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EDITOR: ROLEY FOLEY
An 80-year-old man went to the doctor
for a check-up and the doctor was
amazed at what good shape the guy
was in. The doctor asked, “To what do
you attribute your good health?”
The old-timer said, “I’m a biker and that’s
why I’m in such good shape.
I’m up well before daylight on Sundays
and out sliding around corners,
“shooting” sand washes and riding
up and down the steepest, wildest
mountains I can fi nd at the crack of
The doctor said, “Well, I’m sure that
helps, but there’s got to be more to it.
How old was your dad when he died?”
The old biker said, “Who said my dad’s
The doctor said, “You mean you’re 80
years old and your dad’s still alive? How
old is he?”
The old biker said, “He’s 99 years old
and, in fact, he went riding with me this
Sunday, and that’s why he’s still alive...
he’s a biker too.”
The doctor said, “Well, that’s great, but
I’m sure there’s more to it. How about
your dad’s dad? How old was he when
The old biker said, “Who said my
The doctor said, “You mean you’re 80
years old and your grandfather’s still
living! How old is he?”
The old biker replied, “He’s 117 years
The doctor was getting frustrated at this
point and said, “I guess he went riding
with you this Sunday too?”
The old-timer said, “No... Grandpa
couldn’t go this week because he got
The Doctor said in amazement, “Got
married!! Good Lord!!! Why would a
117-year-old guy want to get married?”
To this old biker smiled and answered,
“Who said he wanted to?”
Have a very Merry Christmas everyone -
see you out on the trails!
Big thanks to Emerson Haupt for the
awesome cover shot.
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Lots of new technology has been revealed at the global Eicma show… here
are a few snippets to whet your appetite:
The KTM 390
It has taken a long time to wrangle this bike into
existence, but the KTM 390 Adventure is officially a
thing now and coming in 2020.
We could look back through the pages of Dirt and
Trail Magazine, and see when we first started talking
about this small-sized ADV bike, it has been quite a
while in the making.
The good news though is that the KTM 390
Adventure arrives with an exclamation point, and it
is certain to dominate in markets where the 373cc
engine is considered quite large and peppy. This is
because the Austrians have designed the KTM 390
Adventure to be actually taken off-road.
Unlike some of the other bikes in this category, they
tell us that the 2020 KTM 390 Adventure is intended
to get dirty, and it was built to haul riders and gear
around the world, if necessary.
That is a big promise from the orange & black
brand, but it fits in line with the company’s ethos
and approach to motorcycles. The 2020 KTM 390
Adventure isn’t an ADV bike for the sake of having
something that looks the part – this KTM looks the
part because, they say, it actually can do it.
If specs are your thing, the KTM 390 Adventure
makes 43hp, 37 Nm of torque, and tips the scales at
158 kg without fuel.
There are other goodies to the package, like the
slipper clutch on the motor, and the adjustable
(rebound/compression) APEX suspension from WP
(6.7″ / 7″ of travel, front and back). In total, there is
200mm of ground clearance.
KTM didn’t skimp on the electronics either. As such,
the 2020 KTM 390 Adventure has standard cornering
ABS with off-road mode and traction control (MTS).
There is an optional up/down quickshifter as well.
We don’t have word on pricing yet, but we do know
that the KTM 390 Adventure will be coming to SA as
a 2020 model.
Looking VERY forward to that!
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Norden 901 Concept
Every year, for the past five years, Husqvarna has
worked like clockwork at the EIMCA show in Milan.
This is because the manufacturer has been steady
in its approach of releasing one new street bike in
Milan, and one new concept model for possible
For 2019, this trend continues.
Behold the Husqvarna Norden 901 concept, a
uniquely styled adventure-tourer, with an 899cc
parallel-twin engine, and plenty of styling cues to
keep you poring over the photos.
As the name suggests, the Norden 901 gets the
upgraded “890” engine from the KTM 890 Duke R,
but fit into a package that is similar to the KTM 790
This is not an accident, as Husqvarna is using the
larger version of its parallel-twin platform to help
distinguish itself from the Austrian brand’s orange
and black bikes.
Taking ideas from the Svartpilen progeny of
Husqvarna, the Norden 901 has an interesting neoretro
style, which is now becoming a staple of the
brand’s street bike lineup.
With a 21″ wheel up front, an 18″ wheel in the back,
and plenty of suspension travel to go along with it,
we would expect the Husqvarna Norden 901 to do
quite well off-road, though the bike is designed to be
more of a globetrotter, than a plus-sized enduro.
We can also see that the low-slung fuel pods from
the KTM 790 Adventure make a return for the Norden
901, this time protected by black crash bars. In fact,
there is plenty of crash protection on the Husqvarna
Norden 901. And, what ADV bike wouldn’t be
complete without yellow fog lamps?
Noteworthy on the Norden 901 concept has to be
the split screen setup, which uses the rider’s own
cellphone to augment the TFT dash via a pairing app.
It is a slick design element.
How does the Husqvarna Norden 901 strike you?
Should the Austrians take this bike into production?
Or take it back to the drawing board?
We say YES PLEASE!!! When can we ride it?
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Concepts at EICMA
Meet the Scrambler Motard and Scrambler DesertX.
During its 2020 model debut presentation, Ducati
unveiled two Scrambler concepts that are quite
The Scrambler Motard and Scrambler DesertX are
purportedly slated for construction, but for now are
merely the stuff of dreams. From the looks of things
though, both models will be standouts among an
already crowded field of Ducati Scramblers.
DesertX will make use of the 1,079cc L-twin engine
platform, and its design is meant to invoke the spirit
of ‘90s rally bikes, specifically the Cagiva Elefant. And
its shrouds, windscreen, fuel tank, seat, rear rack,
tailsection, tires, and engine protection all suggest
this bike will be a blast off road.
I’m a big fan of this approach. While the variants
before provided some aesthetic options for
riders, creating options with clearer identities and
capabilities allows Ducati to produce more capable
machines for a variety of different riding styles.
Ducati Scrambler Motard Overview
The Motard will be built around Ducati’s 803cc
L-twin, but from there it looks to be unique among
the Scrambler designs so far. The rerouted exhaust
pipes terminating in a high muffler is a far cry from
the models currently available, and looks to provide
additional ground clearance. It’s also got a tall
front mud guard, skid plate, and somewhat lower
handlebar positioning. Rather than being bolt-on
transformation of the stock Scrambler, the Motard
appears to be much more purpose-built, similar
Ducati’s approach with the Desert Sled.
Ducati Scrambler DesertX Overview
Similarly, the DesertX is clearly aimed at the
adventure market, and Ducati has strayed even
further from the stock Scrambler design. Claudio
Domenicali explained in his presentation that the
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Moto Guzzi V85 TT
Travel breaks cover.
The Moto Guzzi V85 TT retro-adventure that
we feature elsewhere in this here magazine
has proved so successful in Europe it’s
spun-off this new ‘Travel’ version. The core is
unchanged, with the same 853cc air-cooled
V-twin, 79bhp output and tubular steel
frame, but the Travel version sets its sights
further with a taller screen, hard luggage, a
centrestand and fog lights, heated grips; all as
standard. The Travel model also gets this new
bronze colour scheme with unique graphics,
including a ‘Travel’ logo on the fork shrouds.
It features Guzzi’s MIA multimedia platform for
smartphone connectivity too, which gives the
instrument display more functionality…
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2020 V-Strom range
gets DR Big appeal…
It’s quality rather than quantity for 2020 with just two
new offerings – the fully-updated Suzuki V-Strom
1050 and the 1050 XT.
The refreshed adventure bikes get revised styling,
improved electronics and Euro5-compliant engines.
The familiar 1037cc V-twin also gets mild power
boost taking it to 105.9bhp from 99bhp.
As predicted, its revised styling is inspired by the DR
Big 750 and 800 of the 1980s, with a more angled
‘beak’, new, more angular bodywork and striking new
colours (for the XT model) all of which are reminiscent
of the now legendary DR Big single trailie.
Inside the fairing there’s a new LCD dash, while both
bikes also get ride-by-wire throttle facilitating
three rider modes, and updated traction
control. As before, the XT is the higher spec,
more rugged, off-road orientated version.
Accordingly it gets tasty, alloy-rimmed
spoked wheels in place of the stock version’s
cast alloys, a different screen which is
one-hand/11-way adjustable (the stock
version’s is only three-way and requires
tools to change), engine crash protection
bars, hand guards and different mirrors to suit,
LED indicators plus also more sophisticated
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electronics including cornering ABS, hill-hold control
and now cruise control, too. The XT version’s seat is
also adjustable from 850-870mm.
Suzuki’s V-Stroms have always been good value,
whether in 650 or 1000cc form, and this looks certain
to continue with these new versions – but they are
also facing ever-stiffer competition from the likes
of Honda and their also much-improved-for-2020
CRF1100 Africa Twin.
Suzuki has not yet revealed how much their two
newcomers will cost just yet.
As a model update, it’s a decent step but it’s another
year without a major new model for Suzuki… Keep
an eye on DT for our full 2020 Suzuki V-Strom review
once we’ve had the chance to ride it.
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100 years old…
2019 is 100th birthday of the premium motorcycle
chain brand “REGINA”.
ONE HUNDRED YEARS!!! And more championships
to their name than most of us can count and with the
accolade of being the chain of choice for many Moto
GP, SBK, MX GP and Supercross riders. That means
that they doing something right!
Autocycle also introduced their new range of
tools called ‘AmPro’, an abbreviation for “I Am a
Professional”. The tools seem to be high quality and
well-priced to boot. They also run some interesting
innovations like 90 teeth on their ratchets instead of
72 teeth. Why does this make sense you may ask?
Well, working in a tight, say between the frame and
the engine trying to loosen your exhaust header
you sometimes have minimal movement and can’t
always get the ratchet to click onto the next tooth.
They also have a fancy socket that grips on rounded
off bolts that usually require a hammer and chisel to
loosen; looking at our knuckles, we kinda want these
in a bad way…
They also have a new relationship and distribution
agreement with the “F61” brand of motorcycle care
products. A proudly South African brand completely
developed here in good old R.S. of A. They have
all the prerequisite ISO accreditations, are biodegradable
and, they tell us, sensibly priced. The
brand sports everything from chain cleaners, chain
waxes, filter oil and detergents, engine cleaners,
visor demisters to brake disc cleaners, compression
stabiliser, carb cleaners and so much more.
For more info on all these great products chat to your
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Jet Sport Outdoor
Well known ATV racer, Leander Pienaar, not keen to
work for a boss in the corporate world and decided
to follow his passion and opened Jetsport Outdoor
Lifestyle Centre after school in 2001.
He has had the Bombardier, (now Can Am), and Sea
Doo agencies since then and is still growing his product
range and his shop. Having traded for 18 years and
being involved in racing Jetskis, ATV’s and Side x Sides
they’ve built up quite a name for themselves.
They recently had the opportunity to move into
new premises and to join forces with the Indian
Motorcycle brand, a brand which stole his heart
and recently he took delivery of his personal Indian
The guys at Smith Mining recognised the potential
of Jetsport and offered them the Polaris and Linhai
agencies for the Freestate, and having the premises
to accommodate these great brands they were only
too happy to expand their offerings and service to their
client base which put them in a position to sell and
service a wide variety of top end brands under one roof.
Give them a call on 051 448 0993, or pop into 145
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MUST HAVE GOODIES
Over the next few pages we will bring you some great goodies for under the
tree this year. Please people, no more soap-on-a-roap, make sure you give
you bike nutter partner the perfect gift this Christmas.
Retail R743.75 incl
• Durable offroad shirt
• Finely ventilated PE fabric
• Raglan-style sleeves
• UV-resistant and fade-proof sublimation prints
• 100 % polyester
Unbound Comp Belt Bag
Retail R1156.51 incl
• Exterior D-rings for T-handles
• Adjustable padded waist belt
• Hip foam padding for ultimate comfort
• Deluxe front flip down tool organizer pouch
• Right side necessity pocket with water resistant zipper
• Expandable beverage stow-away holster with cinch strap
• Spare moto tube compartment
• Size approx. 70 x 16 x 20 cm
• Exclusively for KTM by OGIO
• 100 % polyester
Replica Team Cap
Retail R578.24 incl
• 100 % cotton team replica flat peak cap
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Pure Chrono Watch
Retail R4119.42 incl
• Waterproof to 10 ATM
• High-grade rubber strap
• Stainless steel housing
• Chronograph with stopwatch function
• 80 % metal / 20 % natural rubber
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Husqvarna Urban Playground shoes
Retail R3292.90 incl
• Made exclusively for Husqvarna Motorcycles by REV’IT
• Full grain soft cowhide
• Outer shell: 100% leather
• Sole: 100% synthetic rubber
• Lining: 100% polyester
• Thermoformed heel cup, thermoformed toe cap,
injected ankle cup
• Reinforced heel, reinforced toe, anatomically shaped foot
bed, anatomically shaped ankle cup, gusseted tongue
• 100 % leather
RS Replica Shirt
Retail R1322.01 incl
• Sports style
• Taped breast pocket
• High-quality workmanship
• Easy-care finishing
• Large logo print
• 98 % cotton / 2 % elastane
Husqvarna Moto 9 MIPS Gotland Helmet
Retail R7428.46 incl
• Made exclusively for Husqvarna Motorcycles by BELL
• Lightweight, first-class offroad helmet
• Integrated ventilated mouthpiece
• Velocity flow ventilation system (for maximum cooling)
• “Magnefusion cheek pads
• Magnefusion magnetic chin strap holder
• Double D-ring fastener
• Exclusive magnefusion emergency removal system
• Fully adjustable visor with ventilation holes
• Quick Flip peak screws for easy adjustment
• XT-2 Extended Wear, removable and washable interior liner
• Weight 1,450 g (±50 g)
Combination tool chain
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• Patented gage for two important checks:
• Check and adjust chain tension
• Check chain lengthening (wear)
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A SMART APPROACH
BUI LT T O GO
A S FA R A S Y
DAR E T O TAK
Simply put, the new TE 300i is the perfect machine to explore
new ground and go where few have gone before. The trusted
2-stroke is exceedingly simple to manage and for 2020,
features a host of new developments which enhance its
class-leading performance. With electronic fuel injection,
smooth power delivery and impressive torque and power, the THE 2016 2-STROKE ENDURO MODEL RANGE.
TE 300i retains the traits it’s become renowned for. However,
with advancements to the frame and bodywork, it offers an
even more controllable and thrilling ride.
The joy of the ride is often in nding routes that nobody else has used – reaching
destinations that few others would dare to aim for. The 2016 Husqvarna Motorcy
2-stroke enduro bikes rely on exceptional agility, a broad powerband and light
weight – letting you easily explore wherever you choose to go.
Please make no attempt to imitate the illustrated riding scenes, always wear protective clothing and observe the applicable provisions of the road traffic regulations!
The illustrated vehicles may vary in selected details from the production models and some illustrations feature optional equipment available at additional cost.
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Factory Dirt bike Models:
Lock the kids up!
Too cool! You know you want
one! 1/6 scale model replicas. The
models all feature free wheel action
and steerable front wheels.
Brilliant for any motorcycle
collection. Race trucks
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Tank pads for your ADVscoot:
Tank pads help to prevent your belt or
trousers from scratching your adventure
bikes tank at contact areas. Trickbits has
a huge selection and all sorts of really cool
designs… chat to your dealer…
Pimp your ride with Domino
Top quality, great feel and well priced,
Domino grips are available in a huge
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Ampro – BoltFit socket – for damaged
bolt & nuts
Here is a tool that everybody need in their tool box, it
is new from Ampro Tools, (via Autocycle Centre), and
is a socket that can remove any nut or bolt that has up
to 85% damage, such as rounded or stripped heads,
partially missing surfaces, badly damaged surfaces that
ordinary spanners and sockets just won’t get a grip on.
Available in both ¼” and ½” drive from a 6mm or the
way to a 32mm in both normal and deep sockets, the
mechanic or handy man/woman in your life will love you
forever. – we kinda hope our wives read this section.
For more info, chat to your motorcycle dealer or drop
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1 looks just like a vest 2 Clips onto your bike 3 Inflates in a blink
4 Offers protection in
most key impact areas...
The Moto Air inflatable Hi Viz Vest.
Safety gear on a motorcycle is just like brushing
your teeth. It’s something you have to do. We were
at Holeshot the other day when they told us about
these cool moto Air vests that they happen to have
in stock. This is a a Hi Vis safety vest, with a built in
life raft and a clip that hooks on to your bike.
In the event of a tumble, the balloon inflates to
protect your sternum, back and neck. “To activate,
approximately 44 ft-lbs of force need to be applied
to the cord. This will trigger a puncture mechanism
which will pierce a whole in the CO2 canister,
causing it to fill the jacket in about 0.2 seconds.”
This means that even if you accidently leave the
vest clipped in, you can’t just deploy the canister
by just stepping off the bike, it needs a good yank.
Superbikes, Adventure bikes, commercial bikes,
makes lots of sense…
F61 Performance –
Wax based chain lubricant for
motorcycle & bicycle chain.
Excellent high speed lubrication,
extends chain life & lubrication
intervals. Maintains lubricity
under a wide temperature range.
Available in 100ml & 400ml
aerosol’s with fancy valves that
can spray at any angle including
upside down (You know that
that’s cool!) Chat to your dealer.
Holeshot Motorcycles, Boksburg:
holeshotmotorcycles.co.za (011) 823 5830
They also stock full
jackets with the system.
F61 Performance –
Leather and Fabric
Strong fabric and leather
protector for repelling dirt, grime
and moisture. Ideal for boots,
jackets, kit, clothing, bags and
gloves. Simple application
that dries clear and odourless.
Available in 400ml aerosol’s with
fancy valves that can spray at any
angle including upside down…
Chat to your dealer!
Trick KTM Dirtbike Footpegs:
Strong and Lightweight. Studs provide additional grip
in the wet and mud. Anodised Orange Finish. Fits KTM
Dirtbikes from 2017 Onwards. www.twistedthrottle.co.za
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SCS LED Spotlight Kit: light up
Super Bright 2100 Lumens. LED Light.
Rugged Waterproof Housing. Includes
Mounting Brackets. www.twistedthrottle.co.za
DUNLOP CLEANS UP
OR1, OR 2, OR 3 & SENIORS CHAMPIONS!
Dartagnan Lobjoit OR1 Champion
SHIMWELLS YAMAHA Race Team, using
DUNLOP MX33, AT81 and DUNLOP 21
& 18 competition mousses
Ian Rall OR2 Champion
FAST KTM Race Team, using DUNLOP
MX33, AT81 and DUNLOP 21 & 18
Peter Karam OR3 Champion
ROOST KTM Race Team, using DUNLOP
MX33, AT81 and DUNLOP 21 & 18
Wade Blaauw Seniors Champion
ROOST KTM Race Team, using DUNLOP
MX33, AT81 and DUNLOP 21 & 18
DON’T BE LEFT BEHIND. MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR 2020!
ATLAS Universal Touring Screen
Clear or Smoke Tinted Screen. Integrated
Clip On Housing. Multiple Height & Angle
Settings. Easy Adjustment Thumb Lever. www.
BATT TECH compact 12 Volt
Air Pump Christmas Price
CE Certified. Gear Type Air Compressor.
Quality Copper Motor Coil. LED Light.
Compact & Light Weight. Manual On/Off
Switch. Air Flow: 15L/Min. Max Pressure:
70PSI/4,8 Bar. Size: (LxWxH) 112 x 100 x
40mm. Length of Air Hose: 15cm. www.
BATT TECH Digital Tyre
Pressure Gauge R99:
Max Pressure 7.00 Bar / 99.5 PSI.
25mm Easy to Read LCD Screen.
Comfortable Grip. 3 volt Lithium
Coin Battery. CE Approved.
Chemical Resistant Integrated
LED for night or low light use.
BATT TECH Tube / Tubeless
Tyre Repair Kit ONLY R299:
Durable Compact Zip Carrier Bag.
Pressure Gauge. CO2 Release Valve
with hose extension. Vulcanizing Glue.
Assorted Patches. 3 x CO2 Cartridges. 5
x Strings. Multi Valve Tool. Tyre Reamer.
Tyre String Puller. Foldable Knife. www.
KTM Front and Rear Brake
Strong Machined CNC Aluminium.
Anodised Finish. Easy to Fit. Fits all
KTM Dirtbikes from 2017 Onwards.
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GET DIRTY THIS
The best gifts
dont have to
cost a fortune...
011 493 6001 / 011 493 6101
32 Hulbert Street, New Centre, Johannesburg, 2001
GIVI T515 Tool Bag RRP R575.00.
This roll-type bag will accommodate all the
necessary tools for any trip. It has multiple
loops and a zipped storage compartment. The
bag is fitted with a hook which makes it easy
to hang while working or to store. It fits nicely
into top and pannier cases, seat bags and back
packs. At your dealer. www.dmd.co.za
OXFORD EL573 Battery
Management System RRP R645.00:
The Oximiser 900 can be left permanently
connected to provide guaranteed long term battery
care. Suitable for all 12V battery types up to 30Ah,
including Gel, MF and Acid batteries. Heavily
discharged batteries as low as 4.1V can be charged
if the battery is not damaged. Charging power is
900mA. At your dealer. www.dmd.co.za
OXFORD OX770 Tool Kit
Pro RRP R785.00:
A comprehensive 27-piece premium
motorcycle tool kit. The tools are
ergonomically designed with soft
gel handles, and manufactured from
chrome vanadium steel. At your dealer.
Brush Set RRP
The brushes are made of
durable nylon bristles with
tough impact resistant
handles. This very handy kit
consists of a wheel cleaning
brush, component brush,
forked cleaning brush and
big soft cleaning brush. At
your dealer. www.dmd.co.za
Speedo Angels Motorcycles
Dashboard Screen Protector:
We all have screen protectors fitted to our
expensive smartphones to protect the screen
from scratches and other damage. Well, now
there’s a screen protector for your vulnerable
TFT motorcycle dashboard. Our Kurt Beine
fitted one recently to his KTM 1290 R. The
cover is custom cut to size to fit the KTM,
but they have a huge variety for most TFT
screens. Dead easy to fit, all the components
included, cleaning kit to thoroughly clean your
dash, applicator, and 2 options of protector
… very cool! www.twistedtrails.co.za
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Stylmartin footwear back in SA:
Imported by IMI: www.italianmi.co.za
R 3600 including vat
Stylmartin’s Seattle Evo are produced
using water greasy leather. They
are waterproof and breathable,
characteristics which make them ideal
for riding motorcycles. Designed for
both men and ladies.
STYLMARTIN STEALTH EVO
R 7250 including vat.
Stylmartin developed Stealth racing boots, made
especially for extreme speed lovers. These boots are the
result of a mix of Italian passion for elegance and style and
the brand’s constant research for the best technologies…
R 6450 including vat:
With the Continental boots Stylmartin
brings back a classic style revisited for
contemporary days. “The late 1970s
vibes mix with the modernity of today’s
technologies, which make the boots
highly reliable and safe, to accompany
you on the road.” Produced with full
grain water repellent calfskin leather.
Imported by IMI: www.italianmi.co.za
STYLMARTIN RED REBEL
R 5960 including vat:
They tell us that these ones are dedicated to
rebels as its name hints, to riders who don’t
follow fashion, they make it. There are many
signature features: the squared toe, the flap
positioned on the instep, equipped with a
pocket for laces, the red accents provided
by the laces and the gear shift protector in
brushed leather which is removable, closure
using a combination of laces + a leather strap
with a metal hook.
FOX Airspace II Prix
FOX Vue Motocross
Goggles from R1699.00
Ken Roczen was Fox #1 developer
on the VUE® goggle. After countless
hours of research, development, and
testing, they brought his vision to life.
Peripheral sight was a priority, so they
worked closely with Ken to ensure
the widest field of view possible. The
goggle sits closer to the rider’s face,
reducing distractions from the side
of the frame as well as fitting deeper
inside the helmet.
Your vision is only as good as what
you’re looking through, so they
equipped the Vue with an injection
molded polycarbonate lens. This precurved
lens provides optical clarity
and gives an increased level of impact
resistance to guard you against roost
and other debris.
The Vue goggle presents an innovative
solution to removing the lens. This
new technology uses a turn-to-release
system to remove the outrigger so
you can easily swap lenses. It lets
you quickly adapt to changing light
conditions and makes cleaning a
For the best fit possible, the frame
has a dual-compound construction: a
soft TPU faceplate which comfortably
molds to your face, and a durable ABS/
nylon outer frame. Finally, to eliminate
any distractions, a 40mm strap with
a silicone backing locks the goggles
in place, ample venting prevents
overheating, and a 3-layer foam keeps
sweat out of your eyes.
Airspace II MX
• All new design offers s view port for
peripheral vision via enlarged outer
frame and improved frame angle
Injected PC lens provides optical clarity
and protects against roost impact
• VLS (Variable Lens System)
design allows transfer of standard and
injection molded lens’ in the same
• Outrigger design creates a secure
fit to keep dust and debris out of the
• Triple-layer face foam with fleece liner
provides superior sweat absorption
• Lexan® Lens offers excellent UV
• 8-Pin Lens Retention System keeps
lens securely attached to the frame
• 45MM non-slip silicone strap
improves grip on helmet
• 3-Post tear-off system ready (not
• Microfiber goggle bag included
• Clear Lexan® Lens
Main 2 Trail
Main2 goggle From R399
DUAL-PANED GOGGLES DESIGNED FOR TRAIL RIDING.
New for 2020 is the Variable Lens System (VLS). VLS makes
your goggles compatible with both standard lenses (stock) and
injection moldedlenses (sold separately) within the same frame.
With an expansive viewport, triple-layer foam and tear-off lens
functionality, they are a heavy hitter and light on the wallet.
Available at dealers...
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K1600 Bagger, 2018
R 1250 GS Adventure, 2019
4700km, Loads of extras
54 400km, choice of two
From R159 900
GS 1200, 2015
From R133 999
HP 850 GS, 2019
8 000km, tall screen, bashplate, choice
From R159 900
R 1250 GS HP, 2019 Demo
2 500km, Akro slipon, Navigator, top box
GS ADVENTURE, 2014
C 400 X, 2019 Demo
R 1200 GS Adv, 2016
R 1250 GS Exclusive, 2019
7 000km, top box, rally seat, dark screen
R nine T, 2017
5 500km, Loads of extras
R 1250 RT Exclusive, 2020
Brand new and in stock
R 1250 RS, 2020
Brand new and in stock
A quick chat with SA’s 10 times MX champ
Kerim has just won his 10th national title – in MX2. We asked him
to come in and tell us all about his very illustrious career…
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Where did it all start?
I started racing in 1991 – my
first race was at the old
Zeemans track on a PW50
– which is where most kids
start… My uncles grew
up with the Petersens in
Zimbabwe and used to race at
Donnybrook. My moms side of
the family, my brother Darrel
and my older cousins Craig and
Troy Taylor all raced – so it was
kind of inevitable.
I was not interested in
racing, my parents had saved
up and got me a brand new
bike. All I was interested in
doing was starting it up and
smoking the house out – the
whole house smelt of two
stroke. My mom says I had no
interest in going racing but with
everyone racing before I could
blink, I found myself at the
track after only one informal
putt around session with my
brother the weekend before.
How was that race?
I think I finished third or so – it
was a good 29 years ago – and
all a bit of a blur. But the bug
definitely bit and here we are.
Where did it go from
My dad Kevin would drag us
off to the track every morning
before school and then we
were back at the track again
in the afternoon. He was very
sneaky – we’d get there before
anyone or after everyone had
left so that people could not
see what we were up to. My
dad worked at a woodworking
shop – he would borrow
wood and tyres and fill the
impossible jumps and form
tabletops making it easier
for us to try and clear it, he
would make us attempt the
jumps until we safely cleared
them. He would then strip the
structure and come race day
we would be able to clear the
doubles – I guess it was our
own secret advantage on race
day. Other than that my mom
took care of cleaning the bike
and everything in between
(Thanks Mom!) Nothing has
It was sometimes
challenging. I remember when
my uncle Rodney promised to
catch me if I got a jump wrong
at the old Corobrick track – it
was a good idea at first – but
when I cleared the jump no
problem the only problem was
that he was in the track waiting
to catch me and I crashed
straight into him… I guess
he stuck to his word – but we
never tried that again… but
that’s how we spent most of
our days practicing.
My uncle Rodney was a
typical race dad – always
screaming at my brother and
I to go faster and win! We still
laugh about it around the
dinner table – a time where
he was once standing next
to the track telling me to go
faster, I’m not sure if it was
embarrassment or the fact
that he couldn’t see that I was
trying my best, but I came
around, closed the throttle in
front of him and told him to
“get lost” not in such a polite
way but to just annoy him I
would putt around for the rest
of the race.
We once went to Bloem for
a race meet and arrived on
the Friday, back then it was a
usual for all the dads to go big
on the Friday before the race.
My dad had forgotten that he
had completely stripped the
bike… until he woke up with
the mother of all hangovers
early hours of the morning
to an unassembled bike
spread across the hotel room
floor that he now had to put
together … surprisingly, it ran
just fine. There have been lots
of moments like that – more
than likely due to partying.
getting used to
the view from
Tent racing at Gold
Reef - me on my PW.
Where it all begins, Kerim
on his brothers bike....
On the 80 in the Fox
In action on
Kerim and Gareth
Swanepoel at Gold Reef
on my 60...
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Like the once I was screaming down
the mineshaft at Corobrick when the front
wheel came fell off… That was not so
much fun – thankfully, I only had a shiner –
and the girls at school loved the story!
I rode a PW 50 for 3 straight years – and
learned everything I could about racing.
Lots of podiums – and I think I won the
championship in the second year.
Then it was time to move up – my
grandad raided Grannys piggy bank and
surprised us with a brand new KX60,
I remember it as if it were yesterday, a
purple and green small wheel KX60 with
the checkered flag on the shrouds. I was
so stoked! A bike with gears and clutch
that went fast! Racing that 60 was a bit of
a blur. It felt like a very relaxed time, and
– I’m going to send you guys the stats, but
I think I took two championships over the
next few years.
Tell us about Pro-Mini’s:
In 1998 I picked up my first sponsored
ride with the Fox Kawasaki through Andre
Swanepoel (Gareth’s dad) and Chris
Speight on the KX80. This was a big deal
for me – I thought that I’d arrived – until
the very first race in a very wet, rainy
PE. Only to be lapped by Wyatt Avis on
his Autopage Honda and Richie who was
racing for Vangani Honda
Pro Mini’s is super competitive – and
that was my first lesson. Richie was a year
ahead That’s of me Richie and the VDW experience showed.
For without us – was the back shirt. to the drawing board.
We packed in as much riding time as
we possibly could – it’s all about saddle
time, practice, practice, practice – Gareth
Swanepoel, Freddy Fourie, Darrel and I had
a corner track behind the Zeemans track –
and we’d go out as often as we could – just
to get up to speed. And it slowly started
I must say that racing 85’s was not my
favorite time – perhaps I was a bit cocky
– my first sponsored year, call it factory
if you must, maybe I thought I was better
than what I was, I wouldn’t listen to dad or
anyone – I knew it all. And guess what?
I never won a Pro-Mini championship. It
definitely is one of my biggest regrets.
Then you moved up to 125’s:
In 2002 I moved up and my blood was, back
then, green. I had offers from a few of the
other manufacturers, but I stuck with Fox
Kawasaki on the KX125. The 125 really was
a turning point and I started winning again.
I loved that bike, I loved that bike. It’s such
a cool class. Super competitive too! There
were some really fast guys back then.
Sadly, I did not win a championship on
But the championship came in 2003
when Butch Hirsch offered me a ride on
the new KTM through Pro Action. That
was my first taste of KTM. Interestingly
enough, I was also approached by Red Bull
for a personal sponsorship. I am proud to
say that I have been with them ever since.
It’s awesome to have a brand like this
supporting our sports.
The 2003 High School class was a dream
year. I won every race except for two. The
last national of that year in Barkley West,
I raced 125 seniors and learnt another
lesson. I was lying second behind Jarett
De Jager, I thought I could atleast be able
to run with the big guys but before I knew
it I was picking myself up off the ground. I
guess that’s racing. Don’t be too cocky.
In 2004 I moved up to MX2 on the
KTM125.I got a 2nd or third overall. Jarrett
de Jager took the championship – a man I
believe had lots of talent.
I was with Pro Action for 2 years. I then
moved to Red Yamaha in 2005. It was such
a good deal – and I was signed up to race
the new YZ125, the first Yamaha with an
aluminium frame in MX2. My second bike
was the old steel framed YZ450F in MX1. It
was really strange – the 450 was like a tank
coming off a very slip streamed and light 125.
I was very grateful halfway through
the year when the team decided I should
race a 250F in MX2 – so I stole one of my
brother’s bikes and finished off the season
on the 250f rather than the 125 and stuck
to the 450 in MX1.
That year, my team mate Jarrett de
Jager was my main rival – he took the
125(MX2) championship with me biting at
his heels in 2nd. A dream year for Yamaha.
I have no idea how I did in the 450 class –
but it was a good learning curve.
‘06 was another great year. Characters
like Mike Kok were in on the scene. Paul
Cooper had returned home to race – he
was ridiculously good – and I remember
he gave us a hiding at the first race in PE.
Unfortunately he crashed at Springfield
during the second Moto leaving Michael,
myself and Freddy Fourie to take full
It was Freddy and I for most of the year
– sadly, Freddy didn’t finish out the year.
I had one of those days about halfway
through at Phakisa and Mik went 1-1 and
the championship was wide open again…
the championship went down the wire to
a very flooded wet Gosforth Park, where I
managed to take the championship.
That’s Richie VDW
without the shirt.
Some famous peeps. Den, Fourie, Langston, Topliss, Kok,
Kruger, Newton, B Bircher, Vd Westhuisen, Page, Venske,
Duckworth, R VD Westhuisen,Rattray, Avis, Branch, Cotty,
Pretorius, Naude, Conlon, Burden...
Team Pro Action with Shaun
Kruger and Chad Taylor
Darrel, Chad, Uncle Rodney, Kerim
and Dad Kevin at champs dinner 2003.
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Mixing it up with Brett
Bircher, Freddie Fourie,
Adrian Nel... Springfield.
why you started
racing or riding.
There will be
times when you
don’t want to
do it but it is
you started. The
tough days are
The Canadian Championship:
It was time for me to go overseas. My
sights were set on the USA, but things
worked out differently. I received a call
from Selwyn Momberg, a PE boy who lives
in Canada. He invited me to go and stay
with his family and race the Canadian
championship. I spent four years over in
Ontario. New tracks and living on the road.
In ’07 Red Yamaha hooked me up with
a brand new 250F in Canada and I went
racing. Huge learning curve again – their
tracks are a lot different to what we used
to here at home – and maybe a bit more
technical. We basically raced every race we
could find – my first race at RJ’s in Barrie
Ontario – a 3-day event, there were about
900 entries. The atmosphere is unreal.
And that was only a qualifying event. It
went well – in the first year I came sixth or
seventh in the Canadian championship.
Year 2 – I moved to Morgan Racing
Honda and a 9 round championship from
April to September. Four weeks of racing
and three weeks “off”, although this is
when we raced all the regionals, then it
was five weeks back at nationals.
You drive for days to get to your next
race. And it was my first year on a Honda
and no excuses – getting used that bike
was a challenge. The ’08 250 needed lots of
TLC…. I saw the year out in 8th place. Not
bad, but I was hoping for better.
In 2008 at you also took part in
MX Des Nations?
Yes I joined Neville Bradshaw and
Tyler Rattray and we represented SA at
Donnington Park. It was a great experience.
Year 3 in Canada – ’09:
Liam O’Farrel and I were each offered a
ride by two separate dealers, backed by
KTM. Orange motorsports in Ontario
branded one side of the bike – RTR
Motorsports in British Columbia branded
the other side. It sounds a bit strange but
it worked. The team was fun,we all got
along and beign with Liam,someone who
I grew up racing made it feel a little more
“homely” Thousands of kilometers on the
road,a few driving “mistakes” in parking
lots and many laughs it was bound to be a
Liam and I bought a RV mobile home –
and that’s how we lived and moved from
race to race. Lots of stories about that…
but that’s for another time. Mom and dad
came to visit and help whenever they
could and joined us on the road.
Year 3 was the best year I’d say. It
was strange because I don’t usually but
I suffered terribly with arm pump on the
West Coast, but then back to the East
Coast and I was fine… same bike, same
everything. We never really figured it out.
I won the last two nationals going 3-1 on
the day. I often wonder why I couldn’t
do it from the start… But it was a great
to eventually win.That year, I finished up
fourth in the championship – Liam came
home in eighth in MX1. This was after two
DNF’s – a clutch and a puncture… but hey
In 2010, I was one of the favourites for
the championship. I was on a full factory
KTM – I was fit and I had won a few of the
off season races – but it just wasn’t meant
to be. At the first national, my team mate
Eric Nye and myself had a little coming
together. This resulted in an injured knee
which really put me on the back foot. It
was tough, riding every weekend, through
the pain – and then I crashed only to
injure my left foot during a practice – and
resulted in some torn ligaments. That was
it. I managed an eighth spot. Everything
was kind of up in the air and in the end I
decided to return home and restart.
Back to South Africa:
In 2011, KTM South Africa took a chance
with me in the MX2 class. It was an
interesting battle between Richie VD
Westhuisen and I, both on 250 2-strokes.
After a slow start to 2011 I slowly gained
some momentum around halfway and
it was another championship that
went down to the last round. I have
raced with KTM ever since and have
been very fortunate to take a further 6
championships through the years. Two
MX1 championships and the rest in MX2.
In 2012 you went across to the
Yes – I wanted to experience racing in
the US, and kind of flew backwards and
forwards. I raced two dead standard KTM
250’s. It was a busy year and I had mixed
results – but it was fun and I met some
great people and got to see and experience
so many cool things. To be competitive in
The States, you need do it properly.
Quick one: What do you have to
say to anyone who wants to race?
Never forget why you started racing or
riding. There will be times when you don’t
want to do it but it is about dedication and
reminding yourself why you started. The
tough days are the important ones. The
85cc championship taught me that. You
never know it all. It’s all about saddle time
and I have always been a believer in the
mental side of racing that it is the most
important part. Be loyal to your sponsors
because sponsorship is hard to come by
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Good, hard racing
back in 2014.
Dad, Kevin with title
board number 10
ready to go on...
Kerim out front at the final race of the 2019 season at
Tera Topia, where he would later be crowned 2019 MX2
champ and take his 10th SA title.
What are Kerim’s plans for the future?
I want to race – forever haha, it’s in my blood but unfortunately
that’s not possible, I would love to stay involved in racing, maybe
something with KTM and trying help the team out with future riders.
I’d also like to do something for the good of motocross, maybe take a
rider or two under my wing and hope to give them the opportunities
that I have had.
Biggest highlight to date?
Becoming a dad to my beautiful daughter Harlow, she is by far the
most incredible part of my life. She makes everything ok.
You can catch Kerim at a track soon! He’ll be up front somewhere…
Facebook: Kerim Fitz-Gerald
FITNESS FOR ENDURO
“I couldn’t podium
– Bruce Viljoen
Bruce Viljoen #44
Multiple GXCC & Northern
Baby Harlow the newest member of the Fast Fitz family.
Future ladies champ?
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Moto Guzzi V85TT
A QUICK TEST ON THE NEW ITALIAN STALLION.
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Over the last few issues, we’ve told you about the bunch from Italian Motorcycle
Importers, who are the importers of the Moto Guzzi and Aprilia range of
motorcycles. Well the good news is that stock is starting to arrive – and we were
invited along for a quick spin on the new Moto Guzzi V85TT, a bike that has taken
the European market by storm… PIcs by Glenn Foley and Beam Productions
Please do bear in mind that this was
not a full test. We were invited along just to
have a chat and to take the bike for a quick
hour or so long spin. In that time, the good
folks from Eskom decided that Bryanston
did not actually require electricity, so all
of the traffic lights in the area were out of
action – and trying to get around William
Nicol Drive in peak hour traffic on a good
day is challenging.
So – the day started on an excellent
note – just getting to the store was pretty
flippen chaotic – even on the other bikes
that we were using for the day. It never
ceases to amaze us just how badly people
drive and how inconsiderate some of them
are to other road users – who are just as
important – and in an equal amount of kak
because they are also late for work.
Motorcyclists, however are a great
bunch – they do not take up any space, they
zip along happily and are a super helpful
bunch. We saw a guy on a GS, park his
bike and fill the traffic departments role by
directing traffic at the freeway intersection.
Whoever you are – Kudo’s Sir! Moral of the
story? Buy a bike – it turns you into a much
happier person – and one of these Guzzi’s
might just be a great choice….
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Italian motorcycle importers share
premises with Maserati South Africa
– so when you do go and visit, you
are in for a proper dose of Italy. They
even have some high end coffee
machines that serve great coffee
– and if you aren’t riding, you can
sample That’s Richie a bottle VDW of Mazzatti Italian
beer. without You the can shirt. also peruse the range
of accessories that include the very
cool range of Stylmartin casual
shoes and boots. The workshop and
service centre is up and running and
waiting for your Italian bike.
The V85’s were parked outside –
and we have to confess that we were
very taken with the looks. There is
just something about that canary
yellow, pearl white and red colour
scheme – and the distinctive twin
cylinder engines that tweak at the
nostalgic strings of your heart.
The guys gave us a quick brief
about the electronics package and all
that (thoroughly modern, complete
with a TFT screen) – and pointed us
into the manic JoBurg traffic (Sorry,
there’s a theme here).
Some of the guys from Team IMI.
Paul Richardson, George Coetzee,
Sean Powell, Jonathan Isherwood.
A coffee machine of note...
With everything topped up, the
scales are tipped at 230kg, including
a 23 litre tank of fuel.
The foundation of the V85 is the
air-cooled, 853cc V-twin. It’s not a
power plant known for continent
conquering punch, but one that still
retains a great dollop of character.
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Thumb the starter on the V85 and the
whole bike shakes under torque load,
thanks to the crankshaft being mounted
longitudinally – just like the 1250
Adventure that we rode in on – but smaller
and distinctly different.
On our brief commute, we found that
the That’s V85TT Richie feels compact VDW and quite nimble
with without plenty of the grunt shirt. to escape the taxi’s.
Most of all – it’s fun to ride. We love the
unique feel to the Guzzi Bikes – they
are not sanitized street rods that whizz
along quietly, they have a lot of soul and
The gearbox isn’t clunky like old Guzzis
either. The V85 has a light clutch with a
great feel, and the revised 6-speed gearbox
is perfectly normal, quickly shifting up and
down without the need for stamping. It
happily shifts without the clutch and the
ratios feel well spaced. Radially mounted
Brembo brakes are more than adequate
for a bike like this – no complaints there.
It has to be said that ergonomically,
they really are built for comfort. This
isn’t a big bike, and the wide bars are
perfectly placed for even the lankier
riders to cruise with a comfy upright
posture and hands nicely spread. The
pegs are set just far enough back from the
centre line and high enough to allow for
decent ground clearance. We did not get
much opportunity to really open up and
do some distance, but we do like the li’l
tease so far.
Luckily, because we are all such smart
bunnies, one of our lot knows of a secret
forest just up the road – so, given the rather
limited time frame, we stopped there to
play a bit and to get some cool photos.
The very short ride didn’t really give us
much opportunity to test the V85’s off-road
credentials but it carries its weight well.
We turned off the traction control, stood
up (really comfy) and pretended that we
actually knew what we were doing…
That was, until a neighbour came
along and spoiled the fun…
Sir. Pine trees are not indigenous. The
bikes are quiet and the only person that
we were bothering – was you! Please, go
and buy yourself a Moto Guzzi, you will be
a lot less grumpy.
The general feeling from our lot is that
this bike really needs a proper test. Please
IMI, the moment one becomes available,
do give us a call and we will gladly spend a
day or two in the saddle…
In the interim, go and pay them a visit,
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COMES TO TOWN
After the last MX National held at Terra Topia, we were invited along to come and
check out the training day hosted by Yamaha in association with Ryan Villopoto. We
expected like 20 or so riders to be there… turns out that there were an awful lot more…
We arrived to what appeared
to be chaos with a sea of
blue riders of all shapes, ages
and sizes gleefully blasting
around the track in seemingly
uncoordinated Mayhem. It was
AWESOME to see so many blue
bikes out and about and the
massive smiles on everyones
faces were just too cool to see.
Yamaha brought along some of
their kids models and latest 2020
MX bikes for riders to enjoy – and
it was a real carnival atmosphere.
Eventually everyone was
reigned in – and a rider briefing
took place where the peeps were
allocated groups and times for
some training with the champ.
The juniors made their way to
the top corner where Ryan and our
own David Goosen gave everyone
a little pep talk and sent them for
laps while they watched. After the
session, we saw them chatting to many
individual riders, offering them advice
and giving them some pointers. It was
great to see the time that the guys
took –never in a hurry, listening and
gave advice accordingly. The pattern
repeated itself through the day, with
the senior riders and then the masters
all coming in for the same treatment.
The crowd was great – they literally
hung on to every work that RV had
We listened to what Ryan had to
say – and he seems to be a pretty
His mantra to the kids:
Your parents have worked hard to
get you here. Work hard, train hard.
You can’t just show up and expect
to win. Put in the work, repetition,
repetition, repetition, over and over.
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Body position – stand on the balls of your
feet, bum out… Practice makes perfect.
Practice your starts, over and over again, put
in the effort and you’ll get the rewards.
Our Mike Wessels quizzed the maestro on
some of the stuff he’s been up to:
What do you think of SA so far?
It’s very different to the States in just about
every way. This is my second time here and
Guy and Warrick from Out Of Africa have
made it so cool and easy with the travel – Vic
Falls, Cape Town and the Safari lodge. It’s been
a good trip, and a lot of fun.
Has riding become more fun since you are
not fighting for championships?
Yeah I don’t have to do it every day, so I don’t
have to race – I do it for fun now not so much
pressure. I’ve done my winning – and ultimately
I still like to win, but if I don’t I’m cool with it.
It’s somebody else’s chance to win.
Ryan all kitted up
ready to go.
In 2010 – big crash, injury – and then
in 2011 you came out and won the AMA
championship. Would you consider that
the highlight of your career?
I don’t know if there is necessarily 1 major
highlight….but as a whole… (and then
Ryan kind of lost a bit of focus on the
question…) there is a lot of inconsistency
in MX at the moment – look at Eli fighting
for a championship every year in SX and he
can’t win – no, that’s not what I mean, he
can win but he hasn’t, guys like myself and
Dungey – if I didn’t win, he did – and the other
way around, so a lot of that’s missing, the
consistency in the sport is nowhere near what
it was like when Dungey and I raced.
“Your parents have worked
hard to get you here. Work
hard, train hard. You can’t
just show up and expect
to win. Put in the work,
repetition, over and over.”
Tera Topia got the full
bLU cRU treatment.
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50cc rider Christian
grabbing a pic with Ryan.
Ryan was kept very
busy throughout his
time at the track.
Have you found any other hobbies now
that That’s you have Richie a bit VDW more time?
Ummm, without motorcycle the shirt. people – well we are
different, I don’t know we don’t pick up ball
sports very much, but I play golf a little –
but nah not really. If it doesn’t have to do
with motorcycles, I’m probably not doing
it .I can snowboard a little bit, and a few
other things but I’m not good at any of it…
What’s your choice for your personal
bike. 2-stroke or four stroke?
I lean towards four-strokes, they are fast,
but they are also a little bit heavier, but,
I don’t want to mix fuel all the time, I just
want to go to the gas station and fill up…
That’s easiest for me to ride.
What’s your favourite track – if you had
to choose 1?
They are all different you know – Like this
track – practice will start out Bitchin, and
then it’ll be a bit dry and then it gets a bit
wetter and it’s probably going to be really
good during the day – so it all depends
on things like – how much rain we’ve had
during the day, has it been dry, has it been
wet – all of that plays a factor, how the
track is groomed and prepped, so – like in
SX all the tracks change all the time – so
there is no favorite.
If you weren’t riding dirtbikes for a
living – what would you be doing?
I don’t know – I played soccer as a kid,
but my dad built houses when we were
growing up… so probably that.
What is the gnarliest thing that you’ve ever
done on a dirt bike? Biggest jump etc…
Honestly – I’ve never been a big jumper –if
I had to do it I did it…
Any words of wisdom for up and
coming riders or the youth out there?
I get that question a lot – I was brought
up that when you hit the track – it’s work.
Your family spends a lot of money on bikes
and parts – so I was taught that on the
track it’s time to work and train – it’s not
just a screw off…
What a great day it was, awesome to see
riders of this caliber visiting our shores.
The rumour mill says that he’ll be back
for more of the same next year, so if you
missed him you might just get another
A great vibe and an excellent initiative
by Yamaha South Africa.
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Ryan put his fresh
new Answer kit on
and did some laps at
the National race.
Racing is all about
Plenty of photo
ops with RV.
David Goosen shared a lot of
his expertise on the day.
from the Maestro.
Wessels with RV.
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YAMAHA’S 2020 YZ450
The other day, Yamaha invited our lot to come out and ride the new YZ450. Our
two riders Mike Maverick and Enrico Narbonese met us at Terra Topia to give
the bike a whirl and share their thoughts. Images Gareth Davidson, Glenn Foley
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The Yamaha Crew actually brought along 3
bikes out for the day, the YZ125, the YZ250
and the YZ450. There are no big updates
to the 125 or 250, remember – the 250 was
completely revamped for the ’19 season,
bar some graphics, but it was fun having
the bikes out to play with.
The big news for 2020 is the 450 –
which, as you would have read in our
previous issues, has undergone some
Here are some of the
changes in a nutshell:
Although not an entirely new motocross
motorcycle, the 2020 Yamaha YZ450F
is significantly upgraded for 2020. The
upgrade of the YZ450F applies to both the
chassis and motor:
• The cylinder head on the 2020 Yamaha
YZ450F is all-new, and it is still canted
rearward. To flow the fuel/air mixture more
efficiently—the intake is still in the front—
the new YZ450F cylinder head features
a steeper valve angle and an updated
combustion chamber shape. The cylinder
head is also a more compact design. Inside
the new cylinder head are cams with more
• A new piston and longer connecting
rod complement the new cylinder head.
The new piston ups the compression by
0.2 points to 13.0:1, and it has low-friction
rings. Although the bore and stroke are
unchanged, the connecting rod is longer.
• In the bottom end, the gearbox gets
smoother shifting and an improved crank
breather system. The new crank breather
system is designed to reduce pumping
• Out of the box, the 450 comes with
Dunlop Geomax MX33 tyres on the
YZ450F. These tyres replace last year’s
Dunlop MX3S rubber. Highly regarded and
optimized for soft-to-intermediate terrain,
the MX33 tyres are the latest from
• The 2020 Yamaha YZ450F’s
aluminum frame gets new flex
characteristics. According to Yamaha,
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That’s Richie VDW
without the shirt.
the change results in “improved cornering
performance, traction, and bump reaction.”
• The KYB suspension gets revised
compression and rebound damping rates.
Yamaha has also fine-tuned the engine
mounts, top triple clamp, and the front
axle to work with the new suspension
settings. The wheelbase and rake have been
• The seat on the YZ450F sits over a
half-inch lower. The seat is now right at 38.0
inches, down by 0.6 inches.
• Yamaha has worked on the braking
for the 2020 Yamaha YZ450F. There’s a new
front brake caliper, plus a new front disc
that retains the 270mm disc size. In the rear,
the disc diameter has been reduced by five
millimeters to 240mm. The brake pads are
• The weight of the Yamaha YZ450F
is static, with it still hitting the scales at
• Yamaha Power Tuner: Yamaha’s
YZ450F was the first motocross bike with
inbuilt connectivity, that enables remote
wireless tuning using a smartphone. By
downloading the free Power Tuner app
for IOS or Android devices, YZ450F riders
or mechanics can easily adjust the fuel/
air mix and ignition timing to set the bike
up for different tracks and changing riding
conditions. This feature makes the 2020
YZ450F the most adaptable motocross
machine that can be tuned instantly at the
trackside, enabling its rider to master a wide
range of surfaces and weather conditions. In
addition to its engine re-mapping function,
the Power Tuner app can also record race
log information and monitor a range of data,
including system diagnosis, engine run time
and more. Cool huh!
• Handlebar-mounted adjustable
mapping switch: After pre-programming
the 2020 YZ450F with the Power Tuner in
the paddock, there’s a handlebar-mounted
mapping switch that enables the rider
to select the map of their choice. This
simple on-the-fly adjustment allows instant
mapping changes to suit changing track or
weather conditions, from a super-aggressive
map for fast dry tracks to a more useable
map on muddy surfaces.
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Our brief to Mike and Enrico was: Go out, have fun,
ride fast, tell us what you think of the new bike. Both
came back looking very impressed… this is one very
“I love the instant power. The trend
these days is to make the big bore
bikes get smoother and smoother
– but this time round, it feels to me
as though Yamaha has focussed on
giving this model significantly more
torque – or old school aggression.”
Mike says: I love the instant power. The trend these
days is to make the big bore bikes get smoother and
smoother – but this time round, it feels to me as though
Yamaha has focussed on giving this model significantly
more torque – or old school aggression. And that’s
cool. You open the throttle and if you want, you
easily send that wheel skywards. You know that
this is a 450 the minute you ride it.
BUT: the changes to the chassis and all that
has paid dividends. I am really impressed. I read a
couple of international reviews on the bike – they talk
about frame flex and stuff – but I cannot feel anything
weird at all. The 202 feels a lot softer over the
braking bumps, softer on your feet and arms.
Also, although I know the bike weighs just about
the same as the 2019, it feels lighter to me. They
have lowered the centre of gravity and it shows. I’m
more confident throwing the new bike around- and
you can bring it back easily. I got it a bit sideways
on the one jump and I though “oh-oh!”, but the
bike actually saved me.
So from what I can tell, Yamaha has
made a bike that is more powerful than last
year’s model, but they have upgraded the
suspension and brakes to reign it in and keep
it all under control.
To me… this is a bit more exciting than last
years model, with more torque on tap which
means that you don’t need to ride the bike as
hard as the previous models.
This will probably pay dividends in the
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Enrico says: I rode last years model, so
it was great to ride the new one. In my
opinion, this bike is just so neutral. It
surprised me how competent this bike
feels in all areas. They have created an
excellent balance between engine and
chassis. And you could probably see how
much fun I was having out there – it’s fun
to whip – and really forgiving – so you do
get a bit cocky.
This one is definitely the most powerful
Yammies that I have ridden – I like the fact
that when I had a sketchy moment or two
out there – panic rev and she came right
back to where I wanted her. If I need power
out of the turn – it’s right there – no lag,
just right where you need it.
The new chassis does make a big
Even when I found myself swapping –
that chassis saved me a couple of times.
It’s such a well-balanced bike.
I have nothing to criticize; The new YZ
surprised me how good it is….
This is high praise from two very
On the day, Yamaha had quite a few
riders along to play – and the bike was
left stock – as it came out of the box. Both
Mike and Enrico commented that we need
to get the bike again so that they can play
with the electronics and suspension.
Our guys felt that the front felt just spoton,
but that they would like to set the rear
up to match their weight.
Watch for this in future issues.
You’ll need to check this bike out for
yourself. Go and check it out at your
closest Yamaha dealer.
“They have created an excellent
balance between engine and chassis.
And you could probably see how
much fun I was having out there –
it’s fun to whip – and really forgiving
– so you do get a bit cocky.”
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S n o w + R o c k E n d u r o 2 0 1 9
On the weekend of 26 and 27 October
2019, Afriski Mountain Resort hosted
another great edition of the Snow+Rock
Enduro motorcycle event. The recent
warmer weather put paid to any last
vestiges of winter snow, there were more
than enough rocks on the route to make
this a rewarding and challenging event
for participants of novice, intermediate
and advanced skill levels.
This partnership between
Afriski and Wild West Enduro
Track delivered an event that –
to judge from all the feedback
received – was perfectly pitched
to offer a balance of serious
riding challenges and family fun.
The setting for Snow+Rock -
high in Lesotho’s stunning Maluti
Mountains – provided unique
riding and exceptional views
across the Mountain Kingdom.
The altitude and rocky nature
of the routes for the event are
not dissimilar to that which will
be encountered at the iconic
Motul Roof of Africa. This added
an extra dimension for many
of the Advanced riders, who
relished the additional training
opportunity with the Roof only
Intermediate riders got to
experience the satisfaction of
pushing themselves and their
motorcycles that little bit harder
than usual, and the Novice riders
could revel in that wonderfully
invigorating blend of pride and
relief that comes at the end of
any outride in Lesotho.
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The Off Cambers are tricky...
Spectacular staging point on day 1.
In a refreshing reflection
of how the world of Enduro is
changing with the times, this
year’s Snow+Rock event had
noticeably more female riders
taking part – and in many
cases, proving themselves
more than capable of handling
anything the landscape could
throw at them!
The Advanced category of
course saw the most intense
competition. After some
fun, competitive riding, the
podium on day 2 comprised
Brett Swanepoel in first, Jaco
Den Heyer in second and
Dylan Jones in third. Brett, in
particular, was in superb form
and he has clearly put last year’s
severe wrist injury behind
him. His ultimate goal for this
year, is a podium finish at the
Motul Roof of Africa, would cap
what has been a remarkable
comeback year for him.
Wild West’s Francois
Marais, one of the founders of
the event and owner of Wild
West Enduro Track, professed
himself very happy with how
the event went:
“The feedback from the
riders was overwhelmingly
supportive of the event and
many were asking for the 2020
Snow+Rock dates to add the
event to their annual riding
calendar. The dates will be
released soon. The idea is to
host it a little bit later in the
year.” Watch this space.
Martin Schultz, Snow+Rock
Enduro Route Director, made a
point of thanking his marshals
for their efforts in keeping all
the riders safe and helping
them to successfully negotiate
tough passes like the notorious
“We were happy to see
family members and friends
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here in Lesotho supporting their riders,”
commented Peter Peyper, Afriski Mountain
Resort’s Sales & Marketing Director. “Next year
we’ll be offering even more impressive spectator
points with music, a chillout area and of course
the spectacular views for which Snow+Rock is
famous and encourage even more non-riders
keen for some adventure, to join us,” he added.
Spot prizes were handed out to riders
befitting of titles such as Longest Day, Top
Finishers for Women and Children, Best
Spectator among others. Prizes were sponsored
by Fox, Motul, KTM Durban, Paul Mitchell hair
products, Nomadik Tents, Hedge Hog Shoes and
a 4-night stay at Fairhill Nature Reserve from
Mike and Lorne Burger.
To see more images and watch the videos
from both days, go to the Afriski Facebook page
and to find out about other exciting events
check out their website: afriski.net
Afriski is such a cool venue. Thanks to Nomadik for the tent.
At the start of the altitude ride. Day 2.
Any direction is beautiful...
That’s Richie VDW
without the shirt.
Brett Swanepoel and Buddy Jones.
A very happy Leon Gerber...
Marshals, Dylan and Cecil. Thanks guys!
Russ Campbell and friends...
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LIVE A LITTLE!!
Some cool rides
coming up in 2020
Dirtbikes, ATV’s and SXS all welcome!
Here are some of the dates an venues for 2020... Pop this up onto the
fridge and we’ll see you out on the trails. We’ve been busy looking for
some new venues and it’s looking great for some brand new adventures...
Weekend 24th Jan: Waterberg Mountain Ride, Naboomspruit.
Cool venue - awesome trails, a real bushveld ride!
Sat Feb 8th: Day ride, Cosmos Run. East rand.
Feb 29th: Day Ride, Farm Ride, Parys.
March 27th: Weekend away to Volksrus.
Unbelievable mountain trails lined up for you, it’s going to be awesome!
April Sat 18th: Day ride, JHB South.
April 30th: Long weekend Swazi Mangala.
Two days of fantastic! A brilliant ride through Beautiful Eswatini and the
Barberton Mountains. Get your passports sorted.
May 30th: Tonteldoos Dirt Adventure.
Here’s something unique - we have found one of SA’s best kept secrets
only 20km’s from Steelpoort. We are going to explore the bustling
metropolis of Tonteldoos - and for the first time ever, farmers are allowing
dirtbikes... make sure that you come along.
June 25th: Tri Nations Adventure.
SA, Swaziland, all the way to the beach in Ponta. Arrive Thursday ride Fri,
Sat and then chill or head for home.
July 18th: Day Ride in or around JHB. Probably Heidelberg.
August 7th: Long weekend: Pongola. Great Hotel! Some awesome riding.
1 day in the riverbeds, 1 day in the mountains.
Thurs Sept 24th: Q4Q GP 2 the Bay in the dirt. Four days in the dirt raising
funds for QASA. All the way from JHB to Richards Bay. Too cool!!
More to follow: Drakensberg, Wakkerstroom, Tzaneen...
Watch this space as we go along.
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THE RAD HARD
So – you have outgrown enduro bikes (As if that’s even possible) and you are
not quite ready to enter the big adventure market, but you still want to get out
into the bush. A bike like this might be right up your alley…
The “Rallye” Adventure movement is gaining traction in the South African market.
Quite a few riders are moving from dirtbikes to “Adventurised”machines. Hybrids if
you like. Over the years we have featured bikes of all shapes and sizes from all
sorts of dealers and specialist bike builders. Some have been quite complicated
and “fancy”. Others have been – well, a bit home made. This is a good one…
A simple, effective build that seems to be good value for money.
The Base model for this bike is a 2020 KTM
500. Don’t be afraid – it is an amazingly competent
motorcycle and contrary to conceptions, modern
500’s are no longer rip-your-arms out, mental
machines to ride.
The approach is simple. The 500 has heaps of
power – so RAD dropped the revs a bit with some
simple gearing. This drops the revs and increases
the top end of the bike, which makes it a lot more
practical for riding on the road in order to get to
your trails. We hit the freeways to and from our
offices and found that the bike is plenty fast enough
for a quick burn – it runs happily all day at 140
without revving its brains out. We saw a top speed
of around 180KPH.
The suspension has been set up a bit – the
standard 500 settings are set for enduro but by
playing with the clickers, the RAD team has made
the bike slightly stiffer for a heavier payload. The
beauty of this model is that with the adjustable WP
suspension, you can set it to what you suits you.
A limiting factor for road riding is the choice
of tyres . RAD has fitted a set of MOTOZ
Knobblies – they definitely lean more
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That’s Richie VDW
without the shirt.
towards the bush side of things, so you
need to ride around them at speed on tar,
but on the sand or on the trails they are a
For many riders – tyres like these are
overkill, but there are loads of options,
and it comes down to personal choice as
to how much tough stuff you are going to
be doing. You can select rubber with more
road bias if you are going to be commuting
- or only riding easy gravel roads.
A beefy sump guard has been procured
from the Hyde outfit – it’s kinda strange
that KTM does not fit something like this
as standard tackle.
Acerbis manufactures an enormous
selection of long range tanks. This 12 litre
tank increases capacity by 33 percent
over the standard which means that you
can go further. The tanks are beautifully
made and are completely unobtrusive.
RAD has experimented with a side tank
out back, but it starts getting costly. With
their current configuration, the 500 can
do around 240 kilometres on a single tank.
They are waiting for a 15 litre which will
give the bike even greater range – probably
similar mileage to what you can expect
from a big adv machine.
More distance needs more comfort than
what the standard KTM seat offers. This
one’s seat has gone under the knife with
increased padding - it makes the bike a bit
taller – but that’s worthwhile on the ass for
sure. This 500 is about the same height as
Up front, RAD has fitted a very neat
tower that incorporates the standard
digital display, a charging port and a
beefy screen. They have also fitted super
bright halogen headlamps that skrik for
niks… proper. The brackets for the tower
are properly made and fit seamlessly.
Incorporated neatly under the bars is a
KTM Steering damper.
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The FMF pipe is a great
option on any bike like
this – it really brings things
Here’s the beauty of this
build. The 500 feels and
rides just like a standard
500. We like to see where
our front wheels are when
we climb hills and stuff –
this tower is compact and
does not impede your line
of sight, but it still offers
decent wind protection
on the faster roads. You
do not notice that a long
range tank is fitted.
The 500 makes such
good power that the
longer gearing still feels
spot-on in the tighter stuff.
The bike still makes plenty
of torque if you like to hoik
a wheelie now and then.
For the duration of
our ride, nothing rattled,
vibrated loose or anything
untoward. It’s a quality
conversion for sure.
Too much fun to ride.
If you own a four stroke
and want to look at a
conversion like this,
RAD in Witkoppen road,
Sandton can get it sorted
for you – or you can buy a
brand new, adventurised
bike from them.
Give them a call - many
options are available.
WP is expanding its footprint in South Africa
and is looking for professional business
partners that can bring the exciting PRO
COMPONENTS range of WP to the market.
Are you a suspension expert and interested
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take the first step in getting you in front.
So – It’s a long tale of woe – and we are pretty sure that
you’ve all been there but one of our Four-Stroke dirt
bikes just stopped the other day…
Thankfully it did not lock up or make any horrible grindy
noise – it just, - well, stopped.
On closer inspection – we discovered – that in our haste,
the ADHD rider had not checked the oil in the machine
prior to the ride… and the sump was BONE dry. A great
mystery here – but anyway…
As a result, the rings overheated and collapsed and
the barrel and piston was grievously injured.
Much alarm and despondency… Our bikes are
our work tools too and we could see nightmares
approaching with sourcing parts, waiting for
machine work and getting this lot sorted in time for
the next event.
And – naturally, the thought does cross your mind
about the cost of a heart transplant like this…
There is a very famous bike shop in Benoni, well
known for supplying all sorts of engine bits. A call
to the big boss procured an invitation to bring the
damaged barrel in and “Let’s have a look…”
Lots of tutt-tutting and lectures about “Checking
the oil on your own bike”, and I’m pretty sure
there was even a “Bloody fool!” thrown in for good
This left us feeling even more despondent – and
then he disappears with the offending parts into the
gloomy interior of the parts shelves.
You know that feeling – like a naughty kid outside
the headmasters office?
Ken re-emerged carrying a bright red box.
Game services stocks an impressive range
of bolt-on barrels and pistons for most makes,
manufactured in the USA by Cylinder Works.
The kit consists of a spankin new barrel, piston
rings and the gaskets – so if there is no other
damage, you can get your bike up and running
without having to source individual parts – or wait
for a re-sleeve or nicasil job.
And to be quite frank, the price was really keen
considering the saving in time and the convenience
of getting the whole lot in one shot.
The kits are available as standard or big bore –
and we were told that after our failures, we did not
qualify for anything big bore.
So – right part, right price, one shot, give these
guys a call.
33 YEAR’S OF SERVICE
GAME Services was established in 1986 by an
individual with a deep seated passion for motorcycle
racing- Ken Somerville.
Since then, Ken has been at the forefront
of motorcycling in South Africa. With his keen
involvement in Motorcross and Road Racing
throughout the years, he has developed a wealth
of knowledge and experience on “how to do
things right”, from high-end suspension tuning to
engine performance modifications and everything
bike-related in between.
This has lead to GAME Services having
the technical know-how to run some of SA’s
most successful “Dealer Racing Teams” with an
impressive list of riders and provincial and national
championships under their belt.
Oh – and there is an expensive lesson in all of this
– please check your own motorcycle before you go
Game Services Benoni (011) 425-1081
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Rider: Keegan Phillips. Pics by Tristan Hughes.
Mitas Terra Force EH
Super Soft Extreme.
The other day there was a hoot at the gate and a
courier rolled in. We were quite surprised when
he disgorged a rear tyre and a Mousse onto out
Then the phone rang -it was Darren Bishop from
“Hey man – won’t you guys fit the rear and take
off and tell the guys what the product is like.”
In order to do the product some justice, we opted to pass the goods
along to one of our mates Keegan Phillips who races for Arrow
racing Yamaha and who is something of a hard enduro nut.
He has entered Roof in the silver class in December.
He is training like madman at the moment, on all of the gnarliest
rocks that he can find in Gauteng. He fitted the tyres to his Yammie
YZ250x and went to spend the day at Wild West – red loops of
5 loops on the endurocross track and 3 red loops told him
everything that he needed to know. There has been no rain in
Gauteng yet, so there was no opportunity to try the tyre in the wet.
“Uncle Glenn – the Mousse feels great – it’s a good pressure for
finding traction and I had no issues through the course of the ride
and it still looks and feels perfect. When we change the rear again,
I’ll see if there is anything to report, but I reckon it’s good for the
next tyre. I’ll run it for as long as we train up to The Roof and let
you know how that goes.”
“I have not ridden with Mitas before. The tyre really feels excellent,
one of the best that I have used in terms of hook up and grip, but as
you know, that grip means a bit less life and at the end of the ride
the tyre is about halfway done. The carcass feels good, the sidewalls
are strong and I could not feel any flex or anything of the sort.”
“I have included some pics of the tyre new and a various stages
through the day. I reckon it’s still good for another hard ride.”
“If you need lots of grip for event like Roof, this is a great option
– and I think that the wear is also dependant on the riders style.
A hard rider who spins a lot will probably a need a tyre a day at
an event like Roof. A more conservative rider who does not spin
should see 2 days of use.”
“The mousse pressure feels good out of the box, I would not drill it
or anything like that.”
“In my opinion – a great tyre with excellent grip – and that’s what
counts at a race like The Roof.”
RRP Mousse R1750.00
Terra Force EH Rear RRP: 1350.00
Available at dealers nationally
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Yamaha XT 250.
Did you know that in South Africa, bikes under the
500cc mark dominate the sales charts? True story. Small
bikes are all the rage at the moment because they
represent such great value for money – and they are
economical to run. We borrowed two of South Africa’s
best-sellers and took them out for a little ride…
Neither bike needs much in the way of introduction,
both have been around for a while with Honda
adding this pretty black colour scheme, the Stealth
Linex Lifestyles XT 250 is in the traditional blue
guise, and they mounted an aftermarket Givi screen
Our Juan rode the XT on our Gyppo Tuesday
adventure ride, the thought was, that if anyone
battled, we’d have a smaller bike along to help out.
As it happened, one of the guys on the ride had some
battery issues, so he used the XT for a short leg until
we got his bike charged up and sorted.
Juan rode the XT with the bigger cc bikes – and
in the terrain we rode, the big bikes could not really
go that fast, so he had no problem keeping up and
even skieting ahead when some photographs were
required - and while some of the guys on the bigger
bikes were sweating a bit – he grinned the whole way
We didn’t take the Honda along because it was
brand new and once we had run it in a bit, we pitted
the bikes against each other.
Back at the office we sat around chatting about
Guys and Girls. Not only are Small cc bikes
great as work tools and commercial vehicles, but
they are awesome fun to shoot about on. Small,
unintimidating, really low maintenance – and they
are so easy to ride. In fact – a few years ago, we
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loaded all of the small cc farm bike we could
find and headed to Lesotho for the weekend.
That was one of the funnest times we have
had on motorcycles.
Anyway: We took these two out all over
the back roads in our areas – and we hit some
lekker dirt trails…
In the adventure segment – the simple fact
is that for most new riders, a bike like one of
these is just perfect for getting into the sport.
We’ve seen riders buy the biggest baddest
bikes around – and to be frank, they are
usually scared witless the first few times that
they get near a patch of dirt. Little bikes like
these are the perfect learning tools – and can
be just as much fun as their bigger brothers.
Except on long freeway trips.
The beauty of a big cc bike is the fact that
they are almost as fast as superbikes on the
way to your favorite off the beaten tracks
destination. On the little bikes, there is no
getting around the fact that long commutes
can be a bit frustrating because of rider
comfort and the lower speeds at which these
bikes run. But hey! You get to see the flowers
open as you go along…
If you want a bike that can easily do short
legs to work and back – and a bike that can
explore the myriad of gravel roads around
South Africa, or even the back roads and veld
areas where you live, then a bike like this is,
absolutely a great option.
The Yamaha XT250: R67950.00
This one from Linex Lifestyle Centre
Yamaha has been building the XT250 since
1980 and we’ll bet that a lot of you reading this
weren’t even born yet. Another bit of useless
info: In 1982, Rambo rode one in a movie
called First Blood. The bike is tough enough
to carry Sylvester Stallone, so you know it is
good enough for us mere mortals.
With a wide-ratio five-speed and an aircooled
250 cc engine, the XT250 is a proper
little dual-sport machine.
Two things that we really love.
The low seat height and the good ground
clearance. We rode it everywhere and never
bashed the skidplate out. The XT250 handles
so nicely, even at low speeds - it has a short
wheelbase, with a super-tight turning radius
that makes it so maneuverable. And it’s light
too at only 132kg’s.
The compact LCD instrument panel is neat,
with green background lighting. It has framemounted
passenger footpegs for those times
you want to take off with your buddy, but
unless you are quite small, it is a tight fit.
As far as the highway goes, you’re okay. The
XT250 tops at around 120kph without having
to wind it up too much, but - if you can, rather
stay off the freeways. As a commuter or a
bopping-around-town bike - it’s awesome fun.
For heading off for some light off-road fun
and farm roads, you’ve got it made.
You’ll need to decide if the 10 litre fuel tank
is enough for your travels.
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The CRF250L – now in Black.
This one from Honda Wing
Centurion (012) 663-8718
The CRF 250L saw the first major update
for the family in 2017. Among the changes,
the factory added another 1.6 horsepower
over the previous generation, and it added
the “Rally” to the lineup for even more
capacity for fun when potholes appear or
the tar disappears completely.
The 1.6 horses did not make a massive
difference, and we doubt that you’ll be
entering this one into any races – but the
bike has a bit of poke that you’ll enjoy.
In 2018 or so, we were treated to a
launch of the updated bikes somewhere
down in the Cape where we got to ride
them through the Karoo for something like
500KM’s. That was seriously good fun and
I don’t think that a single bike suffered a
puncture or a breakdown.
Honda does build quality motorcycles.
The bike is quite beefy – taller than
the XT and it feels physically larger and a
bit heavier at 146 KG’s. It looks a bit more
modern than the XT - and it is faster. We
did quite a few rolling and static drag races
and swapped the bikes between us – and
proved it over and over.
This is awesome for street commuting.
Top speed is just on 130kph but she’ll chug
happily along all day at 120.
On the trails, the XL is excellent fun.
The suspension is adequate, but because it
is bigger and taller than the XT, it’s maybe
not quite as nimble.
On the up-side, however riding two-up
is a bit more comfortable thanks to the
The 8 litre tank is adequate because the
consumption is negligible. ABS is a nice
At a glance:
These two bikes share a 250cc engine –
and that’s where the similarities stop.
Both bikes are excellent fun on the road
or in the dirt.
The Honda is a bit bigger, a bit more
modern and it is faster.
The Yamaha has a 5-speed gearbox, the
Honda has a sixth gear.
The Honda looks more modern and it is
physically larger and heavier – and, out of
the box, it is notably faster than the little
To us, the Yamaha seems to be a bit
more comfortable and nimble. It holds the
edge in the fun department.
Both bikes are backed by giants in the
motorcycle industry, so you can buy either
of them with peace of mind in terms of
parts backup and service.
Go and visit your dealer.
That’s Richie VDW
without the shirt.
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riders who want maximum
performance but with massive
air-flow through the jacket.
The polyester mesh jacket now
features tough nylon overlays
on the shoulder and elbows,
creating a very durable jacket
for summer use. It also has a
removable waterproof liner just
in case of inclement weather
which also can be used as an
over-jacket, meaning you don’t
have to refit the liner to the
inside of the jacket if you’re
caught out in wet weather.
It has a fully adjustable rolled
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cuffs for maximum comfort and
features handwarmer pockets
and an outside Napoleon pocket
plus adjustment points on arms
and hips. A Mandarin collar
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Subtle black reflective elements
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riding in low light conditions,
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The Toledo 2.0 Air has CE
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NATIONAL MX Pics by Zygs Brodalka.
2019 SA Motocross Nationals Finale Terra Topia.
Drama Drama Drama.
It was a dramatic final
round of the 2019 TRP
Distributors South African
Championship at Terra
Topia in Johannesburg
over the weekend. With
most of the 2019 champions
crowned… most of them.
MX1 - who’s the champ?
Will it be Husqvarna’s Maddy
Malan - or KTM’s Tristan Purdon?
Watch this space...
It was an exciting afternoon in MX1 when
Husqvarna’s Maddy Malan stormed to the
first moto win over David Goosen, Tristan
Purdon, Lloyd Vercueil, Blake Gutzeit and
This saw Husqvarna’s Maddy draw even
with KTM’s Tristan Purdon with only the
final moto left to race… talk about down
BUT: At the time of us going to press, the
MX1 Championship result is still under
In heat 2 of the final MX1 race, the final
gate dropped to the roll of thunder
through the valley as Husqvarna’s Maddy
Malan took the lead...
He took a tumble at mid-distance to allow
KTM’s Tristan Purdon through.
That was when the race officials stopped
the race, concerned about the dangers of
lightning and the brewing electric storm.
And it has turned into a bit of a storm all
of its own…
Maddy was initially declared the winner
and thus champion, as he was considered
to be leading the lap before the red flags
flew, but because Tristan was leading
when the race was flagged, his team
protested the result.
The day and the title has ended up in the
MSA courtroom. We will keep you posted.
Like any sport where championships or
results are at stake, it’s a contentious way
to win or lose.
Both of these boys are champs with very
bright futures ahead of them.
Thanks to both of you guys for a great
We hope that this issue in our premier MX
class is resolved soon…
The battle for the title - Maddy
Malan (57) and Tristan Purdon (41)
intense battle in both MX1 Moto’s
MX1 start Lloyd Vercuil (777) and
Tristan Purdon(41) banging bars
Chaos at the start of the MX 2 race
Big crowds at Tera Topia
Team Husqvarna supporting
MX2: KTM’s Kerim does it again!
Joshua Mlimi took the opening MX2 race from
his teammate Kerim Fitz-Gerald, Anthony
Raynard and Bradley Cox to see just nine
points splitting Fitzgerald, Mlimi and Raynard
in the title chase leading into the final moto of
Slade Smith however turned proceedings on
their head to win the final from Raynard and
Fitz-Gerald after Mlimi fell out…
This crowned Kerim Fitz-Gerald as the 2019 SA
MX2 champion ahead of Raynard, Mlimi and
Camden Mc Lellan.
Red Bul KTM South Africa Kerim
Fitz-Gerald on his way to his 10th
South African Motocross title
Ian Topliss took the first MX3 moto win to set
up a fantastic final heat with Topliss and Brett
Bircher tied in the championship lead and
Tyson Engelbrecht and Craig Kruger just one
point apart for third.
Topliss ended his championship charge
with another win in the second moto over
Engelbrecht, Bircher and Kruger to take the
title by five points in the end.
Engelbrecht managed to edge Kruger to the
The hard charging
Slade Smith on his
MX 2 bike.
The Effervescent Kayla Raaff raced to another
pair of Ladies MX wins to wrap her 2019
SA championship up ahead of closest rival
NATIONAL MX Pics by Zygs Brodalka.
Natasha Rugani and wildcard Megan
Behind them, Jadene de Lima, Tiegan
Reed, Cheyenne de Lima and Jenna
Bohling fought to the last corner. Jadene
followed Tiegan home to take it by a
point, with Jenna fifth in the title another
2 points adrift.
125 High School:
Camden Mc Lellan took the opening 125
High School win from Jonathan Mlimi,
Christiaan Cilliers and Miguel de Waal
after newly crowned SA champion Dalton
Venter slumped to tenth, leaving Calvin
Jean-Jacques and Arnu Saaiman to close
off the top six.
The second race returned the same top
three as McLellan led Mlimi and Cilliers
home, with Jean-Jacque Saaiman and de
Waal next up as Saaiman secured 2nd in
the championship from Cilliers, Travis
Goosen and Thabo Verster.
The most Epic battle down to the wire
was between these two MX3 riders Tyson
Engelbrecht(12) and Ian Topliss (12)
85 Pro Mini.
Championship leader Leonard du Toit
made no mistakes as he beat his title
rival Blake Young to the opening 85cc Pro
Mini win to open his title advantage to 11
points ahead of the finale with Dylan Kirk,
Wesley McGavin, Nate Mc Lellan, Wesley
McGavin and Luke Grundy next up. Du
Toit then wrapped it up with another
win over Young, Lucas Venter, McLellan,
McGavin and Luke Grundy , leaving
Leonard du Toit 85cc Junior champion
over Young and McLellan.
Zims Emmanuel Bako took the opening
85cc Junior race from Seth Young, who
opened his title lead to 15 points over
Deegan Bloomfield, James Thompson,
Timo Maxino Toepfer, Tristan Durow and
Bako did not start heat 2, leaving Young
to win from Williams, Toepfer, Ryan Adler
and Blake Osner, as Young took the title
from Bloomfield, Bako and Toepfer.
Neil van der Vyver rode to a dominant
first 65cc moto win to wrap up the
Neil’s job was made easier when Trey Cox,
Thor Johnson and Damon Garrell beat
title rival Liam Botha to fifth and third in
the chase. Cox closed to within 6 points of
Botha with one moto still to race.
Van der Vyver then closed his national
season off with a double win for the day
ahead of Cox, Johnson, Jack Pullen and
Blade Tilley, but there was drama when
Botha did not score leaving Cox to jump
into second in the championship ahead
of Botha and Van Wyk.
Ladies Champion Kayla Raaff
125 High School class with
Christiaan Cilliers (39) out
with the holeshot
The 50cc finale proved another sting in the
Championship tail as Christian Berrington
Smith rode to a double moto wins over Chase
Bekker, Jake Pretorius and Cruz Martin, while
the championship leaders struggled with
leader Ethan Williamson ending ninth, and
second man Jake van Schoor only seventh.
This means that Williamson is the 2019
champion from van Schoor, Berrington-Smith,
Keenan Strauss, Pretorius and Bekker.
It’s been an awesome year of
national MX Racing:
Thank you to Bikewise and the guys from Motul
South Africa for making the pages in Dirt And
Trail Magazine possible. Thank you to Zygmund
Brodalka for all the cool pics – and, with a bit of
luck, we’ll see you all again for the 2020 season!
2019 SA Motocross Nationals Terra
Awaiting MSA’s decision.
1st Slade Smith
2nd Anthony Raynard
3rd Kerim Fitz-Gerald
1st Ian Topliss
2nd Tyson Engelbrecht
3rd Brett Bircher
1st Kayla Raaff
2nd Natasha Rugani
3rd Megan Jonker
Leonard Du Toit Pro Mini South African
Champion. Full feature on him in the Jan issue.
guest RV did
1st Camden Mc Lellen
2nd Jono Mlimi
3rd Christiaan Cilliers
85cc Pro Mini
1st Leonard du Toit
2nd lake Young
3rd Dylan Kirk
1st Seth Young
2nd James Thompson
3rd Timo Maximo Toepfer
1st Neil van der Vyver
2nd Trey Cox
3rd Thor Johnson
The start of the 65cc race
with Trey Cox out front.
Neil van Der Vyver
after the first 65cc
Moto and wining the
1st Christian Berrington Smith
2nd Chase Bekker
3rd Jake Pretorius
Left: Ethan Williamson (171) at the start of the 50cc Moto behind Brody Bircher.
Right: South African 50cc Champion Ethan Williamson
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A dominant performance
National Cross Country
Championship is a wrap….
“It was the gnarliest national of the year. Fast, flat-out, and the wind did
strange things to our bikes…” Ian Venter, Sherco.
The National Off-road series
was an intimate affair this
year with some great dices
and quite a few of the top
riders falling by the wayside
through the season. We
would love to see more
involved in this series with
more bikes on the start line…
KTM has done the deed
and romped to absolute
dominance for 2019. Not
only did the orange brand
walk away with the 2019
Manufacturers Award, but a
total of five national titles.
In the OR1 Class, Brother
Leader Tread KTM’s
Louwrens Mahoney entered
the double-header event
just three points ahead of
teammate Ross Branch.
In what was described as
one of the most physically
demanding races of the
season, Ross was forced to
Great Rivals throughout
retire from the event after
sustaining an injury. With the
2020 Dakar Rally looming, the
rider was relieved to discover
that he will be able to get
back into the saddle after two
weeks of rest.
From the moment Mahoney
set off from the start line,
it was clear that he was
prepared to pull out all the
stops to take the win. It was
an emotional moment for the
multiple national champion as
he stormed to a hard-fought
victory on Saturday onboard
his KTM 450 XC-F machine
where he was crowned 2019
National Cross Country king.
This is Mahoney’s 7th and last
national title – he has officially
announced his retirement
“I couldn’t have asked for a
better way to finish the year
than taking one more national
title. This is a massive blessing
for me, especially because
I have decided to hang up
my racing boots. As the new
marketing manager of KTM
South Africa, I have stepped
into a new season of my
career. I can’t thank my wife
and the Brother Leader Tread
KTM team enough for the
opportunity they’ve given me
to pursue my dreams,” said
The celebrations at the
orange camp didn’t stop
there. In the OR2 Class, Jarryd
Coetzee managed to close the
seemingly insurmountable gap
of 13-points to the top step of
Coetzee snatched victory at
both rounds of the doubleheader
season finale, but the
championship title would
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only be decided by the number of riders that finished
between him and his championship rival Gareth Cole.
One of the riders that helped bridge the gap was
Coetzee’s own teammate, Louw Schmidt, who raced his
heart out to finish the event in third place in class. After
minutes that felt like hours at the finish line, it was an
unforgettable moment for Coetzee when he realised that
he would officially take the 2019 OR2 crown.
“Like they say – it’s not over until the fat lady sings.
The chance of winning the championship was so slim
coming into this round, but there’s a lesson I took from
this – never, ever give up no matter how impossible the
situation looks,” said Coetzee.
Bradley Cox is unstoppable at the moment. He received
the first National Cross Country title of his career in the
Like Coetzee, the chance of an overall victory was
uncertain as Cox entered the double-header event. He’d
received a DNF at the previous round of the series after
breaking his collar bone and was nine points behind
fellow KTM rider Haydn Cole.
Cox managed to take the win on both days of the event.
It was not only a proud moment for the rider, but for his
father and motorsport legend Alfie Cox.
“I started my career with a motocross dream, and never
imagined that I’d be experiencing a moment like this. I
have unbelievable support back home and couldn’t ask
for a better mentor than my Dad,” said Cox.
Rounding out the list of national victories for Brother
Leader Tread KTM was Juan ‘Bollie’ van Rooyen, who
for the sixth consecutive time managed to defend the
“Victory always gets sweeter, but it definitely doesn’t get
easier!” joked van Rooyen.
A cherry on the top of a day that will not soon be
forgotten by KTM South Africa was an impressive
performance from Ryan Pelser who won the High School
Your OR1 national champ
Louwrens Mahoney with his
better half Marilyn.
High fives allround for
Louw Louw Schmit.
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“What an incredible season we
can look back at as it all came
down to the wire at this last
round of the championship,”
commented a jubilant
Franziska Brandl, Managing
Director KTM South Africa.
“This is not just any other
team you’ve ever seen, the
Brother Leader Tread KTM
squad and their stablemates
are one big orange family and
some of the toughest riders
who are never afraid to battle
it out on the track. To see all
the efforts come to fruition
and taking home an array of
championship titles this past
weekend is just the cherry on
top. A huge ‘thank you’ goes
out to all the sponsors and
supporters, to the mechanics
and families behind the scenes
and to the organisers who give
us the platform to do what we
do best. 2019 has been one
hell of a season and we are
looking forward to what 2020
will hold in store for us.”
Pepson Plastics Husqvarna
Racing team enjoyed a strong
end to a bruizing season. It
proved a tough couple of days
with significant attrition across
the two days that counted as
The final race proved a great
experience for stand-in OR1
Sherco’s Ian Venter.
rider Ryan Ripley who
delivered a brilliant pair of
third places, while Masters
rider Iain Pepper enjoyed a
positive return from injury -
but OR2 man Taki Bogiages
had a tougher time...
It was also a big weekend
for Cross Country stalwart
Ryan Ripley, who rode the
bike that factory pilot Kenny
Gilbert usually races while
Gilbert recuperates from his
“This weekend proved a
dream come true” Ryan owned
up. “Not only was it a great
privilege to ride Kenny’s bike,
but to score a double podium
this weekend was a highlight
of my riding career I cannot
thank Fred and the team
enough for this incredible
It was also a great weekend
for Iain Pepper on his return
to the saddle after recent
surgery on both wrists. “I had
a good weekend, come to
think of it, Iain admitted. “It
took a bit of time to get back
into my rhythm, especially
in such tough positions, so I
was happy to finish on Friday,
but Saturday went well and I
scored my best result of the
season. “Thanks to my Pepson
Plastics Husqvarna crew guys
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for all the support — it’s great
to be back!”
For Taki Bogiages, the weekend
did not live up to expectations.
“That was a tough weekend!”
Taki admitted. “I had good time
trails with second on Friday
and third Saturday, but the
track was harsh and rough and
I took some serious strain after
a harsh impact to my back,
which forced me to retire late
on Friday. “I felt better and
managed to race to fifth in OR2
on Saturday — not the results
we had hoped for, but now we
look forward to a fresh season
We’ll sit down with Taki soon –
his is a great story that needs
to be told.
The final word:
“It was a difficult Cross
Country year for Pepson
Plastics Husqvarna Racing,”
Husqvarna Motorcycles South
Africa brand manager Fred
Fensham concluded. “We had
a few tough breaks with injury,
with Kenny while leading
the title race, while Taki was
King Kenny came along to support his team mates...
recovering through the year
and Iain missed a couple of
races too, but well done to the
guys for putting their best foot
forward. “Now we can look
forward to starting fresh in
2020. “Well done, guys!”
As we go to print, there are
no final championship results
available from MSA.
Big thank you to the ZC
Marketing, especially Carli
Smith for all the pics and input
through the year.
See you at the races, 2020.
rider Dartagnan Lobjoit
shares his views on the
A lot of blood, sweat and tears
has gone into my racing career
thus far and 2019 has made
it all worth it! I couldn’t be
happier with how the year has
unfolded. Managed to tick off
many of my personal goals by
achieving a 3rd place finish
in the MX1 class at this year’s
Motocross of African Nations,
a 2nd place finish in the OR1
class in this year’s South
African National Off-Road
Championship series and so
grateful to be crowned this
years OR1 GXCC and Northern
My Yamaha FX450 was
KTM’s Franziska and Bollie Van Rooyen...
on fire this whole season
and I can’t thank Yamaha
South Africa and Shimwells
Yamaha enough for all their
support. Also a huge thank to
Henderson Racing Products,
ASC Corporate Solutions,
Guma Lagoon Camp, Nguma
Island Lodge, Racestar Graffix,
Shock Logic, AMP South
Africa, Kavango Engineering
and Neutral Photograph.
Without the backing of these
Companies my racing would
not be possible. Also a very
big thank you to my family and
friends for all their support
this season! 2020 is around the
corner and I can’t wait for the
new racing season to kick off!
Charan Moore took
his first OR1 win
MCA Holeshot Husqvarna’s
Davin Cocker won both days -
2nd in the championship
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Battle of Basalt
It’s awesome to see that the guys up North are busy with motorcycles. Mercia Janssen recently
went along to an enduro event hosted in Zambia. She sent us the story...
Livingstone is better known
as a tourist destination. We
are proud to have the Zambezi
River on our Southern Border.
This river carves its way from
West to East flowing over
the scars in the Basalt rock
creating the mighty Victoria
Falls and the gorges below
that are famous for some of
the best white water rafting in
the world. With the advent of
Batoka Gorge Dam being built a
new road was built to the dam
wall site allowing easy access
to otherwise treacherous
terrain,that is if you drive a car!
This incidentally hastened the
way to some of the best enduro
territory in Zambia. Welcome
to Battle of the Basalt. This is
the new Livingstone Motor Bike
As with all new events,
there are heaps of planning,
changes in plans, unknowns
and finance issues. Motul
stepped up to the plate and
with its generous donations
helped make this event
happen. A huge thank you to
Mercia Jansen and her team!
Last but not least is the course
Carving out this course
from virgin land was by no
means easy. It was time
consuming, very, very hot at
times requiring numerous visits
resulting in damaged bikes,
tired and sore bodies and at
the end a fantastic course. It is
a very testing course which all
of the riders will concur with.
To the Event
Kicking proceedings off was
a mass ride comprising of
enduro bikes, touring bikes
and classic cars. The ride
passed through the main street
of Livingstone towards the
Victoria Falls. The whole ride
crossed the mighty Victoria
Falls Bridge and then returned
over the bridge to the Victoria
Falls Waterfront which is the
host venue for proceedings!
The route passed through
the Mosi-O-Tunya National
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Park where animals have right
of way. Participants were
privileged to be stopped by a
herd of elephants crossing the
main road. Not many riders
can boast seeing elephants
when on their bikes.
Saturday morning saw the
riders actually get onto the
course after scrutineering. As
this was a brand new course
it was agreed that riders were
allowed a siting lap.
The Livingstone Motorbike
Festival welcomed riders from
all the four corners of Zambia,
Zimbabwe, Botswana and as
far afield as South Africa. We
especially welcomed Travis
Teasdale and Darren Gray.
During the siting lap Travis
gave some invaluable pointers
to riders and was an inspiration
Sunday Race Day
All the riders took off with
enthusiasm having had the
siting lap the day before.
The top ranked Zambian
rider Thomas Reeve who
was leading the race on lap 2
suffered broken clutch cover
and DNF. Travis Teasdale
unfortunately also had to
retire. This left the field wide
open. This was a 2 lap race,
with 32km per lap. Winners of
the A1 Category were Jesper
Lublinkhof, Dave Reeve and
Darren Gray. We always
focused on the winners but
it’s all the rest of the riders
who make up the numbers
ultimately making the event
possible. One person in
particular stands out! Lamia
Hepplethwaite - a teenage girl!
She was overwhelmed by the
terrain, physically exhausted
but persevered to finish the
race, and she was cheered
across the finish line by
We should not forget our
young ones; they had their own
little track, and it was awesome
to see the determination and
grit in their little faces.
Check out our website www.
com, follow us on facebook and
See you all at next year’s
Quote of the race - Jo
Stallman - DON’T STALL MY
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ROAD TO DAKAR
2ND IN RALLYE DU MAROC 2019. SECOND SOUTH AFRICAN HOME.
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Earlier we introduced
you to the effervescent
Taye Perry who took
part in the Merzouga
Rallye in preparation for
her attack on Dakar.
As a part of her training
she took on the Rallye
Du Maroc that attracts
all the top riders from
across the world as a
final prep for Dakar.
Incidentally, next year,
Dakar is happening in
Saudi Arabia in Jan
2020. Taye qualified at
Merzouga and will be on
the start line.
Quite a few Southern Africans
took part – it’s amazing to
see how such a small riding
community produces so many
world class racers.
Taye was joined by guys like
Ross Branch from Botswana,
Zimbawe’s Graeme Sharp,
SA’s Aaron Mare, who spends
most of his life between
the US and Dubai and SA’s
Werner Kennedy and Alex
of the other SA lady racers
took part, however Taye and
Kirsten Landman will both be
competing against the likes of
Laia Sanz who won this race.
The star in the mens division
was Ross Branch who came in
in 8th overall – but Taye says to
watch out for Aaron Marais –
he is so fast!!
“The Rallye Du maroc is very
different to Merzouga – less
sandy, and a lot more rocky,
tough terrain with Marbles and
lurkers all over the place. Lots
of mountainous climbs and
hilly stuff – where Merzouga
was a lot flatter. The average
race day starts at six in the
morning – with long liasons
and special race sections. The
average rider is in the saddle
for around 8 hours.”
They run a very similar style
to Daker – so for example – at
Merzuoga we did our own road
books the evening before the
stage. At Maroc, for the first
time, riders were given the
new coloured roadbook on
the day – which means that
every competitor is following
Taye with Factory
“From the start of the special, spectacular
mountain passes, lots of rocks, in your
face all the time. Hard on the tyres and
the body – and before we even go there
– the entire race is one big dust cloud –
so visibility is fun. You have to race with
your head. It was a good day for me – you
kind of overtake the guys who are slower,
get overtaken by the faster vehicles
(Usually the cars cough, cough)...”
Taye at the start of
blind. The reason for this is to
prevent riders from literally
google earthing the routes in
advance and planning, where
others don’t have that luxury.
They will be using this system
at Dakar. It’s all about evening
out the playing fields.
It’s a full five days of racing.
This was Tayes first time on
a “factory” rallye replica. She
rented from Nomade – they
offer a package where they
supply and prep the bikes –
and keep the wheels turning
The prologue is short, only
about 10 kilometres of racing
after a long liason. The route
zigzagged up and down a
steep, slippery mountain –
and general consensus – very
orderly and a good format.
From a field of roughly 75 bikes,
Taye came in at 36. Everyone
we spoke to enjoyed the
shorter format, it’s a good prep
for the next days of racing.
Day 1, around 500KM’s. Early
start – freezing cold.
“Liason - you hop on the tar
among all the other racers
and backup crews for about
200KM’s watching your speed
all along just to get to the
start of the specials. And this
is a part of the race – you
exceed speed limits, you get
penalized, you arrive late, you
get penalized, so you have to
ride with your head. And the
backups can actually travel
faster – so you find yourself
being overtaken… It’s a very
“From the start of the special,
spectacular mountain passes,
lots of rocks, in your face all the
time. Hard on the tyres and the
body – and before we even go
there – the entire race is one
big dust cloud – so visibility is
fun. You have to race with your
head. It was a good day for me
– you kind of overtake the guys
who are slower, get overtaken
by the faster vehicles (Usually
the cars cough, cough) –
and you find your pace and
generally ride solo for most
of the day. And that’s cool
because you can focus on race
lines and your road book. I
was happy with 36th for the
day. The special finished at the
bivouac, so thankfully there
was no long liason, we could
prep the bikes and go and sleep
– get ready for the marathon
day on day 2.”
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Fez is an interesting place.
Taye with Audrew Rossat who entered the
enduro cup class.
Early morning start...
Day 2: Start of a marathon stage. A
marathon stage means that unlike the
previous day, no-one else may work on
your bike. The rider has 15 minute to
check and prep the bike for the next day
and you may not collect parts or anything
from the bivvy. You literally check oil and
do your air filter – and hold thumbs that
you are OK.
“The start of the marathon stage was hard
on the bikes – many of the frontrunners
destroyed their tyres – read above no
opportunity to replace for the next day. I
had a rough time in the dunes – I am used
to riding a 450 enduro bike – the rally bike
is bigger and more bulky and I lost a lot
of time learning how to ride the sand. It
was long day out and exhausting. Quite
a few competitors battled with the new
roadbook, and ended up a bit lost. After
the liason I eventually got in as the sun was
setting – and just after the cutoff, a 2 hour
penalty. A tough pill to swallow, but that’s
racing for you. School Fees.”
Day 3: Second part of the marathon stage.
“The event organisers cut the day
short by roughly 100 KM’s due to safety
Taye after the liason before special.
concerns. I think a big part of this was
due to the fact that many of the bikes
tyres were completely shot – and had to
take it easy. If you take it slow, the trucks
and cars catch you… and that is flippen
scary. Most agreed that it was a good call.
We had another 160KM liason back to the
Bivvyy. That can be soul destroying. You
can’t speed and you kind of plod along
with a very sore butt trying not to nod
off. I ride on the buzzer – it kicks in as
you start speeding, it keeps you alert…
and penalty free. I got in just after six and
gratefully handed the bike over for the
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guys to do their thing, found
some decent food and curled
up in my tent… with earplugs
to drown out the noise from
the guys testing motorcycles
and cars all night. I had fallen
back and was lying at around
49th for the day.”
Day 4: This is when autopilot
kicks in. “It passed as a bit of a
“The day started well, despite
a crash in the riverbed - and I
worked my way right up into
the 20’s - until…
I had caught up with some
guys on quads in a really
treacherous rocky section
and I could not overtake. I
tried to go around them in
the camel grass when my
back wheel found a hole…
and I simply could not lift the
Rallye bike – it was sitting
on the belly pan. I lost lots of
time struggling until Giles my
Nomade team mate arrived to
give me a hand. He’s a great
man – thank you Giles! Then it
was catchup – all over again.
I pushed hard and resumed
the overtaking – all the same
people I had overtaken that
morning… Anyway it worked
out and it turned out to be a
good day. I felt that I was firing
properly and I had finally come
to grips with the dunes. I had
moved back up to 34th for the
day unaware that my tracking
system was not working, so
there was lots of consternation
at home. Nomade sorted the
bike which had run flawlessly
throughout and I headed in
early for the last nights kip.”
Last Day: “Bright and early,
a long 214 liason again to the
short 168KM race section.
Aaargh! It was very technical
stage from both terrain
and roadbook perspective.
Because of my faulty tracker,
the organisers made me carry
a tracker the size and weight
of a brick in my backpack. I
made up a lot of positions in
the special. After that the home
liason back to Fez was 74km’s
and the finish line came up
“I remember wishing that there
was an extra day to gain more
ground… final position – 32nd
for the day and 34th overall.”
“2nd lady home behind Laia.
Very happy with the result.”
“What an experience. What an
This is what a Rallye tower looks like and you need to watch it all.
“A perfect warmup for Dakar,
the ultimate rallye. To everyone
at home who supported us – a
great big thank you!”
Team Taye has managed to
secure a used 2019 450 rallye
Replica for Dakar. That will be
sent along to the guys from
At the finish after 5 days...
Nomade in France – and they
will meet in Saudi Arabia for
To date they are running a little
behind on funding for Dakar
– if anyone can step up and
partner up: www.tayeperry.
Bart from team BAS the
Team Toyota Gazoo.
proudly South African.
Overall winners - cars.
The top 3 ladies with event
organiser David Castera.
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