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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

dawn.”

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

dead?”

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

he died?”

The old biker said, “Who said my

grandpa’s dead?”

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

old.”

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

married.”

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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NEW BIKES GALORE

Lots of new technology has been revealed at the global Eicma show… here

are a few snippets to whet your appetite:

The KTM 390

Adventure Is

Happening

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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The Husqvarna

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

future production.

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

Adventure platform.

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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Ducati Reveals

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Meet the Scrambler Motard and Scrambler DesertX.

During its 2020 model debut presentation, Ducati

unveiled two Scrambler concepts that are quite

intriguing.

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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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

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Suzuki’s large-capacity

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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

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2019 is 100th birthday of the premium motorcycle

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Autocycle also introduced their new range of

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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

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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

Chieftain recently!

The guys at Smith Mining recognised the potential

of Jetsport and offered them the Polaris and Linhai

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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

(M.E.R.S.)

• 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

Retail R288.44 incl

• Patented gage for two important checks:

• Check and adjust chain tension

• Check chain lengthening (wear)

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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

too…at you dealer or www.

Hendersonracingproducts.co.za for

your nearest stockist.

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

dirtbike grips:

Top quality, great feel and well priced,

Domino grips are available in a huge

colour selection from dealers all over…

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

them a mail on info@autocyclecentre.co.za.

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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 –

Chain Wax:

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

Sealant:

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

your adventures…

Super Bright 2100 Lumens. LED Light.

Rugged Waterproof Housing. Includes

Mounting Brackets. www.twistedthrottle.co.za


DUNLOP CLEANS UP

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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

competition mousses

S594/A

Peter Karam OR3 Champion

ROOST KTM Race Team, using DUNLOP

MX33, AT81 and DUNLOP 21 & 18

competition mousses

Wade Blaauw Seniors Champion

ROOST KTM Race Team, using DUNLOP

MX33, AT81 and DUNLOP 21 & 18

competition mousses

DON’T BE LEFT BEHIND. MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR 2020!

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ATLAS Universal Touring Screen

ONLY R950:

Clear or Smoke Tinted Screen. Integrated

Clip On Housing. Multiple Height & Angle

Settings. Easy Adjustment Thumb Lever. www.

biketyrewarehouse.com

BATT TECH compact 12 Volt

Air Pump Christmas Price

ONLY R199.00:

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.

biketyrewarehouse.com

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.

www.biketyrewarehouse.com

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.

biketyrewarehouse.com

KTM Front and Rear Brake

Disc Guards:

Strong Machined CNC Aluminium.

Anodised Finish. Easy to Fit. Fits all

KTM Dirtbikes from 2017 Onwards.

www.twistedthrottle.co.za

26 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE DECEMBER 2019


GET DIRTY THIS

CHRISTMAS.

The best gifts

dont have to

cost a fortune...

A250

A150 AU180

TT125

011 493 6001 / 011 493 6101

32 Hulbert Street, New Centre, Johannesburg, 2001

www.kazuma-sa.co.za


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.

www.dmd.co.za

OXFORD OF607

Brush Set RRP

R350.00:

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

SEATTLE EVO

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…

CONTINENTAL

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

Motocross Goggles

From R789.00

Vue MX

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

breeze.

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

Features:

• 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

frame

• Outrigger design creates a secure

fit to keep dust and debris out of the

viewport

• Triple-layer face foam with fleece liner

provides superior sweat absorption

• Lexan® Lens offers excellent UV

Protection

• 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

included)

• 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

5 900km

R259 900

R 1250 GS Adventure, 2019

4700km, Loads of extras

R280 000

GS 1200

54 400km, choice of two

From R159 900

GS 1200, 2015

63 000km

From R133 999

HP 850 GS, 2019

8 000km, tall screen, bashplate, choice

of two

From R159 900

R 1250 GS HP, 2019 Demo

2 500km, Akro slipon, Navigator, top box

R269 000

GS ADVENTURE, 2014

47 000km

R159 000

C 400 X, 2019 Demo

3 500km

R109 000

R 1200 GS Adv, 2016

18 500km

R185 000

R 1250 GS Exclusive, 2019

7 000km, top box, rally seat, dark screen

R259 000

R nine T, 2017

5 500km, Loads of extras

R135 000

R 1250 RT Exclusive, 2020

Brand new and in stock

P.O.A

R 1250 RS, 2020

Brand new and in stock

P.O.A


A quick chat with SA’s 10 times MX champ

Kerim Fitz-Gerald

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…

32 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE DECEMBER 2019


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

there?

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

really changed.

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.

The Fitz-Gerald

boys. Darryl

getting used to

the view from

behind...

Tent racing at Gold

Reef - me on my PW.

Where it all begins, Kerim

on his brothers bike....

On the 80 in the Fox

Kawasaki days...

In action on

the KX60.

Kerim and Gareth

Swanepoel at Gold Reef

Airborne

on my 60...

DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE DECEMBER 2019 33


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

paying off.

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

the Kawasaki.

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

advantage…

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...

2004 team

Pro Action

final year

Team Pro Action with Shaun

Kruger and Chad Taylor

Darrel, Chad, Uncle Rodney, Kerim

and Dad Kevin at champs dinner 2003.

34 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE DECEMBER 2019



Mixing it up with Brett

Bircher, Freddie Fourie,

Adrian Nel... Springfield.

“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 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

good year

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

that’s racing.

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

States?

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

these days.

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Good, hard racing

back in 2014.

Dad, Kevin with title

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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…

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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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The Venue:

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

character.

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,

Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Veloce, Stylemartin.

italianmi.co.za

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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

to say.

We listened to what Ryan had to

say – and he seems to be a pretty

solid guy.

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, repetition,

repetition, over and over.”

Tera Topia got the full

bLU cRU treatment.

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50cc rider Christian

Berrington Smith

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

opportunity.

Cool Huh!!

A great vibe and an excellent initiative

by Yamaha South Africa.

www.yamaha.co.za

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Ryan put his fresh

new Answer kit on

and did some laps at

the National race.

Racing is all about

body language...

Plenty of photo

ops with RV.

David Goosen shared a lot of

his expertise on the day.

Personalised instruction

from the Maestro.

Our Mike

Wessels with RV.

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BLUE CREW

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

major updates.

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

aggressive profiles.

• 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

losses.

• 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

Dunlop.

• 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

reduced.

• 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

also updated.

• The weight of the Yamaha YZ450F

is static, with it still hitting the scales at

113KG’s.

• 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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Ride impressions:

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

competitive bike.

“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

engines longevity.

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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

difference.

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

competent riders.

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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2019, Afriski Mountain Resort hosted

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warmer weather put paid to any last

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this a rewarding and challenging event

for participants of novice, intermediate

and advanced skill levels.

This partnership between

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to judge from all the feedback

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high in Lesotho’s stunning Maluti

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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

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of the Advanced riders, who

relished the additional training

opportunity with the Roof only

weeks away.

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

Double Dutch.

“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

Or www.wild-west.co.za

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.

www.adventurecompany.co.za

foleyg@mweb.co.za

anette.acc@mweb.co.za

www.adventurecompany.co.za

072-177-0621 / 083-314-2203 / 082-870-6134 / (011) 979-5035


THE RAD HARD

ADVENTURE CONVERSION

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

lekker choice.

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

KTM’s 690.

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

to life.

Ride impressions:

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.

Conclusions:

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.

www.radmoto.co.za

(011) 234-5007

JOIN THE

WINNING TEAM

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

in becoming one of our WP Authorized

Centers? Please send an enquiry to franziska.brandl@wp-suspension.com

so we can

take the first step in getting you in front.

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WHEN

YOUR

BIKE

BREAKS

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

measure.

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

riding…

Game Services Benoni (011) 425-1081

www.gameservices.co.za

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Rider: Keegan Phillips. Pics by Tristan Hughes.

Mitas Terra Force EH

Super Soft Extreme.

Nitro Mousse.

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

veranda.

Then the phone rang -it was Darren Bishop from

WFO bikes.

“Hey man – won’t you guys fit the rear and take

off and tell the guys what the product is like.”

Nice!

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

course.

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.

Keegan says:

“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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THE

LITTLE

Yamaha XT 250.

Honda CRF250L.

GUYS

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

Black.

Linex Lifestyles XT 250 is in the traditional blue

guise, and they mounted an aftermarket Givi screen

up front.

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

through.

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

the bikes.

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

(011) 251-4000

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.

From R74999.00.

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

larger size.

The 8 litre tank is adequate because the

consumption is negligible. ABS is a nice

touch.

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

Yamaha.

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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TOLEDO 2.0 AIR

The Toledo 2.0 Adventure-Touring

jacket has been given a significant

update ensuring it is perfect for

summer riding and high-mileage

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

Neoprene collar and soft-edged

cuffs for maximum comfort and

features handwarmer pockets

and an outside Napoleon pocket

plus adjustment points on arms

and hips. A Mandarin collar

keeps the rider cool around

the neck.

Subtle black reflective elements

give the rider full visibility when

riding in low light conditions,

giving the rider a full humanoid

shape to other road users,

ensuring the Rider is fully

registered.

The Toledo 2.0 Air has CE

Level 1 protectors to shoulders

and elbows as standard and

provision for Oxford level 1 or 2

back protectors.

Contact DMD on 011 792 7691 or visit

www.dmd.co.za for a dealer near you


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

National Motocross

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

Cameron Odendal.

This saw Husqvarna’s Maddy draw even

with KTM’s Tristan Purdon with only the

final moto left to race… talk about down

the wire!

BUT: At the time of us going to press, the

MX1 Championship result is still under

appeal.

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

season.

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

the season.

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

MX3:

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

championship 3rd.

The hard charging

Slade Smith on his

CIT Husqvarna

MX 2 bike.

Ladies:

The Effervescent Kayla Raaff raced to another

pair of Ladies MX wins to wrap her 2019

SA championship up ahead of closest rival

Anthony Raynard


NATIONAL MX Pics by Zygs Brodalka.

Natasha Rugani and wildcard Megan

Jonker.

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.

85 Juniors:

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

Joshua Williams.

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.

65cc:

Neil van der Vyver rode to a dominant

first 65cc moto win to wrap up the

championship.

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


50cc:

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

Topia Results:

MX1

Awaiting MSA’s decision.

MX2

1st Slade Smith

2nd Anthony Raynard

3rd Kerim Fitz-Gerald

MX3

1st Ian Topliss

2nd Tyson Engelbrecht

3rd Brett Bircher

Ladies

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.

Seth Young

85cc Junior

South African

Champion

Special Yamaha

guest RV did

some laps

during lunch

125cc Highschool

1st Camden Mc Lellen

2nd Jono Mlimi

3rd Christiaan Cilliers

85cc Pro Mini

1st Leonard du Toit

2nd lake Young

3rd Dylan Kirk

85cc Juniors

1st Seth Young

2nd James Thompson

3rd Timo Maximo Toepfer

65cc

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

65cc Championship

50cc

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

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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

manufacturers getting

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

the season...

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

from racing.

“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

Mahoney.

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

the podium.

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

OR3 Class.

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

Senior title.

“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

Championship.

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

individual races.

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

smashed elbow.

“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

opportunity.”

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

next year.”

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.

Shimwells Yamaha

rider Dartagnan Lobjoit

shares his views on the

2019 season.

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

Dartagnan Lobjoit

class in this year’s South

African National Off-Road

Championship series and so

grateful to be crowned this

years OR1 GXCC and Northern

Regions Champion!

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

festival circuit.

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

itself!

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

to all.

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

everyone.

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.

livingstonemotorbikefestival.

com, follow us on facebook and

on instagram.

See you all at next year’s

event.

Quote of the race - Jo

Stallman - DON’T STALL MY

FRIEND.

DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE DECEMBER 2019 79


TAYE PERRY’S

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

Ruprecht-Gersteroph. None

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!!

Taye says:

“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

Husqvarna rider

Andrew Short

“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

the prologue.

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

every evening.

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

strange feeling.”

“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

blur…”

“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

very quickly.”

“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

adventure!”

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

the race.

To date they are running a little

behind on funding for Dakar

– if anyone can step up and

partner up: www.tayeperry.

com

Aaron Mare

Alex Ruprecht-Gersteroph

Bart from team BAS the

Kalahari Ferrari

Team Toyota Gazoo.

proudly South African.

Overall winners - cars.

The top 3 ladies with event

organiser David Castera.

Zimbabwe’s

Graeme Sharp.

DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE DECEMBER 2019 83


NEW WEBSITE LAUNCH:

Twisted Trails is proud to announce the launch

of its fully responsive, E-commerce store geared

toward selling high-quality, adventure and enduro

motorcycle accessories to riding enthusiasts.

Twisted Trails was founded by an avid biker who

recognised the need for well-priced motorcycle

accessories that could be fitted with ease.

The website offers a safe, easy and convenient

option for exploring our range of products from

TT Racing, and other aftermarket accessories for

BMW and KTM motorcycles.

We also supply SCS bluetooth headsets and the

Speedo Angels range of products.

We have a no-nonsense approach to delivery and

customer service.

“Twisted Trails works hard to source great products

that we’re confident about – all at the right

price. Every product has been researched, fitted

and tested by our team in the garage and on the

road. Only once we’re happy will we then add the

product to our range,” says the Team Leader of

Twisted Trails. “We want to sell accessories that

enhance the ride of our customer and that will keep

them coming back for more thrills.”

Whilst Twisted Trails is currently a dedicated online

store, the brand is opening a showroom and collection

point at Cornubia, Durban, in February 2020.

Visit our website at http://twistedtrails.co.za/

031 572 2737 / 082 410 7116

info@twistedtrails.co.za

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