 in Europe.
What this shows us is that while developing
regions will be the growth centers for the
motorcycle industry, especially when it
comes to moving motorcycles in volume,
the established motorcycle markets still
command signifi cant fi nancials because of
the premiums available to wealthy buyers.
We often have many asking why MV Agusta
continues to produce special livery and
limited run motorcycles, and today’s news
illustrates the reason why: they sell. Even
more so, they sell for a premium.
It is hard to guess the profi t that MV Agusta
makes from these Serie Oro machines, but
an educated guess tells us that the cost of
goods sold for a “normal” model and a “serie
oro” model is not too different.
This makes the rest of that price tag pure
cream for MV Agusta. And for the customer?
Well they get something special too,
because these bikes are simply gorgeous.
For any enquiries about MV Agusta here in
SA, call Fire it Up! on 011 467 0737.
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Triumph Daytona 765
confirmed for 2020!
FAST. KTM host
meet and greet.
The massive KTM dealership out in the South
of JHB hosted an evening with SA racing stars,
Brad and Darryn Binder. It was an open invite to
all to come and spend a night with the Moto2
and Moto3 racers and the chance to buy some
official Binder merchandise and get it signed on
the night by the boys themselves.
It was a great night with hundreds of fans
packing into the dealership, luckily it is a big
place and it needed to be to fit all the fans in.
Greg Moloney was on the mic and got the two
boys up on stage for a quick chat about all the
happenings in the boys lives.
A big well done to Shaun from Smashton
Industries (official merch supplier) and Nathaniel
and his team from FAST. KTM for hosting such
an amazing event.
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Triumph have offi cially confi rmed that the Daytona 765 MCN spied testing, and
have been desperate for them to build, is real - and will arrive as a limited edition
in Spring 2020, capitalising on what they have learned from Moto2.
Named the ‘Triumph Daytona Moto2 765
Limited Edition’, the new supersport machine
will be built in two versions, one for Europe
and Asia, the other the US and Canada. Each
market is limited to just 765 bikes, and only a
fraction of that number will be available in the
UK, meaning demand is likely to dramatically
The billet aluminium top yoke of each bike will
be laser-etched with the bike’s unique build
Triumph Daytona Moto2 765 Limited Edition:
the heart of a race bike
At the core of the new Daytona is the 765cc
engine that started life in the Street Triple RS,
before being further developed and supplied
to the Moto2 championship as the control
engine for 2019 onwards.
Crucially, the exciting benefi t for all of us is that
this new engine means the 2020 Daytona
765 will be the most powerful Daytona built
to date – boasting, say Triumph, “signifi cantly
more power and torque” than both the old
675 R and the Street Triple RS from which it
was developed. The whole package is also
claimed to be “signifi cantly lighter” than the
old Daytona 675 R.
In the Street Triple RS that engine makes
121bhp, while the Moto2 765 delivers “more
than 138bhp,” meaning we’d expect the
Daytona 765 to develop around 130-135bhp.
Considering the old bike was often vaunted
as the perfect combination of mass and
mumbo, we’re struggling to contain our
excitement about how this fi nal evolution of
the species will perform on road and track.
It wears a titanium Arrow side-mounted
exhaust that mimics the Moto2 race bikes
while contributing to the mass loss.
The new TFT dash (the old 675 R used an
analogue / LCD mix) boasts an offi cial Moto2
start-up welcome screen, and there are fi ve
rider modes including track mode, and a bidirectional
quickshifter as standard.
The fi nished bikes will feature a largely
monochrome Union Jack paintscheme –
inspired by the Moto2 development mule’s
– with offi cial Moto2 branding.
When can I see one, and when can I buy it?
Triumph will confi rm the key spec of the new
Daytona at its offi cial world launch during
the British MotoGP at Silverstone, when it
will be seen in the metal for the fi rst time and
paraded on track.
Triumph say the Daytona will arrive in
March 2020, and that the price will also be
announced at the August 23 Silverstone unveil.
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Melandri announces retirement
at conclusion of 2019 season.
GRT Yamaha’s Marco Melandri has
announced that he intends to retire at the
conclusion of the 2019 Motul FIM Superbike
World Championship (WorldSBK).
Melandri burst onto the world stage in 1998
and immediately made his mark, taking his
fi rst win at Assen to become the youngest
ever grand prix winner, a record that stood for
More success came with a step up to the
250cc world championship, as Melandri
dominated the class in 2002, taking nine race
wins on his way to being crowned 250cc
world champion. A move to the premier class
followed, with Melandri’s most successful
MotoGP season coming in 2005 when he won
the fi nal two races and fi nished second in the
world championship to Valentino Rossi.
In 2011 Melandri made the switch from
MotoGP to WorldSBK, winning four races in
his fi rst season aboard Yamaha’s YZF-R1 to
fi nish the year as vice-champion. Since making
his debut in the premier production class, the
Italian has secured 75 podium fi nishes, 22 of
which were race wins, making him one of the
most successful riders on the WorldSBK grid.
“The decision to retire was a very diffi cult one
for me to make,” said Melandri. “I’d been
thinking about it for some time and, before
the Imola race, I fi nally decided to call it a
day at the end of the 2019 season. I’m still
competitive and I think it’s better to stop at
this point, while I still enjoy racing, rather than
waiting until the enjoyment and the results are
more diffi cult to achieve.
“Since making the decision I feel like a huge
weight has been lifted from my shoulders and
now that everyone knows this is my fi nal year,
I’m even more motivated to push for good
results in the fi nal few races. In part it’s for me,
as I’d like to go out on a high, but it’s also to
repay the faith that both Yamaha and the GRT
Yamaha team have shown in me.
“It’s been a diffi cult season, but they have
worked so hard to help me realise my potential.
They never gave up on me and I hope that my
experience has helped the team adapt to racing
in WorldSBK just that little bit quicker.
“I’m looking forward to seeing out my fi nal
season with them and I intend to give it my
all, treating every lap like a qualifying lap and
pushing to improve myself and bring the team
the results they deserve. Then it will be time to
move on and do something different with my
life. For me it’s been a fantastic journey; thank
you to everyone I met along the way.”
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MotoGP Silly Season Update
for the Summer Break. BY DAVID EMMETT
Though empty seats are limited for the 2020
MotoGP season, in recent weeks there has
been some movement to fill those vacancies.
The moves have mostly been unsurprising,
but then with so few seats available, the
chances of something unexpected happening
are very slim.
Just before the Sachsenring, we saw Danilo
Petrucci keeping his seat alongside Andrea
Dovizioso in the factory Ducati team for the
2020 season, a fully expected move since the
Italian’s victory at Mugello back in early June.
That leaves Jack Miller in the Pramac Ducati
team for another year, though that deal is not
A deal is close, however. “We’re fighting over
pennies now,” Miller said on Sunday night in
Germany. Miller will have a Ducati Desmosedici
GP20 at his disposal, the same as his
teammate Pecco Bagnaia, but there were still
a few financial details to be ironed out.
“It more or less should be done, I got some
information today. So hopefully we can get it
done before we get back at Brno and put all
that stuff behind us and just focus on riding.”
Binder to KTM
On Wednesday, KTM confirmed that Brad
Binder will be moving up to the MotoGP class
The South African – the first to ride in the
premier class since Shane Norval in 2000 – will
rejoin former teammate Miguel Oliveira in the
Red Bull KTM Tech3 team, riding a KTM RC16.
Like Petrucci, Binder’s promotion to the
MotoGP class had been widely anticipated:
Binder has been far and away the best KTM
rider in Moto2 this season, and as he was
in the first year of a two-year deal, it made
sense for him to move up for 2020.
Binder replaces Hafizh Syahrin, who has
struggled to get to grips with the KTM,
consistently running at the back of the field.
The Malaysian rider will move back to Moto2,
though not with either Tech3 or the Petronas
squad. Sepang circuit boss Razlan Razali
said he was willing to assist Syahrin find a
seat somewhere. “I will still help him indirectly,
whether to put him in other teams or not,” he
told me in Barcelona.
Will Binder fare better than Syahrin? The
South African is a Moto3 world champion
and has 3 wins and 8 podiums on a KTM
in Moto2. That also includes 2 podiums this
year on a bike which is widely regarded as the
worst Moto2 machine on the grid.
Binder is the best KTM rider in the Moto2
standings, currently eighth with 84 points,
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and just 13 points behind Lorenzo Baldassarri
in fourth. Binder’s more physical style is wellsuited
to the RC16, so he should be a more
natural fi t.
Binder’s ex- and future teammate Miguel
Oliveira was positive about the move when
I asked him about it on Sunday night at the
Sachsenring, before the news was offi cially
confi rmed. “I think Brad is an excellent rider,
and an even better person,” the Tech3 KTM
rider told me.
“He defi nitely deserves this ride. He has been
doing a lot for KTM this year. It’s not easy to
be on the bike which you know it’s not the
best package. He’s still striving and going for
it, so I think he deserves the chance. It’s not
going to be easy life, but I think he’s in the
right place and he’s in the right time to move
up, so we’ll see.”
Binder’s signing leaves few question marks
open on the grid. Contract extensions for
Takaaki Nakagami at LCR is a matter of time,
and Petronas will pick up the option for a
second year with Franco Morbidelli, as they
have already done with Fabio Quartararo.
The only seats left open are with the Avintia
Ducati team, with strong rumours placing Tito
Rabat in WorldSBK in 2020. There are also
questions over whether Karel Abraham will
continue in MotoGP next season.
With so few options available, the Avintia
seats are attractive propositions for riders
wishing to move up. There have been
reports of both Alex Márquez and Lorenzo
Baldassarri being interested in the seats,
though both Moto2 riders may prefer to hold
on for a year and wait for 2021, when all the
MotoGP seats open up.
Beyond the known signings and plausible
contracts, there have also been a few more
outlandish rumours circulating. The Italian
sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport reported that
Jorge Lorenzo was considering retirement,
after suffering what could have been a lifechanging
injury when he fractured a vertebra
The report has been denied by everyone
in both the Honda and Lorenzo camps,
with Repsol Honda boss Albert Puig, HRC
Director Tetsuhiro Kuwata, and Lorenzo’s
manager Albert Valera all offi cially rejecting the
idea that Lorenzo would retire.
A Lorenzo retirement would put HRC in
a diffi cult place. There are no obvious
candidates to replace the Spaniard in 2020
should he quit. Alex Márquez’ name has
been bandied about, but HRC has shown
little interest in the current Moto2 leader,
despite the encouragement of his brother and
reigning MotoGP champion Marc.
Better the Devil You Know
There have also been rumours, similarly
denied, that KTM is thinking of dumping
Johann Zarco a year early, and skipping the
second year of the Frenchman’s contract in
the factory KTM team. Zarco has struggled
badly to adapt to the KTM RC16, which
requires the polar opposite of his natural
Zarco was fast with the Yamaha because
he was able to be immensely smooth. He is
slow with the KTM because he is unable to
bully and dominate the bike the way that Pol
Espargaro is so successfully doing.
Zarco has shown signs of frustration with
KTM, memorably using extremely colourful
language to describe his feelings about
the bike after a big crash in Jerez. Despite
occasional gleams of light, Zarco has looked
like a beaten man when speaking to the
media, his inability to ride the bike breaking
There is a good reason to believe the denials
that KTM is thinking of getting rid of Johann
Zarco. The main reason is that fi nding a
replacement is so incredibly diffi cult, with
everyone locked into contracts for 2020. The
only available riders would be rookies coming
up from Moto2, and the signing of Brad
Binder to Tech3 eliminates the most obvious
But signing a Moto2 rookie to the factory
KTM team would be even more of a leap in
the dark than signing Johann Zarco was in
the fi rst place.
Zarco had at least proven he was capable
of scoring podiums on a MotoGP bike,
something none of the Moto2 rookies can lay
claim to. Moving Miguel Oliveira up from the
Tech3 KTM team would also be an option,
but again, KTM would not gain much by
The best course of action for KTM is to hold
off for another year, and hope that Zarco
fi nds a way to ride the RC16, especially if
the testing input from Dani Pedrosa is as
productive as everyone expects it to be.
If Zarco fails to gel with the 2020 bike,
developed in conjunction with Pedrosa, then
KTM will have the entire MotoGP grid, all of
whom will be out of contract, and the whole
2020 season to negotiate with them.
Insanity to Ensue
The 2019 MotoGP silly season has been of
necessity excessively tame. This is in stark
contrast to the expected insanity of 2020,
when the entire grid is out of contract.
Last time, so many of the current contracts
were signed so early, before the 2018 season
had even started, nearly a year before the
new contracts came into effect.
There is every reason to expect that contract
negotiations with the most sought after riders
will start even earlier. When MotoGP returns
from the summer break, expect managers and
teams start to put out their feelers for 2021.
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He is the talk of the town at the moment and we managed to
sit down with him and chat about everything that has been
going on so far in 2019 - from Moto2 struggles and solutions,
to signing for the big leagues in 2020. He even talks about his
first test on a MotoGP bike. Yes, it’s the one-and-only, MotoGP
bound SA Star, Brad Binder. Pics by Beam Productions
It was a beautiful Tuesday morning in South Africa the day
we rocked up at Brad’s house out in Krugersdorp, and when I
say we, I mean a whole team of us. I was joined by my “Talking
MotoGP” podcast sidekick, Donovan Fourie, who also brought
along his brilliant camera man from the Bike Show TV, Ivan Stein
from LiveX Productions. Also present was my two amazing
photographers, Gerrit and Daniella from Beam Productions to,
as always, help capture the moment. And then there was the
G Spot, as I like to call him - The Voice of Choice himself, Mr
Greg Moloney, who would have Brad and myself in his car for a
famous “Live on the drive” session.
We decided to bombarded Brad at his newly purchased,
unfurnished house all at once so that each of us would not have
to take up too much of his holiday time back here in SA.
The only piece of furniture in his massive new house was what
looked like a hand-me-down old couch from what seemed like
his great, great Grandparents. For sound quality, and because it
was a gorgeous sunny day, we decided to pull the vintage pieces
out into the garden and sit down for a good long chat.
Q: First off, tell us about your 2019 season so far. The
struggles, the solutions and going forward?
A: Well, where do I start. So much has happened this year. We
started off the season on such a positive note at the Jerez test.
We seemed to adapt really well to the new Triumph engine. But
since then things just fell apart. The Jerez track had recently been
resurfaced so had plenty of grip, which our bike thrived on. But
this seemed to just hide our problems as when we got to other
tracks that had not as much grip available we battled. These
tracks just highlighted our rear grip issues and on top of that the
front chatter problems.
Myself and the team have worked non-stop to try and resolve
these problems and have been slowly making progress, but I
don’t really have time to ‘go-slow’.
After the race at Catalunya, where I was riding as hard as I
possibly could and battling way down in 12th spot I knew things
had to change. I rode back to the pits and told my team we
cannot carry on like this and needed some big changes.
While other teams and riders would complain about having to
make small changes to get the best out of their bikes, we were
having to turn the bike upside down to try make such small steps
– very frustrating.
We have been able to make a bit of progress but there are
still big problems we need to solve. For sure my results were
better at the last few races, but I am still having to ride the bike
harder than I should. At Assen I felt really good in the early laps
but from around lap 5 the chatter came in and I had to go
into defend mode. If I got past by another rider I would pass
back immediately, that was the only way I could stay with the
leading bunch. A false-neutral heading into turn 4 cost me
a lot of time and that allowed Marquez to get away, which
wasn’t nice but it was nice to be back at the front and on
the podium again.
For now, we look forward to the rest of the season
with a brand-new package coming from Brno.
Q: So, this new package, have you seen it, sat
on it? Or will Brno be the first time seeing it?
What’s new on it?
A: I haven’t seen it or ridden it yet. The fi rst time I will
get to ride it is at Brno so I am really excited about
that. It is just about a complete new bike with a new
MotoGP styled shape and everything to help cater for
the Triumph 765 engine and airbox a bit better.
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Just 3 very hairy guys,
sitting on old furniture
in a garden taking about
bikes... It doesn’t get any
better than that!
We are confi dent this will put us back at the front more often than not and
challenging for race wins again. I love the Brno track and have a good record there
so am looking forward to seeing what we can do.
As always when talking
about race bikes there
was a lot of hand
movements going on...
Q: Do you think you still have a chance at winning the 2019 moto2 title?
A: Yes, for sure. It’s going to be diffi cult but if the new bike is better I’m sure we
can. There are a lot of tracks coming up that I do really well at and the guys in front
aren’t that far ahead luckily so we will for sure give it a good go.
Q: Tell us about the MotoGP Tech3 ride and how it all came about?
A: Well, KTM have wanted me in MotoGP with them for a couple of years now,
but I wanted to stay in Moto2 to win the championship. I have a contract with KTM
for 2020 and they wanted me to go to the Tech 3 team, so that’s where I’m going.
Of course, I am excited to make the move and happy to be staying with the KTM
Group as I have a great relationship with them, but I really want to win the Moto2
title still so all my focus is there.
I know it is not going to be easy and the KTM MotoGP bike still has a lot of
catching up to do, but my dream was to always race in MotoGP so that dream is
coming true and I am really happy.
Q: Was it a move you wanted to make or being under contract with
KTM is that where they wanted you?
A: Yes, as I said being under contract that is where they wanted me so that’s
where I will be going. I did have a few other offers that we were looking at but at the
end of the day I wanted to stay with the KTM team, who have been so good to me
over the years.
Q: If you look at what the likes of Quatararo and Rins are doing in
MotoGP, don’t you wish you could be heading to one of those more
competitive packages next year? Seeing that you beat both riders last
year in Moto2 and are a better rider in my view.
A: Yes, that would be ideal. Not many riders get the change to race in MotoGP
and not many get more than one chance to show what they can do, so going into
MotoGP you need to be able to showcase yourself quickly otherwise you will fi nd
yourself out before you know it.
I fell Quatararo made the perfect move. The Yamaha is a bike that suites his
riding style to a tee. Even when I raced against him in Moto2 he was such a
... a lot of hand movement.
Even more hand movement...
RIDEFAST MAGAZINE AUGUST 2019 3 9
smooth rider, never made any mistakes,
and that’s what he is able to do now in
MotoGP because he is on the Yamaha
which needs to be ridden that way.
I know the KTM is going to be a tough
bike and lots of work needs to be done,
but there is nothing I can do about it
now. The term ‘What if’ doesn’t register
with me, I just have to go out there and
make the best of what I have. I am
confident that KTM will get it right. They
are still the newbies in the class and have
already showed some great progression,
especially this year with Pol on the bike.
I will be looking to help them make the
overall package a better one and get the
best results I possibly can.
Q: You seem to have a love affair
with Miguel Oliviera, because you
two can’t seem to be away from
each other for too long...
A: Hahahaha… yes, it does seem that
way hey? I get along really well with him
and am excited to be alongside him
again. We have progressed from Red
Bull Rookies together so we know each
other well and work really well together
so that’s a positive heading into 2020.
Q: You recently tested the KTM
MotoGP bike at Brno, can you tell
us about it?
A: Yes. It was an awesome experience
and my first time riding a MotoGP bike.
It was a big change from the Moto2
bike and anything I have ever ridden in
the past. So much power, straights no
Brad testing a MotoGP
bike for the first time at
the Brno circuit a few
The electronics are crazy and that’s
something I’m going to have to get used
to. The way they assist is a bit mindboggling
at the moment and I have to get
my head around putting my faith in them.
You literally can get into the corner and
put full throttle, if I do that on my Moto2
bike I will be blasted out of the seat.
The carbon brakes are really sharp
and accurate. I always watched the likes
of Marquez only braking with 1 finger
and wondered how he managed to get
the bike stopped like that. Now I know. I
always use 2 fingers to brake but found
myself using 1 on occasion as the brakes
were so powerful.
I managed to complete around 30
laps of riding and learnt a lot in that time.
My lap times were good, but could have
been better. I was lacking a bit of speed
coming out of the turns but my braking
and corner speed were quite good on
I was happy to be able to test the bike
and that got me even more excited to
race in MotoGP next season.
Q: Dani Pedrosa was there on the
same day, how was it working
A: Yes, he was, he had been there for
a few days before me helping develop
the bike some more. He is a great guy
and we all know how fast he is and his
records so he is a huge asset to the team
although he is still a bit of the pace and
says there is a lot of work to do.
It was great chatting to him and
comparing data, although only having
done 30 laps there was not much to
compare. I ended the test only 0.5
seconds off his best time so I was
satisfied with that.
Q: Do you think he will help make
the bike a better package?
A: Yes, for sure, just like Zarco, Pol and
Oliviera are doing this year. With every
test and raceday the bike is getting better
for sure. The bike is very tough to ride
and just like Zarco says it needs to be
ridden hard. I did find it a bit sluggish into
turns and on the flick so that is the area
they need to work on the most I think.
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Yes, it’s true, Brad was wearing
his new slippers, which
Courtney had bought him just
the day before, along with
some groceries to help fill his
very empty kitchen and fridge.
I know that I will learn a lot by riding with
these guys as well, so I need to also be
patient and try and soak up as much of the
experience as possible.
Q: Last question. With Aleix
Espargaró being number 41 in
MotoGP you will have to change,
what options are you looking at?
A: I haven’t given it too much thought
just yet to be honest. My first race in the
GP125 class was with number 14, so
maybe that. I also like the idea of 47,
as then I just have to extend my current
number 1 a bit to make it look like a seven.
Q: Have KTM told you of any big
changes to the MotoGP bike for you
and the other guys next year?
A: For sure they have been working on
some new parts for next year, and will
always keep on developing, that’s why it’s
so important to have the Tech 3 team now
on KTM’s as it just helps speed up the
process having 4 bikes on the grid now.
Q: Going into MotoGP next year,
what do you think you will have to
change with regards to training and
riding style? Can you maybe add an
extra piece of whole wheat bread to
your salad now?
A: Hahahaha, funny Uncle. Yes, I will have
to gain a bit more strength to last the long
laps in MotoGP, especially for the KTM,
but I won’t be changing too much as I
feel strong and know I have the fitness
and mindset to make it work. I think I will
have to change some small things when
it comes to riding style, but nothing major.
Moto2 being bigger capacity this year has
helped and will prepare me a bit more for
MotoGP than before.
Q: How are you feeling now that you
know you going be taking on the
best in the world?
A: Excited, nervous, anxious…. It’s what
I’ve been waiting for my whole life so I am
ready. It’s going to be overwhelming being
out on track with Rossi and Marquez for
sure, but at the end of the day it’s where I
want to be so I’m going to make it work!
Q: If you come across Rossi on track
and see a gap will you take it?
A: Hell yes! I’m there to race not sit back
and watch. Even if Rossi comes past me
and is 2-seconds faster I’m going to fight
back, that’s what I get paid to do.
Q: What about 86, or 32?
A: Hahahaha, every time I saw an 86
before it was completely sideways going
into corners so don’t know if I’ll be able to
live up to the number 86.
As for 32 I don’t get one leg off the peg
going into turns never mind two like Shez
does. 32 belongs to the Shez Shuffle!
It was great spending the day with Brad
and I would like to thank him for always
taking the time out to chat to us.
Brad is sensational both on and off
track. He knows there is a bigger picture
and that talent and on track pace only
gets you so far, but it’s more what you do
off track that counts and that’s something
a lot of our youngsters here need to learn
and focus on.
Brad is every sponsors/brand/company/
teams dream - fast on track and plays the
media game to perfection off it. A humble
superstar that manages to juggle the
pressures of racing fast and dealing with
the pressure of satisfying fans and media
off, not an easy thing to do, as Casey
Stoner will tell you.
I look forward to seeing what Brad and
the team can do for the rest of the 2019
season, and then the big move up to
MotoGP next year.
My brother and I will be off to the final
round of MotoGP at Valencia this year
and will be sure to bring you some more
exclusive stuff from there. We are going
with empty bags so that we can bring
back as much rider gear as possible ready
for our annual ‘Meet and Greet’ event at
the begging of December at Ridgeway
Racebar. More info on that closer to the
time so make sure you keep a look out in
future issues and on our Facebook page –
you do not want to miss it!
Make sure to subscribe to my YouTube
channel free of charge and check out
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wearing Brad in his garden, on his great,
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Celeb ride: Garth Taylor
We spent a day on Husqvarna’s Arrow lineup
recently. You might be familiar with a Musician
by the name of Garth Taylor? Not? Well, in that
case, we’ll bet that you know at least a couple
of his songs. Why?.... Islands in the stream?…..
Crocodile tears? Bell’s starting to ring?
Go on, go and Google Garth, we bet you’ll recognize a tune that he is
Garth is a veteran singer/songwriter who has had a string of hits over
the last twenty odd years. You will also find out that he is also a kick
boxing champion and has his own dojo. Here, as his own personal
social responsibility project, he teaches bullied kids and abused women
to protect themselves and generally doesn’t charge them. Garth also
enjoys customizing cars and bikes and specializes in carbon fibre work.
So – he’s not just a great voice and a pretty face, but also an all-round,
down to earth nice guy.
He started life on a dirt bike, moved up to a commuter, but when he
discovered that he could not carry all of his gear, he was forced to buy
Just recently, he started looking around for a bike again and
coincidentally, bumped into Husqvarna South Africa’s Fred Fensham
at a dinner gig. Fred wanted him to perform at a Husqvarna Dealer
conference and they got chatting…
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On the road with his Ukulele...
Garth saw the Svartpilen and literally hounded Fred for one.
Sadly, there were only two in SA at the time, so he had to wait…
But it was worth it – persistence pays and he is now one
of Husqvarna’s brand ambassadors on board a Svartpilen.
Garth tells us that he loves his Svartpilen and makes excuses
to ride it every day. He says it gets him away from the day to
day noise of life and clears his head, (Isn’t that what biking
is all about?), and this is when he comes up with hit songs.
He generally carries his ukulele, (mini guitar), on his back and
pulls over onto the side of the road to record a song a “voice
note” when the inspiration from riding kicks in. So, if you see
somebody cruising around on a Svartpilen with a guitar on his
back, give Garth a wave to say Huzzit!
We’d not had the opportunity to ride the latest edition of the
Pilen Family and we needed little in the way of an excuse to
do so. We figured that it would be lekker to invite some friends
along and include the 401 and 701 Vitpilens for the day.
We interrupted Garths busy schedule and invited him for a
ride and a lunch.
There was much debate as to where we should go. Initially, our
lot suggested a spin out to the station in Cullinan for a lunch.
Great picture ops and the roads during the week are pretty
quiet. Another option was to buzz around the Modderfontein
area – same reason great roads with plenty to see and do. After
some debate, we all agreed that these are urban explorers
and that we should hit the side roads through to Parkhurst for
a lunch at one of the streetside Café’s. It turned out to be the
perfect plan and our fearless leader Fred Fensham, the man in
charge of the Husqvarna brand in South Africa got us all the
way there without actually getting lost.
Joburg is such a vibrant city with so much to see. Had we
been in a car, we might have a different tale, but we carved
through traffic enjoying the Highveld sunshine. Out past the
famous Kyalami track we went. All the way around towards
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Randburg, where we tooted at the local traffic
cops and diced some of the recycling guys
riding their trolleys down William Nichol Avenue
(We clocked them at 40 KPH). We turned into
Jan Smuts and off into the leafy suburbs to
grab a few photographs and to swap bikes
– and ended up in Parkhurst. At a joint called
Coobs to be precise, where we were treated
to a tasty graze of some note. We were sitting
there quite innocently, when we saw a 690
wheelying along the road. It came to a halt
alongside us and Dave from FAST gave us all a
winning smile. “Hullo chaps! What you up to?”
Turns out that he was also out and about
with a buddy from abroad.
“Have you been up Northcliff hill?” We all
shook our heads. “I’m having a cup of coffee –
and I’ll show you the way then.”
We’ve been riding in JHB for YEARS and
we’d never been up, so we are pretty glad that
we followed him. Twisty, winding roads lead
you all the way to the top of the hill, where the
JHB Parks department has paved a fantastic
walkway for you to enjoy. Refreshing is the
fact that it is spotless and unspoiled – and the
vistas of JHB are unbeatable. It’s a great spot
to just chill and clear your head – and to sneak
a new Svartpilen in to take some great pics!
More than a visitor or two to the mountains
stopped to chat with us about the bikes and
the Husqvarna brand.
Head turners for sure!
After that – it was a repeat all the way back
to Husqvarna’s headquarters in Kyalami. Stop,
chat switch bikes, zoom off again, repeat –
and so-on. What a brilliant way to spend a
sunny Highveld winters day!
It’s the kind of ride that seems to be custom
made for the Pilen Family.
The star of this feature has to be the new
Svartpilen 701 because, well, it’s new - and
this was the first time that any of us had got to
ride it. Rob attended the world launch, but on
this day, he was visiting a certain Binder chap
who was home for a brief break.
Along for the ride were two Vitpilens,
the 701 and the 401. By now you must be
familiar with them. Rob had the 701 for about
six months – and in that time, Husqvarna
outfitted it with just about every conceivable
Off-The-Shelf aftermarket part available. He
reluctantly returned that after our multi feature
just last month.
We ran a small feature in last months
issue on the Vitpilen 401 receiving higher
handlebars. This ride was the first time that
either Sean or Jaun have ridden this bike, so
that was pretty cool!
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Amazing bikes. Amazing burgers at Coobs...
The star of the show was the new Svartpilen
701 – in two forms. A stock standard unit, and
the unit that Garth has been pimping out with
Husqvarna aftermarket parts as he goes along.
Ride Impressions: All about
practical, head turning fun.
At a glance, this bike is a fl ashback to the
old fl at trackers that were in vogue in the
seventies. We kinda like the direction – while
the Vitpilen is quite sporty, the Svartpilen is a bit
more unique in its approach.
For city battle, the Svartpilen gets longer
suspension travel to make short work of
potholes, plus fully upright ergonomics with
a wide handlebar. Match the changes to
that lekker thumper motor, and you have an
awesome everyday motorcycle.
Despite the Svartpilen, custom old-school
styling, the Black Arrow has upscale parts and
the latest technological innovations to improve
power delivery, handling, and safety. The Rideby-wire
throttle enables traction control and the
Bosch 9M ABS. Both are switchable, should
you feel the urge to pop wheelies, which
is perfectly understandable with so much
available torque from the mill. The bike also has
a slipper clutch, very useful during aggressive
Climbing aboard, you can feel that
Husqvarna has nailed the ergonomics, despite
the plank-like seat; the bike is comfortable and
spacious up front with high bars. Controls are
all sensibly laid out and easy to use. We love
the display on these ones. It is a considerable
improvement from the almost-horizontallymounted
display on the Svartpilen 401, and
the buttons are large enough to operate with
Tickle the starter and the single cylinder mill
burbles to life with no uncomfortable vibration
through the seat or bars. The clutch is soft,
snick it into gear and off you go.
With easy power on tap from idle on up,
the 693cc motor pulls effortlessly from any
rpm. It has an almost immediate, linear
acceleration that is just so addictive. Power is
excellent – that Husky engine is so pokey in
all conditions. When you’re hustling through
busy conditions, you’ll fi nd yourself taking
advantage of the quick shifter that Husqvarna
gave to the Svartpilen 701. It’s a great
addition, and a feature that’s easy to get used
to and come to expect.
You can feel the bikes off-road heritage as
you hit the odd speedbump. The suspension is
plush and soft offering a great ride. Husqvarna
gave the Svartpilen 701 longer suspension
travel than the Vitpilen and that helps quite a
bit in suburbs. The WP units are fully adjustable
front and rear. The taller 18-inch front wheel
and higher profi le tyres are well-matched. The
Svartpilen 701 is more than happy to change
direction at input from the rider. This makes the
bike fun to ride while you compete with other
The brakes are simply fantastic. As happens
in Joburg traffi c, you often need to apply them
a bit more than on country lanes and they are
more than up to the task. The single 320mm
disc with a radially mounted Brembo caliper
gets the job done, even with less than the
stickiest tyres. Feel at the front lever is perfect.
You can get hard on the brakes and slow the
bike quickly; there is no snatchy fi rst bite, just
reassuring power the harder you squeeze. No
complaints about the rear brakes either – just –
spot on for a light bike like this.
The Svartpilen 701 makes short work of
commuting blues, delivering you to work with
a fat grin on your kisser. And, you’ll still have
plenty in reserve to take her for a good blast on
Go and ride one, you’ll see what we mean.
www.husqvarna-motorcycles.co.za for your
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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. Words Glenn Foley, Pics Chris Kuun
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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
C’mon sir, please put our pic into
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Lydenberg... Too cool!
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– and a third drove in circles while trying to
wrap the centre person like a mummy. We
were cheated – everyone else got 2-ply we
were given single ply. No chance!
What a cool idea, really lekker fun . Lots
of laughs for sure.
We met all sorts of interesting people
from road racers to classic motorcycle
collectors – and discovered that one
participant was on the ride on a 1972 300cc
Ducati. Too cool!
The route back home that night was
spectacular – up the passes past White
River – a great way to round off an
awesome day in the saddle.
When we got home, mileage was
checked – and in order to qualify we had to
hand in all of the items collected on the list.
It was explained that the list was given so
that participants did not just whizz through
– but were forced to look around and enjoy
the routes that the trip offered.
Dinner saw a hilarious prizegiving
with the winners of each challenge being
congratulated and rewarded and random
prizes given out for the silliest reasons.
Heaps of fun and a good laugh.
Good friends were made, war stories
were swapped and a good time was had by
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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A trip down
away our “Roley”
Foley, as we call him,
got to sample the
When I was an appy working for Dave
Petersen back in the 90’s, I was tasked
with escorting a potential Katana buyer to
the Numbi Hotel and back for one of the
rallys. It was my fi rst rally – and it was my
fi rst real ride on a Suzuki 1100 Katana. So,
it’s quite interesting that I got to ride the
latest rendition on the same roads.
Here is a little bit of history and a
few things that you probably did not
The original Katana was actually designed
by a couple of German fella’s, who used
to work for BMW. Yup! A commission
from Suzuki to develop a new, provocative
design language for its motorcycles
motivated Hans Muth and two other
designers–Hans-Georg Kasten and Jan
Fellstrom–to leave BMW and start their
own fi rm, Target Design. Based on earlier
design studies, they developed a concept
that wrapped the existing GSX1100 in
bold, futuristic bodywork and unveiled it at
the Cologne show in 1980. Although the
Katana drew mixed reactions, Suzuki was
duly impressed and rushed the new model
into production with few changes. Thanks
to its futuristic styling, as well as its claim
as the fastest production motorcycle of the
time, the Katana was a sales success and
helped catapult Suzuki into the modern
era and the motorcycle hall of fame.
Fast forward to today:
Like the original, the latest incarnation of
the Katana comes from the imagination of
an independent designer, an Italian named
Rodolfo Frascoli whose portfolio includes
Moto Guzzi’s Griso, Norge and Stelvio and
Triumph’s Speed Triple and Tiger 1050.
Commissioned by Italy’s “Motociclismo”
magazine, Frascoli collaborated with
engineer Alberto Strazzari to graft modern,
Katana-inspired styling onto the existing
Suzuki GSX-S1000 naked sportbike.
Frascoli chose the GSX-S1000 as the
basis for the new Katana because it’s a
compact, well-packaged machine with
lots of maneuverability and performance.
Suzuki then reconfi gured the engine for
better street application.
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In our opinion, Suzuki has remained loyal
to the original Katana, the single biggest
difference is the fact that the new model with
its more sensible high bars is actually, really
comfortable. Pillions, however, need to be
really skinny or they will hate life.
Aside from the comfort, the new Katana
boasts what feels like about 500 extra horses
that grab you by the pants and hurls you along
at what feels like Mach 4. Include some really
sharp suspension and amazing brakes and this
really is a reincarnation of a motorcycle icon.
They have not packed in too many
complicated electronics either – 3, simple to
operate rider modes, Mode one is for sport
riding with minimal intervention; mode two
offers a balance for typical road conditions;
and mode three delivers maximum traction
control when riding in poor conditions.
The ABS system is by Bosch. The system
monitors wheel speed 50 times per wheel
rotation, and matches stopping power to
available traction. The system is absolutely
unobtrusive even when you need to grab a
handful to slow things down.
The new Katana feels so light and nimble.
Steering is light and responsive and the 1000
cc revs until you chicken out. It’s enormous
fun to ride and more than quick enough for
Even though today’s Katana is not the fastest
bike in production, it makes a respectable 148
crankshaft horsepower in a 214 KG package
and is significantly faster than the original,
which made 107 horsepower and weighed
almost 245 KG’s.
The new Katana honours the past while
clearly showing how far we’ve come and how
good we have it. It is one of those bikes that
are built just to have fun.
It’s a real head turning bike that you can
ride every day and have a really good time on
Go and have a looksee at your closest
In next month’s issue, Rob tells
us what he thinks about the
new Suzuki Katana.
Pic by Gerrit Erasmus.
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KCR Striker Katana with the
stock black colour Katana.
The team from KCR Motorcycles have been
at it again and created another eye catching
When Alan Linley found out a new Suzuki
Katana was coming he immediately started
doing his homework to create his own custom
Katana machine, that to replicate the classic
Katana Striker models from years gone by -
hence the name of this his latest creation - The
Katana Striker by KCR.
All modified Katana’s from past days were tagged “Striker”
models, and since Alan loves both the Katana model and
customizing bikes this was the perfect project for him and his
team to get stuck into.
They have taken the already good looking new Katana model
and splashed it with the KCR touch. While no engine mods have
been done, the bike has been fitted with a gorgeous and mean
looking Yoshimura exhaust system, which has added more bark
and bite to the beast. It looks amazing and blends in perfectly
with the rest of the bike, which has been fitted with some
aftermarket goodies and custom-made parts by the KCR techs.
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The biggest, and most popular change probably, is that of the
handlebars. Gone are the standard up right bars and in are high rise clip-on
bars, which not only give the bike a better and meaner look but also a more
comfortable riding position believe it or not. To make this happen Alan had
to make a custom headstock, which also looks much better and features
the classic Katana logo. I love the touch of red on the clip-on bars, just
sticking out a bit for that extra effect.
On a bike like this mirrors kind of spoil the look so gone are the standard
mirrors. The bike is dressed with so many cool products that help give it
that custom look and feel. These are all top-quality products that work –
rearsets, rear hugger, fuel cap, case covers, nuts and bolts, crash bobbins
and rear wheel sliders all added for that extra touch.
A Katana Striker tank pad, some red rim tape and KCR Striker stickers
to the rims highlight the finer details that have been put on this bike – those
small things make a big difference. Another small, yet big change that has
been made is the integration of the indicators into the rear taillight and front
side lights, so no more standard indicators sticking out the side.
Overall this bike is stunning and the build quality is of the highest
standard, as always with anything that comes out of the KCR workshop.
They offer all these parts and mods to any-and-all Katana customers so call
them on 011 975 5545.
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Sure! This is RideFast Magazine where we bring you all of
the latest news on the most delectable bikes on the market,
BUT, there are a huge amount of entry level motorcycles to
get youngsters and new riders into the market. South African
motorcycles (S.A.M), the big boy importers is a huge player
in the entry level market, with 88 dealers nationwide. Big Boy
really seem 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…
Words: Mike Wessels, Shado Alston & Sean Hendley | Pics: Sean Hendley
S.A.M has 4 warehouses. One in Jo’burg (head office) then
in Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth stocking upwards of
sixty million rands of bike and parts. They also 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), all massive corporations who
do not tolerate bad quality or rubbish service from anybody, so
aftersales back up is really sorted. 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.
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 and the Big Boy TSR 250cc street scrambler featured in
our sister magazine Dirt & Trails August 2019 edition.
Big Boy Slingshot 125cc Scooter.
A new generation scooter with a styling cue that I believe looks
similar to the front end of a Mugelli fitted with dual LED headlights.
It fits the more modern look and feel of what you’d expect from
a new 2019 model machine. It features the triangular LED rear
indicators with rubber stalks that can bend pretty close to 90
degrees. The front direction indicators are integrated into the
fairing and provide sufficient lighting to indicate your intentions.
The motor is also a new gen GY7 125cc variant, with the
traditional belt-driven CVT transmission. The Slingshot is well
capable of getting you to a speedo-displayed 80km/h quite
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hastily. Remember that you can tune these
scoots, there are options for heavier or lighter
rollers for the variator, You can adjust the scoot
to achieve improved acceleration or top end
to suit your weight or riding style. It’s also a
quick job to make these adjustments to the
variator and one could get the desired CVT
characteristics in under an hour.
12 inch wheels provide improved handling
over the 10 inch options available on some
models. I was comfortable with the seating
position, as the handlebars are at the right
height to avoid tiring of the arms and back.
The seat foam is soft, saving your bum cheeks
for the long ride.
My GPS reported a top speed of 84km/h;
again, more than fast enough to get you where
you’re going and able to get to pole position
and ahead of the other traffic with ease from
the lights. The machine I used was red, so it’s
automatically faster than any other colour!
The Slingshot sports a digital display with
adjustable brightness and backlight colour, all
through the digital control button that requires
a light touch above the area. It unfortunately
didn’t respond to my gloves, but it isn’t the
economy run, so there was no need to play
with the instrumentation features while riding.
The fuel gauge hardly moved in the 60km
it was ridden that day, so I believe that the
consumption is frugal and I suspect even I
would be surprised at what the machine can
do on five litres of fuel!
The Slingshot ticks all the boxes for an
affordable scooter and should also provide
one with confidence that the machine, again,
if looked after properly will run for many trouble
located in the front which was great as you
don’t have to clip off the seat a to refuel which
is helpful if you are in a hurry or if you have your
delivery box hitched on the back saving you
time which helps in that speedy delivery.
A great offer from Big Boy is the 3 year/
20000km factory warranty which is good
back up from the factory side… good to see
them going to great lengths for trouble free
commuting on our busy South African roads.
I do like scooters. A lot. Possibly too much
and probably more than I should admit to.
The Slingshot 125 is right up there. It really is
beautifully styled, with all the angular modern
and sporty lines, integrated LED headlights
and front flashers, stylish LED taillight and
funky rear indicators.
We were given brand new bikes to ride, all
with only about two or three clicks on them
from the little shake down ride, so the engines
were still very tight and a little asthmatic and
thus a little on the slow side. However, after
an hour of fairly hard riding they all started
loosening up a bit and getting a bit quicker.
Initially the Slingshot was struggling to get past
80 KMH but by the end of the day we were
easily cruising and could push it over 100KMH
on the clocks on a good downhill.
The suspension and brakes are good at that
sort of speed and the 12 inch wheels keep
things stable and are more than up to the task
of keeping you aimed in the right direction.
Comfort wise the scooter was fine for my
lanky six foot something chassis with a nice
wide comfy seat and more than acceptable leg
room. Comfort and handling are so good that
at one point I was jumping small speed bumps
going into the Lion and Rhino reserve, much to
the amusement of Shado and Mike.
The USB charging port was used to good
effect to keep cameras and phones charged.
The copious storage space under the seat
came in quite handy to carry extra water and
stripped off thermals on this particularly warm
winter’s day. All in all there is nothing to really
fault the Slingshot 125cc, it is very good looking,
extremely light on fuel, well backed up by the
importer and distributor, fun to ride and just an
all-round well thought out little machine that is
very good value for money just at R17,999.00.
Here is some technical info you might want to
know about:Big Boy Velocity 150cc
This was the first bike I rode and it was super
easy to adapt to, perfect for a high school
student or first time biker. Comfortable and
easy to handle, this scooter and its sleek
design is definitely a competitive commuter
with its low fuel consumption it’s hard to beat.
What I noticed was the fuel cap that was
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Quite frankly, the most fun for the
day, was the Velocity 150
Styled as a familiar-looking CGL125, the
machine is a pearler! It is powered by the
traditional ‘big H’ type pushrod engine and
the bike attends to its namesake perfectly.
It effortlessly gains speed and does it
comfortably as the motor is cycled through
the 5-speed transmission. The engine is
smooth, crisp and responsive in all conditions.
The balance between engine speed and
vehicle speed is superb and will get you to
speeds in excess of 90km/h before you can
say Southern African Motorcycles Proprietary
Limited. Ok, maybe. But nonetheless, the
machine is a workhorse, sporting mag wheels
and a carrier assembly for boxes, people and
possibly even the kitchen sink!
A 150kg load rating means that there is
much room for commercial interest or a pillion.
We took some photos and videos with
Sean, a 115kg unit up front, and myself a 65kg
unit out back. The Velocity 150 took both of
us without missing a beat and we were able
to take the necessary footage comfortably
without any signs of the suspension bottoming
out, at all!
The controls on the velocity are light, smooth
and easy. Commandeering the machine is
effortless and as such, and the nature of the
machine is simple enough to take on a tour
through any terrain! Display is still the traditional
needle-type instrumentation and reminds one
of how little can actually go wrong with the
ride. I compare it to a box of matches or a
Citi Golf, it’s complete and needs little or no
The big burly guy with the beard was
giggling like a little girl when he piloted the
Velocity for the first time, and every time
thereafter. Who would have thought, hey
Sean? It’s like riding your first motorbike all
over again! (Sean – “I really enjoyed this bike
so much, took me back to when I got my first
bike all the way back in about 1973 or 74 and
learned to ride.”)
There were only two features that I
personally thought to be in want. Firstly, the
seat foam is hard and feeds back every engine
note through your bottom, some may want
this feature, but again, it’s personal. Secondly,
the use of drum brakes on the unit drastically
lengthens stopping distance. Also bearing in
mind that the Velocity only has about 4km on
the odometer, they hadn’t bedded in as yet,
and improved over the time it was being used.
For the rest, the Velocity ticks all the boxes
for a commercial machine and will be the
‘kanniedood’ of the range. Very little to go
wrong, cheap servicing and adequate speed
slots it into the delivery and local courier market
perfectly. And, if you wish to, you can do what
two of my mates did and load the Velocity
up, go through the Richtersveld and cross
the border into Namibia, exit Namibia through
Caprivi and back down Eastern Botswana to
Ellisras and back to Pretoria! 8500km, one trip,
on a Big Boy.
This bike was my personal favourite, for a
delivery bike,it packs plenty power for a 150cc
and is surprisingly super fun to ride and yes it
What a cool little bike , super affordable
and I really hope to see more South Africans
using these bikes as daily commuters, they just
make so much sense when getting from A to B
without worrying about sitting in traffic and with
the new USB port you can even charge your
Phone or power your GPS while doing so.
A big thumbs up from me and it’s no
wonder they sell so many.
As Shado mentioned, I had a right giggle
riding the Velocity. I love the simplicity, the
clean dash board and the very basic set up.
Back in 1973 or 74 my old man bought me
my first. A 50cc Yamaha FS1 which I rode
into my teens. In the early 80’s the old boy
upgraded me to a methanol fuelled YZ 125. I
loved that little FS 1 and the Big Boy Velocity
150 cc reminded so much of that bike and
learning to ride and discovering the pure joy
of motorcycling for the first time.
It is surprisingly quick off the line and has a
reasonably decent top end as well and dives
into corners with much enthusiasm. The
brakes were a little iffy to start with, but with a
bit of adjustment and bedding in we soon had
ample stopping power. Much like my little FS
1 I found a dirt trail and went banging along at
about 80kmh without too much of a problem.
I know we are supposed to talk about these
great little bikes commercial applications and
commuter applications but if you learned to
ride on a similar bike to me at around the same
and want to have a bit of nostalgic fun then
get yourself one of these. At just R13,999.00
to can take a trip down memory lane, it really
is such a fun machine to have around for
weekend or, if you can afford it, a tool to bang
around on holiday.
Value for money, better than you might
believe …. Go find out for yourself. Get down
to your nearest Big Boy dealer, there are 88 of
them countrywide to find out more or check
Or call them on 011 794 6399.
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Mat Durrans is a very well known name in the South African motorcycle
game and is one of the three ugly faces you will see on the weekly “The Bike
Show” program featured on Ignition TV. We have managed to convince Mat to
take time out of his busy schedule to supply us with a monthly column.
The Ultimate Price
“We were aware of the
flip side of the sport. I
was committed to him
and his dreams. He was
doing what he loved. So,
who are we to take away
other racers’ dreams
of racing Pikes Peak
International Hill Climb?”
These are the words of Carlin Dunne’s
mother, Romie Gallardo, several days after
her son died within 400 metres of the fi nish
at Pikes Peak. He was riding the Ducati V4
Streetfi ghter that will be released later this year
when he lost control and left the course.
You can watch the fi ve-day build-up to
Carlin’s race up the mountain on You Tube,
and I highly recommend that you fi nd the time
to do so. As I said on a recent episode of The
Bike Show, it takes the form of a vlog, and
gives an insight into both the race and the man
himself. He comes across as a really, genuinely,
cool dude. Humble yet passionate, laid back
yet determined; exactly the sort of oke you’d
love to share a beer with and talk bikes.
Perhaps this is why his loss has been felt
so severely around the world, and perhaps
it is also why there are rumblings about
motorcycles being removed from the event at
This would be a tragedy on top of a
tragedy, and an insult to Carlin Dunne’s
I simply abhor the way the do-gooder,
nannying, know-better authorities jump on
incidents like these to rule that the rest of us
can’t pursue our dreams, even though we
are well aware of the risks. They treat us like
we aren’t fully capable adults with minds of
our own, and that pursuing a risky pastime
somehow precludes us from making rational
decisions about our chosen path.
These are people whose main
achievement in life has been to ascend
to some position of relative power on a
committee that unfairly permits them to
decide how the rest of us can live our lives.
Truth be told, they simply cannot comprehend
how the likes of you or I might be invigorated
by the opportunity to push ourselves and
our machinery to the limit in order to beat
the stopwatch – fully aware of the potentially
terminal consequences of getting it wrong.
Those who have any control over the
destiny of the Pikes Peak race need to
consider the way things are handled at the Isle
of Man TT. Death there is pretty much – like the
race itself – an annual occurrence. Everybody
wishes it wasn’t so, whether spectator or
offi cial, competitor or family, the last thing
that anyone wants to deal with are the
consequences of a fatal incident. This much
should be obvious to even the most pompous
There have been calls over the years for
the Isle of Man to bring a halt to the racing,
presumably saving the poor racers from
themselves. Thankfully the government on the
island has always resisted these demands,
and so one of the ultimate motorcycling
challenges is still open to those with the
Motorcycle racing is always an easy
target, mainly because we’re a minority
sport. There are many more car drivers than
there are bikers, which is probably half the
reason the overly sensitive and outrageously
litigious Americans never threaten to close the
NASCAR or Indy Car championships, even
though the death toll there is several orders of
magnitude higher than Pikes Peak.
These same people, ostensibly worried
about our well-being wouldn’t hesitate to dress
their sons in uniform and send them off to
battle in some far-fl ung land in order to bring
democracy to unfortunates. Large numbers of
body bags in the name of dubiously justifi ed
military bullying are apparently okay, but one
single body bag coming down a mountain that
was willingly climbed is supposedly too much.
We ride motorcycles and we know it’s
statistically more dangerous than driving a
car. Those of us who have raced them know
that we are risking our lives in pursuit – for
most of us – of nothing more rewarding than a
dodgy club trophy, personal fulfi lment, and the
respect of our peers.
And that is more than enough. So leave us
alone to follow our dreams, and do not dare to
prescribe on the worthiness of those dreams.
They are ours to follow, and ours to fall victim
to, if that’s what should transpire.
Carlin Dunne’s mother understood all of this
perfectly, and so I shall leave her with the most
eloquent and personal summation of what so
many of us feel.
“Carlin loved the mountain. She challenged
and enticed him, calling him back again and
again. He gave her due respect. He was fully
aware of her ability to “take.” With that being
said, I know for a fact that he would not want
the motorcycle program to end.”
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THE ROOKIE’S RACE REPORT - BY KEITH BOTHA #122 “THE ROOKIE 2019” / PICS BY TSHEPO PHIRI
A DAY OF DOUBLES
On the 7th of July, a cold winter’s
day quickly heated up as the
tricky and technical Redstar
Raceway played host to another
round of exciting racing action
in The Bridgestone Challenge,
Bridgestone SuperBikes and
the Red Square Kawasaki ZX10
The track conditions on this technical
clockwise 4km track were not ideal due to
rather windy and cold conditions. The speed
of the track also effected the tyre temperature
and the grip on the long slower turns. The
guys in the Bridgestone Challenge were lucky
to have the one and only Greg Moloney “Voice
of Choice” join them on the grid, for what
might be a more frequent two-wheel visit to the
track, but only time will tell.
The usual suspects on their 600cc
machines #83 Morongoa Mahope, #17
Naaisief Wadvalla and #85 Landi Sinden
took it right to the end and finished in the top
10 overall. Normally, the 600cc are easier to
handle on a track of this nature but the 1000cc
riders took the spoils on the day.
At the front of the pack the flying #202 Tyron
Piper ran away with both races leaving #34
Corrie Goosen and #165 Ian Thomas to battle
it out for 2nd and 3rd. There were a few riders
missing from the grid due to either injury or
mechanical issues, but we are sure to see them
all line up for the next round of the Bridgestone
Challenge taking place back at Redstar on the
3rd of August, which is followed by another
meeting at Zwartkops on the 17th of August.
The Bridgestone SuperBikes once again
showed some great times as the top seven
riders all managed times under 2:05 around
the physically challenging Redstar track.
The crowds were spoiled with great battles
and some hair-raising moments in both races.
Teammates and good friends #4 Hein ‘Slaki’
McMahon and #78 Byron Rothquel on their
BMW’s had some epic battles in the mid pack,
finishing 4th and 5th overall with less than 4
seconds between the pair of them.
In unrelated incidences, both Harry
Timmerman (on his BMW HP4 race) and
Wayne Spicer were pushing their bikes to the
maximum causing both riders to crash out on
some oil that had been spilt by a car. However,
both riders walked away with no serious
injuries and the HP4 Race also was not bad.
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Bridgestone Challenge Race
Results Race 1 - Podium
1st 202 Tyron Piper
2nd 34 Corrie Goosen
3rd 165 Ian Thomas
Race 2 - Podium
1st 202 Tyron Piper
2nd 34 Corrie Goosen
3rd 165 Ian Thomas
Having struggled with some rather unfortunate
mechanical issues in the first part of the season
#88 Damion Purificati made an impact on his
return to the Superbike championship. He rode
his BMW RR to perfection allowing him victories
in both races. He stayed ahead of championship
contender #95 Hendrik de Bruin’s Yamaha and
Purificatitook the overall podium for the day.
Purificati, not only won both his races, but also
set the fastest lap of the day with a 1:56,650.
RED SQUARE ZX10 MASTERS CUP
It was a sad week for the riders and supporters
of the ZX10 CUP and with heavy hearts that the
riders took to the track, after the sudden passing
of the beloved #10 Gregory Bezuidenhout their
fellow competitor, teammate, and brother.
With tremendous support and absolute
determination, the #22 Kawasaki of Gareth
Bezuidenhout (brother) dominated the weekend.
Gareth managed to have a great qualifying
session and started both races from pole position.
He rider managed to take his maiden win in race
one followed closely by championship contender
#43 Jaco Gouws and championship leader #41
Graeme van Breda (the first time he had been
beaten all season).
Bezuidenhout was at his best in race two and
rounded off the weekend by taking the win and
overall 1st on the day. It was truly a brilliant show
of support and respect amongst these riders,
a perfect example of the camaraderie in the
Superbike racing community.
In a statement made by Bezuidenhout after the
perfect race weekend, he dedicated the weekend
to his late brother, saying “My first ever win, and
double, dedicated to my brother. I know you were
with me and keeping me safe, much love my
We would like to extend our sincere
condolences to all the friends and family of #10
Gregory Bezuidenhout, never to be forgotten RIP.
The Superbikes are bringing some definite
heat to the winter, and I’m sure we are in for a
fantastic second half of the season. It’s clear that
some riders are better suited for different tracks
and this will definitely play a part as to who will be
competing for top honours for all series titles.
1st 202 Tyron Piper
2nd 34 Corrie Goosen
3rd 165 Ian Thomas
Race 1 - Podium
1st 88 Damion Purificati
2nd 95 Hendrik de Bruin
3rd 3 Jordan Agliotti
Race 2 - Podium
1st 88 Damian Purificati
2nd 95 Hendrik de Bruin
3rd 3 Jordan Agliotti
1st 88 Damian Purificati
2nd 95 Hendrik de Bruin
3rd 3 Jordan Agliotti
Red Square Kawasaki R ZX10
Race 1 - Podium
1st 22 Gareth Bezuidenhout
2nd 43 Jaco Gouws
3rd 41 Graeme van Breda
Race 2 - Podium
1st 22 Gareth Bezuidenhout
2nd 43 Jaco Gouws
3rd 41 Graeme van Breda
1st 22 Gareth Bezuidenhout
2nd 43 Jaco Gouws
3rd 41 Graeme van Breda
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Words by Rob Portman / Pics by Gerrit Erasmus & Daniella Kerby (Beam Productions)
No, that’s not a spelling error in the headline,
but rather a simple and perfect way to explain
what happened at round 5 of the Monocle
Racing Series down at the fastest circuit in the
land - the East London Grand Prix Circuit.
147 riders from near and far made the trip to the iconic high-speed circuit
in East London for another exciting and thrilling round of Monocle Series
two wheeled only racing in the 11 categories on offer. Everything from
big booming Ducati V4 machines to legendary classic Honda CB1100’s
were on display for the big crowds who came out to admire. The beauty
about the Monocle Series is that is caters for everyone and everything -
from newbie riders, boys and girls, to the elder statesman - they all have a
home here and they love it!
The days racing action kicked off with the Supersport 300 class and
again these boys and girls put on a terrific show. Top World Supersport
300 rider Dorren Lourerio joined the series for the first time on his Kawasaki
Ninja 400 for some saddle time during his international break and he
quickly found out that the pace at the Monocle Series is world class. Doz
managed to put it on pole for both races and after a titanic 4-way battle
with the fastest mother in the world, Nicole van Aswegen, and Yamaha R3
mounted riders Ryno Pretorius and Chris Wright, Doz managed to take the
win after a classic block pass move going into the final turn. Nicole would
take 2nd with Pretorius in 3rd and Chris Wright in 4th.
Race two and this time Nicole decided not to stick around and
play with the boys and checked out taking the win by 5 seconds and
smashing the lap record with a time of a 1,34.5. Lourerio picked up 2nd
ahead of Pretorius and Wright again.
Twenty-four bikes lined up for the combined 1000cc and 600cc
class with some of the fastest riders in the land doing battle. AJ Venter
had to work hard for his two race wins after being pushed all the way by
Matthew Herbert with Damion Purificati not too far behind in 3rd.
AJ Venter also went on to take the famous “Balls for Potters” award
clocking 201kph in the fast right hander.
Connor Hagan made the move up from the 300 class to the
600 on his new Suzuki and impressed all taking the overall win in
the Supersport 600 class. Local riders Kevin Redman and Nathan
Ashington round out the podium.
Racing was intense all the way through the field with some stand
out rides coming from the likes of Travis Naude (4th overall), Adriaan
van Dalen (5th overall) and first-time racer Ryno Crafford (6th overall).
In the Masters class, it was a 3-way battle at the front in both
races. Top Kawasaki ZX10 R Masters Cup rider, Johan Le Roux, once
again proved that age is just a number after setting fast times and
finishing 3rd overall - a true Master! Johnny Krieger would pick up 2nd
only just behind overall winner Robert Portman (yes, our editor, hence
why the mag is called RideFast).
The BOTTS class graced the track next with their beautiful big red,
and one yellow, Ducati machines. There was also a KTM 790 Duke
racing around in the capable hands of Paul Kruger, who ended up
10th overall for the day.
At the front, it was all about Thomas Brown who was handed the
win in race one after Andre Calvert experienced problems with his big
red machine, which forced him out of the weekends racing action.
Alan Hulcher continued his impressive form in 2019 with a 2nd overall
ahead of another impressive ride from Evert Stoffberg out on his stock
road going Ducati V4 for the first time.
The Classics racers have been nothing short of a sensation this
year and a great addition to the Monocle Series. They once again
proved that both rider and machines are far from slack when it comes
to laptimes and putting on a show. Paul Jacobs, on the borrowed
Noel Harhoff screamer, took pole and both wins setting ridiculously
fast lap times in the process, times that would see him finish inside the
top 8 in the SBK class. Not far behind, and also on stupid fast times,
was championship leader Jaco Gous with Leon vd Berg on his Yoshi
inspired Suzuki in 3rd.
The ever improving Streetbike class again featured a strong field
of 15 bikes with a great mixture of race and stock going road bikes.
This class is aimed at attracting newbie riders with their everyday street
bikes or trackday bike to come enjoy the thrill of racing in a fun, safe
and affordable environment and so far, it’s doing just that.
Wade Wright took the overall win ahead of new championship
leader Colin Hume with Michael Smal in 3rd. Again, very impressive
laptimes and riding by all involved and it’s great seeing the likes of Colin
improving every time he goes out on track.
The Historic bikes and Ducati Owners Club again joined and loved
their sessions out on track.
The remaining two rounds of this year’s championship take place at
Phakisa on the 21st of September and Redstar on the 19th of October.
Visit www.motorcyclercingseries.co.za for more info.
RideFast Magazine and Honda
SA making a difference.
Rob and Shaun Portman, along with Paul Jacobs from Honda SA
supported the Riding for a Limb team down in East London to help try
change the lives of some children. Through their efforts, Riding for a
limb were able to give 14 year old Sinovuya a prosthetic limb. They put
smiles on not only a group of very sick children’s faces, but their Moms
as well. Vuyo, their CHOC social worker, was a super star and reported
back that the kids said it was the best day of their lives. And on top of it
all, they made 9 year old Nqaba feel like a champ in his own right as Rob
dedicated his wins and trophy to the young warrior. The top 3 Classic
riders also gave their trophies over to the kids. Big thanks to Charl Beukes
from Riding for a Limb for allowing us here at RF to get involved.
RR CUP FINDS A NEW HOME
The BMW RR Cup has now partnered up with the Monocle Series and not
only participated in this round down in East London, but will also be part
of the remaining two rounds of the series this year and for the next 3-years
going forward, giving it a solid foundation to help grow and offer all BMW
R and RR riders (customers) the chance to enjoy their beautiful German
machines out on track.
Seven BMW RR machines were present down in East London with
overall honours going to Damion Purificati with Masters riders Johnny
Krieger picking up 2nd and Bert Jonker in 3rd. Streetbike rider, Colin Hume,
only just missed out on the podium by a couple of seconds.
The Monocle Series looks forward to hosting the new RR Cup for the
remainder of the year and going forward and encourages all BMW R and
RR riders, on road or race machines, to come and join and enjoy their bikes
in a safe, fun and affordable environment.
Rob Portman is the man in charge of looking after the RR Cup within the
Monocle Series and has some great ideas going forward to make sure all
involved get a proper exclusive track experience.
For more information feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call him on
082 782 8240.
Words by Rob Portman / Pics by Gerrit Erasmus
FASTER & EVEN
Our Honda CBR1000RR gets even more power and heads to the top step of the podium.
So, we might have made a slight
misjudgment heading into the East
London race. Two weeks before
the race I got a message from Craig
Langton from Performance Technic
asking who is handling the tuning on
our bike? My answer was simple; “We
put the key in and hit the start button,
that’s all the tuning this bike has”. So,
Craig instructed me to bring the bike in
for some Performance Technic TLC.
Now this is where the slight
misjudgment comes in. I knew there
was going to be a performance
increase but nowhere near the amount
that was found.
The bike went in having just had
an Arata slip on and mid pipe fitted,
no engine or ECU mods whatsoever.
After 3 runs on the dyno it pushed
out a healthy 172hp and 109 Nm of
torque. In went a Rapid Bike Fueling
system and Sprint lifelong air filter.
The ECU also got flashed. After a bit
of computer work by the maestro
himself, Llewellyn, the bike came off
the dyno making a ridiculous 205hp
and 112Nm of torque. That’s a gain of
This increase in power plus that
of the extra 17% gained down at the
coast meant we had a real beast in
our hands at the fastest Circuit in the
land. After only 1 lap around the track I
knew we were in for a tough weekend
trying to tame this machine.
After two practice sessions of
myself and my brother fighting to keep
the front wheel down we decided to
set the bike in power mode 3 and
traction control on level 3. This did
help make the bike a bit easier to
control without sacrificing too much
speed. This bike is crazy fast now but
so smooth on acceleration, great job
done by PT.
The race weekend was another
huge success overall for myself,
my brother Shaun and the Honda
CBR1000RR machine. Back-to-back
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aces on the same set of Pirelli tyre’s, and other
than a bit of movement from the rear shock, no
issues to report. We did feel the rear shock get
more and more bouncy as the weekend went
on, so after 3000km plus hard racing kilos
we think it’s time to maybe give it a service. In
fact, the entire bike deserves a good service
so that’s our plan before the next race down at
Phakisa on the 21st of September.
In East London I managed to bag the
perfect weekend - pole position and two race
wins. Other than the “too much power” issue
and uncontrollable wheelies, the Blade was
once again razor sharp and really easy to
handle through the fast and slow turns. Alan
Lawlor was once again on hand to help us out
with some suspension setup and helped us
get the best out of the ‘unserviced’ standard
suspension, which worked a lot better than I
thought it would to be honest.
My brother and I both managed to improve
on our times in every practice session and race
and ended up with very competitive times and
right where we hoped to be.
Shaun did a great job to pick up another
top 10 finish in what is now becoming one
of the most competitive 2-wheeled racing
categories in SA - The Monocle Series
Superbike 1000cc class. That puts him
inline to potentially finish inside the top 8 in
the overall championship, which will be an
amazing achievement on what is pretty much
still a Streetbike. The fans plastered all around
the track were amazed when myself and
Shaun came hooting past on the slow down
laps after every race. Our Honda CBR1000RR
was a real celeb down in East London with
plenty of fans coming past to see it in the flesh
and take pictures with it.
For this race, we tried out the new EBC
racing brake pads and simply put they were
truly phenomenal!!! Just got the job done with
no hesitation or fade and easily lasted the 9
practice sessions on the Friday, two qualifying
sessions and 4 races on the Saturday. And,
there is still plenty pad left for us to use at
Phakisa, so really good value for money!!! We
look forward to adding the new EBC brake
discs to our machine any day now.
What we have done to our bike to date:
• Arata 2:1 decat exhaust system.
• GFP International carbon lever guard, rearsets, radiator
guard and sharkfin added.
• Powerbronze TT screen.
• Renthal sprockets and D.I.D. Chain fitted.
• Custom paint job by Syndicate Custom.
• Sprint filter added - 3HP gain.
• Rapid Bike tuning and ECU flash - 30HP gain.
• EBC racing brake pads.
• ABS removed, bradided hoses added - done by Ricky
Morais from EmTek Racing.
We have finally managed to get ourselves kitted out with
proper Tork Craft tools, but still don’t quite know how to use
them. Luckily for us Alan was on hand again to help us out.
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