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IN THIS ISSUE
Back in SA....
Sherco X Ride - World Back Flip Record Smashed -
SWM Adventure - Inland MX - World news & Lots more...
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Intro. Keeping the wheels turning...
September Issue 2020
September. Spring has sprung.
Lockdown is almost done away with.
Brad Binder made history for South Africa
How much better can it be?
Well - even better because we managed to get
RideFast and Dirt And Tail Magazines back into
How cool is that?
Meet the team:
Kyle Lawrenson rejoins the Motomedia fold - so
we welcome him back...He has been with our
group on and off since he was in high school - a
great rider and his design work has come along
in leaps and bounds.
Stefan van der Riet joins us fresh out of varsity
with his unique eye for Photographs - he is an
avid motorcyclist which always helps.
Sean Hendley is an old Ducktail who has been
around bikes since he was a tjoggertjie. You
cannot beat knowledge and experience - he
brings all of that in.
He is going to make sure that we don’t go too
awry with all of the editorial.
Glenn Foley is the handsome one - he is the
slowest out there, takes blurry photos, his
spelling is wobbly - good spelling but it wobbles.
He somehow manages to keep the ships sailing.
Exciting times - and this is going to be a real
team effort from all of us to deliver what you have
come to expect.
And remember - this is your off-road magazine.
Tell us what you’d like to see and we might just
Got a cool bike ot ATV that you’d like featured, a
classic rebuild, anything interesting?
Please keep in touch - any queries,
The Dirt And Trail Team
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VALVES,STEM SEALS AND SPRINGS
Triumph South Africa officially announces the
opening of Triumph Cape Town on 1 August
The dealership is situated in the Cape Town city
centre in the “premium motorcycle” precinct and
offers the full range of Triumph products and
services, including motorcycle sales, apparel
and accessory sales, parts sales and motorcycle
“While Triumph has always offered aftersales
support in Cape Town, it is now time to ensure
that our motorcycle brand is represented
in the manner that we had planned 2 years
ago when Triumph South Africa became the
official distributor of Triumph motorcycles. We
need to ensure that our dealerships represent
the Triumph brand in a way that ensures
a comprehensive and premium customer
experience, which Triumph Cape Town will now
be able to deliver” says Bruce Allen, CEO of
Triumph South Africa.
“Triumph Motorcycles is delighted with the
confidence shown by Triumph Cape Town with
the opening of a new Triumph dealership in
these challenging times. The Western Cape is
one of the largest motorcycle markets in South
Africa, and we are pleased that customers will
once again have the opportunity to buy and
ride Triumph motorcycles locally. I want to
congratulate once again the Triumph SA team
for this achievement.” says Paul Stroud, Chief
Commercial Officer, Triumph Motorcycles Ltd.
Triumph Cape Town will welcome its customers
with the highest level of service, thanks to the
factory trained sales and technical personnel,
and with a wide range of demo motorcycles that
covers all our product families, customers will be
able to view and test the full Triumph range. The
dealership is already well stocked with men’s and
ladies’ quality Triumph apparel, which includes
boots, rider wear, and an exceptional variety of
Contact details for Triumph Cape Town are as
125 Buitengracht St. Cape Town
A QUANTUM LEAP IN CAPABILITY, FOR MAXIMUM ADVENTURE IN EVERY RIDE.
The new Tiger 900 line-up represents a quantum leap in adventure motorcycle capability, with an all-new and more responsive
900cc Triumph triple engine, new lightweight modular frame, innovative ride-enhancing technology, and a more aggressive style
and poise for a benchmark-setting new ride.
Available in two exciting ranges – the Tiger 900 GT Pro, designed for even more urban adventure; touring, commuting and
everything in between and the new Tiger 900 Rally Pro, designed for maximum off-raod adventure riding and all-road comfort
and style. Each Tiger 900 delivers 10% more torque than the previous generation, with even more torque low down, and higher
overall power (95PS peak) across the entire rev range.
Find out more, Triumph Johannesburg: 011 444 4444 | Triumph Cape Town: 021 300 5217 | triumph-motorcycles.co.za
moves to Gezina
This well-known and long established Suzuki
and SYM dealership headed up by sister and
brother team Suki and Symm Grobbelaar have
moved from their shop on Paul Kruger street to a
prime location on the corner of Steve Bhiko and
Myburgh streets in Gezina Pretoria. This part of
town that has become synonymous with horse
power and the smell of hi-octane fuel burning
Pat Scott, formerly of Bike Crazy joins the team
of Aaron and Neels on the front line with great
service and a friendly smile. The shop is well
stocked with bikes, scooters, parts, accessories
with a professional workshop to keep your dream
machine in tip top condition. Drop into at the
corner of Myburgh and Steve Bhiko in Gezina,
they are on the left, you literally can’t miss them.
012 362 5572 firstname.lastname@example.org .
Zone 7 Cape Town.
eddy2race and Mario Reeh of Garage 68 have
joined forces to run a specialist suspension
shop out at Zone 7. Mario Reeh is not only a
top MX rider but also an A-grade mechanic
having spent around 9 years racing and swinging
spanners on the UK and European race circuits.
He then came back and worked as a mechanic
for SA Champ MX racer Paul Cooper. Mario
has represented SA at MXON and even done a
bunch of AMA races with great success.
A top racer that is also a top mechanic will
have complete understanding of racer speak
and translate that into mechanic speak. As you
would have read a few months back in this fine
magazine, eddy2race has invested a huge chunk
of change in all the latest machinery, tools and
Definitely worth the while letting them have a look
at your suspension whether you are a racer or
a weekend warrior. Give them a call on 086125-
0300 or surf on down to www.eddy2race.co.za
90th Grand Prix
One of the Greatest Of All Time…
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider Antonio
Cairoli has long been a legend of the sport,
probably from the moment he took his third or
fourth World Motocross Championship titles in
2009 or 2010, some ten years ago. It was then
that he became the greatest Grand Prix rider from
Italy, passing another legend Alessio Chiodi, who
had won three World 125cc championships at the
backend of the 1990s.
Still, the championships kept coming, winning
in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and finally his last
one in 2017. It wasn’t just championships
though, the Italian was also racking up Grand
Prix victories, and during the triple Grand Prix
extravaganza in Latvia, he won his 90th GP,
putting him just 11 GP wins away from Stefan
Everts at the very top of the all-time GP winners
The opening round in Latvia wasn’t easy for
Cairoli. Bad starts and a twisted knee caused
him more problems than the competition, but
still, as the Italian legend does time and time
again, he fought through the pain and collected
as many points as possible.
“Today was very tough,” Cairoli would say after
the Sunday opening. “To restart everything after
five months meant it would be tricky because
we didn’t know the race pace, but I knew I had
trained well and could do good. The only problem
was my starts and we saw it at this track where it
is difficult to come through the pack.
I felt really good to come back to 7th in the first
race and was happy. I was determined to do
better in the second and was thinking about going
for victory to be honest. I had a better start but
had trouble again on the first corner and was
hit by another rider. I twisted my knee again. I
was not feeling 100% at the beginning and was
taking it easy but made another mistake and
was outside the top thirty. After that I tried to
re-group and bring it home. This is not the result
we wanted but I saw a lot of people had troubles
this first race. We won’t panic too much but we
want to be further forward. I want to get behind
the gate again and prove that I can get there.
It is so important lately to be at the front at the
start of races. We need to work a bit more on this
No doubt, a shock to many in attendance, Cairoli
turned it around, got the starts and won his
90th Grand Prix. Looking as good as ever in the
opening race the KTM rider made the youthful
MXGP performers chase his dust and stand
below him on the podium…
A little bit further down Steve Biko street in
Gezina you will find JB Motorcycles. These guys
have a fantastic workshop that can resurrect just
about any motorcycle, ATV or side by side from
the brink of the scrap heap. For instance, check
out the pics of the Rustlers, these are not new
quads, but refurbished units that actually look
better than new. Boss man Johan Botha has a
particular passion for quads and has several very
tasty custom built units that will get you talking.
They also have a great showroom and parts
department to complement their workshop
and are official agent s for Linhai, Polaris and
CF Moto, but are also looking at opening a
motorcycle fitment centre in the near future
specialising in tyres, brakes, chains, sprockets
and etc. Pretty much like a car tyre place … just
825 Steve Biko street, Gezina, Pretoria on the
left, just across the road from Tyre Mart.
079 079 1158, they collect and deliver anywhere
in Gauteng and if you ask them nicely I’m sure
they will extend that within reason.
A Proudly South African product range
A little can of head ache and aggravation relief,
sorely needed in every workshop. It removes gum
and varnish from carburetor throat and combustion
intake systems. We have all tried to clean a
gummed up carb before and understand that you
have to do it properly or you are just going to have
to do it again and again and again … Well F61’s
Compression Stabiliser is a bit of a short cut and
will spare your Missus your foul temper. It also
cleans dirty sparks plugs while reducing emissions
while improving acceleration, performance and fuel
economy. You know you need it …
Brake and Parts Cleaner
How many times has your missus growled at you
for nicking your handy andy or nail polish remover
to clean your bike and brake parts? Yeah, so Brake
and Parts cleaner not only brings about marital
bliss but it also effectively removes grease, brake
fluid and other contaminants from brake disc and
pads while stopping that horrible squeaking noise
from the brakes and enhancing brake performance.
Also great for getting grit, grime and dirt off engines
and etc in those hard to reach place that your
wife’s tooth brush won’t get into.
Check out www.autocyclecentre.co.za for your
Ricky Carmichael announced on Wednesday
afternoon of August 26th that he has parted ways
with Suzuki after working together with the brand
as a racer, team owner and ambassador for
15-years. Ricky hasn’t mentioned which brand he
will be riding next, but it sounds like he’s open to
opportunities outside of just motocross.
If there is one thing that is a fact – change is
He sent this letter to Suzuki and his fans:
“To all of my fans and everyone in our motorcycle
“After 15 years with Suzuki, I wanted to take this
time to say thank you and express my gratitude
to the entire staff at Suzuki of America, Suzuki
Japan and to all of the other regions I have been
fortunate enough to work with over the years.
We were able to accomplish some great things
together, both as a rider, and as a team owner
and I am very fortunate to have made many great
friendships along the way.
“As times change, I have been looking at other
opportunities within the motorcycle industry and
exploring options where I feel my experiences
can best be applied to help grow our great sport.
As everyone knows, I also enjoy challenges and
seeing what a team of people can do to produce
a great result when working together on new
projects. As I continue to build upon my years of
experience as a racer, I am now transitioning to
enjoy other aspects of the motorcycle community.
“This hasn’t been an easy decision, but the future
is exciting for me. My love of bikes has grown
beyond just off-road riding and I am looking
forward to exploring those opportunities more in
the future. I will forever work to promote our sport
and continue to give back to the up and coming
riders who hope to see their dreams realized, just
as I did many years ago.
“With that, I want to wish everyone at Suzuki
continued success in the future. Friendships go
well beyond working relationships, I am fortunate
to have many of you as friends, and look forward
to seeing you at the races and on the road!
“My warmest regards,
Lots of bitz for your bike
The good guys at TrickBitz bring in a bunch
of really nice stuff for your bike and do
carry some very desirable bits for older
generation bikes as well, check out their
website on www.trickbitz.co.za to get your
juices flowing. Then chat to your dealer
about stocking their stuff...
We asked for a walk through their
warehouse and had a bit of a scratch around
and found some very interesting mergafters.
Here are a few of our favourites:
Chiaravalli Chain and sprocket kits
Not a new concept, but a handy one,
sprocket and chain kits by Chiarvalli,
They come with the correct front and rear
sprocket, master link and chain in one
blister pack kit, so you can be sure that
everything fits together nicely on your bike
and are the correct ratio’s and pitch. You
can be certain that the product is high
quality made by power mad Italians and
wont let you down in a pinch, and they are
reasonably priced as well.
Rubber tech sprockets by Ognibene and JT
Yes, another ‘not so new concept’, but one
we have forgotten about as the sands of
time leave us behind. Also manufactured by
some crazy Italians with a lust for speed but
with an ear for symphony and harmony. So,
besides being manufactured of the highest
quality materials, induction hardened
process and attention to detail, they are also
designed with the new Silent Technology.
One of our biggest gripes, especially on
road bikes is the rattle of the chain on
the sprockets. This rubber technology
significantly reduces that rackets as well
as helps extend the life of your chain and
sprockets, but does not negate the need for
proper cleaning and maintenance.
Spare wheels for your paddock stands.
Huh? We never knew that … and they come
with new stub axles and everything, even
fancy pants colours. Now that old paddock
stand lying in the back of your garage can
be brought back to life, they even stock the
bobbins to fit onto your swing arm as well as
the adjustable swivel adaptors and pins to fit
into the yolk of your bike.
Branded Key Rings
Clean, soft, elegant, sturdy and simple and
branded with your favourite bike brand.
They won’t damage your triple clamp or
paint work and they look good.
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The FE 250 is the smallest capacity 4-stroke in the enduro line-up, which also means it’s the lightest.
With an array of features and advanced technologies, this advanced enduro machine shines in
tough technical terrain while delivering torquey, enduro-specific 4-stroke performance when you
need it most. Designed and assembled using premium components, including WP suspension,
selectable engine maps and a Magura hydraulic clutch, the FE 250 is a complete collection of
unsurpassed quality, performance and reliability.
25 Litre Rucksack
The guys and girls at DMD do bring in some
really cool gear and accessories, for instance
the new GIVI GRT711 is a practical off-road
backpack with plenty of compartments. It has
been developed by the Givi R&D department to
offer the market a backpack actually designed for
motorcyclists. Dedicated mainly to off-roaders,
with its 25-litre capacity, it is water resistant
and anti-UV thanks to its high tenacity 1200D
Equipped with a thermoformed back panel in
breathable EVA, it offers greater comfort to
the rider wearing it, avoiding heat build-up and
sweating by allowing the air to pass through. The
backpack is secured to the body using padded
shoulder straps and adjustable chest and waist
straps to prevent uncomfortable bouncing and
ensure perfect adherence to the body.
This well organised backpack has several
compartments; it has a removable inner bag
and is equipped with a handy, easily accessible
zip pocket for keys, small objects and a smart
phone. This is also waterproof thanks to the
hot-taped seams. At the bottom of the backpack
there is also a special separate compartment
designed to store tools or clothes. An additional
compartment is available on the back, accessible
from the outside with a bellows opening and
space has been provided for an optional liquid
bag. A removable boot bag is also included
and can be attached externally. It is made in
fluorescent yellow Nylon/PVC. The extraordinary
modularity offered by this Gravel-T backpack
also makes it possible to directly connect bags
and small “additional loads”, such as the Givi
GRT717 tool carrier. Finally, there are side
slots to attach small objects using a set of 4
accessories for the M.O.L.L.E. System, provided
as standard: 2 D-rings and 2 universal hooks.
The new GRT711 has everything it takes to be
the ideal travel companion for everyone, not just
enduro bikers, because it not only meets the
needs of the most
but also of those
who use their bike
every day and
need a backpack
that is strong and
For more info
and to find your
Racing, Zone 7 Cape Town…
Dean Hoffman has been racing Moto Cross
since the early 80’s at the well-known Killarney
MX track, winning the Western Province high
school class in ‘89. Shortly afterwards he started
receiving requests for coaching and mentoring up
and coming junior riders.
Fast forward 30 years and he is still a full time
Motocross coach offering group and private
coaching sessions to both complete beginners
and seasoned national champions. He started
coaching at Killarney and the Melkbos MX tracks
way back in 1991and eventually moved full time
to Zone 7 in 2001. Soon much of his time was
being taken up dispensing advice on anything
and everything off road, from which Tyres to buy,
oils, helmets, accessories, suspension set up etc.
In 2016, he decided to take the leap and opened
Dean Hoffman Racing at Zone 7. He stuck with
what he knew and specializes in fitment and
accessories, offering a full selection of Tyres,
Sprockets , Chains , Brake pads, oils as well as
Helmets , Boots , MX kit, Neck braces and so-on.
They offer these services on site at Zone 7 and
will soon be offering an online store with a wide
range of off-road accessories to choose from.
078 133 3619 email@example.com Zone 7
New VR1 ADV
helmets A proudly South
African designed Helmet by Autocycle.
A while back our Kyle was asked to assist with
the designing of the new adv helmets. the first
shipment has landed.
South African design for South Africans. The
VR1 come standard with Double D rings, Dark
Visor, Chin vent and removable washable liners.
Retailing at R1895 incl Vat.
AS Racing’s - Rapid Laser Alignment system:
Now, here is something that caught our attention,
something that we have wondered about from time
to time. Do you need to do wheel alignment or any
kind of alignment on your bike and if so - how?
As it turns out you do. You can do a quick and
easy test on your own bike... Find a flat, smooth
paved surface like a concrete slab or something.
Grab some baby powder or even a bit of very
fine sand, anything that will make a print. Spread
it over the surface at about a metre wide and
about 3 metres long. Then push your bike through
it as straight as you possibly can. If your bikes
alignment is true then there should only be one
line made by the tyres, as the rear wheel should
track directly behind the front wheel. If there are
two lines … well then you need to get your bike
down to Alfie at AS Racing out on Van der Hoff
road on the western side of Pretoria.
Alfie has just procured the latest in motorcycle
alignment technology by HealTech Electronics.
The RAPID LASER ‘Professional frame and
chassis check-up tool’ uses some pretty fancy
lasers, measuring tapes and a whole bunch of
other cool tech that we don’t quite understand to
check the whether your frame is twisted, (even if
it is ever so slightly), same with your swing arm,
sub frame, head stock, triple clamps and can
even be used to make sure your chain is running
true between the sprockets. Sadly, those little
marks on your swingarm are not exactly micromillimetre
perfect. So when every milli-second
counts during a race so does every micron that
can rob you of that little bit of advantage over your
competitors. Thus a true and straight race bike will
be more stable and agile in the corners, more a
focused under acceleration and braking and more
compliant and confidence inspiring to the rider.
But how does this affect us mere mortals you may
Well, for one, as in alignment with cars, your
tyres should last a bit longer, as would your chain
and sprockets, wheel bearing, swing arm and
head stock bearings. And in today’s day and age,
anything that can save you a bit of money is a
good thing. But there is also the safety as well as
the fun factor. A proper handling bike is always
more fun to ride, being able to out manoeuver your
mates in an impromptu dice and whip their asses
is even better fun and being able to do that with a
bike that won’t try kill you with a sudden wobble or
try to chuck you off … well … need we say more?
Give Alfie a shout on 084 523 9229, or drop him a
mail on firstname.lastname@example.org
Gas Gas Is
A quick look at Taddy Blazusiak’s
GASGAS EC 300
Is it another red KTM?
We can see a similar set of components and parts
you’d expect from any factory race bike from the
The running gear includes the WP XPLOR forks
and XACT Pro Components rear suspension,
Brembo brakes, Motomaster discs, Renthal Bars,
SuperSprox sprockets, Akrapovic exhaust system
Composite rear subframe?
Taddy’s factory bike has the TPI two-stroke engine
inside the trademark steel cradle frame but we
can also see no obvious signs of the aluminium
subframe from a KTM. It looks more likely to be
running a composite rear end though which does
not look the same as the Husqvarna part. We’re
used to seeing the Husky enduro bikes having the
lightweight composite sub frame but didn’t expect
something like it on the GASGAS range.
Blazusiak, who rode GASGAS trials bike to the
European Trials Championship in 2004, is stoked
by the new project, “This is a really cool and
exciting change in my career, the start of a new
chapter for me.” Says Taddy. “It’s an honour to
lead the GASGAS brand back into enduro and I
really want to do everyone proud.”
The bike is running the linkage chassis rather than
the PDS rear suspension system favoured on
the KTM EXC models. The red production bikes
are expected to be a slightly lower spec option if
Husqvarna’s are more premium and KTM bang in
the middle. We await the production bike details
later this year to see if they run a linkage or PDS
When GASGAS’s new motocross bikes, the MC
250F and 450F, were revealed earlier in 2020 we
got our first glimpse of the new Gassers – though
at the time they were basically red KTMs. It was
impossible at that stage to know how the enduro
bike would look, but these images show a genuine
new model for the first time although we’re still
wondering if the production bikes will vary from
what we can see.
“By joining this project from the beginning, I
feel like I can really help to bring some value by
using my experience to develop the bike and to
show people what we are all about. There’s a
freshness and a lot of energy about everything
and I’m excited for people to see what we’ve been
working on. Everyone that knows me knows how
competitive I am, racing in new colours definitely
makes me more determined to challenge for more
New look bodywork
Aside from the fresh colours, there’s a sharp look
about the brand.
Some of the old Spanish heritage lives on in that
front fender design and the single-piece side
panels sweep across to meet the nice, big and
white side number boards. GasGas is coming to
SA and we know of quite a few dealers who are
looking at stocking and selling the brand. As soon
as everything is confirmed…
We will let you know.
SCOOP TEST 2021 KTM
exc-f 350 & exc-f 500
Two 2021 KTM Enduro’s
We heard that the 2021 model range
of KTM’s was starting to arrive in SA,
so we kept an ear close to the ground.
We got wind that a 350 and a 500 were
in KTM’s demo fleet – and Lucky for
us… being the good, kind folks that
they are, they agreed that we could
get in a quick spin before the bikes
headed out on a national roadshow.
So that’s exactly what we did.
With global demand and global delays
being caused by the pesky COVID
virus, everyone is receiving new bikes
– but in limited quantities. For now
KTM only has these two 2021 models
in their demo fleet, but as the others
arrive, we will be sure to grab a ride
and tell you all about them.
This bike is so much fun to ride fast. Not
nearly as serious or aggressive as a 450,
but you also don’t need to wring its neck
like you do on a 250 four-stroke. Kyle
has not ridden the latest engine – his
comments: way more torque than the
previous KTM 350 engine (Kyle owned
a 2018). If there is one outstanding
improvement, it is in how much torque
this bike has. The engine feels more
balanced in terms of the way it makes
power. Seamless, predictable and so
easy to control.
The lack of aggression makes it one
of the quickest turning four strokes out
there – a 450 will spin if you ride too
hard, while with a 250 four, you tend to
gear down to find more torque. The 350
is generally simple squirt and go with lots
We need to chat about the new colour
schemes. In photo’s and such they look
a bit underwhelming – but in the flesh –
the new bikes look absolutely amazing.
The Grey accentuates the orange in the
plastics (Howzat for a big word?). The
rims are black anodized with polished
hubs. Pretty pretty! Attention to detail
is pretty awesome with the KTM logo
proudly embossed into the sidecovers.
You need to zip along to your local dealer
to have a look.
KTM’s 350 2021 XC is just such a wellbalanced
So much fun to ride…
Include the standard KTM fare
like Brembo brakes, upgraded WP
suspension with Braided brake lines, the
svelte new styling found on the 2020’s…
Even the bright yellow Maxxis Logo on
the tyres look cool!
For 2021, they have built bikes that look
as good as they go…
And go they sure do!
For this feature we needed to promise
faithfully that we would not harm the
bikes in any way. We were to steer clear
of rocks and stuff because the bikes
were leaving for a countrywide tour the
following morning BEFORE the sparrows
started and, understandably, KTM did not
want the bikes looking second hand just
So we took them for a good cross country
run and played in the river, found some
single spoor and generally spent the
morning hooning about.
And it was AWESOME! KTM is known as
a Hard Enduro brand, so we usually head
for the rocks in order to get some Manny
Lettenbichler like shots. This time we
did not need to try and look like we were
racing The Roof or trying to keep up with
Scotty B and national rock hoppers. We
had a good old fashioned morning of fast,
And guess what? This is where these
bikes truly shine.
The 350 EXC-F
We have said it before and we’ll say it
again – we have no idea why most other
manufacturers have not cottoned on to
this capacity for their dirt bike lineup. The
350 is a full size motorcycle that is faster
than most 250’s and far less of a handful
than a 450.
If you don’t believe us – go and ride one
yourself. It’s a blend of torque and speed
in an incredibly nimble chassis that
does everything really well. When KTM
said they were going after the handling
character of a 250F, they were not
kidding. Even when revving this engine,
the bike stays light with a very flickable
chassis and light steering. Tell the
chassis where you want it to be, and it
obliges with a smile. Big hits and jumps?
In standard out of the box setup like we
rode it, fast racer boys might find it a bit
soft. it’s easy to stiffen up a bit via the
new compression and rebound settings
– tool free at the top of the forks. We had
no complaints and hopped over ditches
and hit every hobble that we could find.
The 500 EXC-F
“We love the 500 EXC-F for its powerful
yet controllable engine character,
well-rounded WP suspension, nimble
handling, light weight, and top-shelf
We often sing the praises of this brands
500 – and often people kind of don’t
believe us. I mean what the heck are
you going to do with a big, modern 500
engine these days?
Well – quite a lot actually – and it is easy
to understand why these bikes sell so
solidly in SA. Sure it’s big bore – and
sure it’s a big bike to ride – but it actually
does not feel much different physically
to the 350. It’s no taller and it’s just as
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It is a bit heavier at a standstill (109
KG’s as opposed to the 104KG’s on
the 350) – and when you open that
throttle, you know that it means proper
What if we were to tell you that the
500 is less of a handful than the 450?
On paper the 500 seems as if it
should be a real monster, but KTM
has smoothed the power out just so
beautifully, which means, once again
that you don’t really need to rev in
order to go fast. On steep hills, you can
just kind of pop her into a low gear and
let the engines Chug-a-lug do the rest.
Sometimes it’s so cool to hop onto a bike
and just RIP IT. Great for your health,
clears the cobwebs and puts a smile on
your face every time. These two are both
great choices. Perhaps the 350 is a better
tough terrain bike because it is lighter
and easy to ride. The 500 is so versatile -
awesome for the wide open spaces – but,
in the right hands it can still do everything
that the 350 can.
Pop down to your KTM dealer and have a
looksee. This is one brand that has a bike
For 2020, the new generation meant a
complete overhaul of the predecessor,
and KTM’s target was to make the
500 EXC-F, more rideable, and
they’ve achieved this by reworking
key components. The engine is more
efficient and produces greater power,
the chassis has adjusted stiffness,
the cooling system has been refined
and the exhaust system is completely
new to compliment the engine and
What this means is that it is a great
every day bike to play with – or
convert for hard adventure, but if you
want to go fast – best you hold on
You can ride it like a dirt bike –
and it really is a barrel of fun, but
occasionally she just gives a little
reminder that there is serious
horsepower just waiting to be
unleashed. So much, in fact, that it’s
pretty easy to understand why peeps
love to convert them to hard adventure
bikes. You can put longer gearing on
and still have plenty of power in a very
light, nimble chassis. A truly versatile
TYRE TECH TALK
by Bruce de Kock, owner of Bike Tyre Warehouse Group
ALL THE PREMIUM BRANDS
THAT COUNT UNDER ONE ROOF
Chances are good that you will need
to refer back to this feature every once
in a while. There is a lot of info, but it
is important – and relevant, no matter
what bike you ride.
The Basic’s of Reading a Tyre:
Wow! Provinces open & the sun is
shining. Rider’s are getting back onto
their bikes in full force to hit the countryside
and enjoy the open road.
If you have been off your bike for a
while, make sure that you give it a
good scrutineering when you are dusting
it off in the garage.
Critical is to check your tyres if your
bike has been standing for the last
If you’re not sure about the condition
of your tyres, pop into a reputable
motorcycle tyre fitment centre and
have them checked out. The Bike Tyre
Warehouse Fitment Centre Group will
give them a free inspection and check
you have the correct specification
tyres for your bike as well as the correct
tyre pressures before you head off
into the sunrise or sunset.
If you need new rubber, here is a very
basic guide to reading a tyre.
It is important for you to take the time
to run through this content as it will
assist you in making the correct choice
by that I mean not the brand of tyre
but the type of tyre specific to your
bike and your bikes requirement which
could - essentially save your life.
We can’t tell you the number of times
that riders come in with issues concerning
road handling, road noise, tyre
life etc – and it is usually because they
have fitted the incorrect tyre/s to their
bikes, 90% of the time due to
ignorance about the basics of motorcycle
HOW TO READ A TYRE’S MARKINGS :
1.Tubeless: No tube is used, when
mounted on a tubeless rim; abbreviated
2.Rear: Direction of rotation for rear
tire, indicated by an arrow on the tire
3.Michelin: Tire manufacturer
4.73 Load index: For example, 73 corresponds
to a load of 805 pounds (365kg)
6.Pilot Power 3: The tire’s model name
7.190: Nominal section width of the tire,
expressed in millimeters
8.55: Aspect ratio, the sidewall height
as a proportion of the tire width
9.R: Radial construction
10.17: Bead-seat diameter of the wheel,
expressed in inches (1 inch = 2.54 cm)
Let’s kick off with the tyres LOAD INDEX
which is a numerical code associated with
the maximum load that a tyre can carry at
the speed indicated by its Speed Symbol
under service conditions specified by the
This is important, and more especially so if
you are carrying more than just the weight
of the bike and yourself. Loading your panniers,
the wife’s kitchen sink, pillion etc. all
has a dramatic effect on the tyres capability
to do what it needs to under load.
Again the amount of times bikes come
in with tyres that are totally incapable of
carrying a load, sport touring heavy weight
The table to the right is self-explanatory
so have a look see and check that the
tyres you have on your bike are the
correct load index.
Just as important is the SPEED INDEX
which indicates the maximum speed at
which the tyre can carry a load corresponding
to its Load Index under
service conditions specified by the
Load index Load index Speed index
Every bike requires tyres with a specific
speed index. The table below defines the
maximum speed at which a tyre can carry
the maximum load indicated by its load
index under the conditions of use specified
by the manufacturer.
The maximum speed is clear when the
speed rating is defined e.g. J = 100, S =
180, H = 210 etc.
The (W) speed index is not restricted,
(known as unbounded, shown by the use
of brackets around the speed index letter,
the tyre manufacturer must be able to
supply the maximum speed capability of
It is important to know the maximum speed
capability of the bike before a (W) speed
rated tyre is fitted. If the bike is capable of
a higher speed than the tyre is, the rider
MUST be warned of this.
This is also a consideration for off road
biased DUAL SPORT TYRES such as the
Michelin Anakee Wild.
In some cases the speed index is lower on
the Anakee Wild than the speed capability
of the bike and the OE tyre fitment.
Riders MUST be warned of this fact yet
again ignorant tyre sellers do not do this,
so it all comes down to you as the rider
knowing the basics and servicing your
bikes tyre requirements by professionals
who specialize in motorcycle tyres and
have the knowledge to advise you on the
correct set up for your bike.
I have decided to tackle quite a few topics
concerning tyre technology related to
capability & safety in the future. There are
some specific subjects I have written about
over the years which now need revised
detail as the capability and technology of
motorcycles has increased substantially
and so does the tyre technology therefore
it’s about updating and increasing your
So many times I read the write ups on the
new bikes hitting the market, most of the
time mention of the tyres is only made if it
is a well-known brand that is OEM fitment
or if a brand importer has sponsored tyres
for the bike test. Sometimes I have noticed
that even the test tyres sponsored have
not been the correct specification tyre type
for the bike.
Education is key and the Bike Tyre Warehouse
Group is driving motorcycle tyre
education in your interests; we are always
available to discuss your concerns, so pop
in at any of our branches and talk to the
A Big Thank you to Ryan Robertson –
Business Development Manager, Auto
Cycle Centre JHB for sponsoring this
September Tyre Tech Talk in the interests
of promoting rider safety.
More than most, bikers have felt the lock
down as we are so used to our freedom
and open roads so enjoy the sunshine &
Bruce de Kock – Managing Director - Bike
Tyre Warehouse Group Holdings Pty Ltd
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A day on the SWM lineup…
A de-stress was required.A bunch of
us decided that a day in the saddle
was required, Rob Davies on his
somewhat rare Honda Cross tourer,
Don Gibbons on his Triumph Explorer,
Glenn on his 800 Tiger. While we are
at it, what else can we take, who else
can we invite along. What about the
guys from SWM? A few issues back,
we introduced you to the SWM range
of dirt and adventure bikes…
Some eyebrows were raised – we are
all on big mainline bikes – do we really
want small capacity bikes holding us up?
Sure, we are a lekker bunch of oakes
Phone calls were made for an impromptu
get together – no clue where we are
going but why not come and join us?
Peter and Kyle from SWM jumped at the
opportunity to ride and promised us that
a special bike would be joining us…
Meeting under the tree at the designated
meeting spot, we were greeted by
the lusty thud of a single cylinder bike
roaring up the country road towards us.
It was Peter with the Ace of Spades – a
fantastically styled little street scrambler.
He was accompanied by Kyle on the
Dual purpose Super Dual 650X.
The best thing about an impromptu ride
is the fact that, very often we have no
cooking clue which direction we are due
to head – so a robust discussion was
undertaken. We only had the day. We
needed reasonable fuel stops. A mixture
of tar and gravel is required.
“OK – lets hit the village of Bapsfontein
for brekkie and work it out from there!”
Right next door to the old Bappies Hotel
is a very cool little restaurant and coffee
shop – Grannies. Guys, they make a
fantastic chow. The shop has much
personality with antiques on sale and
to peruse while you soak in the clean
country air – and it’s a perfect spot to
plan your day…
Still no clue about where to go – OK
chaps – lets head for Bronkhorstspruit
it’s a great ride and there we can decide
what to do…
Go and have a nibble at Grannies in Bappies
The road out to Bronkies is in great
condition – you can open wiiide and
enjoy. We were quite impressed to see
the SWM’s take the lead. We need to say
that, throughout the day, we never had
to wait. We never felt that the smaller
capacity thumpers were holding us up.
Both models thundered along happily
at the 150kph mark all day – and in the
sand monsters that we found, they were
a lot less hard work to ride…
In a heartbeat, the sprawling town
appeared. We carried on for a while –
and then found a gravel road off to our
You know how we say that SA is full of
little adventure riding gems? Well this
was one of them.
The road got progressively more rural
and started to wind its way through the
most beautiful mountains. If we did not
know it, we could have been in the Cape
– or any exotic venue in SA. Really, really
cool. We stopped off at a little bridge
crossing the river. The water was spotless
– a perfect place to gather your thoughts,
share some bench racing tales and take
a little break. That’s what adventuring is
all about. Great mates, great country and
As usually happens on features like this,
we all swapped bikes and rode on. I
chose the Ace of Spades…
If you are looking for a head turning little
barrel of fun, then this is absolutely one
bike that you need to look at. It is small,
compact and powerful and so easy to
ride. It is not tall or intimidating in any
way. Bar ABS, it has no electronics – it is
a simple get on and go for it bike.
It is equally at home in the dirt as it is on
the tar – we were pretty impressed with
the suspension – not a hard ride at all,
even on the corrugations and hitting the
odd large pothole. And it delivers real
world power and performance.
We fully expected to be uncomfortable
on a long ride – but the little SWM never
disappointed. We soon hit a signboard
that told us we were leaving Gauteng.
Shame. We broke the law again – and
continued along to the tar where another
treat awaited us…
A great big flowing freeway with more
curves than a pole dancer. And we did
not even know that it existed up to that
point. The Ace Of Spades was even
more fun belting along through the
twisties – like a little flat tracker – open
wiiide, way past the national speed limit
At the top of the mountain pass, we
found a refuel station little Spaza Shop
serving cold soft drinks and Lunch Bars.
We asked the proprieter for tips on
a fun route back to Bronkies. He
looks at the Honda and Triumphs and
scratched his head. “Ahhhh, but there
is plenty of sand!” – he points at the
SWM’s, “No problem – but ehhh the
big ones… Eish!”
Our grins got wider… sounds like
fun and we promptly followed his
directions. It all started quite well – we
were wandering what he was on about,
until we hit an ocean of thick sand. I
was grateful to be on the Super Dual.
It is really perfect for a ride like this,
compact and capable with excellent
long travel suspension and a beefy 650
engine that puts great power to the
I did have some
concerns about Kyle who
was on our 800 – not
everyone likes sand –
and repair bills are not
needed at this time. Then
I thought about Don on
his old Explorer and Rob
on the Honda… Well I’d
rather be on the SWM
than any of those on this
road for Sure!
The little SWM’s got to
the tar first. By a long
way. On the bigger ADV’s
you need to be a bit more
careful… you don’t want
to chuck them down the
road. Some of the guys
on the big bikes had eyes
like saucers – The SWM
riders were a bit sad that
the gravel had ended for
What an amazing piece
of road. No idea exactly
where we were but we
will be back that side to
explore it all again soon.
It was starting to get
late so we reluctantly
turned the handlebars
towards home. Back via
Bronkies, Bappies to our
home base. A perfect
day. Great bikes, great
company – perfect de –
It was brilliant to ride the
That Ace is a Peach of
a bike. Something that
you’d use every single
day. The Super Dual is
of a bike like the
XT660. Plush, Comfy,
fast and simple.
Hit the roads less
travelled and you will
smile all day long…
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this ride together for
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like to come and join
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Smooth as butter and a very eina
Husaberg crasher arrived at the top -
Four and a half hours after the tumble.
At the top, the medics took over, put up
a drip, assessed him and strapped him
to a backboard.
•Vincent Dormehl, you were a rockstar -
guiding the different rescue services to
the site, looking after Juan until we got
there. You have such a calm demeanor,
only small things gave away the fact that
you were stressed.
A good story – and some sound common sense lessons.
You guys might remember Juan
Delport who was our appy for a
year or so until he found gainful
employment at the new EMD store in
His story is a good one – and a
lesson for anyone who rides a
In January he and his mate Vince went
for a little ride in the famous Chimes
area outside Benoni. As you must know,
mining companies are busy reclaiming
the dumps and extracting the gold and
stuff that is still in the sand.
Juan knows Chimes well, but – he made
While showing Vince one of the steep,
gnarly climbs, he took the line and
headed up the slope. Unbeknown to
him, since the weekend before, the
mines had dug away the slimes dam in
the middle of the dump…
He was looking back, to see how Vince
was doing when he literally flew into an
abyss – a bit like riding off the side of a
About 10m down, the bike made contact
with the sand, the front wheel dug in
and flipped over, burying him into the
side of the face. Fortunately, Juans fall
was halted and his Husaberg tumbled a
further 400 metres to the bottom of the
pit. Unfortunately, the bike slammed him
in the leg and broke his femur…
That was only the beginning…
Vince saw him disappear and realized
that there was a problem. He lay his bike
down and clambered to the top. Juan
was perched on a little ledge with his leg
at right angles to rest of his body…
Juan was awake and coherent – and
luckily he had a cell phone on him. He
was able to call his dad “Doc” Delport for
some help… Vince made his way back
down and around the dump to where
Juans bike had come to rest. He was
able to send a pin drop so that backup
could get to them.
Dad is a rescue medic – he packed all
the necessaries and, with mom Noreen
in tow they tore off to find their boy. Upon
arrival at the bottom of the fall, Doc
attempted to climb up, but the sand was
too loose and he was afraid of causing
an avalanche. Realizing that this was
a serious problem, he made the call to
Tauriq Mohamed, a close friend who is
medic with CMS.
Tauriq despatched their CMS team to
the scene and upon arrival realized
that this would need a specialist team.
By now, crowds of Zama Zama miners
were gathering at the top of the dump to
watch the fun. Tauriq got hold of ER24
and the East Rand EMS for assistance.
In between all of this, Doc walked
around the dump with water and some
ropes and climbed up the slope that the
boys had been attempting. At the top
he could talk to Juan, who could feel
that the sand was giving way. Afraid that
the side would give way, Doc secured
a water bottle and a climbing clamp to
a long piece of rope and managed to
chuck it down so that he could tie on –
and have a bit of water. This was more
than an hour after the crash.
Pretty soon a father and son also out for
a ride arrived and rode up to doc. They
gave him a tie down to extend the rope
and take the pressure off his hands.
Two other unidentified dirt bikers also
riding in the area came to help. The
slope was very steep for a medic
carrying a full jump bag. The guys
popped the medics onto the back of their
bikes and took them up to the top.
Bikers are good guys! Big thank you
from the Delport family.
Doc held on to that rope until the rescue
team arrived at the top. The EMS
rescuer then managed to lower himself
down to Juan and secure him.
How to pull two people up a cliff?
Doc turned to the Zamas and asked for
The guys lined up, each grabbing a
piece of the strap – and they slowly
pulled the guys out. One pull.
That dot is Juan on the side of the dump
Doc secured Juan from above.
The Zamas passed Juan from one to the
other down the slope to the waiting landy.
Secure and ready to be carried down the
Next big problem… No place for a
chopper to land and no way for any
vehicle to get up – and those slopes
are so badly rutted that one team would
never be able to carry the patient down
What to do?
Much excited commotion – and the
miners formed themselves into two
lines right down the side of the slope.
120 metres odd. They gently picked
Juan up and passed him shoulder
height, hand to hand all the way down
and into a Landy that was waiting at the
bottom of the slope.
In Docs words “Amazing!” and he gets
a tear in his eye talking about it. “Once
Juan was in the vehicle, they let up a
big cheer! No money changed hands –
this was simply bunch of guys helping
out their fellow man. No expectations.”
“If only we could work like this every
day – the world would be a brilliant
Juan was driven around to where the
bikes were standing, where the ER24
chopper was able to land – and get
him out safely. He suffered Multiple
fractures – 5 breaks in his femur and
severe tissue damage and was in ICU
for 3 weeks.
5 ops. 3 weeks in a normal ward – and
2 weeks in the Netcare rehab centre in
Empire road. He is well on his way to
recovery now, he walks with a lekker
gait – and he should be up and riding
soon…It ended well but it could have
gone so wrong.
•Never ride alone.
•Always carry a phone.
•Never assume that terrain is as it
From the Delport family:
We have a very long list of thank-you’s in
the wake of Juan’s rescue from Chimes.
The dirtbike seems to have used Juan
as a trampoline to save itself... typical!
•From Mom: Doc Delport for working so
tirelessly to get Juan to safety and to get
treatment for him. You, my dear, were
amazing. For being the force behind
getting decisions made - thank you.
•From Dad: To Noreen my wife for
holding the family together through this
time - a big, big thank you!
•Tauriq Mohamed, our man with a
plan, family emergency contact, thank
goodness you are in the emergency
response business. You made all
the needed phone calls and got the
necessary people to site and looked
after us all. Your other team members
were amazing, a real credit to Gau-Med.
Please extend our gratitude. Thank you
personally for looking after Juan!
•Dylan Corringham, the person we can
phone for anything, no questions asked
“see you in 5”. Thank you for helping
Vince, and for getting Juans bike and car
home. Sam, thank you for lending Dylan
•Robert Dormehl, Vince’s dad - thank
you for being our field ambulance - sadly
the Land Rover was the vehicle of the
day (after the helicopter OBVIOUSLY).
Your help was invaluable.
•Boksburg Fire and Rescue (Evan and
team) thank you for getting our son off the
hill! He apologizes for the terrible language
used but he was in a lot of pain and
understands that the only way out, was
•The Netcare 911 helicopter crew, for
getting Juan to Union Hospital so quickly
after the rescue, for taking photos for him
and keeping his spirits up. He loved that
section of the day - thank you for sending
us his “selfies”
•The K9 policeman, you climbed in your
van and got stuck in and helped, thank
you! We wanted to steal your dog though,
he is gorgeous.
•The youngsters on their dirt bikes, thank
you for ferrying EMS and their gear up
the hill etc. It’s the first time many of them
have ever been on 2 wheels, they loved it.
•The ZamaZama’s for helping to pull Juan
up, and for carrying him down the hill to
the rescue vehicle. Thank you.
•Union Hospital Emergency section and
Howard in ICU, thank you.
A last word to the Husaberg 300: We
cannot believe that you started without fail
after all the above!!
To every single person that has phoned,
messaged etc. Thank you for your
support, it is appreciated by everyone.
If we have left you out, sorry - it’s not
intentional - a crazy time!
The Delport Family
A view from below
Looking chipper but he forgot to wash his
luggage frames are compatible with
different types of aftermarket soft luggage
as well. Another bonus for putting
luggage frames on your bike is that they
offer extra protection should you suffer
a fall. For our overnight trip though, we
were presented with the KTM Powerparts
rollbag, which is easily fitted on top of
the pillion seat without the need of any
luggage plates or frames. The bag is also
dust and waterproof, making it a great
option for any weekend warrior.
We kit up early on a Saturday morning
and leave Gauteng heading north on
the N1 highway towards Pienaarsrivier.
In terms of comfort, the seat was cosy
enough to actually sit for most of the
loaded with the “Rally” mode option,
which further extends off-road MTC
functionality. This feature does not come
standard on the KTM 790”S” model, it is
however something I would recommend
getting if you are planning to spend a lot
of time away from the tarmac.
The first obstacle presents itself when
the road we normally take is closed and
a big heap of sand blocks our way. No
problem, I get over the heap of sand with
an easy twist of the throttle, even with a
full tank of fuel the low slung tanks as well
as low down weight of the engine make
the bike easy to manage when going over
obstacles. The lower seat height (when
compared to its “R” counterpart), definitely
TRAX “Dirt Convert” KTM 790 S Rider Review
The Long way to Lephalale
Our Mizz B Muszynski continues on her Great trek to put the Dirt
Convert Trax KTM 790 S through its paces…
In Part 1 of the review featured in the July issue, Trax KTM
kindly provided me with the Dirt Convert KTM 790”S” to
take on a lockdown ride. The Dirt Convert is the basic KTM
790“S” model, equipped with knobbly tyres, a high front
fender and a stand-out decal kit. We did a shortish local ride
to get a feel for the bike.
This is part two…
For this ride I took it upon myself to test the bike as extensively
as possible without contravening every single lockdown
regulation. Needless to say this was not an easy task with so
many travel restrictions! I’ll discuss my first impressions and
thoughts on the different riding modes and aftermarket options.
I’ll answer some questions posted on social media. We took
to some single track trails and traverse a rocky pass along the
Crocodile River and literally threw the bike into the deep end
and honestly, it did just fine Actually it left us thirsting for more…
Taking the long way to Lephalale
As the KTM 790 is marketed as an offroad
capable travel bike our review could
not possibly be complete without taking
it on a longer distance trip. We looked at
the map and set our eyes on the town of
Lephalale, which is conveniently situated
between some of the best dirt roads and
passes that part of Limpopo has to offer.
When considering a travel bike, luggage
options are important and I looked at
some of the different offerings from the
KTM Powerparts catalogue available to
this model. For longer tours there are
luggage plates and frames which can
be used in conjunction with the lockable
Touratech top box and hard cases. The
combined 700km’s we did on our trip to
Lephalale and back, the tall windscreen
deflecting the wind with minimal buffeting.
In “Street” mode you have full use of
the 95hp the bike offers, which makes
cruising along at highway speeds and
overtaking cars a breeze, while the MTC
(Motorcycle Traction Control) and ABS
kept me feeling safe, even when the road
surface was not ideal.
I even got to practice my emergency
braking when a naughty bakkie swerved
suddenly in front of me, the 320mm front
brakes slowing us down just in time to
avoid a potential accident.
Shortly after we passed the provincial
boundary roadblock we reach our first
dirt road. The bike I’m riding has been
plays a role as it makes it easier to get
that confident footing when doing more
Those of you who have ridden in
Limpopo before know very well there
is a sandmonster lurking around every
corner. Sand on a bigger adventure bike
can often become a nightmare and I was
curious to see how the 790”S” would
fare, considering that with its smaller
wheels, this wasn’t my usual pick for
traversing this type of terrain. As we rode
along the tribal land towards Bela-Bela
it became clear to me why the KTM 790
was launched in the Merzouga Desert.
It performed exceptionally well, sailing
smoothly over the sea of sand like a
ship as we made our way further north. I
believe the ease with which it handles the
sand can again be attributed to the bulk
of the bikes weight being situated lower
down, as a top heavy bike tends to give
a lot more feedback and movement
in sandy conditions, a scary feeling
especially if experienced by a novice.
After topping up with fuel in Modimolle
we head even further into the Bushveld.
The tank holds 20L of fuel, giving you
the freedom to really go out and explore
before having to worry about seeking
that fuel station again. KTM claims
the bike gets 450km on a tank of fuel,
which should be achievable in more
normal circumstances, for us it was
however a bit less as there was plenty
of sand on our route, giving us an
average of about 5L/100km.
Eventually the road took us to a pass
we haven’t ridden before near the
settlement of Overyssel. In this area
the roads were in exceptionally bad
condition strewn with ruts and ditches
and I found myself more comfortable at
speeds between 80km/h to 100km/h.
The KTM 790”S” sports the Apex 43mm
front forks with 200mm of suspension
travel, which has so far performed
exceptionally well in both sandy and
rocky terrain, it does however start to
feel out of its comfort zone when hitting
big obstacles, such as deep ditches,
at higher speeds and I naturally
slowed down a bit more for these.
The bike does however have a builtin
steering damper which helps to
absorb these big hits and keeps you
in control. If, ultimately riding hard
and constantly pushing boundaries is
something you like to do, this would
be where the decision of purchasing
the “S” vs the “R” model would come
We reach the town of Lephalale later
that afternoon, just in time for the
I ask my father who has always been
passionate about bikes, to tell me
what he thinks of the KTM 790”S”.
He immediately grabs the opportunity
to swing his leg over the saddle and
takes the bike for a spin around the
block. He hasn’t ridden for many
years and also hasn’t been in the
loop with the latest biking trends or
models, but comes back with a big
smile on his face nonetheless.
“I like it, it looks big, but it isn’t really,
just so easy to ride, and ohhhh all
that power!” he says as he dismounts.
Well there you have it, a truly
A couple of years ago, when the previous gen
KTM 950 and 990 Adventures ruled the roost,
there were very few people who rode the taller
“R” models, a trend which has become more
popular in recent years. I myself rode the older
KTM 950 Adventure quite extensively, a bike
I truly enjoyed and believe that with the 790
range KTM is trying to bring back the mind-set
that you don’t need the “R” model to be able to
venture off the beaten track.
Overall I find the KTM 790”S” a very capable
all-rounder, a bike that truly is in its element
on the long road, and also more than
capable enough to handle the adventurous
dirt roads we enjoy riding. If you are in the
market for a 790, I highly recommend trying
both the “S” and “R” models, you may just
be surprised as to what the “S” can do.
Trax KTM 021 0190
I want to extend my thanks to Trax KTM for
letting me use their “Dirt Convert” KTM 790
Adventure yet again. It’s a great conversion
for shorter riders.
And the handsome Fella’s at Dirt And
Trail magazine for the media pass to get
out and about!
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN
BUYING USED TYRES..........
WE NOW HAVE TWO CASES WHERE
CLIENTS HAVE BOUGHT USED
TYRES FROM TYRE DEALERS
AND FITTED THEM ONLY TO
DISCOVER THAT THE BEADS
HAVE BEEN CUT.
Upon closer inspection, the cut bead was discovered. Please guys,
be very careful.
Tyres are one of the most critical safety components on your bike.
New is always best - but if you do buy used do not only look at the
tread. It might look great but there is more to it:
Inspect the sidewalls for cuts, cracks, ballooning and structural
The bead is what holds your tyre on the rim. Dealers are cutting
the beads on used tyres that are deemed unsafe so that they are
This is a “Must Read” it is for your own good:
It is not a debate about whether to buy a new or used tyre it is
about people who buy and sell used tyres making sure that the
tyres are SAFE.
Times are tough - we get that. We have also bought used tyres
and most times they have been OK.
Earlier this month we received a call about a gent who bought a
used tyre for his GS from a dealer on the East Rand. No problem -
we have all been there, it is a saving, not everyone can afford new
tyres, especially in our current economic climate.
The tyre looked OK, the tread was decent, no obvious cracks etc
- but the gent failed to notice that the bead had been cut - which
means that the tyre is KAPUT and not good for use. He had the
tyre fitted and headed out - and promptly got a huge tank slapper...
Luckily he controlled it and managed to get the bike through to the
Bike Tyre Warehouse outfit.
Inspect the beading to make sure it is not damaged, cut or
pulling out of the rubber.
Check the inside of the tyre for hidden patches, gators, cuts and
objects piercing through and the like as well as for something
that looks similar in texture to elephant skin, this is indicative of
the tyre having been run flat for extended periods.
Look for cracks between and in the treads, this can show
perishing from age as well as a further indicator of the tyre
having been abused or run flat.
Any used tyre has generally been replaced for a reason. What
is that reason? Did it run flat? Is there a hole?
Too many patches? Is it old? - look for the date of manufacture
on the side if the tyre wall.
As we said earlier, new is always better and there are always
some very affordable options and great specials from most of
the major tyre brands… ask your local dealer about them.
Dealers, We cannot tell you how to do your job, but - If you sell
a used tyre please inspect it properly...
We are very glad that there was no serious injury...
The bee's knees
Honda SA is on a mission to get all of
the local tracks up and busy again, with
a monthly focus on the MX tracks and
what they offer. This month, we took
the Trek out to Smoking Pistons in the
Brian Capper joined the fun on his
Honda 450R – and we invited a special
guest, Darryl Hancock on his big Five
Hunny two stroke to rip some laps….
Darryl is somewhat of a collector of all
things Honda. He picked up his CR 500
two stroke the bike as a rebuild project
3 or four years back. The engine is a
fully refurbished ’91 model. He used the
bike a bit and the frame gave in – so he
sourced an ’07 frame and built what you
It is one hell of a bike – the younger guys
were really impressed by how fast it is –
even by todays standards.
As often happens with these old smokers,
the spark plug gave in – so the guys from
Honda gave Darryl a 450RX to play with.
He was so complimentary about that bike.
“Man it’s strong! The suspension is
amazing – I can go flat-out from the start!
I’m not even sure how the MX bike might
be better than this…”
About the track:
We asked Darryl how often he rides….
His answer: “Whenever she lets me!”.
Anyone who has been in the bike game
for a while will remember the mad Quad
MX meets that used to happen. Back then,
Smoking pistons (Back then, it was called
Zumbugs track), was a favorite haunt for
the Quad MX guys – and we covered lots
of features on these mad individuals.
Fast forward a few years – Quad MX is no
more and the track now hosts some of the
most kick - ass two wheeled events on the
Not too much has changed, they have a
lekker lapa where you can kuier, Braai some
wors rolls or grab a bite to eat. Safe parking
for spectators and teams. And quads are still
Twelve years ago, the Mostert family took
it all over (this is national Racer – Dylan
Mosterts home track . The track is tight, with
lots of spectacular corners and jumps – they
make sure that the track is prepped and
watered for competition.
We were out on a Wednesday –
and we were so impressed at how
many bikes were buzzing around
and practicing for the upcoming
inland event – (See our feature on
the Inland race series).
Smoking Pistons motocross dirt
track and junior track is situated
on the corner of Swartkoppies
road and Klipriver drive in
The MX track is open to the public
and they host amateur racing
events for adults and juniors.
Facilities available at Smoking
pistons: Change rooms with toilets
and showers, Braai Facilities,
Seating Area, Childrens’ play area,
Restaurant and Bar.
Fast forward a few years – Quad MX is no
more and the track now hosts some of the
most kick - ass two wheeled events on the
Not too much has changed, they have
a lekker lapa where you can kuier, Braai
some wors rolls or grab a bite to eat. Safe
parking for spectators and teams. And
quads are still welcome…
Twelve years ago, the Mostert family took
it all over (this is national Racer – Dylan
Mosterts home track . The track is tight,
with lots of spectacular corners and jumps
– they make sure that the track is prepped
and watered for competition.
We were out on a Wednesday – and we
were so impressed at how many bikes
were buzzing around and practicing for the
upcoming inland event – (See our feature
on the Inland race series).
Smoking Pistons motocross dirt track and
junior track is situated on the corner of
Swartkoppies road and Klipriver drive in
The MX track is open to the public and
they host amateur racing events for adults
and juniors. Facilities available at Smoking
pistons: Change rooms with toilets and
showers, Braai Facilities, Seating Area,
Childrens’ play area, Restaurant and Bar.
Contact Details for Smoking Pistons:
Tel: 072 911 1220
“Go big or go home!”
Luc Ackermann has smashed the twelve-year-old world record
with the most motorcycle backflips in 30 seconds!
In doing so Ackermann surpassed his idol, American legend Travis
Pastrana, a record had lasted for nearly twelve years.
For three weeks he practiced one backflip after the other on his
training ground in Niederdorla. On July 12, this year, he headed to
the first dirt hill.
Nine backflips within 30 seconds would have been enough to take the
world record, but the Thuringian FMX athlete wanted to stake his claim.
His goal: ten backwards somersaults in 30 seconds…
The reigning FIM world champion mastered one backflip after the other.
After landing the 10th mini flip, the watch stopped at 28.95 seconds!
Luc Ackermann had improved MX legends Travis Pastrana’s decade
plus reigning record by two somersaults, an incredible 10 flips in 28.95
But this is not the first time that this kid has made history. In 2017 he
became the youngest athlete to ever pull off and land a double backflip.
With his jump on 3rd October in the Austrian village of Piberbach, at just
19 years old, he became the youngest motorcyclist ever – and the first
German – to pull off a Double Backflip.
For the world record to be officially recognised he had to land safely on
a sand piste. An elaborate ramp was built to stage the latest milestone
in the history of this extreme sport.
Luc began by doing the double backflip into freestyler Gerhard Mayr’s
foam pit on 2nd October. He had practised the jump with cushioned
landing at his training site in Niederdorla. On 3rd October the young
Red Bull FMX rider upped the stakes, landing this time on an airbag.
Late in the afternoon he was ready for the big one. After ten jumps onto
the airbag, Luc executed a perfect double backflip onto dirt. The world
record was his.
Luc Ackermann (born on 6 of January of 1998 in Mulhouse ) is
a German freestyle motocross rider .
Not only was this German the youngest athlete ever to perform
a backflip on a motorbike, but he’s also considered as one of
the biggest rising talents in FMX, with a bright future ahead.
He just keeps pushing himself to the next level. He handles his
bike like an old pro, and is learning new and harder tricks all
He was brought into motocross sports by his older brother
Hannes Ackermann . In 2005 began his first steps in freestyle.
Ackermann started directly with Freestyle. A year later, performed
his first back flip.
In 2013, he joined the legendary Travis Pastrana on his Nitro
Circus Germany Tour.
In 2014 at just 16 years of age he achieved the best ever finish
at a Red Bull X-Fighters event by a German rider when he
finished fourth in Munich.
There’s still a lot to come from Luc Ackermann – watch this
The Motul Pedal car just in case you
Beginners got trained up in the basics
before getting on the bikes.
The bevvy of Honda Mounted
Women on Two Wheels
that she had only started riding bikes at
40. Since I have also recently hit that
milestone, and in the spirit of life beginning
at 40, I wanted to try something new and
more daring than my other hobbies. My
husband is a keen motorcyclist, and this
has been something I’ve wanted to share
with him, but until now the fear factor was
just a little too much for me,”
admitted Adilia. “
Now that I’ve had this great experience, he
can look forward to some company on his
weekend rides,” she added.
An Iconic Experience for
Motul is one of those companies
that really focusses on the
motorcycle industry – and not only
sells product – but also invests a lot
in our favourite pastime.
Sean Hendley went along to have a
look at their latest initiative…
Pics by ZCMC
On Saturday 22 August, Motul South
Africa demonstrated its commitment
to the ideals of Women’s Month and
the #IconicWomen campaign. In
partnership with Honda South Africa,
the Motul team hosted a LEARN TO
RIDE A MOTORCYCLE day at ADA
Training and Outdoor Centre.
This event was a natural follow-on to
the nomination of Motul’s own Mercia
Jansen as part of the #IconicWomen
campaign developed and managed by
Shelby South Africa and Road to Race.
“As part of this campaign, we have
each created an opportunity for
women to participate in something
that we’re passionate about. My love
of riding is something that I have
always wanted to share with other
women – hence the LEARN TO RIDE
A MOTORCYCLE day’” explained
Mercia Jansen, Motul Area Manager
for Southern and Eastern Africa.
“I have loved seeing all the videos
and photos from our day – the ladies’
beaming smiles made it clear how
much fun they were having, while
the pride and encouragement from
their partners and families made the
experience even more special,” she
Adilia Joubert, one of the participants,
reported that she was excited to
have had the chance to learn to ride
machines that had previously seemed
“I was inspired by Mercia revealing
Mercia Jansen, Motul Area Manager for
Eastern and Southern Africa was the
organiser of the event.
Throughout the day, the ADA Training and
Outdoor Centre in Hartbeespoort, North
West Province, echoed to whoops of joy
as the lady riders grew in confidence and
began to experience the feeling of freedom
that motorcyclists often refer to. There
was a real sense of camaraderie between
the women and their partners, while the
atmosphere at the venue contributed to a
successful day for all the novice riders. A
big thank you to Honda SA for supplying
the bikes and allowing the attendees – the
riders and their partners - to test out all the
The very talented Brian Capper was
on hand to assist and support the
ladies during their training, as were the
professional trainers supplied by ADA
Training and Outdoor Centre. The children
who had come along to watch their Moms
in action also got to enjoy the pedal cars
provided by Motul. The sight of women
riding bikes while husbands, brothers and
uncles pushed the kids up and down the
Izelle Hoffman takes her cue from one of
Brian Capper shows his prowess on a
grass in the pedal cars was exactly
the kind of role-reversal moment that
the #IconicWomen campaign aims to
The training session was followed by
lunch, with sparkling wine supplied by
the Boschendal Wine Estate.
“As a racing car driver, I was delighted
to have the chance to swap my usual
four wheels for just two,” enthused
Shelby SA/Road To Race’s National
Marketing Manager Paige Lindenberg
– the lady who first conceived the idea
of the #IconicWomen campaign.
“The professionalism and patience
of the trainers meant that we all felt
comfortable enough to push ourselves
a little more each time we got onto the
bikes,” added Paige.
Jacky (back) and Josh (front) v d Merwe
show their support.
The more advanced ladies negotiate the cones.
Adilia Joubert comes to grips with a new skill.
Mercia and Paige reflected on
how successful the #IconicWomen
campaign has been in building
women’s confidence and inspiring them
to break down stereotypes that may
previously have discouraged them from
trying the kind of new experiences that
have traditionally been seen as “maledominated.”
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Ladies gathered for their training.
Mr Capper showing Mercia how to wheelie. By
the end of the day she was doing it herself.
ADA instructor Elrich walking the ladies through the excercise.
Riaan from Honda SA.
Some of the ladies were a little bit more
Gee Whizzz, this learning to ride business
requires a lot of energy.
When we popped into the Sherco shop
in Pretoria the other day, we saw this
one standing on the showroom floor. It’s
been a while since we last rode it – so
we asked if we could take it away for a
Thinking out of the box is the
catch phrase with most European
manufacturers. French manufacturer
Sherco built this baby for riders to
improve on their (extreme) riding skills.
This from Sherco: “With a fuel tank capacity
of 7 liters and excellent fuel economy the
X-Ride can take it’s rider for a long distance
without having to refuel. With a ground
clearance of 325mm the X-Ride allows
you to overcome obstacles of considerable
size with ease. It has a total weight of only
92.5 kg.” the ligt weight is due to Sherco’s
minimalistic approach… There are no
heavy extras to be found, kickstart, no
battery basic lightweight engineering.
“The X-Ride is not a race bike, but it draws
from all of the vast experience that Sherco
has gained in Trial, Enduro and Supermoto.
Away from the race track and racing
aspects, the X-Ride is able to satisfy any
desire for adventure, whether it is riding on
narrow single track, complicated trials type
riding or on fast tracks. It is even versatile
enough for use on city streets.” Yup it’s
actually roadworthy in Europe – however
we would certainly not like to try it in the
Kyle thought he was Wade Young after a few minutes
We were not need to be overly cautious
because this is a very pre-owned model
that already bore several battle scars.
The obvious comparison would be with a
trials bike. But’s not a Trials bike. It’s a bit
larger and it has a seat. It is ridiculously
slender and soft with a barrel full of
torque all the way from the bottom.
Because it is so small you tend to try
your luck between every narrow rock
and canyon that you can find. The torque
makes it really simple to slowly hoik
the wheel up and over just about any
rock. The suspension is pretty soft – so
you get a lekker comfy ride – and if you
do happen to get it wrong, the bike is
light enough to manually maneuver out
of trouble. But to be fair, with a bit of
practice, you really should not get stuck
Who is this one for?
Novice riders who want to learn
on a safe, easy to ride motorcycle.
Experienced riders who want to hone
their technical skills. Young kids getting
into the enduro game. Once they
understand the application, they will love
it! Just ask the Dirt And Trail rugrats…
This one is from Sherco SA:
Tristan learning to pivot turn
As soon as the kids notice any bike in
the garage, they are considered fair
game. While we were toiling away in the
office, we heard several kicks and grunts
and a small capacity two stroke engine
coming to life. It was twelve year old Kyle
hijacking the X-Ride. He tore off to the
other side of the plot so that dad could
not catch him. When Tristan heard the
commotion, he was dressed and ready
and the boys spent the afternoon looking
for obstacles to conquer.
Kyle absolutely loved the bike. “Dad!
It’s so light and strong, like my MTB
with a big engine. And it’s so easy
to ride!” Tristan on the other hand in
typical teenage fashion was not overly
impressed. His first comment was – “Well
it’s not very fast…” (He is on a YZ125X).
We patiently explained to him what the
bike is actually made for and the penny
dropped. HE then spent the rest of the
afternoon wrestling with his brother to
tackle obstacles, practicing his pivot turns
and bouncing all over the place.
He loved every second.
His comments “It’s so easy to ride! Light and
predictable. A great bike to learn on
for sure. I like the fact that I can put my feet
on the ground when I stop.” After a short
while with lots of stops and starts, he started
playing a bit and the wide grin said it all.
When we got to out rocky koppie, he was
kicked off and we pointed it slopes and
terrain that is usually pretty challenging on a
The beauty of a bike like this is the fact
that you do everything slowly. It’s got
lots of low down torque and no real
powerband – so the kids soon had all
kinds of obstacles set up. A log turned
into a challenge. A lintel became a single
spoor jump. When mom saw them
trying to get the bike UP the steps of
our tree house – she intervened. But it
did make for a pretty cool photo… The
conversation was quite interesting about
parental responsibility and stuff. The
Foley Family blamed our regular dirtbike
and everything tester Kyle Lawrenson fair
Even the Trailer become an obstacle
The following day, we gave it to our
new appy photographer (who has never
ridden off-road before), and made him
ride it the short distance out to the rocks.
Seriously, Stefan had a little Aprilia road
bike, but he has NEVER ridden off-road.
INLAND MX Pics by Dirt Life Photography
The first Inland MX Championship race since lockdown.
15th August Terra Topia. Round 4.
Making Motocross Great Again!
The Inland MX series is a great collaboration between several
national track owners. ERORA on the East Rand, Terra
Topia in the North, Dirt Bronco in the West, Smoking Pistons
in the South of JHB. Other tracks include Capricorn raceway
in Limpopo, Manna MX Track in Mpumalanga and BORC
in Bloem. Plans are afoot to include some of the Natal and
other Freestate circuits in a more inclusive inter provincial
championship for 2021.
It is obvious that racers are completely fed up with being
locked down. For the first event since regulations started to
relax – 182 eager riders and their crews made the groot trek
out to Northern Farms to blast some dirt.
A fantastic day all round for the biggest MX Series in SA.
Guys and girls – this is the feeding ground for future champs
– and that is where the focus lies. Putting fun back into racing
without the politics that spoil a great event.
Racing got off to a late start on the day due to an impromptu
inspection by one of the government departments. Everyone
found this a bit odd because it has never happened before.
Section 214 of the fire act or something similar…
The green light was given, the gates dropped and racing
Sadly many of the national racers were not present or allowed
to race. It’s always great to have them along because
the youngsters really look up to them. But Tristan, Jesse,
Dalton, Dylan and Kayla among others were all competing,
giving advice, signing magazines and having a good time!
The next one is at ERORA for round 6 on the 12th of September.
The inland mx committee thanks everyone for the support of
this race series!
For more results and info: www.womza2wheels.co.za
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Jessie Wright put on a
great show for the Out
Of Africa MX team.
Jadene De Lima all the
way from KZN.
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Tristan Purdon - a class
The Young Blood gang
hit the track.
Ladies making their
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Kayla Raaf on her KX.
Young Damien Venter gets some air..
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had a chat with them about their
is accurate? Has every service been
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Have there been any factory recalls - and
were they done?
Thus, an extended warranty is a good
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panel from a small tip over
or stone chip that has been
• The owner’s manual is
available as is the Service
history, (be it the service booklet
and/or invoices to as proof
• It has been given the full FIU!
Now listen to this:
The quality check includes having
an oil sample taken and tested at an
approved laboratory for aluminium
content, (excessive engine/bearing
wear indicator), carbons, fibres and a
whole host of other things which will
allude to the state of the valves, rings,
clutch and etc, so as to ensure
We have never heard of this before.
Great idea! Once a quality check and
oil sample have been performed, a 2
year service and mechanical plan
Peace of mind.
Basically what you are hoping for when
buying a pre-owned motorcycle, an
assurance that you are not buying a
lemon. Obviously things can still happen.
It is impossible to accurately predict the
life span of electronics and such - it is a
used bike after all. Then, we get to their
third category and the one we are most
interested in as Fire It Up!’s reputation
speaks for itself on the first two.
3. Fire It Up 2nd
• These bikes are traded in
and are often in perfect
condition but may have
an unknown service
history meaning the owner may
have done some of the servicing
himself or had a mechanic mate
do it after hours and a panel
may need repair here and there.
• These bikes are always offered
at a substantial discount, so
there is a plus for the cash
• They are aimed at customers
who love to fix, customise or
perfect the bike themselves to
their own taste.
• All of these bikes are in running
condition and more often than not
are indistinguishable from their
“Quality Pre-Owned” in a lot of
Donovan Fourie will do a semi regular feature
on some of the delectable used motorcycles
out there. This month in RideFast, he bumped
into a very desirable motorcycle in Fire It Up’s
premium collection, the Ducati 996 SPS Pista.
By Sean Hendley.
As a general practice most used
motorcycle dealers put all there stock on
their showroom floor and are sometimes
a bit vague about disclosing the full
history or condition of their stock. So,
unless you as the customer or buyer are
really clued up about the finer ins and
outs of motorcycle maintenance, repairs
and engine condition you would need to
do a huge amount of research on that
motorcycle using the VIN number or
But even then where do you begin?
Who do you go to find out all the details
of said motorcycle and even if you do by
some far off chance, how can you know it
And the list of questions goes on and on.
More often than not, as is the case with
any pre-owned vehicle a whole bunch of
latent and unforeseen defects can creep
in a few months down the line. Yes, you
do have recourse through the CPA, but
that is such a ball ache that you really do
not want to go that route as it very often
costs you more money in legal fees
To cover themselves, many dealers insist
that you take out an extended warranty.
They only have the word of the seller to
go on as far as the pre-owned bike is
concerned and what their mechanics can
determine without stripping the whole
bike down to its bare nuts and bolts.
Craig and his team at FIU! tell us that
they have done the homework for you
and have some very nice packages on
offer that make a whole lot of sense when
buying a pre-owned motor cycle and in
some instances, will even include an
extended maintenance plan.
They have had a good, long and
hard think about this and have taken
a different approach right from the
beginning of the process and this is to
protect you as well as them, while still
giving you a great, clean deal.
And it all starts with the way they
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How many of you lot started on
Currently in our workshop, we
have two that are being lovingly
refurbished so that another
youngster can fall in love with
the sport. Usually, our first call
for bits is to PW Parts who
stock and distribute just about
everything that you need…
They have just come up with a
fork innovation for the older PW
models. Neil told us all about it:
Buy a second hand Yamaha
PW50 and chances are pretty
good that the forks are badly
damaged and in need of
replacement. The forks on the
PW50 up to 2017 were a very
rudimentary system of spring,
bush and grease , no real
dampening or oil in the forks, and
this was one of the weakest points
of a PW50.
In 2018, Yamaha addressed this
issue and upgraded the forks
from 22mm to 26mm, but more
importantly , the newer forks
are proper little oil filled forks
with better spring rate and oil
dampening. This makes the bike
so much more enjoyable to ride
for the little guys, and instills more
confidence in the rider.
PW Parts stocks both the older
22mm and newer 26mm forks
for direct replacement, however
the challenge has been to offer a
solution to upgrade the older bikes
with the newer upgraded forks.
PW Parts has developed a billet
triple clamp set so that the older
bikes can benefit from the better
26mm oil filled forks,
The top clamp is designed to be
able to fit the standard handlebars,
or they have designed bar clamps
so that you are now able to install
proper 22) ‘‘8/7mm) Pro Taper MX
handlebars to the bike.
This then allows an upgraded
throttle body, lever set, kill switch
The handlebar upgrade can also
be done on the standard triple
Peewee Parts stocks everything
needed for the fork upgrade, or
the handlebar upgrade, or both…
Plastics, Decal kits, carb kits,
suspension, cables, levers…
everything PW. www.pwparts.
co.za firstname.lastname@example.org, or call
081 813 5017
Completed with New Clamps and forks
New Clamps allow for better bars
New fork in the triple clamps. Old and New Forks
PRO FIM 140/80/18
The new Geomax EN-91 is Dunlop’s answer to the needs of
FIM enduro competition. To conquer the ever more challenging
conditions riders have to face in today’s off-road racing,
Dunlop has designed a completely new tyre. From the tyre’s
contour and overall architecture, to the tread compound,
the pattern or block arrangement, no stone was left unturned
to make sure Dunlop riders have the most versatile fitment
Designed from the ground up, the Geomax EN91 is designed
specifically to be more versatile across a wider range of
riding conditions offering a significant increase in outright
performance in dry, wet and mixed conditions with enhanced
feedback and compliance that boosts bike control and the riders
confidence to push the limits through the vastly increased
versatility and terrain coverage courtesy of Hex Shape Blocks
and Tilted Crown Blocks, contributing to greater grip thanks
to more biting edges which also gives improved durability on
the tyre and better rider comfort.
The new Dunlop EN91 enduro tyres are road-legal so
suitable for FIM competition and trail riding and as such that
means Dunlop’s only road legal enduro design in their range.
Here in South African we all know and are familiar with the
AT81 … So, What is the difference between the EN91 and
As an off-road competition tyre the AT81 doesn’t have to
comply with the FIM Enduro regulations. The rear knob
height for the Geomax AT81 is 16.7mm, whereas the Geomax
EN91 complies with the 13mm FIM limit.
Although an all-rounder in terms of its ability to work in different
grip conditions, the AT81 tyre construction is closer to MX
and Rally-type tyres than to European-style FIM enduro patterns.
That means more consideration is handed to heavy-duty
use and durability,
The EN91 has therefore shorter tread depth but is has more
“give” in the construction and is designed to grip better, improve
handling and perhaps cope better with the more varied
Another difference is the sizing: EN91 complies with ECE 75R
sizing for off-road tyres, whereas AT81 follows the usual NHS
off-road tyre sizing. In terms of physical width an AT81 120/90-
18 is identical to a 140/80-18 in EN91.
From its inception the Geomax EN91 was designed to help
maximise grip across a range of terrain but in particularly rocky
and unpredictable surfaces – in short to perform well when the
tyre is deforming and working hard. Dunlop’s ‘Casing Tension
Control System,’ incorporated into the construction design,
“improve compliance on bumps and improves the feedback to
the rider” Dunlop explains.
“Tilt Crown Block” technology was developed for the new
EN91 rear tyre to help provide higher grip on hard terrain, such
as rocks. Dunlop says the tilted blocks “improve terrain bite,
aid directional stability and increase traction by forcing rocks
and dirt to gather around the centre of the crown blocks.”
Durability is important of course and Dunlop say the new
compound has increased shearing resistance but does not
compromise performance. By using a high-performance compound,
Dunlop has also been able to “significantly improve the
rebound properties of the tyre.”
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are the greatest peeps!
Aletta Theron received the devastating
diagnoses of cancer on the 24th of
She then underwent three sessions of what they
call the “Red Devil” treatment and thereafter,
twelve sessions of chemotherapy. After
completing six chemo treatments, the results
of Aletta’s scan indicated that the cancer was
gone! This was incredible news and Aletta then
completed her last 6 sessions of chemo.
As expected, the chemo took its toll on her health
and general well-being, yet she always remained
brave and never complained.
On Saturday, the 15th August, a group of
lady bike riders decided to celebrate and
acknowledge Aletta for her courage and strength
of character. The ladies came together from
various parts of our beautiful country – Boksburg,
Rivonia, Pretoria, Fourways and even all the way
from Middelburg, to surprise Aletta. The riders
met at Total Garage on Atlas road to start the
morning with a Mugg & Bean cappuccino and to
plan the surprise meeting. It was then that two
ER24 ambulances pulled into the petrol station
and began chatting to the ladies and admiring
the beautiful -2wheel machines.
Once they heard Aletta’s story and the reason
for our gathering, they did not think twice and
decided to join in our mission to show Aletta
that she is special and admired by all of us for
her bravery and courage. Stephan Schoeman
from Pick ‘n Pay Farrarmere, donated the most
beautiful bouquet of flowers and pot plants to
hand over to Aletta. And what a surprise she got!
The arrival of the bikers and two ambulances
ensured that there was not a dry eye in sight.
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The heartfelt emotions that were shared that day
by one brave lady, seven lady bike riders and
four ER24 paramedics will be cherished forever.
It was a brief encounter yet it will stay with Aletta
everyday of her life going forward. One small,
random act of kindness showed Aletta that the
world is filled with love, care and support, at a
time when she least expected it.
“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act
of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no
logical end.” – Scott Adams
We are not fond of doom
and gloom in this here
publication – but man –
there is something rotten
in the state of SA.
ATV and motorcycle theft
really seems to be on the up
and up at the moment. In the
last month – we have had
three families in our small
group of riders hit - and their
Never mind stolen – lifted over cars and
bakkies – often leaving lekker gash marks
and dents in the vehicles that the bikes are
lifted over. And it would appear that in all
cases, the bikes were targeted – because
nothing else in the garages were touched.
The worst is that in some cases – dogs
have been poisoned – bloody terrible.
We have been in this game for a long time
and the bike theft thing seems to come and
Stolen Dirt bikes and Quads
A frien dly
go in stages. Off road vehicles are relatively
soft targets because most of them are
unregistered and are, therefore not easy
to trace. There is a popular theory that the
vast majority of quads stolen in SA end up
in Mozambique – we have heard of people
who have found their bikes while on holiday
there and have been unable to retrieve
them for whatever reason…
Many are stripped for unrecognizable parts
locally – I had a ZX 1100 road bike stolen
a few years back when I parked it outside
the old JHB Post office. Eventually I found
my bike minus frame and engine casings,
in pieces at a dealer in the middle of JHB.
That dealer has closed long ago – so we
don’t want to get you speculation on who it
was etc – that guy has moved out of SA. He
had purchased the parts from a well known
mechanic at the time – so thought that the
bike was a legitimate deal…
We chased that mechanic almost to the
ends of the earth and have not seen him
since. But – how much of this goes on
If you do buy used parts – ask for a receipt –
that way it will never come back to bite you on
the butt. If you buy a frame – you can check
that it is not stolen through police clearance
– same with a complete motor or bottom end
casings. On a frame, you can ask for a police
clearance – if the seller is reluctant, rather
look for something else.
Toys are not as cheap as they used to be with
top of the line dirtbikes over the 100k mark .
I think that we have all resigned ourselves
to the fact that if they want something, they
are going to steal it. But, fortunately – or
unfortunately there are various ways that you
can protect your assets – other than the usual
home security, electric fencing, rottweilers, etc
etc. We cannot guarantee that they will work
– but every bit kinda helps…
When you park your bikes or quads look
out for any suspicious looking people or
vehicles lurking around. Look out for “battle
signs” near your house – apparently when
the police came to investigate one of the
thefts – they identified battle signs at the
one guys house – these could be anything
– a piece of rubbish on the lawn, cold drink
tins leaning against each other – who
knows – but clean up anything that should
not be there…
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TRAILER RENTALS AND SALES.
Unload your bikes:
from the trailer. It is easier just to tow a
trailer away than loading individual bikes.
Keep the machines out of sight:
If they can see them from the street, you
are looking for trouble… Keep the good
stuff out of sight.
Chain the bikes up:
Guys like Oxford products manufacture
all sorts of locks, chains and Anti Theft
devices. Once again – nothing is infalliable,
but the longer it takes these swines to get
the bike or quad out, the more chance you
have of catching them in the act.
Linex Yamaha: (011) 792-9999
Rig the garage with an alarm:
Even a piece of fishing twine connected
to some noisy tins or your big toe in the
bedroom… seriously – go to any security
shop – they sell sensors that set of a
remote alarm as soon as the door is
opened. That will give you time to grab
the baseball bat or Knobkierrie and dish
out some punishment. There are plenty
of sophisticated devices from beams to
sensors – chat to your security specialist.
We contacted A local company – Security
network (011) 425-2270 for an idea on
costs to rig the garage. The bits to do it –
motion sensor, sensor on the door, power
pack with battery, siren and all the cabling
comes to just on R5000.00
There is an additional charge for installation
– dependant upon how much work is
Fit a tilt switch to the bars:
This costs almost nothing. If you are
even vaguely mechanical you can do
it yourself – rig a mercury switch inside
your handlebar on a circuit to a hooter
or alarm on the bike. A mercury switch
consists of a sealed glass tube containing
two unconnected electrodes and a small
amount of liquid mercury. As long as
the liquid metal remains on the opposite
end of the tube, the electrodes remain
disconnected and no current will flow. Once
the tube is moved past a certain angle,
however, the mercury will pool between the
two electrodes and a connection is made.
The result is electricity flowing through a
completed circuit. Once the liquid metal has
returned to its original position, the electrical
current stops immediately.The moment the
bars are moved, the mercury closes the
circuit, sending current to the alarm, which
screams and, hopefully sends the would-be
Even if it doesn’t, it should be loud enough
to rouse even the heaviest sleeper.
Insure your bikes:
OK – we know that it makes not too much
sense to insure a cheapie – but chances
are good that the scumbags are not after
those. Insurance takes the sting out of the
theft and helps you get back on the road…
We have heard of guys stringing bikes right
up on the ceilings, but that seems like a
lot of PT. Theft is a great pain in the butt
and we reckon that there is a very special
place in hell for bike thieves. They rank with
rapists and child molestors in our books...
Tip of the month:
Park your bike in the lounge. It’s a great
conversation piece. Your other half will
Selling a bike? Wait until the money
CLEARS in your account before you
release it. Even very experienced dealers
are being caught out by scamsters. Call
your bank to confirm.
Lock your bikes up. Don’t leave them
standing around outside for the world to
Alarm on the garage door. The moment
someone opens the garage the alarm
goes off and lights go on. Link it to your
armed response company.
Alarm on the bike. The moment
someone moves the bars, an alarm goes
off. Chat to your dealer.
Disc lock on the bike. Not infallible but
you get the ones with alarms and if they
bypass that, they still need to carry the
bike out. Disc lock alarms are stocked by
gas Junky - www.gasjunky.co.za
Do cameras work? Ummm we are not
so sure. Unless you are actually awake
and watching the monitor. You might get
footage after the fact but unless the person
looks at the camera without a hoodie or
balaclava on, chances are good that you’ll
never identify the buggers anyway.
We understand that there is only so much
you can do. We understand that stuff like
this costs money.
Crooks are smart. Look after your baby...
A couple of years ago, Yamaha brought in a couple
of these beastys. We were lucky enough to get a
short ride – and we flippen loved it! We have noticed
that, after an absence of a couple of years, there are
a few knocking around at dealerships like World Of
Yamaha and Linex. Here’s a recap for you lot.
Yamaha basically invented the side-by side market
with their Rhino. Then along came the Viking, but
for years, UTV enthusiasts clamored for a true sport
UTV. Where was Yamaha’s answer to the Polaris
RZR or the Can-Am Maverick?
In 2016 Yamaha responded in the form of the
YXZ1000R, A dune-shredding machine with
acceleration and speed capabilities worth bragging
about. It’s clear that Yamaha’s engineers took time
to really determine how the YXZ could build upon
a sport side-by-side legacy that has already been
established by other manufacturers.
Engine and Transmission
One of the most exciting elements of the
YXZ1000R is its engine. Sporting a triple
cylinder engine, the 998cc engine offers an
exciting ride with an 11.3:1 compression
ratio and a 10,500 RPM redline.
Another first for the industry is the
YXZ1000R’s five-speed sequential-shift
transmission. This places shifting more
completely in the driver’s control, allowing
the YXZ to avoid some power losses that
can haunt traditional CVT systems.
As a result, the YXZ enjoys incredible
acceleration. The transmission employs a
new -21plate hydraulic clutch to ensure that
shifting feels natural and intuitive. You need
to try it – it’s seamless and so much fun!
The YXZ1000R utilizes Yamaha’s On-
Command 4WD for maximum traction in
difficult terrain. It also uses an efficient
drivetrain to ensure that the machine’s
power is transmitted to the wheels in the
most effective manner possible.
Naturally, an effective intake and exhaust
system is necessary to handle the YXZ’s
powerful engine. Two air filters are
employed for high capacity air flow. The
primary filter is foam and strategically
positioned to allow for easy maintenance.
The secondary filter is viscous paper.
To match that, the YXZ includes
245mm disc brakes on all four
wheels for increased stopping
power. Additionally, electronic power
steering (EPS) makes driving the
YXZ easy in a variety of conditions.
The body and chassis design of the
YXZ1000R is all aggression, giving
the machine a unique look to match
your driving capabilities.
Stand out features:
1. Gearbox: The five-speed
sequential transmission really puts
the power and handling in the driver’s
hands. The ability to manipulate the
momentum with down shifting and the
better control of the RPMs between
shifting is just so much fun!
2. Incredible Ride: Top of the line
suspension means a great ride. We
went fast, we jumped whoops and
hit some rough terrain. The YXZ is
a great ride great and can be finetuned
to your riding preferences.
With adjustable FOX 2.5 Podium RC2
Shocks and ″16.2 front
travel and ″17.0 rear travel, you can
really put the suspension to work!
The overall ride is enhanced with a
comfortable, roomy cockpit finished
out with a soft durable seat. We are
not small guys and the cockpit felt
roomy and comfortable. The rider
position is just right – high enough to
give great visibility but low enough
to handle the center of gravity. The
shoulder guard on the driver’s seat
adjusts with the forward and rearward
sliding of the seat. The seat belt
has an optional lowered chest strap
setting for shorter riders and much
3. Attention to Detail:
Exactly what you would expect from
a high end machine… Yamaha was
really focused with this machine. Not
only did they push the envelope with
the three-cylinder engine and fivespeed
sequential transmission, but
they did all the little things right too.
The composite full-bottom skid plate
has all of your maintenance areas
accessible, making changing your oil
easy with no need to remove the skid
plate. The wheel and dash tilt together,
keeping your gauges in perfect view
rather than just tilting the wheel. The
cargo box has a waterproof container
for protection from the elements.
Man we dug around for the pics when
we last tested this machine and came
up with a blank.
Please Yamaha – if you do make a
demo – you have our number.
The YXZ1000R is available in standard
and SE models. Go and have a look.
They are mighty impressive.
At a glance:
At a glance
• Sport-Shift paddle shifters
• Compact, high-powered
-3cylinder 998cc engine
• Fast clutchless shifting
• New gear ratio -5speed
gearbox with reverse
• Easy-to-operate launch
• Recalibrated FOX® 2.5
Podium RC2 Single Spring F&
• 29'' Big Horn tyres on 14'' Alu
Both filters can be replaced without tools.
The exhaust system utilizes equal-length
triple header pipes and a center-mounted
baffle tuned to capitalize on the engine’s
Body and Suspension
To complement the engine and
transmission, the YXZ1000R includes
state-of-the-art Fox ″2.5 Podium RC2
shocks that absorb whatever is thrown in
their way. The front shocks extend above
the hood, offering a unique look that
enables the YXZ to fully take advantage of
Red Hot Products
Developed by South African Enduro Experts.
There is a new range of Motorcycle care products on the
market by Red Hot, straight out of Benoni.
They delivered some of their goods to our offices, told us
to use them and to give feedback...
Not included in this is their foam filter cleaner - we have not
used it just yet, so we'll tell you about that in next months issue.
But we have used their other two products:
Red Hot Bikewash...
We used their bike wash on the the New KTM's... always a risk
with a new product, because we have used products that leave
streaks on aluminium.
No problem. Simple - spray on with a garden pump. If the dirt
is thick, let it soak for a bit - and then spray off with a high
pressure washer. It works great - and the bikes came out
looking as new as when we collected them. We also tackled
dirty two-stroke oil build-up on the Sherco and were pleasantly
surprised that it all came off without needing to scrub.
Great product, strong, without hurting your bike. And for milder
dirt you can dilute first.
Red Hot Spray Foam Cleaner:
Here is something new and it works. We use our lids more than
anyone out there - and to be fair, they do get kind of manky
after a bit. Without being too specific - sweat, sunblock and
dust are not great blends for hygiene...
Red Hot makes this Foam cleaner in an aerosol. It is a mild
detergent that smells like lemon that you spray onto and into
your helmet and boots.
Allow it to soak in - and wipe it off, rinse under a tap and allow
your stuff to dry. We love it! Fresh, great smelling and gentle
on your helmets paintwork.
We have seen the product making its way into quite a few of
Trade enquiries are welcome - or www.redhotproducts.co.za
SA’S MOST LOVED
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3: REFUEL INTELLIGENTLY
After a ride you need to refuel with clean nutrient dense
foods. Don’t think you will lose weight faster if you don’t eat.
Instead, you won’t recover properly leaving your system weak
and your immune system low.
Similarly, indulging in fast food thinking you have earned it is
as smart as filling your bike with dirty fuel when the tank is
empty. At this time more than ever your body needs optimum
nutrition to clear out all the ‘debris’ remaining from energy
production as well as to start to ‘patch you up’ where your
muscles and other organs are worn down. Avoid dairy and
breads, rather have complex carbohydrates such as sweet
potato, butternut or spinach with a protein of your choice and
some healthy fat such as avocado or olives.
4: WAIT BEFORE YOU DRINK ALCOHOL.
The biggest mistake we see riders make is to have an
alcoholic drink straight after a long ride. Alcohol is an ‘antinutrient’
and an absolute killer for your body when it is craving
healing nutrients. You can expect cramps, if not immediately
then later in the day or evening. Not to mention the speed
at which consuming alcohol while in a nutrient deficit will
pack on the extra fat storage around your tummy. We are not
saying don’t have an alcoholic drink after a ride, but before
you do, make sure you have hydrated properly and have
enjoyed a recovery meal, never before.
At Base Fit we are committed to keeping you informed
so you can make the right choices for sustainable health
and fitness. I trust you found these points helpful. Mandy
Thomas, Base Fit.
* For more information on our programs visit www.basefit.
co.za * For questions relating to this article mail me at
email@example.com * For motivation and inspiration follow
Mandy Thomas Base Fit Five Thirty Club on You tube.
Tricks that Work.
With COVID and the national lockdown many
of us have become a bit more portly thanks
to great home-cooked meals. Not ideal for
going fast on a motorcycle…
We ride a lot – but we don’t lose weight… Whats
The peeps from BaseFit have shared a few ideas
on how to lose some of that couch potato, Netflix
overload extra weight….
You ride because you love it. Not only does riding
have immense health benefits for your mind, but
it is also a great way to burn calories. A lot of
calories. What may baffle you is that if you burn
so many calories when you ride and you ride fairly
regularly, why does it not seem to make you skinny
over time, or worse as the months go by you still
gain weight? That’s because there is a catch!
The weight that you lose after a long ride is not only
fat weight. All those calories you burn up may also
be coming from muscle break-down. Dehydration
also makes you feel temporarily slimmer and
lighter. Don’t be fooled!
Rather hold your horses before you
give yourself permission to indulge in
calorie dense food thinking you have
First, understand and apply the
following 7 weight-loss principles to
maximise fat burning during and after
1: NO SUGARY DRINKS BEFORE
Thinking you can down a sugary drink
before you ride is a rookie mistake. If
you want your body to be effective at
using up quality ‘fuel’ for your ride by
tapping into your stored fat cells, don’t
load your system with junk before you
leave. Forget the Sweet stuff and other
so called ‘sport drinks’ and replace
them with nutrient dense vegetable
juices such as beetroot and carrot.
You get great options at Food Lovers
already blended for you. Might sound
Gross, but you will get used to it – and
2: STAY HYDRATED
Did you know that your body needs water
to burn fat? So the more dehydrated you
get, the more difficult it is for your system
to convert your stored fat into fuel. To
prevent dehydration you need to drink
before you get thirsty. Now while riding
mild dehydration can happen very quickly
not only though the increased energy
demand but also thought sweating,
so sipping regularly on a balanced
electrolyte mix will keep you in fat burning
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R nineT Scrambler R204,400
G 310 GS R81,400
F 750 GS R179,400
F 850 GS R188,900
F 850 GS Adventure R223,300
R 1250 GS R263,000
R 1250 GS Adventure R288,900
Multistrada 950 R207,900
Multistrada 950 S R253,200
Multistrada 1260 R232,000
Multistrada 1260 S R284,700
Multistrada 1260 Enduro R283,400
Multistrada Pikes Peak R345,300
Multistrada Grand Tour R312,900
Sixty 2 Scrambler R119,500
Icon Scrambler R144,900
Full Throttle Scrambler R172,900
Classic Scrambler R164,900
Desert Sled Scrambler R187,900
1100 Scrambler R199,900
1100 Scrambler Special R216,900
1100 Scrambler Sport R230,900
Africa Twin 1100 Manual R210,000
Africa Twin 1100 DCT R229,499
Africa Twin 1100 AS Man R236,000
Africa Twin 1100 AS ES R269,000
CRF250 Rally R77,999
CRF250RX 19 R105,999
CRF250RX 20 R116,600
CRF250R 19 R98,900
CRF450RX 19 R110,999
CRF450RX 20 R122,100
CRF450R 19 R109,999
CRF450R 20 R121,000
TC50 mini R44,699
FC Rockstar 2019
701 Enduro R141,699
701 Supermoto R141,699
Versys-X 300 19 R79,995
Versys-X 300 20 R85,995
KX85 BW R54,995
Brute Force 300 R74,995
Mule SX 2×4 R145,995
Mule SX 4×4 R179,995
Mule PRO-MX 4×4 R209,995
Teryx 800 ESP LE R299,995
50 SX R43,999
50 SX Mini R43,999
65 SX R52,999
85 SX R65,999
SX-E 5 R58,999
125 SX R85,999
150 SX R89,999
250 SX R97,999
250 SX-F R106,999
350 SX-F R110,999
450 SX-F R112,999
450 SX-F FE R126,999
150 XC-W TPI R104,999
250 XC TPI R121,999
250 XC-W TPI R122,999
250 EXC Six Days TPI R130,999
300 XC TPI R126,999
300 XC-W TPI R127,999
300 XC-W Six Days TPI R136,999
300 EXC TPI ERZBERG R141,999
250 XC-F R122,999
250 EXC-F R122,999
250 EXC-F Six Days R129,999
350 XC-F R124,999
350 EXC-F R124,999
350 EXC-F Six Days R133,999
50 XC-F R127,999
450 EXC-F R127,999
450 EXC-F Six Days R135,999
500 EXC-F R129,999
500 EXC-F Six Days R136,999
FREERIDE 250 F R101,999
390 Adventure R85,999
790 Adventure R181,999
790 Adventure R R194,999
790 Adventure R Rally R273,999
1290 Super Adventure S R241.999
1290 Super Adventure R R249,999
690 Enduro R R159,999
690 SMC R R159,999
V85 TT Evocative E5 R234,850
V85 TT Travel Pack R249,850
EGL Madix 250cc R38,990
EGL Madix ATV 125cc R15,999
MXR 180 - MX R24,990
STX250 - Enduro R32,999
Thumpa 70cc R9,499
Whiz Kid 70cc R9,499
XP 125cc R11,999
XP Stomper 125cc R12,999
SE 125 Racing 2T R99,000
SE 250 Racing 2T R129,400
SE 300 Racing 2T R132,700
SE 125 Factory 2T R109,900
SE 250 Factory 2T R137,300
SE 300 Factory 2T R137,900
SC Cross Country 125 2T R112,300
SC Cross Country 250 2T R135,400
SC Cross Country 300 2T R133,600
SE-F 250 Racing 4T R132,300
SE-F 300 Racing 4T R134,200
SE-F 450 Racing 4T R138,600
SE-F 500 Racing 4T R139,800
SE-F 250 Factory 4T R142,700
SE-F 300 Factory 4T R145,000
SE-F 450 Factory 4T R149,100
SE-F 500 Factory 4T R147,700
SE-F 455 Factory BAJA 4T R198,900
ST125 Racing R93,900
ST250 Racing R112,500
ST300 Racing R112,900
ST300 Factory R115,900
X-Ride 290 R90,700
All pricing correct as at time of publishing, but may vary due to exchange rates etc.
All pricing correct as at time of publishing, but may vary due to exchange rates etc.
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SD 650T R132,572
SD 650 X R132,572
RS 300 R R111,198
RS 500 R R121,950
Tiger 800XCX R186,000
Tiger 800XCA R205,000
Tiger 900 Rally CN7 R192,000
Tiger 900 Rally Pro CS7 R215,000
Tiger 1200 XCX VN3 R226,000
Tiger 1200 XCA VS3 R260,000
YFM350 Grizzly 2x4 R114,950
YFM350 Grizzly 4x4 R124,950
YFM450 Kodiak 4x4 R149,950
YFM450 Kodiak 4x4 EPS R164,950
YFM700 Grizzly R214,950
YFM700 Grizzly SE R229,950
YFM700 Raptor R199,950
YFM700 Raptor SE R209,950
YZ250 2 Stroke R99,950
YZ250X 2 Stroke R99,950
All pricing correct as at time of publishing, but may vary due to exchange rates etc.