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EDITOR: ROLEY FOLEY
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
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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appear in new
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
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BUI LT T O GO
A S FA R A S Y
DAR E T O TA
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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:
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smart phone and
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.
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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
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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
Louis, Carolene & Shannon
Miguel from RAD with some famous peeps...
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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
At your dealer.
Sidi Releases the
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Off-road Protection in a Boot that’s
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
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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
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
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new products coming into the market.
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• Packed in engine sets – kit includes complete set of
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• Kit includes heavy duty springs (we cannot supply
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• Longer life and higher heat resistance than CK series.
• More aggressive/faster ‘take up’ then the standard
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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
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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Story: DT Crew Pics: Beam Productions
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
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
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!
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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
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.
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
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.
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The comfort of a flip-up helmet,
the look and feel of a modern
adventure helmet, THE SAFETY
OF A SCHUBERTH
This is what a
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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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
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
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...
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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
Moto-X bike. Once I got onto
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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
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
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
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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
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
Manual: R210 000
DCT: R222 499
Go and chat to your nearest
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TYRE TECH TALK
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
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
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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which is described as a confidence-inspiring
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has a flat-tread block pattern, which maximises
surface area for grip and a feeling of comfort in
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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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
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IN HIS OWN
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
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
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.”
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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
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
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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
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
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
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, 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
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,”
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!”
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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
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
We wish all our Dakar hopefuls
the very best and we are behind one
We look forward to all of the war
stories in our Feb issue!
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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
Mike on the mic...
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The 2019 Motul Roof Of Africa
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.
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
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
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.
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
Kind Regards, Graham
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
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
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
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
At Free fall he was still lying 5th. I Met
him at finish and I was beaming. 5th for
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
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.
Chris birch - 10th
Flanagan on the rocks...
These two Basotho’s helped just about every rider up the hill.
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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
Story: Donovan Fourie Pics: Meghan McCabe
Batt Tour Master
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
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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
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.
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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.
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
For more information feel
free to contact Bruce from
Bike Tyre warehouse on 011
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NEW KID ON
FROM BEING LAPPED 3 TIMES PER RACE A FEW SHORT YEARS
AGO TO ‘PRO MINI’ CHAMPION ON HIS KTM 85 SX BIG WHEEL,
MEET LEONARD DU TOIT OF THE RACEWORX KTM TEAM.
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
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
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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
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
“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
DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE JANUARY 2020 5 9
What is a Shootout you
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 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
More info: rstrydom177@
How flat can you get... Tristan Purdon
Some of the juniors
ripping down the track...
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AND A QUICK
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….
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
BMW F 850 GS
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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...
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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:
WHAT IS ACTIVE RECOVERY
AND HOW WILL IT HELP
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
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
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Side Bridge Lifts
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
If you need assistance in taking your
fitness or nutrition to the next level for your
riding, or have any questions, please send
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DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE JANUARY 2020 7 1
CLEAN SWEEP FOR 8-YEAR-OLD MX STAR : MEET ETHAN WILLIAMSON
Just three years ago,
Ethan Williamson got
onto his first PW50… Now
he’s a regional, national
and international MotoX
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
• 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
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
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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
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
* Full Motocross of African Nations
rankings here: http://j.mp/FIMmx19
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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
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
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
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
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.
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
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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
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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 KZN REGIONAL XC Round 3 VIRGINIA TRIALS KZN KZN
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
21-Jun-2020 KZN REGIONAL XC Round 5 NETHERWOOD KZN
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
16-Aug-2020 KZN REGIONAL XC Round 6 SOUTH COAST KZN
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
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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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LIVE A LITTLE!!
Some cool rides
coming up in 2020
Dirtbikes, ATV’s and SXS all welcome!
Here are some of the dates an venues for 2020... Pop this up onto the
fridge and we’ll see you out on the trails. We’ve been busy looking for
some new venues and it’s looking great for some brand new adventures...
Weekend 24th Jan: Waterberg Mountain Ride, Naboomspruit.
Cool venue - awesome trails, a real bushveld ride!
Sat Feb 8th: Day ride, Cosmos Run. East rand.
Feb 29th: Day Ride, Farm Ride, Parys.
March 27th: Weekend away to Volksrus.
Unbelievable mountain trails lined up for you, it’s going to be awesome!
April Sat 18th: Day ride, JHB South.
April 30th: Long weekend Swazi Mangala.
Two days of fantastic! A brilliant ride through Beautiful Eswatini and the
Barberton Mountains. Get your passports sorted.
May 30th: Tonteldoos Dirt Adventure.
Here’s something unique - we have found one of SA’s best kept secrets
only 20km’s from Steelpoort. We are going to explore the bustling
metropolis of Tonteldoos - and for the first time ever, farmers are allowing
dirtbikes... make sure that you come along.
June 25th: Tri Nations Adventure.
SA, Swaziland, all the way to the beach in Ponta. Arrive Thursday ride Fri,
Sat and then chill or head for home.
July 18th: Day Ride in or around JHB. Probably Heidelberg.
August 7th: Long weekend: Pongola. Great Hotel! Some awesome riding.
1 day in the riverbeds, 1 day in the mountains.
Thurs Sept 24th: Q4Q GP 2 the Bay in the dirt. Four days in the dirt raising
funds for QASA. All the way from JHB to Richards Bay. Too cool!!
More to follow: Drakensberg, Wakkerstroom, Tzaneen...
Watch this space as we go along.
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