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<strong>FEB</strong>RUARY <strong>2021</strong><br />

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Intro. Keeping the wheels turning...<br />

This month has been a bit frenetic to say<br />

the very least - it seems as though - even<br />

after last years lockdown, the motorcycle<br />

industry as a whole took awhile to hit first<br />

and get going.<br />

But our team put fire under saddles and<br />

managed to get together all sorts of<br />

interesting stuff that you need to know - and<br />

indications are that <strong>2021</strong> is going to be great!<br />

Sad is the fact that we know of so many<br />

people who have contracted COVID, are<br />

battling against it and who have lost loved<br />

ones to the disease.<br />

It’s a very real thing. Do the social distancing<br />

thing and look after yourselves.<br />

Of course, the best way to social distance is<br />

on your bike - so go forth and ride a lot!<br />

AND - if YOU own or know of an interesting<br />

bike out there - please get in touch! We’d love<br />

to feature it in the magazine.<br />

Who knows? We might just make you<br />

famous!<br />

Have a great Feburary. Be lekker!<br />

Feedback queries, etc -<br />

foleyg@mweb.co.za<br />

Look up Black Rock creative studio on<br />

facebook for AMAZING photographs and<br />

contact details if you want your bikes<br />

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<strong>FEB</strong>RUARY Issue <strong>2021</strong><br />


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Kawasaki back to cross country<br />

racing:<br />

This is big news, it’s great to see other brands<br />

finally making their way back onto the startlines.<br />

Hopefully, we’ll get the opportunity to ride the<br />

new bikes soon – and we’ll tell you what we think.<br />

by Motorsport Media<br />

Kawasaki South Africa returns to the South<br />

African National Cross Country Motorcycle<br />

Championship in <strong>2021</strong> following a lengthy<br />

sabbatical. Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul<br />

Racing will enter a full nine-machine team in this<br />

year’s championship.<br />

“We are proud to confirm that Kawasaki<br />

Motorcycles South Africa is returning to the<br />

National Cross Country Motorcycle<br />

Championship from <strong>2021</strong> with Pepson Plastics<br />

Kawasaki Motul Racing,” team principal Iain<br />

Pepper confirmed. “We would like to extend a<br />

huge word of thanks to Chris and Kibble from<br />

KMSA for putting their faith in us to bring the<br />

Kawasaki brand back to the startline following a<br />

long sabbatical from the sport.<br />

“We are also pleased to have Motul on board<br />

as a major sponsor, along with great support<br />

from Bikewise with Pirelli, Arai helmets, Renthal,<br />

Acerbis, DID chains and SBS brakes. “Our riders<br />

will be protected by the best kit from Fasthouse<br />

SA and the Margie Smith training facility will keep<br />

the team fit, sharp and strong.<br />

“Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul Racing will<br />

compete across the various SA National Cross<br />

Country classes with promising pair Dartagnan<br />

Lobjoit and Craig Alcock racing in the open class<br />

OR1 on the all-new KX450XC.<br />

The experienced Taki Bogiages and Kyle<br />

MacKenzie will be the men in green in<br />

competitive OR3 aboard two KX250XCs, while<br />

Lee Thompson is our man in the Senior class.”<br />

Iain Pepper will represent the team in Masters.<br />

“We also have a competitive Junior line-up with<br />

Jake Pretorius and Clayton Human in 85cc and<br />

Dylan Human in the 65cc class.”<br />

The reborn Green Team will be racing Kawasaki’s<br />

brand new built for cross country <strong>2021</strong><br />

KX250XC and KX450XCs based on its ’21 KX<br />

motocross machines. Both benefit specific XC<br />

tuned electric start engines with MotoGP derived<br />

finger follower valve technology and plug-andplay<br />

engine mapping for precision tuning via the<br />

KX FI Calibration kit.<br />

Five-speed XC models get cross-country gearing<br />

for their close-ratio gearbox, a light and direct<br />

feel hydraulic clutch and traction control. XCtuned<br />

Showa suspension on the 450 and KYB<br />

forks on the 250 is cross country ready, as are<br />

larger diameter brakes and optimised wheels<br />

with an 18” rear and cross country tyres. The XCs<br />

carry over the narrow KX frame with adjustable<br />

handlebar and foot peg positions, minimalistic<br />

bodywork and add a side stand and skid plates.<br />

Kawasaki has a rich history of Cross Country<br />

Racing success in South Africa with legends the<br />

likes of Alfie Cox, Neil Woolridge, Chris Brand<br />

and others riding the green machines to great<br />

effect over the years. “Now Kawasaki is back<br />

and the Pepson Plastics Motul Racing team is<br />

ready to paint the South African National Cross<br />

Country Championship green,” Pepper<br />

concluded. “Let’s go racing!”<br />

Watch this space…<br />


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prosthetics, compression therapies, bracing and supports that make a real difference to people’s mobility.

Win a custom sticker kit for<br />

you and your loved one…<br />

The guys from RobertCo, the custom sticker guys<br />

are running a very cool valentines day promotion<br />

and it’s easy to win so don’t be a lazy ass!<br />

This is open to anyone in SA – and the kits will be<br />

delivered to you by the Courier guy.<br />

• Take a pic of yourself and your loved one<br />

any dirtbike or adventure machine. Keep<br />

it tidy and be creative!<br />

• Send it along to foleyg@mweb.co.za<br />

• If it’s good – we’ll publish all of the entries<br />

in the March, April and May issue.<br />

• Winners will be announced in our June<br />

issue<br />

Calling all<br />

ALL ADV Riders<br />

Gyppo Work Tuesday<br />

is back.<br />

It’s time to tell your Boss to take a<br />

hike on Tuesday the 16th of<br />

February. Dirt and Trail magazine<br />

will be hosting another weekday<br />

adventure ride – this time from The<br />

East Rand out to the republic of Val.<br />

And Suzuki South Africa is bringing<br />

along their DL1050 V-stroms for you<br />

to take for a spin.<br />

All welcome - It’s always fun – very<br />

chatty and informal with easy routes<br />

and some more techy stuff for those<br />

who would like a more interesting<br />

stuff. And you’ll have a great day<br />

out in the country with a lekker<br />

lunch.<br />

And chances are excellent that<br />

you’ll get your photo into the magazine.<br />

Details:<br />

foleyg@mweb.co.za<br />


<strong>2021</strong> EKS Brand LUCID<br />

Goggles are here:<br />

Man we do love this brand. The designs are always<br />

exciting and innovative and dirtbikes are all about<br />

that cool look, while using safe, practical products.<br />

This from EKS Brand “The new LUCID goggle<br />

range is characterized by clear perception. It<br />

has been created from over 35 years of R&D,<br />

experience, passion, and evolution in the goggle<br />

business. As the world evolves, so does clear<br />

vision and the need to see in the most demanding<br />

situations. The new LUCID goggle will progress<br />

vision and goggle function to the maximum with its<br />

XDO, (Xtreme Definition Optics) lens technology.<br />

The XDO lens is injection molded from the highest<br />

quality impact resistant polycarbonate material for<br />

zero visual distortion.”<br />

Great fit and so stylish. The Goggs are making their<br />

way to your local dealer as we type this.<br />

Leatts new 4.5 Enduro Boots<br />

arrive:<br />

It feels as though there are literally hundreds of<br />

boot brands on the market at the moment and Leatt<br />

enters the fray with their new 4,5 midrange enduro<br />

boot.<br />

Features include:<br />

Great fit even for wide feet.<br />

Closure: SlideLock system, Auto-locking one way<br />

sliding closure for seal at top of boot.<br />

Polymer composite buckles with Over-lock<br />

system and stainless steel base.<br />

Bike Grip: Inside of boot is flat and grippy for great<br />

bike feel.<br />

Toe-Box: Low-profile, for easy gear shifting.<br />

Ankles: Heel grip ankle design for stability when<br />

riding on your toes.<br />

Sole: Enduro pattern for grip when pushing your<br />

bike.<br />

DualZone hardness.<br />

Extended foot peg riding zone for arch and on the<br />

toes riding style.<br />

Steel shank reinforced and CE certified.<br />

Inner Liner: Breathable mesh 3D liner with anti-slip<br />

reinforcement for zero heel lift.<br />

Making its way into dealerships…<br />

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• Rugged DYAD frame, double-injected to our race proven POLYFLEX face-forming inner frame<br />

• FLOAIR ventilation system with moisture channel • 20mm thick, 3D molded, multi-stage face foam<br />

• FORCEFIT outrigger system • 45mm ultra-wide woven strap with silicone traction control<br />

• XDO injection molded lens • WAVELATCH quick-change lens locking system • XDO lens features hard coat & anti-fog treatment<br />

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Available at selected dealers nationwide

Bike Tyre Warehouse<br />

keeping the wheels turning…<br />

The BTW Group have been busy sourcing stock<br />

and securing deals with international suppliers<br />

for a wide range of products from brake pads,<br />

brake disc’s, chain & sprocket kits, batteries,<br />

aftermarket adventure bike accessories, wheel<br />

& spoke kits and a wider range of tyre related<br />

accessories.<br />

Off Road Cycles news<br />

New Year, new stock new faces … it’s all happening<br />

at Off Road Cycles, the busiest motorcycle<br />

shop in Pretoria. Lucindy joins the team,<br />

bringing a bit of glamour to the mob.<br />

Whether you need to book your bike in for a<br />

service, tyres and etc. or if you are in the market<br />

for some lekker new kit, Lucindy is the lady to<br />

call. And speaking of new kit, they have just<br />

unpacked a truck load of new SIDI and FORMA<br />

boots, new ARAI helmets, riding suits, jeans,<br />

Boss man Bruce reckons, “… due to the ever<br />

growing national retail foot print we are finding<br />

there are different product needs in different<br />

regions, as well as different price scales. So we<br />

have looked at these requirements and based<br />

our developing product ranges on regional<br />

market demands.”, basically Bruce and his team<br />

are listening to the buying public and are finding<br />

better ways to best serve the motorcycle market.<br />

Head down to one of their 5 stores around the<br />

country, to find the one nearest to you go to<br />

www.biketyrewarehouse.com<br />

whatever you need they have got it or can get<br />

it fairly quickly. Boss Man, Conrad personally<br />

oversees the day to day running of the workshop<br />

and does all the specialised work himself.<br />

From engine rebuilds and engineering, shockrefurbishments<br />

and even specialised welding<br />

and electrical work, there is nothing they can’t<br />

do. Visit them at 22 Blesbok Ave, Koedoespoort,<br />

Pretoria or give them a call on 087 808 3649 or<br />

087 808 3650 or you can Whatsapp them on<br />

082 823 4714 or email to<br />

info@offroadcycles.co.za<br />

Tork Craft’s new glove range.<br />

Budget gloves for the work<br />

shop, and offroad riding.<br />

Tork Craft now has a comprehensive range that<br />

covers all these markets at very affordable prices<br />

what’s more and they look pretty cool.<br />

The guys from Tork Craft are avid Motocrossers<br />

and they have been instrumental in developing<br />

the kit. The Blue Air Mesh and the Spandex Red<br />

gloves are ideal and on a par with anything out<br />

there. Testers were very impressed, with the<br />

range. The palms are reinforced and padded and<br />

the closures are on the bottom side which makes<br />

a lot of sense. One cool thing on the red ones is<br />

the terry cloth on the back of the thumb which is<br />

handy to give your goggles a quick wipe on the<br />

fly, or even to wipe away sweat when you stop for<br />

a break.<br />


Sho! Sho! Sho! Cape Town is super<br />

busy with more and more motorcycle<br />

stores opening, seemingly almost on a<br />

daily basis. Our lady in the Cape, Lorna,<br />

has been run off her feet trying to<br />

keep up with everybody. If she has not<br />

made it to you yet and you would like a<br />

mention in our magazines please give<br />

her a call or drop her a mail and she will<br />

definitely drop in for a chat. Also ask<br />

her about some of our great advertising<br />

rates and social media exposure rates.<br />

Here are some of the great bike shops<br />

she has visited on the Peninsula<br />

They have been designed by multiple SA<br />

Motocross legend, Ryan Hunt, who certainly<br />

knows about good gloves after his 30 years of<br />

racing and his recent comeback after a 10 year<br />

layoff, to attempt to win 3 SA National titles over 3<br />

decades.<br />

They fit very comfortably, are very reasonably<br />

priced and offer an impressive value for money<br />

package. Tork Craft also offer “Work” and “All<br />

Purpose” gloves which are great for anything<br />

from working in the garden, the workshop to<br />

working on your motorcycle, these are made more<br />

robustly and offer great protection and a good grip<br />

on tools.<br />

As you may be aware Tork Craft is a leading<br />

brand of accessories in the Vermont Sales<br />

operation and are available at all leading<br />

specialist stores countrywide for more information<br />

talk to your retail outlet or<br />

www.vermontsales.co.za -<br />

Trade enquiries welcome


ENDURO RRP R9450 (incl VAT)<br />

Now, we all like a really good looking pair of<br />

boots that really offer quality construction and<br />

excellent protection, and the Forma Predator 2.0<br />

have a really cool name to boot …<br />

(snick! … ‘scuse the word play). Not only do<br />

they have a cool name and really look the part<br />

but they are also jam packed with all the latest<br />

technology and at a price that is reasonable.<br />

Here are some of the specifications on the<br />

Predator 2.0’s:<br />

PU and microfiber material upper; Moulded<br />

and adjustable front plate; Personalized extra<br />

grip Enduro/Adventure compound rubber sole;<br />

Moulded front panel; Dual Pivot F.C.S. (Flex<br />

Control System) with anti-torsion and double<br />

rear stop; Elevated TPU flex and traction<br />

resistant Ergonomic Dual Pivot connector;<br />

Injection moulded plastic protections; Safety<br />

double density rear PU flexor with cushioned<br />

inserts; Ultra shaped double density heel cup;<br />

Reinforced lateral-bottom insert to better support<br />

the entire Dual Pivot F.C.S.; Incorporated back<br />

and side air intake windows; Fitted flexible<br />

collar to keep out mud and debris; Personalized<br />

rubber heat gripper inserts (also on Dual Pivot<br />

connector); Adjustable double Velcro closure;<br />

Replaceable/adjustable aluminium articulated<br />

“Evo Security Lock” buckles; “Security Lock”<br />

strap holder; Personalized Zama toe cap; Highly<br />

resistant and breathable inner and quick-dry<br />

lining (black); Personalized and thermoformed<br />

upper inner lining (red); Polyurethane nylon<br />

reinforcements; Soft polymer padding with<br />

memory foam; I.N.&F.S. (Incorporated Nylon &<br />

Fiberglass Shank) midsole; EVA padded<br />

anti-bacterial replaceable footbed with A.P.S.<br />

(Air Pump System)<br />

At your dealer or www.dmd.co.za<br />

Cape Bike Travel - Rentals –<br />

Tours – Workshop,<br />

Triumph Dealer.<br />

Cape Bike Travel has been renting out<br />

motorbikes since 2005. Situated at 125<br />

Buitengracht Street they offer a large fleet of<br />

latest BMW, Harley-Davidson and Triumph<br />

motorcycles for long and short term rental.<br />

Also available for rental are panniers and topboxes,<br />

GPS units as well as rider gear. They do<br />

arrange motorbike tours from 1-14 days through<br />

South Africa and Namibia with different guided<br />

and supported as well as self-guided options<br />

available. They also arrange several off-road<br />

riding courses and track days every year. The<br />

Workshop is open to all makes of motorbikes and<br />

being in the city centre offers the convenience of<br />

a “while-you-work” service to commuters.<br />

The mechanics have wide experience with all<br />

major brands as well as in racing. The Workshop<br />

does stock a wide variety of spares, tires and<br />

accessories. You can visit Cape Bike Travel at<br />

125 Buitengracht street, Cape Town or you can<br />

give them a call on 021 424 5013 or drop them a<br />

mail at info@capebiketravel.com, They are also<br />

your point of call for anything Triumph in Cape<br />

Town as they are the agents for Triumph on the<br />

Peninsula.<br />

www.gasgas.com<br />

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Please make no attempt to imitate the illustrated riding scenes, always wear protective clothing and observe the applicable provisions of the road traffic regulations!<br />

The illustrated vehicles may vary in selected details from the production models and some illustrations feature optional equipment available at additional cost.

Craig’s Motorcycle Fitment<br />

Centre – Parow.<br />

“The trusted name in motorcycle tyres in Parow.”<br />

This shop is massive with a huge range of<br />

accessories, parts and a proper workshop.<br />

These guys Carry a huge stock of tyres across<br />

all the popular brands. They fit and balance all<br />

tyres purchased from them for free using the<br />

correct tools to make sure all nuts and bolts are<br />

re-torqued properly and they include free chain<br />

cleaning, lubing and tensioning as part of the<br />

deal. Their friendly and knowledgeable staff are<br />

also happy to give you a free assessment on the<br />

condition of your chain, sprockets, brake pads<br />

and discs and etc and they are also quite happy<br />

to source whatever you are looking for.<br />

Visit them at 79 Voortrekker rd, Parow, Cape<br />

Town or give them a call on 021 939 8916.<br />

Mad Macs opens a<br />

second store in Cape Town<br />

This is Mad Macs’ second dealership in the<br />

Western Cape, having branched out from<br />

Somerset West to Cape Town. They are very<br />

active in the racing scene and they organize<br />

and participate in lots of adventure rides. Led<br />

by some industry legends Rob Cragg, Stewart<br />

Thom, David McFadden & Harry Clifton.<br />

official Dealers for ‘Suzuki’, ‘SYM’ & ‘Kawasaki’;<br />

They also trade in Pre-Owned motorcycles,<br />

do scooter rentals, sellaccessories,<br />

spares and parts and have a very experienced<br />

mechanic managing their Workshop.<br />

Shop 10, 2 Long Street, Cape Town,<br />

City centre<br />

021 488 9997 wafieka@madmacs.co.za or<br />

k@MadMacsCityCentre<br />




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•PU and microfiber material upper<br />

•Personalized extra grip Enduro/Adventure compound rubber sole<br />

•Dual Pivot F.C.S. (Flex Control System) with anti-torsion and double rear stop<br />

•Elevated TPU flex and traction resistant Ergonomic Dual Pivot connector<br />

•Safety double density rear PU flexor with cushioned inserts<br />

•Reinforced lateral-bottom insert to better support the entire Dual Pivot F.C.S.<br />

•Incorporated back and side air intake windows<br />

•Fitted flexible collar to keep out mud and debris<br />

•Replaceable/adjustable aluminum articulated “Evo Security Lock” buckles<br />

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AS WORN BY<br />

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•Highly resistant and breathable inner and quick-dry lining<br />

•Personalized and thermoformed upper inner lining (red)<br />

•Polyurethane nylon reinforcements<br />

•Soft polymer padding with memory foam<br />

•I.N.&F.S. (Incorporated Nylon & Fiberglass Shank) midsole<br />

•EVA padded anti-bacterial replaceable footbed with A.P.S.<br />

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Motorcycle World Cape<br />

Town:<br />

Motorcycle World is one the oldest and most<br />

well know Motorcycle store in Cape Town.<br />

Established in 1993 and more than 28 years of<br />

experience in the Industry. They claim to have a<br />

huge client base stretching all over South Africa<br />

& beyond. Their clients are like family and have<br />

been dealing with them from Grandfather to Son<br />

and now Grandson`s. They offer a large range of<br />

clean pre-owned motorcycles from Sport,<br />

Adventure and Cruisers.<br />

No Limit Quads<br />

No Limit Quads is situated in Kuilsriver in the<br />

northern suburbs of Cape Town. It was established<br />

in May 2006 by owners Jan and Salome<br />

Du Plessis and continues to be run as a family<br />

business. Although No Limit Quads is a small<br />

enterprise it is driven with a lot of passion and<br />

commitment to their customers as far afield as<br />

Namibia. No Limit Quads as the name would<br />

suggest specialises in Quads of all makes and<br />

sizes.<br />

Finance is available through all the major banks<br />

with their onsite F&I. Their store also has a big<br />

range of riding gear and apparel and they have<br />

recently added an online store. They have a fully<br />

equipped workshop for all services and repairs<br />

and their parts department carries a wide variety<br />

of spares. Situated at 220 Voortrekker Road<br />

Parow Cape Town where you are more than<br />

welcome to pop in for a cup of coffee and a chin<br />

wag or you can find them on the net at www.<br />

motorcycle-world.co.za you can also call them<br />

on 021-9305917 and chat to their sales<br />

executive Ryan Neves.<br />

As the business and their customer base expanded<br />

they had to cater to a bigger market.<br />

Currently they are a official dealers for South<br />

African Motorcycles (Pty) Ltd, housing brands<br />

like BIG BOY, JONWAY and GOMOTO. They<br />

also offer a workshop ready to work on all makes<br />

of motorcycles and quads as well as a wide<br />

array of spares, tyres and consumables. Visit<br />

them at 44a Van Riebeeck Road, Kuilsriver,<br />

Cape Town or contact them on 021-9035985 or<br />

0835824947 or e-mail them on<br />

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Why the name Flying Brick?<br />

The story BEHIND the name….<br />

Back in the day, Suzuki, Yamaha, Honda and<br />

Kawasaki ALL had water-cooled 4 cylinder bike<br />

motors and BMW was under pressure to bring the<br />

same to its home market (…and the World!)<br />

BMW thus approached Peugeot for help with a<br />

car-based 4 cylinder water-cooled motor; Peugeot<br />

had an unused development model sitting ‘on the<br />

shelf’, but had no plans for it, BMW took over the<br />

development, and then the designers rotated it 90<br />

degrees to fit into a bike frame! It was NOT what<br />

the Germans were wanting, was something of an<br />

“ugly duckling” and was ‘affectionately’ known as<br />

the “FLYING BRICK” … OK, UN-affectionally!<br />

Chris owned a Café’d BMW K100, the original<br />

‘Flying Brick’, so the name has always resonated<br />

with him. At the same time he developed a luggage<br />

bag, dual compartments; a mentor helping<br />

out with design input commented it looked like<br />

an Air Brick (used in building…), and again, the<br />

name ‘Flying Brick’ stuck.<br />

Why open a motorcycle accessory store?<br />

They never actually wanted to Retail because<br />

“Its bloody hard work!” Chris, however needed an<br />

outlet to display his newly designed Flying Brick<br />

Luggage System and an opportunity presented<br />

itself inside a Yamaha store in Cape Town.<br />

No sooner had he started; when other requests<br />

came in for alternative soft luggage items and<br />

accessories and the need to supply, and just<br />

maybe be better and bigger was triggered! So the<br />

little monster was born and 9 months later, they<br />

then moved into their own premises; surrounded<br />

by complimentary businesses and the area is now<br />

affectionately known as Gasoline Alley. 10 years<br />

on, the business employs 8 people, and it has<br />

expanded twice since it started. This is their 10th<br />

full year in business, and to celebrate ,they will be<br />

re-designing their logo for some products/items,<br />

and this redesigned logo should provide some<br />

smiles/laughs! Watch out for it around mid-year!<br />

They have a FITMENT CENTRE where they fit<br />

whatever they sell, they have a qualified motorcycle<br />

electrician on call for installation of after-market<br />

electrical/electronic items, such as indicators,<br />

hooters, GPS’s, etc. They cater primarily for the<br />

Adventure Market, with some overflow into road/<br />

scooter and commuters.<br />

They are also an EXPERIENTIAL Store: you<br />

can TRY the spotlights out, you can borrow a<br />

windscreen spoiler for 72 hours, free-of-charge,<br />

you can try out their comfort seat cushion – their<br />

emphasis is on DO touch!<br />

If you are on the peninsula experience Flying<br />

Brick Motorcycle Accessories for yourself at 8<br />

Shropshire Street, Paarden Eiland, Cape Town<br />

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THE <strong>2021</strong><br />


Honda 1st and 2nd. Was it just us or was Dakar<br />

hype a bit less than usual this year? We have no idea<br />

why – maybe COVID, maybe we were a bit Dozier that<br />

usual (OK that was it), but compared to previous years<br />

– there was just so little in the way of expectation and<br />

excitement. And that’s not due to the race at all – this<br />

years edition was loaded with excitement, drama and<br />

heartbreak as those amazing people slogged it out up<br />

there. To us it felt as if it was missing something…<br />

But there is so much to write about and so many<br />

things to tell… have a read.<br />

At a glance:<br />

• Argentine Honda rider Kevin<br />

Benavides won the motorcycle<br />

race.<br />

• Chilean duo Francisco Lopez<br />

Contardo and Juan Pablo<br />

Latrach Vinagre’s Can-Am took<br />

light car honours.<br />

• Argentine Yamaha rider Manuel<br />

Andujar took the quad win.<br />

• Dimitry Sotnikov, Ruslan<br />

Akhamdeev and Igliz<br />

Akhmetzianov led a crushing<br />

all-Russian Kamaz 1-2-3 in the<br />

Trucks.<br />

• Stéphane Peterhansel’s 14th<br />

win at the Dakar tore<br />

up the record books.<br />

Honda did it for the second year running:<br />

This year, Honda put two bikes on the<br />

podium. Fantastic! It was an awesome<br />

race and the athletes were awesome to<br />

watch. After the final stage, the overall<br />

rankings in the bike category were Kevin<br />

Benavides taking the win with Ricky<br />

Brabec in second, both from Monster<br />

Energy Honda Team powered by Motul,<br />

and Sam Sunderland in third from the<br />

Red Bull KTM Factory Team.

It does not matter what brand you support –<br />

we reckon that every single South African was<br />

rooting for the Kalahari Ferrari Ross Branch.<br />

He really took the fight to the guys flying the<br />

Yamaha flag high – and mark our words – there<br />

is a win in him sooner rather than later. We were<br />

all devastated when mechanical issues put him<br />

out of the race.<br />

The guys from Motul SA invited us to join them<br />

for a live link to Dakar a couple of days before<br />

the race ended. It was quite fascinating to<br />

wander through the pits and pose questions to<br />

riders, team managers and some of the Motul<br />

Technicians.<br />

If you did not know – Motul has a test facility<br />

at Dakar and quite a few other major events<br />

around the globe where teams can submit any<br />

oil samples for analysis and advice. We chatted<br />

to the guys about some of the breakages – and<br />

they indicated to us that in their opinion, faulty<br />

and dirty fuel was to blame for many of the<br />

engine failures.<br />

In a world where everything is becoming mobile, you should be too!<br />

Honda’s Massive Year:<br />

Honda factory rider Kevin Benavides won the<br />

rally this year, with teammate Ricky Brabec<br />

in second. A couple of other Honda riders<br />

were in the hunt until the final stages. It’s a<br />

big change from South American days, when<br />

riders like Paulo Goncalves and Joan Barreda<br />

would put in solid riding but were let down<br />

by their machinery. This year, Honda had no<br />

bike problems. The combination of new team<br />

management and careful mechanical updates<br />

is really working. Benavides becomes the first<br />

rider from Argentina to win the Dakar Rally in<br />

the motorcycle category, with the only other<br />

triumph for the nation coming in the Quad<br />

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Word out there is that Honda might cut its team budget.<br />

Barreda is rumoured to be considering retirement after a<br />

head injury, so Honda might save some money there, by<br />

replacing him with a new rider on a smaller contract. We<br />

hope that the Honda team can stay competitive, it has<br />

been awesome watching them take the fight to the giants<br />

that have dominated this event for so long. Honda gave<br />

established and up-and-coming riders a different option<br />

for a properly-backed factory ride.<br />

The winners have also shaken European domination –<br />

Benavides is an Argentine, Brabec is an American… Dakar<br />

will get a boost in those continents thanks to these guys.<br />

KTM had it tough…<br />

This is racing for you. Things started off badly when<br />

Matthias Walkner lost his clutch in the sand dunes in Stage<br />

2. He managed to finish the stage, but in any normal year,<br />

the hours he lost would have ruled him out of contention<br />

for a top-10 finish.<br />

That was tough, but it got worse when their top ranked<br />

rider Toby Price Picked up a massive tear in the sidewall<br />

during the first part of the marathon stage during stage 7,<br />

almost knocking him out. The consummate professional<br />

went on to finish second in Stage 8 on that damaged tyre.<br />

But it all ended in stage 9 when he crashed and did his<br />

collar bone…<br />

Laia Sainz on her Gas Gas<br />

When he went out, Sam Sunderland and rookie Daniel<br />

Sanders were KTM’s best hope for a podium. Sunderland<br />

finished a very respectable third, an amazing result is you<br />

consider all this guys past injuries. The Red Bull KTM rider<br />

had the unenviable task of opening the final road from<br />

Yanbu to Jeddah after winning Stage 11 and suffered as a<br />

result, finishing 13 minutes off the pace of Brabec in 12th<br />

and losing out to the American for second place overall by<br />

02m17s.<br />

Sanders finished fourth on his first outing. This is a guy to<br />

watch.<br />

Walkner managed to finish ninth overall.<br />

Kalahari Farrari Ross Branch<br />

Brian Baragwanath and Taye Perry<br />

A busy Yamaha workshop

KTM loves to win, and they didn’t get it right this year, but<br />

watch this space…<br />

Sanders seems to be the real deal, and if Price, Walkner and<br />

Sunderland all return next year, that’s a list of Dakar royalty.<br />

Any one of them can win. The wind just needs to blow in<br />

their favour.<br />

Sad Times For Yamaha:<br />

Up front, Yamaha looked really good. Jamie McCanney, last<br />

year’s top rookie was back, along with Adrien Van Beveren<br />

and Franco Caimi. And there were two significant additions:<br />

Andrew Short moved over from the Husqvarna factory<br />

team, and our own Kalahari Ferrari, Ross Branch came on<br />

board, moving from Bas Dakar.<br />

Bad fuel stopped Short short. Terrible luck at any event.<br />

Later in the race, all of Yamaha’s other riders were forced<br />

out due to mechanical problems. The rules around engine<br />

maintenance have changed since South America where<br />

top riders were more likely to take the time penalty for a full<br />

engine swap. Now it seems that the engines just don’t hold.<br />

We hope to See Yamaha Japan step in with more funding<br />

and development.<br />

As we understand it, at the moment, Dakar is all up to<br />

Yamaha France – and they are competing against full<br />

factory backed teams. Yamaha does have the money to be<br />

successful in Dakar’s ATV segment. They won it again this<br />

year, so the mother corporation has the ammo. Maybe it<br />

just needs to fund the team with money from Japanese HQ.<br />

Other bits: We told you about this last year when we<br />

covered Dakar and we knew that it was coming…<br />

The organisers need to slow things down…<br />

Tyres: Flat out, those 450’s are mighty fast, so Dakar officials<br />

included a few new rules for <strong>2021</strong>. Elite riders were limited<br />

to six rear tyres. The idea was to make the riders nurse them<br />

so that they last. To nurse it, you need to ride a bit slower…<br />

Navigation: In the past, the big factory teams employed<br />

“mapmen.” The mapmen would analyse the roadbook for<br />

potential shortcuts, giving their riders ways to shave time<br />

off their day. This year, rule changes saw races only getting<br />

their roadbooks a few minutes before the start of the<br />

stage. The idea was to even the playing fields and it made<br />

navigation just as important as speed and talent. We saw<br />

factory riders frequently losing big chunks of time as they<br />

made nav errors. Now they really need to concentrate…<br />

and this slows things down a bit.<br />

Airvests: Became compulsory for all riders. It makes sense<br />

and we think they are here to stay.<br />

<strong>2021</strong> saw much success from the smaller guys and top<br />

privateers.<br />

• Fourth overall and top rookie went to<br />

Daniel Sanders (KTM). The Australian Enduro<br />

Champion took fifth on Stage 12, just behind<br />

Skyler Howes (KTM)<br />

• Skyler Howes sold everything he owned to<br />

return to Dakar, after his good result in 2020. This<br />

year he finished an amazing 5th overall on the<br />

Bas Dakar team, the top privateer. Someone sign<br />

him up already!<br />

• Lorenzo Santolino put in a great race for Sherco,<br />

finishing in sixth. This is Sherco’s best result.<br />

• Privateer Stefan Svitko finished eighth, riding a<br />

KTM under his own Slovnaft banner, and Martin<br />

Michek took another KTM to 10th overall, for the<br />

Orion team.<br />

• The 50 year old, Botswana legend ‘Kalahari Madala,<br />

Night Rider Mr Teapot James Alexander the Great<br />

completed Dakar <strong>2021</strong> in 64th position. He now has<br />

legions of fans, including us!<br />

• Gas Gas lady Laia Sanz finished 17th overall. The top<br />

lady finisher in her 11th consecutive Dakar finish<br />

Amazing.<br />

2022?<br />

Rumours abound that Saudi’s borders might open and<br />

neighbouring states will welcome Dakar and that would be<br />

amazing for sure! But until the pandemic is over, this is unlikely.<br />

The logistics involved with cross border racing are challenging<br />

to say the least, and until we beat this thing, we cannot see it<br />

happening. We are told that due to COVID restrictions, this years<br />

route was put together mainly through satellite maps. It all<br />

seemed to work out OK. But it’s simply not sustainable.<br />

Dakar by numbers: Some fast facts:<br />

• 104: A total of 310 vehicles lined up on the start line<br />

of the <strong>2021</strong> Dakar. The number was comprised of 108<br />

bikes, 67 cars, 58 UTVs, 42 trucks, 26 classics and 21<br />

quads. By the Rest Day we had already lost 68 of those<br />

machines. Completing the entire 7,646km loop from<br />

Jeddah and back – including 4,767km of timed special<br />

stages – were a grand total of 206 vehicles.<br />

• race vehicles dropped out before the finish, with 19<br />

re-entering the rally under Dakar Experience rules.<br />

• 14: Stéphane Peterhansel’s 14th win at the Dakar tore<br />

up the record books. The Frenchman led the rally from<br />

Stage Two and now has eight victories<br />

behind the wheel of a car to add to the six wins he<br />

claimed in the bike category. Peterhansel now<br />

stands alone as the biggest winner in a single category<br />

thanks to his eight car race wins.<br />

The legendary Frenchman had previously shared that<br />

record with Vladimir Chagin who won the truck<br />

race seven times for KAMAZ. Peterhansel said: “For<br />

sure, it is one or two more records for me. 14 victories<br />

on three continents and also on the anniversary of my<br />

first victory 30 years ago today.”<br />

Although Nasser Al-Attiyah eventually had to settle for<br />

second place overall, he did manage to make<br />

some history of his own. The three-time Dakar winner<br />

is now the only competitor in the rally’s history to win at<br />

least one stage at 14 consecutive editions.<br />

• 18 years (and 118 days) old: New for the <strong>2021</strong> Dakar<br />

was the introduction of the Lightweight Vehicles category,<br />

grouping together T3 side-by-side machines and T4 UTVs on a<br />

single leaderboard. Cristina Gutiérrez of the Red Bull Off-Road<br />

Junior Team won Stage One of the contest to become the first<br />

female stage winner since Jutta Kleinschmidt’s last stage win<br />

in 2005. More history was made when Gutiérrez’s team-mate,<br />

Seth Quintero, won Stage Six. Later that day he found out in the<br />

bivouac that he was now the youngest-ever stage winner at<br />

the Dakar. The 18-year-old rookie doubled down on his historic<br />

achievement by winning Stage 11 as well. Quintero said: “We<br />

came out swinging and proved our point that we’re here to stay.<br />

The Red Bull Off-Road Junior Team is not a team to be messed<br />

with. We’ll be back next year and we’ll be back better.” Coming out<br />

on top overall in the Lightweight Vehicles category were Chaleco<br />

López and co-driver Juan Pablo Latrach Vinagre who picked up<br />

five stage victories of their own.<br />

• 1-2-3: The worst stage result for truck driver Dmitry<br />

Sotnikov at this Dakar came on day 11 when he finished fourth.<br />

The Russian finished in the top three on every other stage and<br />

it was that consistency that handed him his first Dakar win.<br />

Sotnikov became the seventh different Team KAMAZ Master<br />

driver to win the Dakar as he delivered them their 18th title.<br />

Sotnikov said: “I just have no words, only emotions. We have been<br />

moving towards this victory for several years, gradually approaching<br />

it. And now I’m very happy, I’m proud of all the guys.”<br />

Sotnikov was joined on the overall podium by team-mates Anton<br />

Shibalov and Ayrat Mardeev, who finished second and third<br />

respectively. The victory makes it five wins on the bounce for<br />

KAMAZ, a feat they last achieved between 2002 and 2006.<br />

South African crews:<br />

Giniel de Villiers driving with Spanish notes man Alex Haro Bravo<br />

ended eighth after taking a stage win in another Gazoo Toyota Hilux,<br />

while teammates Shameer Variyawa and Dennis Murphy ended<br />

20th.<br />

SA Dakar car rookies, former quad podium finisher Brian<br />

Baragwanath and ex biker lass Taye Perry’s made in SA Century CR6,<br />

starred through the race but were significantly delayed en route to<br />

finish 32nd.<br />

What a race! What a show! Dakar is always a real spectacle!<br />

Roll on 2022.<br />

Daniel Sanders - Rookie of the year


Triumph South Africa<br />

committed to the S.A. Motorcycle market..<br />

In the turmoil of the past 10 months or so there have been<br />

very few good news stories going around. Amongst all the<br />

doom and gloom there is a little company quietly and fastidiously<br />

just getting on with business and steadily getting<br />

stronger each day. Bruce Allen and his team at Triumph<br />

South Africa’s head office and flagship store have<br />

recently gone through a major revamp of the premises and<br />

we popped in for a quick chat and a look around. They truly<br />

do have good reason to be proud. Here are some<br />

interesting stats about Triumph SA, they have doubled their<br />

market share in Johannesburg in the 500cc plus category<br />

since taking over the brand. Within 5 months of opening<br />

their Cape Town store in August 2020, they are back up<br />

to the same market share for 2020 which Triumph had<br />

previously in the Cape. It has been just on 11 months since<br />

launching the all-new Triumph Rocket 3 and an<br />

unbelievable 50 exceptionally happy Rocket 3 owners are<br />

enjoying their machines. Largely thanks to our great feature<br />

on the bikes in RideFast Magazine. The new Tiger 900<br />

(MCN 2020 Bike of the Year), is also seeing impressive<br />

sales – we hope you read our features in Dirt And Trail<br />

Magazine.<br />

On Triumph’s global customer satisfaction ratings, Triumph<br />

SA is proud to be rated in a close second out of Triumph’s<br />

26 global markets. This is testament to their truly customer<br />

centric approach to doing business. In a retracting market<br />

in 2020, Triumph has managed to maintain their sales volumes.<br />

And how have they managed to do that? Well, since<br />

the business started, there has had virtually no change to<br />

the friendly faces. The team has a great working relationship<br />

with each other and with their customers, creating a<br />

welcoming, familiar and friendly environment. Bruce says,<br />

“You will be warmly greeted the minute you walk through<br />

the door by one of the team, they may even catch you in<br />

the parking lot. We have a strong team of skilled, qualified<br />

and attentive technicians in the workshop keeping each and<br />

every Triumph in top running condition”.<br />

Triumph’s steady progress is largely due to truly loyal<br />

customer support, the opening of Cape Town and some<br />

exciting new models. Triumph JHB and Cape Town have a<br />

demonstrator bike for every single model in the line - bums<br />

in saddles sell bikes, and every single one of the brand passionate<br />

team believe that once you have ridden a Triumph<br />

you will be hooked. Couple that with good value for money<br />

and better pricing than you might expect for their bikes<br />

and services, and you have a winning formula. Walking<br />

around the newly revamped store you get a sense that it is<br />

designed to make the shopping experience so much easier<br />

with the clothing and protective wear being incorporated<br />

into the motorcycle sales floor. The brand, being premium is<br />

now being represented correctly, yet it still has that Triumph<br />

familiarity and passion. A lot of brands make the mistake of<br />

becoming too cold and sanitised when they revamp or<br />

modernise their corporate identity or upgrade their dealerships.<br />

Bruce as CEO of Triumph South Africa sits on the sales<br />

floor in a glass walled office and the door wide open and<br />

welcoming, the new workshop is also walled in glass so<br />

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Leather couches, TV’s, a well-stocked fridge, great coffee,<br />

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bit and just absorb the atmosphere and the essence of<br />

Triumph.<br />

Get down to the corner of South & Dartfield roads Eastgate<br />

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The <strong>2021</strong> Husqvarna family.<br />

Husqvarna launches their <strong>2021</strong> team…<br />

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna.<br />

The team is called Rockstar Energy Husqvarna for <strong>2021</strong> and<br />

we were introduced to the guys at a cool, social distance<br />

acceptable introduction a couple of weeks ago.<br />

If there is a brand in SA that is pro-active, this is one of them.<br />

For us it was quite interesting to see the new blood that has<br />

been infused into the team – and it’s great to see some really<br />

talented youngsters being given such a great opportunity for<br />

the <strong>2021</strong> season.<br />

Husqvarna is focused and ready to go racing – and we see some<br />

great results in the pipeline for this season.<br />

• Leading the charge in the Offroad and Enduro segment<br />

is the very affable, hard-working Brett Swanepoel. He<br />

made history last year by winning both the E2 and OR2<br />

and also the overall national Cross Country Champion<br />

ship. An amazing achievement for sure! If you<br />

follow our magazine, you’ll know his<br />

story – despite massive injury setbacks<br />

he blew everyone away…<br />

This year he is biting off quite a lot…<br />

He is Racing 2 classes – national OR1 on his FX450 and national<br />

Enduro, E2 – on his TE 300I He’ll also be competing in the new<br />

Extreme series.<br />

He is joined by two exceptionally talented youngsters who have<br />

kind of – appeared and shaken up the race industry.<br />

Last year, we went along for a little ride with him and were<br />

blown away by this mans talent. And he’s a very likeable guy<br />

on top of all that. He raced for a dealer team last year and<br />

was seconded to the national team for a few of the big races.<br />

He must have impressed, because this year, he got the call<br />

to represent the factory team on his 150I.<br />

• The Third member of the team is Dynamite Davin<br />

Cocker. Davin will race the OR3 championship on<br />

his FC250.<br />

Davin just kind of appeared out of nowhere from an MX<br />

background and took the fight to the big guns last year. He<br />

is very, very quick. This young Zimbabwean is flying Solo in<br />

SA, his parents are in Zambia while he lives, goes to school<br />

and races in JHB. Hard work pays off and he got the call<br />

to go racing with the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team for<br />

<strong>2021</strong>.<br />

Motocross: Two multiple champs in the team…<br />

• In our previous issue’s you see that David Goosen<br />

is back in the hunt with Husqvarna. He is racing<br />

MX1 and MX2 on his FC 450 and FC 250<br />

respectively.<br />

Multiple national champ David, you’ll know is a consummate<br />

professional and one of the unassuming guys in the<br />

paddock. We’ve watched him become one of the statesmen<br />

in the South African MX scene – and he is, absolutely one of<br />

the fastest, most consistent riders out there.<br />

He has a task this year and will be competing in both the MX<br />

1 and MX 2 classes for the season. Based in Cape Town,<br />

he has taken Husqvarnas other national MX racer under his<br />

wing…<br />

• Neil VD Vyver is last years national 65cc champion<br />

and will be racing Pro mini 85 series on his TC 85<br />

big wheel.<br />

Early on, when Neil was racing 50’s, Zygmund Brodalka who<br />

shoots most of our national MX stuff called. “Guys! You have<br />

to watch this kid! He is a future world champ.”<br />

Well if you look at the lighties repertoire so far we think that<br />

he might just be correct… he is a talent to be reckoned with.<br />

Husqvarna South Africa’s Brand Manager Fred Fensham<br />

waxed lyrical, “We couldn’t be prouder of our young Neil.<br />

To be a four-time national champion at 12 years old is an<br />

incredible achievement – we look forward to seeing what the<br />

future holds for him.”<br />

Watch out for this lot – a thoroughly professional outfit for<br />

sure! It’s going to be a great season of racing…<br />

Happiness is... a brand new race bike. Neil VD Vyver.<br />

Mr and Mrs Goosen<br />

• During lockdown, you might have caught our feature on<br />

Young Heinrich Aust. For <strong>2021</strong>, he will be racing national<br />

Enduro E1 on his TE150I. He will also be competing in<br />

the National Extreme Enduro championship.<br />

The ever smiling Brett Swanepoel. Heinrich Aust with his 150i. Davin Cocker

Photo by:Ray Archer (KTM Images)

Rolling into ’21 with 5<br />

MID-SIZE<br />


Adventure bikes are more than just a mode of transport.<br />

Pretty soon they become a lifestyle as you go<br />

in search of the next horizon. Here’s a collection of<br />

smaller adventures that should be on your list of bikes<br />

to buy…<br />

This feature was actually s’posed to happen in our<br />

Jan Issue – but remember all the rain at the end of last<br />

year? It interrupted play something horrible and interfered<br />

with our deadline plans… so we got to see the<br />

new year in at play on some of the best adv trails that<br />

Gauteng has on offer. Most adventure riders know or<br />

have heard about the famous canal roads near harties –<br />

so after another big downpour we decided to head out<br />

that way via some of the back roads that we know.<br />

In SA, generally speaking, the mindset is that bigger is<br />

better. Why buy a 600 when you can ride an 1100.<br />

You’ll never pull chicks on an 850 – rather go with a 1250 –<br />

and so-on.<br />

Look deep inside – and you’ll know that we are correct.<br />

But the simple truth is that:<br />

A – Most (normal) people do not even ride the big bikes to<br />

their full potential.<br />

B – The price of many of bigger machines is putting them<br />

further and further out of the average motorcyclists reach.<br />

Luckily, the manufacturers – well most of them anyway –<br />

know this – and so they make smaller, both in girth – and<br />

capacity bikes that – well everyone can ride and enjoy.<br />

Many might scoff at the though – but most of these bikes<br />

are actually a lot more than the average Joe needs in order<br />

to get out into the great outdoors… and quite frankly, many<br />

of our lot actually prefer the smaller, more manageable<br />

bikes when it comes to riding. Especially in the dirt.

Cycle Technology ccT/A<br />

Our run was around 50 percent tar and 50<br />

gravel with about 10 percent tricky gravel<br />

thrown in for good measure up and down a<br />

rocky pass we know. We had a cross section of<br />

riders from a wannabe Graham Jarvis to a more<br />

conservative predominantly road weekend rider.<br />

We took along 2 pillions in the form of Megan<br />

McCabe from The Bike Show and our own<br />

Stefan – and made them hang on for dear life<br />

as they attempted to get the best shots of the<br />

day.<br />

And what a cool day it was! Roughly 200<br />

kilometres of absolute riding pleasure – and<br />

we would have done more had we not been<br />

delayed by a nasty flat – and a TV camera…<br />

There is a lot to be said for tubeless tyres, we<br />

had to find a tube, find the correct tool, get it all<br />

sorted…. Ok we know we should have<br />

perhaps been better prepared – but carrying<br />

parts and tools for 5 different bikes is an<br />

interesting challenge…<br />

We all congregated at BMW Fourways for a<br />

coffee before heading out. They supplied us<br />

with the GS850 Adventure for the day. Routes<br />

were plotted while we waited for the other bikes<br />

to arrive.<br />

We headed out towards the Cradle, over the<br />

Koppie, around Harties and then onto the<br />

canals. All the way out to Brits – where they<br />

have, in our opinion, the coolest Wimpy in SA.<br />

All along the route we chopped and changed<br />

bikes – giving the guys a chance to showboat<br />

and to shoot pics at the most scenic spots.<br />

What is cool is that we each swap notes and<br />

comments on what we think about each<br />

machine and at the end of it all – we can tell you<br />

lot what we think.<br />

It’s a long feature, but hey – our job is to get you<br />

varying opinions on all sorts of bikes –<br />

especially given the way that prices are<br />

climbing. Have a read – go and ride them all.<br />

The Bikes:<br />

If you look at the cross section of machines that<br />

we were on you’ll see a real variety of scoots –<br />

and that’s our intention here. Smallest to largest<br />

– SWM lent us their…., Linex Yamaha supplied<br />

the T7, RAD KTM supplied the 790R, BMW<br />

Fourways, the GS850 Adventure and Triumph<br />

SA, the Tiger 900 Rally Pro.<br />

Simply put – the SA bike market is littered with<br />

machines and there really is a bike for<br />

everyone. What we did pick up through the<br />

day is the fact that the SWM, the T7 and the<br />

KTM790R are the hooligans in this crowd… as<br />

evidenced some of the pics. The 850 Beemer<br />

and the Triumph 900 Tiger are, perhaps a bit<br />

more conservative. But each bike has its place.<br />

And each bike handled this trip with ease…<br />

We’ll give a rundown of each bike with our riders<br />

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The SWM 650 Superdual : Dirtbike on ‘roids.<br />

This one was loaned to us by SWM South Africa:<br />

It’s kind of strange that the 650 market has diminished so<br />

much in SA. Some of the bikes disappeared thanks to<br />

Homologation legislation – and believe it or not – emission<br />

control laws. Yup! ‘Strue!<br />

So affordable single cylinder bikes like Kawasakis venerable<br />

KLR and Suzuki’s DL650 quietly fell away leaving a bit of a<br />

void in our market. SWM stepped in and introduced the 650<br />

Superdual.<br />

Now we’ve featured the SWM lineup a few times in this here<br />

magazine – and for those of you who do not pay attention – it’s<br />

a bike that is designed and manufactured in Italy and is<br />

powered by the old Husqvarna engines.<br />

We have ridden this specific bike quite a few times – and it is<br />

really good fun. Since the last time, the guys fitted Arrow pipes<br />

so now it has the sound to match its performance. The<br />

smallest of this batch, the SWM is also the most off-road<br />

biased of the lot. It’s no slouch – happily keeping up with the<br />

rest of the pack without revving its brains out and will happily<br />

run along at the 145 KPH mark all day and top out at just more<br />

than the 160KPH mark displayed on the digital clock.<br />

The bike is solid comfortable and even at speed it does not<br />

shake rattle and roll or vibrate nearly as much as you’d expect<br />

it to. If you were to describe this bike it would be – Unpretentious<br />

fun. No electronic settings to distract you – simple get on<br />

and pull that massive wheelie.<br />

Good brakes, great handling, a decent size tank for a range at<br />

around the 260 mark. Lots of bottom end grunt and midrange<br />

for day to day use. This is the kind of bike that will guzzle the<br />

bad mountain passes in Lesotho without breaking a sweat and<br />

you can use the bike to work and back every day.<br />

Best of all is the price. Just less than 100k. Think about that.<br />

A quality (Yes we are very impressed) adv that costs less than<br />

just about any dirtbike on the market. Go and ride it you’ll see<br />

what we mean.<br />

The Yamaha T7:<br />

This one came from Linex Yamaha in Randburg:<br />

www.linexyamaha.co.za<br />

Smaller, lighter Rally inspired adventuring.<br />

If you follow the mag, you’ll know that we made a point<br />

of spending a lot of time in this ones saddle. The T7<br />

is a flippen brilliant machine – so capable on the road<br />

– and she really shines in the dirt. To be quite frank, a<br />

few of our guys were not convinced after riding the first<br />

demo that came through our door – but after this, we<br />

have a few believers.<br />

Once again – a very unpretentious motorcycle that<br />

simply gets along with the day to day business of<br />

putting smiles on faces.<br />

There has been a lot of criticism levelled at this bike by<br />

people. The question that always comes up: “Why no<br />

electronics?”<br />

Yamaha takes a “no gimmicks” approach to electronic<br />

rider aids. The 2020 Yamaha Ténéré 700 sets itself<br />

apart from its rivals in the space by eschewing ride<br />

modes, traction control, and even cruise control, in<br />

favor of simplicity and go-anywhere maintainability.<br />

However, it does have ABS.The vertically<br />

mounted LCD instrument cluster allows the rider to<br />

scan information at a glance without looking down. The<br />

dash is not TFT, though it tells you all of the essentials,<br />

including trip information and current and average fuel<br />

consumption. Just as cool is the accessory bar above<br />

the LCD panel designed to mount a smartphone, GPS,<br />

or a rally roadbook. A standard 12v socket is conveniently<br />

located to power it all—you will need an adapter<br />

if your component uses USB.<br />

It is quite true that modern motorcyclists want all of the<br />

nanny features that modern bikes offer – but we’ll say<br />

it again – many of our lot enjoy not having to sukkel<br />

with buttons and settings – and it’s great just to swing<br />

a leg over a saddle and go for a ride. Yamaha has the<br />

tech to include a TFT screen and more electronic<br />

trickery – but that would, of course drive the costs up.<br />

And the cost is already a point of contention in SA.<br />

200K is nothing to sneeze at – especially when you<br />

consider that there is currently another similar bike<br />

with a lot more features at a little bit more money…<br />

But we do need to point out, that that bike is about to<br />

be replaced with a bigger, more expensive new model<br />

which will then, perhaps make the price of the T7 a bit<br />

more attractive. Also remember that in terms of costs<br />

of bikes - we are beholden to the value of our mighty<br />

Rand VS the Japanese Yen.<br />

A very capable bike for very little money.

In this guys opinion – the T7 is a great bike for the less aggressive<br />

ADV rider who wants to try the more technical stuff. The<br />

engine supplies such exciting but smooth, user friendly power.<br />

The 689cc Crossplane twin, pinched from Yamaha’s MT07 road<br />

bike (CP2) is a real treat. On paper, 72 horsepower at 9000<br />

rpm and 50 ft/lbs of torque at 6500 rpm are not necessarily<br />

mind-blowing. However, in the saddle, the CP2 engine is a bona<br />

fide grin stretcher. With plenty of power in first through third<br />

gears, plus a robust linear pull with outstanding over-rev, the<br />

CP2 engine is a standout feature of the 2020 Yamaha Ténéré<br />

700. The Yamaha Ténéré engineers created different fuel injection<br />

mappings, aspiration, exhaust, cooling systems, and final<br />

drive ratio to optimize torque and throttle response for off-road<br />

use.<br />

It’s a marvelous thing.<br />

On the tar and on the gravel, the Chassis, brakes and suspension<br />

are more than up to the task of managing the power delivery<br />

and the bike offers a fun, comfortable, predictable ride.<br />

The average rider who loves gravel travel and exploring SA will<br />

feel right at home. If, like our Kyle Lawrenson you are a more<br />

aggressive rider who enjoys big jumps and treacherous terrain,<br />

then in the faster, harder dirt stuff, you may need to spend a bit<br />

of time setting up your suspension – but the beauty of KYB is the<br />

fact that it is almost infinitely adjustable.<br />

This bike is amongst the most comfortable for the day – you sit<br />

in the bike, rather than on it and space around the rider is roomy<br />

and natural – perfect for that long road trip that you’ve been<br />

dreaming about.<br />

The T7 is a great choice.<br />

So user friendly, predictable and easy to ride. It’s also a damn<br />

fine looker for any wannabe Dakar rider…<br />

What to do when you have a front puncture.<br />


With rugged, rally-bred features, outstanding<br />

reliability, a versatile engine and true on and<br />

off-road capability, the Yamaha Ténéré 700<br />

opens a new world of possibilities for riders.<br />

The Ténéré 700 is designed to deliver classleading<br />

handling and agility on and off-road.<br />

Your next horizon is here.<br />

www.yamaha.co.za · +27 11 259 7600 · Facebook: Yamaha Southern Africa · Instagram: @yamahasouthafrica

The KTM 790R: Tech aggression.<br />

This is a used unit from RAD KTM in Rivonia.<br />

www.radmoto.co.za<br />

It has been a long time since this guy got to ride one of<br />

these. At the bikes launch in Morocco a couple of years<br />

back, he was seen gushing about how good it is… and<br />

guess what?<br />

Nothing has changed. The bike is aggressive and really,<br />

really good fun to ride.<br />

We collected the bike, where Miguel the big boss spent<br />

some time on a refresher course on the electronics package.<br />

Simply put – it’s quite mind boggling how much<br />

electronic tech KTM put into this bike – and we won’t bore<br />

you by running through it all, but the bike hosts electronic<br />

bits also delivered on their highest spec machines.<br />

Ready to Race: Yip – KTM delivers on that promise from the<br />

moment that you climb aboard and open the throttle. The<br />

bike is tall and wide with aggressively positioned bars. The<br />

Akarapovic pipe fitted on this one emits a luverly snarl…<br />

and whilst it is only a 790cc engine – the parallel twin is<br />

feisty and fun to play with. With 95 horsepower and 66 ft/<br />

lbs of torque, the compact 799cc parallel twin packs a lekker<br />

punch. The broad torquey feel comes on early with a linear<br />

build and peaks at 6500 rpm, providing plenty of torquey<br />

arm stretching acceleration. Dual counter-balancers create<br />

a smooth ride. Blitzing through town to our meeting point in<br />

Fourways was fun – the bike has a presence that makes the<br />

cars quickly clear a path.<br />

When we got going, we soon found that Rally Mode is<br />

our favourite setting. It provides the most direct throttle<br />

response, and allows the rider to select traction control settings<br />

on-the-fly—from a nanny level 9 to a sideways hauling<br />

and barely perceptible level 1. We chose levels 1-4 for<br />

off-road situations and popped her into 9 for the tar sections.<br />

The Quickshifter+ is seamless. We are fast becoming believers<br />

in this tech on any adventure machine. It makes you<br />

a bit lazy simply because it is so simple. Coupled with the<br />

PASC slipper clutch, the overall operation works flawlessly.<br />

As expected brakes and suspension are top shelf – and<br />

they seem to work better the faster you go.<br />

The WP Xplor suspension on the 790 Adventure R matches<br />

the power and chassis so well. We went as fast as we could,<br />

jumped every<br />

obstacle that we could find, and also rode the bike like the<br />

gentlemen that we are – and the 790R never once got out<br />

of shape. The Trouble is, like many KTM ADV bikes, you<br />

sometimes forget that this is not actually a dirtbike… so<br />

you could get into some trouble if you don’t stay sharp! For<br />

increased stability, a WP steering damper is a great standard<br />

feature.<br />

Other Bits:<br />

The bike is tall with a wide, comfortable seat. The cockpit is<br />

spacious and comfortable in any terrain. Standing is natural<br />

when the going gets a bit rougher.<br />

With a bright five-inch TFT display, information on the 2019<br />

KTM 790 Adventure is easy to read in all light conditions<br />

and from all angles. If you are someone who enjoys techy<br />

stuff – the screen allows the rider to easily view pertinent<br />

information and smartphone Bluetooth connectivity is supported<br />

via the KTM My Ride app for music, phone calls, and<br />

navigation.<br />

Standard items like a 12v socket on the dash for powering<br />

phones or a GPS and under-seat USB charging is great.<br />

The bottom of the seat on the 790 Adventure includes cell<br />

phone storage, and there is tool or innertube storage behind<br />

the left side plate, both of which are appropriately accessible<br />

without tools. All Practical stuff that any adventurer will enjoy<br />

With the 890 arriving on showroom floors soon, and the<br />

price of bikes steadily increasing, you’ll be hard pressed to<br />

find a deal like this again.<br />

Currently, Brand new, the KTM790R retails for 210k. This<br />

includes all rider modes and quickshifter +.

BMW’s 850 Adventure: Luxury Travel.<br />

This one from BMW Fourways.<br />

www.bmw-motorrad.co.za/cedar-isle<br />

BMW is all about comfort and mileage eating exploration<br />

and the GS850 delivers just that. This is aimed at the<br />

discerning buyer who wants every mod-con known to<br />

man, who wants to look the part and loves long days in<br />

the saddle.<br />

The F 850 GS Adventure was launched last year, succeeding<br />

the old faithful F 800 GS Adventure. Like the<br />

rest of BMW’s dual sport range, the new model had seen<br />

an increase in capacity of 50cc. BMW has made the new<br />

F 850 GS Adventure more refined than its predecessor,<br />

with a smooth parallel twin engine and updated styling.<br />

The Adventure models always look big and imposing<br />

thanks, largely to the massive fuel tanks up front – but<br />

BMW got it right – and once you get rolling she feels like<br />

– well – a smaller motorcycle.<br />

We headed out along the highways and byways and<br />

then onto the smaller winding roads which really gave<br />

us the opportunity to explore the Adventures comfort<br />

and handling. Smooth, predictable , comfortable and<br />

oh-so-civilised.<br />

Confidence inspiring is a phrase that gets over used lot<br />

these days, but that’s exactly what the F 850 GS Adventure<br />

is. It is a pleasure to ride on the road. The seat,<br />

the pegs, and the bike’s controls are all well placed. The<br />

saddle is comfortable. Looking straight ahead, the TFT<br />

dash sits nicely just below your eye line. It’s excellent,<br />

very clear, even in bright sunlight, and there’s a lot of<br />

information on display. Coupled with the BMW ‘Wunderwheel’<br />

controller on the handlebars, it’s possible to<br />

navigate through the menu on the run, and it’s all very<br />

intuitive and simple to use. BMW has nailed the TFT<br />

dash from a usability perspective.<br />

When we hit the dirt – stand up, look up and all that –<br />

The GSA has a dual-action brake pedal. If you flip up<br />

the first part, it becomes better positioned for standing.<br />

Riding off-road really got to showcase the handling of<br />

the bike on its 21-inch front, and 17-inch back wheels.<br />

It’s actually quite impressive how well this girl handles<br />

the dirt. Just relax and let her do all the work. She<br />

gives great confidence in the rough stuff, particularly<br />

in enduro mode which is accessed by the flick of a few<br />

buttons. The standing position is excellent for off-road<br />

riding. It just feels so natural and comfortable, and – we<br />

need to mention that the electronic suspension is quite<br />

something. We aimed her at quite a few speedbumps<br />

that turned into jumps and we were impressed at the<br />

manner in which she took then in her stride.<br />

The F 850 GS Adventure is fitted with tubeless spoked<br />

wheels. They’re so much easier to handle a roadside<br />

puncture with, why don’t all manufacturers fit this type?<br />

The BMW F 850 GS Adventure comes in two versions;<br />

the standard F 850 GS Adventure and the F 850 GS<br />

Adventure Sport. The standard model comes with ABS,<br />

automatic stability control, engine and hand guards,<br />

luggage rack, an adjustable touring screen, enduro<br />

footrests, slipper clutch, riding modes pro (dynamic pro<br />

and enduro pro), power socket, LED lights, and a TFT<br />

screen with connectivity.<br />

The F 850 GS Adventure Sport builds on all of that<br />

by adding daytime riding lights, an additional LED fog<br />

light, LED indicators, dynamic traction control, gearshift<br />

assist pro, riding mode pro (dynamic pro, enduro and<br />

enduro pro), and ABS pro.<br />

If you are looking for absolute luxury on the road with<br />

decent, go and explore gravel-road prowess then you<br />

need to take one for a spin.<br />

The F 850 GS Adventure is fitted with cruise control,<br />

which is great for long journeys. The screen has two<br />

positions, well thought out and works perfectly deflecting<br />

air effectively and creates a comfortable, bubble around<br />

the rider. Performance wise, the 850 parallel twin engine<br />

is torquey and revs smoothly. The addition of standard<br />

road and rain engine modes, along with optional enduro<br />

modes, that can be chosen on the fly enhance it. Clutch<br />

actuation is smooth, light and progressive – and once<br />

you discover the quckshifter – well you won’t use the<br />

clutch much after that. She comes with powerful brakes<br />

and ABS that is very unobstrusive.<br />

R18, First Edition 2020<br />

4,000km E X Demo<br />

R299 000<br />

S 1000 RR, 2014<br />

45,000km - Too many extras to mention<br />

R149 000<br />

R1250 GS HP 2020<br />

2 000km EX Demo<br />

R245 000<br />

R1200 GS Adventure 2017<br />

48 000km - Top box, Full Akrapovic,<br />

Tinted Screen<br />

R189 000<br />

R 1200 R, 2015<br />

25,000km Panniers<br />

R129 000<br />

R1250RT, 2019<br />

18 000km<br />

R249 000<br />

F 850 GS Adventure, 2020<br />

3,500km<br />

R199 000<br />

F700 GS 2014<br />

33,000km<br />

R69 000<br />

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Triumphs 900 Tiger. Civilized excitement…<br />

www.triumph-motorcycles.co.za<br />

Man. It’s quite easy to understand why this<br />

bike was voted bike of the year by quite a few<br />

international media houses last year. Not only<br />

did Triumph re-invent the Tiger, but they made<br />

a bike that easily matches just about anything,<br />

not only in this midrange but also in the bigger<br />

classes.<br />

If you follow the mag – you’ll know that this<br />

writer love the old 800, so much so that three<br />

of them have made their way into our garage.<br />

But members of our team were not so easily<br />

impressed, citing things like a weird seating<br />

position and various other maladies.<br />

The Tiger 900 is all-new, from the front wheel<br />

to the back, and from the screen (in any of its<br />

five, easy to adjust positions) downward. The<br />

old 800 was a great bike, but the development<br />

team started with a blank sheet.<br />

This was the first time that our whole team got<br />

to ride the 900 and this time round, the bike<br />

received a serious thumbs up from everyone<br />

and a grinning “I told you so” from the editor.<br />

And it all starts with that 900cc triple engine.<br />

Somehow Triumph – and we won’t go in to<br />

lots of detail here – changed the firing order<br />

on the bike to change it from a civilized cuppa<br />

tea to tequila shots on the bar.’ Strue. Not that<br />

much faster – but just so much more exciting<br />

and engaging to ride. To be absolutely honest,<br />

Triumph has given the bike an almost V-Twin<br />

feel… It loves to be revved, and there’s plenty<br />

of usable power low down. It’s quick on the<br />

road and on the dirt, and the quick-shifter<br />

works perfectly.<br />

In fact – of the bikes feature in this here<br />

article, the 790 KTM and the 900 engines give<br />

you a bigger shot of adrenaline than any of<br />

the others. Absolute power is a claimed 94bhp<br />

at 8750rpm, and peak torque<br />

happens at 7250rpm, but Triumph also boast<br />

an increase across the rev range. Off road<br />

you generally use fractional throttle openings,<br />

and at 3750rpm the bike is producing over<br />

40bhp, which is quite enough to get you into<br />

all sorts of trouble if you don’t basop!<br />

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But they also paid attention to ergonomics,<br />

styling suspension – and of course – electronics.<br />

There are six rider modes on the Rally Pro and<br />

on our test, we spent most time in Off-road, with<br />

dialled down TC and ABS. Hardcore riders can<br />

enjoy Off-road Pro, which removes all the safety<br />

nets. Turn off the ignition and the bike reverts<br />

to base settings. The adventure market loves<br />

gadgets, and the Tiger come with an impressive<br />

level of equipment. You get multiple modes,<br />

heated grips, cruise control, cornering ABS and<br />

traction control and big TFT instruments. heated<br />

seats, quickshifter, Bluetooth, tyre pressure<br />

monitoring, centre stand and fog lights…<br />

The bike is comfortable and well laid out with<br />

every control falling easily to hand and an<br />

electronics control that does not require days to<br />

figure out. It has a marvelous TFT display. the<br />

windscreen is adjustable with one hand from the<br />

saddle and does a nice job of deflecting the worst<br />

of the air without buffeting. Sitting or standing up,<br />

the bike is really comfy for riders of all sizes.<br />

The frame looks similar to the old 800’s, but the<br />

rear subframe is now a bolt-on item in ally with<br />

separate bolt-on pillion footrest hangers,<br />

reducing the risk of an expensive frame swap in<br />

the event of a light spill – just replace the<br />

subframe or footrest hangers. Our Photog<br />

accidentally dropped the bike while shuffling it<br />

for a photograph (Happens sometimes) and the<br />

crash bars took the brunt with only a few small<br />

scuff marks as evidence (Sorry Triumph!)<br />

At 20 litres, the tank is marginally bigger than<br />

the old one, too and the airbox design allows an<br />

air filter change without removing the tank which<br />

was a real pain.<br />

Most of us agree that the Triumph 900 is the<br />

most balanced of the bikes in this feature. It is so<br />

comfortable, quick sharp and nimble on the road<br />

and – well just as good in the dirt.<br />

Spot the Dam under the lawn.<br />

Our Riders share their thoughts:<br />

Donovan Fourie:<br />

Yamaha Tenere 700:<br />

When we fetched this motorcycle from Linex Yamaha, we asked<br />

Gareth – da man dere – to comment on the lack of traction<br />

control, rider modes, quickshifter, TFT dash, Playstation consol<br />

and other forms of electronic brilliance we now consider<br />

essential in our cushy motorcycling lives.<br />

“It’s like an old XT,” he shrugged with a wry smile. ”It’s simple,<br />

and it will do the job.”<br />

Dammit! I hate it when industry people have witty retorts to us<br />

journalists’ cunning interrogation! Such cheek!<br />

He’s right. The T7 (the name given to its original concept bike<br />

and a name that has stuck because it’s far easier than saying<br />

Ten-uh-rey-Sev-en-hun-dred) is lighter than its contemporaries,<br />

has better suspension, a sublime (even if comparatively<br />

underpowered) motor with a fulfilling growl and a quality that<br />

Yamaha has spent decades achieving.<br />

If I were tasked with riding into the Great Unknown, equipped<br />

with nothing but my wits and a motorcycle, it would be a T7.<br />

I’d take a bunch of tubes and 19-inch Allen key with me, mind<br />

you…<br />

Triumph Tiger 900:<br />

The Triumph brand has accomplished some sort of strange<br />

affable effect on people – people of different brand orientations<br />

will wage a full-on social media war against one another with<br />

each vying for their own brand’s credibility while conveying<br />

blood-curdling discontent for the opposition’s.<br />

That’s until you mention Triumph.<br />

“Ja, no, actually, Triumphs are pretty good too,” exclaim all<br />

parties before reloading their weapons of retort to unleash hell<br />

on that other brand.<br />

There is nothing to dislike about Triumph because they produce<br />

motorcycles that are thoroughly un-dislikeable.<br />

You know the 900 will be good because it’s better than the Tiger<br />

800, and if that were in this test, we would have loved that.<br />

BMW F850GS Adventure:<br />

The 850 is BMW doing what BMW do best – building capable,<br />

intelligent, understated motorcycles that you, the reader –<br />

despite our scribes perhaps suggesting otherwise – are most<br />

likely going to buy.<br />

We can’t really knock it for anything in particular – it doesn’t<br />

vibrate, it’s perfectly comfortable, everything works with German<br />

efficiency, and it has never killed orphans – at the same time,<br />

it isn’t the best at anything. Personally, I like the dapper looks<br />

where there have been some clear attempts at styling beyond<br />

“make it look like a rally bike”.<br />

The 850 GSA will not blow your socks off, but it will get you<br />

where you’re going, both in terms of the journey and life in general,<br />

where the sock blowers possibly may not.<br />

KTM 790 Adventure R:<br />

Where the BMW comes across all adult and mature, the KTM<br />

really is a ridiculous toy. It is smaller than its peers, it’s lighter<br />

and yet wallops with very much the same punch. The KTM will<br />

go as fast as anything mid-range, but without the rider feeling as<br />

though they have a massive chunk of metal beneath them that<br />

might freight-train off uncontrollably without notice.<br />

It shoves confidence in the rider’s corner, tempting them to<br />

attempt feats that may not have been considered on other machines,<br />

making manoeuvres that would otherwise be resigned<br />

to dreamland a reality. Or hopefully a reality.<br />

It’s a motorcycle for grown-up children. If you’re the sort of person<br />

that laughs at jokes and then immediately thinks: “I’m going<br />

to hell for this,” may we interest you in a KTM?<br />

SWM Superdual 650:<br />

In a test of the elite, what the hell is this thing doing here? How<br />

very dare it!<br />

One cylinder? Nearly half the horsepower? A dash that looks<br />

like an old Casio? Absolutely no creature comforts? The absolute<br />

nerve of these people.<br />

Except that it costs R97,000.<br />

Fine, but you pay less you get less, right?<br />

Except that the SWM is rather good. It will not win any drag races,<br />

no beauty contests and no science fairs, but it has a spark<br />

that leaves the rider giggling. A well-executed thumper is has<br />

a magic all on its own, especially when twinned with a chassis<br />

that’s the lightest of the group and yet features everything the<br />

off-road junkie could want.<br />

Did we mention that it’s currently only R97,000?

Kyle says:<br />

YAMAHA T7:<br />

The first time that I rode this bike, I was not convinced. The<br />

hype behind the bike was huge, but when I rode it I was slightly<br />

confused.<br />

However - we picked up the T7 from Linex and well, I need to<br />

eat humble pie. For some reason, this bike was a lot more fun<br />

to ride than the first one. No idea why, it just was.<br />

My first question is what did they do to this bike? I jumped on<br />

the bike and opened her up and raced down the canal roads<br />

thinking I was Ross Branch.<br />

Now I am not going to harp on about the suspension, there are<br />

rumblings about it, but that can be set up. The bike is a tall bike<br />

with a seat hight of 875mm but 5mm lower than the KTM, so it<br />

not the tallest. You can feel this straight off the bat. If you want<br />

to turn around, it feels really light to maneuver in tighter areas.<br />

On this bike you sit in the bike not on top of the bike unlike the<br />

KTM. It’s a well balanced bike and after a few minutes you feel<br />

like you are on a dirt bike.<br />

What makes this bike special is the way it puts the power down.<br />

It is not intimidating at all, anything it is predictable and<br />

manageable but don’t get it in your mind that it is lazy. On the<br />

fast gravel roads you can ride it flat out and drift through every<br />

corner. It’s a really cool looking Dakar bike.<br />

KTM 790 ADVENTURE R:<br />

This is the first time I have ridden this bike for longer than 10<br />

kays. Right away you need to realise that this bike and the<br />

Yamaha T7 are two different beasts. Unlike the Yamie, the KTM<br />

has a ton of electronics. The special thing about the 790 is the<br />

rider modes that come with the bike. The one that stands out<br />

is the Rally mode. Now this mode has made off-road riding on<br />

these bikes so much fun. On the rally mode you can set the<br />

throttle sensitivity. When setting it you can choose how<br />

aggressive you want the power to be.<br />

In the same breath, the days of turning the traction control are<br />

over. You can adjust the “SLIP” on the fly while going around a<br />

corner. This means you can change the aggressiveness of the<br />

traction control as per the surface you are riding.<br />

On a fast slippery gravel corner, I set it to be slightly more<br />

aggressive - to prevent completely sliding out and on the dunes<br />

turn it completely down. Its all quite mind boggling at first, but<br />

once you have it figured it all kind of makes sense.<br />

Being the tallest bike on the day this bike has a real dirt bike<br />

seating position. You sit on top of the bike with lots of room to<br />

slide up and down the seat. The bike is well balanced with a<br />

low centre of gravity making thing this bike easy to ride fast and<br />

handle through some tight and rough spots. The one thing I did<br />

notice is it doesn’t get as hot as some of the other LC8 motors<br />

out there. This bike is also the most racey of the lot for the day.<br />

You can defiantly feel the ready to race DNA.<br />

TRIUMPH 900:<br />

This is the bike that impressed me the most for the day. We<br />

have the predecessor in our garage and well, what they have<br />

done is give this bike more personality and wow was it fun to<br />

ride. The bike feels a lot smaller and nimble with a beautiful<br />

sounding motor. Keep in mind this is the newest bike out of the<br />

lot. The motor is completely new from top to bottom. It is alive<br />

from the word go. And it handled my abuse with ease.<br />

SWM 650:<br />

Well, if you love a KLR650 – you can’t get a new one. Let this<br />

be the replacement. At R97 000 this bike is the best value for<br />

money out there. The motors have proved to be reliable. This<br />

bike feels great. It is so much fun to ride – like a dirtbike on<br />

steroids.<br />

This one bike was fitted with arrow pipes that woke up the<br />

neighbourhood but it was just so cool to ride flat out.<br />

You can ride it like a dirt bike and like we did take it on a long<br />

journey. Simple, uncomplicated adventure travel. I really had a<br />

lot of fun.<br />

BMW 850 ADV:<br />

Off the bat, it looks great and better than its predecessor, it even<br />

sounds better. This is typical, conservative BMW.<br />

The suspension on the bike is really good. Riding hard, or even<br />

getting a bit airborne, the bike did not bottom out at all. It feels<br />

well planted and comfortable. The display on this bike is lovely,<br />

it is sharp and bright. The rider ads are easily activated and<br />

enabled with one button.and on the road it is just so<br />

comfortable.<br />

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Sean says:<br />

T7:<br />

As a hard core middle weight adventure bike this one it is very<br />

good … if you weigh less than 100kg’s. My chunky ass had the<br />

suspension bottoming out occasionally at speed through some<br />

of the rougher stuff. I am aware, however that it can all be set up<br />

and adjusted and knowing KYB, it’s a quick fix.<br />

Long, fast winding good dirt roads were easily ridden at high<br />

speeds with the rear wheel drifting out a bit. The CP2 parallel twin<br />

motor is fantastic and is very smooth at any speed and on the<br />

tarmac I easily got the T7 up to 200kmh. The big 21 inch knobbly<br />

shod front wheel did the usual bob and weave that all these types<br />

of bikes do at those kind of speeds and which was easily<br />

remedy by shifting my weight a bit back on the seat and relaxing<br />

my shoulders and my grip on the left handle bar. Wind protection<br />

in the cockpit is great, even for a 2 metre long slab like me.<br />

The T7 is reasonably tall with a really comfortable relationship<br />

between the foot pegs, seat and handle bars. I was easily able to<br />

stand up without having to crouch down to reach the bars which<br />

really changes your feel and confidence when riding off road …<br />

You shorter folk really don’t understand the struggle anybody over<br />

1.85 metres has with that.<br />

Ergonomics and cockpit lay out are intuitive with everything<br />

exactly where you would instinctively expect to find them. The T7<br />

is a back to basics bike with very little in the way of<br />

electronic gadgets, so for the hard nosed old school riders it is<br />

great, however I have come to really enjoy things like shift assist<br />

gears when standing up and riding technical sections and cruise<br />

control when eating up the miles on long tar sections. Unfortunately<br />

we only discovered the puncture in the front wheel when<br />

I got to ride the T7, so I didn’t get to ride it as much as I would<br />

have liked but I do think that if one ever came onto the used bike<br />

market at a reasonable price I might just buy it and spend a bit of<br />

money beefing up the suspension and maybe fitting an after-market<br />

quick shifter.<br />

790R:<br />

This is possibly one of the best kitted out bikes in this mid weight<br />

category. A little bit on the low or short side for my 2m chassis<br />

so I would definitely fit some bar raisers and possibly higher<br />

and wider handle bars. I have had the pleasure of riding a 790R<br />

through, over and around Lesotho on a 4 day trip on some of the<br />

gnarliest terrain the mountain kingdom has to offer as well as<br />

riding all the way there and back on tar for a lot of the distance<br />

and to be honest there is very little to fault on the 790R.<br />

It is genuinely an all-round good motorcycle and really good value<br />

for money. Flat out on the tar, the 21 inch knobbly gets a bit<br />

squirley, but once again just relax and let it do its thing. The cockpit<br />

is a little bit fiddly with its multi button navigation and smaller<br />

display but really only takes a few minutes to get acclimatized to.<br />

Flipping through the riders modes, traction control setting and the<br />

like really let you set the bike to your personal riding style. I really<br />

enjoy the quick shifter. Especially in the more technical stuff, just<br />

makes gear changing so much quicker and easier. Possibly the<br />

bike we all had the most sport on during the ride. I am keeping<br />

my beady eyes open for any really good bargains to be had on<br />

one of these, a bike that definitely needs to grace my garage.<br />

it was definitely the most brash. It is light and nimble with plenty<br />

of grunt, maxing out at about 165kmh on the tar and surprising<br />

stable at those speeds. In the dirt it was a huge amount of fun to<br />

ride, easily jumping over humps and bumps with wild abandon<br />

as the suspension easily soaked some of the harder landings,<br />

hanging its back wheel out on long sweeping winding dirt roads<br />

and just generally having a good time. It is reasonably compact<br />

and nimble little bike and with very little in the way of<br />

electronics to possibly go wrong. Long tar sections through the<br />

Karoo might become a bit tedious for the taller, heavier riders,<br />

but as a day to day commuter it would be a lot of fun. Narrow<br />

enough to scoot between the traffic, also tall enough to see over<br />

most cars and plenty acceleration off the line to leave the traffic<br />

in your dust … speaking from experience here.<br />

Then weekends it is off to the bush for a bit of an explore and a<br />

lot of fun … did I mention that the price is from 10 years ago?<br />

850 GSA:<br />

So … I am probably going to be shot for saying this, but I am<br />

not a huge fan of the 850 GSA’s big brother. I just find it too big<br />

and too cumbersome, even at 6 foot plenty and 115kg’s. Then,<br />

I am also not completely sold on its sibling the F850GS, a good<br />

bike but needs work on its suspension … and personality.<br />

So I was a bit non-committal about riding the ADV and left it<br />

for absolute last and then only because I had to drop it back<br />

off with the dealer and collect the bakkie to get home. Once I<br />

swung my leg over the big girl and got a few miles under my<br />

belt on her I started kicking myself! She is big, but not too big,<br />

she is plush, but not soft and when you get enthusiastic with the<br />

revs she definitely has quite a bit of pep. Honestly, I only spent<br />

about 10 kays on her in the dirt bouncing through mud and<br />

over rocks with the odd steep climb or decent here and there,<br />

but I could tell that the 850GSA is a completely different beast<br />

than its standard sibling that I used to compete in last years GS<br />

Trophy.<br />

The suspension acted and reacted very predictably in the<br />

rougher terrain, the big tank did not make the bike feel top<br />

heavy or cumbersome, the quick shifter is surprisingly smooth<br />

even at low rpm and like silk when working higher up in the rev<br />

range. On the tarmac back from the canals to Fourways was an<br />

absolute pleasure. Set the cruise control at a few kays above<br />

the posted national speed limit sit back and watch the scenery<br />

whizz by in plush comfort.<br />

Of all the brands on the market, BMW definitely has the easiest<br />

electronics package to use. The TFT screen is large and easy<br />

to read, especially for those with older eyes, navigating through<br />

the various screens is easily done with one button and a nav<br />

wheel on the left handle bar that instantly becomes intuitive.<br />

Comfort wise BMW is hard to beat and the older I get the more<br />

I appreciate things like plush seats, luxurious riding positions,<br />

quick shifters, cruise control, big easy to read displays,<br />

easy and plentiful power delivery but still young enough to enjoy<br />

a bit of rough sport in the dirt and the BMW 850 GSA delivers<br />

on all fronts but does come with at bit of a premium price.<br />

Tiger 900:<br />

The newest model in this market only having being launched<br />

early in the third quarter of 2020 where all the other bikes have<br />

been on the market for at least two years.<br />

To be honest, I was a little worried about riding the new 900<br />

Tiger, much to the chagrin of a lot of my mates and industry<br />

colleagues; I never really got on with the outgoing 800 model.<br />

It was a fantastic motorcycle in most respects bar the sitting<br />

position.<br />

No matter how much I adjusted the handle bars they always felt<br />

awkward to me, even and possibly especially when standing up.<br />

Somehow they were always too far away and yet too close at<br />

the same time, the rest of the bike I loved, especially that<br />

phenomenal triple cylinder power plant. And I am happy to<br />

report that the new 900 is an all new bike and they have sorted<br />

out the seating position dramatically. On the tar the new 900 is<br />

quite the weapon, as far as an adventure bike can be, the handling,<br />

power delivery and stopping power inspire you to try and<br />

rattle a couple of Tupperware torpedo’s through the mountain<br />

passes. Its manners are even better in the dirt almost making<br />

you forget that you are not on a lightweight fantastic plastic.<br />

I think unchaperoned and left to my own devices I might just try<br />

some stupid stuff a la Ernie Vigil on the 900 Tiger. The<br />

electronics package is brilliant and once you get used to the<br />

switches and the menu’s it is really quite easy to navigate<br />

through, the display can also be customised to your preference.<br />

Everything just works so well of the new 900. The power shifter<br />

is one of the smoothest, up and down, I have ridden with, the triple<br />

cylinder engine give excellent low down torque and delivers<br />

smooth hard revving power out the top with very little to no discernible<br />

vibration. Comfort wise the cockpit is great with plenty<br />

of leg room, comfortable angles on hips and knees when seated<br />

and the bars are comfortably high enough for me to stand and<br />

ride yet low enough not to cause fatigue on my shoulders while<br />

eating up the long distance kilo’s.<br />

All the bikes we rode are all within 10 to 15% of each other<br />

in price except for the SWM, and most of them do represent<br />

really good value for money, but if I had to choose one to do<br />

everything well from daily commuting to long distance tours and<br />

a whole bunch of bushwhacking thrown in it would be a toss up<br />

between the BMW, KTM and Triumph, they have most of the<br />

gadgets that I want, they all fit my lanky frame very well, are<br />

lightweight enough to bang around the bush on and are good<br />

comfortable long distance tourers.<br />

SWM:<br />

I have never had the privilege to ride one of these bikes before<br />

and was somewhat surprised when it felt very familiar swinging<br />

my leg over it. Reason for that is that it is essentially the old red<br />

Husqvarna 650 before they joined forces with KTM - and we have<br />

a Husqvarna Terra 650 in our fleet which we all ride very<br />

regularly. At a grand or two under a 100K it is really good value<br />

for money. It is small in stature compared to the rest of the bikes<br />

on the ride, but fitted with twin Arrow exhaust, (aftermarket),<br />

Puncture interrrupts play.<br />

The glamorous life of media. Waiting for the photographers to do their job.

Trevor says:<br />

I think the feature writer was referring to me when he was<br />

talking about the “weekend warrior”.<br />

While I have spent some time on the dirt (and once or<br />

twice in it!) I tend to view dirt with a degree of caution and<br />

I count it a good day when neither me nor the bike gets<br />

damaged!<br />

Triumph:<br />

Having owned a brace of Triumphs previously (800XC<br />

and 1200 Adv) I naturally wanted to try the newer 900. I<br />

was not disappointed – even having recently coming from<br />

the 1200 the bike felt just as comfortable with pretty much<br />

a similar sitting position.<br />

I do think the instrument cluster is laid out better – if you<br />

had to challenge me I really wouldn’t be able to tell you<br />

why but it felt familiar enough that checking the clocks<br />

and using the indicator button was pretty much where I<br />

expected it to be.<br />

What really bought the point home that the bike has been<br />

redesigned was when I went up onto the pegs – and<br />

didn’t need to modify my standing position. In both the<br />

800xc and the 1200 I got handlebar risers installed so that<br />

the standing position felt more comfortable and natural.<br />

The bike is really gutsy when accelerating and it is only<br />

once you get above the 150 mark that the difference in<br />

engine size becomes noticeable. And the speed-shifter!<br />

My previous experience with a speed-shifter has been<br />

limited – but Triumph has done a sterling job to such an<br />

extent that even an older (insert appropriate term) like me<br />

was soon happily making good use of it.<br />

The rider mods/electronic package has been upgraded<br />

and was sufficiently user-friendly that it took all of about<br />

30 seconds for me to grasp the concept of how to change<br />

things to my liking – and THAT is impressive.<br />

KTM:<br />

I was disappointed not to be able to spend more time on this.<br />

Initial impressions were that the stance is different – it seemed<br />

narrower and taller but was not uncomfortable. Obviously, the<br />

sitting position (based on the above) was different – but not<br />

uncomfortable or unpleasant. The clocks were laid out fairly<br />

well (weekend warrior speaking – not<br />

techie journalist) and things worked pretty much as you would<br />

expect them to.<br />

I did get a sense of a bear waiting to be poked when I opened<br />

the throttle a bit too much on the dirt. The bike was balanced<br />

and forgiving enough that I was able to correct my errant behaviour<br />

and not end up in the dirt instead of on top of it. Spend<br />

some time with this machine and I am<br />

reasonably certain that confidence will grow in leaps and<br />

bounds. And in the hands of a skilled rider this machine will<br />

definitely keep them entertained.<br />

Having said that, at no stage did I feel that I was about to lose<br />

it or that the bike was going to be unmanageable – as long as<br />

I rode within my limits and didn’t try to mimic the “pace” that<br />

some of the more experienced riders were<br />

putting the bikes through.<br />

Yamaha T7:<br />

Sadly, when I jumped aboard, the T7 had a flat wheel… so, it<br />

was a very short romance… It would be unfair for me to try to<br />

scribble anything about it, but I do look forward to riding it again<br />

soon…<br />

BMW:<br />

This was an interesting ride. Similar to the Triumph in that it is<br />

comfortably reserved in terms of power delivery (throw your<br />

weight behind the throttle and there is good deal of “get up and<br />

where the heck are we already – did I blink!) whilst seated on<br />

padded luxury .. sigh.<br />

The electronics package is very user-friendly and there is definitely<br />

a sense that the engineers have spent a<br />

reasonable amount of time getting feedback from the riders.<br />

There are enough settings to satisfy even the most go-gogadget<br />

boy freak out there – without coming across like something<br />

that has been designed by a bunch of techies. This stuff<br />

actually works, and it works very well.<br />

This is a bike that is comfortable on those long open roads<br />

whether they are road or dirt.<br />

Here are some interesting stats:<br />

Bike Motor Power Torque Weight Price<br />

Triumph Tiger 900 888cc triple 94hp 87Nm 201kg (dry) From R229,000<br />

KTM 790 Adventure R 799cc inline twin 94hp 88Nm 189kg (dry) From R209,999<br />

BMW F850GS Adventure 853cc inline twin 95hp 92Nm 244kg (wet) From R237,000<br />

Yamaha Tenere 700 689cc inline twin 72hp 68Nm 205kg (wet) From R199,950<br />

SWM Supertrail 650 600cc single 57hp n/a 196kg (wet) From R97,000<br />

Would I (buy this over the 1200) – hell yes! In a heart-beat<br />

– now anyone want to make a donation to my Triumph<br />

fund?<br />

SWM 650:<br />

This was the smallest bike out of the lot. It is also one with<br />

the least amount of electronics – and this was the bike<br />

that I got to ride on the loose dirt pass previously referred<br />

to…<br />

So picture a cat on a hot tin roof riding a bike that is very<br />

different to the Triumph – that’s right. The bike layout is<br />

very similar (I thought) to a dirt bike – I spent an afternoon<br />

a few years back destroying a new pair of jeans and a<br />

decent t-shirt in a muddy vlei on a borrowed Honda 230 a<br />

while back – but is obviously a bit heavier and bigger.<br />

I think the photographers were hoping to get some “action<br />

shots” – you know the sort where the bike ends up on top<br />

of the rider who is busily eating a clump of grass mixed<br />

with a healthy serving of dirt. Did I mention that I tend to<br />

approach dirt with a degree of caution?<br />

I am pleased to say that the bike is that good, that they<br />

were disappointed – and I was very relieved! I do believe<br />

there was air between the tyres and the ground more than<br />

once too.<br />

Which speaks more to the bikes overall capability than to<br />

mine I believe.<br />

Capable, nicely balanced, good torquey motor and very<br />

little electronics to distract you from keeping the top bits<br />

up and the bottom bits down. At the price – an absolute<br />


“I love the smell<br />

of 2 stroke<br />

in the Morning”<br />

3 TPI’s same same or different?<br />

We try to enlighten you.<br />

For this issue, the guys from TRAX MOTO invited us to ride the<br />

three TPI 300’s available from the KTM group. We hear you say “But<br />

they are the same!” We hear you – and mmmm – we disagree. Each<br />

bike is different, and in this feature, we’ll try to explain why.<br />

First off , and before we even start, any one of these bikes is a great<br />

choice. The fact that they share a parent company means that<br />

important stuff like parts and technical backup and servicing is<br />

pretty easy. And more good news is that TRAX MOTO in Silverlakes<br />

is now a dealer for all three brands.<br />

When we did the feature on the GasGas ec300 in last months issue,<br />

we mentioned that it was brand new. Since then, the bike has been<br />

run in and has undergone a little bit of setup in the workshop.

The bikes:<br />

The KTM 300 XCW is one of KTM’s best-selling<br />

motorcycles. It’s been a while since we rode one,<br />

and this one was freshly run in<br />

Third up for duty is the Husqvarna TE 300. The<br />

last time we rode one of these, was at the 2020<br />

bike launch in Lesotho, so for us, it was fantastic<br />

to compare it with its siblings.<br />

It seems that the guys from the dealership were<br />

aware that crash Bandicoot AND Roley Foley were<br />

going to ride them – and they were instructed to fit<br />

every protective part known to man.<br />

Each bike was fully kitted with protective parts.<br />

PSS was tasked with radiator and rear disc<br />

protection. Acerbis skid plates were fitted on all<br />

three bikes – and Carbontek supplied the exhaust<br />

guards. Various other bits littered the bikes like<br />

Acerbis reservoir covers and so-on. The brush<br />

guards are standard with power part inserts.<br />

Other than that, TRAX left the bike standard.<br />




The test venue:<br />

We opted to use the Mamarok facility out near<br />

Mamelodi for this feature. Mamarok will be changing<br />

soon – they have a lot of upgrades and plans in the<br />

pipeline. Watch this space and we’ll keep you posted.<br />

The track is a really lekker flowing short loop that<br />

incorporates natural and man-made obstacles. You<br />

can select the red, more tech option or you can take<br />

the chicken run at each obstacle. Either way, its great<br />

fun and at about lap 10, you’ll be pretty tired.<br />

We did not go rock hopping although we would have<br />

liked to, but this course was perfect to ride each bike<br />

on the same track over the same distance to give<br />

each rider and idea of what each bike is about. It’s<br />

long enough to feel the engine characteristics with so<br />

much diverse terrain that you get a perfect feel for the<br />

suspension and handling characteristics of each bike.<br />

Being the scientific type that we are, each rider<br />

selected a bike and did a lap. Swapped bikes and did<br />

another lap, swapped again… and so on . Each rider<br />

put in about nine laps at least three laps on each bike<br />

with some pulling an extra one on their favourite. At<br />

each stop and swap, we chatted and laughed, (a lot),<br />

and traded notes and comments.<br />


Read This:<br />

Each of us came away with a favorite bike and what was<br />

interesting is the fact that the choices were so distinct.<br />

There was no ummm’s … errs or maybe’s, each of our<br />

riders had a favorite on the day, based purely on the ride.<br />

And each rider selected a different bike as their favorite for<br />

the day. We kid you not, usually when we do a test like this,<br />

it often happens that we all lean more towards one than<br />

the other. This time, if someone handed us folding money<br />

notes and told us to choose, we’d each have a different<br />

bike on the bakkie.<br />

And each rider has a very different riding style.<br />

The Riders:<br />

Mike Wessels is a fast MX boy. He only understands<br />

speed, wheelies and jumps. But he can ride rocks and<br />

things too. And very well at that.<br />

Kyle leans a lot more towards harder enduro. He is a great<br />

technical rider and is most often found trying to ride up or<br />

down a wall.<br />

Glenn is the epitome of a decent weekend warrior without<br />

a racing bone in his body. He is happy to plod along in just<br />

about any terrain until there is food in the distance… then<br />

he becomes a racer.<br />

All three riders are very experienced. And all three have<br />

ridden various renditions of all of these bikes…<br />

Same:<br />

Each bike shares a two stroke 300cc TPI engine – the KTM<br />

groups very latest technology. Electric start, a vibration-free<br />

feel to power and incredibly smooth bottom-to-mid juice<br />

allow the off-roader to get traction and let the engine pull<br />

you over obstacles. The six-speed gearbox is well-spaced<br />

– although to be fair on this track, fourth is about as far as<br />

we went . The clutch pull on each bike is light and easy to<br />

feather with one of them better than the others. When you<br />

add good fuel economy and oil injection to the engine’s<br />

superb hitless power, you have a true enduro weapon.<br />

Some differences:<br />

They all share varying degrees of WP suspension. Of<br />

course, the KTM is the only one of the three with no linkage.<br />

Up front, the KTM and the GasGas have cast triple clamps,<br />

while the Husqvarna comes standard with very trick looking<br />

Billet units.<br />

They share the same frame – but as you all know, the<br />

Husqvarna has a carbon composite sub frame.<br />

The wheels are all different – GasGas wears silver Excel<br />

rims, KTM’s black wheels are made by Giant and the<br />

Husqvarna is fitted with DID Dirt Stars all with polished<br />

hubs.<br />

The KTM and GasGas come standard with Maxxis rubber<br />

and the Husqvarna has Metzeler six days.<br />

The KTM has a Brembo clutch and brakes, the Husqvarna<br />

has Magura clutch and brakes. The GasGas, in a nod to<br />

its Spanish heritage wears BrakeTec technology in this<br />

department.<br />

The KTM and GasGas share Niken bars. The Husqvarna<br />

has slightly higher bend Pro Taper bars. KTM and Husqvarna<br />

give you MX type brush guards. Out of the box. Gas<br />

Gas has no brush guards.TRAX fitted the Powerparts<br />

braces on all three.<br />

To define the bikes, they all have different plastic styling<br />

and colours. So the rider has a choice as to what he or she<br />

likes best.

The ride:<br />

Here is what each of us agreed upon. Please remember<br />

that each of these bikes is stock standard as you’d buy<br />

them off the floor. They have only been dressed in protective<br />

gear.<br />

• The plushest, and most user friendly bike to ride<br />

is the GasGas. Thanks to clever ergonomic design the red<br />

bike feels smaller and more compact than the other two<br />

and this had us scratching our heads … because they are<br />

actually all the same size on paper. Our guys all mentioned<br />

that it is the easiest bike to put your feet on the ground.<br />

Thanks to a clever fuel tank design, slimmer between the<br />

legs and wider at the bottom than the other two, you get<br />

the impression that it is a physically smaller motorcycle. Go<br />

and ride one and you’ll see what we mean.<br />

Ground clearance is excellent and the bike is slender and<br />

turns so well. And of all three bikes it offers the plushest<br />

ride. Not soft, just comfortable, nimble and quick. And this<br />

bike has the softest clutch pull of all three bikes ridden.<br />

husqvarna-motorcycles.com<br />

husqvarna-motorcycles.com<br />

• The KTM absolutely lives up to its reputation of<br />

Ready to Race. It feels like a wound up spring ready to<br />

explode when you open that throttle. The fact that it has no<br />

linkage makes the bike feel more connected, you are more<br />

aware of the braking bumps and the bike gives a lot of feel<br />

and feedback in any terrain. Naturally the lack of a linkage<br />

does give the bike a slight advantage over the others in<br />

gnarly terrain.<br />

Of the three bikes, the KTM seems to offer the most exciting<br />

ride and it is really easy to understand why this one has<br />

legions of fans.<br />

• The Husqvarna is, perhaps for the connoisseur.<br />

The more discerning rider or racer that wants to open wide<br />

and have the very best suspension available to keep things<br />

comfortable.<br />

husqvarna-motorcycles.com<br />

Please make no attempt to imitate the illustrated riding scene. Always wear protective safety gear and observe the applicable provisions of the road traffic regulations.<br />

The illustrated vehicle may vary in selected details from the production models and may feature optional equipment available at additional cost.<br />

Feather weight<br />

enduro.<br />

Whether you are entering the new J2<br />

National Enduro class or planning<br />

to take the spoils in E1, the Husqvarna<br />

TE 150i must be your weapon of choice.<br />

Just ask Rockstar Energy Husqvarna<br />

rider Heinrich Aust.<br />

Please make no attempt to imitate the illustrated riding scene. Always wear protective safety gear and observe the applicable provisions of the road traffic regulations.<br />

The illustrated vehicle may vary in selected details from the production models and may feature optional equipment available at additional cost.<br />

TE<br />

150i<br />

Composite carbon subframe<br />

Switchable engine maps<br />

Fuel injection technology<br />

Photo By: www. ZCMC.co.za

We understand exactly why the Husqvarnna costs a little bit<br />

more – and that’s all down to the ride. After much heated debate<br />

and discussion amongst all of the riders, the general consensus<br />

that the Husqvarna is like a cross between the Gasser and the<br />

KTM. It has the very best characteristics of both bikes and some<br />

feel that it offers the most refined ride of the three bikes.<br />

Which is your favourite lads?<br />

The tech stuff:<br />

It’s all good and well us telling you about the bikes feel but our<br />

job is to tell you why that is. And it all comes down to<br />

suspension and ergonomic setup. Read what we told you about<br />

the GasGas plastics. That design influences the whole feel of<br />

the bike. The Bar bend is one of the factors that influences the<br />

feel of the whole motorcycle. On any bike, you need to spend<br />

time on your bikes setup. If you are comfortable – you will be a<br />

better rider.<br />

We made a call to Riaan from TRAX and bombed him with all<br />

kinds of questions about the differences between the bikes. He<br />

suggested that we call Will Slater from TBR suspension who<br />

gave us a few answers... www.tbrsuspension.co.za (Thanks<br />

Guys!)<br />

As you might be aware, Will works with most of the top enduro<br />

boys and he is currently working with Travis Teasdale’s<br />

Gas Gas team. We asked him the differences between each<br />

bikes suspension. He took time to research it all and to try and<br />

explain why the bikes feel different. And we were pretty chuffed<br />

that our conclusions were accurate.<br />

The fork diameters etc. are all the same, but the GasGas has a<br />

stiffer spring and softer valving than the Husqvarna.<br />

KTM changes the valving on their forks fairly frequently so they<br />

are also slightly different to the other two bikes.<br />

The rear shock on the linkage bikes is identical. As are the<br />

linkages themselves.<br />

Naturally, the KTM with its PDS system feels a bit more direct.<br />

“Generally our riders find that the PDS is great for climbing<br />

mountains – and then, of course that little bit more ground<br />

clearance comes into play. The Linkage system really comes<br />

into its own when you descend. The bikes just feel more in<br />

control and planted.”<br />

“In addition to the valving, the plushness up front that you feel<br />

between the GasGas, KTM and the Husqvarna is largely down<br />

to the cast triple clamps. Cast clamps allow for a bit of flex, the<br />

KTM and the GAS GAS both have cast clamps. The Husqvarna<br />

comes with Billet unit, like KTM’s Six day – and that stiffens the<br />

front up a bit.”<br />

Never say that you don’t learn stuff reading motorcycle<br />

magazines…<br />

In conclusion:<br />

There is no wrong choice here – and although the bikes are<br />

similar – they are all a bit different. Of course, the red one is<br />

something new and exciting that will stand out from the crowd.<br />

The Husqvarna and KTM have proved themselves over and<br />

over again.<br />

We suggest that you try and get a ride on each of them.<br />

TRAX MOTO in Silverlakes is now a dealer for all three brands<br />

www.go-mx.co.za<br />

– and the Husqvarna showroom will be open at the end of<br />

March.<br />

All three brands under one roof.<br />

Now that’s cool.<br />

The GasGas EC300 R135 000.00<br />

The KTM XCW300 R141 999.00<br />

The Husqvarna TE300I R146 699.00<br />

(012) 111-0190<br />

info@traxktm.co.za<br />

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