MARCH 2021 RSA R35.00
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BACK ON TRACK
WE RIDE THE KX250XC & KX450XC
IN THIS ISSUE:
KTM Factory 450 Build - TW200 in Mozambique - Polaris news
Vstroms up Breedts Nek - Helping hand at IMPI - Travels with Mizz B
Gyppo work Tuesday - National MX Opener and lots lots more...
• Sport & Recreational ATV
K&N Style Filters
Available sizes 28, 35, 39, 42, 48,
52, 54 and 60mm R125.00
Jump Starter & Power Bank R1299.00
18L / min
RAC610 Inflator R449.00 RTG5 Gauge R249.00
Batt Tyres, the Ultimate
for Extreme ATV Enduro
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• Cross Terrain 4×4 ATV Tyre
• Race/ Rally, On and Off Road
• Durable On / Off Road Radial
• Race/ Rally, On and Off Road
All BATT Tyres provide superior grip, long tread life
and the best value-for-money thanks to our 4-TYRE
COMBO SPECIALS, available for Sport & Utility ATV,
Side-x-Side and UTV models. Batt is the largest
supplier of ATV and Side-x-Side tyres on the African
continent and ship tyres nationwide.
4-TYRE COMBO PRICES:
(2X FRONTS & 2X REARS)
‘A027 RACE SERIES 1’ 4-TYRE COMBO SPECIAL:
• 21*7.00-10 & 20*10.00-9 R3,500, SAVE R1,700
• 21*7.00-10 & 20*11.00-9 R3,500, SAVE R1,700
• 21*7.00-10 & 20*11.00-8 R3,500, SAVE R1,700
• 22*7.00-10 & 20*10.00-9 R3,900, SAVE R1,500
• 22*7.00-10 & 20*11.00-9 R3,900, SAVE R1,500
• 22*7.00-10 & 20*11.00-8 R3,900, SAVE R1,500
• 22*7.00-10 & 22*10.00-9 R3,900, SAVE R1,700
• 22*7.00-10 & 22*11.00-9 R3,900, SAVE R1,800
• 23*7.00-10 & 22*11.00-9 R3,900, SAVE R1,800
• 23*7.00-10 & 23*11.00-9 R3,900, SAVE R1,800
‘A033’ 4-TYRE COMBO SPECIAL:
• 24*8.00-12 & 24*11.00-10 R5,800, SAVE R800
• 24*8.00-12 & 24*10.00-11 R5,800, SAVE R800
• 25*8.00-12 & 25*10.00-12 R5,800, SAVE R800
‘A043’ 4-TYRE COMBO SPECIAL:
•25*8.00-12 & 25*10.00-12 R6,200, SAVE R1,088
• 26*9.00-14 & 26*11.00-14 R7,200, SAVE R1,040
‘A045’ 4-TYRE COMBO SPECIAL:
• 30*10.00-14 R9,600, SAVE R3,080
‘A047’ 4-TYRE COMBO SPECIAL:
• 30*10.00-14 R9,600, SAVE R3,080
* Prices include VAT. We ship nationwide.
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QUOTES: 073 777 9269 / 083 467 1349 • ADMIN: 011 205 0216
DESCRIPTION PART NO. SRP Inc. Vat
SMART CHARGER 1 AMP DFC150 R599.00
SMART CHARGER 3.5 AMP DFC530 R899.00
SMART CHARGER 4 AMP PSA004 R999.00
SMART CHARGER 8 AMP PSA008 R1349.00
SMART CHARGER 4 AMP PSD004 R1199.00
SMART CHARGER 8 AMP PSD008 R1499.00
THE ADVENTURE AWAITS
PART NO. DESCRIPTION PRICE
Tubeless Puncture Kits
License Disc Holders
Bike and ATV Covers
Available sizes S - XL
CRAIGS GAUTENG MOTORCYCLE NEVES 021 939 8916
MOTORCYCLE ZEEMANS GAUTENG MOTORCYCLES WORLD 021 011 435 9307177
TRAC BIKING ZEEMANS MAC ACCESSORIES MOTORCYCLES BELLVILLE 021 012 011 435 342 9457177
TRAC FAST BIKING MAC KTM ACCESSORIES PAARDEN EILAND 021 011 012 867 342 5100092
TRAC FAST MAC KTM MOTOR SERVICES WYNBURG 021 011 849 867 7000
GAME MOTOR RIVONIA SERVICES 011 234 849 5275 7000
FREE MOTO-MATE STATEEDENVALE RIVONIA 011 234 027 5275 0545
SALLEYS MOTO-MATE JUST BIKING YAMAHA EDENVALE 051 016 011 027 421 430545
KCR JUST MOTORCYCLE BIKING FANATIX 011 016 975 421 5405 1153
PRIMROSE MOTORCYCLES 828 9091
KCR MOTORCYCLE FANATIX 011 975 5405
RANDBURG OFF-ROAD CYCLES MOTORCYCLES 011 012 792 333 6829 6443
018 297 4700
PRIMROSE MOTORCYCLES 011 828 9091
MOTOS RANDBURG KLERKSDORP
MOTORCYCLES 018 011 792 4686829
WATERITE MPUMALANGA MOTORCYCLES 018 771 5050
BIKE MPUMALANGA CITY 013 244 2143
BIKE CITY 013 244 2143
VR1 MX V
Various Colours available
ABS Plastic R470.00
REMOVEABLE WASHABLE LINERS
DOUBLE VISOR LOCK
Scooter CLOSABLE V Belts CHIN CLOSABLE VEN CHIN VEN
DOUBLE D RING CHIN STRAP
H7 150% Power R330.00
H4 150% Power R290.00
Rim Locks Front and Rear
PBA DEALER LISTING
PBA DEALER LISTING
AVAILABLE FROM YOUR NEAREST PBA DEALER
011 795 4122
BIKING BIKERS ACCESSORIES 012 342 7474
NORTHWEST PARADISE 018 297 4700
FAST INSANE BIKERS KTMPARADISE BIKERS 011 014 018 594 297 8672111
FIRE MOTOS INSANE IT UP @ BIKERS KLERKSDORP 011 014 018 594 468 4672111
GAME MOTOS WATER RITE
SERVICES @ KLERKSDORP MOTORCYCLES
011 018 468 771
MOTO WATER LIMPOPO MATE RITE EDENVALE
MOTORCYCLES 011 018 771 0275050
015 297 3291
011 234 5275
PRIMROSE KZN K.R.MOTORCYCLES 015 297 3291
MOTORCYCLES 011 828 9091
RANDBURG KZN PERRY’S M/CYCLES MOTORCYCLES
BALITO 011 031 110 7920056
SILVERTON ROCKET PERRY’S RACING M/CYCLES MIDAS PINETOWN BALITO 012 031 702 110 8042606
MARITZBURG 033 264 3240
ZEEMANS ROCKET RACING MOTORCYCLES
PINETOWN 011 031 702 4352606
ROCKET RBS YAMAHA RACING MARITZBURG 033 031 264 701 3240 1311
LEKKA UMPLEBY RACING SUZUKI 084 031 303 0808323
RBS YAMAHA 031 701 1311
UMPLEBY SUZUKI 031 303 8323
EMGO Top Box
50081406/L CARB CLEANER 400ML 50.00
50201414/L TERMINAL PROTECT RED 50.00
50201415/L TERMINAL PROTECT BLUE 50.00
50320400/L BRK,CLTCH,CHAIN CLEANER 44.00
50500192/L CHAIN LUBE 150ML 34.00
50500193/L CHAIN LUBE 400ML 69.00
50510403/L CHAIN WAX 400ML 71.00
50510404/L CHAIN WAX 150ML 34.00
51528262/L PETROL INJECTOR CLEANER 10.00
53203200/L AIR FILTER SPRAY 55.00
53203500/L AIR FILTER OIL 500ML 55.00
53204005/L BIO FILTER CLEANER 5l 325.00
53204400/L BIO FILTER CLEANER 400ML 47.00
53780300/L SPARK 300ML 44.00
55000314/L TYRE FIX 200ML 45.00
56000001/L FORK OIL SYN 5W 125.00
56000002/L FORK OIL SYN 10W 125.00
56000003/L FORK OIL SYN 2.5W 135.00
56000400/L MOUSSE LUBRICANT 100.00
PERRY MOTORCYCLES CC 031 566 7411
RBS RIDE YAMAHA HIGH WITH YAMAHA 031 035 789 7011851
RIDE RIDE PERRY HIGH M/CYCLES WITH YAMAHA GLEN ANIL 035 031 789 566 1851 7411 1581
ROCKET PERRY’S RACING M/CYCLES PMB UMHLANGA 033 031 566 2647411
PERRY’S M/CYCLES HILLCREST 031 765 2560
ROCKET CAPE PROVINCE RACING PINETOWN
UMPLEBY CAPE CRAIGS PROVINCE M/CYCLE SUZUKIFITMENT 031 021 939 3038944
TRAC-MAC BELVILLE 945 3724
LIMPOPO CRAIGS M/CYCLE FITMENT 021 939 8944
TRAC-MAC BELVILLE PAARDEN-EILAND 021 945 510 3724 2258
KR MOTORCYCLES WYNBURG
015 761 2974220
TRAC-MAC PAARDEN-EILAND 021 510 2258
NEVES TRAC-MAC MOTORCYCLE WYNBURG WORLD CC 021 930 761 5917 4220
MIKE WICKED HOPKINS CYCLES MOTORCYCLES 021 461 510 5167 2968
BIKE NEVES CITYMOTORCYCLE WORLD CC 013 021 930 2445917
SALLEYS YAMAHA 051 430 3326
SALLEYS YAMAHA 051 430 3326
Intro. Keeping the wheels turning...
Heres a chuckle for the month.
Dominick picks up his old adventure bike from
his mechanic Tony. Tony says, “Dominick, you
gotta think about trading this bike in. It seems
like it’s breakin’ down every other week. I love
having you as a customer but this thing is
costing you a fortune.”
“Yeah, but look at it,” Dominick says. “It’s
starting to rust, the tyres are almost bald, and
it’s got like 190,000 kilometres on it. Nobody’s
gonna give me any money for a bike like this
with 190,000 kilometres on it.”
“Tell you what I can do,” Tony says. “This is
just between you and me, but I could roll back
your odometer. That way you could maybe get
at least a few hundred bucks for it.”
Dominick agrees and gives Tony R100.00 to
roll back the odometer.
Two weeks later Dominick comes by and asks
Tony to top up the oil on the bike. Tony looks
at the old thing and says, “I thought you was
gonna trade this in. What are ya doin’ still
MARCH Issue 2021
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“Trade it in??” says Dominick. “Are you nuts?
This bikes only got 30,000 Kilo’s on it!”
Ok It’s bad we know!
Have a great riding month.
Feedback queries, etc -
Love is in the Air
Some images from our valentines competition…
Here are some of the entries – good stuff guys! Keep em coming
and you might win yourself a custom sticker kit from Robertco!
Cape Town Sales and News:
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VLA Racing, the new Yamaha
Agents on the Vaal Triangle:
Based out in Vereeniging and serving the entire Vaal
triangle, VLA-Racing is the newly appointed Yamaha
Dealership in the Vaal Triangle with the full complement
of all Yamaha has to offer.
They stock both off and on-road motorcycles and
they offer a well-stocked accessories department
along with an on-point parts department.
Their Professional workshop can handle anything
from a puncture repair, normal services, accident
repairs and insurance jobs and performance
modifications. But their party trick is a good stock of
very clean used dirtbikes that have been thoroughly
inspected by their workshop.
The efficient and friendly team under the leadership
of dealer Principle Victor Correia and backed up
by Dean Warner on sales and Reece Brown in the
workshop look forward to assisting you with whatever
your particular motorcycling needs are. Visit
them at 40 General Smuts Road, Cnr Van Riebeeck
& General Smuts Road, Vereeniging or give them a
call on 016 018 0224 or 083 285 1070
It seems as if everyone is going into the bikewash
business. You’ll know about MotoCartel who do
the titanium Bolt kits for dirtbikes? They have just
released a new bikewash. It’s a spray-on, spray
off solution – and is another great addition for your
motorcycle workshop. They even came here and
washed our dirty Triumph… and they did a great job,
so they are welcome back any time!
It’s sold in a handy 750 ml trigger bottle – or you can
buy in bulk for your workshop.
MotoCartel will take the wheels from your
motard, ADV or superbike and turn them
into rolling works of art. These ones are
from a very trick Husqvarna 701 that we
featured elsewhere in the magazine.
The workmanship is pretty amazing! And
they will spray to your spec or design.
BMW GS Brake Discs:
If you do not like the look of modern
wave discs, then Galfer now supplies
discs for your BMW in the classic
Available at dealers.
www.trickbitz.co.za for your stockist.
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LUCID GOGGLE FEATURES
• Rugged DYAD frame, double-injected to our race proven POLYFLEX face-forming inner frame
• FLOAIR ventilation system with moisture channel • 20mm thick, 3D molded, multi-stage face foam
• FORCEFIT outrigger system • 45mm ultra-wide woven strap with silicone traction control
• XDO injection molded lens • WAVELATCH quick-change lens locking system • XDO lens features hard coat & anti-fog treatment
• Integrated tear-off posts • Ultra-wide field of view accepts 45mm Zip-Off film system • Detachable vented nose shield
XDO INJECTION MOLDED LENS – WAVELATCH – QUICK~CHANGE LENS LOCKING SYSTEM
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Henderson Racing Products - 011 708 5905
Available at selected dealers nationwide
Puig R19 Crash protectors
With the R19 replacement sliders you will
protect the engine against a fall and prevent
hitting your knee when getting on the bike. Its
aggressive and futuristic design blends
perfectly with the current trend of larger displacement
The piece is made off ofa black nylon motor
protector and the decorative rubber. This
design element adapts perfectly and you can
find spare parts to personalize the motorcycle
in a variety of colours: black, blue, red, orange,
green, gray or white. The protector is available
in 85 mm and 50 mm length, for both M10 and
M12 screws. Looks cool! Works great!
At dealers or www.trickbitz.co.za for your
More Cape Town News:
In summer they have some of the best riding
weather and if you have ever ridden a motorcycle
along Clarens drive, Franschoek pass,
Bainskloof pass, Du Toits Kloof pass or through
Slanghoek you will know that the riding is
sublime and that is just to mention a few of the
paved roads in the area, the dirt road and off
road riding is even better.
Our ‘Lady in the Cape’, Lorna Daroll has been
busy again this month and has so much news
from the area. If you would like her to pop past
your establishment or join you at one of your
events please give her a call on 074 122 4874
or drop her a mail on firstname.lastname@example.org .
We Joburgers look forward to meeting more of
Lorna’s articles and hopefully one day in person
X-RAMP Cape Town by
We have one of these at our offices and it works a
If you have been wondering what those carriers
are called that every other rider at the track has on
the back of their vehicle well, look no further. The
X-RAMP’s allows you to load and haul your
motorcycle quickly and easily!
The smaller ramps can fit any car with a towbar and
can carry bikes that weigh up to 120 kg for their
standard plated tow bar ramps and for the heavier
duty bike ramps up to 300kg which gets fitted to the
The easy-to-adjust X-RAMP is made with durable,
long lasting solid steel construction with powder
coated finish and comes with a 12 month warranty.
When not in use simply pack away or hang it on the
wall with a nifty wall bracket they provide taking up
Standard Plated Tow bar X-RAMP
Track Length: 1.875 Meters
Track Width: 14.5 Centimeters
Capacity: 120 Kilograms
Price from: R 4500.00 + R250 Courier charge
anywhere in RSA.
International shipping available on request.
Other Products available by X-RAMP:
Road Bike Carrier, Off-road Bike carrier, Dual Sport
Bike Carrier, X-carrier, X-glider, Front Wheel Lock,
Boot and Helmet Holder, Tie-down Straps…
Rider-Sports also carries a wide range of 2nd hand
riding gear. They buy, sell and trade in all things
Motocross & Off-road.
Yamaha Adventure rentals started in 2015.
Their tours, with a major gravel-road content, begin
mostly in the Western Cape and into Namibia, Vic
Falls, as well as numerous East Country tours into
the Eastern & Northern Cape, with no limits based
on the client’s available time. They have transported
bikes to Windhoek, Beit Bridge, Johannesburg,
Durban, Port Elizabeth and more, based on their
Their clients, usually from abroad, start to make
contact at least a year before their trip and the team
then tailor their requirements to what they consider
to be suitable for their riding style, need as well as
experience. Some hire all the riding Gear, including
GPS, Soft luggage Bags etc. Larger groups, usually
request a tour guide, back up 4x4 type vehicle,
spare bike etc. and share these common costs.
Smaller groups also hire a GPS from Yamaha-Adventures
and, after having planned their tour with
them, a detailed and specific route is downloaded
, steered by information collected over the years.
These routes are designed according to accessibility
at certain times of the year in order to avoid
harsh weather conditions, excessive temperature
and possible erosion after heavy rains.
Yamaha-Adventures’ bikes are fitted with tracking
devices and, although dependent on mobile phone
networks, have proved to be an invaluable support
system when needed ( they are linked to ER24,
providing comfort to unfortunate clients who may
The team are busy the whole year round with
shorter term rentals, for local and foreign visitors,
wanting to get out and ride with their friends over
weekends and sometimes during the week, when
the boss is not looking.
Longer term rentals are available for people who
need a commuter for a month or two. These rates
are tailored to suit budgets after careful consideration.
GS BIKE TRADERS
In 1997, Jaco Buys (owner and founder of GS Bike
Traders), bought his first ever BMW GS
motorcycle solely for the purpose of commuting
back and forth between rugby practices and work.
Although qualified with a Masters degree in bio
kinetics, he decided that his passion lay
somewhere else and made the decision to follow
his dream. In 2013, he started buying GS
motorcycles and servicing,
cleaning and then selling. In 2015 he opened his
first GS Bike Traders in Okavango.
Later the business moved to Stand Street, Bellville
for four years and this was where GS Bike Traders
acquired their reputation.
They pride themselves on buying and selling bikes
that they would ride themselves, low mileage,
accident free GS
GS Bike Traders are now situated at 4 Shropshire
Street, Paarden Eiland, with their showroom,
friendly staff and service department that’ll fit the
Come and meet the team and let them help you to
start an adventure of a lifetime!
PROX Crank kits
@ Game Services:
Game Services in Benoni are the
go to guys for all engine rebuilds. We
would love to know what their stock holdings are
because it is very seldom that we cannot find a
part when our scoots break. When one of our
2-strokes called it a day a while ago, we went on
the hunt. The importer did not have the necessary
parts in stock – and the crankshaft was just
too damaged to replace only the rod. Ken went
and scratched around in the back and emerged
with a complete crank from ProX.
ProX has a long reputation of providing
OEM-quality parts at fair prices, ranging from
pistons to cables to chains, and everything
in between. Looking at the heartbeat of a dirt
bike’s engine, the crankshaft, ProX has been
offering connecting rod kits complete with
OE-manufactured parts and double-forged Japanese
steel connecting rods, which have earned
a reputation of being a strong and affordable
However, not everyone has the ability to rebuild
their crankshafts, nor do they want to pay
someone to rebuild it for them. This is why ProX
Racing Parts is now offering complete, drop-in
crankshafts for selected models of two-stroke
and four-stroke dirt bikes.
Handy, Quick and the price seems pretty fair.
Game Services: www.gameservices.co.za
Go grab yourself a Bolt kit…
Euro Style Pro Pack for 4-stroke and 2-strokes
Fits KTM and Husqvarna model years 2000-
current.Over 180 pieces of KTM factory style
hardware in exact factory size and finish, meeting
or exceeding OEM specifications.
This kit features M6 and M8 hex flange bolts with
Torx sockets from 12mm long to 55mm long, front
and rear rotor bolts, billet aluminum bushings for
body work and exhaust,
compression washers, and aluminum rim lock
Also contains a full set of black sprocket bolts
and nuts, Brembo style brake pin clips, fork guard
bolts, EJOT M6 shroud screws, M5 screws for
shrouds and engine, and convex washers.
You will only find these fasteners in two places:
Factory KTM and Bolt Motorcycle Hardware.
At your dealer
Replica Moto Cross Models @ HRP
Newray Toys has pretty much been synonymous with high-quality replica motocross bikes for years
now, and now they have launched their first Rockstar Husqvarna models. These finely detailed, officially
licensed replicas feature the rides of Jason Anderson (#21) and Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross
Champion Zach Osborne (#16). Also on the way are Nitro Circuis play sets, Rockstar Trucks, Dungey
replica’s , Cooper replicas, KTM/Red Bull trucks and lots more.
Chat to your dealer – spoil the kids or add to your mancave…
Evo boots and to us they do seem
to be a very good boot at a
sensible price … and they look
really good as well. We have a few
pairs of the previous
generation and they have lasted
and lasted and… well you get the
Here are some of the features we
Full-grain oil treated leather upper
Personalized extra grip Enduro/Adventure
compound rubber sole
Optional steel toe cap (furnished
with boot) Injection moulded plastic
FORMA TERRA EVO -
Adventure and Trail
We spend a lot of time banging around in the dirt on Adventure
bikes and are always on the lookout for a properly good pair of
boots that won’t require a second or third bond on our houses to
In a lot of instances we find it hard to beat the Forma range of
boots for value for money.
The other day we visited DMD and were shown the Forma Terra
Hermanus Motorcycles opened its
doors in 2017. They are a small
shop with a big vibe that strives,
they say to deliver excellent service
to their clients in and around the
Overberg area. Their main goal is to
let their clients leave the shop with
a big smile and feeling like they are
part of the shop family.
Services include, sales, bike
services on all manufacturers,
repairs and rentals.
Hermanus Motorcycles carry a
wide range of stock, including tyres,
apparel, batteries and service parts.
Starting the day with a hot coffee
and ending it with a cold beer the
crew eat, sleep and live bikes.
They invite all riders to come and
experience the excellent service
and lekker daily deals at Hermanus
Contact – 028 3122340
protections Ankle and heel plastic
protections Plastic gear pad
protection. Adjustable Velcro closure
buckles.Rear reflex insert
Personalized Forma Drytex tubular
lining (waterproof and breathable).
Shin and ankle TPU moulded plastic
Soft polymer padding with memory
PP Mid Dual Flex with antishock EVA
For more info or to find your nearest
Photos: KISKA GmbH, Schedl R., Mitterbauer H.
A comprehensive range of Hex Pro Pivot Head
TORX Flip and Spin and Fixed Wrench sets.
Perfect for the motorcycle workshop.
Bondhus has been an innovator in the tool industry
for more than 50 years and they are guaranteed
for life. Their most innovative tools to date
are the Pivot Head Hex and TORX
Wrenches designed and manufactured by
Bondhus. These tools allow users to insert the
wrench into socket head screw once only, then
one can use the unique flip and spin feature to
allow pivoting around obstacles. Great for working
on hard-to reach motorcycle bits.
There are a number of set options the pivot, fixed
and single units available in the Bondhus range
for this unique tool. Gone are the days when you
had to remove the tool to do a full turn, now as
they say it’s a simple spin to get around any
obstacles, saving time and lots of frustration,”
says Ryan Hunt Director Vermont Sales the
official agents for Bondhus in South Africa.
All motorcycles and scooters need routine maintenance, and
this is where Apex Motorcycles comes in. Their workshop is
managed by a skilled and experienced qualified technician
to ensure your wheels get the attention they deserve. They
stock a large variety of service parts including but not limited
to sprockets, chains, filters, oil, fork seals and levers to ensure
quick turn-around time even for last minute bookings. They also
cater for off road motorcycles and quads from minor services
to engine rebuilds. They are stockists of Pirelli, Michelin, SBS,
PBR, Ferodo, Wossner, BWX, Champion and Motul amongst
other popular brands .
And if you don’t have a ride yet and are looking to get into the
world of two wheels then Apex Motorcycles has a range of
over 20 new motorcycles and scooters on their showroom floor
ranging from 125cc to 600cc and are also authorized agents for
SYM and Zontes.
Cnr Strand/Baxter road Bellville. (021)9453250
The tool sets fixed and hinged as well as the
single units come with long handles for extra
reach, they are heat treated high quality industrial
tool steel, with a matte chrome finish to prevent
corrosion, and fit all the available tools bits. The
Bondhus Hex Pro 6-piece metric set (HP6-1C-
35R) is available in 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10 mm. All
joints are engineered to be as small as possible
without weakening the tool. Technically advanced
forged hinges provide a simple effective
patented design, using fewer pieces making the
Pivot Head Hex and TORX wrenches stronger
and less likely to be damaged. The product range
consists of long handles for extra reach, heat
treated high quality industrial tools steel units and
matte chrome finish to prevent corrosion, the tool
line-up includes L-Wrenches:, TORX® tools,
ProHold, TORX bits BallStar Tips, Tamper
Resistant TORX units, Wing and Flag tools, TORX
Wing Tools, TORX Flag Tools, GorillaGrip Fold
Ups, TORX T-Handles and TORX Socket Bits.
Bondhus products are available from all leading
G A S !
The all-new GASGAS EC enduro range. Whatever your skill level, these performance offroad
motorcycles are packaged for maximum enjoyment and ease of use. Whether you’re pushing
your riding skills and aiming for new heights, or just searching for distant single-track trails
to explore with your homies, your EC is built to be at the heart of the action!
Visit www.gasgas.com or phone us on 011 462 7796 for your nearest GASGAS dealer.
Please make no attempt to imitate the illustrated riding scenes, always wear protective clothing and observe the applicable provisions of the road traffic regulations!
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Putting the F into fun….
Observed Trials in The Cape:
Trials can be summed up as getting around or over
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without putting your feet down.
One of the things that make trials riding so social
and enjoyable is that you can pretty much ride it
In the Cape, there are regular weekly training
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In the Western Cape there is an active tribe of
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Over 1.6 million riders and counting, Polaris Sportsman is
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There have also been some major improvements to the engine
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KAWASAKI’S XC models
KAWASAKI BACK ON TRACK
2021 KX450XC and KX250XC.
Kawasaki is back at the off-road races with the Kawasaki Pepson Plastic team.
Nope! That’s Huge news!
It’s Awesome to see Team Green making an appearance after such a long absence. And
they are competing on Kawasaki’s very latest cross country bikes. And we got to play
on both of the new models. How cool is that?
At our offices, we are all huge Kawasaki fans. The junior riders out there might not
remember – but not too long ago, the KDX200 was almost one of those mandatory
bikes that you had to cut your teeth on. And there are still hundreds of those still
running around on the trails. Kawasaki also made some great four strokes – there was
a KLX 450 electric start that our editor rode for Thirty Thousand Kilometres. Correct!
Thirty thousand. And that bike is still racing around in the hands of the next owner.
Bulletproof tech for sure.
With the strength of the Yen – prices started going
a bit haywire and sadly, like one of the other
Japanese brands, Kawasaki opted not to bring
four-stroke off-road models in for a while.
But hey presto! Guess what? The bikes are back
in the form of the 2020 KX450XC and the 250XC.
These are the bikes that the Pepson Mob will be
campaigning on for the 2021 season. We met up
with the guys at the team launch on a Saturday
morning – and they offered us a chance to swing
a leg over. Frantic calls were made – kit was
rushed in from home – and we happily
disappeared on the bikes for a few fun hours.
At a glance, the 450 and the 250 look quite
similar. Based, naturally on their motocross
counterparts with common engine, frame,
chassis and styling, the closed-course XC
models differ with new and unique engine tuning,
suspension settings and off-road specific
Off-road riding components include a skid plate,
side stand and 18-inch rear wheel.
The bikes come standard with Dunlop rubber,
but the Pepson team has opted to race on Pirelli
for the 2021 season. Standard, the bikes have
different EFI settings, different gear ratios, and
softer suspension spring rates and valving. Most
of the standard changes most riders would make
to their motocross bike to make them more
off-road oriented. The only basic starter items
you might want to consider adding on these
bikes would be hand guards and a bigger tank.
Climbing aboard, the bikes feel small and quite
compact – slender with quality components all
over the show.
On both bikes, the motocross heritage is
instantly apparent with a tight, race ready
package. Everything seems to fit and the bikes
just feel natural and right. The chassis is narrow
with a comfortable feeling of sitting on top of the
bike. They give you four different handlebar
position options and two different foot peg
The big change over the MX’rs is the suspension.
The suspension on each XC is the same
units as on the MX versions, but with different
tuning. Both XC’s have the clickers set
differently from the equivalent MX bikes—the
450 uses Showa and the 250 goes with KYB.
The KX450XC gets softer springs at both ends,
while the KX250XC has softer fork springs with
the same shock spring.
The bikes share top-drawer Nissin brakes,
exactly the same as the motocross model and
they work really well. The front is a large 270mm
disc with a 240mm out back.
Renthal Bars are standard, however on this 450,
they have been changed for a slightly different
The back of Rhino Park.
A groot quarry with steep-ish long ish climbs. Sandy fast
tracks – and then, of course the famous quarry with tight
twisty trails through the trees. We did not go and ride
rocks. The bikes were new with no real protection and
we didn’t want to be the first to put dings into them.
And we had a few of the race boys along to egg us on.
The 250: Light, Tight, Nimble.
We got to ride two versions of the bike – The team
Bosses personal machine that had all sorts of extra
goodies fitted – and the standard bike that young Kyle
Mckenzie will be racing.
The guys have fitted longer gearing onto the bike – the
standard 13/51 gearing changes to14/49. We were a bit
nervous about bottom end torque being affected on what
is already a GNCC bike. But the concerns at a track like
this were unfounded.
The engine in this bike is the same all-new electric startequipped
powerplant of the 2021 KX250, with only a
change in the EFI. After doing a little research, we
discovered the EFI “change” is simply that the bike
comes with the black (mellow) coupler as a standard
There is still the option to switch to the green (standard)
or white (aggressive) couplers that are included with the
bike, and the ECU is reprogrammable with your own
personal maps using the KX FI Calibration Controller
that is available for purchase as an accessory. Kyles
bike was running the white coupler for the day.
If you have ridden the MX bike, you’ll know that
Kawasaki knows exactly how to build them – and even
with the softer suspension, the 250XC felt great around
Tearing along the trails, we were super impressed – this
is a great off-road trail muncher. The engine package
works perfectly with power everywhere that you need it.
The conditions were wet and slippery in places but the
bike tracks and hooks up really well. Despite the longer
gearing, power on the start is great and she finds
traction – even with the more aggressive plug in. We
had a few impromptu dices and came away grinning
every time. This bike is built for terrain like Rhino, so
nimble, quick and slender…
We tested the brakes when we came across a tree that
had fallen over the trail and had to slam on anchors.
Hard! They worked perfectly – but our Ed still managed
to tangle himself right into the branches before grinding
to a halt to the gleeful laughter of two Kyles who were
also on the loop.
But it was all in the interest of science, because we
needed to extract the bike from the tree branches and
found that it is light, small and easy to maneuver when
you are in a tight spot. As a side - this is another good
reason to always wear good goggles and the right gear
when almost crashing…
The ride continued with as many jumps, hillclimbs
and twists as we could find – and both
testers came out with big grins at the end of it.
It will be interesting to see how they fare in the
races but as a day to day scrambler or a fun
bike – the 250 is very impressive!
The 450: Open wide and hold on tight!
Fact: 450’s are not for sissies.
Fact: Most mere mortals cannot even ride
them – or we can for a while but the fact is that
after two or three laps, chances are that you
will need a drip with some jet-fuel to get going
And manufacturers know this – so they tame
them down to make them a lot more user
friendly. The Kawasaki KX450 motocross bike
has been on a roll since the introduction of the
all-new model in 2019. Since then, Eli Tomac
has won the 2019 Lucas Oil AMA Motocross
Championship and wrapped up the 2020
Monster Energy AMA Supercross title. It made
sense for Kawasaki to use this bike as a
platform for what the yanks call a GNCC racer.
It’s a competition off-road bike for events like
national off-road racing and the GXCC.
We fully expected to have our arms ripped out
on this one – but in the tight stuff, the KX450
engine is actually quite user friendly. Still plenty
more than a normal rider would ever need, but
– like we mentioned earlier, Kawasaki gives a
tamer electronic package for trail riders.
Interestingly, the KX450X is the only 450cc
cross-country motorcycle to have plug and play
EFI couplers. The ECU is reprogrammable, but
it can only be done with the KX FI Calibration
Controller, but the KX450X comes stock with
the black (mellow) EFI coupler, meaning it has
just a little slower-revving power and possibly
a little more torque. You can still switch to the
green (standard) or, if you enjoy Berzerk, white
(aggressive) couplers that are included with the
Even with the longer gearing on this 450 (14/50
as opposed to 13/51), it was actually a lot of fun
to ride in the tighter terrain. She tracks
beautifully and turns so well in a typical MX bike
fashion. The bike feels light and the small
chassis makes it really easy to maneuver.
The suspension is forgiving without any kind of
soggy or soft feel. The chassis is really, really
good. In trail conditions, there’s a bucket load of
torque all around and the bike is actually really
Open the throttle and…
Well as expected, the world rushed by in a
blur. Modern 450’s are just so quick – and with
the longer gearing on this one, we ran out of
road before hitting anything near the bikes top
speed. Still – the torque is excellent – and we
reckon that this might just be one of those bikes
that will give you the holeshot just about every
time. They could easily have fitted a sixth gear
to this 450 engine.
Everything about this bike is racy from taught suspension to brakes
that “skrik for niks” and horsepower on tap that will make you
smile. Power comes on strong with a decent amount of hit, good
midrange grunt, and runs out long enough so that you don’t have
to shift before the next corner. But it’s all quite easily controllable.
If fast open racing or dune riding is your thing – then this is one
bike that you need to go and ride.
If fast, open, flowing trails are your thing, then these are two bikes
that you need to look at. Both are quick, light, nimble, quick and
And it’s fantastic to see them back on the startlines in off-road
Chat to your dealer.
# 1 Tristan Purdon #1 Jonathan Mlimi #58 Cameron Durow #37 Trey Cox #2 Jarryd Coetzee # 73 Charan Moore #34 Brad Cox # 117 Kirsten Landman
KTM launches their 2021 teams
It is business unusual – and this year, rather than inviting media
along to a press launch, the guys from KTM HQ roped in the
talents of a certain Mr Binder to introduce the national MX,
Enduro and Cross country team. And he did a great job.
If ever riding Moto GP bikes really quickly doesn’t work out, he’ll
get a job on TV for sure!
Go and have a look on our page - facebook.com/dirtandtrail
MX - Red Bull KTM:
On the track, KTM has roped in some talented riders for the year,
with SA champ Tristan Purdon leading the charge in the MX team. In
the opening round this year he… well you can read all about it in our
national MX feature elsewhere in this here magazine. He is joined by
high School champ Josh Mlimi, who is ON FIRE right now.
Cameron Durow, three-time MSA National Champion, two-time
WOMZA National Champion and three-time Motocross of African
Nations Champion brings a wealth of experience. Young Trey Cox
rounds up the MX lineup.
Trey steps up to the 85cc class. Racing is in the Cox family genes for
sure. Man! What a great team, we see lots of awesome dices coming
Brother Leader Tread KTM:
Moving into the bush, you’ll find some of the fastest, most
talented riders around dressed in orange.
Jarryd Coetzee is so hungry for the season. He has rocked
the race scene with his pace. This year he wears the No 2
plate… but he is aiming for no 1 for the 2021 season…
Charan Moore is a guy who can win on any day in either
Enduro or Cross Country. This rider out of Ladybrand is
avery experienced campaigner to watch for the 2021
Brad Cox – same story. He can race MX, Cross Country
or Enduro and he always has a big smile on his face as
he overtakes you on on the back wheel over the gnarliest
Kirsten Landman is one lady who you can NEVER rule out.
One of SA’s most experienced riders – with Roof and the
Mighty Dakar under her belt, Kirst is taking on the boys in
E2 again and it’s going to be awesome to watch. Interestingly,
after vowing never to do it again – she freely admits
that Dakar is a drug and she plans to enter in the Original
By Motul Class next year.
We look forward to seeing this lot at the races.
The out of Africa Monster Energy Yamaha Racing team
The Out of Africa
Yamaha Racing team.
Pics by Emerson Haupt.
The Out of Africa team needs no introduction in the
Motocross fraternity, with multiple championship titles
across each category of competitive Motocross racing.
2021 sees this teams sixth year with the Yamaha brand.
Racing is already underway – it’s going to be a great
For 2021 the team line up is as follows:
number 51 on his Yamaha YZ 65, 65cc class;
Thor Johnson is a new edition to the team for 2021,
number 169 on his Yamaha YZ 85, Pro Mini
number 28 on his Yamaha YZ 125, 125 High school
number 20 on his Yamaha YZ 125, 125 High school
number 39 on his Yamaha YZ 250F, MX 2
Dalton Venter, is a new edition to the team for 2021
number 151 on his Yamaha YZ 250F, MX 2;
Ian Topliss, the reigning champion
number 76 on his Yamaha YZ 450F, MX 3;
Jesse Wright with his new number
14 on his Yamaha YZ 450F, MX 1.
Team Spherical Holeshot
also launched their team.
Pics by Action In Motion.
This East Rand outfit is responsible for introducing some
national riders to the SA scene in the form of Heinrich
Aust and Davin Cocker who now race for the official
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team.
Four riders are present for duty:
Jaycee Nienaber fills the OR 1 Pro seat on his FX450.
Francois Swanepoel (Masters) on his FE501.
Cobus Bester 85 seniors. TC 85
Brandon Clarke 85 Juniors on his TC 85
The guys are racing in the JHB GXCC series and in the
national off-road series.
It’s going to be fun!
Guy Henley, Team Manager aka Boss man.
Look out for the very impressive Out of Africa Truck rig in
the pits at every race this this year.
Great start for 2021
SA motocross championship!
2021 South African Motocross Championship.
When Saturday 20 February 2021
South Africa National
Purdon takes double first blood at Terra Topia.
Splendid racing, excellent fields and a little controversy on the side were highlights of
an action packed 2021 South African National Motocross Championship season opener
at Terra Topia in Diepsloot, Gauteng on Saturday. But it was national MX1 champion,
Cathcart EP hero Tristan Purdon and his Red Bull KTM who stole the headlines with
overall victory in both the 15-bike strong MX1 and MX2 races.
Purdon will have the championship leaders’ red plates
on both his machines when he arrives at his home
province, Rover races in Port Elizabeth after fighting
back to win the second open class MX1 race, and a
dominant double in the quarter-litre MX2 motos.
Holeshot king Johan Vogelsang took the early
opening heat MX1 lead with Tinswalo Yamaha rider
Anthony Raynard in pursuit before Jesse Wright’s
Out of Africa Monster Energy Yamaha took over. But
David Goosen was soon on the move after biding his
time on his maiden outing aboard his new Rockstar
Energy Husqvarna and he soon passed Raynard and
then fought Wright before moving ahead for the win.
Purdon meanwhile extracted his KTM from the pack
after a middling start to move up and follow Goosen
home from Raynard, Wright and KTM lads, SA OR3
Cross Country champion Bradley Cox and Jayden
SA MX1 champion Purdon made no mistakes in the
second moto, while Raynard beat Goosen to second
ahead of Wright, Cox and Proctor.
So Purdon heads to PE with a two point lead over
Goosen, with Raynard in close attendance.
Tristan Purdon MX 1
Overall 50 cc Trenton Kretzmann
Hoffman’s Yamaha teammate Hayden Tully ended up
second, while KTM duo Miguel de Waal and Mark-Anthony
Filip also moved ahead of Hoffman who slipped to
fifth ahead of Luke Grundy’s Husqvarna. De Waal then
sped to the second moto win from Tully, Mlimi, Grundy,
Hoffman and Filip. That sees de Waal and Mlimi in the
joint championship lead, with Tully and Grundy in close
attendance en route to the Port Elizabeth second round.
A monster 30 bike entry lined up for the 85cc races as
65cc graduate Trey Cox took the holeshot aboard his
Red Bull KTM before holding Lucca Mynhardt’s KTM,
Emmanuel Bako on a GasGas and Husqvarna trio Wian
du Plooy, Neil van der Vyver and Jordan van Wyk’s
Husqvarna to win Pro Mini. Mynhardt then took the
second moto from van der Vyver, Bako, du Plooy, Cox
and van Wyk, to score the Rider of the Day award and
free entry to the PE weekend.
Matthew Correia led Tyler Petersen and Ashton Martin
to an opening heat small-wheel 85cc Junior KTM 1-2-3,
with Caden Weise’s Husqvarna the interloper ahead of
Kassim Hassim and Andrew Venter on two more KTMs.
Petersen then won the second race from Andrea
Mynhardt’s KTM, Correia, Hassim, Martin and Venter to
see Petersen and Correia split by just two points.
Purdon then took his turn to take a come from behind
opening 250cc MX2 win from Red Bull KTM teammate
Cameron Durow. He entertained in a dice with
Raynard and the closing Goosen’s Husqvarna, ahead
of Dalton Venter’s Yamaha and Jayden Proctor on
a KTM. Purdon then made it a double over Goosen,
Raynard, Durow, Venter and Leonard du Toit to take
a strong early title lead over Goosen, Raynard and
Durow, who are split by a point.
Yamaha duo, over-30s senior man Grant Frerichs
and over-40 Masters Champion Ian Topliss diced
hard for the first MX3 win.
Dwayne Kleynhans’ KTM and Deon du Toit on a
Kawasaki were next up in over 30s and Jaco Smit’s
KTM and Bruce Viljoen completed the over 40 podium.
Frerichs then held Kleynhans off to win in race 2 with
Topliss topping the over 40 field in third as Frerichs
and Topliss took their respective classes for the day.
The Ladies Motocross status quo was intact after the
first heat as dominant 2020 champion Kayla Raaff
was back up to her old tricks on her Kawasaki ahead
of Leah Heygate’s KTM, Husqvarna sisters Jadene
and Cheyenne de Lima and Dakota Grobbelaar’s Kawasaki.
But it was all change in heat 2 as a delighted
Heygate pulled one over Raaff, Jadene, Cheyenne
and Grobbelaar, to head to Nelson Mandela Bay in
April in the joint title lead with Raaff.
The school kid motocross action was not only fraught
between packed grids on track, but there was ample
action off it...
Not so much in the 125cc High School class that saw
27 machines line up at the gate as Jonathan Mlimi
picked up where he left off in High School motocross.
He took a couple of laps to reel in and pass Ethan
Hoffman’s Out of Africa Monster Energy Yamaha and
clear off to win the opening heat on his Red Bull KTM.
Anthony Raynard Mx 2
David Goosen Mx 1
Ian Topliss Mx 3
Neil van der Vyver 3rd overall Pro Mini
MX 4 Ladies Kayla Raaff
Miguel De Waal 26 battling Jono Mlimi
There was drama in the Pro Mini races as a trio of
midfield riders were excluded for ‘jumping under yellow
flags’, a factor that would have a far more drastic effect
on the 65cc results as another heartening 28 riders lined
up for the start.
GasGas rider Blade Tilley made a forceful move to
pass Jack Pullen’s Husqvarna as those two came home
ahead of Trent Valsecchi’s KTM. But all three were
excluded for jumping under yellow flag conditions...
Which meant that fourth placed rider Blake Frost took
the win on his KTM, ahead of Aiden Henley’s Yamaha
and Husqvarna trio Sven Larsen, Nicol Smit and Alex
Tilley and Pullen were back in charge as they took the
second moto 1-2 ahead of Frost, Henley, Valsecchi and
Smit to leave Frost, Henley and Smit in that
championship lead. This should now prove an
intriguing title table to watch...
A strong field of 25 baby class 50cc motocrossers is
always a good sign. Champion, Trenton Kretzman
and his Husqvarna wasted no time to move ahead of
Rayden Woolls’ GasGas for the win.
KTM kids Maxwell Fourie, Ross Mackenzie, Aiden
Retief and Travis Liddell followed. As it was in other
classes, Woolls struck back to beat Kretzmann in moto
2 and go even in the title chase. Casper van Zyl’s KTM
was third from Retief, Fourie and Ross MacKenzie.
There was more to be positive about beyond great fields
and brilliant racing at Terra Topia.
It is excellent to see an increased presence of brands
like Kawasaki among the KTMs, Husqvarna’s and
Yamahas, and the arrival of GasGas just so cool!
It seems That Motocross is certainly back on the up in
The second round of the 2021 National Motocross
Championship goes down at Rover in Port Elizabeth
Saturday 3 April.
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How to build a National
MX Race Bike
We visited KTM Headquarters and interfered while the guys
assembled MX1 Champ Tristan Purdons 2021 450SX…
The idea behind this feature is twofold:
First to show you what goes in to assembling a bike from a crate
before it makes its way onto the dealers showroom floor – and
secondly to showcase what extra stuff goes in to the SA champs
bike for the 2021 season….
Simply put, there is nothing quite as cool as uncrating a brand
new bike. We can wax lyrical about it – the promise of days and
years of excitement behind the bars and an escape from our every
day mundane existence. And, quite frankly - it’s cool.
There is nothing better than a fresh, brand new bike. Full stop.
Every month, we harass the importers for stuff that we can feature in
the magazine. It’s often a challenge to find new, fresh content – and
importers are beholden to what they have in stock at the time – and
who is on the receiving end of our emails and requests.
This month, KTM came up with a great suggestion. They are in the
throes of assembling and preparing bikes for the 2021 race season.
They smelt a bit of free labour and invited us along to come and assist
with the assembly of this machine.
So bright eyed and bushy tailed we were ushered into
KTM’s technical centre where most of the magic happens.
Interestingly – although we have been in the trade
for a good long while, we picked up quite a few tips and
tricks from KTM’s very experienced Race Team
Technician Kevin Tyrer. He has had an interesting career
that includes working alongside names like Tyler Rattray
and time spent abroad working on many of the MX GP
So he really knows his stuff. We enjoyed the fact that Mr
Purdon was alongside him swinging spanners on his race
bike and a quick four of five hours passed in a blur of
We’ll start at the beginning and try to explain how this
assembly line works – and we’ll feature some of the high
end stuff that goes onto a bike like this.
• KTM Motorcycles arrive with a disassembled
front end in the crate. The first job is to unbox
and the bike is placed onto the workbench.
• Before assembly even starts, the guys removed
all of the standard plastics. These are placed in
bubble wrap and boxed.
• With the bike completely stripped, Kevin pro
duced two WP branded boxes containing very
special suspension components. Up front they
mounted a set of WP AER48 Cone Valve Forks
For the 2021 season. Tristan will be making use of WP’s
very latest high - end tech in the form of new 2021 Xact
Pro shock out back. We asked him about the aftermarket
bits – and why he could not run with the stock equipment.
“It’s all about adjustability” he says. The standard stuff is
excellent for everyone – but these components just make
the bike that much better and more competitive. It’s about
keeping the wheel on the ground and finding maximum
traction.” Something interesting. The WP forks are made
to fit all KTM models. Only the shimstack (washers) inside
the forks differ from model to model. The guys drop the
forks slightly through the triple clamps. “For sandy tracks,
I leave the forks in their usual place. This gives the bike a
slightly longer trail to find traction. But on the hard pack, I
drop them a bit to allow the bike to turn a bit quicker.
• Once the suspension is in, Kevin turns his
attention to the brakes and wheels.
KTM has an amazing variety of products in their Powerparts
catalogue. The standard black wheels are removed
and a set of Factory Edition Dirt Star wheels are rolled in
from the back, complete with orange anodised hubs and
Pirelli sand tyres.
• The rear brakes are left alone – the guys reckon
that they are perfect out-of-the box, but
the front gets a bit of attention in the form of an
oversized Moto-Master floating disc. The floating
tech prevents the disc from getting damaged
because it allows a bit of flex should there be a
bollie. The Oversize makes sense –
more surface area for braking and they cool a bit
quicker than the stock fare.
• Then it’s onto the nitty gritty. The battery is fitted
– a Lithium Ion unit that weighs less than your
gloves. The footpegs are mounted. All of the
stock sliders, chain guide, disc protector, frame
protectors and plastic bits are removed and
replaced with orange components from
the power parts catalogue. This bike is literally a
rolling catalogue for trick KTM stuff.
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• The standard clutch cover comes off and is re
placed with a stronger Hinson unit.
• Once the wheels are on, Kevin removed the
standard chain. It’s a good brand, so we asked
why he would do that. “The standard is
an excellent choice, but we like the gold anodized
chain by DID. It looks the part – and we find that
it rolls easier than the other chains we’ve tried.
Less rolling resistance equals more speed.”
• Once the wheels are fitted – another box arrives
from the warehouse containing a gorgeous iridium
FMF slip on. “The standard pipe for the KTM
450SX is perfect, but the FMF just looks the part,
and the pipe gives the bike just a little bit more
bottom end” says Kevin.
• He then turns his attention to the radiators and
drains all of the pre delivery coolant and removes
the right hand unit. “We like to run a fan on
Tristans bike, and KTM has a plug and play unit. I
set the fan in such a way that the moment the
bike reached a certain temperature, the fan kicks
in to keep things cool.” We
asked about the chances of the fan getting
knocked off in a moto or getting snarled up during
a really muddy race. “No chance. It sits really
well tucked away behind the radiator and to date
we have never had one get snarled up.” The bike
comes pre wired to accept the fan, so it
was a pretty quick fit. The radiator is replaced and
Kev tops up with Motorex Coolant. He then fits the
fins and covers the whole lot with some
netting bags. “It’s a KTM powerpart that does a
great job at keeping muck out of the radiators and
it does not block airflow at all. MX or Enduro,
everyone should use them.”
• While this is all going on, Tristan is messing about
with handlebars. “I like Renthal bars. I like the
bend and I have been racing with the same type
since I was a kid.” The guys remove the
rubber dampers in the triple clamps and
replace them with aluminium units. “Sure – we
sacrifice a bit of damping, but changing the inserts
just makes it all a bit stronger for national level”
says Kevin. “Tristan likes a more aggressive
stance, so we mount the bar clamps in the forward
position – it suits his riding style.” The stock ODI
grips and all of the switches are transferred to the
• Remember we told you about KTM’s Bluetooth
app for adjusting power curves via your smart
phone? That unit is mounted in the handlebar
pad for the standard bars and plugs into the dash.
With the Renthal bars, they tuck it in behind the
• It’s time for the finishing touches. Out of another
box, another set of blank plastics appear
and are fitted to the bike. Fitting decals is just
about one of our worst jobs – these guys dressed
the bike in about 15 minutes flat with a custom kit
from the guys at Bandit signs.
It takes about ten minutes and once activated, the bikes warranty
“OK all done let’s see.” He tickles the starter and the big 450
rumbles to life. Such a cool feeling, a brand new bike – as close to
factory as you’ll get in SA.
Running the bike in takes about an hour – and during that time,
Kevin and Tristan swapped notes and played with all of the
suspension settings to get optimal drive. And it was fascinating to
watch. Tristan goes out, does a lap or two and comes back in, the
screwdrivers come out, Kevin fiddles a bit and off he goes. Another
lap or two – and back in. Constant feedback and testing like this
takes time, but he is grinning!
An hour in, the assembly oil is replaced and then the fun really
“There is always something special about a new bike – and this one
feels really, really good!” “I cannot wait for the first national!”
We asked if they touch the engines. “Nope. The SX 450 is
perfect out of the box.”
“Should we start her?” asks Kevin. Well – you can’t sit and
watch a four hour odd build without hearing the final result.
“Ok hang on a sec” – and he wanders back into the warehouse,
returning with a laptop like jobby. You cannot just
start a new four-stroke KTM out of the box. It needs to be
activated by your dealer. All of the information about your
bike is stored “In The Cloud”. Once it’s plugged in – the fuel
pumps etc all start kicking in.
‘Stroms over Breedts Nek
Words: Sean Hendley, Glenn Foley, Kyle Lawrenson
Pics: Stefan vd Riet (Black Rock CS)
The guys from Suzuki called us the other day. Hey guys – how would
you like to join us for a day of adventure on our V-Stroms. And while
you are at it, where do you suggest we go to showcase the bikes
abilities as an adventurer – and please include us on your next Gyppo
We decided that a trip up Breedts Nek after the rain was in order and
that our next Gyppo work ride will be out to Val on the 16th Of Feb
and we proceeded to point these big girls at the vast open spaces
available to our lucky Gauteng adventurers…
Sean shares his views:
Do you have to donner all the way to Sani Pass to ride a really great
and technical off-road mounain pass?
Is the V-Stom as good in the dirt as it is on the road?
Do you need 21” and 18” wheels to be able to ride proper adventure
Well, the answers in short order – No, A resounding YES and as
we pointed out a few issues ago – No.
We took a couple of Suzuki’s new DL 1050 XT V-Stroms as well
as the outgoing DL 1000 V-Strom, (which they still have a few in
stock at really great pricing), up Breedts Nek, riding mostly tar
from Suzuki SA’s head office in Linbro Park through The Cradle
to Hekpoort before hitting the dirt for lots of fun.
Our group of riders for the day were a mix of complete beginners,
good intermediate riders and some really talented riders. The
route included Freeway touring, a bit of bumper bashing through
early morning week day traffic, an impromptu drag race or two
between the outgoing and current model, some knee dragging
through The Cradle and Hekpoort pass onto some quite decent
little dirt roads between the farm lands in the shadows of the
Magaliesberg, complete with the odd mud monster. Then was the
climb up and over Breedts Nek.
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TRAVELING THE ROAD
A perfect day in the saddle.
Breedts Nek in the Magaliesberg, is less than an hour out of
Jo’burg – and at the moment, it is every bit as challenging,
exciting and as beautiful as the top 3 kilometres of Sani.
After all the rain we have had, the mountains and the valleys
are lush and green, the dams are full and wild life is abundant
everywhere, we saw squirrels, a couple a Duikers, Baboon, lots
of monkeys and species of birds than what we were unable to
There are lekker look out points with spectacular views, great
little trails that wander over the mountain, down into the valleys,
caves to see and most noticeably very little in the way of litter.
Best of all – the pass is a public road – so if you behave and be
lekker – nobody will come and give you grief.
There is evidence here and there of the odd braai fire where adventurers
might have slept out - all in all a really amazing place
to spend a few hours exploring or stay over at one of the great
lodges in the area and become really well acquainted with this
beautiful part of our country.
When we got to the top of the pass we found two Suzuki
Jimneys waiting for us, complete with a cooler box full of ice
cold drinks to enjoy. Africa is a tough place…
About the bikes.
We were quite excited about the updates on the new V-Strom
1050. We love the new old-school styling taken from the DR
Big a few generations ago. It gives the bike a more muscular
adventury all round appearance. We have to give a nod to the
colour schemes too.
Suzuki’s V-Strom range currently available in South Africa is
the DL 650, last years model DL 1000 and the all new DL 1050
The DL’s are all liquid cooled, fuel injected 90 degree V twin
motors with oodles of torque with wet sumps and mated to 6
speed gearboxes, standing on inverted oil dampened forks
and linkage type rear suspension with a 19” wheel with twin
brake discs out front and a 17’ rear wheel and single rotor.
Final drive is via traditional chain and sprockets.
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They all have varying degrees of electronics packages on board
with the 1050XT sporting the most comprehensive package
in the range. All mounted to a slim, twin-spar aluminum-alloy
frame, providing a smooth ride, and a sporty riding experience
when pushed hard, and an aluminum swingarm set to a length
to provide straight-line stability and cornering stability. All the
bikes were shod with 80/20 road bias tyres and one with full
If memory serves correctly, Suzuki was the first to fit a sports
bike engine into an adventure chassis from their TL1000 and
that is basically the same engine they have stuck with refining
it a bit here and there and then upgrading the electronics along
The proverbial “They” say that, “If it ain’t broken don’t fix it.”
Well this motor is very certainly not broken with arm stretching
acceleration when spanked on the tar and achieving some fairly
impressive top speeds.
Along the way and through the generations the big DL, (I really
do wish they had stuck with DR like the DR -BIG’s of old), has
trimmed down a lot of its girth without losing any of its comfort
or wind protection. They have also managed to modernise the
old DR Big look, bringing bang up to date but still very recognisable
as the off spring of the DR Big’s.
For many years my wife rode a 750cc DR Big, so both of us
were instantly in love the minute we saw the first DL 1050 XT.
A point of contention for some riders is the fact the the 1050XT
is somehow hamstrung by the fact that it has a 19”/17” wheel
Sorry and excuse me, but the best-selling Adventure bike in this
country only comes in that wheel configuration, so that is just a
bollocks argument. The other advantage of this wheel combo is
there are a lot more tyres available in this sizing at much more
Another advantage is high speed stability on the tar, where, let’s
be brutally honest and that like most 4x4’s and SUV’s, is where
the majority adventure bikes spend most of their time.
A case in point as far as the stability is on the way to The Cradle
we had to dodge traffic down Malibongwe. While lane splitting,
(which is legal - go check out the Road Traffic Act), and sweeping
through a long left hander, a knob in a Polo decided he
would try and push me into aRun X to the right of me.
I had to take evasive action and get really intimate with the Run
X taking out his left side mirror, fortunately he was an absolute
gentleman, saw what was happening and also tried to give me
as much space as possible and when we stopped to exchange
details and etc he was super friendly and told me not worry
about the missing cover on his mirror and just go and enjoy the
rest of the ride, (Sir, if you are reading this I am still more than
willing to pay for the repairs, my contact details are in the front
of the mag).
All the while the 1050 did not falter, even though my butt was
clutching at the seat.
Even when hooking the side mirror with the handle bar the bike
remained completely stable.
The now slim and sexy lines of the DL 1050 also make it a
whole lot easier to scoot between rush hour traffic safely. Ok
most of them. The one that was fitted with side panniers was
decidedly more cumbersome.
Getting into the twisty’s around The Cradle and Hekpoort it was
great fun playing with the throttle and brakes, diving into the
bends and accelerating out the other side trying to scrape the
pegs and drag knees. Being an older rider I grew up chucking
upright bikes through these bends, so I was quite pleased with
how the big DL railed through the corners. The rear shock was
set a bit soft and was squatting down and pushing the front
around a bit, but that was quickly sorted with a couple of turns
on the dial.
Once we hit the dirt it was game on. Initially
standing up was a bit cramped for my large
frame, but a quick adjustment to the handle
bars, rolling them up a bit, soon sorted that
out. With all the mud and water we were
hitting, the rubber foot peg inserts became
a bit slick and needed an Allen key to
Hooking up over the rocky climbs with severe
water erosion, loose shale, Magalies
marbles and the like was surprisingly easy
and that much fun that we made several
trips to the bottom and back up again just
for the jol of it. At no point did I want for
a lighter bike, or bigger wheels or more
Common practice for ‘hardcore manne’
adventure riders is to deflate the tyres to
supposedly get more grip, at no point did I
even consider this option, mainly because
the DL’s were so capable with such
beautifully controlled power from the engine.Deflating
tyres over rocky sections is
how you bend rims and get impact punctures.
I am on the heavier side of 100kg’s, (realistically
closer to 115kg’s), and bar the few
turns on the rear shock dial I did not find a
need for any fancy suspension set up, not
once did the front Pogo on me or try chuck
me over the bars, yes there were one or
two occasions where I hit some obstacles
pretty frikkin’ hard and they did bottom out,
but that was the exception rather than the
norm and more my lack of talent than any
lack of ability from the DL’s.
After a day of fun in the sun we took the
short way back to the tar, which is the long
way on the tar back to the office and a
fantastic way to check out the V-Stroms
I dialed in the simple cruise control and sat
back to watch the scenery float by, most
of the time with one hand off the bars and
leaning my elbows on the tank using my
body weight to glide through the corners,
occasionally messing around with the
electronics package to see how it all works.
At this point in life I find myself needing
reading glasses and I did find the digital
display quite busy and a little bit difficult to
read without my spec’s, but cannot fault the
DL 1050 XT on anything else.
It is fast, handles brilliantly in any terrain, it
is comfortable … even for my lanky frame
and it is very good looking and stands out
from the crowd of big boxers on South
Glenn says …
I have ridden every edition of Suzuki’s
V-Strom and I have always liked these
bikes. To be fair – sometimes the styling
has got a bit weird but, in my opinion,
nobody can fault the new design - the bikes
in their new livery look fantastic. Climbing
aboard the bike feels so familiar –
like visiting an old friend.
There is an Elephant in the room – and we would be remiss to not make mention of it.
In an attempt to keep costs down, Suzuki missed the opportunity to appoint the bike
with all the latest tech that people have almost come to expect at this level.
The most obvious omissions are a TFT screen and the absence of a quickshifter.
If you take the time to read my stuff – you’ll know that I’m the kind of guy who prefers
less. I find all of the electronic gadgetry on todays bikes mind boggling and distracting
to say the least. I prefer a bike that you can just get onto and ride without wondering
about what is switched on and off and… you get the idea.
The latest Suzuki V-Strom does give you a lot though. Two types of ABS intervention,
on- and off-road, cornering traction control, a hill hold braking system that helped a
lot whenever we did U-Turns up on the pass. There’s also Slope Dependant Control
(stops you flipping it if you’re flying down a hill and feel you need to apply all the front
brakes all at once). And then there’s cruise control.
Three rider modes, One, Two, and Three. One is the quickest with the least TC interference,
so our bike lives there. And it is all really simple to use and that’s cool!
We’ve had the Suzuki here for more than a month now – and here are a few thoughts.
• The 90-degree V-twin motor is bigger, obviously. It now puts out 106 horses
and 100Nm of smooth torque. On the road or in the dirt is delivers fantastic
useable power. And when you whip her, she rapidly climbs to the 200KPH
mark with finesse. And it’s a Suzuki so you just know that it’s going to last.
• This bike is just so comfortable. They paid attention to rider ergonomics – and
we’ll say that for long hours in the saddle you’ll need to go a long way to beat
this one. That includes pillions – of all the bikes we bring home – this is the
one that the Mrs likes to tour on the most.
• Sure there’s no TFT screen but - I like the dash. I’d say that I even preferred
the previous gen DL1000’s. It gives lots of information and is easy to read.
• Love the fact that a main stand and crash protection is standard. Yes one of
our guys dropped the first one – and the crash bars took the hit…
• 400 KMs odd to a full tank. That’s sensible stuff right there for any adventure
The more we ride it, the more we like it.
Our intention with this here feature was to try to tell you what it’s
like to like with these bikes.
Fast? Yes it’s a 1050cc Japanese bike. Of course!
Comfortable? One of the most neutral, comfortable bikes out
Road? Absolutely a first class ride with excellent road manners,
suspension and brakes.
Dirt? Amazingly capable – largely thanks to that user friendly
V-Twin engine. She is a 1000cc adventurer so just remember
that – but all of our riders got to the top and back down with huge
smiles on our faces.
Whether you opt for the more cost effective older gen DL1000
or the new 1050, you won’t be sorry. Back to back, the bikes are
just so close – the new one just has the edge in performance and
If you are in the market for a big ADV then this is one that you
need to ride.
Chat to your Suzuki Dealer.
Don’t tell anyone but we’ve managed to hang on to one or two of
them for a bit and will be using them on our GYPPO Work
Tuesday ADV ride on the 16th of February. Come along and we
will let you have a little ride on them.
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When Honda told us that we could have the new CRF300L for
the weekend, we were curious. Would it be like the old 250L –
good – but old tech – or would it be like the 450L which was
slightly underpowered. It’s neither.
Our Glenn Foley shares his thoughts…
Pics, Tristan Foley.
It seems to me as if Honda has employed the services of some
European designers – because… in my humble opinion, Honda
currently builds some of the sexiest dirtbikes on the planet.
This little trail bike is no exception – thoroughly modern with
smooth, flowing lines.
Add this to the fact that – well, it’s a Honda, usually as reliable as an
anvil. But that’s all good and well.
A bike can be good looking and all
that – but how does it go?
On any weekend, you’ll find our
lot out and about on the myriad of
trails around Gauteng – and Sunday
seemed like a good time to tackle
some of the farmlands – kids on
dirtbikes and dad on the new 300.
Plenty of snide comments like –
“Don’t worry Dad! We’ll wait for you
at all the corners, we’ll push you up
slip n slide hill” – and the usual jibes
that are associated with taking out a
bike that is not purely a dirtbike.
Clutch out at 6h30 – and the kids
push their noisy bikes past the
Dad on the 300 quietly rumbles past
quietly with a fat grin on his kisser.
Dad 1. Kids zero!
Out into the veld and off we go. It’s
not really a race… Ok it’s ALWAYS a
race as soon as you get two or more
bikes together – and even dad was
having his doubts about staying out
front. Muddy trails greeted us after
all the Gauteng rain – and the lack
of traction from the more trail biased
tyres on the 300L becomes
Visions of flinging this brand new
bike down the road jumped in to
mind, so we turned off the gas just a
An all new bike?
More power, more suspension, less
This is a trail bike – and not an out
and out dirt machine. It is designed
to ride on the road as well as in the
dirt. And it does both – really, really
Here is all the techy stuff that you
might want to know. All relative to the
250L. If you don’t want to know what
they have done, skip on down to the
Big Red’s smallest street-legal CRF
model is now called the CRF300L to
reflect the approximate 15-percent
engine size increase over the 250L.
Honda’s goal with the 300 was to
increase power, improve off-road
performance, and reduce weight.
Big Red sought to accomplish that
by upping the displacement by 36cc,
adding suspension travel and ground
clearance, and decreasing the
overall weight by just under 5KG’s.
Beginning with the CRF250L engine,
Honda increased its stroke by 8mm (for
a total of 63mm) and left the 76mm bore
as is. The resulting 286cc displacement
brought about the model name change
to CRF300L. The camshaft lift and timing
were revised to increase bottom-end and
Other updates to the engine include the
six-speed box featuring updated gear
ratios with closer spacing in the lower
gears and wider spacing in the higher
gears, a new assist/slipper clutch that
is designed to provide an approximately
20-percent lighter clutch pull and
improved performance during aggressive
downshifting, a new exhaust system with
a lighter header pipe and silencer which
are said to reduce sound.
The frames lateral rigidity is decreased
by 25 percent to improve the bike’s
maneuverability and rider feel. The
downtube is 30mm narrower, the
downtube gusset is smaller, the main
pipe is 20mm shorter, and the diameter
of the cradle tubes has been reduced by
3.2mm. The lower triple clamp material
has been switched from steel to
aluminum, which reduces weight.
A 1.2-inch increase in ground clearance
was achieved by revisions to the frame
and crankcase designs.
The swingarm has been redesigned with
23 percent less lateral rigidity and 17
percent less torsional rigidity.
WHEREVER THAT IS.
The width near the pivot has been decreased
by 15mm, while the cross section has been
revised to deliver a more uniform distribution of
twist to offer a better feel and more predictable
handling. According to Honda, the swingarm’s
weight has also been reduced.
Suspension wise, the Showa 43mm inverted
fork and Showa shock are retained, but the
stroke has been boosted, which gives the bike
10.2 inches of wheel travel at both ends. A new
rear link and connecting rod are employed, and
the suspension settings have been revised.
To improve rider input and the bike’s
maneuverability, the CRF300L’s handlebar
bend has been increased for what Honda
describes as “a more natural elbow position”
and lighter steering. Handlebar weights are
standard. They reduce vibration. The front
area of the seat is narrower, the footpegs have
been moved back a bit. No TFT screen just
yet yet, but up front, Honda gives you an easy
to read digital display, that includes the bike’s
speed, rpm reading, a clock, and a few new
functions such as gear position, fuel mileage,
and fuel consumption.
The brakes got some attention in the form of a
new rear brake master cylinder, while the black
aluminum rims are now polished, which
according to Honda makes them easier to
clean. The side stand is said to be stronger
and its foot plate is 10-percent larger. For more
weight reduction, the bike gets a thinner rear
sprocket, affixed with smaller bolts (M8 getting
the nod over the prior M10 size) and a hollow
rear axle shave.
A few questions have already been asked of us
when people saw that we had the bike.
I’ll try – without gushing to explain exactly what
it would be like to own a bike like this.
Everything about this bike just feels right.
Clutch actuation is so soft and the gearbox is
butter smooth. Rider comfort and
ergonomics is excellent – they really have put
a lot of thought into it. The seat is plush and
standing or sitting for riders of all sizes is
This bike is great. Real fun to ride. It handles
really, really well, whether you are plodding along
checking your mealies, or chasing the kids. The
suspension leans towards the plush side – but
even when we took the odd jump, we had no
horrible bottoming out sensations.
Everything is forgiving without any crazy
aggression. The tyres are a bit of a limiting factor,
especially with the trails being so slick at the
moment – but if you are going to ride this bike for
its intended purpose they are spot-on.
We rode through our little river out back here –
tackled slip n slide and even did a few quick laps
around our lockdown enduro trail – and the 300
absolutely styled through it all.
Sure! It’s no dirtbike. But it’s one of the most
capable, fun to ride little Dual purpose bikes that
we’ve tested to date.
It’s not overly tall – my 12 year old son traded his
250X for a bit and managed to get his feet down
easily. The power is solid and unintimidating – and
the handling is really impressive.
The word “lekker” keeps coming to mind.
We fully expected to be – well a bit bored – and
not one of us was.
Tall Sean only took a small ride but he came home
commenting on how smooth, comfortable and
torquey the bike feels.
Kyle, our in-house fast rider also grinned. “The
more this bike runs in, the better it gets! A lot
peppier than the 250. Really comfortable with
great throttle response for blitzing through traffic.”
As for the kids – well – they didn’t want to give it
This really is a bike for everyone.
At your Honda dealer soon.
Impressed? You bet! This little bike is a winner.
But the biggest win is the 300 engine. It is far
more peppy than the old 250, with great torque
all the way from the bottom and excellent gear
ratios for tar or dirt - and best of all – unlike
Honda’s 450L, they have not constipated or
limited the bike at all!
Comfortable. Peppy. Smooth. Unintimidating –
without being boring!
The engine does not produce any untoward
buzzing – just smooth performance.
The bike accelerates really nicely through the
gears and grabs a top speed of 125 with this
guys fat ass in the saddle And she will trundle
along happily at the 110kph mark. There is
sufficient torque to pop the odd wheelie (That’s
really important!) and delivers very neutral,
natural road handling.
Making Tuesdays FUN...
Gyppo Work Tuesday Adventure ride to Val Hotel
So, Tuesdays really are that nothing day in the week.
Mondays are usually babbelaas days for most of us,
even the Boom Town Rats sang “ I don’t like Mondays”,
Wednesday are known as ‘Hump Day’ or ‘Klein Vrydag’
and everybody goes out for a mini jol thus making
Thursday the next babbelaas and then we are into the
weekend. Leaving Tuesday as the least inspiring day of
the week. We here at the magazine explore many of the
routes while testing reviewing bikes and travels through
some of the most amazing bits of our country when most
of the popular routes a dead quite.
So we decided in 2019 to host the first Gyppo Tuesday
ride and invite a bunch of people to experience what we
do. The first Gyppo Tuesday was a roaring success and
the intention was to host one every 3 months or so …
but then Covid happened. With the slight relaxing of the
pandemic protocols we hooked up with Suzuki S.A. and
put together the “Whiskey Train” Adventure ride out to
the cool little hamlet of Val.
The inimitable Mr Aprilia Uncle Phil De Gruchy had this to
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The idea of adventure bike rides had been mooted for some time
by the management of Dirt and Trail magazine and eventually on
the 16th of February the oakes got motivated and promoted and
organised what will be the post pandemic genesis of many more
planned events catering for adventure riders in Gauteng and
nearby provinces. The turnout on the day was phenomenal with
some riders from North West and Limpopo joining the “Vaalies”
for the day.
I don’t think anyone expected so many participants (‘specially the
The start venue was at a quaint little pozi called Die Opstal
Koffiehuis in Brakpan and I’m sure the owners and staff were
gobsmacked with the number of riders arriving and somehow
managed to cope with serving the hungry hordes of bikers with
boerseun sized cheese, scrambled eggs and wors rolls and
chips. After breakfast we gathered for group photos with the
manne from Suzuki bringing along the new V Strom XT 1050cc
models for testing and evaluation later in the day at the Val Hotel
where everyone could test ride these new models from Suzuki .
A great initiative by the importer to get involved.
We then were briefed and told that we’d be divided into two
groups , with the fast oakes who would try and keep the road
captain Kyle Lawrenson in sight and the “ old ballies“ were to be
shepherded by Glenn, Corinne and Sean at a more sedate pace,
not too far behind.
So off we went, and as the ride progressed it got a bit
confusing, as we were told to follow the leader who was
unfortunately indistinguishable from a hundred other
And at intersections nobody was quite sure who to follow
and had guys going in different directions for a while.
However I’m sure my comments to the road captains,
that they should wear yellow vests (Vestes Jaunes ) on
the next ride will hopefully be adopted.
For me, and many others the spectacle of so many
riders in convoy was thrilling, and the sight and sound
of so many riders passing through the main streets of
the little dorpies like Nigel, Balfour and Greylingstad was
the highlight for many onlookers who stared wide eyed
in amazement at these iron horse straddled warriors
rumbling through their little town and then off into the
I thought the route chosen was ideal for the typical bikes
and riders. Designed with the average weekend rider
in mind and the fact that they mostly ride big KTM’s
and BM’s whose size and weight are quite challenging
in the dirt for the less experienced riders, who were in
abundance and therefore the route was designed to be
interesting yet not dishearteningly technical.
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The idea of the Gyppo Tuesday Adventure rides is to
get people riding their bikes for the intended purpose
in a safe, fun and friendly environment and to help
them increase their off road riding skills, however the
lads from Dirt & Trail magazine could not resist
including a small veld section and surprisingly all
seemed to manage without too much difficulty
Heading off into the fast dirt roads around Balfour and
Standerton meant leaving a sensible dust gap to be
able to see the road ahead, but of course some guys
didn’t listen to the briefing and didn’t realise it wasn’t a
race to the finish…
But eventually we arrived at the Val hotel with only two
M.I.A riders due to mechanicals and fortunately no
casualties for the Paramedics to tend to. Our hosts
at the hotel were delighted to have more guests in a
day than they normally have in a month and pampered
us with delicious grub. After a short prizegiving with
Suzuki sponsored goodies we said our goodbyes and
headed off back home to clean our bikes in time for the
next Gyppo Tuesday Ride.
WHY ADVENTURE RIDES?
When you look at the demographics of typical
adventure bike riders, they would definitely fall in to
the more mature category , most having ridden all
sorts of bikes over many years and I would guess
largely self-employed and financially stable as only a
few “sick notes“were requested and a lot of the newer
bonies are not cheap toys . While this craze of riding
adventure bikes is popular worldwide, it is ideally
suited to countries like ours with wide open spaces
and beautiful vistas .
Chatting to the guys on the ride – the general
consensus was that this was a winner – and I hope
that Dirt And Trail does it all again soon.
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