Dirt and Trail Feb 2020

RobRidefast

SA's Adventure magazine

RIDE MORE, STRESS LESS!

FEBRUARY 2020

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EDITOR: ROLEY FOLEY

A lawyer runs a stop sign and

gets pulled over by a traffi c

offi cer.

He thinks that he is smarter than

the cop because he is a lawyer,

and is certain that he has a

better education than any cop.

He decides to prove this to

himself and have some fun at

the offi cers expense!

Offi cer says,’ License and

registration, please.’

Lawyer says, ‘What for?’

Offi cer replies, ‘You didn’t come

to a complete stop at the Stop

sign.’

Lawyer says, ‘I slowed down,

and no one was coming.’

Offi cer says, ‘You still didn’t

come to a complete stop.

License And registration, please.’

Lawyer says, ‘What’s the

difference?’

Offi cer says, ‘The difference is,

you have to come to complete

stop, that’s the law. License and

registration, please!’

Lawyer says, ‘If you can show

me the legal difference between

‘slow down’ and ‘stop’, I’ll give

you my license and registration

and you give me the ticket. If not,

you let me go and don’t give me

the ticket.’

Offi cer says, ‘Sounds fair. Exit

your vehicle, sir.’

The lawyer exits his vehicle. The

cop takes out his baton and

starts beating the lawyer with it

and says, ‘Do you want me to

stop, or just slow down?

CONTENTS: FEBRUARY 2020

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Trax & Trail

Funduro

challenge

planned for

March.

More info foleyg@mweb.co.za or

admin1@traxktm.co.za.

Husqvarna

Norden 901

will spearhead

full ‘Husky’

ADV line.

On the 21st March – it’s a Saturday, Public Holiday,

there’s not a lot of racing going on and it’s going to

be good fun. Legends in Cullinan is the venue where

riders will be treated to a great single track trail into

the mountain. The route will include MX, Offroad and

Enduro elements. It’s not extreme or hard enduro

– all rideable with lots of space for spectators and

supporters. The guys are still busy with the planning

but they reckon a loop of about 40 kms can be

expected with some unique parts opened just for this

challenge. You can enter as an individual (Ysterman)

– or as a team (challenge other teams and see who

can do the most laps in a set time) Finishers medal for

everyone and lots of prizes up for grabs courtesty of

Trax KTM and Dirt And Trail Magazine.

The all-new Husqvarna Norden 901 adventure tourer

is just the first in a line of ADV models on the horizon

from the Swedish firm. Fresh from confirmation the

Husqvarna Norden 901 adventure tourer concept

is going into production, new documents reveal the

Swedish firm has plans to expand the model line

across the engine range.

‘Husky’ pulled the wraps off the brand-new 901

Norden concept at the 2019 EICMA show in Milan,

representing a new philosophy for the manufacturer

by taking it into the popular adventure/tourer area for

the first time.

The 901 Norden bears all the hallmarks of the current

‘Husky’ range with its gunmetal colours, smoked

circular headlamp and brushed metal plate finishing

related to the acclaimed Svartpilen and Vitpilen.

It remains to be seen whether the endurancestyle

yellow quad-lights and black rims make it to

production – slated for 2021 – untouched. We sure

hope so.

If you like the look of the Norden 901 though, it won’t

be the first and last Husqvarna to be going off-road in

the name of Norden (which means North in Swedish

if you were wondering) with a number of different

engine-sizes on offer.

Amazing company…

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Please make no attempt to imitat e the illustrated riding scenes, always wear protective clothi ng and observe the applicable provisions of the road traffic regulations!

The illustrat ed vehicles may vary in selected details from the production models and some illustrations feature optional equipmen t availabl e at additiona l cost.

ALL-NEW

TE 150i

The 2020 TE 150i has been elevated to a whole new level. Husqvarna

Motorcycles’ innovative fuel injection technology finds its way into the

lightest model in the range and the result is a combination of refined power

and lightweight nimbleness that simply can’t be ignored. The smooth power

delivery, with the latest generation chassis and advanced WP suspension,

offers a great mix of enduro-specific performance. Now, more than ever,

with no need for jetting or pre-mixing fuel, combined with an electric start,

the new TE 150i is quite simply the easiest way to master new trails.

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Oxford waterproof

socks RRP R895.00

Now here this is a very lekker idea. Inevitably

on any ride, especially an enduro or adventure

ride, you are going to encounter some kind of

water. Whether it is riding in the rain, doing a

water crossing or having to rescue yourself or

a fellow rider out of the mud and guaranteed

no matter how good your boots are you do

invariably end up with soggy socks.

Using a combination of Nylon, Lycra,

Spandex, Polyester, 100% PU, Acrylic,

Merino Wool and Spandex in various

quantities and thickness’s the Oxfords

waterproof socks are designed to keep

your feet warm and dry. The three layer

construction sandwiches a breathable

waterproof membrane between the outer

knitted layer and inner seamless lining.

They are waterproof, windproof and

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weather conditions. With a cushioned toe,

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light compression fit provides even arch and

ankle support. Then there is the moisture

wicking which helps keep your dry from

sweat and prevents chaffing.

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Our Lady in Cape Town

Yep, you read that correctly. With our magazine growing from

strength to strength, (especially our digital footprint, which in now

reaching in excess of 3 million readers per month per magazine),

and seemingly everybody and their cousin “emigrating” to Cape

Town We have appointed Ms. Lorna Daroll to look after the

Mother City motorcycling industry and community for both Dirt &

Trail and our sister magazine Ridefast.

So, Lorna will be calling on all the bike shops to keep up to date

with any news happening in the industry in and around Cape

Town and also looking after all the Bike shops advertising needs

and dropping off copies of the current issue/s of both magazines

with the bike shops. Please give Lorna a call if you need

magazines or would like to stock magazines in the area or would

like to run an advert in either or both of our magazines. Also, if

you are hosting an event an event within the Cape Town area

and would like us to cover the event give Lorna a call, she is also

a mighty fine photographer and does shoot a lot of the Moto-X

and enduro events as well as all the big road racing events.

Give her a call on 074 122 48 or WhatsApp to the same number

or drop her a mail on lornad48@yahoo.com

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Are bike manufacturers

doing enough to stop

bike theft?

Bikes are pretty easy to steal. A vehicle with no

windows or doors that can be picked up by a few

strong people is easier to steal than, say, a car.

Steering locks are defeated by a firm kick and

immobilisers can be bypassed using a cheap

circuit board and a few wires. So what are bike

manufacturers, who make money out of selling their

machines, doing to help keep them safe? Well …

Quite a bit, actually.

BMW and Yamaha have been exploring new ways

to keep their models in the hands of the people

who have paid for them. Patent drawings have

been filed by BMW showing a new way of locking

a motorbike’s gearbox to prevent it from being

wheeled away. A solenoid will drop a metal pin into

one of several holes in the universal joint on the

driveshaft at the gearbox end.

To make sure an electrical failure can’t result in a

dangerous rear wheel lock-up while the bike is being

ridden, the metal pin is designed in such a way that it

cannot drop into a hole at anything above 4km/h. The

patent drawings look to suit the brand’s upcoming

R18 cruiser, but there are also designs for versions

that could be used on other shaft-drive models and a

variation for the company’s chain-driven bikes, too.

Meanwhile, the last few versions of Yamaha’s TMAX

large-capacity scooter model have come fitted with

a lockable centre stand to make it much harder for

thieves to wheel it away. The TMAX’s combination of

twist-and-go rideability and large-capacity grunt have

made it a target for criminals who use it as a getaway

vehicle and bike thieves who use them to push

another stolen bike away. Having the centre stand

locked in position makes it impossible for the bike to

be wheeled away by an opportunist thief and would

be a real pain for a more professional criminal, too.

Kawasaki back

in MX in SA

Quite by accident we found out that Kawasaki SA has

taken on the talents on young Kayla Raaf to contest

the national championship on the 2020 KX250.

SA’s fastest lady in 2019 is sure to make some waves

– and it’s great to see Kawasaki sticking their toes into

the MX scene…

More news soon…

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2020 Yamaha

WR155R Water

Cooled Street

Legal Machine

Trolling around on the web we came

across this quite exciting news,

Yamaha has launched this great little

bike in Indonesia and it looks like

a replacement for the old DT/TTR

range. We really hope that it does

make its way to SA. We couldn’t find

too much more the WR155R other

some engine specs and some pic’s

but it does look like a cool li’l bike..

SPECS

Engine type: Liquid cooled,

4-Stroke, SOHC, 4 Valves, VVA

Number of cylinder/s: Single

Cylinder Volume: 155 cc

Max power: 12.3 KW / 10,000 rpm

Max torque: 14.3 Nm / 6500 rpm

Starter system: electric starter

Fuel system: Fuel Injection

Clutch Type: Wet Type Multi-plate

Transmission Type: Manual

Transmission: 6 Speed

2020 KAWASAKI KLX230,

Also street legal

And, here we have another one, this time from Kawasaki in

the form of the KLX230 and KLX230 ABS, we are also not

sure if Kawasaki will bring them in … but we do hope so,

they are cool looking little bikes and we all know the brand

is very well represented and backed up here in SA. Once

again there is not a lot of information out there, but here are

some spec’s and pics:

SPECS

Engine Type: Single-cylinder four-stroke, air cooled

Engine Displacement: 233cc

Valves: SOHC; 2 valves

Fueling: fuel injection

Transmission: 6-speed

Final drive: Chain

Seat height: 88cm

Fuel tank capacity: 9 litres

Curb weight: 132kg

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Travis Pastrana

Makes The Leap

From Suzuki To KTM

Some motorcycle manufacturers took the decision to

halt two-stroke development.

The European manufacturers still offer the option, all in

dirtbike form—including KTM and Husqvarna, alongside

brother company GasGas and underdog Beta.

Some out there are still dedicated to the technology,

including daredevil and racer Travis Pastrana who

recently announced he changed the colour of his flag

to keep riding on a two-stroke motorcycle.

We have featured Pastrana quite often – he is an

amazing athlete and a great ambassador for all things

dirt bike and mental, from his Evel Knievel jumps on an

Indian to a record-setting ascent of Mount Washington

in a Subaru WRX STI.

However, there’s one bike Pastrana has been

consistent with: His old Suzuki RM 250.

After close to three decades on the trusty RMs,

it was apparently time for an upgrade. Pastrana

announced that he made the switch to new KTMs—

seemingly250 SX. He explained that sourcing parts

for the Suzuki which as discontinued 15 years ago

was becoming a problem.

Plus, sticking with Suzuki would have meant

swapping for four-stroke models, something he

seemingly wasn’t ready to do.

“I’ve practically bled yellow for the past 28 years and

I’m thankful for every day with Suzuki… But with

RM250s being discontinued close to 15 years ago,

it’s been getting harder and harder to find bikes and

parts. It was time for me to either go 4-Stroke or to

switch colours.”

The absence of any 250cc two-stroke contender in

the Suzuki lineup pushed Pastrana into the clever folks

at KTM’s arms. The FMX legends said: “Huge thanks

to the man himself, Roger DeCoster along with Ian

Harrison and Ryan Morais for helping me with some

new 250cc 2 Strokes!

Team Orange is holding on tight to its 150 to 300cc

range of two-strokes which ultimately served it well

since they now have one of the most important figures

in motocross racing and stunting’s allegiance. Pastrana

shared a video of himself whipping one of his new KTM

on the trails and testing a few jumps. You know. To test

the aerodynamics and stuff.

Pastrana’s bike sports a new set of sponsor stickers,

including Can-Am’s on the front fender, which has

seemingly replaced Polaris….

So: when will Pastrana jump a Spyder?

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SWM

MOTORCYCLES

NOW IN

SA!

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About 6 months ago, we were

at one of the dealerships

when we noticed a very

unusual motorcycle lurking

in the workshop. A closer

look showed it to be an SWM.

Now we’ve heard about this

brand fairly often over the

years, and we found out that

they had a selection of bikes

about to hit our shores. We

got hold of the importers and

arranged to ride two of them

first thing in January.

All about SWM: Made in Italy

SV.VM (Sironi Vergani Vimercate

Milano) is an Italian motorcycle

manufacturer founded in 1971 by

Piero Sironi and Fausto Vergani. Based

in Milan, Italy, SWM manufactured

Observed Trials, Enduro, Motocross

and off-road motorcycles in the 1970s

and 1980s. They started with small

capacity Sachs engined enduro bikes

and began making Rotax engined

trials bikes in 1977. The other main

manufacturers at this time included

Fantic Motor, Bultaco and Montesa.

Sadly, like many other interesting

marques, Speedy Working Motorcycles

went bust in the 1980s, living on

only as something of a historical

curiosity. Until 2014, that is, when

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Ampelio Macchi, ex-Technical

Manager for Cagiva, Aprilia

and Husqvarna, set about

resurrecting the brand in

the former Husky plant in

Lombardia, Italy.

During the EICMA

2014 show in Milan, they

announced that they would be

rolling bikes out again. SWM

are back on the market with

six street and off-road bikes

with engine size between 300

and 650cc.

On a fine sunny Saturday

afternoon, the South African

Importers brought along two

bikes for us to ride, the SWM

RS 500R and the very pretty

650cc Superdual X.

Interestingly, both bikes

are powered by the Italian

Husqvarna Red Head engines.

The RS500R

R121 950.00

“Hard adventure” is the buzz

word on everyones lips at the

moment. Riders who are not

keen on dragging traditional

adventure machines into

the boglands are converting

bigger bore dirt bikes to serve

the purpose. In our opinion,

this one fits the bill.

It is a fuel injected 500cc

four stroke that is fully road

legal. It’s a simple case of

banging on a screen and you

have a bike that is capable of

running to the 160kph mark

(We tried it), and also tackling

more severe off-road type

terrain.

We put the bike through its

paces right here at our local

test haunts.

Compact. The bike feels

small. It is not tall at all and

even shorter riders should be

quite flat footed whilst in the

saddle.

The bike is really

comfortable – it has a thick,

plush seat and a well-shaped

tank. It feels very narrow

with the riders relationship

from pars to seat to pegs

natural and comfortable.

In the cockpit is a neat

digital display that tells you

everything you need to know.

Ride impressions.

Tickle the starter button and

the gorgeous twin pipes emit a

rumble that tell you that you are

on a bigger bore machine. The

Hydraulic clutch is soft, engage

first and open the throttle…

We hurled this bike at all the

usual stuff – river crossings,

fast flowing sand tracks and

our rocky koppie out back

here. The bike has excellent

trail manners, power delivery

is strong and predictable – you

know that you are on a 500 –

but the power is not insane.

It is in fact quite smooth and

user friendly with excellent

bottom end grunt and torquey

midrange. We like that fact that

at top speeds on the tar it did

not feel like it was revving its

brains out.

One thing that we did

notice is that the throttle

is extremely sensitive and,

initially we experienced a few

stalls on pull off. By the end

of the afternoon, we had it

waxed – no issue.

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The KYB suspension feels

good in all terrain – no funny

headshakes and it offers the

rider a comfortable, smooth

ride, soaking up the bigger

hits and unexpected lurkers

without getting out of shape.

The Brembo brakes literally

“Skrik for Niks”, amazing…

When one of our junior

riders managed to get stuck

up on the aforementioned

rocky koppie, we dragged

the 500 up and over. We are

impressed with the chug-alug,

it makes trickier terrain

and climbing quite easy – and

the decent clearance meant

that we did not clonk the

bottom of the frame on any

rocks. We did not find the bike

particularly heavy for a 500.

Impressions:

An honest motorcycle,

powerful, nimble, capable and

fun to ride. Go and check it

out for yourself.

The Super Dual 650 X

R132 500.

Just take a look at this bike.

They have put a lot of thought

into it and we doubt that

you’ll need to invest in any

accessories for this one…

Screen, spotlights, crash

bars, skid plate, carrier, frame

protectors, the Dual X is

packed with all the stuff that

adventurers need.

650 but not really:

The Superdual shows its

Husky lineage most clearly in

its engine, with its distinctive

Red Head. It’s the motor

from the 2009 Husqvarna

TE630 Enduro bike. The

frame and swingarm are the

same too, though the forks

and geometry up front are

different. The net result is

an Adventure style bike with

genuine off-road roots thatis

also designed to work on the

highway.

This bike is actually

just over 600cc’s but they

designate 650 to make it

simple. We rode quite a few

of the older Husky’s that were

powered with this engine –

our mate Tony Knodl toured

the country on his bike

and tells us that he had no

reliability issues. With a single

piston and a Euro-compliant

35kW on tap, there’s no

expectation of rip-snorting

performance.

Ride impressions:

Climbing off the 500 onto the

650, you feel immediately

that this is genuinely a more

dual sport bike than the 500.

It is bigger, wider and more

comfortable.

We love the seating

position, your knees slot

neatly into the recess in the

tank – and everything feels

quite natural. Same thing

standing, you aren’t hunched

and the riding position is

perfectly natural. They have

fitted rubber inserts into

the pegs, but they can be

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removed to ensure good grip

on the pegs.

Our trails took us out into

the surrounding farmlands

and we had a great time

flicking along the faster gravel

sections, hitting a few jumps

and climbing some steep

banks.

Handling and performance

is exactly what you expect

from a bike like this in the

dirt – it requires more input

than the 500 – but is still so

much fun to ride. The Sachs

suspension offers decent travel

and a comfortable ride in the

rough stuff. The bike is not

overly tall, so that will inspire

confidence.

The advantage of this bike

over the 500 – is when you use

it on the road.

Most would look at a bike

like this, as affordable wheels

for commuting – and then

taking off to explore on the

weekends. With its 18 litre fuel

tank and 450 odd kilometer

range, it fits the bill perfectly.

On the road, handling is

spot- on, she turns beautifully,

corners well and we’ll tell you

that the brakes on both of

these bikes are top drawer. On

the 650, you can switch off the

rear ABS – so that’s cool.

As you do, we took a

top speed run – remember,

standard, these guys are

restricted in order to meet

European standards. The

catalytic convertor was

removed and we saw a top

speed of just more than 160KPH

– and she’ll chug along happily

all day at 150 odd.

It’s one of those bikes

that are comfortable, solid

and ideal for exploring or

commuting every day and all of

the added extras as standard

do make it an attractive option.

Conclusions

We came away pretty

impressed after riding these

two. The Europeans do have a

flair for building bikes that are

very appealing. And both of

these were really good fun to

ride. This was just a short run

but initial impressions are that

the bikes feel well made and

are lots of fun. the only pain

are those crazy retractable

sidestands that the Italians

are so fond of. Takes a bit of

getting used to for sure.

We’ll need to take a longer

ride soon.

They have a selection of

different models available,

a smaller RS 300R and the

Superdual T which is fitted

with smaller wheels. We’ll give

those a spin as soon as the

guys have released a demo

model or two.

We chatted to the importers

and they assure us that parts

and service items are readily

available. They gave us a really

comprehensive list of all of

the parts that are already in

stock, so they are doing this lot

properly. They are looking for

stockists and dealers, so trade

enquiries are welcome.

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MX Riders put up with the intense heat for the 2019 annual Tork Craft

Global ASP Legends Motocross Challenge at a new layout Terra Topia

circuit (Sunday December 1st)

Terra Topia organizers/track

owners Dave White and Rob

Bowen had their all new circuit

tested to the limit for the

annual Tork Craft Global ASP

Legends Motocross Challenge

this last weekend by all

motocross riders young and

the older die hard veterans all

very capable of showing that

they had what it takes and

were still very quick.

“We changed the direction

of track for the first time,

adding some new radicle,

turns, jumps, a switchback

plus the largest jump/hill ever

built at a South African MX

track,” said Dave White

“We wanted to give the guys

a different new challenge and

lots of airtime, judging from

the response all the riders

seemed to like the new track

and the conditions. Otherwise

it was an awesome fun filled

& chilled days racing, despite

the extreme temperature of 34

deg. And the constant windy

conditions that dried out the

top surface too quickly, but

our watering team circulated

and managed to keep track

conditions great for racing all

day,” said White.

Both sponsors Tork

Crafts Director Ryan Hunt

and Global ASP’s CEO Gavin

Williams admitted that

the heat was the biggest

challenge on the day for all

the riders and paid tribute to

all who rode on the day.

“The heat was certainly

a lot tougher for the older

veteran riders but watching

all the riders it really did

not slow them down on the

day,” said Gavin Williams. A

big collector of MX Motor

cycles, I was not only

impressed with the turnout

of the older veterans and

their performance on the

day, but also with the older

race machines and the guys

race prep in getting them

ready to race, as far as I am

aware I did not see or hear

of any breakdowns on the

day only the odd fall and

crash that goes with MX

racing and there were a few

of these during the days

racing. The older machines

are certainly a handful on

today’s tracks not many of

the younger riders would be

aware of how the older twin

shock machines handle the

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jumps and bumps of today’s

tracks, going forward when

we race together they should

be on similar machines, that

would even the playing field

somewhat.

The Terra Topia owners

impressed fans and riders

with a well-prepared track

and a meticulously organised

venue. Racing was good in

all classes. The short sprint

style races kept fans engaged

however punished riders who

made mistakes in the short

heats. It was a real treat to see

so many old faces and a mix

of old and modern bikes and

riders all racing together.

The days sponsors Tork

Craft and Global ASP agreed

that the organizers had done

a fine job for their event. “It’s

great working with the likes

of Dave and Rob from Terra

Topia, who are both MX

riders, they know what riders,

sponsors and spectators

want,” said Multiple SA

National Champion Ryan

Hunt. “They prepared a super

track that allowed new and

old riders to be challenged

safely and to have some fun,”

Some of the best racing of

the day came from the 2 & 4

Stroke Open Seniors and the

MX 125 Open class, where

Kerim Fitzgerald KTM was on

a roll taking overall honours

in both classes dominating

all 4 heats, he was also the

quickest rider to lap the new

track. Finishing the 2 & 4

Stroke Open Seniors in 2nd

and 3rd place overall was the

two Husky riders Ricky Raaff

and Keegan Du Plooy

Overall honours again

going to KTM’s Fitzgerald in

the MX 125 Open class and

another fastest lap, there was

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nothing stopping him in a

perfect days racing, he was

again followed home by two

Husky riders another 2nd

overall for Ricky Raaff and

third going to Callum Broskie.

Both Raaff and Fitzgerald

are past winners at the Tork

Craft Global ASP Legends

Motocross Challenge after

winning and finishing well at

last year’s event.

In the Legends class overall

for the 30’s plus went to

Raymond Woolls, Grey Dick

Yamaha snatched overall in

the over 40’s and Gary Killian

Kawasaki in the over 50’s with

Clive Watkins KTM taking the

over 60’s class overall. MX

legends competing in this class

and still going strong were

Marc Angsley Yamaha, David

De Witt KTM, Bruce Heine

KTM, Gavin Kelsey Yamaha,

Quintin Foster, Ryan Shapiro

Suzuki, Shaun Kirk KTM and

Gavin Williams Honda.

In the over 60’s and still

competitive running with the

guys was, Bertus Bekker Beta

and Johnny Nel Suzuki, The

VMX class even more legends

Cameron Roach, Darryl

Hancock and Mark Roach

Fastest laps on the day Heat

2 VMX Cameron Roach, Heat 1

Gavin Williams, Grey Dick had

the quickest laps in both heats

of the Legends class

Racing finished on time &

prize giving lucky draw was

done by 16h00. A big thank

you to Tork Craft / Vermont

Sales and Global ASP for their

continued support of this

annual event. The give-away

prizes during the lucky draw

were very well received by

the surprised winners.

OVERALL

2 & 4 Stroke Open Seniors

• Kerim Fitzgerald KTM

• Ricky Raaff Husqvarna

• Keegan Du Plooy Husqvarna

• Jordan Kelsey Yamaha

• Callum Broskie Husqvarna

• Matthew Leith Yamaha

• Shaun Kirk KTM

• Gary Killian Kawasaki

• Gavin Kelsey Yamaha

• Darryl Hancock Honda

• Quintin Foster

• Ryan Hunt KTM

OVERALL

MX 125 Open & Enduro

• Kerim Fitzgerald KTM

• Ricky Raaff Husqvarna

• Callum Broskie Husqvarna

• Jordan Kelsey Yamaha

• Quintin Foster

• Ryan Hunt Husqvarna

• Matthew Leith Yamaha

• Francois Briers Yamaha

LEGENDS OVERALL

NAT 30+

• Raymond Woolls

• Dean Woolls

NAT 40+

• Grey Dick Yamaha

• Marc AngsleY Yamaha

• David De Witt KTM

• Bruce Heine KTM

NAT 50+

• Gary Killian Kawasaki

• Gavin Kelsey Yamaha

• Quintin Foster

• Jurgen Adler

• Piere Coetzer KTM

• Mark Beverley Yamaha

• Ryan Shapiro Suzuki

• Shaun Kirk KTM

• Gavin Williams Honda

• Henk Schulling

NAT 60+

• Clive Watkins KTM

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• Cameron Roach Yamaha

• Darryl Hancock Honda

• Mark Roach Honda

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READERS RIDE

2020 KTM

300TPI

Hi Guys, I read your launch

feature on the 2020 KTM lineup -

and I see that at that launch you

did not get then opportunity to

ride the 300TPI.

Working in the corporate world, I

miss all the launches, but luckily,

I still know guys who know guys...

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I’m happy to report that a mate of mine

bought one from the guys at Trax - and I

took it for a good spin the other day. You’ll

remember that I had a 2014 300 for a while

- and I went along to the bikes launch in

Lesotho in 2018.

I was keen to see what improvements

they have made - it constantly amazes me

how the KTM group keeps churning out

new bikes...

Joberg is not Lesotho, but I managed

to find some really tricky, technical stuff

where I could put the bike through it’s

paces. I’ll say this:

The first TPI was really good. This one

is even better...

First impression. Absolutely

stunning looks, smaller, lighter.

And that’s just moving the 300 around in

the garage...

Starting via the button is

instantaneous, and I never had to fiddle

with the cold-start button. The bike feels

fairly really narrow. The ergos are good,

and the saddle-height-to-peg relationship

is good for an average-sized rider.

Push the button and braaaap! off you go.

The Bottom-end is incredible. Second

gear became the choice of gear when

climbing things.

First gear definitely has a lot of punch

to it. At first it felt like a rocket ship from

NASA wanting to reach for the stars. We

rarely ever used it.

There is almost no vibration, and

this fact alone makes it feel fast. The

clutch pull is nice and smooth, and the

engagement allows for good modulation

when the terrain gets tricky. The bike I

rode is crisp, feeling like a spot-on jetted

machine, and the transition from roll-on

into the mid meat of the powerband is

linear and exciting at the same time.

Through the faster stuff the feedback

from the motor is outstanding. The midrange

is smooth and there are no rattles

and klanks.

“The bike I rode is

crisp, feeling like a

spot-on jetted machine,

and the transition from

roll-on into the mid

meat of the powerband

is linear and exciting at

the same time.”

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The 300TPI loves short-shifting and it,

makes really nice traction in ugly, slippery

zones where grip is limited. We had had

a small shower of rain - so the rocks

were quite slippery. Tyre choice is very

important in gnarly terrain.

Stalling was never an issue, and the

nastier rocky sections is there the 300 is

happiest with strong bottom-to-mid power,

which is the heart and soul of the 300.

To me, it makes power like a very

light four stroke... no two stoke hit - just

smooth torque.

We did a little test. 5th gear 30kph roll

on, She pulled smoothly right up to the

very fast top-end. Plenty of roll on grunt.

For the casual, social trail rider, the

suspension is plush. It loves rocks, roots

and ruts, sending little back to the rider.

In my opinion - a more experienced racer

will need to spend a bit of time on set-up.

The suspension is balanced and does

many things well - but the beauty of the

WP suspension is the fact that you can

set it up.

I played with the clickers and stiffened

things up a bit and I could feel the

difference as I went along. But I’d need

a bit more than the ride we did to get it

spot-on.

Opinion:

The new 300 TPI is unreal, the upgrades

made on the new models can be seen and

felt from the touch of a button.

The bike just feels so compact, light

and maneuverable.

It’s not just another cosmetic upgrade.

When you get a bike to ride, please do

invite me along, I’ll get a pass from the

Boss to join you guys.

This new TPI would make me buy a

2 stoke again. Now that it’s Christmas I

wonder if Santa will put one under the

tree for me... Cheers!

Kyle Lawrenson AKA Crash Bandicoot.

This one came from Tax KTM: 012 111 0190

By the way, I saw in the last issue that

Trax offers the black ones now...

Pretty cool! Something a bit different.

The gorgeous “Black Edition”

from TRAX KTM.

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THE 2020

DAKAR RALLY

Saudi Arabia played host to one of the most

spectacular Dakars yet. The race had all the

makings of a great soap opera, from tears

to triumphs, seeming Disaster to personal

victories – and everything in between. This

is mostly about bikes because we are a

motorcycle magazine but man – the cars...


We know it was a good one

because we could not drag our

respective spouses away from the TV

every evening where our own Andrew

Mulligan and co did a fantastic job

with day to day coverage of this

iconic event. Most of you will have

followed the race, but we’ll run

through some of the highlights that

made this one so good.

Here are some interesting stats:

Cars, Trucks and Side By Sides:

• The fastest car at Dakar, (Mini 2wd)

– raced for 42 hours and 59 minutes.

• The fastest Side By Side (Can Am) –

53 hours, 25 minutes.

• The Fastest Truck (Kamaz) 46 hours

and 33 minutes.

• Remember bikes and quads had a

rest day so they raced less distance.

• The fastest bike, the (Honda 450)

raced 40 hours and 2 minutes.

• The Fastest Quad (Yamaha Raptor)

raced for 52 hours and four minutes.


Honda Breaks

the Grip;

This is the big

news at Dakar

It’s been a long haul for Honda but

with the amazing Ricky Brabec at the

helm, they have finally broken KTM’s

18 year chokehold and put their 450

rally on the top step of the podium.

Brabec ran a perfectly executed

campaign. His bike held together

and he is absolutely a deserving

champion.

The fact that he has done it on a

Honda CRF 450 Rally is also historic:

It is the manufacturer’s first Dakar win

in over 30 years.

With the victory, Ricky Brabec from

Hesperia, California, USA, becomes

the first ever American rider to clinch

the Dakar Rally. Consistency proved

to be Brabec’s secret weapon, while

deft navigational skills and pace

aboard the Honda also helped him

scoop the most coveted prize in offroad

racing.

This year’s Dakar Rally has been

historic for many reasons, as it also

marked the first occasion that the

event has been held in the Middle

East. Speaking before the Dakar

began, Brabec was clearly feeling the

sense of occasion – as well as the

weight of expectation - as he prepared

to start his fifth Dakar.



“Being in the position I was during the 2019 Dakar

let me know that I can win, and that I will win soon.

I am beginning to figure this rally out and I am

fighting hard to be the best in the team. I am very

confident, and I am expecting the same from the

team this year,” he stated. “I look forward to the

fight and hope for a better result than I have had

the last three years. The goal for Dakar is to win.... I

expect nothing less,” he asserted.

Twelve stages later, Brabec has delivered on his

promise. He made his intentions clear by winning

Stage 3, the loop stage around Neom, and has not

relinquished his grip on the top of the General

Classification since then.

“Motul is proud to have played a part in Ricky

Brabec’s victory by once again supporting the

Monster Energy Honda Team,” commented Mercia

Jansen, Motul Area Manager for Southern and

Eastern Africa. “Ricky has shown remarkable

perseverance in overcoming previous setbacks

and injuries, and his tenacity has served as

a wonderful example to all the competitors –

especially the self-supported riders in the Original

by Motul Category,” she added.

Brabec’s triumph is the culmination of several

years of heart-wrenching Dakar moments for the

American. After a promising 9th place finish as a

Dakar rookie back in 2016, he achieved his first

Stage win at Uyuni in the Bolivian salt flats the

following year. However, he subsequently had to

withdraw, followed by failures to complete both

the 2018 and 2019 events. At the time, Brabec

described Stage 8 of last year’s Dakar as “one

of the worst moments of my life” when a blown

engine ended his chances while he held the lead.

Brabec has ridden a very tactical race, ably

supported by his teammates Kevin Benavides (#7)

and Dakar Legend Joan Barreda Bort (#12). The

Motul-supported rider went fast when he needed

to but was otherwise content to adopt a more

wary approach.





This saw his rivals – notably Husqvarna’s Pablo

Quintanilla (#5) - eat into his accumulated lead

over the last couple of Stages, but by then Brabec

had already done more than enough to ensure his

final victory when he crossed the line in Qiddiya.

The Dakar Rally 2020 has given motorsport fans

many moments to savour, but seeing history

being made by Ricky Brabec and his Motul-backed

Monster Energy Honda Team, 2020 will live long in

the memory.

Final Standings (Bikes, Top 10):

1 Ricky Brabec Honda 40h02m36s

2 Pablo Quintanilla Husqvarna 16m26s

3 Toby Price KTM 24m06s

4 Jose Ignacio Cornejo Honda 31m43s

5 Matthias Walkner KTM 35m00s

6 Luciano Benavides KTM 37m34s

7 Joan Barreda Honda 50m57s

8 Franco Caimi Yamaha 1hr42m35s

9 Skyler Howes Husqvarna 2hr04m01s

10 Andrew Short Husqvarna 2hr10m40s



Tears:

Lots of those with a number of very unfortunate

injuries. In fact, inclement weather conditions

and accidents led to one of the sections being

shortened because there were no emergency

crews available to handle anything else that might

have gone wrong. We watched cars rolling down

dunes, launching and landing flat and all kinds of

madness… Dust on the brain? That’s Dakar.

Aaron Mare’ saw his Dakar hopes obliterated when

he had an off in the very first stage, injuring his

hand and dislocating a shoulder to the extent that

he had to withdraw from the race. Gutting for him

and Team Monster Energy Honda.

Wessel Bosman “the Adventurer”. Wessel’s dream

of a Dakar finish ended in a hole after being forced

to take evasive action to avoid a truck on stage 2.

Forced to jump a huge hole, Wessel broke his ankle

on landing.

But the biggest tragedy was the sad passing of

Dakar veteran Paulo Concalves who had a big off

and succumbed to his injuries. A race day was set

aside in his honour. It is always terrible when there

is a fatality and our thoughts are with his family.

Out of respect for the man, Hero MotoSports

withdrew their team after the tragedy: “With

immense respect for our departed teammate, Hero

MotoSports will not continue its participation at

the Dakar Rally 2020.



Special mention (Of

Course!) must be

made of all of the

Southern African

riders – bikes and

cars who took part. It

is amazing how well

we punch despite the

fact that on the global

scene we are so tiny…

Ross Branch: overall

result 21st.

We cheered when KTM’s Ross “The Boss”

Branch won stage 2 – and all bets were

on as to whether he could maintain the

pace. And it was an even better day when

we saw TOYOTA GAZOO RACING’s Giniel

de Villiers and Alex Haro win the stage,

bouncing back from a tough opening

stage to win the Al Wajh-Neom special

by 3min 57sec. An amazing day for South

Africa

We all held out breath when Ross crashed

hard the following day while opening the

track. He separated his shoulder, severed

the tip of a finger and damaged his KTM

enough to destroy its navigation tower,

among the damage. Even the toughest

motorcyclists out there cheered when he

got back on and continued his race. Ross

got up with the help of rival husqvarna’s

Pablo Quintanilla who stopped to help,

dusted himself off and rode his buckled

machine the 350km home to the finish.

Most would have written Branch off by

then, but he’s a tough cookie and lined

up 46th on Wednesday morning, claiming

that he would ‘ease into it’. Branch was

however 26th by the first waypoint, 21st

at the second, 14th and then seventh at

the final timing point, before storming

into the finish in an incredible third

in what can only be described as a

superhuman effort.

You could see that he was in pain, but

Dakar is certainly not for sissies. But that

was just the start… on the long stage, his

rear tyre and Mousse collapsed- he rode

177 km’s on the rim – and then, just 400m

from the finish line, his chain broke and

wrapped itself around the front sprocket.

He unraveled it all but couldn’t push the

bike in the thick sand… he waited for an

hour until another competitor came back

and helped him to pull the bike across the

line. You need to watch the Epic story by

Motul to understand. You can google it:

Ross Branch - Epic Story by MOTUL

Ross was then towed to the media centre

by his team mates Kirsten landman and

Phil Wilson. He was then towed all the

way to the bivvy that evening. A tough

day at the office. Ross received the Epic

Story Medal for the Dakar. The ‘Epic

Story by Motul’ highlights ingenious,

brotherly and brave competitors. And

we’re sure you’ll all agree, that this man

deserves this award for his perseverance,

determination and sportsmanship which

he has shown at this Dakar! Interestingly

enough, he gave the medal to the

competitor who helped push his bike

over the finish line… a true gentleman of

the sport.

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Kirsten Landman: Overall 55th.

3rd in Ladies.

Our top placed lady competitor is the ever professional

Kirsten Landman.

Her story is a good one and is well known to everyone in

the racing fraternity. Kirsten Landman’s journey to the

Dakar maybe really started in Botswana after a terrible

crash that put her in a coma for 11 days. After recovering,

she thought that she would never again compete in

an off-road rally. A conversation with Joey Evans who

finished the Dakar in 2017 despite being partly paraplegic

started to make her think. What was first a “no way”

became an idea before turning to a goal. “Kirst”, one of

the top lady hard enduro riders was on the start at Dakar

this year.

On her KTM she had her mottos written on her

handlebars: “keep wheels turning” on the left, “get to

the finish line” on the right, her goal was to complete

the Dakar on a bike. And- she did that finishing on the

podium.

To be absolutely honest, bar a few small navigational

mistakes, she had a dream race, with basically no issues.

We were included on her whatsapp group and received

regular updates from her throughout – but basically,

she showed her grit and ran this race like the seasoned

campaigner that she is.

It payed dividends for her – she crossed the line to

complete Dakar on a motorcycle.

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Taye Perry: 77th overall,

4th in ladies.

What can we say about Taye? We’ve met her a few times

and really come to like the effervescent, can do attitude

that this tiny lady lives by. She went across as a privateer

and blew everyone away, Roughing it in a tent every

evening and running with the top ladies throughout

the race. Taye had an amazing race and started the

penultimate day an impressive 51st overall and third

among the lady racers. Disaster struck when a faulty

switch on her bike left her stranded in the desert for

more than four hours…

We watched the reports come and go trying to find out

what was going on as she desperately tried to solve the

issue. Eventually at around 5 in the evening, we picked

up that a car team no 389 of Pablo Martinez and Facundo

Jaton had stopped and agreed to tow her in to the next

point. If you have ever been towed through thick sand

on a motorcycle, you can imagine what that 170km odd

kilometres was like. Exhausting, the bike fell over a lot,

but they dragged her in.

By 8 in the evening, we heard that she was on the liason

and on her way to the bivoac and had not given up… she

finally pushed her bike over the line just after 11: 30pm

that evening. A superhuman effort from this lady and,

given her performance throughout the race, we have to

wonder what her result would have been had she not had

a mechanical issue.

They sorted the bike that evening – a faulty fuel relay.

Taye spent 18 hours in the saddle and pushing that day.

Taye gave it her all on the last day – because of the delay

from the day before, she started in position 100. On

one of the shortest Dakar days, she managed to gain 46

places and ended her Dakar 54th overall for the day and

4th in ladies.

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Stuart Gregory: 63rd overall.

Another rider that we followed closely is Natals Stuart

Gregory. He is the only SA competitor to enter the

Male Moto class.

His campaign Nuts4Dakar fits the bill. Firstly because

Stuart Gregory is a macadamia nut farmer, but

also because he’s “nuts” enough to do the Dakar…

especially in the Original by Motul class. When he

started to race bikes some twenty years ago, his

ultimate goal was to one day do the Dakar. His time

came last year and what a struggle it was. Sadly the

42-year-old had to quit the race on day 8 because of a

broken engine: a real heartbreaking moment so close

to the finish. We chatted to him after that – and he

was not convinced that he’d give it another shot. But

guess what?

He did, and he finished.

More experienced, better prepared, he returned for

“unfinished business” on his brand new KTM.

“The Original by Motul class is for me the ultimate

way of doing the Dakar, the hardest way. For me, the

real challenge was to do it the hardest way. I expected

it to be hard but I didn’t think I’d be that far behind all

the top guys. When they would finish a stage in four

hours, it would take me 8.

We also followed his whats-app group as he went

along – and we have to comment that his Jeremy

Clarkson impersonations kept us chuckling

throughout. And the updates weren’t only about the

race – but passing military bases, bike setup, what the

race was like, accommodations, organization and all

sorts of cool insight.

We’ll catch up with him when he gets home…

Graeme Sharp: 74th overall.

“Doing something positive for Zimbabwe gives me strength”

The first biker from Zimbabwe to enter Dakar spoke in a flash

interview after the end of the final stage in Saudi Arabia:

I’m good. I didn’t think this day would come but it’s here and I feel

very honoured and privileged to be here. It’s such an incredible

journey to have partaken in. So many good people behind it. To each

and every one of you, you know who you are. Thanks so much from

the bottom of my heart. What an amazing feeling.

And for the country he said: Back in Zimbabwe we are going through

our own Dakar. The stages are pretty tough, the navigation’s not

easy. But the wheel is turning and we will get to the end. So I think

everyone can resonate with the Dakar experience in their own

unique way. But what a privilege to be here. So grateful for the

opportunity and hopefully I am not the last Zimbabwean.


Can Am wins

Dakar for the third

consecutive year:

It’s amazing to think what a force

Can-Am used to be in SA, these days

we barely hear from them, despite the

fact that they have some of the most

successful machines out there. The

brand proved its mettle again this year.

For the third consecutive year, BRP

outpaced the competition at the

renowned Dakar Rally – the world’s

toughest race. In addition to winning the

side-by-side vehicle category, Can-Am

vehicles crossed the finish line in all of

the top 20 positions.

Can-Am Dominates the Side-by-Side

Category

• First Place. Casey Currie (California,

USA) and co-driver Sean Berriman (Las

Vegas, USA) from the Monster Energy

Can-Am race team took home first place,

winning by 39 min.

• Podium Sweep. Can-Am vehicles

finished 1-2-3 for the second straight

year.

• Going 20 for 20. Can-Am vehicles

crossed the finish line in all of the top 20

positions.

• Overall Domination. 29 of the top 31

race finishers were driving Can-Am

vehicles.

“It’s incredible to bring home the

championship for my team, including the

folks at Can-Am,” said Currie. “A ton of

work went into making this happen, and

our Can-Am Maverick X rs was a beast.

Other members of the global Monster

Energy Can-Am race team alongside

Currie include Reinaldo Varela (Brazil),

who finished in 9th place, and Gerard

Farres (Spain), who finished in 11th

place. All three are accomplished racers,

with Currie being the youngest of the

group, racing in only his second Dakar

Rally after finishing fourth and being

named rookie of the year last year.


Ignatio Casale Makes it 3

in the Quad Division:

Dakar Rally 2020:

Cars Final Results

“I want to enjoy what I do to the max, give

thanks for what I have, smile and have fun.”

Ignacio Casale has been into motorsports

since he was a small child. His first love was

motorbikes, but in 2010 when he made his

debut in the Dakar Rally in the trucks category,

with his father as his racing partner. They

finished in 26th place, but it earned Ignacio a

wildcard to compete in the 2011 Dakar – and

for that rally he rode a motorbike. In 2012 he

competed in the quad category and finished

fourth. He won his first Dakar (quad category)

in 2014, becoming the first Chilean to do so in

the process. Unfortunately an injury ruined

his chances in 2015, but he was soon back on

form, winning the Sealine Cross Country Rally

in 2016 and coming second in the Dakar 2017

trucks category. A big win was just around the

corner and in the 2018 Dakar Rally he came

home in first place in the quads category.

In 2020 he has done it again. He claimed his

third Dakar along with 4 stage wins. Simon

Vitse is the solid runner-up.

Carlos Sainz won his third Dakar Rally as he

finished fifth in the 12th and final stage of the

2020 edition in Saudi Arabia on Friday.

The Spanish driver finished six minutes, 21

seconds clear of defending champion Nasser

Al-Attiyah, who prevailed on the final stage

into Qiddiya but could not bridge the

10-minute gap to Sainz:

Here is the final top 10 cars in the general

classification:

1. Carlos Sainz, 42:59:17

2. Nasser Al-Attiyah, +6:21

3. Stephane Peterhansel, +9:58

4. Yazeed Al-Rajhi, +49:10

5. Giniel de Villiers, +1:07:09

6. Orlando Terranova, +1:12:15

7. Bernhard Ten Brinke, +1:18:34

8. Mathieu Serradori, +1:59:21

9. Yasir Saeidan, +3:42:17

10. Wei Han, +3:51:07


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The OT3

The worlds Latest

Performance

Side By Side

If you’ve been watching Dakar 2020 this year, you

probably noticed than Can Am dominated in terms of

Side By Side brands racing the event. But there were

one or two unknown machines that took the fight to

them. Meet the OT3 by Overdrive.

The OT3 is a six-speed, 1000cc

turbo vehicle which spurts out

an impressive 177 horsepower

following FIA regulations and is

the first Side-by-Side (SxS) high

performance prototype specifically

designed for off-road racing in the

world.

All OT3s are hand-produced at

the Overdrive headquarters in the

Belgian town of Villers-le-Bouillet

near Liège.

Its carbon fibre and Kevlar

bodywork ensures an impressive

power-to-weight ratio and greater

stability for drivers over the

changing landscapes of off-road

events.

The OT3 comes with six-speed

gearbox. The extended wheelbase

of the vehicle also allows for

greater stability, moving the centre

of gravity of the car backwards to

increase performance and balance.

QUOTES:

Cyril Despres, a five-time Dakar

Rally winner in the motorbike

class and two-time Silk Way Rally

Champion tested the OT3 in

Morocco,

“The OT3 really surprised

me: first of all the stability of the

vehicle, as the engineers played

with the regulations to have a

2.08-metre wide vehicle. And they

also used their knowledge to make

a really strong and rigid chassis,

something which is normally

missing from side-by-side buggies.

It also gives you precision when

driving on technical sections,

which is exactly what you need.

The engine is powerful and the

visibility from the cockpit is

fantastic. I have to say, after a few

days of driving, there were no

major issues – which is also a bit

of a surprise when you are at the

beginning of a project. Normally

you have to face some issues, but

this wasn’t the case with OT3. It’s

a lot of fun to drive, and after a few

adjustments to the suspension,

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Even though there’s not much space, the codriver

gets the same navigation equipment

found in a “fully-fledged” rally car.

Side-by-side-buggies are the lightest Dakar

Rally vehicles. The OT3 weighs a very light

890kg thanks to its carbon and Kevlar body,

as well as clever details like this LED lighting

To ensure maximum stability, the OT3 is

2.08m wide – even more than in a high

performance SUV like the Lamborghini Urus,

for instance!

Vulnerable parts have been strategically

moved to safe locations, while the

underbody is protected with a continuous

aluminium plate.

“We designed the OT3

from scratch on a

sheet of blank paper”,

says Overdrive director

Jean-Marc Fortin.

everyone will have to watch

out for the OT3 vehicle in the

coming events.”

Nasser Al-Attiyah, who is a

triple FIA Cross-Country rally

cup champion and three-time

Dakar Rally winner, also tested

the car and said: “The OT3

test in Morocco proved to be

a really good package from the

first kilometre. It looks like a

good step for this vehicle. I am

sure it will need more testing

and more mileage but we have

a good base.”

Overdrive Racing Director

Jean Marc Fortin added: “We

decided to build this pure

prototype from a blank sheet

of paper and it was our goal

to explore the new regulations

proposed by the FIA Technical

Commission. OT3 is a rocket

car designed to be powerful

and lightweight: this is what

we have focused on. We are

excited about this project

because it is an innovative

concept and history shows

that Overdrive Racing has

the motivation to win. The

car is a proper prototype,

with a special gearbox and

a very light chassis of only

890 kilograms. This makes

it a very fun and easy car to

drive on all type of terrain

and I hope it is a winning

combination for us to succeed

in cross-country. I believe

we have in OT3 a very

competitive car, ready to

tackle the most challenging

and iconic off-road races

around the world, and we will

soon be able to announce our

programme. Stay tuned!”

Americans Blade

Hildebrand, 21 and Mitch

Guthrie Jr, 23 will drive under

the stars and stripes banner of

Red Bull Off-Road Team USA

in Saudi Arabia at the world’s

toughest test of motorsport

endurance.

Well if Dakar 2020 is

anything to go by – this is one

Helluva machine and we look

forward to seeing more of it

out there.

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Factory Build

YZ250

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I was working away at the time so it sat for a

month before myself and Hennie (aka the master

of the YZ250) from Chapter One Racing decided we

would build something that was really something

we’d both be proud of at the end of the day.

There was no talk of budget at this stage – and as

everyone always says - only a little bit of work to be

done. Well did that work turn into something…

It started off with stripping it down getting

everything aqua blasted, to new plastics, to Hennie

convincing me that new wheels would be a good fit to

doing the bike over.

And that was just the beginning. From then

onwards it was was online all day every day getting

a picture in mind as to what this bike was going to

come out like.

I sat day by day ordering spares from the USA and

sourcing bits from local suppliers.

The wheels came from a very helpful Cecil Penny

at CPR alomg with a few of the aftermarket MSD

goodies.

Cape Towns Brendan

Goldie has just completed

this Brand new YZ250.

How pretty is this thing?

He tells the story.

Hi Guys

I started looking around for a YZ250 as I have always

enjoyed a smoker although I owned a 4 stroke so

thought I would buy another smoker to build as a

project bike.

I looked around some time for a 250 and when I

found one that was within what I wanted to pay for a

project bike.

I jumped at it and sent my friend the petrol money

needed to drive and collect it. The cost was 15k which I

then paid through and my friend who brought it home.

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MOTORSPORTS USA

really had me going with all

the factory items and their

delivery of just 6 days got me

ordering all sorts from a new

exhaust all the way to the

chain tensioners.

Boyesen factory racing

was something I was not

considering but, hey! this was

a complete build so Kurt and

I ordered extra parts for our

other bikes to split costs and

we got the two side covers

and super coolers from the

Boyesen factory at a really

decent price.

All the carbon Fibre bits

were then ordered from

P3 carbon and Light Speed

America.

Be warned. These items

you wait for... a long wait…

Parts started rolling in at

Chapter One Racing from all

the suppliers and then we hit

a snag...

Oh yes! The one thing

I didn’t oversee was the

motor, which needed to be

completely redone...

No problem - get on the

phone to the mechanics and

tell him to go ahead and get

it done...

The Motor was completely

rebuilt from the ground up

with a few aftermarket parts

at the hands of a very skilled

man.

Once the motor was

complete, the bike was then

put on the bench at the

workshop.

The Frame was put on

the stand and work started

with the front forks being

rebuilt and fitted to the frame

and then the swing arm and

wheels to get a rolling Chassis.

The motor followed suit

and then all the accessories

that had been ordered

assembled and installed.

The bike was fitted with all

new bushings and bearings,

bolts and nuts and everything

else that came was brand new.

Once the bike was together

there where a few issues as

with any project bike one

builds...

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10 TIPS TO GET RIDING FIT!

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

Do you exercise regularly but still feel a

lack of fitness on the bike?

Do you feel overwhelmed at the idea of

getting fit, not sure what to do and how to

apply it?

In this month’s feature we are going to

simplify fitness for riding into 10 simple

aspects which will:

• Make up a balanced fitness routine for

you to follow.

• Allow you to experience real fitness

progress.

• Have you feeling much more energised

and effective while riding.

Here are the 10 fitness components which

will have you operating like a pro when

you combine them into your fitness

schedule.

Let’s get started:

1: Stamina: (The ability of your

body to use energy).

You feel your lack of stamina when

halfway through a workout. You start

yawning or feel the need to sleep. To

build stamina over time, make sure you

include segments of high-rep body weight

exercises, for example 50 repetitions push

ups, body weight squats and sit ups.

2: Strength (The ability to apply

force over time).

The best way to build strength is to lift a

weight heavy enough that you can only

manage between 8 to 12 repetitions. For

example, dumbbell shoulder press or

deadlifts.

This can also be achieved using your

body weight for example with pull ups or

decline push ups.

3: Power (The ability to apply

force in a short burst of time).

The explosive movements including

resistance, call on your muscles to react

and fire quickly and are a must to include

in your riding fitness program. You don’t

need to do many - just about 5 as fast

as possible for example clean & press,

snatches, and box jumps are another

good one.

4: Speed (The ability to

minimise time of a repeated

movement).

Shuttle runs work wonders for building

speed. Do drills every 30 seconds, on the

30 seconds mark, with a rest period of

only 30 seconds in-between.

5: Agility (The ability to

minimize transition time from

one movement pattern to

another).

Improving agility takes time but is critical

to make last second riding decisions.

Incorporating agility drills as part of your

fitness routine will train your body to be

ready for quick direction changes while

riding.

6: Balance (The ability to

control the placement of your

centre of gravity in relation to

your support base).

Core strength plays into your balance,

so the stronger your core, the easier you

will find balance work. Great exercises are

single leg work for example snatches or

RDL’s. The better your balance, the more

energy you save.

7: Accuracy (The ability to

apply force).

Accuracy is particularly important for

riding to ensure you position your front

wheel exactly where you want it every

time, especially over tricky sessions. A

great tool to help train accuracy is to use

balls, ensuring your ball hits the target

every time.

8: Coordination (The ability

to combine several distinct

movement patterns into a

singular distinct movement).

It’s important to force your brain to

coordinate multiple movement patterns,

to help make you a more effective rider.

9: Cardio (The ability of body to

deliver oxygen).

Most people get this one right. It’s simply

doing steady state exercise like jogging

or cycling where your heart rate reaches

about 60 to 70% of your max and stays

there. Here you can do the talk test, which

means you should still be able to chat

while exercising.

10: Flexibility (The ability to

maximise your range of motion

at a given joint).

Working on mobility can be as simple as

incorporating a foam roller into your daily

routine for a few minutes. If you really

want to see big changes, add in a 5-minute

block of full body stretching after each

fitness training session

Stamina: Work as

fast as possible doing 50

repetitions, just once off

- Full sit ups (or crunches

if you can’t manage)

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Strength: Work slowly doing 3 sets of 10 - Decline push ups

Power: Work as fast as possible doing 3 sets of 5

repetitions at a time - Box jumps

Speed: Do shuttle runs as fast as

possible for 30 seconds, then rest

for 30 seconds. Keep going for 5

mins - 5 minutes: 30 second work/

rest intervals

Agility: Working slowly, do 10 repetitions, repeated for 3 sets - Double overs

Balance: Working slowly, do 10 repetitions on each

side, repeated for 3 sets - Single leg snatches

Coordination: Work slowly doing 3 sets of 10, per

side - Core cross overs

Accuracy: Work as fast as possible doing 10 repetitions repeated for 3 sets - Medicine ball slams

Flexibility: Stretching. Hold each

stretch for 20 seconds - 5 mins

Cardio: Do this one last as it is more effective when your body is pre-fatigued,

enabling you to get more gains in less time as well as burning more fat - 10 mins

If you need assistance in taking your fitness or nutrition to the next level for your riding, or have any questions,

please send an e-mail to mandy@basefit.co.za or call me on 082-461-1442

IG: @basefitsportfitness / FB: Base Fit Train to Win / YouTube: Base Fit Sport Fitness

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HEADING OUT TO

WATCH THE ROOF

Hey guys I saw your feature

on the Roof and I thought

we’d share our little

adventure with you…

By Hannes Rootman.

It all started with 2 friends attending

Roof Of Africa 2018. Goals were set for

participation in Roof 2020. As part of the

preparations, we had to attend the 2019

Bronze Qualifier as spectators. And so the

journey began….

On the 8th of May 2019 – after we all

voted in our local elections, we hit the

road on 2 x Husqvarna 701s and 1 x KTM

690. A bakkie followed – as a back-up

vehicle.

We headed to Himeville KZN for the

1st leg of our trip. The route was on

back-roads all the way – avoiding the

highway as far as possible. Small towns

like Warden were passed on the way. We

had little traffic, which made for easy

riding – especially for the beginner in the

group. Not even a spot of light rain or the

prediction of cold weather could dampen

the spirits.

Just outside Howick, the KTM 690

unfortunately developed a mechanical

problem. It had to be put on the back-up

trailer for the rest of the trip. Reaching

Himeville at around 19h00, the town

was covered in darkness, because of

loadshedding and the 8 hour trip could

not even be washed off, because the town

had no water.

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This only caused brighter Braai Fires. We spent the night at

St Dunstans Loft – really good value for money and certainly

recommended if you’re looking for self-catering.

The morning of day 2, we left around 9h00 – heading for Sani

Pass. The novice in the team was really starting to feel nervous

at this point. Sani Pass didn’t disappoint. Beautiful scenery,

clear water at the crossings, fresh mountain air and challenging

terrain.

Once through the Lesotho Border Post, the obvious 1st stop

was The Highest Pub In Africa. A very first Lesotho Stamp in a

Passport warranted a shot of Stroh Rum.

Next stop – Oxbow Lodge – a cool old establishment set into

the side of the mountains on the banks of a river. En route, we

encountered awesome flowing roads with beautiful sweeping

turns and wide open nature scenes. Lesotho never disappoints.

We’ve already spotted some snow on the Mountains and

a noticeable drop in temperature. The braai fires burnt even

higher that night.

Day 3:

380km day lay ahead.

• A quick stop at Afri-Ski to try and rescue frozen hands with

ski-gloves – as the temperatures dropped to 5°C.

• The beautiful tar roads made way for treacherous dirt

roads.

• Tricky – to say the least. Especially with a single working

GPS between the bikes and back-up vehicle. This meant extra

time waiting for the back-up vehicle to catch up with the bikes.

• Beautiful scenery, but over eager Police checking Number

Plates, Licenses and License Disks.

• As we reached Katse Dam, we made the call to push harder

to Roma, where we were booked in at Molengoane Lodge.

• We hit more dirt-road, which brought the travelling speed

on the bikes way down, forcing us to travel the treacherous

Lesotho mountains in the dark.

• We arrived – cold, hungry, tired and irritated – after 11

hours on the bikes for one single day.

Race Day:

We were all bakkie-bound, as there might’ve been one (or two)

too many Malutis consumed the previous night. Roof Bronze

Qualifier and National Enduro took place at the same time. It’s

rumored that the Bronze Qualifier was ‘’Easy’’ this year.

The trip down Bushman’s, after the re-fuel was tricky and

nerve-wracking – although a certain ‘’Koei’’ claims to have

ridden UP Bushman’s on a Quad. This was only confirmed by

himself.

The weather was beautiful and warm and sun-block was

required. From having more Maluti’s in the back of the bakkie,

tomato-and-polony sandwiches at a shebeen, to teaching local

kids “De La Rey” – GREAT FUN was had on this marvelous day.

A lekker braai at the Lodge was the perfect end together with a

shot of Absynth to calm an Engelsman’s nerves.

Sunday – Mothersday

We hit the road at 7h00 to rush back and spoil the Moms at

home.

The Border Post had no queus and went quickly. There was

still a chill in the air as we entered South Africa, but the thought

of going home to loving wives warmed our hearts.

A quick stop in Bethlehem for a Wimpy burger and Coffee

and still back home in time to join the Family for Mothers day

lunch at around 12h00.

From a first-time adventurer’s point of view – this was a

hard trip, but certainly an unforgettable adventure. Going up

Sani Pass, drinking water from a crystal clear mountain stream,

cheering-on fellow bikers competing in one of the hardest

contests in Africa, having a beer (or two) with good mates,

doing what you love – makes the difficult times and hardships

all worthwhile. This trip should be ventured at least once in the

lifetime of a bike-adventurer.

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MOBILIZING

MANGUZI!

As you know, Dirt And

Trail Magazine is intricately

involved with the Quads 4

Quads event that happens

every year, rasing funds for

the QuadPara Association of

SA. Here is a story close to our

hearts – it’s so cool to see the

work being done out there for

people with disabilities…

By Maryke Bezuidenhout.

Those familiar with the Tri-Nations

ride will understand that Maputaland

or ‘Kosi Bay’ in far northern KwaZulu

Natal is an area of extreme beauty,

minimal infrastructure and incredibly

thick sand. A place frequented by the

more adventurous traveler and those

equipped with 4x4’s. Those who enjoy

getting off the beaten track and exploring

the kilometers of deserted beaches and

coastal forest, vast interconnected lake

systems, unique sand forests, open grassy

plains and wetland areas. It is an area

which tests your skills at sand riding and

is a near-impossible navigation with a

standard mountain bike.

This vast rural area is also a nightmare

for wheelchair users who live in scattered

homesteads often far off the main gravel

arterials. Bush taxi’s only travel a few

of the thick sandy jeep track roads and

often charge extra for wheelchairs. Many

wheelchair users cannot navigate the

sandy terrain from their homesteads

to even get to these routes, and end up

having to hire private cars to access

government services such as health

care- at costs of up to 50% of their family’s

monthly welfare income. Resources in

the public health sector are strained, and

wheelchair users are often discharged

home prematurely, without having

mastered the necessary wheelchair skills

and self care knowledge to cope in a low

resource rural environment.

Living with a spinal cord injury also

extends beyond your immediate physical

health and rehabilitation needs. Besides

the physical environment- sandy terrain,

inaccessible shacks, community buildings

and pit toilets- attitudinal barriers and

inter-personal relationships are possibly

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one of the biggest challenges people with

spinal cord injuries face when trying to

integrate back into relationships, family

and community life. Whilst a monthly

follow up visit from a rehabilitation

therapist can help, the mentorship,

support and advice from someone with

first-hand experience of a spinal cord

injury in your community can be like gold.

Enter the ‘peer supporter.’

Peer supporters are people who have

grown up with, or acquired, spinal cord

injuries and have- despite the challengesthrived.

They have shown themselves

to have the necessary personal qualities

to be a successful mentor, and have

the capacity to spend sufficient time

providing psycho-social and practical

support to others who are still struggling

to cope with their disability. Manguzi

(Kosi Bay) has the privilege of having

7 spinal cord injury peer supporters

who have, until recently, acted entirely

on a volunteer basis, working closely

with the rehabilitation department at

Manguzi Hospital. The potential of this

passionate group to make a considerable

change for the multiple clients scattered

across the area was considerable- but

transport to the homesteads remained an

insurmountable problem and most relied

on telephonic conversations.

This was until 2019, when the group

formalized themselves as Siletha Ithemba

NPO, which means ‘bringing hope’. The

organization strives to connect people

“Manguzi (Kosi Bay) has

the privilege of having 7

spinal cord injury peer

supporters who have, until

recently, acted entirely

on a volunteer basis,

working closely with the

rehabilitation department

at Manguzi Hospital.”

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with spinal cord injuries in the area

and strengthen their communication

networks, provide mentorship and

practical advice on surviving and thriving

with a spinal cord injury in the particular

environment and to advocate for the

rights of people with spinal cord injuries

within their communities including

through raising awareness. The group

also works closely with the existing

public health services and rehabilitation

team, and provides ongoing talks and

practical experiences to new health care

professionals and undergraduate students

on living with a spinal cord injury.

The physiotherapist contacted Glenn

Foley from Dirt & Trail magazine, Aris

Seirlis from QuadPara Association,

Matthys Raath, Caroline Rule and Melanie

Skeen for further advice around the

purchasing of appropriate quad bikes or

ATVs for the individuals. A Backabuddy

page was started (https://www.

backabuddy.co.za/mobilize-manguzi) to

fundraise for the purchase of two initial

utility quad bikes. Whilst donations

initially poured in, they unfortunately

stalled at R17 389.96 despite marketing

through community newspapers and

radio. Nowhere near enough, so a

different strategy was required.

The Rachel Swart Fund (www.

rachelswart.org.za) is a Cape Town

based NGO which supplies specialized

wheelchairs for public sector clients

where it has been proven that public

sector budgets have been unable to

meet the immediate need. The RSF took

it upon themselves to visit Manguzi, to

better understand the unique challenges

that public sector wheelchair users

faced in deep rural environments. During

the visit, it was clear that the addition

of a specialized wheelchair does not

automatically guarantee improved

mobility and independence within a

rural environment, and that investment

in areas which would strengthen home

and community outreach for follow up

rehabilitation and psychosocial support

and increase community interventions is

essential.

The Fund kindly offered to donate an

ATV side-by-side car to Siletha Ithemba

NPO as well as provide stipends based

on work done by the peer supporters in

order to compensate them for their time

and expenses. The QuadPara association

kindly covered the costs of the purchase

and fitting of the hand control unit for the

ATV, and with The Adventure Company,

will send driving instructors up to

Manguzi to provide formal training to the

peer supporters.

GJ from Generator Repair from

Manguzi has also provided mechanical

back up and will be providing ATV

maintenance training to Siletha Ithemba.

The Manguzi rehabilitation department

staff, Jenny Caalse, Kim Riley and

Malamulele Onwards (www.cpchildren.

This is Vusi Masinga, who travels 3km on his

rear wheels like this to reach the tar road

from his homestead. He is one of our peer

supporters and wheelchair repair men.

org) assisted in strengthening governance

and capacity within the new NPO. Donors

from the initial backabuddy campaign

were contacted individually, upon the

request of Siletha Ithemba, to enquire as

to whether they would mind having their

donations redirected towards the running

and maintenance costs of the newly

acquired ATV- all supported this.

And here we are today- without the

generous assistance and support from so

many people, and the determination and

passion of Siletha Ithemba’s members,

things could have remained business as

usual. Siletha Ithemba members have

already commenced driving lessons with

the rehabilitation department staff in an

empty parking lot in preparation for the

official driving instruction. The addition

of the hourly stipend has provided a

huge incentive for the peer supporters to

expand their services in reach, type and

frequency. The group also plans to attend

the fourth Africa Spinal Cord Network

conference to be held in Johannesburg

in March 2020 to connect with peer

supporters from all over Africa. This

group is on fire!

The excitement and potential that

this new ATV brings is not without its

new set of challenges- ongoing funding

for running costs and maintenance of

this ATV will be required, including

additional for additional items such

as helmets, a canvas cover, hydraulic

arms for self loading of the wheelchairs

and a trailer. Further strengthening and

capacity building of the new NPO and

ongoing support from the rehabilitation

department will be critical. But everything

must start somewhere, and it is amazing

what the right combination of people can

achieve in a short space of time. Dare to

believe!

For more information, or to donate to/

support Siletha Ithemba, contact Maryke

Bezuidenhout on marykebez@gmail.com

Moses Mthembu

and a student

Moses Mthembu, the chairperson of Siletha

Ithemba, coaching new community service

therapists, dieticians and doctors down a

sandy hill in wheelchairs as part of their

rural orientation.

68 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE FEBRUARY 2020



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