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Kevin Benavides and Honda

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Intro. Keeping the wheels turning...

This month has been a bit frenetic to say

the very least - it seems as though - even

after last years lockdown, the motorcycle

industry as a whole took awhile to hit first

and get going.

But our team put fire under saddles and

managed to get together all sorts of

interesting stuff that you need to know - and

indications are that 2021 is going to be great!

Sad is the fact that we know of so many

people who have contracted COVID, are

battling against it and who have lost loved

ones to the disease.

It’s a very real thing. Do the social distancing

thing and look after yourselves.

Of course, the best way to social distance is

on your bike - so go forth and ride a lot!

AND - if YOU own or know of an interesting

bike out there - please get in touch! We’d love

to feature it in the magazine.

Who knows? We might just make you


Have a great Feburary. Be lekker!

Feedback queries, etc -


Look up Black Rock creative studio on

facebook for AMAZING photographs and

contact details if you want your bikes


FEBRUARY Issue 2021


Glenn Foley



Sean Hendley


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Kyle Lawrenson


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Kawasaki back to cross country


This is big news, it’s great to see other brands

finally making their way back onto the startlines.

Hopefully, we’ll get the opportunity to ride the

new bikes soon – and we’ll tell you what we think.

by Motorsport Media

Kawasaki South Africa returns to the South

African National Cross Country Motorcycle

Championship in 2021 following a lengthy

sabbatical. Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul

Racing will enter a full nine-machine team in this

year’s championship.

“We are proud to confirm that Kawasaki

Motorcycles South Africa is returning to the

National Cross Country Motorcycle

Championship from 2021 with Pepson Plastics

Kawasaki Motul Racing,” team principal Iain

Pepper confirmed. “We would like to extend a

huge word of thanks to Chris and Kibble from

KMSA for putting their faith in us to bring the

Kawasaki brand back to the startline following a

long sabbatical from the sport.

“We are also pleased to have Motul on board

as a major sponsor, along with great support

from Bikewise with Pirelli, Arai helmets, Renthal,

Acerbis, DID chains and SBS brakes. “Our riders

will be protected by the best kit from Fasthouse

SA and the Margie Smith training facility will keep

the team fit, sharp and strong.

“Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul Racing will

compete across the various SA National Cross

Country classes with promising pair Dartagnan

Lobjoit and Craig Alcock racing in the open class

OR1 on the all-new KX450XC.

The experienced Taki Bogiages and Kyle

MacKenzie will be the men in green in

competitive OR3 aboard two KX250XCs, while

Lee Thompson is our man in the Senior class.”

Iain Pepper will represent the team in Masters.

“We also have a competitive Junior line-up with

Jake Pretorius and Clayton Human in 85cc and

Dylan Human in the 65cc class.”

The reborn Green Team will be racing Kawasaki’s

brand new built for cross country 2021

KX250XC and KX450XCs based on its ’21 KX

motocross machines. Both benefit specific XC

tuned electric start engines with MotoGP derived

finger follower valve technology and plug-andplay

engine mapping for precision tuning via the

KX FI Calibration kit.

Five-speed XC models get cross-country gearing

for their close-ratio gearbox, a light and direct

feel hydraulic clutch and traction control. XCtuned

Showa suspension on the 450 and KYB

forks on the 250 is cross country ready, as are

larger diameter brakes and optimised wheels

with an 18” rear and cross country tyres. The XCs

carry over the narrow KX frame with adjustable

handlebar and foot peg positions, minimalistic

bodywork and add a side stand and skid plates.

Kawasaki has a rich history of Cross Country

Racing success in South Africa with legends the

likes of Alfie Cox, Neil Woolridge, Chris Brand

and others riding the green machines to great

effect over the years. “Now Kawasaki is back

and the Pepson Plastics Motul Racing team is

ready to paint the South African National Cross

Country Championship green,” Pepper

concluded. “Let’s go racing!”

Watch this space…




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on scientifically-proven designs with the emphasis on clinical outcomes. Össur is a global leader in orthopaedics and

employs the smartest minds and the most advanced technologies to help change lives. The end result is award-winning

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

Win a custom sticker kit for

you and your loved one…

The guys from RobertCo, the custom sticker guys

are running a very cool valentines day promotion

and it’s easy to win so don’t be a lazy ass!

This is open to anyone in SA – and the kits will be

delivered to you by the Courier guy.

• Take a pic of yourself and your loved one

any dirtbike or adventure machine. Keep

it tidy and be creative!

• Send it along to foleyg@mweb.co.za

• If it’s good – we’ll publish all of the entries

in the March, April and May issue.

• Winners will be announced in our June


Calling all

ALL ADV Riders

Gyppo Work Tuesday

is back.

It’s time to tell your Boss to take a

hike on Tuesday the 16th of

February. Dirt and Trail magazine

will be hosting another weekday

adventure ride – this time from The

East Rand out to the republic of Val.

And Suzuki South Africa is bringing

along their DL1050 V-stroms for you

to take for a spin.

All welcome - It’s always fun – very

chatty and informal with easy routes

and some more techy stuff for those

who would like a more interesting

stuff. And you’ll have a great day

out in the country with a lekker


And chances are excellent that

you’ll get your photo into the magazine.




2021 EKS Brand LUCID

Goggles are here:

Man we do love this brand. The designs are always

exciting and innovative and dirtbikes are all about

that cool look, while using safe, practical products.

This from EKS Brand “The new LUCID goggle

range is characterized by clear perception. It

has been created from over 35 years of R&D,

experience, passion, and evolution in the goggle

business. As the world evolves, so does clear

vision and the need to see in the most demanding

situations. The new LUCID goggle will progress

vision and goggle function to the maximum with its

XDO, (Xtreme Definition Optics) lens technology.

The XDO lens is injection molded from the highest

quality impact resistant polycarbonate material for

zero visual distortion.”

Great fit and so stylish. The Goggs are making their

way to your local dealer as we type this.

Leatts new 4.5 Enduro Boots


It feels as though there are literally hundreds of

boot brands on the market at the moment and Leatt

enters the fray with their new 4,5 midrange enduro


Features include:

Great fit even for wide feet.

Closure: SlideLock system, Auto-locking one way

sliding closure for seal at top of boot.

Polymer composite buckles with Over-lock

system and stainless steel base.

Bike Grip: Inside of boot is flat and grippy for great

bike feel.

Toe-Box: Low-profile, for easy gear shifting.

Ankles: Heel grip ankle design for stability when

riding on your toes.

Sole: Enduro pattern for grip when pushing your


DualZone hardness.

Extended foot peg riding zone for arch and on the

toes riding style.

Steel shank reinforced and CE certified.

Inner Liner: Breathable mesh 3D liner with anti-slip

reinforcement for zero heel lift.

Making its way into dealerships…

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Available at selected dealers nationwide

Bike Tyre Warehouse

keeping the wheels turning…

The BTW Group have been busy sourcing stock

and securing deals with international suppliers

for a wide range of products from brake pads,

brake disc’s, chain & sprocket kits, batteries,

aftermarket adventure bike accessories, wheel

& spoke kits and a wider range of tyre related


Off Road Cycles news

New Year, new stock new faces … it’s all happening

at Off Road Cycles, the busiest motorcycle

shop in Pretoria. Lucindy joins the team,

bringing a bit of glamour to the mob.

Whether you need to book your bike in for a

service, tyres and etc. or if you are in the market

for some lekker new kit, Lucindy is the lady to

call. And speaking of new kit, they have just

unpacked a truck load of new SIDI and FORMA

boots, new ARAI helmets, riding suits, jeans,

Boss man Bruce reckons, “… due to the ever

growing national retail foot print we are finding

there are different product needs in different

regions, as well as different price scales. So we

have looked at these requirements and based

our developing product ranges on regional

market demands.”, basically Bruce and his team

are listening to the buying public and are finding

better ways to best serve the motorcycle market.

Head down to one of their 5 stores around the

country, to find the one nearest to you go to


whatever you need they have got it or can get

it fairly quickly. Boss Man, Conrad personally

oversees the day to day running of the workshop

and does all the specialised work himself.

From engine rebuilds and engineering, shockrefurbishments

and even specialised welding

and electrical work, there is nothing they can’t

do. Visit them at 22 Blesbok Ave, Koedoespoort,

Pretoria or give them a call on 087 808 3649 or

087 808 3650 or you can Whatsapp them on

082 823 4714 or email to


Tork Craft’s new glove range.

Budget gloves for the work

shop, and offroad riding.

Tork Craft now has a comprehensive range that

covers all these markets at very affordable prices

what’s more and they look pretty cool.

The guys from Tork Craft are avid Motocrossers

and they have been instrumental in developing

the kit. The Blue Air Mesh and the Spandex Red

gloves are ideal and on a par with anything out

there. Testers were very impressed, with the

range. The palms are reinforced and padded and

the closures are on the bottom side which makes

a lot of sense. One cool thing on the red ones is

the terry cloth on the back of the thumb which is

handy to give your goggles a quick wipe on the

fly, or even to wipe away sweat when you stop for

a break.


Sho! Sho! Sho! Cape Town is super

busy with more and more motorcycle

stores opening, seemingly almost on a

daily basis. Our lady in the Cape, Lorna,

has been run off her feet trying to

keep up with everybody. If she has not

made it to you yet and you would like a

mention in our magazines please give

her a call or drop her a mail and she will

definitely drop in for a chat. Also ask

her about some of our great advertising

rates and social media exposure rates.

Here are some of the great bike shops

she has visited on the Peninsula

They have been designed by multiple SA

Motocross legend, Ryan Hunt, who certainly

knows about good gloves after his 30 years of

racing and his recent comeback after a 10 year

layoff, to attempt to win 3 SA National titles over 3


They fit very comfortably, are very reasonably

priced and offer an impressive value for money

package. Tork Craft also offer “Work” and “All

Purpose” gloves which are great for anything

from working in the garden, the workshop to

working on your motorcycle, these are made more

robustly and offer great protection and a good grip

on tools.

As you may be aware Tork Craft is a leading

brand of accessories in the Vermont Sales

operation and are available at all leading

specialist stores countrywide for more information

talk to your retail outlet or

www.vermontsales.co.za -

Trade enquiries welcome


ENDURO RRP R9450 (incl VAT)

Now, we all like a really good looking pair of

boots that really offer quality construction and

excellent protection, and the Forma Predator 2.0

have a really cool name to boot …

(snick! … ‘scuse the word play). Not only do

they have a cool name and really look the part

but they are also jam packed with all the latest

technology and at a price that is reasonable.

Here are some of the specifications on the

Predator 2.0’s:

PU and microfiber material upper; Moulded

and adjustable front plate; Personalized extra

grip Enduro/Adventure compound rubber sole;

Moulded front panel; Dual Pivot F.C.S. (Flex

Control System) with anti-torsion and double

rear stop; Elevated TPU flex and traction

resistant Ergonomic Dual Pivot connector;

Injection moulded plastic protections; Safety

double density rear PU flexor with cushioned

inserts; Ultra shaped double density heel cup;

Reinforced lateral-bottom insert to better support

the entire Dual Pivot F.C.S.; Incorporated back

and side air intake windows; Fitted flexible

collar to keep out mud and debris; Personalized

rubber heat gripper inserts (also on Dual Pivot

connector); Adjustable double Velcro closure;

Replaceable/adjustable aluminium articulated

“Evo Security Lock” buckles; “Security Lock”

strap holder; Personalized Zama toe cap; Highly

resistant and breathable inner and quick-dry

lining (black); Personalized and thermoformed

upper inner lining (red); Polyurethane nylon

reinforcements; Soft polymer padding with

memory foam; I.N.&F.S. (Incorporated Nylon &

Fiberglass Shank) midsole; EVA padded

anti-bacterial replaceable footbed with A.P.S.

(Air Pump System)

At your dealer or www.dmd.co.za

Cape Bike Travel - Rentals –

Tours – Workshop,

Triumph Dealer.

Cape Bike Travel has been renting out

motorbikes since 2005. Situated at 125

Buitengracht Street they offer a large fleet of

latest BMW, Harley-Davidson and Triumph

motorcycles for long and short term rental.

Also available for rental are panniers and topboxes,

GPS units as well as rider gear. They do

arrange motorbike tours from 1-14 days through

South Africa and Namibia with different guided

and supported as well as self-guided options

available. They also arrange several off-road

riding courses and track days every year. The

Workshop is open to all makes of motorbikes and

being in the city centre offers the convenience of

a “while-you-work” service to commuters.

The mechanics have wide experience with all

major brands as well as in racing. The Workshop

does stock a wide variety of spares, tires and

accessories. You can visit Cape Bike Travel at

125 Buitengracht street, Cape Town or you can

give them a call on 021 424 5013 or drop them a

mail at info@capebiketravel.com, They are also

your point of call for anything Triumph in Cape

Town as they are the agents for Triumph on the





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Craig’s Motorcycle Fitment

Centre – Parow.

“The trusted name in motorcycle tyres in Parow.”

This shop is massive with a huge range of

accessories, parts and a proper workshop.

These guys Carry a huge stock of tyres across

all the popular brands. They fit and balance all

tyres purchased from them for free using the

correct tools to make sure all nuts and bolts are

re-torqued properly and they include free chain

cleaning, lubing and tensioning as part of the

deal. Their friendly and knowledgeable staff are

also happy to give you a free assessment on the

condition of your chain, sprockets, brake pads

and discs and etc and they are also quite happy

to source whatever you are looking for.

Visit them at 79 Voortrekker rd, Parow, Cape

Town or give them a call on 021 939 8916.

Mad Macs opens a

second store in Cape Town

This is Mad Macs’ second dealership in the

Western Cape, having branched out from

Somerset West to Cape Town. They are very

active in the racing scene and they organize

and participate in lots of adventure rides. Led

by some industry legends Rob Cragg, Stewart

Thom, David McFadden & Harry Clifton.

official Dealers for ‘Suzuki’, ‘SYM’ & ‘Kawasaki’;

They also trade in Pre-Owned motorcycles,

do scooter rentals, sellaccessories,

spares and parts and have a very experienced

mechanic managing their Workshop.

Shop 10, 2 Long Street, Cape Town,

City centre

021 488 9997 wafieka@madmacs.co.za or





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•PU and microfiber material upper

•Personalized extra grip Enduro/Adventure compound rubber sole

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

•Elevated TPU flex and traction resistant Ergonomic Dual Pivot connector

•Safety double density rear PU flexor with cushioned inserts

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

•Incorporated back and side air intake windows

•Fitted flexible collar to keep out mud and debris

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

•“Security Lock” strap holder





•Highly resistant and breathable inner and quick-dry lining

•Personalized and thermoformed upper inner lining (red)

•Polyurethane nylon reinforcements

•Soft polymer padding with memory foam

•I.N.&F.S. (Incorporated Nylon & Fiberglass Shank) midsole

•EVA padded anti-bacterial replaceable footbed with A.P.S.

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Motorcycle World Cape


Motorcycle World is one the oldest and most

well know Motorcycle store in Cape Town.

Established in 1993 and more than 28 years of

experience in the Industry. They claim to have a

huge client base stretching all over South Africa

& beyond. Their clients are like family and have

been dealing with them from Grandfather to Son

and now Grandson`s. They offer a large range of

clean pre-owned motorcycles from Sport,

Adventure and Cruisers.

No Limit Quads

No Limit Quads is situated in Kuilsriver in the

northern suburbs of Cape Town. It was established

in May 2006 by owners Jan and Salome

Du Plessis and continues to be run as a family

business. Although No Limit Quads is a small

enterprise it is driven with a lot of passion and

commitment to their customers as far afield as

Namibia. No Limit Quads as the name would

suggest specialises in Quads of all makes and


Finance is available through all the major banks

with their onsite F&I. Their store also has a big

range of riding gear and apparel and they have

recently added an online store. They have a fully

equipped workshop for all services and repairs

and their parts department carries a wide variety

of spares. Situated at 220 Voortrekker Road

Parow Cape Town where you are more than

welcome to pop in for a cup of coffee and a chin

wag or you can find them on the net at www.

motorcycle-world.co.za you can also call them

on 021-9305917 and chat to their sales

executive Ryan Neves.

As the business and their customer base expanded

they had to cater to a bigger market.

Currently they are a official dealers for South

African Motorcycles (Pty) Ltd, housing brands


also offer a workshop ready to work on all makes

of motorcycles and quads as well as a wide

array of spares, tyres and consumables. Visit

them at 44a Van Riebeeck Road, Kuilsriver,

Cape Town or contact them on 021-9035985 or

0835824947 or e-mail them on




Why the name Flying Brick?

The story BEHIND the name….

Back in the day, Suzuki, Yamaha, Honda and

Kawasaki ALL had water-cooled 4 cylinder bike

motors and BMW was under pressure to bring the

same to its home market (…and the World!)

BMW thus approached Peugeot for help with a

car-based 4 cylinder water-cooled motor; Peugeot

had an unused development model sitting ‘on the

shelf’, but had no plans for it, BMW took over the

development, and then the designers rotated it 90

degrees to fit into a bike frame! It was NOT what

the Germans were wanting, was something of an

“ugly duckling” and was ‘affectionately’ known as

the “FLYING BRICK” … OK, UN-affectionally!

Chris owned a Café’d BMW K100, the original

‘Flying Brick’, so the name has always resonated

with him. At the same time he developed a luggage

bag, dual compartments; a mentor helping

out with design input commented it looked like

an Air Brick (used in building…), and again, the

name ‘Flying Brick’ stuck.

Why open a motorcycle accessory store?

They never actually wanted to Retail because

“Its bloody hard work!” Chris, however needed an

outlet to display his newly designed Flying Brick

Luggage System and an opportunity presented

itself inside a Yamaha store in Cape Town.

No sooner had he started; when other requests

came in for alternative soft luggage items and

accessories and the need to supply, and just

maybe be better and bigger was triggered! So the

little monster was born and 9 months later, they

then moved into their own premises; surrounded

by complimentary businesses and the area is now

affectionately known as Gasoline Alley. 10 years

on, the business employs 8 people, and it has

expanded twice since it started. This is their 10th

full year in business, and to celebrate ,they will be

re-designing their logo for some products/items,

and this redesigned logo should provide some

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

They have a FITMENT CENTRE where they fit

whatever they sell, they have a qualified motorcycle

electrician on call for installation of after-market

electrical/electronic items, such as indicators,

hooters, GPS’s, etc. They cater primarily for the

Adventure Market, with some overflow into road/

scooter and commuters.

They are also an EXPERIENTIAL Store: you

can TRY the spotlights out, you can borrow a

windscreen spoiler for 72 hours, free-of-charge,

you can try out their comfort seat cushion – their

emphasis is on DO touch!

If you are on the peninsula experience Flying

Brick Motorcycle Accessories for yourself at 8

Shropshire Street, Paarden Eiland, Cape Town

info@flyingbrick.co.za www.flyingbrick.co.za

THE 2021


Honda 1st and 2nd. Was it just us or was Dakar

hype a bit less than usual this year? We have no idea

why – maybe COVID, maybe we were a bit Dozier that

usual (OK that was it), but compared to previous years

– there was just so little in the way of expectation and

excitement. And that’s not due to the race at all – this

years edition was loaded with excitement, drama and

heartbreak as those amazing people slogged it out up

there. To us it felt as if it was missing something…

But there is so much to write about and so many

things to tell… have a read.

At a glance:

• Argentine Honda rider Kevin

Benavides won the motorcycle


• Chilean duo Francisco Lopez

Contardo and Juan Pablo

Latrach Vinagre’s Can-Am took

light car honours.

• Argentine Yamaha rider Manuel

Andujar took the quad win.

• Dimitry Sotnikov, Ruslan

Akhamdeev and Igliz

Akhmetzianov led a crushing

all-Russian Kamaz 1-2-3 in the


• Stéphane Peterhansel’s 14th

win at the Dakar tore

up the record books.

Honda did it for the second year running:

This year, Honda put two bikes on the

podium. Fantastic! It was an awesome

race and the athletes were awesome to

watch. After the final stage, the overall

rankings in the bike category were Kevin

Benavides taking the win with Ricky

Brabec in second, both from Monster

Energy Honda Team powered by Motul,

and Sam Sunderland in third from the

Red Bull KTM Factory Team.

It does not matter what brand you support –

we reckon that every single South African was

rooting for the Kalahari Ferrari Ross Branch.

He really took the fight to the guys flying the

Yamaha flag high – and mark our words – there

is a win in him sooner rather than later. We were

all devastated when mechanical issues put him

out of the race.

The guys from Motul SA invited us to join them

for a live link to Dakar a couple of days before

the race ended. It was quite fascinating to

wander through the pits and pose questions to

riders, team managers and some of the Motul


If you did not know – Motul has a test facility

at Dakar and quite a few other major events

around the globe where teams can submit any

oil samples for analysis and advice. We chatted

to the guys about some of the breakages – and

they indicated to us that in their opinion, faulty

and dirty fuel was to blame for many of the

engine failures.

In a world where everything is becoming mobile, you should be too!

Honda’s Massive Year:

Honda factory rider Kevin Benavides won the

rally this year, with teammate Ricky Brabec

in second. A couple of other Honda riders

were in the hunt until the final stages. It’s a

big change from South American days, when

riders like Paulo Goncalves and Joan Barreda

would put in solid riding but were let down

by their machinery. This year, Honda had no

bike problems. The combination of new team

management and careful mechanical updates

is really working. Benavides becomes the first

rider from Argentina to win the Dakar Rally in

the motorcycle category, with the only other

triumph for the nation coming in the Quad


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Word out there is that Honda might cut its team budget.

Barreda is rumoured to be considering retirement after a

head injury, so Honda might save some money there, by

replacing him with a new rider on a smaller contract. We

hope that the Honda team can stay competitive, it has

been awesome watching them take the fight to the giants

that have dominated this event for so long. Honda gave

established and up-and-coming riders a different option

for a properly-backed factory ride.

The winners have also shaken European domination –

Benavides is an Argentine, Brabec is an American… Dakar

will get a boost in those continents thanks to these guys.

KTM had it tough…

This is racing for you. Things started off badly when

Matthias Walkner lost his clutch in the sand dunes in Stage

2. He managed to finish the stage, but in any normal year,

the hours he lost would have ruled him out of contention

for a top-10 finish.

That was tough, but it got worse when their top ranked

rider Toby Price Picked up a massive tear in the sidewall

during the first part of the marathon stage during stage 7,

almost knocking him out. The consummate professional

went on to finish second in Stage 8 on that damaged tyre.

But it all ended in stage 9 when he crashed and did his

collar bone…

Laia Sainz on her Gas Gas

When he went out, Sam Sunderland and rookie Daniel

Sanders were KTM’s best hope for a podium. Sunderland

finished a very respectable third, an amazing result is you

consider all this guys past injuries. The Red Bull KTM rider

had the unenviable task of opening the final road from

Yanbu to Jeddah after winning Stage 11 and suffered as a

result, finishing 13 minutes off the pace of Brabec in 12th

and losing out to the American for second place overall by


Sanders finished fourth on his first outing. This is a guy to


Walkner managed to finish ninth overall.

Kalahari Farrari Ross Branch

Brian Baragwanath and Taye Perry

A busy Yamaha workshop

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

watch this space…

Sanders seems to be the real deal, and if Price, Walkner and

Sunderland all return next year, that’s a list of Dakar royalty.

Any one of them can win. The wind just needs to blow in

their favour.

Sad Times For Yamaha:

Up front, Yamaha looked really good. Jamie McCanney, last

year’s top rookie was back, along with Adrien Van Beveren

and Franco Caimi. And there were two significant additions:

Andrew Short moved over from the Husqvarna factory

team, and our own Kalahari Ferrari, Ross Branch came on

board, moving from Bas Dakar.

Bad fuel stopped Short short. Terrible luck at any event.

Later in the race, all of Yamaha’s other riders were forced

out due to mechanical problems. The rules around engine

maintenance have changed since South America where

top riders were more likely to take the time penalty for a full

engine swap. Now it seems that the engines just don’t hold.

We hope to See Yamaha Japan step in with more funding

and development.

As we understand it, at the moment, Dakar is all up to

Yamaha France – and they are competing against full

factory backed teams. Yamaha does have the money to be

successful in Dakar’s ATV segment. They won it again this

year, so the mother corporation has the ammo. Maybe it

just needs to fund the team with money from Japanese HQ.

Other bits: We told you about this last year when we

covered Dakar and we knew that it was coming…

The organisers need to slow things down…

Tyres: Flat out, those 450’s are mighty fast, so Dakar officials

included a few new rules for 2021. Elite riders were limited

to six rear tyres. The idea was to make the riders nurse them

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

Navigation: In the past, the big factory teams employed

“mapmen.” The mapmen would analyse the roadbook for

potential shortcuts, giving their riders ways to shave time

off their day. This year, rule changes saw races only getting

their roadbooks a few minutes before the start of the

stage. The idea was to even the playing fields and it made

navigation just as important as speed and talent. We saw

factory riders frequently losing big chunks of time as they

made nav errors. Now they really need to concentrate…

and this slows things down a bit.

Airvests: Became compulsory for all riders. It makes sense

and we think they are here to stay.

2021 saw much success from the smaller guys and top


• Fourth overall and top rookie went to

Daniel Sanders (KTM). The Australian Enduro

Champion took fifth on Stage 12, just behind

Skyler Howes (KTM)

• Skyler Howes sold everything he owned to

return to Dakar, after his good result in 2020. This

year he finished an amazing 5th overall on the

Bas Dakar team, the top privateer. Someone sign

him up already!

• Lorenzo Santolino put in a great race for Sherco,

finishing in sixth. This is Sherco’s best result.

• Privateer Stefan Svitko finished eighth, riding a

KTM under his own Slovnaft banner, and Martin

Michek took another KTM to 10th overall, for the

Orion team.

• The 50 year old, Botswana legend ‘Kalahari Madala,

Night Rider Mr Teapot James Alexander the Great

completed Dakar 2021 in 64th position. He now has

legions of fans, including us!

• Gas Gas lady Laia Sanz finished 17th overall. The top

lady finisher in her 11th consecutive Dakar finish



Rumours abound that Saudi’s borders might open and

neighbouring states will welcome Dakar and that would be

amazing for sure! But until the pandemic is over, this is unlikely.

The logistics involved with cross border racing are challenging

to say the least, and until we beat this thing, we cannot see it

happening. We are told that due to COVID restrictions, this years

route was put together mainly through satellite maps. It all

seemed to work out OK. But it’s simply not sustainable.

Dakar by numbers: Some fast facts:

• 104: A total of 310 vehicles lined up on the start line

of the 2021 Dakar. The number was comprised of 108

bikes, 67 cars, 58 UTVs, 42 trucks, 26 classics and 21

quads. By the Rest Day we had already lost 68 of those

machines. Completing the entire 7,646km loop from

Jeddah and back – including 4,767km of timed special

stages – were a grand total of 206 vehicles.

• race vehicles dropped out before the finish, with 19

re-entering the rally under Dakar Experience rules.

• 14: Stéphane Peterhansel’s 14th win at the Dakar tore

up the record books. The Frenchman led the rally from

Stage Two and now has eight victories

behind the wheel of a car to add to the six wins he

claimed in the bike category. Peterhansel now

stands alone as the biggest winner in a single category

thanks to his eight car race wins.

The legendary Frenchman had previously shared that

record with Vladimir Chagin who won the truck

race seven times for KAMAZ. Peterhansel said: “For

sure, it is one or two more records for me. 14 victories

on three continents and also on the anniversary of my

first victory 30 years ago today.”

Although Nasser Al-Attiyah eventually had to settle for

second place overall, he did manage to make

some history of his own. The three-time Dakar winner

is now the only competitor in the rally’s history to win at

least one stage at 14 consecutive editions.

• 18 years (and 118 days) old: New for the 2021 Dakar

was the introduction of the Lightweight Vehicles category,

grouping together T3 side-by-side machines and T4 UTVs on a

single leaderboard. Cristina Gutiérrez of the Red Bull Off-Road

Junior Team won Stage One of the contest to become the first

female stage winner since Jutta Kleinschmidt’s last stage win

in 2005. More history was made when Gutiérrez’s team-mate,

Seth Quintero, won Stage Six. Later that day he found out in the

bivouac that he was now the youngest-ever stage winner at

the Dakar. The 18-year-old rookie doubled down on his historic

achievement by winning Stage 11 as well. Quintero said: “We

came out swinging and proved our point that we’re here to stay.

The Red Bull Off-Road Junior Team is not a team to be messed

with. We’ll be back next year and we’ll be back better.” Coming out

on top overall in the Lightweight Vehicles category were Chaleco

López and co-driver Juan Pablo Latrach Vinagre who picked up

five stage victories of their own.

• 1-2-3: The worst stage result for truck driver Dmitry

Sotnikov at this Dakar came on day 11 when he finished fourth.

The Russian finished in the top three on every other stage and

it was that consistency that handed him his first Dakar win.

Sotnikov became the seventh different Team KAMAZ Master

driver to win the Dakar as he delivered them their 18th title.

Sotnikov said: “I just have no words, only emotions. We have been

moving towards this victory for several years, gradually approaching

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

Sotnikov was joined on the overall podium by team-mates Anton

Shibalov and Ayrat Mardeev, who finished second and third

respectively. The victory makes it five wins on the bounce for

KAMAZ, a feat they last achieved between 2002 and 2006.

South African crews:

Giniel de Villiers driving with Spanish notes man Alex Haro Bravo

ended eighth after taking a stage win in another Gazoo Toyota Hilux,

while teammates Shameer Variyawa and Dennis Murphy ended


SA Dakar car rookies, former quad podium finisher Brian

Baragwanath and ex biker lass Taye Perry’s made in SA Century CR6,

starred through the race but were significantly delayed en route to

finish 32nd.

What a race! What a show! Dakar is always a real spectacle!

Roll on 2022.

Daniel Sanders - Rookie of the year


Triumph South Africa

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In the turmoil of the past 10 months or so there have been

very few good news stories going around. Amongst all the

doom and gloom there is a little company quietly and fastidiously

just getting on with business and steadily getting

stronger each day. Bruce Allen and his team at Triumph

South Africa’s head office and flagship store have

recently gone through a major revamp of the premises and

we popped in for a quick chat and a look around. They truly

do have good reason to be proud. Here are some

interesting stats about Triumph SA, they have doubled their

market share in Johannesburg in the 500cc plus category

since taking over the brand. Within 5 months of opening

their Cape Town store in August 2020, they are back up

to the same market share for 2020 which Triumph had

previously in the Cape. It has been just on 11 months since

launching the all-new Triumph Rocket 3 and an

unbelievable 50 exceptionally happy Rocket 3 owners are

enjoying their machines. Largely thanks to our great feature

on the bikes in RideFast Magazine. The new Tiger 900

(MCN 2020 Bike of the Year), is also seeing impressive

sales – we hope you read our features in Dirt And Trail


On Triumph’s global customer satisfaction ratings, Triumph

SA is proud to be rated in a close second out of Triumph’s

26 global markets. This is testament to their truly customer

centric approach to doing business. In a retracting market

in 2020, Triumph has managed to maintain their sales volumes.

And how have they managed to do that? Well, since

the business started, there has had virtually no change to

the friendly faces. The team has a great working relationship

with each other and with their customers, creating a

welcoming, familiar and friendly environment. Bruce says,

“You will be warmly greeted the minute you walk through

the door by one of the team, they may even catch you in

the parking lot. We have a strong team of skilled, qualified

and attentive technicians in the workshop keeping each and

every Triumph in top running condition”.

Triumph’s steady progress is largely due to truly loyal

customer support, the opening of Cape Town and some

exciting new models. Triumph JHB and Cape Town have a

demonstrator bike for every single model in the line - bums

in saddles sell bikes, and every single one of the brand passionate

team believe that once you have ridden a Triumph

you will be hooked. Couple that with good value for money

and better pricing than you might expect for their bikes

and services, and you have a winning formula. Walking

around the newly revamped store you get a sense that it is

designed to make the shopping experience so much easier

with the clothing and protective wear being incorporated

into the motorcycle sales floor. The brand, being premium is

now being represented correctly, yet it still has that Triumph

familiarity and passion. A lot of brands make the mistake of

becoming too cold and sanitised when they revamp or

modernise their corporate identity or upgrade their dealerships.

Bruce as CEO of Triumph South Africa sits on the sales

floor in a glass walled office and the door wide open and

welcoming, the new workshop is also walled in glass so

you can sit and watch them work on your bike.

Leather couches, TV’s, a well-stocked fridge, great coffee,

free WiFi and a long table to sit and work at while waiting

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The 2021 Husqvarna family.

Husqvarna launches their 2021 team…

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna.

The team is called Rockstar Energy Husqvarna for 2021 and

we were introduced to the guys at a cool, social distance

acceptable introduction a couple of weeks ago.

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

For us it was quite interesting to see the new blood that has

been infused into the team – and it’s great to see some really

talented youngsters being given such a great opportunity for

the 2021 season.

Husqvarna is focused and ready to go racing – and we see some

great results in the pipeline for this season.

• Leading the charge in the Offroad and Enduro segment

is the very affable, hard-working Brett Swanepoel. He

made history last year by winning both the E2 and OR2

and also the overall national Cross Country Champion

ship. An amazing achievement for sure! If you

follow our magazine, you’ll know his

story – despite massive injury setbacks

he blew everyone away…

This year he is biting off quite a lot…

He is Racing 2 classes – national OR1 on his FX450 and national

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

Extreme series.

He is joined by two exceptionally talented youngsters who have

kind of – appeared and shaken up the race industry.

Last year, we went along for a little ride with him and were

blown away by this mans talent. And he’s a very likeable guy

on top of all that. He raced for a dealer team last year and

was seconded to the national team for a few of the big races.

He must have impressed, because this year, he got the call

to represent the factory team on his 150I.

• The Third member of the team is Dynamite Davin

Cocker. Davin will race the OR3 championship on

his FC250.

Davin just kind of appeared out of nowhere from an MX

background and took the fight to the big guns last year. He

is very, very quick. This young Zimbabwean is flying Solo in

SA, his parents are in Zambia while he lives, goes to school

and races in JHB. Hard work pays off and he got the call

to go racing with the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team for


Motocross: Two multiple champs in the team…

• In our previous issue’s you see that David Goosen

is back in the hunt with Husqvarna. He is racing

MX1 and MX2 on his FC 450 and FC 250


Multiple national champ David, you’ll know is a consummate

professional and one of the unassuming guys in the

paddock. We’ve watched him become one of the statesmen

in the South African MX scene – and he is, absolutely one of

the fastest, most consistent riders out there.

He has a task this year and will be competing in both the MX

1 and MX 2 classes for the season. Based in Cape Town,

he has taken Husqvarnas other national MX racer under his


• Neil VD Vyver is last years national 65cc champion

and will be racing Pro mini 85 series on his TC 85

big wheel.

Early on, when Neil was racing 50’s, Zygmund Brodalka who

shoots most of our national MX stuff called. “Guys! You have

to watch this kid! He is a future world champ.”

Well if you look at the lighties repertoire so far we think that

he might just be correct… he is a talent to be reckoned with.

Husqvarna South Africa’s Brand Manager Fred Fensham

waxed lyrical, “We couldn’t be prouder of our young Neil.

To be a four-time national champion at 12 years old is an

incredible achievement – we look forward to seeing what the

future holds for him.”

Watch out for this lot – a thoroughly professional outfit for

sure! It’s going to be a great season of racing…

Happiness is... a brand new race bike. Neil VD Vyver.

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• During lockdown, you might have caught our feature on

Young Heinrich Aust. For 2021, he will be racing national

Enduro E1 on his TE150I. He will also be competing in

the National Extreme Enduro championship.

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Adventure bikes are more than just a mode of transport.

Pretty soon they become a lifestyle as you go

in search of the next horizon. Here’s a collection of

smaller adventures that should be on your list of bikes

to buy…

This feature was actually s’posed to happen in our

Jan Issue – but remember all the rain at the end of last

year? It interrupted play something horrible and interfered

with our deadline plans… so we got to see the

new year in at play on some of the best adv trails that

Gauteng has on offer. Most adventure riders know or

have heard about the famous canal roads near harties –

so after another big downpour we decided to head out

that way via some of the back roads that we know.

In SA, generally speaking, the mindset is that bigger is

better. Why buy a 600 when you can ride an 1100.

You’ll never pull chicks on an 850 – rather go with a 1250 –

and so-on.

Look deep inside – and you’ll know that we are correct.

But the simple truth is that:

A – Most (normal) people do not even ride the big bikes to

their full potential.

B – The price of many of bigger machines is putting them

further and further out of the average motorcyclists reach.

Luckily, the manufacturers – well most of them anyway –

know this – and so they make smaller, both in girth – and

capacity bikes that – well everyone can ride and enjoy.

Many might scoff at the though – but most of these bikes

are actually a lot more than the average Joe needs in order

to get out into the great outdoors… and quite frankly, many

of our lot actually prefer the smaller, more manageable

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

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rocky pass we know. We had a cross section of

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We took along 2 pillions in the form of Megan

McCabe from The Bike Show and our own

Stefan – and made them hang on for dear life

as they attempted to get the best shots of the


And what a cool day it was! Roughly 200

kilometres of absolute riding pleasure – and

we would have done more had we not been

delayed by a nasty flat – and a TV camera…

There is a lot to be said for tubeless tyres, we

had to find a tube, find the correct tool, get it all

sorted…. Ok we know we should have

perhaps been better prepared – but carrying

parts and tools for 5 different bikes is an

interesting challenge…

We all congregated at BMW Fourways for a

coffee before heading out. They supplied us

with the GS850 Adventure for the day. Routes

were plotted while we waited for the other bikes

to arrive.

We headed out towards the Cradle, over the

Koppie, around Harties and then onto the

canals. All the way out to Brits – where they

have, in our opinion, the coolest Wimpy in SA.

All along the route we chopped and changed

bikes – giving the guys a chance to showboat

and to shoot pics at the most scenic spots.

What is cool is that we each swap notes and

comments on what we think about each

machine and at the end of it all – we can tell you

lot what we think.

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

varying opinions on all sorts of bikes –

especially given the way that prices are

climbing. Have a read – go and ride them all.

The Bikes:

If you look at the cross section of machines that

we were on you’ll see a real variety of scoots –

and that’s our intention here. Smallest to largest

– SWM lent us their…., Linex Yamaha supplied

the T7, RAD KTM supplied the 790R, BMW

Fourways, the GS850 Adventure and Triumph

SA, the Tiger 900 Rally Pro.

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machines and there really is a bike for

everyone. What we did pick up through the

day is the fact that the SWM, the T7 and the

KTM790R are the hooligans in this crowd… as

evidenced some of the pics. The 850 Beemer

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The SWM 650 Superdual : Dirtbike on ‘roids.

This one was loaned to us by SWM South Africa:

It’s kind of strange that the 650 market has diminished so

much in SA. Some of the bikes disappeared thanks to

Homologation legislation – and believe it or not – emission

control laws. Yup! ‘Strue!

So affordable single cylinder bikes like Kawasakis venerable

KLR and Suzuki’s DL650 quietly fell away leaving a bit of a

void in our market. SWM stepped in and introduced the 650


Now we’ve featured the SWM lineup a few times in this here

magazine – and for those of you who do not pay attention – it’s

a bike that is designed and manufactured in Italy and is

powered by the old Husqvarna engines.

We have ridden this specific bike quite a few times – and it is

really good fun. Since the last time, the guys fitted Arrow pipes

so now it has the sound to match its performance. The

smallest of this batch, the SWM is also the most off-road

biased of the lot. It’s no slouch – happily keeping up with the

rest of the pack without revving its brains out and will happily

run along at the 145 KPH mark all day and top out at just more

than the 160KPH mark displayed on the digital clock.

The bike is solid comfortable and even at speed it does not

shake rattle and roll or vibrate nearly as much as you’d expect

it to. If you were to describe this bike it would be – Unpretentious

fun. No electronic settings to distract you – simple get on

and pull that massive wheelie.

Good brakes, great handling, a decent size tank for a range at

around the 260 mark. Lots of bottom end grunt and midrange

for day to day use. This is the kind of bike that will guzzle the

bad mountain passes in Lesotho without breaking a sweat and

you can use the bike to work and back every day.

Best of all is the price. Just less than 100k. Think about that.

A quality (Yes we are very impressed) adv that costs less than

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

what we mean.

The Yamaha T7:

This one came from Linex Yamaha in Randburg:


Smaller, lighter Rally inspired adventuring.

If you follow the mag, you’ll know that we made a point

of spending a lot of time in this ones saddle. The T7

is a flippen brilliant machine – so capable on the road

– and she really shines in the dirt. To be quite frank, a

few of our guys were not convinced after riding the first

demo that came through our door – but after this, we

have a few believers.

Once again – a very unpretentious motorcycle that

simply gets along with the day to day business of

putting smiles on faces.

There has been a lot of criticism levelled at this bike by

people. The question that always comes up: “Why no


Yamaha takes a “no gimmicks” approach to electronic

rider aids. The 2020 Yamaha Ténéré 700 sets itself

apart from its rivals in the space by eschewing ride

modes, traction control, and even cruise control, in

favor of simplicity and go-anywhere maintainability.

However, it does have ABS.The vertically

mounted LCD instrument cluster allows the rider to

scan information at a glance without looking down. The

dash is not TFT, though it tells you all of the essentials,

including trip information and current and average fuel

consumption. Just as cool is the accessory bar above

the LCD panel designed to mount a smartphone, GPS,

or a rally roadbook. A standard 12v socket is conveniently

located to power it all—you will need an adapter

if your component uses USB.

It is quite true that modern motorcyclists want all of the

nanny features that modern bikes offer – but we’ll say

it again – many of our lot enjoy not having to sukkel

with buttons and settings – and it’s great just to swing

a leg over a saddle and go for a ride. Yamaha has the

tech to include a TFT screen and more electronic

trickery – but that would, of course drive the costs up.

And the cost is already a point of contention in SA.

200K is nothing to sneeze at – especially when you

consider that there is currently another similar bike

with a lot more features at a little bit more money…

But we do need to point out, that that bike is about to

be replaced with a bigger, more expensive new model

which will then, perhaps make the price of the T7 a bit

more attractive. Also remember that in terms of costs

of bikes - we are beholden to the value of our mighty

Rand VS the Japanese Yen.

A very capable bike for very little money.

In this guys opinion – the T7 is a great bike for the less aggressive

ADV rider who wants to try the more technical stuff. The

engine supplies such exciting but smooth, user friendly power.

The 689cc Crossplane twin, pinched from Yamaha’s MT07 road

bike (CP2) is a real treat. On paper, 72 horsepower at 9000

rpm and 50 ft/lbs of torque at 6500 rpm are not necessarily

mind-blowing. However, in the saddle, the CP2 engine is a bona

fide grin stretcher. With plenty of power in first through third

gears, plus a robust linear pull with outstanding over-rev, the

CP2 engine is a standout feature of the 2020 Yamaha Ténéré

700. The Yamaha Ténéré engineers created different fuel injection

mappings, aspiration, exhaust, cooling systems, and final

drive ratio to optimize torque and throttle response for off-road


It’s a marvelous thing.

On the tar and on the gravel, the Chassis, brakes and suspension

are more than up to the task of managing the power delivery

and the bike offers a fun, comfortable, predictable ride.

The average rider who loves gravel travel and exploring SA will

feel right at home. If, like our Kyle Lawrenson you are a more

aggressive rider who enjoys big jumps and treacherous terrain,

then in the faster, harder dirt stuff, you may need to spend a bit

of time setting up your suspension – but the beauty of KYB is the

fact that it is almost infinitely adjustable.

This bike is amongst the most comfortable for the day – you sit

in the bike, rather than on it and space around the rider is roomy

and natural – perfect for that long road trip that you’ve been

dreaming about.

The T7 is a great choice.

So user friendly, predictable and easy to ride. It’s also a damn

fine looker for any wannabe Dakar rider…

What to do when you have a front puncture.


With rugged, rally-bred features, outstanding

reliability, a versatile engine and true on and

off-road capability, the Yamaha Ténéré 700

opens a new world of possibilities for riders.

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The KTM 790R: Tech aggression.

This is a used unit from RAD KTM in Rivonia.


It has been a long time since this guy got to ride one of

these. At the bikes launch in Morocco a couple of years

back, he was seen gushing about how good it is… and

guess what?

Nothing has changed. The bike is aggressive and really,

really good fun to ride.

We collected the bike, where Miguel the big boss spent

some time on a refresher course on the electronics package.

Simply put – it’s quite mind boggling how much

electronic tech KTM put into this bike – and we won’t bore

you by running through it all, but the bike hosts electronic

bits also delivered on their highest spec machines.

Ready to Race: Yip – KTM delivers on that promise from the

moment that you climb aboard and open the throttle. The

bike is tall and wide with aggressively positioned bars. The

Akarapovic pipe fitted on this one emits a luverly snarl…

and whilst it is only a 790cc engine – the parallel twin is

feisty and fun to play with. With 95 horsepower and 66 ft/

lbs of torque, the compact 799cc parallel twin packs a lekker

punch. The broad torquey feel comes on early with a linear

build and peaks at 6500 rpm, providing plenty of torquey

arm stretching acceleration. Dual counter-balancers create

a smooth ride. Blitzing through town to our meeting point in

Fourways was fun – the bike has a presence that makes the

cars quickly clear a path.

When we got going, we soon found that Rally Mode is

our favourite setting. It provides the most direct throttle

response, and allows the rider to select traction control settings

on-the-fly—from a nanny level 9 to a sideways hauling

and barely perceptible level 1. We chose levels 1-4 for

off-road situations and popped her into 9 for the tar sections.

The Quickshifter+ is seamless. We are fast becoming believers

in this tech on any adventure machine. It makes you

a bit lazy simply because it is so simple. Coupled with the

PASC slipper clutch, the overall operation works flawlessly.

As expected brakes and suspension are top shelf – and

they seem to work better the faster you go.

The WP Xplor suspension on the 790 Adventure R matches

the power and chassis so well. We went as fast as we could,

jumped every

obstacle that we could find, and also rode the bike like the

gentlemen that we are – and the 790R never once got out

of shape. The Trouble is, like many KTM ADV bikes, you

sometimes forget that this is not actually a dirtbike… so

you could get into some trouble if you don’t stay sharp! For

increased stability, a WP steering damper is a great standard


Other Bits:

The bike is tall with a wide, comfortable seat. The cockpit is

spacious and comfortable in any terrain. Standing is natural

when the going gets a bit rougher.

With a bright five-inch TFT display, information on the 2019

KTM 790 Adventure is easy to read in all light conditions

and from all angles. If you are someone who enjoys techy

stuff – the screen allows the rider to easily view pertinent

information and smartphone Bluetooth connectivity is supported

via the KTM My Ride app for music, phone calls, and


Standard items like a 12v socket on the dash for powering

phones or a GPS and under-seat USB charging is great.

The bottom of the seat on the 790 Adventure includes cell

phone storage, and there is tool or innertube storage behind

the left side plate, both of which are appropriately accessible

without tools. All Practical stuff that any adventurer will enjoy

With the 890 arriving on showroom floors soon, and the

price of bikes steadily increasing, you’ll be hard pressed to

find a deal like this again.

Currently, Brand new, the KTM790R retails for 210k. This

includes all rider modes and quickshifter +.

BMW’s 850 Adventure: Luxury Travel.

This one from BMW Fourways.


BMW is all about comfort and mileage eating exploration

and the GS850 delivers just that. This is aimed at the

discerning buyer who wants every mod-con known to

man, who wants to look the part and loves long days in

the saddle.

The F 850 GS Adventure was launched last year, succeeding

the old faithful F 800 GS Adventure. Like the

rest of BMW’s dual sport range, the new model had seen

an increase in capacity of 50cc. BMW has made the new

F 850 GS Adventure more refined than its predecessor,

with a smooth parallel twin engine and updated styling.

The Adventure models always look big and imposing

thanks, largely to the massive fuel tanks up front – but

BMW got it right – and once you get rolling she feels like

– well – a smaller motorcycle.

We headed out along the highways and byways and

then onto the smaller winding roads which really gave

us the opportunity to explore the Adventures comfort

and handling. Smooth, predictable , comfortable and


Confidence inspiring is a phrase that gets over used lot

these days, but that’s exactly what the F 850 GS Adventure

is. It is a pleasure to ride on the road. The seat,

the pegs, and the bike’s controls are all well placed. The

saddle is comfortable. Looking straight ahead, the TFT

dash sits nicely just below your eye line. It’s excellent,

very clear, even in bright sunlight, and there’s a lot of

information on display. Coupled with the BMW ‘Wunderwheel’

controller on the handlebars, it’s possible to

navigate through the menu on the run, and it’s all very

intuitive and simple to use. BMW has nailed the TFT

dash from a usability perspective.

When we hit the dirt – stand up, look up and all that –

The GSA has a dual-action brake pedal. If you flip up

the first part, it becomes better positioned for standing.

Riding off-road really got to showcase the handling of

the bike on its 21-inch front, and 17-inch back wheels.

It’s actually quite impressive how well this girl handles

the dirt. Just relax and let her do all the work. She

gives great confidence in the rough stuff, particularly

in enduro mode which is accessed by the flick of a few

buttons. The standing position is excellent for off-road

riding. It just feels so natural and comfortable, and – we

need to mention that the electronic suspension is quite

something. We aimed her at quite a few speedbumps

that turned into jumps and we were impressed at the

manner in which she took then in her stride.

The F 850 GS Adventure is fitted with tubeless spoked

wheels. They’re so much easier to handle a roadside

puncture with, why don’t all manufacturers fit this type?

The BMW F 850 GS Adventure comes in two versions;

the standard F 850 GS Adventure and the F 850 GS

Adventure Sport. The standard model comes with ABS,

automatic stability control, engine and hand guards,

luggage rack, an adjustable touring screen, enduro

footrests, slipper clutch, riding modes pro (dynamic pro

and enduro pro), power socket, LED lights, and a TFT

screen with connectivity.

The F 850 GS Adventure Sport builds on all of that

by adding daytime riding lights, an additional LED fog

light, LED indicators, dynamic traction control, gearshift

assist pro, riding mode pro (dynamic pro, enduro and

enduro pro), and ABS pro.

If you are looking for absolute luxury on the road with

decent, go and explore gravel-road prowess then you

need to take one for a spin.

The F 850 GS Adventure is fitted with cruise control,

which is great for long journeys. The screen has two

positions, well thought out and works perfectly deflecting

air effectively and creates a comfortable, bubble around

the rider. Performance wise, the 850 parallel twin engine

is torquey and revs smoothly. The addition of standard

road and rain engine modes, along with optional enduro

modes, that can be chosen on the fly enhance it. Clutch

actuation is smooth, light and progressive – and once

you discover the quckshifter – well you won’t use the

clutch much after that. She comes with powerful brakes

and ABS that is very unobstrusive.

R18, First Edition 2020

4,000km E X Demo

R299 000

S 1000 RR, 2014

45,000km - Too many extras to mention

R149 000

R1250 GS HP 2020

2 000km EX Demo

R245 000

R1200 GS Adventure 2017

48 000km - Top box, Full Akrapovic,

Tinted Screen

R189 000

R 1200 R, 2015

25,000km Panniers

R129 000

R1250RT, 2019

18 000km

R249 000

F 850 GS Adventure, 2020


R199 000

F700 GS 2014


R69 000

BMW Motorrad Fourways






Cnr Witkoppen and Cedar Road.

Fourways, Gauteng.

Tel: (011) 367-1600

Email: rodney.serfontein@cedarisle.co.za

Triumphs 900 Tiger. Civilized excitement…


Man. It’s quite easy to understand why this

bike was voted bike of the year by quite a few

international media houses last year. Not only

did Triumph re-invent the Tiger, but they made

a bike that easily matches just about anything,

not only in this midrange but also in the bigger


If you follow the mag – you’ll know that this

writer love the old 800, so much so that three

of them have made their way into our garage.

But members of our team were not so easily

impressed, citing things like a weird seating

position and various other maladies.

The Tiger 900 is all-new, from the front wheel

to the back, and from the screen (in any of its

five, easy to adjust positions) downward. The

old 800 was a great bike, but the development

team started with a blank sheet.

This was the first time that our whole team got

to ride the 900 and this time round, the bike

received a serious thumbs up from everyone

and a grinning “I told you so” from the editor.

And it all starts with that 900cc triple engine.

Somehow Triumph – and we won’t go in to

lots of detail here – changed the firing order

on the bike to change it from a civilized cuppa

tea to tequila shots on the bar.’ Strue. Not that

much faster – but just so much more exciting

and engaging to ride. To be absolutely honest,

Triumph has given the bike an almost V-Twin

feel… It loves to be revved, and there’s plenty

of usable power low down. It’s quick on the

road and on the dirt, and the quick-shifter

works perfectly.

In fact – of the bikes feature in this here

article, the 790 KTM and the 900 engines give

you a bigger shot of adrenaline than any of

the others. Absolute power is a claimed 94bhp

at 8750rpm, and peak torque

happens at 7250rpm, but Triumph also boast

an increase across the rev range. Off road

you generally use fractional throttle openings,

and at 3750rpm the bike is producing over

40bhp, which is quite enough to get you into

all sorts of trouble if you don’t basop!









But they also paid attention to ergonomics,

styling suspension – and of course – electronics.

There are six rider modes on the Rally Pro and

on our test, we spent most time in Off-road, with

dialled down TC and ABS. Hardcore riders can

enjoy Off-road Pro, which removes all the safety

nets. Turn off the ignition and the bike reverts

to base settings. The adventure market loves

gadgets, and the Tiger come with an impressive

level of equipment. You get multiple modes,

heated grips, cruise control, cornering ABS and

traction control and big TFT instruments. heated

seats, quickshifter, Bluetooth, tyre pressure

monitoring, centre stand and fog lights…

The bike is comfortable and well laid out with

every control falling easily to hand and an

electronics control that does not require days to

figure out. It has a marvelous TFT display. the

windscreen is adjustable with one hand from the

saddle and does a nice job of deflecting the worst

of the air without buffeting. Sitting or standing up,

the bike is really comfy for riders of all sizes.

The frame looks similar to the old 800’s, but the

rear subframe is now a bolt-on item in ally with

separate bolt-on pillion footrest hangers,

reducing the risk of an expensive frame swap in

the event of a light spill – just replace the

subframe or footrest hangers. Our Photog

accidentally dropped the bike while shuffling it

for a photograph (Happens sometimes) and the

crash bars took the brunt with only a few small

scuff marks as evidence (Sorry Triumph!)

At 20 litres, the tank is marginally bigger than

the old one, too and the airbox design allows an

air filter change without removing the tank which

was a real pain.

Most of us agree that the Triumph 900 is the

most balanced of the bikes in this feature. It is so

comfortable, quick sharp and nimble on the road

and – well just as good in the dirt.

Spot the Dam under the lawn.

Our Riders share their thoughts:

Donovan Fourie:

Yamaha Tenere 700:

When we fetched this motorcycle from Linex Yamaha, we asked

Gareth – da man dere – to comment on the lack of traction

control, rider modes, quickshifter, TFT dash, Playstation consol

and other forms of electronic brilliance we now consider

essential in our cushy motorcycling lives.

“It’s like an old XT,” he shrugged with a wry smile. ”It’s simple,

and it will do the job.”

Dammit! I hate it when industry people have witty retorts to us

journalists’ cunning interrogation! Such cheek!

He’s right. The T7 (the name given to its original concept bike

and a name that has stuck because it’s far easier than saying

Ten-uh-rey-Sev-en-hun-dred) is lighter than its contemporaries,

has better suspension, a sublime (even if comparatively

underpowered) motor with a fulfilling growl and a quality that

Yamaha has spent decades achieving.

If I were tasked with riding into the Great Unknown, equipped

with nothing but my wits and a motorcycle, it would be a T7.

I’d take a bunch of tubes and 19-inch Allen key with me, mind


Triumph Tiger 900:

The Triumph brand has accomplished some sort of strange

affable effect on people – people of different brand orientations

will wage a full-on social media war against one another with

each vying for their own brand’s credibility while conveying

blood-curdling discontent for the opposition’s.

That’s until you mention Triumph.

“Ja, no, actually, Triumphs are pretty good too,” exclaim all

parties before reloading their weapons of retort to unleash hell

on that other brand.

There is nothing to dislike about Triumph because they produce

motorcycles that are thoroughly un-dislikeable.

You know the 900 will be good because it’s better than the Tiger

800, and if that were in this test, we would have loved that.

BMW F850GS Adventure:

The 850 is BMW doing what BMW do best – building capable,

intelligent, understated motorcycles that you, the reader –

despite our scribes perhaps suggesting otherwise – are most

likely going to buy.

We can’t really knock it for anything in particular – it doesn’t

vibrate, it’s perfectly comfortable, everything works with German

efficiency, and it has never killed orphans – at the same time,

it isn’t the best at anything. Personally, I like the dapper looks

where there have been some clear attempts at styling beyond

“make it look like a rally bike”.

The 850 GSA will not blow your socks off, but it will get you

where you’re going, both in terms of the journey and life in general,

where the sock blowers possibly may not.

KTM 790 Adventure R:

Where the BMW comes across all adult and mature, the KTM

really is a ridiculous toy. It is smaller than its peers, it’s lighter

and yet wallops with very much the same punch. The KTM will

go as fast as anything mid-range, but without the rider feeling as

though they have a massive chunk of metal beneath them that

might freight-train off uncontrollably without notice.

It shoves confidence in the rider’s corner, tempting them to

attempt feats that may not have been considered on other machines,

making manoeuvres that would otherwise be resigned

to dreamland a reality. Or hopefully a reality.

It’s a motorcycle for grown-up children. If you’re the sort of person

that laughs at jokes and then immediately thinks: “I’m going

to hell for this,” may we interest you in a KTM?

SWM Superdual 650:

In a test of the elite, what the hell is this thing doing here? How

very dare it!

One cylinder? Nearly half the horsepower? A dash that looks

like an old Casio? Absolutely no creature comforts? The absolute

nerve of these people.

Except that it costs R97,000.

Fine, but you pay less you get less, right?

Except that the SWM is rather good. It will not win any drag races,

no beauty contests and no science fairs, but it has a spark

that leaves the rider giggling. A well-executed thumper is has

a magic all on its own, especially when twinned with a chassis

that’s the lightest of the group and yet features everything the

off-road junkie could want.

Did we mention that it’s currently only R97,000?

Kyle says:


The first time that I rode this bike, I was not convinced. The

hype behind the bike was huge, but when I rode it I was slightly


However - we picked up the T7 from Linex and well, I need to

eat humble pie. For some reason, this bike was a lot more fun

to ride than the first one. No idea why, it just was.

My first question is what did they do to this bike? I jumped on

the bike and opened her up and raced down the canal roads

thinking I was Ross Branch.

Now I am not going to harp on about the suspension, there are

rumblings about it, but that can be set up. The bike is a tall bike

with a seat hight of 875mm but 5mm lower than the KTM, so it

not the tallest. You can feel this straight off the bat. If you want

to turn around, it feels really light to maneuver in tighter areas.

On this bike you sit in the bike not on top of the bike unlike the

KTM. It’s a well balanced bike and after a few minutes you feel

like you are on a dirt bike.

What makes this bike special is the way it puts the power down.

It is not intimidating at all, anything it is predictable and

manageable but don’t get it in your mind that it is lazy. On the

fast gravel roads you can ride it flat out and drift through every

corner. It’s a really cool looking Dakar bike.


This is the first time I have ridden this bike for longer than 10

kays. Right away you need to realise that this bike and the

Yamaha T7 are two different beasts. Unlike the Yamie, the KTM

has a ton of electronics. The special thing about the 790 is the

rider modes that come with the bike. The one that stands out

is the Rally mode. Now this mode has made off-road riding on

these bikes so much fun. On the rally mode you can set the

throttle sensitivity. When setting it you can choose how

aggressive you want the power to be.

In the same breath, the days of turning the traction control are

over. You can adjust the “SLIP” on the fly while going around a

corner. This means you can change the aggressiveness of the

traction control as per the surface you are riding.

On a fast slippery gravel corner, I set it to be slightly more

aggressive - to prevent completely sliding out and on the dunes

turn it completely down. Its all quite mind boggling at first, but

once you have it figured it all kind of makes sense.

Being the tallest bike on the day this bike has a real dirt bike

seating position. You sit on top of the bike with lots of room to

slide up and down the seat. The bike is well balanced with a

low centre of gravity making thing this bike easy to ride fast and

handle through some tight and rough spots. The one thing I did

notice is it doesn’t get as hot as some of the other LC8 motors

out there. This bike is also the most racey of the lot for the day.

You can defiantly feel the ready to race DNA.


This is the bike that impressed me the most for the day. We

have the predecessor in our garage and well, what they have

done is give this bike more personality and wow was it fun to

ride. The bike feels a lot smaller and nimble with a beautiful

sounding motor. Keep in mind this is the newest bike out of the

lot. The motor is completely new from top to bottom. It is alive

from the word go. And it handled my abuse with ease.

SWM 650:

Well, if you love a KLR650 – you can’t get a new one. Let this

be the replacement. At R97 000 this bike is the best value for

money out there. The motors have proved to be reliable. This

bike feels great. It is so much fun to ride – like a dirtbike on


This one bike was fitted with arrow pipes that woke up the

neighbourhood but it was just so cool to ride flat out.

You can ride it like a dirt bike and like we did take it on a long

journey. Simple, uncomplicated adventure travel. I really had a

lot of fun.

BMW 850 ADV:

Off the bat, it looks great and better than its predecessor, it even

sounds better. This is typical, conservative BMW.

The suspension on the bike is really good. Riding hard, or even

getting a bit airborne, the bike did not bottom out at all. It feels

well planted and comfortable. The display on this bike is lovely,

it is sharp and bright. The rider ads are easily activated and

enabled with one button.and on the road it is just so




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Developed from KTM’s offroad race DNA, the KTM 790 ADVENTURE R is

a serious travel capable offroad motorcycle equipped for the most extreme

escapes. With the hardcore adventurer in mind, it balances the power

of a twin, with the lightness and agility of a single-cylinder offroad bike,

to open up new riding possibilities. It offers an impressive fuel range

without compromising agility, feeding a powerful yet compact, smooth

and reliable engine. Access more extreme and distant offroad terrain

thanks to easy-to-use rider aids and practical ergonomics.

Phone 011 462 7796 for your nearest dealer.

Sean says:


As a hard core middle weight adventure bike this one it is very

good … if you weigh less than 100kg’s. My chunky ass had the

suspension bottoming out occasionally at speed through some

of the rougher stuff. I am aware, however that it can all be set up

and adjusted and knowing KYB, it’s a quick fix.

Long, fast winding good dirt roads were easily ridden at high

speeds with the rear wheel drifting out a bit. The CP2 parallel twin

motor is fantastic and is very smooth at any speed and on the

tarmac I easily got the T7 up to 200kmh. The big 21 inch knobbly

shod front wheel did the usual bob and weave that all these types

of bikes do at those kind of speeds and which was easily

remedy by shifting my weight a bit back on the seat and relaxing

my shoulders and my grip on the left handle bar. Wind protection

in the cockpit is great, even for a 2 metre long slab like me.

The T7 is reasonably tall with a really comfortable relationship

between the foot pegs, seat and handle bars. I was easily able to

stand up without having to crouch down to reach the bars which

really changes your feel and confidence when riding off road …

You shorter folk really don’t understand the struggle anybody over

1.85 metres has with that.

Ergonomics and cockpit lay out are intuitive with everything

exactly where you would instinctively expect to find them. The T7

is a back to basics bike with very little in the way of

electronic gadgets, so for the hard nosed old school riders it is

great, however I have come to really enjoy things like shift assist

gears when standing up and riding technical sections and cruise

control when eating up the miles on long tar sections. Unfortunately

we only discovered the puncture in the front wheel when

I got to ride the T7, so I didn’t get to ride it as much as I would

have liked but I do think that if one ever came onto the used bike

market at a reasonable price I might just buy it and spend a bit of

money beefing up the suspension and maybe fitting an after-market

quick shifter.


This is possibly one of the best kitted out bikes in this mid weight

category. A little bit on the low or short side for my 2m chassis

so I would definitely fit some bar raisers and possibly higher

and wider handle bars. I have had the pleasure of riding a 790R

through, over and around Lesotho on a 4 day trip on some of the

gnarliest terrain the mountain kingdom has to offer as well as

riding all the way there and back on tar for a lot of the distance

and to be honest there is very little to fault on the 790R.

It is genuinely an all-round good motorcycle and really good value

for money. Flat out on the tar, the 21 inch knobbly gets a bit

squirley, but once again just relax and let it do its thing. The cockpit

is a little bit fiddly with its multi button navigation and smaller

display but really only takes a few minutes to get acclimatized to.

Flipping through the riders modes, traction control setting and the

like really let you set the bike to your personal riding style. I really

enjoy the quick shifter. Especially in the more technical stuff, just

makes gear changing so much quicker and easier. Possibly the

bike we all had the most sport on during the ride. I am keeping

my beady eyes open for any really good bargains to be had on

one of these, a bike that definitely needs to grace my garage.

it was definitely the most brash. It is light and nimble with plenty

of grunt, maxing out at about 165kmh on the tar and surprising

stable at those speeds. In the dirt it was a huge amount of fun to

ride, easily jumping over humps and bumps with wild abandon

as the suspension easily soaked some of the harder landings,

hanging its back wheel out on long sweeping winding dirt roads

and just generally having a good time. It is reasonably compact

and nimble little bike and with very little in the way of

electronics to possibly go wrong. Long tar sections through the

Karoo might become a bit tedious for the taller, heavier riders,

but as a day to day commuter it would be a lot of fun. Narrow

enough to scoot between the traffic, also tall enough to see over

most cars and plenty acceleration off the line to leave the traffic

in your dust … speaking from experience here.

Then weekends it is off to the bush for a bit of an explore and a

lot of fun … did I mention that the price is from 10 years ago?

850 GSA:

So … I am probably going to be shot for saying this, but I am

not a huge fan of the 850 GSA’s big brother. I just find it too big

and too cumbersome, even at 6 foot plenty and 115kg’s. Then,

I am also not completely sold on its sibling the F850GS, a good

bike but needs work on its suspension … and personality.

So I was a bit non-committal about riding the ADV and left it

for absolute last and then only because I had to drop it back

off with the dealer and collect the bakkie to get home. Once I

swung my leg over the big girl and got a few miles under my

belt on her I started kicking myself! She is big, but not too big,

she is plush, but not soft and when you get enthusiastic with the

revs she definitely has quite a bit of pep. Honestly, I only spent

about 10 kays on her in the dirt bouncing through mud and

over rocks with the odd steep climb or decent here and there,

but I could tell that the 850GSA is a completely different beast

than its standard sibling that I used to compete in last years GS


The suspension acted and reacted very predictably in the

rougher terrain, the big tank did not make the bike feel top

heavy or cumbersome, the quick shifter is surprisingly smooth

even at low rpm and like silk when working higher up in the rev

range. On the tarmac back from the canals to Fourways was an

absolute pleasure. Set the cruise control at a few kays above

the posted national speed limit sit back and watch the scenery

whizz by in plush comfort.

Of all the brands on the market, BMW definitely has the easiest

electronics package to use. The TFT screen is large and easy

to read, especially for those with older eyes, navigating through

the various screens is easily done with one button and a nav

wheel on the left handle bar that instantly becomes intuitive.

Comfort wise BMW is hard to beat and the older I get the more

I appreciate things like plush seats, luxurious riding positions,

quick shifters, cruise control, big easy to read displays,

easy and plentiful power delivery but still young enough to enjoy

a bit of rough sport in the dirt and the BMW 850 GSA delivers

on all fronts but does come with at bit of a premium price.

Tiger 900:

The newest model in this market only having being launched

early in the third quarter of 2020 where all the other bikes have

been on the market for at least two years.

To be honest, I was a little worried about riding the new 900

Tiger, much to the chagrin of a lot of my mates and industry

colleagues; I never really got on with the outgoing 800 model.

It was a fantastic motorcycle in most respects bar the sitting


No matter how much I adjusted the handle bars they always felt

awkward to me, even and possibly especially when standing up.

Somehow they were always too far away and yet too close at

the same time, the rest of the bike I loved, especially that

phenomenal triple cylinder power plant. And I am happy to

report that the new 900 is an all new bike and they have sorted

out the seating position dramatically. On the tar the new 900 is

quite the weapon, as far as an adventure bike can be, the handling,

power delivery and stopping power inspire you to try and

rattle a couple of Tupperware torpedo’s through the mountain

passes. Its manners are even better in the dirt almost making

you forget that you are not on a lightweight fantastic plastic.

I think unchaperoned and left to my own devices I might just try

some stupid stuff a la Ernie Vigil on the 900 Tiger. The

electronics package is brilliant and once you get used to the

switches and the menu’s it is really quite easy to navigate

through, the display can also be customised to your preference.

Everything just works so well of the new 900. The power shifter

is one of the smoothest, up and down, I have ridden with, the triple

cylinder engine give excellent low down torque and delivers

smooth hard revving power out the top with very little to no discernible

vibration. Comfort wise the cockpit is great with plenty

of leg room, comfortable angles on hips and knees when seated

and the bars are comfortably high enough for me to stand and

ride yet low enough not to cause fatigue on my shoulders while

eating up the long distance kilo’s.

All the bikes we rode are all within 10 to 15% of each other

in price except for the SWM, and most of them do represent

really good value for money, but if I had to choose one to do

everything well from daily commuting to long distance tours and

a whole bunch of bushwhacking thrown in it would be a toss up

between the BMW, KTM and Triumph, they have most of the

gadgets that I want, they all fit my lanky frame very well, are

lightweight enough to bang around the bush on and are good

comfortable long distance tourers.


I have never had the privilege to ride one of these bikes before

and was somewhat surprised when it felt very familiar swinging

my leg over it. Reason for that is that it is essentially the old red

Husqvarna 650 before they joined forces with KTM - and we have

a Husqvarna Terra 650 in our fleet which we all ride very

regularly. At a grand or two under a 100K it is really good value

for money. It is small in stature compared to the rest of the bikes

on the ride, but fitted with twin Arrow exhaust, (aftermarket),

Puncture interrrupts play.

The glamorous life of media. Waiting for the photographers to do their job.

Trevor says:

I think the feature writer was referring to me when he was

talking about the “weekend warrior”.

While I have spent some time on the dirt (and once or

twice in it!) I tend to view dirt with a degree of caution and

I count it a good day when neither me nor the bike gets



Having owned a brace of Triumphs previously (800XC

and 1200 Adv) I naturally wanted to try the newer 900. I

was not disappointed – even having recently coming from

the 1200 the bike felt just as comfortable with pretty much

a similar sitting position.

I do think the instrument cluster is laid out better – if you

had to challenge me I really wouldn’t be able to tell you

why but it felt familiar enough that checking the clocks

and using the indicator button was pretty much where I

expected it to be.

What really bought the point home that the bike has been

redesigned was when I went up onto the pegs – and

didn’t need to modify my standing position. In both the

800xc and the 1200 I got handlebar risers installed so that

the standing position felt more comfortable and natural.

The bike is really gutsy when accelerating and it is only

once you get above the 150 mark that the difference in

engine size becomes noticeable. And the speed-shifter!

My previous experience with a speed-shifter has been

limited – but Triumph has done a sterling job to such an

extent that even an older (insert appropriate term) like me

was soon happily making good use of it.

The rider mods/electronic package has been upgraded

and was sufficiently user-friendly that it took all of about

30 seconds for me to grasp the concept of how to change

things to my liking – and THAT is impressive.


I was disappointed not to be able to spend more time on this.

Initial impressions were that the stance is different – it seemed

narrower and taller but was not uncomfortable. Obviously, the

sitting position (based on the above) was different – but not

uncomfortable or unpleasant. The clocks were laid out fairly

well (weekend warrior speaking – not

techie journalist) and things worked pretty much as you would

expect them to.

I did get a sense of a bear waiting to be poked when I opened

the throttle a bit too much on the dirt. The bike was balanced

and forgiving enough that I was able to correct my errant behaviour

and not end up in the dirt instead of on top of it. Spend

some time with this machine and I am

reasonably certain that confidence will grow in leaps and

bounds. And in the hands of a skilled rider this machine will

definitely keep them entertained.

Having said that, at no stage did I feel that I was about to lose

it or that the bike was going to be unmanageable – as long as

I rode within my limits and didn’t try to mimic the “pace” that

some of the more experienced riders were

putting the bikes through.

Yamaha T7:

Sadly, when I jumped aboard, the T7 had a flat wheel… so, it

was a very short romance… It would be unfair for me to try to

scribble anything about it, but I do look forward to riding it again



This was an interesting ride. Similar to the Triumph in that it is

comfortably reserved in terms of power delivery (throw your

weight behind the throttle and there is good deal of “get up and

where the heck are we already – did I blink!) whilst seated on

padded luxury .. sigh.

The electronics package is very user-friendly and there is definitely

a sense that the engineers have spent a

reasonable amount of time getting feedback from the riders.

There are enough settings to satisfy even the most go-gogadget

boy freak out there – without coming across like something

that has been designed by a bunch of techies. This stuff

actually works, and it works very well.

This is a bike that is comfortable on those long open roads

whether they are road or dirt.

Here are some interesting stats:

Bike Motor Power Torque Weight Price

Triumph Tiger 900 888cc triple 94hp 87Nm 201kg (dry) From R229,000

KTM 790 Adventure R 799cc inline twin 94hp 88Nm 189kg (dry) From R209,999

BMW F850GS Adventure 853cc inline twin 95hp 92Nm 244kg (wet) From R237,000

Yamaha Tenere 700 689cc inline twin 72hp 68Nm 205kg (wet) From R199,950

SWM Supertrail 650 600cc single 57hp n/a 196kg (wet) From R97,000

Would I (buy this over the 1200) – hell yes! In a heart-beat

– now anyone want to make a donation to my Triumph


SWM 650:

This was the smallest bike out of the lot. It is also one with

the least amount of electronics – and this was the bike

that I got to ride on the loose dirt pass previously referred


So picture a cat on a hot tin roof riding a bike that is very

different to the Triumph – that’s right. The bike layout is

very similar (I thought) to a dirt bike – I spent an afternoon

a few years back destroying a new pair of jeans and a

decent t-shirt in a muddy vlei on a borrowed Honda 230 a

while back – but is obviously a bit heavier and bigger.

I think the photographers were hoping to get some “action

shots” – you know the sort where the bike ends up on top

of the rider who is busily eating a clump of grass mixed

with a healthy serving of dirt. Did I mention that I tend to

approach dirt with a degree of caution?

I am pleased to say that the bike is that good, that they

were disappointed – and I was very relieved! I do believe

there was air between the tyres and the ground more than

once too.

Which speaks more to the bikes overall capability than to

mine I believe.

Capable, nicely balanced, good torquey motor and very

little electronics to distract you from keeping the top bits

up and the bottom bits down. At the price – an absolute


“I love the smell

of 2 stroke

in the Morning”

3 TPI’s same same or different?

We try to enlighten you.

For this issue, the guys from TRAX MOTO invited us to ride the

three TPI 300’s available from the KTM group. We hear you say “But

they are the same!” We hear you – and mmmm – we disagree. Each

bike is different, and in this feature, we’ll try to explain why.

First off , and before we even start, any one of these bikes is a great

choice. The fact that they share a parent company means that

important stuff like parts and technical backup and servicing is

pretty easy. And more good news is that TRAX MOTO in Silverlakes

is now a dealer for all three brands.

When we did the feature on the GasGas ec300 in last months issue,

we mentioned that it was brand new. Since then, the bike has been

run in and has undergone a little bit of setup in the workshop.

The bikes:

The KTM 300 XCW is one of KTM’s best-selling

motorcycles. It’s been a while since we rode one,

and this one was freshly run in

Third up for duty is the Husqvarna TE 300. The

last time we rode one of these, was at the 2020

bike launch in Lesotho, so for us, it was fantastic

to compare it with its siblings.

It seems that the guys from the dealership were

aware that crash Bandicoot AND Roley Foley were

going to ride them – and they were instructed to fit

every protective part known to man.

Each bike was fully kitted with protective parts.

PSS was tasked with radiator and rear disc

protection. Acerbis skid plates were fitted on all

three bikes – and Carbontek supplied the exhaust

guards. Various other bits littered the bikes like

Acerbis reservoir covers and so-on. The brush

guards are standard with power part inserts.

Other than that, TRAX left the bike standard.




The test venue:

We opted to use the Mamarok facility out near

Mamelodi for this feature. Mamarok will be changing

soon – they have a lot of upgrades and plans in the

pipeline. Watch this space and we’ll keep you posted.

The track is a really lekker flowing short loop that

incorporates natural and man-made obstacles. You

can select the red, more tech option or you can take

the chicken run at each obstacle. Either way, its great

fun and at about lap 10, you’ll be pretty tired.

We did not go rock hopping although we would have

liked to, but this course was perfect to ride each bike

on the same track over the same distance to give

each rider and idea of what each bike is about. It’s

long enough to feel the engine characteristics with so

much diverse terrain that you get a perfect feel for the

suspension and handling characteristics of each bike.

Being the scientific type that we are, each rider

selected a bike and did a lap. Swapped bikes and did

another lap, swapped again… and so on . Each rider

put in about nine laps at least three laps on each bike

with some pulling an extra one on their favourite. At

each stop and swap, we chatted and laughed, (a lot),

and traded notes and comments.


Read This:

Each of us came away with a favorite bike and what was

interesting is the fact that the choices were so distinct.

There was no ummm’s … errs or maybe’s, each of our

riders had a favorite on the day, based purely on the ride.

And each rider selected a different bike as their favorite for

the day. We kid you not, usually when we do a test like this,

it often happens that we all lean more towards one than

the other. This time, if someone handed us folding money

notes and told us to choose, we’d each have a different

bike on the bakkie.

And each rider has a very different riding style.

The Riders:

Mike Wessels is a fast MX boy. He only understands

speed, wheelies and jumps. But he can ride rocks and

things too. And very well at that.

Kyle leans a lot more towards harder enduro. He is a great

technical rider and is most often found trying to ride up or

down a wall.

Glenn is the epitome of a decent weekend warrior without

a racing bone in his body. He is happy to plod along in just

about any terrain until there is food in the distance… then

he becomes a racer.

All three riders are very experienced. And all three have

ridden various renditions of all of these bikes…


Each bike shares a two stroke 300cc TPI engine – the KTM

groups very latest technology. Electric start, a vibration-free

feel to power and incredibly smooth bottom-to-mid juice

allow the off-roader to get traction and let the engine pull

you over obstacles. The six-speed gearbox is well-spaced

– although to be fair on this track, fourth is about as far as

we went . The clutch pull on each bike is light and easy to

feather with one of them better than the others. When you

add good fuel economy and oil injection to the engine’s

superb hitless power, you have a true enduro weapon.

Some differences:

They all share varying degrees of WP suspension. Of

course, the KTM is the only one of the three with no linkage.

Up front, the KTM and the GasGas have cast triple clamps,

while the Husqvarna comes standard with very trick looking

Billet units.

They share the same frame – but as you all know, the

Husqvarna has a carbon composite sub frame.

The wheels are all different – GasGas wears silver Excel

rims, KTM’s black wheels are made by Giant and the

Husqvarna is fitted with DID Dirt Stars all with polished


The KTM and GasGas come standard with Maxxis rubber

and the Husqvarna has Metzeler six days.

The KTM has a Brembo clutch and brakes, the Husqvarna

has Magura clutch and brakes. The GasGas, in a nod to

its Spanish heritage wears BrakeTec technology in this


The KTM and GasGas share Niken bars. The Husqvarna

has slightly higher bend Pro Taper bars. KTM and Husqvarna

give you MX type brush guards. Out of the box. Gas

Gas has no brush guards.TRAX fitted the Powerparts

braces on all three.

To define the bikes, they all have different plastic styling

and colours. So the rider has a choice as to what he or she

likes best.

The ride:

Here is what each of us agreed upon. Please remember

that each of these bikes is stock standard as you’d buy

them off the floor. They have only been dressed in protective


• The plushest, and most user friendly bike to ride

is the GasGas. Thanks to clever ergonomic design the red

bike feels smaller and more compact than the other two

and this had us scratching our heads … because they are

actually all the same size on paper. Our guys all mentioned

that it is the easiest bike to put your feet on the ground.

Thanks to a clever fuel tank design, slimmer between the

legs and wider at the bottom than the other two, you get

the impression that it is a physically smaller motorcycle. Go

and ride one and you’ll see what we mean.

Ground clearance is excellent and the bike is slender and

turns so well. And of all three bikes it offers the plushest

ride. Not soft, just comfortable, nimble and quick. And this

bike has the softest clutch pull of all three bikes ridden.



• The KTM absolutely lives up to its reputation of

Ready to Race. It feels like a wound up spring ready to

explode when you open that throttle. The fact that it has no

linkage makes the bike feel more connected, you are more

aware of the braking bumps and the bike gives a lot of feel

and feedback in any terrain. Naturally the lack of a linkage

does give the bike a slight advantage over the others in

gnarly terrain.

Of the three bikes, the KTM seems to offer the most exciting

ride and it is really easy to understand why this one has

legions of fans.

• The Husqvarna is, perhaps for the connoisseur.

The more discerning rider or racer that wants to open wide

and have the very best suspension available to keep things



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Feather weight


Whether you are entering the new J2

National Enduro class or planning

to take the spoils in E1, the Husqvarna

TE 150i must be your weapon of choice.

Just ask Rockstar Energy Husqvarna

rider Heinrich Aust.

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Composite carbon subframe

Switchable engine maps

Fuel injection technology

Photo By: www. ZCMC.co.za

We understand exactly why the Husqvarnna costs a little bit

more – and that’s all down to the ride. After much heated debate

and discussion amongst all of the riders, the general consensus

that the Husqvarna is like a cross between the Gasser and the

KTM. It has the very best characteristics of both bikes and some

feel that it offers the most refined ride of the three bikes.

Which is your favourite lads?

The tech stuff:

It’s all good and well us telling you about the bikes feel but our

job is to tell you why that is. And it all comes down to

suspension and ergonomic setup. Read what we told you about

the GasGas plastics. That design influences the whole feel of

the bike. The Bar bend is one of the factors that influences the

feel of the whole motorcycle. On any bike, you need to spend

time on your bikes setup. If you are comfortable – you will be a

better rider.

We made a call to Riaan from TRAX and bombed him with all

kinds of questions about the differences between the bikes. He

suggested that we call Will Slater from TBR suspension who

gave us a few answers... www.tbrsuspension.co.za (Thanks


As you might be aware, Will works with most of the top enduro

boys and he is currently working with Travis Teasdale’s

Gas Gas team. We asked him the differences between each

bikes suspension. He took time to research it all and to try and

explain why the bikes feel different. And we were pretty chuffed

that our conclusions were accurate.

The fork diameters etc. are all the same, but the GasGas has a

stiffer spring and softer valving than the Husqvarna.

KTM changes the valving on their forks fairly frequently so they

are also slightly different to the other two bikes.

The rear shock on the linkage bikes is identical. As are the

linkages themselves.

Naturally, the KTM with its PDS system feels a bit more direct.

“Generally our riders find that the PDS is great for climbing

mountains – and then, of course that little bit more ground

clearance comes into play. The Linkage system really comes

into its own when you descend. The bikes just feel more in

control and planted.”

“In addition to the valving, the plushness up front that you feel

between the GasGas, KTM and the Husqvarna is largely down

to the cast triple clamps. Cast clamps allow for a bit of flex, the

KTM and the GAS GAS both have cast clamps. The Husqvarna

comes with Billet unit, like KTM’s Six day – and that stiffens the

front up a bit.”

Never say that you don’t learn stuff reading motorcycle


In conclusion:

There is no wrong choice here – and although the bikes are

similar – they are all a bit different. Of course, the red one is

something new and exciting that will stand out from the crowd.

The Husqvarna and KTM have proved themselves over and

over again.

We suggest that you try and get a ride on each of them.

TRAX MOTO in Silverlakes is now a dealer for all three brands


– and the Husqvarna showroom will be open at the end of


All three brands under one roof.

Now that’s cool.

The GasGas EC300 R135 000.00

The KTM XCW300 R141 999.00

The Husqvarna TE300I R146 699.00

(012) 111-0190


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