Dirt and Trail January 2020


SA;s Adventure and dirtbike magazine







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Hullo you lot.

We hope that you have had a

brilliant Christmas break - we

assume that a lot of it was in the

dark thanks to Eskom - one good

thing is that we get to talk to each

other and use our bikes headlights,

so it’s not all bad. lets hope things

improve a bit in 2020.

To kick the year off - here’s a lekker

feature about Roof - an iconic

event in Africa and it was awesome

to see the talent that we have in

SA. too much good motorbike stuff

is going on. for a relatively small

community we do box above our

weight class.

Have a great 2020

Nothing like starting the

year by saying sorry to a

couple of people.

In last years Kalahari Rally feature,

we were sent images by Awie from

Extreme memories captured and –

we failed to give him photo credit.

Great shots, big thank you.


And then to Frikkie and Lelanie

from Action In motion – same

thing, we failed to use some of

the pics that were sent – and…

one of our clients used images in

their ad without photo credit.

We appreciate how hard you

guys work, thanks for doing what

you do! www.actioninmotion.





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Two Triumph models will appear in the latest James

Bond film, No Time to Die, including a Scrambler

1200 ridden by Bond himself. Also featured is the

new 2020 Triumph Tiger 900.

MCN spoke to the film’s stunt coordinator, Lee

Morrison, to find out what the bikes went through

during filming, how the decision was made to use

the new Tiger 900 and what modifications the bikes

needed to be up to the job.

“Once we knew that we were going to have bikes as

part of the chase sequences for this film, we started

looking at what models we liked,” Lee Morrison,

the stunt coordinator explained. “We thought we

wanted the Tiger 800 but when we spoke to Triumph,

they told us they had a new, lighter 900cc version

in development that we could use under embargo.

They brought it down for us to have a look at and we

decided that definitely had to be one of our bikes.

“That was a prototype and so we started testing a

few things out. There’s a chase sequence in the film

with a lot of water involved and some river crossings

so we wanted to make sure we could run them

through water without any problems. Apart from that,

everything was pretty much ready to go.”

A few modifications needed to be made to make

sure the bikes could be used safely so far out of

their normal riding conditions. The suspension was

stiffened up, a sump guard was added and the screen

was swapped for a smaller unit to allow the stunt rider

to get further forward over the bars in the air.

“We jumped the Tiger 140 feet to flat landing ten

times and it sucked it up every time. We’d check

it over, check the spokes, the Triumph mechanics

would make sure everything was ok and then we’d

do it again,” Morrison said.

More than one Triumph model sees action in the

film. “We modified Scramblers with stiffer springs

on the rear and heavier springs on the front and

we switched off all the rider aids and ABS but we

jumped those too, and you’ll see that in the film.”

We look forward to seeing the movie and the bikes….

And we’ll feature the new 900 in this here magazine

soon. We feel a Dirt And Trail/RideFast movie night

coming on…









Simply put, the new TE 300i is the perfect machine to explore

new ground and go where few have gone before. The trusted

2-stroke is exceedingly simple to manage and for 2020,

features a host of new developments which enhance its THE 2016 2-STROKE ENDURO MODEL RANGE.

class-leading performance. With electronic fuel injection,

The joy of the ride is often in nding routes that nobody else has used – rea

smooth power delivery and impressive torque and power, the

destinations that few others would dare to aim for. The 2016 Husqvarna Mo

TE 300i retains the traits it’s become renowned for. However,

2-stroke enduro bikes rely on exceptional TE 300i agility, a broad powerband and lig

weight – letting you easily explore wherever you choose to go.

with advancements to the frame and bodywork, it offers an

even more controllable and thrilling ride.

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GIVI Smart Clip:

Givi’s new universal

smart phone and

GPS holder.

The fixing system is compatible with tubular

diameters between 8 and 35mm, with the

possibility of being mounted onto sections

which are not perfectly round.

Available in two sizes and compatible with

most smart phones.

Available at dealers. Or: www.dmd.co.za

Renthal handlebars.

Venhill cables

and hydraulic

brake hoses.

Looking for a braided Hydraulic brake hose

kit – or a control cable for your bike? Chat to

your dealer about the Venhill range. For over 45

years Venhill has been manufacturing control

cables, hydraulic hoses and brake lines for

Motorbikes, Quads, Cars, Karts and many

other applications. The hoses and cables

are made in the UK to the highest possible

standard and shipped all over the world.

Locally the product is imported by MSD:


Renthal Twinwalls are engineered for the toughest of

conditions. The Twinwall features a patented design that

borrows aircraft design principles by utilising two tubes.

This Provides the rider with a combination of Strength,

lightweight and safety. Since their introduction in 1998,

the Twinwall has been the handlebar of choice for more

professional race teams and has helped more riders win

championships than any other handlebar in the world.

Available in the most popular bends and colours. RRP

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Travis Teasdale, Wade Young and Kenny Gilbert

among other top local riders use the 996 Villopoto

bend. Local rider Ian Venter and international MX’ers

Glenn Coldenhoff and Jeremy McGrath all use the 999

McGrath bend.

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Bike Kings @


Bike Kings exploded onto the market a year or

two ago when they took over the shop at Red Star

Raceway, shortly followed by their mega store on

Lynwood Rd in Pretoria East. A short while later they

opened their Cape Town store, which has just recently

moved to bigger premises in Paarden Eiland. So, it

was no real surprise to find them opening a new store

in Sandton in the same building as RAD KTM.

The store is well laid out with easy to find sections for

road, adventure and dirt biking clothing, protective

wear and accessories. They carry all the popular

brands in most sizes, colours and styles and if they

do not have exactly what you are looking for they

will get it in post haste, either from one of their other

stores or from the local suppliers. The team under the

leadership of Louis Craukamp, the big boss, and store

manager Shannon Tarr are friendly and efficient and

up to date on their knowledge of most of the products

available on the market today. They carry a wide

range of parts and accessories for most makes of

motorcycles, however as a courtesy to RAD KTM they

do not have a workshop or carry any KTM goodies.

RAD KTM still handles the workshop and will

work on most makes of bikes out there. RAD

also still stocks all the KTM Power Wear, part and

accessories. And of course there is the full KTM

lineup on the showroom floor.

Both Louis and Miguel, (big boss at RAD), say they

joined forces to offer the biking community in Jhb as

a whole a better shopping experience, they can now

cater for bikes and bikers right across the board.

To make things even easier they also cater for the

cyber shopper at www.bikekings.co.za and can

deliver countrywide within 72 hours. Give them a

call on 011 234 5007 and ask to be put through to

accessories or drop in for a visit at No.1 Wall street,

corner of Witkoppen and Rivonia roads in Sandton,

just off the highway or drop the boss an email on


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New boots from Sidi:

SIDI X-3 Enduro Boots

The X-3 Enduro Boots take the top features

found in SIDI’s highest level off-road boots

but offer them at a mid-level price. They tell us

that the laminated Technomicro shell shrugs

off wet conditions and abrasion better than

natural leather – without the need for routine

care and conditioning. The Single Flex System

at the ankle limits axial rotation and is matched

by reinforced hard armour on the outside. The

four cam lock buckles along the upper and the

Davos-style enduro sole (engineered for great

peg feel) are fully replaceable.

The Cambrelle inner lining is perforated to

maintain airflow and treated with Teflon for

easy care over many seasons and many

stream crossings.

At your dealer.

Sidi Releases the

Adventure 2 Gore-Tex

Mid Boots:

Off-road Protection in a Boot that’s

Comfortable Anywhere

At least that’s what Sidi is going for with

the Adventure 2 Gore-Tex Mid Boots. The

company wanted to make a boot that’s

suitable for off-road and adventure riders who

spend a little time off the bike, too. These

boots are designed to be comfy both when

riding and when walking around.

They feature a Gore-Tex waterproof

membrane. That membrane is supposed to

also be breathable, which means your feet will

stay cooler in warm weather and not sweat.

The boots also feature a bonded non-slip lug

type sole, replaceable micro-adjustable camp

lock buckle system with memory retention

straps, Sidi’s full-grain microfiber material for

the upper construction with Cordura, a nylon

inner sole with a removable arch support pad,

and Teflon mesh liner in the upper area that

will not retain water or sweat and should dry


The boots also obviously feature heel

reinforcement and toe reinforcements. So that

your heel and toe are well protected.

Overall, these boots look like they could be a

really good pair for adventure touring riders,

especially if you like to really go off the beaten

path. One of our contributors will be testing

these boots at some point in 2020.

At your dealer.

When constructing most of Sidi boots,

Sidi uses a new generation material

called “Technomicro”. Technomicro is a

composite microfiber material created

from strands that are so fine, each one is

less than one thousand the thickness of

silk. These fibers act like natural leather

skin, but with the advantage of better

strength, softer texture and lighter weight.

Technomicro is also water resistant, highly

resistant to abrasion and tearing and is

easy to clean and maintain. Technomicro

doesn’t stain and offers reduced weight,

more flexibility and a better feel than leather

or other synthetic material boots



Ariette Riding

Crow goggles:

Designed specifically for riding in sandy

conditions with closed-cell vent filters to filter

out sand and other debris. This top-grade

product is expertly made in compliance with

stringent industry standards to offer a fusion

of a well-balanced design and high level of

craftsmanship. Manufactured from industryleading

materials using up-to-date equipment, it

ensures everlasting reliability and enduring value.

This product is distinguished by total quality

assurance, unsurpassed by anybody else.

The EVS - Axis Sport

Knee Brace

Modelled after the EVS Axis Pro, the Axis Sport

Knee Brace is designed for lightweight comfort

and flexibility utilizing reinforced nylon injected

upper and lower cuffs. The monocoque aluminium

hinge allows for a low profile structure, which

results in a comfortable, lightweight and rigid

brace that features:

- Patented Tru-Motion 2.0 anatomically correct


- Dual Defense full coverage knee cup

- Reinforced nylon injected upper and lower cuffs

- Adjustable hyperextension lockouts

- Thermo fit molded liner

- Form Fit frame

They are sold in pairs… obviously, get hold

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new products coming into the market.



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Premier clutch kits.

Premier clutch kits are available in standard as well

as performance kits that include stiffer springs for all

popular enduro bikes.

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• Ideal general replacement to OE for all motorcycle

sizes - street/dirt/atv.

• OE Quality anti-swell cork based product.

• Aluminium particles impregnated to increase wear

life and heat resistance.

• Asbestos free clutch plate sets.

• Packed in engine sets – kit includes complete set of

friction plates.


• Ideal replacement for heavy sports bikes and faster


• Kevlar paper lined plate set.

• Kit includes heavy duty springs (we cannot supply

a heavy duty spring kit for bikes with diaphragm type


• Longer life and higher heat resistance than CK series.

• More aggressive/faster ‘take up’ then the standard

CK series.


• Ideal replacement for high performance street and

road race use.

• Kevlar fibre lined friction plates.

• Steel separator plates.

• Heavy Duty springs* (*some kits now include

diaphragm springs as used on many larger new bikes).


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• Smooth clutch take up compared to paper clutches

which can ‘snatch’.

• Heavy Duty springs and Steel separator plates

prevent premature plate wear, oil muddying and loss

of stack weight.

• Steel separator plates increase flywheel effect of the

engine and improved performance.


• Up to 15% stronger than original.

• Each pack contains a complete set of HEAVY DUTY


• Customer should be advised that after installation of

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The Science Of Two-

Stroke Exhaust Smell

All it takes is one whiff. It could be an old dirt bike

starting up fresh out of storage or a vintage scooter

trundling past. No matter. As soon as two-stroke

exhaust hits your nose, it splits your face into a big,

toothy smile. The stuff literally gets under your skin.

But what are you actually smelling? And why is it so


From a physiological standpoint, the answer is

straightforward. Olfaction, the process of smelling, is

closely tied to emotion and associative learning. And,

unlike our other senses, it’s wired directly into the limbic

system; before you even identify a smell, the olfactory

bulb has already triggered a memory and the feeling

attached to it, a true primal reaction. So, if you grew up

around motorcycles, your brain might associate twostroke

with the warmth of family, the pride of winning

a race, or the satisfaction of tuning a carb. Getting a

snoutful of the stuff can be comforting on a neural level.

But there might be more to the magic of two-stroke’s

distinct scent. So says Kelly Jones, the New Yorkbased

perfumer behind Kelly + Jones, an experimental

fragrance line stocked at stores including Urban

Outfitters and Garmentory. Asked to analyze burning

synthetic two-stroke for Motorcyclist, her trained nose

picked up an array of smells, including benzoin and

balsam (tree resins), cade oil (a species of juniper),

and a hint of patchouli (yes, patchouli). To Jones, the

underlying character here was revealing. She notes that

tree resins represented the very first perfumes, tracing

back to ancient civilizations. Benzoins and balsams

have long been used to make incense, and cade oil is a

known antiseptic.

Altogether, she describes the two-stroke fragrance

profile as ancestral, ritualistic, ceremonial, and


“In a way, this scent is actually very human,” she

says. “There’s a term we use in perfumery, animalic,

to describe musk. And this one’s a little dirty, isn’t it?

There’s an element of the forbidden. That’s sexy.

People have always been attracted to those

smells. They always will be.”


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Riding the New Africa Twins

Before we sat down to

pen this feature we all sat

down, brewed a cuppa

Java and had a long chat

about the day. Why? Well

that’s easy – there is so

much to say about these

bikes. That’s why this is

quite a big feature…

Honda really has

astonished us…

The invitation arrived – come and

experience the new Africa Twin for

yourself. Pack light, it’s hot and you

can join us at the Gerotek facility for a

little spin.

Cool! It’s been a while since we rode

there – absolutely world class - and

we were curious to see how the new

AT lines up in a world that is packed

with a plethora of awesome adventure

offerings. Our base was the famous

Amazingwe lodge in Harties, where we

were introduced to the team from Honda

SA – and to the new bikes.

You’ll notice that out header shouts

Twins. Plural. Essentially there are four

different models, the Africa Twin in two

formats, manual or DCT and then the

full house Africa Twin Adventure same

thing. The standard bike becomes the

more off-road machine while the Adv

Sport remains as the comfortable tourer.

At a tech chat, the emphasis was

all on the electronics. But there is a lot

more than just those to this bike.

Electronic wizardry is all the rage at

the moment: Honda has joined the other

manufacturers by packing the bike with

an electronic aid for every occasion.

Now this here editor always gets

overwhelmed by all of the electronic

options… but the good news is that you

can find what you like, save all of the

settings and, at the push of a shortcut

button on the handlebar, set the bike

back to what you like. Cool huh!

About that shortcut button… If you

want a lesson in confusion just check out

the image of the left switch… you are

forgiven if your eyes glaze over a bit, it will

take a bit of time to figure it all out, but

eventually your fingers do find thier way.

The new TFT display is a full-colour

6.5 inch screen. This new dash (or

‘Multi Information Display’ as Honda

calls it) is the means by which all

settings are changed and is standard all

models. It’s touch sensitive. Cool huh!


It incorporates Apple CarPlay,

via an iPhone plugged into the

USB slot by the dash, as well

as supporting navigation and

music apps via Bluetooth on

both Apple and Android. A

second ‘mini dash’ displays

speed and gear, for when the

main screen is taken up by

mapping or other info.

For 2020 the Twin gets a

six-axis Bosch IMU. This means

the bike now has lean-sensitive

traction control, cornering ABS

and wheelie control as well as

rear wheel torque control. In

addition there are now four

riding modes (Tour, Urban,

Gravel and Off-Road) with

various levels of electronic

intervention. The IMU also

adds its sensory input to

the DCT models, which will

now use the lean sensors to

determine appropriate gear

changes while cornering or

going downhill.

The Adventure Sport even

has electronic suspension and

directional headlamps that

come on when you lean into a

corner. Cool huh!

The (Anti) Wheelie setting

is something new – well to us


Yup! It’s a setting that cuts

the engines power when it feels

that the front wheel is lifting

too high. That is absolutely a

layman’s analogy, but that is

what it does. They tell us that

it is there to prevent the bike

flipping on a very steep hill – or

when a novice rider drops the

clutch too quickly. More on

that later in this feature.

Guys you can Google all of

that, it is a long, impressive list

of the latest and greatest.

Updated Styling:

Man. These guys listened to

what consumers want. They

kept the basic genes but they

have modernized the whole

package. The colour choices

for the Africa Twin are really,

really stunning. We love the red

and the matte black. Choose

your weapon.

The Adventure looks very

similar to the 2019, you’ll need

to park them side by side to

see the real differences - but

the whole package is more

The DCT system has been upgraded and is better.

The new Adventure

sport - those eyes

just lure you in...

Last years Quest participants, Quest

winner Mojaki Rammoneng and spirit

winner Pierre Breytenbach came along.


The comfort of a flip-up helmet,

the look and feel of a modern

adventure helmet, THE SAFETY


This is what a

complicated switch

looks like...

Touch screen TFT display. Too cool!

All on the bus for dinner in the boosh...

streamlined and sexy. The front

end has had a restyle with

new lights that adjust intensity

based on natural light, as well

as a lower screen for better

vision when trail riding. The

forks have been resprung and

now come with new damping



Ok here we go. You need to

climb aboard to understand

what Honda has done to the

new Africa Twin Family. They

kept on about the electronics

package, but in our opinion –

the fact that the bikes feel so

different is really the talk on

these bikes. The Twin’s chassis

have been totally redesigned.

The steering head has been

lightened with skinnier tubes

and the removal of the front

cross pipe which saves 1.8kg.

The sub frame is a now a

separate, bolt-on, aluminium

affair, which is 40mm slimmer

to make it easier to reach the

floor while saving another 500g.

We say again - they listened

to the criticism levelled at the

previous models and have

addressed them.

Saddle height: We are

happy to say that most of us

mere mortals can touch the

floor flat footed. The previous

models were very tall.

Overall size: smaller,

narrower, more compact, more

comfortable. All round a leaner,

meaner design both on the

AT and on the Adventure. The

Adventure Sport is a bit taller

than the standard version.

Seat height has increased

from 850mm on the standard

version to 900mm on the

Adventure Sport.

Suspension: Better, better,

better. A lot of criticism was

levelled at the previous models

suspension, especially about

the front being too soft. We

were very impressed with

what we felt – and there are

zero complaints about the

electronic suspension on the

Adventure. It works without

you even being aware of what

it’s doing.

Engine: At the heart of

both is a bigger and smoother

engine with capacity boosted

“A lot of criticism was levelled at

the previous models suspension,

especially about the front being too

soft. We were very impressed with

what we felt – and there are zero

complaints about the electronic

suspension on the Adventure.”

to 1084cc by increasing the

stroke by just over 5mm. It has

a lot more personality than the

1000cc derivative.

Ride impressions:

Heres the treason that we took

a bit longer to pen this lot. Four

of us went along to the launch

and we all have different

opinions on which model we

would buy if money were taken

out of the equation. Many

heated discussions ensued

about features like Honda’s

DCT system and all of the

different modes that we tried

out. The Ed likes the standard

bike without any bells and

whistles, Sean wants both the

Africa Twin and the Adventure

Sport, and both with DCT

please. Peter Schluter prefers

the Africa Twin with DCT…

and we all spent time trying to

convince each other over who

was right and who was wrong

in their choice.

That is the beauty of

modern motorcycles. If we all

liked the same thing, life would

be sooo boring.


The new Africa Twin feels

lighter and more nimble than

its predecessor. Not just a little

bit either – quite a lot. And

while they have only shaved off

5 KG’s from the package, it feels

like a lot more.

The bike feels more like a

naked than a big adventure

when we were tearing around

Left: Just a few of the hard working team

from Honda SA.

Top: Not a pretty bunch, but a nice bunch



the road circuit. It corners,

brakes and handles beautifully

– and that track is so twisty with

inclined and declines that really

keep you on your toes.

1100cc’s rather than 1000.

There is no replacement for

displacement and – well the

new parallel twin engine is

significantly more pokey and

a lot faster than the old one.

They gave us a short section

where we were able to open the

throttle and we did just that. We

saw 200kph odd easily and they

probably can go faster. Once

again, a big improvement over

the bikes predecessor.

The Adventure Sport is much

the same – only it is bigger, and

it offers the rider a bit more

comfort and protection. We

keep saying better. Both the AT

and the Adventure have been

sharpened and tuned for more

performance, handling and



Most people will never see or do

the stuff that we are sometimes

given to ride at launches. In fact

a few of the more road oriented

Journo’s on the day looked a bit

wide eyed at some of the stuff

that we rode. Most, especially

if they come from a road riding

background, will spend most

time on the tar, with perhaps a

few gravel roads here and there.

And that is not a disparaging

comment, that is exactly

what adventure machines are

designed for.

But the beauty of most

modern bikes is the fact that you

CAN ride them hard in much

tougher terrain – and this is

exactly what we did.

The Africa Twin is – Ok we

keep using the words better

and lighter and faster – but yes

– exactly all of that. And the fact

that they are physically smaller

than their predecessors makes

this kind of riding just that much


Up, up and away...

easier. This is where we got to

try out the suspension – and it

feels spot on. The bike feels well

balanced and nimble – closer to a

big dirtbike than ever before.

In the really rough stuff, the

AT feels more at home and was

really easy to ride. If we were to

compare it to anything current, it

would have to be KTM’s 1090.

The Adventure is a bit more

of a handful but it negotiated the

dongas and things pretty easily –

just – lots of body language and

take it easy. Once again we’ll say

that we doubt that people will

even try the stuff that we rode on

a bike like this.

Dirtbikers will need to get used

to DCT in tech terrain – this rider

kept jabbing for the non-existent

gear lever but the more road

oriented guys seemed to really

be grateful that the bike did

everything for them.

Remember we told you about

that wheelie control device? It

tends to work best on steep hills

– as we discovered when we tried

to climb out of the donga and did

not make it. Switch that off in offroad

stuff – but remember that

it turns back on as soon as you

turn off the ignition.

Ok this story is getting a

bit long winded now. Suffice it

to say that the bikes really are

better than their predecessor in

every regard. And that is high

praise because the first AT’s are

fantastic bikes.

In a nutshell:

The Adventure is fast,

comfortable and has all of the

bells and whistles to keep your

smile pasted on long adventures

– or shorter forays to work and

back. It can do all the techy stuff,

but you need to stay sharp.

The AT is a lot sportier on the

road, fast comfy and compact.

We really had a lot of fun riding

the manual in the dirt – it is

incredibly accomplished.

The electronics on all versions

are plentiful and they all serve a

purpose and work well – but You’ll

need a bit of saddle time to get it

all figured out.

Honda is the only motorcycle

company to include DCT on their

adventure machines. Some love

it, some don’t. Ride one and make

up your own mind.


There is a theme here. Better

lighter, faster, sharper. Honda

has absolutely stepped up with a

great new addition to the world

of adventure bikes. Everyone

who rode the bikes at the launch

was blown away.

Yes... it belongs in our garage...


2nd opinion:

Sean Hendley;

Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin

I have always been a bit

smitten with the Africa Twin.

The whole idea of being able

to climb on a reasonably big

machine and chase the sunset

across the bush, through

jungles, and onto the beach

really appeals to me, and to

top it all off it is named after

my home continent … a place I

love with all my heart.

A few years ago we tested

the first CRF1000L’s and I

was truly infatuated with the

absolute entry level version

without any of the electronic

nannies, they just got in the

way, mostly because I didn’t

understand them and they

kept getting in the way of my

riding style. Admittedly the

front suspension wasn’t as

good as it could have been, but

that was sorted out in the later

models along with one or two

other small upgrades. Then

“...the old Twin had a relaxed long-stroke type feel to

the motor with oodles of low down torque at very low

revs with a gorgeous exhaust note sort of like Barry

White getting all deep and soulful.”

came along the Adventure

Sports DCT and that was

me done for, I had started to

enjoy the electronic gadgets

as I understood them more

and more, but the DCT box

on the Honda’s is by far my

firm favourite – Why don’t all

manufacturers offer this option

on their bikes?

The first bike I rode was the

CRF1100L manual. Swinging

my leg over it I immediately

noticed that it felt significantly

smaller, narrower, lower and

lighter than its predecessor

which did concern me a bit

as I am quite tall. I loved the

ergonomics and size of the

previous generation because of

its size and was pleased to note

that with a small handlebar

adjustment to the new bike I

was just as comfy as on the

outgoing model. I then made

the same adjustment to all four

variants and spent the rest of

the day making the Honda SA

personnel extremely nervous

with my antics. Because of its

size, the way the electronics

keep everything tidy and the

weight and power delivery

the new Africa Twin is just so

rideable. I cannot jump a dirt

bike properly, but I was quite

confident getting a bit of hang

time on the Africa Twin.

The very next thing I noticed

was how much more revvy the

motor felt, the old Twin had a

relaxed long-stroke type feel to

the motor with oodles of low

down torque at very low revs

with a gorgeous exhaust note

sort of like Barry White getting

all deep and soulful. The new

engine definitely revs up a lot

quicker and harder giving it

a sportier feel without losing

any of the low down grunt,

the exhaust sounds more like

James Hetfield thrashing out

“Am I Evil?” Power delivery

is predictable without being

boring depending on your

choice of modes and traction

control. With both the manual

and DCT I did find that with my

115kg weight and depending

how much air I got off the

jumps that the suspension

would bottom out occasionally,

but that being said it wasn’t

designed to be jumped like a

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the Adventure Sport DCT with

its clever electronic suspension

I set it up to rider with pillion

and luggage, which I could

physically feel the suspension

changing underneath me, and

off I went … much to the dismay

of the Honda staff, especially

when one or two other journo’s

started to follow suit.

A fun feature on the DCT

models is the DCT sport

modes from one to three,

each progression holding

the gear for longer, allowing

for higher revs and better

engine performance, this

was particular fun on the

solid surface mountain pass

track with one or two rally

style jumps. Initially, I wasn’t

expecting the jumps and was

caught a bit off guard when the

Africa Twin got airborne under

acceleration out of a corner

and up a blind rise, but by

my last lap I was trying to see

how far I could jump the bike

into the next corner without

running out of talent, then

cranking so low into the corner

that on a few occasions I was

scratching the footpegs on the

deck. The new bike is just so

stable and confidence-inspiring

in all circumstances that I was

soon riding way past my own

known abilities.

It is just so so

rideable that we

spent most of the

day just doing this ...

Riding aggressively on

the DCT bikes did take some

serious reprogramming of

my brain. There is no brake

lever to bang down on when

you need extra compressionbraking

or a clutch lever to reel

in the power to the back wheel

when things get a bit awkward

going into an obstacle too

quickly. Tramping on the rear

brake and steering hard in the

direction you need to go and

relying on the bikes electronic

package to do the rest does

require quite a bit of faith in

the system and in the strength

of your sphincter to keep your

undies tidy, but once you learn

to trust the system and hear it

gearing down by itself and feel

the suspension making up for

your lack of skill you do tend to

push the envelope a bit more

each time.

The electronics package

on the new CRF1100L is

something to behold, besides

the clever DCT with its sports

setting, various riding, ABS and

traction control it has one or

two other interesting features

such as wheelie control which

can be set on low, medium or

high which will reduce power

to the back wheel accordingly

and bring the front wheel back

to terra firma. Great idea, but

Switch off the wheelie control,

bang on the throttle and hill climbs

become great fun


like Glenn says, until you forget

to switch if off completely on

steep hill climbs. We couldn’t

work out why we were battling

to get up a relatively small and

easy hill until we worked out

that the wheelie control was

reducing power every time the

front wheel got higher than the

rear wheel. Once we switched

it off, we were soon tearing up

any hill we could find with the

ease of riding up a steepish

driveway; even stuff that

looked fairly intimidating from

the bottom was cleared with

surprising ease.

Another cool feature is

the stoppie control which I

think is only available on the

Adventure Sports DCT … I

speak under correction, but

what happens is when you

grab a handful on the brakes

and the rear wheel lifts off the

deck, the front suspension

starts to stiffen and work in

conjunction with the ABS and

forces the back wheel down

again. Speaking of the ABS, the

Honda SA official demo rider

gave us a demonstration of the

difference in braking distance

from no ABS to road mode

ABS to off-road ABS with quite

startling results, OFF-ROAD

ABS stopped in the shortest

distance with the most stability

by a very big margin, no

ABS went wandering off into

the bushes. So for all of the

“experts” who tell you to turn

everything off… well the proof

is in the pudding.

We were then taken onto

the roads for some “real

world” riding, I think 200kmh

plus on public roads is ‘real

world’ in SA …, it gave us

the opportunity to test wind

protection and high-speed

stability and emergency

braking while tilted over in

a corner in my case. Once

again, I didn’t die when I was

thoroughly convinced I was

going to or at least be in the

hospital for a long while. The

one thing I did work out is that

I do not like the tall screen on

the Adventure Sport models, I

would swap it out for the little

screen on the standard bikes,

they give a brilliant comprise

between wind protection,

airflow and visibility.

Another small niggle I

have is the with the brilliant

electronics package, it did take

some getting used to especially

with the multitude of switches

and etc. on the left handlebar

cluster, it took me almost an

hour to work out where the

indicator switch was, and looks

like it will be quite expensive to

replace if it ever gets damaged

… seems a bit overkill and

superfluous particularly when

you consider the TFT screen is

touch screen operated, a nav

wheel ala BMW would make

much more sense. Good news

though, all the new bikes do

come with cruise control but

I do think a small oversight

on the manual bikes was the

absence of a shift assist (power

shifter)… but who would want

a manual gearbox anyway when

the DCT is so flippin’ good?

So not a real issue anyway.

In conclusion, in addition to

that Scrambler that we rode last

month, I desperately need a

DCT Africa Twin in my garage…

Lots hope that the lotto

numbers are in my favour…


Africa Twin Adventure Sports:

Manual: R236 000

DCT with electronic

suspension: R269 000

Africa Twin

Manual: R210 000

DCT: R222 499

Go and chat to your nearest

Honda dealer.



by Bruce de Kock, owner of Bike Tyre Warehouse Midrand

So we’ve finished with the teens and are into

the 20s now! Let’s hope this decade brings

positive change to our industry in general.

Technological advancements across the board

will certainly see some huge leaps in tyre

technology for all types of vehicles, including


This highly competitive market is driven by

premium brands globally whose goal is to stay

one step ahead of their competitors in order

to protect market share. However, there are

a number of new kids on the block who are

starting to gain ground on the Big Boys. These

companies are innovative and spend real time

at the coal face, so to speak, learning what

riders really need and adapting their offerings

accordingly. With no corporate red tape holding

them back, these players are able to make

changes quickly and get new product out and

onto bikes in a matter of months. I’ll share a

couple of them soon, but at the moment, one

brand that’s really got my eye is Duro.

Although this company has been around for

75 years, their current focus and drive on

motorcycle tyres means they’re now making

headway and gaining market share in the

motorcycle arena.

Duro’s total range across all types of tyres

is huge. The power sport ranges cover ATV/

UTV/SXS; Moto Cross & Enduro; Dual Sport &

Touring; Street & Pavement; Vintage & Side Car;

Karting & Sport ATV! The brand is manufactured

in China, Thailand and Taiwan, and is currently

imported into South Africa by Auto Cycle Centre.

The company’s name adequately describes their

tyres’ main selling point – DURO for Durability.

They say: “Our dedication to safety, long lasting

performance and reliability is summed up in our

name. Durability is the guiding principle behind

everything we do.

That expertise, along with persistent R&D

efforts, can be found in every DURO product

providing maximum performance and superior

handling while strictly adhering to worldwide

standards and excellent quality.”

The dual-sport motorcycle tyre market is fast

becoming a key area of growth for all brands

with dual purpose tyres in their product

offerings. Here are two of the company’s

dual-sport products which appear to be gaining

ground in South Africa

First is the Duro Median Product (HF904), which

is described by the company as a dual-sport

tyre that performs in both on- and off-road

environments. It has a tread pattern that

maximises surface area for varying off-road and

dirt conditions.

The tread bars with gaps allow for excellent

traction across all terrains, with good water

displacement too. What’s interesting is that this

tyre is for use on both front and rear wheels.


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The second dual-sport tyre is Duro’s HF333

which is described as a confidence-inspiring

ride for those who spend more time in the dirt. It

has a flat-tread block pattern, which maximises

surface area for grip and a feeling of comfort in

off-road conditions.

The strategically placed tread blocks increase

the level of stability on tar surfaces and hard

pack off-road terrain, while the unique shoulder

block design provides confidence to the rider

when it comes to off-road cornering at lean,

especially on tar surfaces.

The brand is well priced in the market, so if you’re

on a budget, it’s definitely one to consider – not

just for dual sport, but across all tyre types.

Well, that’s it for this edition… I wish you all

a fantastic 2020! Get out there and enjoy your

adventures – our country is certainly big and

beautiful enough to ensure a special piece of

riding terrain for each of us.

Let’s also make 2020 a year to focus on safe

sport-road riding and daily commuting too. With

the roads getting busier and maintenance not

up to scratch stay safe out there especially on

your daily commutes in rush hour traffic. When

lane splitting, do it at safe speeds and only

when safe to do so and always remember a

friendly wave to considerate motorists.

When touring, try and ride with a riding partner

so that you at least have back-up in the event

of a mishap or break down, especially the

dualies out there in the sticks and mountains.


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Riding solo is an incredible experience, but it

has serious drawbacks, you’re safer and always

have more fun in a group or with a buddy.

Take care of your rubber – it’s all there is

between you and the road, so don’t ride on the

wrong rubber or on end-of-life rubber either.

If you are unsure of your current tyre status?

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Words from Toby Price, interview by Andrew Van Leeuwen.

Last year, Australian rider Toby Price broke his wrist four weeks

before the Dakar - and then went and won the race. Dakar is upon us

and quite a few South Africans are slogging it out as you read this.

Here is a great story of grit and determination.

In 2017, Australian rally raid champion

Toby Price overcame incredible odds to

win the Dakar Rally.

A brutal spinal injury meant Toby

faced the prospect of never walking again,

but his grim determination to get back on

the bike led him all the way to victory.

The following year, Toby was unable to

defend his title after breaking his leg in the

early stages of the competition and bowing

out of the race. Toby returned in 2019 to

try to reclaim his title, and once again the

path to glory was littered with challenges,

setbacks and heartache. It was a journey

that very nearly never even began…

This is the incredible story of what

Toby Price had to overcome at the 2019

Dakar Rally...

Toby tells the story:

We were in Abu Dhabi doing the final test

before Dakar. It happened so quickly…

In the blink of an eye I was on the

ground. At first I didn’t think too much of

it, I felt fine. But once the adrenaline wore

off, I started to sense some pain in the

wrist. I still thought it was all good, there

was no swelling, so I wasn’t too worried. I

thought it might be a mild sprain.

The next day I tried to get back on

the bike and it hurt just that little bit

too much for my liking. I went to Dubai

to have an x-ray, and it showed that I’d

broken my scaphoid.

None of the physical signs matched

the diagnosis. I still had plenty of grip

strength. It was more that if I went to

shake somebody’s hand it would hurt a

little bit.

I was supposed to come back to

Australia after the test, but instead I

had to fly to Barcelona to see renowned

traumatology expert Dr Xavier Mir,

famous for his work with MotoGP riders.

I had a screw put in place. It was four

weeks before the Dakar. Dr Mir told

me he could patch me up and get me

on the bike. He told me about MotoGP

riders who’d broken their scaphoid and

were racing two weeks later. But he

also pointed out that a MotoGP race is

different to 10,000 kilometres at the Dakar.

He said it would be difficult, and he made

it clear there were no guarantees that I’d

be able to get through the whole event.

“In the blink of an eye I was

on the ground. At first I didn’t

think too much of it, I felt fine.

But once the adrenaline wore

off, I started to sense some

pain in the wrist.”


The deal was that he’d try his best…

It all felt like a 50–50. There was a lot

of doubt on one hand and a lot of hope

on the other. It was a testing time. I’d put

in so much effort leading up to the event,

I knew I was fit and strong because of it.

I just tried to keep the fitness up, doing

what I could in the gym, a lot of cycling,

just in case I could make it. Eventually I

bit the bullet and decided to go to Peru. I

thought if I could at least complete three

or four days, and maybe win a few stages,

I was going to be content with that.

Once I’d decided that, no matter what,

I was going to go for it, I started to block

the doubt out.

At least for a while. I didn’t ride a bike

at all until two days before I left for Dakar.

When I finally did it was painful, and I

knew then it was going to be very difficult.

As soon as I stepped onto the plane

leaving from Brisbane my mind was

racing. Was I completely wasting my

time? Why was I even attempting this? I

wasn’t at 100 percent, not even close. I

was probably at 50 percent. There was

always the thought that it would do more

damage, too.

But I have this bit of fight in me. I don’t

like to quit, I don’t like to stop. I had a plan

– I’d get through four stages, try to win

two of them, and be happy with that.

The days ticked away and I kept going. I

wasn’t in the greatest position; by the time

we got to the rest day I still hadn’t won a

stage. But every day we were still in the

fight, still clinging on the best we could.

The main goal was to try to get

through to the rest day so I could get

the wrist x-rayed again and have a full

day’s rest. I knew that would allow me to

compression-ice it properly and get the

swelling down. That was the first aim. And

then we’d re-assess everything.

There were a couple of points where

I was very, very close to hanging up the

helmet. The end of Day 6, the end of Day

8… I was ready to jump on a plane. But

“I didn’t ride a

bike at all until

two days before

I left for Dakar.

When I finally did

it was painful, and

I knew then it was

going to be very




once I’d suffered through an hour or so of

getting the swelling down, my brain would

switch and say, ‘All right, let’s just get

through one more day.’

It wasn’t much fun trying to sleep

at night. It felt like it was on fire, like

somebody was driving knives into my

wrist. Getting enough rest became the

biggest challenge of all. When you’re

spending 12, 13 hours on a motorcycle –

and you’re not driving down the freeway,

you’re navigating through some of the

toughest terrain in the world – you need

to try to rest between stages. It became

something else I had to manage. I had to

force myself to sleep.

At the same time, I knew I’d never be

happy if I went home. I knew I was going

to need surgery to fix it either way. The

wrist was destroyed, so I thought I may

as well finish it off. The major motivation

was that this event only comes around

once a year. If you give up, you’ve got 12

months to wait for your next opportunity.

If there was a Dakar every four or five

months, I would’ve stopped. But this is

my bread and butter. This is the one that

counts. I had to fight my way to the end. I

had to get creative to get through it.

My first plan was duct tape. I turned

the throttle to where I wanted it, and then

tried to tape it into position. But I had a

couple of close calls trying to stop the

bike on the edge of cliffs and near cars,

things like that. It wasn’t working. I was

going to kill myself if I kept doing it.

The battery on my bike sits in a plastic

cage, with a rubber band that holds it in

place. I took one of those bands from the

parts truck, and I wrapped it around the

throttle, between the foam grip and the

bark buster. If I pulled it tight it would

hold the throttle on, and when I needed

to shut the throttle off I could simply

push against the rubber. It was like cruise

control, but made out of a five-dollar piece

of rubber.

It made a big difference. In the morning

I could fit the contraption and ride to the

stage without really touching the throttle.

I’d then take it off for the competitive

stage itself. There were a couple of stages

where I left it on, because they were fullgas

and trying to hang on would’ve been

really tough.

It’s amazing. A five-dollar piece of

rubber saved my Dakar campaign.

The injury took its toll. From Day 7

onwards it was so hard. I was wearing

thin, but I got the fairytale ending I

wanted so badly. I won a second Dakar


Was it worth it? Absolutely. If

somebody told me I could win Dakar, I’d

just have to put up with a busted wrist for

10 days, of course I would’ve taken it. As I

was living it, there was no guarantee that I

“It’s amazing. A five-dollar piece of

rubber saved my Dakar campaign.”

was actually going to win. But I knew even

if I finished on the podium I was going to

come home happy.

Dropping off the podium, that would

have been tough... that would’ve been

tough to swallow. But I think I still

would’ve been proud of myself for getting

through it.

I knew I was going to be in a lot of

trouble. There was no doubt in my mind

that I’d crossed some boundaries, pushed

my limits, and I was going to need more


At 6am the morning after Dakar

finished I was at the airport, Brisbanebound.

I landed a day after we took off. I

needed one day to get my feet back on the

ground, to unpack and celebrate a little

bit with some friends and family.

The very next day it was off to hospital

to see Dr Steve Andrews. I had a CT

scan and MRI done on the wrist, and

when we looked at the images we were

dumbfounded. How did it hold on?

I basically went straight into surgery,

to have the existing screw pulled out,

another put in from a different direction,

and a bone graft from my hip.

It’d barely been three days since I’d

finished the final stage in Peru…






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We came across a few guys’

stories that prevailed when

any normal human being

would have just curled up in

the foetal position and cried

for their mommies, and these

are their stories:

Joey Evans

Joey Evans, is possibly the single

biggest inspiration for all the sudden

determination from everybody to get to

and race the DAKAR.

Joey ended up in a wheel chair after a

serious crash at one of the local enduro’s

and was told he would never walk again.

Most of us would have just thrown in

the towel just then and there, but not Mr

Evans, it took nigh on 10 years but he got

walking and riding again and made it to

the start line. This is a very simplified and

abbreviated version of his amazing story,

get his book ‘From Para to Dakar’, it will

change your outlook on life and give you a

lot of insight into the Dakar race.

Joey knew he would never win, but to

him a finish was as good as a win given

his history.

Last year Kenny Gilbert came home

with No.2 rookie just behind Ross Branch

and later we found out that he raced most

of it with 4 broken ribs.

These guys have got what it takes.

So, out original question was, “So, you

think you’re tough enough to finish the


Reading these stories, we believe it

takes a very special person just to make

it to the start line and then have the

unbelievable will power and strength of

character to make it over the finish line.

Kenny Gilbert and Stuart

Gregory at the podium start

of the Dakar Rally 2019

Botswana’s Ross Branch, the Kalahari

Ferrari is a good bet for a top ten

or even better finish this year. We’ve

watched him just get better and better!

“Returning to Dakar is a dream come true

for me! Going there and knowing a bit

more about the navigation, knowing a bit

more about the event and what to expect

puts us in a better position to push for

a good result. Obviously, there will be

new challenges as the race moves to the

Middle East for the first time but I’m really

excited to be heading into Dakar 2020

with a bit more experience in Rally Racing

and look forward to the upcoming race,”

said Branch.

Of great interest, two South African

rookies are set to become the first African

ladies ever to race the Dakar.

Hard enduro expert Kirsten Landman

will ride KTM number 117:

“I’ve had to adapt to my heavier Dakar

bike,” Kirsten says. “I will be riding

fast and one small mistake can change

everything, so the stars must align.

“Becoming the first African woman to

finish on a bike would be fantastic!”

Ross Branch


Taye Perry will make her Dakar debut

on KTM number 120.

“My goal is to finish my first Dakar, but

I’m a competitor and I must prove myself,’

Taye admitted. “I love long distances and

plan to enjoy every second — being the

first African woman to finish would be

special, but I’m not focusing on that.”

Two SA iron men return chasing a

Dakar finish this year and both will

compete in the Malle Moto class, which

means that they must service their own

machines out of a trommel carried

between service bivouacs on the back

of a truck and Stuart Gregory is back

to do it all again.

“The Malle Moto class is the ultimate

Dakar challenge — that is the hardest

way,” Stuart admitted. “It was bad luck to

retire last year and I have practiced and

prepared hard — now I must just get to

the finish.”

Former Springbok 110m hurdles record

holder Wessel Bosman (KTM Number

123) also tackles the Dakar Malle Moto

class again this year:

“I have been to the Dakar three times and

still I have no finisher’s T-shirt,” Wessel

admits. “I am an adventurer trying to

better my skills and fitness, but if I finish

the Dakar, I will close this chapter.”

Graeme Sharp and Kirsten Landman.

Taye at Merzouga.

Last but not least, Zimbabwean

Graeme Sharp makes his Dakar debut

aboard KTM 142.

“Being the first Zimbabwean to race the

Dakar on a bike is a humbling experience,”

Graeme owned up. “It is bigger than just

me — riding for my country and doing

something positive for Zimbabwe gives

me strength.”

We wish all our Dakar hopefuls

the very best and we are behind one

thousand percent.

We look forward to all of the war

stories in our Feb issue!

Wessel Bosman

Graeme Sharp



The guys from Bikers Warehouse in

Malibongwe drive recently hosted another

one of their famous Nite-X events.

Classic Nite-X this time - give back is

what they say - and entry for racers and

spectators alike was free. The action went

on all afternoon with heat after heat of

young racers having a proper go. It’s a

great vibe with eats and drinks and lots of

bench racing for everyone.

How cool is that.

Nite-X has become a popular event over

the past three years, partially because it

is so spectator friendly with MX & enduro

riders taking on the extreme enduro track

next to the Biker’s Warehouse megastore,

but also because it takes place in

Randburg, which is a central hub in JHB.

Close for everyone, and conveniently

just off the freeway

It’s always a great afternoon out, with

riders hurling themselves around the track,

over rocks and tyres and any obstacle that

Mike happens to find on the day.

The best part of it is the spectator value

- everyone finds spots around the quarry

and comes long to watch the fun, with

camper chair and tents in hand.

Some well known names came along to

compete - MX star Tristan Purdon bashed

bars with Brian Capper all day and at the

end, Capper took the honours retaining his

title as the Nite-X King.

Great venue, great event and next year

plans are afoot for a full series.

It sounds like its going to be a busy race

year next year.

For more info:


The King of Nite-X - Brian Capper

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The 2019 Motul Roof Of Africa

Tough Enough!

As everyone knows, the most

famous race in Africa is under new

management. 2019 was time for Live

Lesotho to show South Africans what

they are made of – and by all accounts,

they did a great job.

This years Roof was excellent by all

accounts. Spectator points were well

thought out. The Start finish was neat

and tidy and the team of Charan and

Altie gave the riders some mighty tough

routes. But the big smiles at the end

told the story.

The event was blessed with perfect

weather and riding conditions.

Our team went along to watch the

fun… Pics by Glenn, Kyle, Sinead,

Tristan, Kerry Hughes and ZCMC.

Thanks guys

It was a jam packed weekend of action

kicked off by the Round The Houses

race where all racers tear through the

streets of Maseru. Lots of spectacular

dices ensued and spectators from SA and

Lesotho were treated to quite a spectacle.

Quite a few crashes too – and let’s face

it – that’s half the reason that we watch

motorsport anyway… We expected

the racers to hold back a bit with

two full days of racing still ahead –

but that was not to be… Flat taps

all the way to the finish was the

order of the day.

For some, this is the highlight

of the Roof Of Africa, the stuff

of goosebumps and 100 odd motorcycles

race past at Mach 4, the closest that

many people will get to something like

the Isle of Man… in the gold class, KTM’s

Scott Bouverie showed the way with a

maniacal sliding sideways performance.

After that, the silver and bronze riders

were pointed in the direction of the

mountains for their time trial – a Roof

loop that determined the starting orders

for the next day.

The gold riders were pointed in

the direction of the mall outside town,

where a really tricky enduro-X track was

waiting. A similar format to last years

track, just much shorter with a great

viewing point at every turn. This is the

publics opportunity to actually see the

events top riders negotiating seemingly

impossible obstacles. Brilliant stuff – huge

tyres to climb. Massive boulders, mud

pits, you name it. Very festive and so

entertaining. But it was not all just for fun

– the result from that combined with RTH,

determined the starting orders for day 2.

If there was a trophy for the most laps

completed – that had to go to Yamaha’s

Kyle Flanagan – the guy is like the

energizer bunny. Sherco’s Wade Young

and the likes of Husqvarna’s Graham

Jarvis had a few great dices, with Wade

showing everyone how it’s done. And

he earned the adulation of the local

crowd with huge roars of approval every

time he sped past the grandstands.

Goosebumps stuff and chants of 1. 1. 1

– his race number filled the air. When he

came in to the finish, he was swamped

by supporters all wanting to shake hands

and get a selfie. Taking motorcycling to

the people. Too cool! We loved the fact

that all the gold riders not in the final

lined the walkway to watch the action.

Lekker man. Lekker!

On day 2 all riders reported to the

Thaba Bosiu Cultural village for the

days racing bright and early. Gold riders

were set off at six followed by silver and

then bronze. Such a cool setting for a

staging point, green grass, clean loo’s

and coffee… the breakfast of champions.

Riders were led under the Motul arch

and dropped into a green, tight gulley

not super tech, but a nice way just to get

them warmed up for the day. Great for

spectators as we lined the gulley shouting

encouragement and words of advice.

From there, the guys literally disappear

into the Maluti mountains – and the race

is on to get to the next view point or DSP.

We took along a selection of adventure

bikes – that’s the best way to watch The

Roof in our opinion. You can stop at road

crossings, river crossings, and you never

sukkel with parking.

We took a wrong turn somewhere

along the route and ended up on a 300Km

odd loop all the way back to Maseru. No

complaints, it was AWESOME! We arrived

back at Thaba Bosiu just in time to see

the top gold riders making their way back

in. Surprisingly the Bronze winner Austin

Stuart made an appearance an hour

before the rest of the bronzies arrived.

He just popped out of nowhere – and

nobody expected him to be that quick.

The first silver rider in was Ryan Pelser

also well ahead. Wade Young managed

to open a lead of thirty minutes over the

next gold racer.

And then the rest of the field started

to arrive and we had a good idea of what

to expect for the last day of racing – and

what a day that was.

We headed straight for Bushmans

pass on the last day, a real hub of acitivity

and roughly the halfway point for the

days racing. Spectators heaven with

passes only for gold, then another one

or two or three for bronze and silver

racers. The trouble is that you really

don’t know where to look – a bit like

a dog with 3 bones. We hiked up to

one of the steepest climbs – and it was

fantastic to see the skills displayed by

the top riders making mincemeat of

seemingly impossible terrain. Wade was

still in the lead, but by the time they hit

Bushmans, Graham Jarvis had made

up 10 minutes on his lead and the race

was on. He was followed by the pack of

Scotty B, Kyle Flanagan and Husqvarna’s

Brett Swanepoel all in a pack. Amazing

that the racing was still so tight after

such a vast distance. We watched Chris

Birch displaying amazing skills – he put

on a great show on the climb – he is so

popular in SA – an Honourary South

African for sure!

After that, the race was on to get back

to the start to see the riders in – read

our piece about adventure bikes – this

is where you are at a clear advantage.

Thaba Bosiu was a hive of activity. There

was much excitement.

Although the chasing riders managed

to make up a couple of minutes on Young,

they were unable to really attack the

amazing lead he had established on the

first day.

With a total race time over both

days of 13h16’08”, Wade Young crossed

the Thaba Bosiu finish line more than

20 minutes ahead of Scott Bouverie

(Brother Leadertread KTM), with Kyle

Flanagan (Bidvest bLU cRU Yamaha) just

1’10” adrift.

Having notched up his fifth Motul Roof

of Africa victory (and his third in a row),

Wade has cemented his second place in

the all-time Roof of Africa hall of fame.

Young has pulled clear of Graham Jarvis

(four victories) and continues to close the

gap on the legendary Alfie Cox, with nine.

Despite his stunning performance,

Young was characteristically modest as

the significance of what he had achieved

Matthew Green had a great race. 7th in gold

slowly began to sink in. “I had an

awesome day yesterday and built a nice

lead so that all I had to do today was

maintain it,” he explained. “I made sure

I stayed out of sight of the chasing pack

and really had some fun on the bike…

the route was awesome and very well

marked which made navigation easy. So

happy to win my fifth Roof!”

In the Silver Category, Ryan Pelser

(Motul Alfie Cox KTM) managed to

keep his nose in front throughout a

hard-fought battle with Dwain Barnard

(D&D Group). Third place in this hotly

contested Category went to Roof

veteran Bruce May (Bidvest bLU cRU


In the Bronze Category, new Enduro

sensation Austin Stuart (Nick’s Electrical

KTM) increased his Day 1 advantage of

20 minutes to a full 35 minutes. Second

place in the Bronze Category went to

Steven Carr (BrickIT KTM) with Richard

Moore (Dynamic Racing KTM) taking

the third and final podium spot.

Next year, Ryan moves up to gold

and Austin will compete in Silver.

What a cool race, thanks for the


Top 10 results in each class:


1. Austin Stuart

2. Steven Carr

3. Richard Moore

4. Anthony Abrahamse

5. Dylan Bauer

6. Noah Maartens

7. Paul Bothma

8. Reinier Swanepeol

9. Kyle Potgieter

10. Cecil Larney.


1. Ryan Pelser.

2. Dwain Barnard.

3. Bruce May.

4. Daniel Van Zyl.

5. Kyle Holton/

6. Cayden Purchase.

7. Dylan Jones.

8. James Bader.

9. Hannes Saaijman.

10. Simon Neaves.


1. Wade Young

2. Scott Bouverie

3. Kyle Flanagan.

4. Graham Jarvis.

5. Brett Swanepoel.

6. William Slater

7. Matthew Green.

8. Luke Walker.

9. James Hodson.

10. Chris Birch

Chris Birch takes a tumble...

Top pic: Wade Young crosses the line to take the overall victory.

Middle pic: Gold Podium. Young, Bouverie and Flanagan. Bottom left: Silver podium, Pelser, Barnard, May

Bottom right: Bronze Podium, Stuart, Carr, Moore.

Graham Trembling

We asked for stories from

some of the riders and were

send a couple of cool features:

My name is Graham Trembling.

I rode my First Roof of Africa Silver

Class on a KTM 300XCW 2011 model

with over 1000hrs on it.

I was blown away by how well the

bike went. The only issue I had was on

the last day, while on Welcome Pass my

fan stopped working and I had to nurse

my bike back all the way to the finish. My

back brake also went with 20kms to the

end but I managed to Vasbyt and crash on

every downhill that they threw at us.

I managed to finish 52nd overall in the

Silver class. I would have never been able

to finish without the support from my

lovely wife, friends and family supporting

me very part of the way.

It was truly an amazing experience and

worth every blood, sweat and tear.

The routes were

fantastic, Altus and Charan

really out did themselves

with the Routes.

The Routes were exactly

what I was expecting for

the Silver Class. Some nice

tough passes and some

lovely flowing sections to

get your breath back.

Thank you to all of

the Photographers and

reports along the routes

for shooting all of the

great photos. Well done

on everyone who finished

this amazing race and I will

definitely be back again to

conquer the mountains.

Thank you for a great

magazine and love your

Facebook posts.

Kind Regards, Graham


Dylan Jones

My name is Dylan Jones,

I am 16 years old and come from a

small town in KZN known as Eshowe.

I’m a privateer off-road rider that

participates in Enduro and X-Country

events in KZN and plan to participate

in Regional and National events for

2020. I have been fortunate enough to

have had the opportunity to race in

various events thanks to my parents.

I have always followed and wanted

to do the Roof of Africa. So without

hesitation knowing the age to enter is

16. I decided to train my heart out and

get Roof ready with the legend himself

William Gillitt and my close friend Brett

Swanepoel. I spent many hours training

and prepping my training bike to ensure I

was well prepared.

Now, although I don’t look 16 as many

have questioned because I am smaller

than most 16 year olds this didn’t hold

me back. I have been fortunate enough to

master skills and techniques that assist

me with my size and the size of the bike

does not disable me in any way, I have

learnt through many hours of hard work

and time to hone my skills. Participating

in the The Roof of Africa has been a

dream come true and I am very honored

to have been able to participate in such

a highly competitive and professional

event. The organisers did an outstanding

job and I cannot wait for 2020 ROA.

I’m pleased to have finished Silver

ROA with a 7th place better than I

expected as I had set my goal for a top 10

silver finish. So a 7th was tops for me.

I have a message to all the younger

generation up and coming, follow

your dreams never let your size be a

disadvantage let it be your advantage. Set

your goals, train hard and know that you

should always believe in yourself.

Finally thank you to The Motul Roof of

Africa for hosting an amazing ROA 2019,

see you again in 2020.

Regards, Dylan Jones #230

Noah Maartins: Some story of my son

Noah Maartens. Age 16.

I am of old school and believe in school

1st, then school sport 2nd and biking 3rd

where we can.

In 2013 Noah won Junior Roof on 65

cc and that yr won all 5 races throughout

SA.13 yrs later our plan was that Noah to

do Bronze. In 2018 he raced a Yz125 X and

only 15 and still too young for Roof. The

plan was for 2019 Bronze and on FX 250.

Sadly Noah got a cricket injury and

was in a brace for 70 days and no sport at

all. He is a provincial hockey player, good

athlete and swimmer. So for 3 months no

sport at all.

On 15 Sept he got go ahead that he

could go on hockey tour to Netherlands.

Back was good and it held. We only got go

ahead on 28 Oct that he could do Roof

I phoned Noah and asked him do

you want to race and his response: “YES


On that same day Noah started

training for the Roof. Our kids travel daily

140 km to school and back, still do school

sport and worst only started exams on 11

Nov, so imagine getting home at 5h30. On

his MTB for 30 min. Then his own training

by flipping tyres, hitting tyres with 10

pound hammer, tread mill and skipping.

Every 3rd day he cycled 15 to 20 km.

Weekends rode max 4 hour dirtbike and 1

x 40 to 60 km mtb ride.

When he got back from Netherlands

he decided to be a vegetarian and eat no

Noah and his team...

meat... Tough for me as we live in a Red

meat environment. His choice and we


Luckily we had the Ramasgate Enduro

and he entered Bronze and rode well but

in my mind how would he do with so little

training. Roof came and we went. I told

Noah please don’t expect great results.

Just finish and you are a winner. I know

he is a good rider but Roof unfit is no joke.

Round the Houses. He was in heat 1

row 8 and 14 rows of 8 riders per bike.

After lap 1 he was 9th and I knew inside

he was going flat out or nothing. Gave me

grey hairs round that gravel corner but

was always in control.

Ended 7th in Round the houses and

clocked 145km/h with so called climbing

gears. We went to Time trial with all smiles.

The 1st guys set of at 11 and he went

at 11h10 which I thought was a good

choice because there were lots of people

doing T Trial. We were scared of bottle

necks and Lesotho is known for 3 PM

thunderstorms. He was back and rode 1h

and 52 seconds. Feedback: he had bottle

necks on up and down hills. Some had it

like a freeway.

Bike washed, tyres changed and all

checked at Yamaha bLU cRU. They make

life so easy and make us privateers feel

like pros.

Friday was fast and top speed 104

km/h and Average was 27km/h and he

ended 21st. Sadly I as pit crew and like

many others did not get to the DSP in

time. We raced Lesotho flat out and a

40min trip ended up for me in 2h20 min

and others 3 hours. I was so frustrated for

letting my son down and dropping him in

his 1st Roof.

Like I said before he is a vegetarian and

I had all his meals and supplements etc

with me. I honestly prayed hard whilst

racing like mad to catch him.

When I eventually arrived at DSP

Yamaha bLU cRU lads Anthony and Mark

saw that I was upset but told me Noah is

ok. They fed him with thier lunch packs

etc and filled his bike and camel back with

berry juice. Of course none of his special

food but least he had some food intake.

I owe them big time and that’s what’s

makes this Yamaha bLU cRU so great. 1

Big family.

I managed to catch Noah at 1 section. I

was relieved and happy. I Got him at finish

and apologised to him and he replied.

“Dont worry dad Uncle Ant and Mark and

others helped me.”

Yamaha bLU cRU serviced bike,

changed oil, filter, fitted new tyre on,

polished bike and lubed oil.

Sat Last day. Results. 10th overall and

race face is on. We opted for a wider tyre

because the day was tougher and dry.

At the DSP he was 5th for the day. I was

blown away.

His 1st words were “DAD I like today.

Much tougher than yesterday.”

I let him sit down and he got stuck

into his vegetarian food etc. I changed his

Camelback and bLU cRU looked after his

bike. Theyt put in petrol, changed GPS

batteries, set GPS, Cleaned goggles and

lubed chained.

At Free fall he was still lying 5th. I Met

him at finish and I was beaming. 5th for

the day.

Surprisingly Noah still looked good. I

went and packed up and saw final results

that he moved from 10th overall to 6th

for his race. Smiles all over and well


He was the youngest top 10 Bronze

rider. He stood proudly on stage

collecting his prize and very well

deserved. Just shows that if you put

your mind to something and with even a

month of training you CAN DO IT.

What makes this achievement so great

is that coming from this fracture on his L5

of 13mm and 4mm that kept him from all

sport for 3rd term. He listened rested and

recovered to be able to compete and still

do well.

Big thanks to Yamaha bLU cRU. You

guys make the Roof for us privateers.

Kind Regards , Sakkie Maartens.

Some more glorious pics from the 2019 Motul Roof of Africa.... Enjoy!

Check the stuff that these guys ride. Luke Walker.

Scotty B leads Flanagan and Brett

Swanepoel up the pass nera Bushmans.

James Hodson

Graham Hedgecock

Chris birch - 10th

in gold.

Flanagan on the rocks...

These two Basotho’s helped just about every rider up the hill.

Check out our Facebook page for the full album early January - www.facebook.com/dirtandtrail

2 Le Riches...

Some pad kos...

Some more glorious pics from the 2019 Motul Roof of Africa.... Enjoy!

A little lie down just for a bit...

Yamaha had some visitors all the way from Japan

- Katahira san and Mukhai san.

A dirty but happy Brett Swanepoel

Luke Walker with Mr and Mrs Mac.

As you read this, Kirsten is

at the Dakar rally...

Wade getting some love

from the locals...

A very happy pack of Yamaha peeps...

Team Motul always there

to support.

Story: Donovan Fourie Pics: Meghan McCabe

Prototype test:

Batt Tour Master

adventure tyre

Batt is a tyre brand that is

developed in laboratories in Europe,

manufactured in factories in China,

and is owned by a keen gentleman in

Midrand. They have had success in the

ATV, off-road motorcycle and, more

recently, the road motorcycle tyre

market. However, now they are now

breaking into the adventure market

with their Tour Master tyre. They

are designed to handle commuting,

touring and the odd dirt road. Brand

owner, Bruce de Kock, set us forth

with a special prototype set adorning

his own personal KTM 1190 Super


The pressure was on – test this

entirely new set of adventure tyres

that are 70% tar and 30% dirt without

crashing the company owner’s personal

bike. So we did what any responsible

motorcycle journalist would do – went

to a giant quarry, put a motocross rider

on board and let rip. What’s the worst

that could happen?

First, there was some road riding,

because teleportation is yet to be

perfected. The first steps (or turns)

are the most nerve-racking because

although we’ve seen the team at

Batt produce some quality goods, a

prototype tyre is always a little bit of

a grey area. How much testing have

they done? Have they definitely not

missed anything? Will the front tyre

spontaneously explode the moment I

touch brakes? Will giant spiders rip out

of the rear tyre as soon as I try to lean

into a bend?

At the first stop street, I nearly burst

into tears. Tipping into the freeway

onramp, I soiled my undergarments.

This tyre testing business is


While my person was significantly

damper, it remained wholly intact,

despite the severity of these hurdles.

And so the journey continued, and as is

the way with journeys, the mind begins

to wonder. What should I have for

lunch? Should I rearrange my garage?

Would my life be better if I bought a

tub of 10mm sockets? Does the sun

get lonely? How would those spiders

survive a spinning tyre?

With that, the realisation dawned

that some distance had been covered

without the anticipated doom. In fact,

everything was going splendidly. The

tyres were doing their job, and the role

of a tyre is not to be noticed. Think

about it – the only time you ever notice

a tyre is when it is going wrong. Apart

from that, it’s another component

swinging away merrily.

I made it home without dying once.

That’s a good thing. And the ride was

relaxing, bereft of any significant tyrerelated


The next morning, I woke up late.

As usual. In fact, I woke up ten minutes

before we were supposed to start

shooting for the next episode of The

Bike Show. Oh crap.

Throw some close on, vaguely make

some hair adjustments, brush teeth,

don jacket, helmet and gloves, and

blast out of the gate. Race down the

road, brake hard and swing into Rabie

Road. The 1190 cannot hold a candle

to the new 1290s, but the thing is still

bloody fast. A growling 160hp bolted

the bike forward with the front wheel

hopping desperately under the weight

of unyielding acceleration. More hard

braking and leaning flipped us into

Republic Road that served as a short

blast until Malibongwe Drive. Then



we were onto the freeway. Speeding

is illegal, so kindly don’t mention to

anyone that there might have been a

KTM 1190 doing slightly more than 120

down the then empty motorway.

I got to the shoot not quite as late as

the speed cops would suggest I should.

A significant factor about the duress

of running very late is that the human

psyche has a tendency to forget other

concerns. Such as certain minor laws,

some personal safety and the fact that

you are still unsure about the prototype

tyres fitted to the 1190 you just

manhandled to the shoot.

The ride involved heavy braking,

hard acceleration and flinging into

bends over a surface that was often

rough, bump, city and wet, and at no

stage did the tyres offer even a glimmer

of protestation.

A closer look at these tyres instils

yet more confidence. They are a

steel belt radial set up with a “v”

speed rating taking it to 240km/h, the

standard issue for tyres of this class.

They are DOT-USA, E4 and CCC rated

meaning they are approved for usage

everywhere in the world. What’s more

that, while these tyres are rate 70/30

between dirt and tar (implying that it

is not a knobbly tyre, but the tread is

designed to accommodate dirt riding),

the tread has been deepened to 8

mm, a good chunk further than the

class average of 6 mm. The increased

grooves should give the tyre better

longevity, but means they should also

be able to disperse water better and,

while we are on the subject, dirt.

On the subject of dirt, we went to a quarry

and stuck a motocross rider on it. Dylan

Smith is a jump-happy corner thrasher, and

everything a 30% adventure tyre wasn’t

designed for. But let’s do it anyway.


The quarry is behind Dirt

Bronco motocross track in

Randfontein and looks like

something either out of The

Martian or like a scene from

Erzberg Rodeo. The climbs

are steep, the access roads

are littered with loose stones,

and it is, again, something a

30% dirt tyre is not made for.

But let’s do it anyway.

And we did it. Up the

steep inclines, the torque

of the KTM churned it up

steadily with minimal wheel

spin, unless you want wheel

spin in which case you

simply open the throttle a

little more. The same with

the corners – keep the

throttle steady, and you will

get through with very little

to write home about. Open

the throttle a touch more,

and you are Mert Lawwill

drifting through the Mile

Oval in On Any Sunday. Some

of the soft sand was tricky,

but persistence is key, and

through it went.

Road-biased adventure

tyres do not have the

performance of knobblies in

the dirt; that goes without

saying, but the advantage is

that they can be a good deal

more fun. They are incredibly

predictable, with traction

being lost in a slower, more

workable fashion, unlike the

knobblies that tend to let go

“...for riding like an ordinary

person, going to work, riding

on the open road or tackling

the odd gravel trail, you

really won’t be able to tell

the bloody difference.”

more suddenly and more


That sums up road-biased

tyres, but here we have the

Batt Tour Masters. They are

road-biased adventure tyres

like all other road-biased

adventure tyres. It’s very

likely that if you were to take

this set to a test facility and

push them to the limits, the

more established brands

would probably come out

on top. But for riding like

an ordinary person, going

to work, riding on the open

road or tackling the odd

gravel trail, you really won’t

be able to tell the bloody


We had a prototype

set, but Batt has given the

factory the green light to

start manufacturing. The

exact date of sale is still to be

set, as is the price, but you

can be assured that they will

be a giant chunk cheaper

than anything else out there.

That makes them very

attractive, indeed.

For more information feel

free to contact Bruce from

Bike Tyre warehouse on 011

205 0216.







Watching this young man perform at the

National MX finals at Terra Topia the

other day, we were really impressed by

him and decided to have a little sit down

with him and his sponsors, especially

after he convincingly won the 85cc races

and the championship and then hopped

on a 125cc Husqvarna and finished in a

very convincing second place over the

title chasers.

We arrived at Raceworx KTM out on the

West Rand, (Leonards major sponsor and a

shop owned by his Dad, Uncle and a close

family friend), to find a pleasant young

man without the usual teenage attitude

surrounded by the aforementioned

family and friends – all justifiably proud

of Leonard. So, who is this rising star and

where and how did he get started?

With both his Dad Len and Uncle

Francois being avid riders, Leonard and

his brother were soon on KTM mini

Adventures at around the age of 3 or 4

years old. When Leonard was about 7

years old the family decided to switch from

enduro riding to Moto-Cross. Leonard got

upgraded to a KTM 65cc because of his

size, but soon had to step down to a KTM

50cc to be able to race in the correct class

for his age group. The early years were a

steep learning curve for young Leonard,

being lapped at least 3 times per race by

the other riders. After a couple of years

on the 50cc, being lapped less and less he

stepped up to the 65cc class and chuckles

when he tells how he was only being

lapped once now per race and getting

faster all the time, then it was soon time to

step up to the 85cc class.

Once on the 85cc KTM small wheel

Leonard started doing better, regularly

featuring in the top 5. When he was 13 he

managed to break both wrists, after he

recovered from that injury he went onto

the big wheel 85cc KTM machine when

he was 14. Starting to push harder, he was

soon aiming at clearing the big jumps,

unfortunately he managed to ‘Graveyard’ a


double breaking both his tib &

fib in both legs which put him

out for a while. For those that

don’t speak “MX”, Graveyard

is when a rider attempts

to clear a double jump but

doesn’t quite make and ends

up whacking into the face of

the second jump, usually with

serious ramifications as in

Leonard’s case.

Once back on the bike,

Leonard started training with

a pro trainer to develop his

skill and his fitness, spending

as much time as possible

in the saddle on the track,

every Wednesday afternoon,

Saturday and Sunday to be

exact when not racing. Dad

Len keeps a strict eye on his

diet so puddings, fast foods,

chocolates and fizzy drinks do

not feature at all … unless Dad

isn’t too close by. To assist with

fitness and strength Leonard

also spends a lot of time in the

pool swimming.

“Starting to push harder, he was

soon aiming at clearing the big

jumps, unfortunately he managed to

‘Graveyard’ a double breaking both

his tib & fib in both legs which put

him out for a while.”

When asked about

girlfriends he just gives a shy

smile and says his bikes are his

girlfriends. Might sound like a

tough life, but championships,

in any discipline or sport,

do not come for free, they

require a lot of sacrifice and

hard work … two things most

teenagers are not very keen on

… in fact, not just teenagers

… most people are not keen

on. Sponsors, even “family

sponsors”, demand results

and return on investment and

young Leonard Du Toit does

seem up to the challenge

with his first championship

under the belt and all things

being equal he should feature

extremely well in the 125cc

high School class next year …

if he doesn’t win it.

All of us here at Dirt & Trail

will be following his career

with interest and wish him the

best of luck and many more





What is a Shootout you

may ask?

Well let’s start by saying

it is the most fun you can

have on a bike in a one

lap race. 2 bikes line up

at the start gate, engines

revving and at the drop

of the gate it is on! No

time for a mistake as

that will be the possible

end of your race as you

scream around a 1,2km

track with some doubles,

table tops, ski jumps

and a step-up while

cornering through some

crazy sand berms….

By: Roehan Strydom,

Sandtrax MX Park.

Photo credits: Emerson Haupt

The second edition of

the SandTrax Shootouts,

or as we like to call it the

Shootout 2.0 was held on

Saturday 16 November, just

outside Sasolburg at the

Sandtrax Motocross Park,

home of some of the best

sand training tracks that

you will find in SA.

The day started early as

we wanted to get as many

heats in after practice and


The Shootout is a time

based race in which riders

were placed in A to E class

which includes Ladies and

Juniors. Some young riders

were chuffed as they took

the honors on their 65cc

Smokers against some

250cc riders showcasing

their skills and abilities. 44

riders joined in the fun from

the professional MX riders

to weekend warriors.

The atmosphere was

electrifying with bikes

shooting out of the gates

every 10-15 seconds in 5

groups at a time - and as

Ryan Shapiro of Race Shop

was spot-on saying that

the pits were empty and

spectator area full.

What a privilege is was

to see Tristan Purdon doing

a lap time of 1min04, 486

seconds to set the fastest

lap of the day against GXCC

rider Jay Jay Deysel.

Competition was fierce

and rivals gunned down

the finish straight and

came back to high 5’s while

passing the spectators in

a lane that was specially

created to get the

spectators more involved

in MX racing. It does not

happen a lot where the

more casual riders get to

bang bars against the likes

of the Purdons, Topliss

and Raaff’s of the MX

scene in South Africa and

for the spectators to see

them in action in the Vaal

whilst enjoying some great


After 5 heats we went

into elimination rounds to

secure our final 2 racers

per class and to ultimately

crown the champions.

The industry got together

and we are grateful of the

support and contributions

on the day from Bikewise,

Moto Kustoms, XRamp,

Cannabis Energy Drinks,

Vic Legacy Auto, Race

Shop, Elite Auto, Deysel

Motors and Fast KTM.

From lucky draws

sponsored by X Ramp

and Race Shop to the

Pass of the Day that was

won by Shane Steenkamp

and Privateer of the Day




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that went to Ernie Youlton

that was presented by the

awesome folks of Moto

Kustoms we concluded Prize

giving with some cash prizes

Winners on the day:

Ladies: Megan Myburgh

Juniors: 1. Matthew Correia

2. Louis Mostert

C class: 1. Juan Fourie

2. Brendan Benade

B class: 1. Ernie Youlton

2. Werner Rall

A250: Ricky Raaff

A450: 1. Tristan Purdon

2. Jay Jay Deysel

Ernie VS Niewoudt

Come check us out and

do not miss out next year as

we will be back with another

Shootout. Sandtrax is open

7 days a week and R100 per

bike will ensure you can get

fit, hone your skills. Don’t

forget to get your training in

for the first National of 2020

at Rover as you blast through

the thick sand of Sandtrax

Motocross Park…

More info: rstrydom177@


How flat can you get... Tristan Purdon

Kayla Raaf

Ricky Raaf

and Ian


Some of the juniors

ripping down the track...




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BMW has an adventure – to suit – well, just about any adventure. This

was our first opportunity to ride the 850 ADV – Rally Nogal – and Sean

got to swing his leg over the 1250 Adventure for the first time. We’ve

had the bikes for a week and used them all over the show – but on the

day of the shoot, we took off on a really awesome breakfast run….

Sean Says:

Just the looks of these bikes of

these bikes inspire wanderlust.

Big, beefy, perfect to take on

the long roads. We just wanted

to hop on and head off into the

great blue yonders of Africa,

explore the Serengeti, the

jungles of Congo, the Sahara

and so-on, but alas, we have

obligations back here at home -

getting this here fine magazine

together is just one of them.

What to do then?

We went on a little wander

around the “011” dialing code

and eventually ended up

having 2 very lekker pizzas

and milkshakes at Oevermeer

Bistro at Kloofzicht Resort

and Spa in the Cradle of

Humankind. More at the end of

this lot.

The Bikes:

BMW F 850 GS

Adventure Rallye

From R223K

Off the bat, the Rallye is a

lot bigger in appearance with

most of its bodywork adapted

around the 23 litre fuel tank.

That tank apparently gives the

bike a range of 550km’s, which

is handy for an epic adventure.

It also comes with crash

bars, panniers mounts,

spotlights, handguards and a

2 stage ajustable windshield

with outriggers, (giving very

nice wind protection for

any size rider), and some

cool looking Rallye styled

aluminium fairings.

It is a pretty burly machine

when compared to the 850 GS.

Even the “beak” over the

front wheel is slightly wider and

bigger than the standard bike.

Yet, swinging a leg over the 850

Rallye feels very familiar.

BMW has managed to

keep the ergonomics pretty

much the same. It is also a bit

taller with 3cm longer travel

suspension over the standard

bike – thus it is better suited

for off-roading – and it can

be a bit of a challenge for the

shorter rider, but once you are

up and going you can definitely

feel the benefits of the taller

suspension. The Adventure/

Rallye rides smoother than the

GS850, soaking up the bumps

much better.

The usual pleasantries

make an appearance in the

cockpit, TFT screen with

remote scrolling control,

grip warmers, cruise control,

GPS mount, (GPS unit an

optional extra), charging

socket, buttons to adjust the

suspension and ABS, riding

mode button, (Enduro Pro

mode is an optional plug ‘n

play extra) and the usual

start button, dip and hi-beam

and etc.

The rallye’s seat is flatter

than the GS and does feel a

bit softer to me. I prefer the

flatter seat because it gives

you more room to move

around on while riding.

Power delivery feels pretty

much the same and banging

on the throttle and kicking on

the quick shifter, (Shift assist

if you want to be absolutely

accurate), gets you wailing

along at 180kph in no time

at all and with a little bit

of extra effort I saw about



That’s Richie VDW

without the shirt.

207kph on the tar and could scratch

a bit through the twisty stuff with


I immediately felt at home on the

Rallye and was able to adapt very

quickly to the slightly bigger bulk

of the Adventure in the technical

off-road bits.

I would personally still like taller

handlebars, which would make the

standing up over obstacles a lot

more pleasant and easier for me. I do

like the wider ‘grippy-er’ footpegs,

they make standing up a lot more

comfy and traction to your boot is

much better making technical riding

much easier especially in wet and

muddy conditions.

In my humble opinion the only

reason to buy the standard 850 GS

is financial; the Rallye version is just

so much more motorcycle and looks

really sexy too.

BMW R1250 GS

Adventure from R263k

So, the boss drew the lucky straw

for the launch of the 1250 earlier

this year and BMW hasn’t had much

of a demo fleet for a while up until

quite recently so I have not had the

opportunity to ride any of the new

1250 shift-cam motored products in

their range.

I was quite keen to ride the

Adventure, especially after all the

rave reviews I’ve heard about the

engine and the bikes.

My first thought was, WOW!! That

is a big bike even for a big bloke

like me. The tank is huge and made

even bigger by the crash bars fitted

as standard. I will freely admit that

this is the first time I have felt a bit

intimidated by the size of a bike

and at 268kg’s it is no featherweight


normal gaps you’re used to so

you have to get used to her

size when dodging taxis, trees

and rocks …


Both of these bikes are

really accomplished. Don’t

kid yourself – they are both

huge – and are outfitted with

a bunch of nice extra’s, but

still with room to do your own

accessories list as well.


either. Glenn went on the local

launch down in the ‘The Berg’

earlier this year and gave you

all the specs on the bike, so

I’m not going to bore you with

all of that again. These are just

my personal impressions of

the ADV as I experienced in

day to day riding in the various

circumstances I found myself


Now, That’s the Richie ATGATT VDW police

might without have a the bit shirt. of a wobble

here and I am not promoting

this in any way, but I went

out for a little wander around

the bush in our back yard

in flip flops, shorts, T-shirt

and open face helmet to do a

photoshoot on another bike

and I understand why I see

sooo many GS riders cruising

around in this attire.

As big as the Adventure

is it is quite possibly one of

the most stable, neutrally

balanced bikes I have ever

ridden. Initially, I told myself

to keep it to 20kph in the dirt

and I honestly thought I was

until I looked at the speedo, Big

Bertha was quite happily doing

quite a bit more than that and

not once did I feel unsafe or

that I was overextending my

abilities. Once or twice I had to

dodge an obstacle or grab the

brakes and the large lady never

got out of hand. Heading out

on this ride I naturally kitted up

properly with ALL the correct

gear and the confidenceinspiring

ride had me breaking

all sorts of laws regularly…

including the laws of gravity.

On the open roads, I had

huge fun putting the shift

cam motor through its paces,

the power is both smooth

and addictive and at certain

unmentionable speeds you

can distinctly feel the cams

roll over and then the power

becomes quite explosive.

The crazy power, the sexy

exhaust note and the bark as

you kick on the quick shifter

does awaken certain demons

in me and soon enough I found

myself grabbing at the hooks

and testing the stability of

the suspension under harsh

braking and swerving.

The thing with this

behemoth is that it is so

powerful and fast, so well

balanced, so agile and so well

protected from the wind that

you do not actually realise

how fast you are going until

the rush hour traffic in front of

you comes to a halt and closes

up. Then suddenly you are

testing your sphincters grip on

the seat along with the brakes

and suspension and your

relationship with your creator.

I am here to write this

article, so all held up pretty

damn well.

Needless to say this had the

track rider side of my brain

curious as to how much fun the

big girl would be in the corners

… all I am prepared to divulge

is that in the right hands the

Tupperware torpedo’s had

better lookout on all their

favourite stomping grounds,

you might have your dignity

challenged by a big off-roader

laden with boxes and a pillion.

We did a bit of dirt and rocks

on our little urban adventure

and I couldn’t fault the 1250

Adventure in any way other

than her girth, she was also a

bit of a handful in thick sand

and it did require all my resolve

to ‘Stand Up, Look Up and Gas

up’ to get her to behave again.

The width was both

prevalent in traffic as well as

nipping between the trees and

rocks, she doesn’t fit in all the

The Venue:

If craft food and refreshments,

bistro bites and spectacular

views is your vibe, then this is

for you. Now open at Kloofzicht

Lodge & Spa in Muldersdrift,

just 40 odd minutes from

Randburg, with deck views

over fly-fishing dams and the

Swartkops Mountain.

Let’s just say this. What a

beautiful venue, lush rolling

green lawns around a stunning

pond, beautiful rustic thatched

buildings and chalets nestled

in the spectacular natural

mountains of ‘The Cradle’.

The staff are super friendly,

extremely efficient and

professional and only too

willing to make your visit as

pleasant as possible. The Bistro

is open to the public, so you

can make it your breakfast run


It is an upmarket, chilled out

place … which is why we were

quite surprised when they let

us in. We promised to bath

and brush our teeth before we

came back. Pricing fair and you

do get value for money in the

size of the portions and quality

of the food and drink on offer.

There you go – a great

breakfast run destination –

or if you live closeby – you

can easily pop down there

for a quick clear your head

and lunch ride. Highly



Kloofzicht in The Cradle... such a cool

spot - go and visit The Bistro.

Awesome ice creams...


Cool Offroad


Sunfields Charity

Run 2019.

Every year, the guys from the Adventure

Company host a social ride through the

farmlands in the Balfour area. It’s a great start

to the festive season because, everyone who

comes along brings gifts and donations for

the Sunfields home for the disabled.

So – not only do offroad nuts get a cool ride,

but they also get to do something good for

people who are a bit less fortunate.

This year, more than 200 motorcycles and

quads of all shapes and sizes arrived to take

part – and an awesome day was had by all.

Great ride, great cause.

Watch this space for more cool social events

– or go to:






By Mandy Thomas, BASE FIT : Specialised in Fitness For Dirt Bike Riding

• Are you an energetic rider

or are you injury prone?

• Do you fit easily into your

riding pants or are you

bulging over the top?

• Do you finish all your races

or are you getting D.N.F.s?

Whether you are a weekend warrior

or race hard enduro, your energy and

motivation levels will rise and fall within

seasons over the year. This creates the

perfect environment to intermittently

move between pushing your comfort

zones and taking periods of active rest.

Think about why you ride dirt bikes to

begin with. It’s fun and a great stress

reliever! Right? Now imagine being able to

ride without feeling shattered after each

ride. Imagine remaining injury free the

entire season. Imagine your confidence

as you ride stronger and more boldly

because your body it better prepared.

Imagine not gaining weight with each year

but actually looking progressively better

each year.

Active rest periods give you the balance

which your body needs to reset. As

opposed to total rest which will leave you

sluggish, weak and fat, active rest will help

you maintain your fitness, correct your

posture and drop your cortisol levels so

you store less fat.

It’s as simple as doing these 4 things for a

2-week period, and repeated three to four

times over each year. Do this and you will

keep coming back stronger, faster, better

and leaner every time.

1: Light cardio sessions: During your active rest periods

the aim is to keep moving with a slightly elevated heart rate,

but without overexerting yourself. So depending on how

active you usually are, I suggest easy jogging or cycling

for about only 20 – 30 mins, three times over each of your

2-week active rest period.

2: Balance and postural exercises: The below exercises

help to rebalance your body unilaterally (one side at a time),

while keeping your isometric strength up:

• One Arm Wall Push-Ups: Ensure you work both sides

evenly to the same depth, feeling the stretch in your chest

with each repetition.

• Side Bridge Lifts: Ensure your body is in a straight line

and you lift to equal height each side.

• Shoulder Hinge Wall Squats: Ensure you squat to the

same depth with each repetition for both left and right arms.

• Supermans: Ensure you lift evenly on both right and left

sides with each repetition.

• Tadpoles: Ensure you reach your elbow to your opposite

knee (do not bring your knee closer to meet your elbow)

I suggest you do the above exercises three times

during the week, working through each exercise for 12 - 16

repetitions at a time, then repeat three sets of all.

One Arm Wall Push-Ups







Side Bridge Lifts



Hinge Wall

Squats finish


3: Deep stretching: Stretching lengthens

your muscles which not only gives them a

better shape but most importantly helps

prevent injuries. Stretched muscles are more

capable of handling sudden movements or

workload without stress. Spend at least 10

minutes a day stretching, especially after

exercise. Hold each stretch for 20 seconds

and ensure you stretch both left and right

sides evenly. Notice if you are able to stretch

further on one side than the other, then only

push your stretch on both left and right sides

to the distance of the tightest side. This will

help correct the imbalance.

4: Eat clean: Means your mind will be

sharper, your body leaner and your energy

higher. This means limiting processed

food. Rule of thumb is any food which

contains more than five ingredients is

considered processed. I don’t expect you

to eat perfectly clean, but if you can do so

70% of the time you will feel and perform

remarkably better.

If you need assistance in taking your

fitness or nutrition to the next level for your

riding, or have any questions, please send

an e-mail to mandy@basefit.co.za.




Just three years ago,

Ethan Williamson got

onto his first PW50… Now

he’s a regional, national

and international MotoX

champion, including

winning the coveted

MXoAN - Africa’s highest

award for motocross.

Ethan Williamson, riding out of Cape

Town, South Africa, is only eight-yearsold,

but his resume reads:

• 2019 TRP South African National

Motocross Champion,

• 2019 Motocross of African Nations


• 2019 Western Cape Regional Champion.

Ethan started 2019 with a bang, going

1-1 to claim the top step of the podium

at Rover MX track in Port Elizabeth for

the first round of the TRP South African

National Motocross Championship. He

followed this by winning the South African

MX Nationals rounds in Cape Town and

Bloemfontein. After Round 3, Ethan held a

healthy 17-point lead, but Round 4 saw him

experience a bike failure at Dirt Bronco

in Gauteng. The young rider showed true

MX grit and limped his bike over the line

in Moto 1 for 6th place - and redeemed

himself with a 2nd place in Moto 2 that

gave him overall 3rd for the day.

With only three rounds left, Ethan

prepared for race day with a clear

understanding of what was needed to

win. Round 5 in Pietermaritzburg saw

him finish 2nd. In Round 6 in Welkom,

Ethan led Moto 1 until a crash… but he

bounced back to win Moto 2 against stiff

competition. Going into the final round,

Ethan had a clear National Championship

lead, but disaster struck. With only one

lap to go, his electronics malfunctioned

and the bike came to a standstill in the

dust. The talented young rider kept a cool

head and managed to get the bike going

and crawl over the line.

Ethan led the TRP SA MX Nationals

from Round 1 in Schoenmakerskop to the

season finale at Terra Topia - but it was not

all smooth sailing. He had to dig deep and

ride with a maturity well beyond his years.

“Ethan has had to deal with enormous

pressure - from his competitors, from

bike failures and crashes, from financial

constraints. He has had to rise above

and ensure he performs when it counts,

and all this while staying humble and

grounded,” says his mother, Calista


Harare: Motocross of African

Nations Champion.

Ethan was selected to compete in the 2019

FIM Motocross of African Nations, which

saw the best riders in Africa racing in

Zimbabwe in August. Ethan was ecstatic

to represent his country and head to the

Donnybrook motocross track in Harare

between stints racing at Krugersdorp and

in Welkom. It was a prestigious honour

and a welcome break from the pressure

of managing the points lead in the South

African championship.


Ethan rode the deep sand of

Donnybrook like a seasoned professional

and although he had some stiff

competition from Malcom Tabula

(Uganda) and Christian Berrington-Smith

(South Africa), it was young Williamson

that went 1-1-2 to claim the title of

Africa’s Fastest Junior Rider.

Motorsport South Africa

Regional Champ

Back home, in the MSA Western Cape

regional championship it was a close

battle between Ethan Williamson and

Jake van Schoor, with van School going

on to become runner-up in the national

championship. For the Western Cape

title, van Schoor was one point ahead of

Williamson coming into the last round.

It was a winner takes all race day and

the two young boys put on a great show

battling from start to finish. But there can

only be one winner, and Ethan managed

to edge out Jake to go 1-1, and take the

Western Cape regional honours.

Ethan’s father Warren Williamson

says: “It takes huge commitment. If Ethan

didn’t have the work ethic and drive

he does, we would not be competing at

this level. He is so driven and he works

extremely hard both on and off the track;

practicing on the bike, but also keeping

on top of his school work.”

We are so grateful to Ethan’s sponsors

Little Big Productions, Leatt and private

donors. It is a continuous struggle

to find the financial support, and we

work constantly to win sponsors, and

then promote those sponsors on the

platforms we have available to us. But

the real key to succeed at this level is for

Ethan to have fun in motocross, and let

him decide where it takes him.”

The future looks bright for this young

motocross champion as he moves into a

new chapter of his racing career. We wish

him well as he continues on his journey

to motorsport greatness.

Find out more:

* Follow Ethan’s journey or contact

him at http://www.instagra.com/


* See Ethan on SABC “Expresso” show

here: http://j.mp/EthanExp

* Full Motocross of African Nations

rankings here: http://j.mp/FIMmx19






In last months issue, we told you all about the

Four-Stroke Cylinder Works replacement barrel

sets imported by Game Services. We are happy

to report that our bike is up and running again

with no issues. We did, sadly pick up a couple of

other issues while the bike was stripped – and

we went in search of more parts.

When there is a shortage of

oil – or an oil-feed problem on

a four-stroke, the cylinder head

also takes punishment. The

oil is pumped from the sump

all the way up into the head to

make sure that the cam shafts

glide freely beneath the cam

caps. Sadly, on this bike, there

was a bit of damage – the cam

lobes ran dry and got hurt, as

did the running surfaces under

the caps.

Big balls up!

Anyway… We are here

to educate you guys so we’ll

explain what a camshaft does:

In almost every bike spec

chart, you’ll see something

describing camshaft layout,

and sometimes it looks like

gibberish. SOHC, DOHC—

what’s it all mean?

First, the basics:

Virtually every four-stroke

internal-combustion engine

has a camshaft. Its job is to

open and close the engine’s

intake (allows fuel in) and

exhaust (kicks burned

gasses out) valves—like a

person inhaling and exhaling.

Overhead camshafts, found in

all modern motorcycles, are

placed directly over the valves

in the cylinder head. The vast

majority of modern motorcycle

engines use this design.


SOHC stands for single

over-head cam, and it means

one shaft opens both the

intake and exhaust valves like

Honda’s Unicam system and

most of the smaller capacity

air-cooled motorcycles.

DOHC is double over-head

cam, and means one shaft

operates the intake valves

while a second controls the

exhausts. Most performance

dirtbikes (Like the bike we

broke…) have 2 camshafts.

The shafts then open and close

the valves – and – well when

they get no oil, they Toyi Toyi

worse than EFF supporters on

the rampage.

Ok not quite. They stop


Do you really need to know

all of this just to ride?

Maybe not. But it’ll help you

seem like less of a chop when

you’re talking to those sales

guys, or to the guy sitting next

to you at the pub…

But: Generally camshafts

are not a service item, so

motorcycle importers do not

carry them in stock and you

have to wait while they are put

on back order. Game imports

the Hotcam range of camshafts

for most modern dirtbikes.

Hotcams performance

camshafts are an off the shelf


Founded in 2001 as the first

manufacturer of aftermarket,

performance billet camshafts

for the dirt bike and ATV

market. Today Hot Cams

manufacturers almost 250

unique camshaft profiles in its

Urbandale, Iowa facility.

Choosing the Right Cam: Stage

1, 2 or 3

Hot Cams stage 1, 2, and 3

camshafts are chosen as

matched sets of intake and

exhaust cams to maximize the

efficiency of engines that are

stock or mildly modified with

external components such as

exhaust system, air filter, etc.

Stage 1 cam sets are

selected to provide increased

torque output in the RPM range

below the engine’s torque

peak. These cams will generally

produce more part-throttle

torque, better low RPM throttle

response, and increased peak

torque. In some cases high RPM

torque and peak horsepower

may also be improved.

Stage 2 cam sets are

selected to provide increased

high RPM horsepower. These

cams are best selected for

riding situations with higher

average speeds. In many

instances, low RPM torque is as

good as the stock cam(s) and

peak torque is improved, but

the goal is to improve power

in the RPM range above the

engine’s torque peak.

Stage 3 cam sets are chosen

to provide the ultimate in high

RPM torque and horsepower.

These cams are only offered

for a few models where it has

been determined that a stock

or mildly modified engine can

safely produce power for a high

speed usage situation.

Go and chat to the guys at

GAME, the Hotcams importer

– and even if your engine is fine

– this is a relatively inexpensive

way to get a bit more reliable

oomph from your four-stroker.

But if, like us, your bike

breaks due to a lack of oil…

here are some words of


Please check your own

motorcycle before you go

riding… Game Services Benoni

(011) 425-1081









What are you doing in 2020?

Stefan Britz put together a list of lots of events happing in SA and abroad in 2020.

We are pretty sure that there are even more than these, but you get a great idea of

what’s going on out there...

18-Jan-2020 Slake Funduro Humansdorp EC Humansdorp

25-Jan-2020 EWXC Event 1 Mashudu Limpopo Mashudu

25-Jan-2020 NW Offroad Regional Round 1 Hartbeesfontein NW Hartbeesfontein

25-Jan-2020 KZN REGIONAL XC Round 1 ESHOWE KZN Eshowe

25-jan-2020 Waterberg mountain Ride Naboomspruit (social) Limpopo Mookgepong

1-Feb-2020 Lowveld Enduro Club Round 1 Wildside MP Badplaas

1-Feb-2020 GXCC Regional ROUND 1 GP GP

1-Feb-2020 Western Cape Regional Offroad Round 1 Vredenburg WC Vredenburg

2-Feb-2020 KZN JUNIOR enduro/xc Round 1

8th Feb 2020 Day ride, east rand (social) adventurecompany.co.za Gauteng JHB

6 & 8 Feb 2020 National Enduro Round 1 Live Lesotho Lesotho

6-7 Feb 2020 National XC Round 1 Lesotho *2 Day Event Lesotho

15-Feb-2020 Madalas Clarens FS Clarens

15-Feb-2020 Funduro Rooiheuwel WP Vredenburg

15-Feb-2020 Slake Funduro Maitland Mines EC PE

16-Feb-2020 KZN JUNIOR enduro/xc Round 2 KZN

20-23 Feb 2020 Peak to Peak Xtreme *3 Day event EC Barkley East

22-Feb-2020 CSMX Regional Enduro Round 1 McGregor WC McGregor

22-Feb-2020 Farm Jam Round 1 MP Middelburg

29 Feb – 2020 Farm Ride Parys (Social) adventurecompany.co.za FS Parys

29-Feb-2020 Lowveld Enduro Club Round 2 Gold Rush Enduro MP Pilgrims Rest

29-Feb-2020 CSA KORC Regional Offroad round 1 Hopetown NC Hopetown

29-Feb-2020 WFO Regional Round 1 KZN TBA

29-Feb-2020 NW Offroad Regional Round 2 Lichtenburg NW Lichtenburg

7-Mar-2020 EWXC Event 2 Piesangkloof NW Hartebeespoort

7-Mar-2020 GXCC Regional ROUND 2 GP

7-Mar-2020 Western Cape Regional Offroad Round 2 Vredenburg WC Vredenburg

7-8 Mar 2020 ICE PE Inner City Enduro *2 Day Event EC PE

8-Mar-2020 KZN REGIONAL XC Round 2 JOLIVET KZN Jolivet

12-14 Mar 2020 Impi Adventure *3 Day Event KZN

14-Mar-2020 National Enduro Round 2 Rover Port Elizabeth EC PE

14-Mar-2020 Rover Regional Enduro Round 1 EC PE

21-Mar-2020 Funduro Ficksburg FS Ficksburg

21-Mar-2020 Retro Roof Lesotho

21-Mar-2020 Slake Funduro Port Alfred EC Port Alfred

27-Mar-2020 Volksrus weekend (social) adventurecompany.co.za MP Volksrust

28-Mar-2020 EWXC Event 3 ADA Titans NW Hartebeespoort

28-Mar-2020 Funduro Koring Berg WC Koringberg

28-Mar-2020 NW Offroad Regional Round 3 Coligny NW Coligny

2-4 Apr 2020 The Senq enduro *3 Day Event Lesotho


4-Apr-2020 Lowveld Enduro Club Round 3 Casterbridge MP Nelspruit

4-Apr-2020 CSA KORC Regional Offroad round 2 Windsorton NC Windsorton

4-Apr-2020 GXCC Regional ROUND GP

4-5 Apr 2020 Junior tankwa cross country Rally 1 NC Calvinia

18-April Blockhouse social day event. adventurecompany.co.za GP Alberton

18-Apr-2020 National XC Round 2 KZN Virginia Trails KZN TBA


18-Apr-2020 Eastlondon Regional Enduro Round 1 Fort jackson EC Fort Jackson

18-Apr-2020 Western Cape Regional Offroad Round 3 Vredenburg WC Vredenburg

18-Apr-2020 Slake Funduro Alexandria EC Alexandria

19-Apr-2020 National Hard Enduro Round 1 The Slayer KZN TBA

22-Apr-2020 Farm Jam Round 2 MP Secunda

25-Apr-2020 NW Offroad Regional Round 4 Mareetsane NW Mareetsane

25-Apr-2020 Funduro Stutterheim EC Stutterheim

30 April 2020 Swazi Mangala long weekend adventurecompany.co.za. Eswatini Piggs Peak.

1-May-2020 Funduro Victoria Falls ZIM Victoria Falls

1-2 May 2020 National Enduro Round 3 CSMX Robertson WC Robertson

2-May-2020 EWXC Event 4 Van Reenens Pass KZN Van Reenen

2-May-2020 Rover Regional enduro Round 2 EC PE

2-May-2020 CSMX Regional Enduro Round 2 Robertson WC Robertson

2-May-2020 CSA KORC Regional Offroad round 3 Jacobsdal NC Jacobsdal

8-May-2020 WESS Round 1: Extreme XL Lagares Portugal

9-May-2020 GXCC Regional ROUND 4 GP

9-May-2020 Slake Funduro Baviaanskloof EC Baviaanskloof

10-May-2020 KZN REGIONAL XC Round 4 KZN Bulwer

16-May-2020 WFO Regional Round 2 TBC KZN KZN

16-May-2020 NW Offroad Regional Round 5 Sannieshof NW Sannieshof

21-23 May 2020 WESS Round 2: Trefle Lozerien AMV France France

23-May-2020 Madalas Mnweni KZN mNweni

24-May-2020 KZN JUNIOR enduro/xc Round 3 KZN KZN

30-May-2020 Tonteldoos dirtbike fest. adventurecompany.co.za MP Steelpoort

30-May-2020 Lowveld Eduro Club Round 4 Hazyview MP Hazyview

30-May-2020 Western Cape Regional Offroad Round 4 WC Ceres

30-31 May 2020 ICE JHB Inner City Enduro *2 Day Event GP JHB

31-May-2020 Western Cape Regional Offroad Round 5 WC Ceres

6-Jun-2020 CSA KORC Regional Offroad round 4 Kimberley NC KBY

6-Jun-2020 GXCC Regional ROUND 5 GP

6-Jun-2020 East london Regional Enduro Round 2 Berlin EC Berlin

6-7 Jun 2020 Funduro Wacky Wine @Bennie se Lapa *2 Day Event WP Robertson

6-Jun-2020 Funduro Hopefield WP Hopefield

10-14 Jun 2020 WESS Round 3: Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble Austria

13-Jun-2020 CSMX Regional Enduro Round 3 Riversdale WC Riversdale


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13-Jun-2020 Funduro Hoerskool Swartland WP Malmesbury

13-Jun-2020 Slake Funduro Somerset east EC Somerset east

18-20 Jun 2020 Impi Hard Enduro *3 Day Event KZN

20-Jun-2020 EWXC Event 5 Heidelberg GP Heidelberg

20-Jun-2020 Rover Regional enduro Round 3 EC PE

20-Jun-2020 NW Offroad Regional Round 6 Doornbult NW Doornbult

20-Jun-2020 Farm Jam Round 3 MP Bronkhorstspruit


25th June Tri Nations. SA SZ. MZ adventurecompany.co.za KZN

27-28 Jun 2020 WESS Round 4: Red Bull 111 Megawatt Poland

27-Jun-2020 National Hard Enduro Round 2 TBC TBA

27-Jun-2020 WFO Regional Round 3 TBC KZN

11-Jul-2020 National Enduro Round 4 WFO KZN TBA

11-Jul-2020 WFO Regional Round 4 TBC KZN

11-Jul-2020 Western Cape Regional Offroad Round 6 WC Pearly Beach

18-july-2020 Heidelberg ride (Social) adventurecompany.co.za GP Nigel

18-Jul-2020 GXCC Regional ROUND 6 GP

18-Jul-2020 Funduro Tierhoek WP Piekenierskloof

18-Jul-2020 Eastlondon Regional Enduro Round 3 Nahoon Dam EC Nahoon Dam

18-Jul-2020 Slake Funduro Jeffreys bay EC

19-Jul-2020 KZN JUNIOR enduro/xc Round 4 KZN Bulwer

21-25 Jul 2020 WESS Round 5: Red Bull Romaniacs Romania

25-Jul-2020 NW Offroad Regional Round 7 Waterval Veldsport NW NW

1-Aug-2020 Lowveld Enduro Club Round 5 KMIA Lowveld Enduro Club MP KMI Airport

1-Aug-2020 Rover Regional enduro Round 4 EC PE

1-Aug-2020 CSA KORC Regional Offroad round 5 Petrusburg NC Petrusburg

1-Aug-2020 Funduro Vanrhynsdorp WP Vanrhynsdorp

7-8 Aug 2020 Pongola Ride. 2day event adventurecompany.co.za KZN Pongola

7-8 Aug 2020 Battle Valleys *2 Day Event EC Trennerys

8-Aug-2020 Western Cape Regional Offroad Round 7 WC Overberg

8-Aug-2020 Funduro Marthinusrust WP Clanwilliam

8-9 Aug 2020 Man & Machine *2 Day Event KZN Boston

15-Aug-2020 WESS Round 6: Tennessee Knockout USA

15-Aug-2020 Slake Funduro Plettenberg bay EC Plettenberg bay


22-Aug-2020 CSMX Regional Enduro Round 4 TBA WC TBA

22-Aug-2020 NW Offroad Regional Round 8 Corsica NW Corsica

22-Aug-2020 Farm Jam Round 4 MP Secunda

28-30 Aug 2020 X Race Namibia Extreme Enduro Namibia Windhoek

29-Aug-2020 Madalas 4 Rivers Drakensberg KZN Drakensberg

Sep 2020 TBA WESS Round 7: Hawkstone Park Cross-Country UK

5-Sep-2020 Funduro Slang hoek Punisher WC Slanghoek

5-Sep-2020 GXCC Regional ROUND 7 GP

5-Sep-2020 WFO Regional Round 5 TBC KZN

5-Sep-2020 Slake Funduro Rangers Uitenhage EC Uitenhage

12-Sep-2020 Rover Regional enduro Round 5 EC PE

12-Sep-2020 National XC Round 3 FS TBA


18-20 Sep 2020 SENIOR TANKWA cross country Rally 2 NC Calvinia

19-Sep-2020 Eastlondon Regional Enduro Round 4 Nahoon Dam EC Nahoon Dam

19-Sep-2020 KZN JUNIOR enduro/xc Round 5 BULWER KZN Bulwer

20-Sep-2020 KZN JUNIOR enduro/xc Round 6 KZN

24-Sept-2020 GP 2 The Bay 4 days. adventurecompany.co.za GP Richards Bay

23-26 Sep 2020 Redbull Sea to sky Turkey Antalya

24-26 Sep 2020 Matat 2 pont *3 Day Event KZN Port Edward

26-Sep-2020 CSMX Regional Enduro Round 5 Worcester WC Worcester

26-Sep-2020 NW Offroad Regional Round 9 Potchefstroom NW Potchefstroom

26-27 Sep 2020 Slake Funduro Katberg chasing giants Navigational EC Katberg

OCT 2020 TBA ICE KZN Inner City Enduro Final Date TBA KZN TBA

3-Oct-2020 Roof Ready Lesotho Lesotho

3-Oct-2020 Madalas Van Reenen’s Pass KZN Van Reenen

3-Oct-2020 Lowveld Enduro Club Round 6 Loskop MP Loskop Dam

3-Oct-2020 CSA KORC Regional Offroad round 6 Windsorton NC Windsorton

4-Oct-2020 WFO Regional Round 6 TBC KZN

8-10 Oct 2020 Impi Original *3 Day Event KZN

9-11 Oct 2020 WESS Round 8: Hixpania Hard Enduro Spain

9-12 Oct 2020 Sea To Sea EC Coffee Bay

10-Oct-2020 Farm Jam Round 5 MP Bronkhorstspruit

11-Oct-2020 KZN JUNIOR enduro/xc Round 7 KZN

16-19 Oct 2020 Sea To Ski EC Tiffindell

17-Oct-2020 National XC Round 4 GP TBA

17-Oct-2020 Eastlondon Regional Enduro Round 5 Emerald Vale EC Emeraldvale

17-Oct-2020 Slake Funduro Twisters EC Humansdorp

23-Oct-2020 Gotland grand national Sweden Gotland

23-24 Oct 2020 National Hard Enduro Round 3 *2 Day Event EC Matatiele

23-25 Oct 2020 Enduro World Swaziland *3 Day Event Swaziland

24-Oct-2020 Rover Regional enduro Round 6 EC PE

24-Oct-2020 Western Cape Regional Offroad Round 8 WEST COAST WC

31-Oct-2020 GXCC Regional ROUND 8 GP

31-Oct-2020 NW Offroad Regional Round 10 Lichtenburg NW Lichtenburg

6-8 Nov 2020 Rock & Snow Lesotho Lesotho Afriski

7-Nov-2020 WFO Regional Round 7 TBC KZN

7-Nov-2020 Funduro Stilbaai WP Still bay

7-Nov-2020 Farm Jam Round 6 MP Middelburg

14-Nov-2020 Eastlondon Regional Enduro Round 6 Emerald Vale EC Emeraldvale

14-Nov-2020 Slake Funduro Pabala Game Farm (Loerie) EC Hankey

18-21 Nov 2020 National Hard Enduro Round 4 Roof of Africa *3 Day event Lesotho

21-Nov-2020 Rover Regional enduro Round 7 EC PE

28-Nov-2020 Funduro Zone 7 Western Cape WC Zone 7

28-Nov-2020 NW Offroad Regional Round 11 Hartbeesfontein NW Hartbeesfontein

6-Dec-2020 Slake Funduro Slipperfields-lady slipper EC PE


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Some cool rides

coming up in 2020

Dirtbikes, ATV’s and SXS all welcome!

Here are some of the dates an venues for 2020... Pop this up onto the

fridge and we’ll see you out on the trails. We’ve been busy looking for

some new venues and it’s looking great for some brand new adventures...

Weekend 24th Jan: Waterberg Mountain Ride, Naboomspruit.

Cool venue - awesome trails, a real bushveld ride!

Sat Feb 8th: Day ride, Cosmos Run. East rand.

Feb 29th: Day Ride, Farm Ride, Parys.

March 27th: Weekend away to Volksrus.

Unbelievable mountain trails lined up for you, it’s going to be awesome!

April Sat 18th: Day ride, JHB South.

April 30th: Long weekend Swazi Mangala.

Two days of fantastic! A brilliant ride through Beautiful Eswatini and the

Barberton Mountains. Get your passports sorted.

May 30th: Tonteldoos Dirt Adventure.

Here’s something unique - we have found one of SA’s best kept secrets

only 20km’s from Steelpoort. We are going to explore the bustling

metropolis of Tonteldoos - and for the first time ever, farmers are allowing

dirtbikes... make sure that you come along.

June 25th: Tri Nations Adventure.

SA, Swaziland, all the way to the beach in Ponta. Arrive Thursday ride Fri,

Sat and then chill or head for home.

July 18th: Day Ride in or around JHB. Probably Heidelberg.

August 7th: Long weekend: Pongola. Great Hotel! Some awesome riding.

1 day in the riverbeds, 1 day in the mountains.

Thurs Sept 24th: Q4Q GP 2 the Bay in the dirt. Four days in the dirt raising

funds for QASA. All the way from JHB to Richards Bay. Too cool!!

More to follow: Drakensberg, Wakkerstroom, Tzaneen...

Watch this space as we go along.





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