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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

BASTARD!!!

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

racing action.

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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NEW BANGERS.

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

bodywork.

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.

The engine

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

off, apparently.

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.

Electronics upgrades

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.

Chassis upgrades

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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Ducati 25th

Anniversario

916 tribute.

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

Dunne’s mother.

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’

rectangular box.

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

a tank.

2: That’s a heck of

a headlight.

3: Electric motor

wraps around

a shaft sending

drive to the rear

wheel.

4: Nice lightweight

tail piece.

5: Cooling

components on

the sides of the

battery are able to

angle in and out.

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Fire It Up! Launches #TRUST100

Motorcycle Mechanical

Protection Product.

You don’t spend 15 years in the motorcycle industry,

buying and selling motorcycles, and talking and listening to

customers without learning what does and doesn’t work

and what people do and don’t want. If you’re clever, you’ll

learn to innovate to keep pace with the changing times to

make buying, owning and selling a motorcycle easier and

more affordable, and work hard to gain – and keep – your

customers’ trust.

That is why Fire It Up! Motorcycles in Fourways is introducing

the #TRUST100 product.

New motorcycles come with a limited mechanical warranty.

Once that has expired, repairs can be prohibitively expensive.

Normal after-market warranties cover most major items but

cost an arm and a leg.

Fire It Up! has been working with leading insurance and

finance companies to bring a product to market that offers

motorcyclists peace of mind with real value for money. Called

the #TRUST100, the number relates to the amount of cover

you will receive; R100,000. This is applied where needed;

for example, R50,000 to cover the cost of an engine rebuild,

R30,000 for a gearbox and R20,000 for fuel and electronics.

These are figures that accurately represent the real world

costs of repairs to these major components.

Normally, such a warranty would cost in excess of R10,000.

But, by cutting out all commissions and despite increasing

the scope of the cover, #TRUST100 will cost an incredible

R1,999. Cover lasts for one year or 20,000kms, whichever

comes first, and can be extended at the end of each year or

multiple years bought at inception.

Almost every bike sold at Fire It Up is immediately eligible

to add the cover as an optional extra; owners of bikes not

bought from Fire It Up! but who would like to purchase the

cover must take the motorcycle to Performance Technic in

Kyalami for a Quality Service Check before cover can be

purchased.

Full details and T&Cs available on request from Fire It Up!

Watch the press for launch dates of revolutionary finance

offers that are set to change the motorcycle industry for

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Bike Kings Massive

Spring Sale - 29th

August to 1st

September

Are you in the market for some new riding gear? Well, then

just wait until you see what the guys from Bike Kings have

in-store for you. They will be having a massive Spring Sale

with huge discounts of just about everything. Their shop in

Lynwood Pretoria is jammed-packed with all the latest riding

gear, accessories and any other motorcycle related products

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

variety of sizes, styles and colours available in everything so

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.

Bike Kings PTA 012 271 0070 / 012 271 0071.

Bike Kings CPT 084 976 1224.

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

much more.

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

be received.

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

more information.

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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

country again.

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

Italian-based doings.

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 – jon@italianmi.co.za on +27 83 289 9187

Ian Huntly – ian@italianmi.co.za on +27 82 650 0618

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V4-powered Ducati

Multistrada coming?

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

Enduro version.

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

adventure.

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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An Adventure Type tyre that has evolved in

all aspects to offer outstanding straight-line

stability and performance in the wet, in addition

to satisfactory wear life

While preserving long tyre life, the ADVENTURE A41 achieves the conflicting

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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

their customers.

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!

Race Shop

Fourways Winter

clearance SALE!

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.

Ducati Sachsenring

MotoGP ride, braai

and viewing.

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

socialising.

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

Motorcycles.

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

Grand Opening.

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.

Yamaha

Finance – A

first for the

motorcycle

industry.

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

even further.

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

at Zwartkops.

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

Panigales.

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

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DucatiSAOfficial/

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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

Brad Binder

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.

If you would like to purchase some official Brad

or Darryn merch you can do so by going to the

website - www.bradbinder41.com.

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

outstrip supply.

The billet aluminium top yoke of each bike will

be laser-etched with the bike’s unique build

number.

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

10 years.

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

yet signed.

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

for 2020.

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.”

Options

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.

Wild Speculation

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

at Assen.

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

riding style.

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

his spirit.

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

candidate.

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

doing so.

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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Exclsuive

MotoGP

Bound

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...

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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

weeks ago.

longer exist!

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

the telemetry.

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

with him?

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

the full video interview I did with a slipper

wearing Brad in his garden, on his great,

great Grandparents old furnisher.

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Four Arrows,

a Muso and

an Urban

Adventure.

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Plien

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

responsible for.

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

a car.

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.

The routes?

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 Bikes:

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

downshifts.

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

gloved hands.

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

road users.

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

the weekend.

Go and ride one, you’ll see what we mean.

www.husqvarna-motorcycles.co.za for your

closest dealer

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K161575


WELCOME TO THE

SUZUKI FAMILY

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

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

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

stop.

Mpumalanga does boast some of

the very best riding in the world and the

adventure section did not disappoint. It

was a very scenic and entertaining route

that dropped us from the mountain tops

into the Lowveld through forests and

craggy mountain passes. Photo stops

were plentiful with plenty of time taken for

photographs and for the riders to have a

stretch and allow a dust gap. In between all

of this, eyes are peeled for a stray pinecone

or perhaps a feather…

Lunch was at the Mankele Mountain

bike track, where Suzuki laid on a few

challenges for the teams… a Smartie such

where participants had to suck up a Smartie

in a straw and transport it across a jumping

castle into a bak on the other side. Whoever

moved the most Smarties won. We moved

about 3. The winning team managed 17…

Next up was the bicycle of screams…

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

top of what seemed like a tower and you

freewheeled down onto a motocross track.

Whoever got the furthest won. We did not

win that either.

Lastly was the toilet roll challenge. One

team member held a roll of bogroll inside a

Suzuki Jimmy. The second stood with the

end of the roll in the middle of some cones

C’mon sir, please put our pic into

the magazine...

You need to visit the red Bus in

Lydenberg... Too cool!

All makes are welcome.

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– and a third drove in circles while trying to

wrap the centre person like a mummy. We

were cheated – everyone else got 2-ply we

were given single ply. No chance!

What a cool idea, really lekker fun . Lots

of laughs for sure.

We met all sorts of interesting people

from road racers to classic motorcycle

collectors – and discovered that one

participant was on the ride on a 1972 300cc

Ducati. Too cool!

The route back home that night was

spectacular – up the passes past White

River – a great way to round off an

awesome day in the saddle.

When we got home, mileage was

checked – and in order to qualify we had to

hand in all of the items collected on the list.

It was explained that the list was given so

that participants did not just whizz through

– but were forced to look around and enjoy

the routes that the trip offered.

Dinner saw a hilarious prizegiving

with the winners of each challenge being

congratulated and rewarded and random

prizes given out for the silliest reasons.

Heaps of fun and a good laugh.

Good friends were made, war stories

were swapped and a good time was had by

everyone.

If you have the time – book for the next

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

and taking off on a very cool ride.

A great, social motorcycle weekend

away. See you there next year.

www.suzuki.co.za

Outside Pilgrims Rest Hotel.

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

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

The Primrose Motorcycles lot...

Suzuki’s Motorcycle Sales manager Stuart Baker

The games were... fun

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A trip down

Memory

Lane

While

attending the

Suzuki Weekend

away our “Roley”

Foley, as we call him,

got to sample the

new Katana.

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

know:

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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Recommended Retail Price Including VAT:

GSX150F - R32 650.00 & GSX150 - R30 500.00

www.suzukimotorcycle.co.za suzuki_motorcycle_s.a @MotorcycleSA


Ride impressions:

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

a naked.

Conclusions:

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

the weekend.

Go and have a looksee at your closest

Suzuki dealer.

www.suzuki.co.za

In next month’s issue, Rob tells

us what he thinks about the

new Suzuki Katana.

Pic by Gerrit Erasmus.

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A POSE

KATANA STRIKER

KCR Striker Katana with the

stock black colour Katana.

The team from KCR Motorcycles have been

at it again and created another eye catching

custom creation.

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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Big Boys

the Cradle

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.

Shado says:

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

free commutes!

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.

Sean says:

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

Mike says:

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

Shado says:

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

improvement!

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.

Mike says:

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

can wheelie!

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.

Sean says:

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

out www.samotorcycles.co.za.

Or call them on 011 794 6399.

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BSB Bike

Show

Business

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

Pikes Peak.

This would be a tragedy on top of a

tragedy, and an insult to Carlin Dunne’s

memory.

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

of do-gooders.

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

requisite desire.

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

Masters Cup.

BRIDGESTONE CHALLENGE

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.

BRIDGESTONE SUPERBIKES

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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RACING ROUNDUP

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

brother”

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.

Overall Standing

1st 202 Tyron Piper

2nd 34 Corrie Goosen

3rd 165 Ian Thomas

Bridgestone SuperBikes

Race Results

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

Overall Standing

1st 88 Damian Purificati

2nd 95 Hendrik de Bruin

3rd 3 Jordan Agliotti

Red Square Kawasaki R ZX10

Race Results

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

Overall Standings

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)

WHEELIE GOOD

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 rob@ridefast.co.za or call him on

082 782 8240.


Words by Rob Portman / Pics by Gerrit Erasmus

FASTER & EVEN

MORE

FURIOUS

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

33hp!!!

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.

72 RIDEFAST MAGAZINE AUGUST 2019


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