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JULY 2021

NOW IN SOUTH AFRICA

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IN THIS ISSUE

BMW 1250 RT - Aprilia RS660 - NC750x Launch

Buyers Guide - Cytech K100 - MotoGP News and More.


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Intro. Keeping the wheels turning...

JULY Edition 2021

We wanna hear from you info@motomedia.co.za

Read our back issues at www.motomedia.co.za

Hello chaps and chapettes.

Firstly: If you are reading this magazine, you are supporting our business and we say a big

thank you.

And we ask that you go and support our advertisers too.

It is business unusual and a lot of good people have been affected.

And try not to be too piddled off if your dealer does not have that part or specific tyre or

accessory you want - supply lines have been affected globally and normality will still take a

little while to get back to usual.

We have lost some good people in and around the motorcycle trade - and whilst we don’t

like doom and gloom it is a reality - and to the families who have been affected, our team

sends their love.

We have been asked to run features and tributes, but, should we forget just one person,

that will be remembered rather than a tribute.

Your bike magazine must be your happy place and that’s what we like to do...

So here goes:

A little guy is standing at the pearly gates, and St. Peter asks him if he has done any good

deeds in his life time.

The man says “Yes! This one time as I parked my scooter, I saw a bunch of gangsters

harassing a women in a parking lot. So I went up to the biggest guy there, pulled out his

nose ring and slapped him on the head. I said that if he didn’t leave her alone he’d be

answering to me!”

St. Peter says “Wow! When did this happen?”

The man said, “Umm about 2 minutes ago!”

Have a great riding month!

In this issue

PUBLISHER:

Glenn Foley

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ADVERTISING AND EDITORIAL:

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Stefan van der Riet

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Triumph Pretoria opens soon…

The new kids on the block End July

The new “Triumph World Black” dealership will be

located on the corner of Jan Shoba and Park Streets

in Hatfield. The store will be a Triumph one-stop-shop

with motorcycle sales, full-service workshop, parts,

accessories and clothing.

The team in Pretoria is really looking forward to welcoming

you into their brand new showroom and 1902

café. They can be contacted on info@triumphpretoria.

co.za for now, and their contact number is 012 955

4444.

#GO

ADVENTURE

Photo: R. Schedl

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

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

Motul Ladies learn to ride a

motorcycle day

Pics by: Disruptive Intent and Richard Harper

Mercia Jansen, or Ms Motul SA, is an extremely dynamic and

pro-active person when it comes to making things happen. Last

year was the inaugural “Ladies learn to ride a motorcycle day”,

teaming up with Honda Wing S.A. and the ADA Training Centre

out near Haartebeespoort Dam.

When asked, “Why Honda?” she said they are always so willing

and they also have a great range of smaller bikes, plus they have

a great relationship with ADA.

The ADA training facility is absolutely superb for hosting any kind

of event, with fantastic facilities and a great team running the

show there. Heine Engelbrecht and his sons make you feel like

you are visiting your favourite uncles and cousins and having a

great time braai-ing and riding motorbikes. You really have to

attend an event there to understand.

This year the event was limited to 25 ladies, but you can believe

the waiting list was much, much longer than that. On a warm and

sunny winters Saturday afternoon in mid-June they all descended

on ADA.

Mercia says, “We teamed up with ADA Training and Outdoor

Centre and Honda SA to bring you another successful Ladies

Learn to Ride a Motorcycle day! From simple steps like starting

a motorcycle to riding it comfortably, some ladies even got a bit

more spontaneous with their ‘moves,”. And did they ever!

Starting out on the lawn in front of the main venue were the

absolute beginners, learning the controls and how to start a bike

to changing gears and clutch/throttle control. Then it was down to

the big gravel skid pan to watch the more advanced ladies learn

about correct body position, standing and riding and turning the

bike with confidence. On the other side of the terrain was the tar

skid pan, where the ladies were focusing on road craft and other

intricacies of riding a bike.

The most significant thing we noticed was the fact that there

were no tears or sad faces, every one of the ladies was grinning

from ear to ear and whooping excitedly as they achieved another

milestone. Mercia commented that they were now receiving

requests for “family learn to ride a motorcycle” days where the

kids and hubbies could also come along and learn to ride.

Can we help? We definitely need a whole lot more of this

happening in our industry…

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Cool ‘A.F’ genuine leather masks

We bumped into Deon Veldsman on our rounds to the dealers

where he was showing off his really cool as f… genuine leather

masks which can be worn to keep the virus at bay or with your

open face helmet to keep the bugs out of your teeth. Deon lost

his job due to the pandemic and is keeping food on the table with

his hand made and very unique leather masks.

He is marketing them under the brand name ‘ROF’ and each one

is a unique, custom made, high quality item that can be made to

size for the smaller ladies or the bigger “boer seuns” out there.

Dealer enquiries are welcome and you can contact him on

071 334 2233. Go on support him and help keep a roof over his

families head. They really are as cool as f…

Givi GRT721 CANYON BASE

UNIVERSAL SADDLE BASE, FOR MODULAR

ATTACHMENT OF VARIOUS BAGS

So! Not everybody wants or enjoys big hard boxes bolted onto

their bikes and a lot of motorcycles do not actually have place to

fit these types of luggage. A lot of the smaller, more enduro styled

bikes can only take soft luggage, so instead of trying to strap

down your ruck sack or tag bag to the rear of the seat or heaven

forbid, using a set of leather cruiser styled saddle bags what are

your options. Well the guys at DMD are currently importing a

very nice soft luggage system from GIVI. It is a universal saddle

base, for modular fixing of different bags, particularly suitable

for use on enduro and adventure motorcycles. It allows the rider

to fix different lateral and upper loads. It is a modular system

compatible with the following GIVI products:

• Roller bag GRT714B

• Cargo bag GRT722

• Dry bag T520.

The Canyon-Base allows you to modulate the configuration of

the motorcycle luggage to adapt it to your load needs, from short

day trips to longer and more demanding trips. The Canyon-Base

with a fully loaded GIVI configuration allows a maximum capacity

of 60 litres and is made of 1680D / PU coating with high tenacity,

side flaps in Hypalon and inserts in TPU, PVC non slip, external

materials with high resistance to UV rays. And comes with an

array of cool features such as side flaps lined in Hypalon, with

straps for securing bags and also hold the load and protect the

bags in the event of a fall, central straps for securing an additional

upper load, with cam buckle to ensure tension retention, a

reflective motif prints for greater visibility, non-slip material on

the base, fixing to different motorcycle models, by means of

adjustable straps with clamp closure to ensure tightness of

tension. We like this idea a lot. For more info or to view more great

products and to find your nearest stockist go to www.dmd.co.za

Trax Moto Silverlakes news:

This is one dealership that has quietly expanded over the years

and it is now the first KTM multifranchise group store in South

Africa. And it all started way back, when Riaan Koen was one of

the very few Husaberg dealers in SA. When KTM took over that

brand and discontinued it, he was offered the KTM brand and

TRAX KTM was born. They quietly got along with business selling

the orange brand, accessories and parts when GasGas needed

a home in Pretoria. “It made sense”, says Riaan. “We are able to

service and supply parts and backup, so the Gas Gas brand was

a natural fit.” Soon afterwards, Husqvarna saw a few changes in

the far north, and once again Trax stepped up. “We have always

had a soft spot for the Blue and white brand, so eight years

along, when the opportunity finally arose, we took it and we now

stock the Husqvarna brand, gear and parts. We are very fortunate

to have all three brands under one roof. Kom drink n Koffie and

see for yourself.”

www.traxmoto.co.za


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HRP’s new products arrive:

There have been all sorts of shipping delays nationwide thanks to global

lockdowns and all sorts, but products are starting to arrive at distributors.

The guys from Henderson Racing Products have just unpacked a shipment of

Helmets and they are making their way onto dealer floors as we type this lot.

Just 1 J34 Adventure Helmets:

We have bought one and found it to be light, comfortable and it has one of the

best visor systems – both in terms of lifting and shutting and field of vision that

we have tried out to date.

One of our favorite features of the J34 is how it looks. For motorcyclists, styling

is important, and this one looks really good. Its aggressive lines resemble

helmets worn by world-class enduro racers. It looks sharp, generating lots of

compliments over the short time we’ve had it. From long-distance travels to

off-road adventures, it combines the comfort and protection of a full-face helmet

with functionality, light weight, and air ventilation typical of off-road helmets.

And it’s at a great price point.

At your dealer.

Origine classic lids:

Old School Helmet in the classic design of the seventies…

Trendy looks for trendy peeps…

* Thermoplasic Shell Structure

* Antiallergic lining in leather look

* Goggle-Strap holder

* Micrometic Chin Strap Buckle

* Inclusive black Sun Peak

* Approved by ECE 22.05 (European Standard)

* Weight approx. 1140g ± 50g

At your dealer…

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Here’s a cool little mergafter if we have ever seen one - and we’ve had it for

a week, changed a dirtbike tube, plugged and pumped a puncture on an

adventure and inflated two ATV tyres... all on one charge.

It weighs in at just on five hundred grammes and is just larger than a buddy

soft drink can. We popped it into the back of our ADV jacket and forgot about

it.

Best of all - it is cable free - you charge the unit overnight and pack it in, so

that if you have an issue, you can pomp on the side of the road or anywhere

on the trail even if you don’t have a plug point on your bike.

If you ride a quad or dirtbike with tubes, its quite compact and light and you

can pack it in your backpack.

Imported by the guys from Autocycle and available at your local motorcycle

dealer.

Specifications

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Max Amperage 18A

Wattage 67W

Max Pressure Reading 120PSI

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Product Size L70 x W70 x H170mm

Pack Size L90 x W87 x H188mm

Power Cable N/A

Pack Weight 0.485kg

Case Quantity 4 x 1

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TCX Boots Back In SA: Imported by

Henderson Racing Products.

“Straight out of Italy, TCX Boots are a premium quality

brand that brings together a wide-range of expertise

in the design and production of motorcycle boots.

Whether you are looking for touring or adventure boots,

motorcycle shoes, or tip of the spear racing boots,

TCX is all about motorcyclist footwear. From old-school

Harley cruisers to the around town commuter crowd

and full-throttle racers, TCX has a style, fitment and

functionality aimed at maximizing your motorcycling

experience. Finding the right motorcycle boot for your

individual needs is not always always easy. Fortunately,

TCX shoes and boots (for men and women), have

incorporated the best materials, years of research, and

a passion for protective footwear into a robust lineup

that is built to last.”

At dealers soon and more news to follow.

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BIKE BROS

After seven years at N1 City, Bike Bros.

Motorcycles have moved into their

new premises in Tokai. Situated in the

same complex as Builders Warehouse

Constantiaberg, they have a stunning and

bigger showroom, bigger workshops, and

a whole new vibe, with the same great ,

friendly service that they are known for!

The brothers Sean, Wayne and Clinton are

hands-on, and present in the shop daily,

ready to assist with your motorcycling

needs. They offer a fine selection of preowned

motorcycles in Cape Town, and

have a well-equipped workshop with

skilled, and experienced staff available for

service and repairs of most major brands.

Interestingly, they are also the top dealers

in SA for Zontes motorcycles.

They serve great coffee at their Three

Stooges Coffee counter, and offer free WiFi

for those waiting for their steeds to come

out of the workshops. Give them a try!

www.bikebrothers.co.za Bike Bros.

Motorcycles, Unit 4, Block 2, South Palms

Centre, 333 Main Road, Tokai, Cape Town

Tel 021 595-0055/8

Bike Tyre Warehouse opens

its doors to the public.

One of the biggest motorcycle tyre guys in

the business, Bike Tyre Warehouse opened

the doors of their sixth retail outlet on

Saturday the 5th of June in Wilgeheuwel,

Roodepoort out on the West Rand. Now

everybody from Jhb Northern suburbs,

through the entire West Rand and all the

way to Potchefstroom and Klerksdorp

can now enjoy the great deals, excellent

stock holding and professional service and

advice.

Dunlop and Michelin really got behind the

grand opening with lots of giveaways on

the day and did great work promoting their

respective brands and subsidiary brands

to the hordes of motorcyclist that came

along to enjoy the carnival atmosphere on

the day.

Huge specials were on offer as well as a

couple of pretty ladies selling raffle tickets

to some really great prizes including a

tyre combo giveaway to the value of

R5,000.00.

The centre on the corners of Krugerrand

and Florin road also offers a bunch of great

restaurants where you can go have a meal

or a few cold drinks while you wait for your

tyres to be fitted and there is even a tattoo

shop in case you want to get some ink

while you wait, a lekker lifestyle centre all

around.

Email them on westrand@

biketyrewarehouse.com or give them a call

on 082 638 2000 or 076 990 4656

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G-DINK 300i ABS

R64 950 incl.VAT

R99 950 incl.VAT

G-DINK 300i

R49 950 incl.VAT

R134 950 incl.VAT

For more information contact your nearest KYMCO dealership to arrange a test drive or visit www.kymco.co.za.


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Different Bike Customs

It all started at a very early age for Edwin, during his

12th year when he begged his motor- mechanic-dad

for a motorbike and just to silence his begging he

arrived home one evening with boxes of spares and

two frames which he got from a friend. Hoping that

now Edwin would stop asking and that he would

become bored and dump the projects not being

able to get them running. But it wasn’t long before

the first one sprang into life after some serious head

scratching, disassembly and reassembly numerous

times. After all, what would a 12 year old know about

gearboxes, cam timing and ignition timing? But that

laid the foundation for his passion for motorcycles. He

sold the first one which funded the building of his first

custom bike, a Cafe Racer, manufacturing the bumbox

out of fibreglass layered over a base made out

of chicken mesh wire with the never-ending problem

itchy fingers from the fibre. It wasn’t long before he

was speeding around the neighbourhood in Rowallan

Park in P.E on his 50cc Cafe Racer with its loud

megaphone exhaust that one could buy at Pick & Pay

hardware section in those days.

His first court appearance came at the age of 13,

after being caught and placed in the back of the

yellow police vans of those days, together with his

bike. He clearly remembers the judge looking at the

papers in his hand and ordering all the people out of

the courtroom. Edwin was a minor and under age,

only his dad was allowed to be present. He was lucky

enough to be let off the hook with a reduced fine by a

forgiving judge who lowered his head with a big grin

on his face when Edwin answered him “not guilty your

Honour” to his question what do you plead. Edwin

has always had the desire to be different in his builds

and not to copy or be influenced by other customized

builds and you just have to take a walk around his

shop, normally with your jaw on the ground and

drooling like a fool.

He believes the first build of that created awareness

for him and his bike building abilities ,totally different

at that time, was areverse trike which was based

around a Suzuki GSXR1100 Slingshot. The front end

was removed and replaced with a custom built front

end with two steerable wheels and an independent

suspension, also with a 15 disc DVD shuttle and

screen at the rear and two 6 x 9 speakers. Since

then he has built quite a number of one-off machines

which led him to do his ultimate build thus far - a V8

Lexus engined monster of a bike which is very close

to completion.

After matriculating at Framesby in 1983, Edwin joined

the SAAF and qualified as an aircraft engineer and

was based at Ysterplaats Airforce base until he was

retrenched in 1993. He decided to follow his passion

and started a bike shop and 28 years on still enjoys

every minute of it. Based at 74 Voortrekker Road,

Parow you have just got to get down there and check

out his creations, like nothing you have ever seen

before. Give Edwin a shout on 082 770 9091 or follow

his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/

DifferentBikeCustoms/

A very accomplished and unique custom bike builder.

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KTM 450 SX-F 07-19 R1750.00

KTM 450 XC-F 08-19 R1750.00

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KTM 1090 Adventure/R 17-18 R2995.00

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KTM 1190 Adventure/R 13-16 R2995.00

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RMZ450 05-19 R1695.00

LTZ400 ATV 03-12 R1650.00

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DL650 V Strom 04-19 R2195.00

GSXR750 00-18 R2195.00

GSXR1000 01-08 R2295.00

GSXR1000 09-16 R2495.00

GSXR1300 Hyabusa 99-07 R3495.00

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YZ250F 01-19 R1695.00

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YFZ450 ATV 04-13 R1695.00

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Change is the story of the new Speed Triple but

nowhere is that more pronounced than with the

engine. Triumph has completely redesigned the

motor so not one single part carries over from the

previous generation.

The bore has been widened considerably (up to

90mm from 79mm) while the stroke has been

shortened (60.8mm down from 71.4mm), which

together with an overall loss in rotating mass and

improvements in gas flow taken from their Moto2

project learnings, has enabled them to rev the

engine higher than before.

The result is a 29.5bhp boost at the top end, so

peak power is now 177.5bhp at 10,750rpm. Peak

torque is also up, now 92lb.ft at 9000rpm, helping

to deliver a fatter midrange.

The Speed Triple RS features a six-speed

transmission with a multiplate wet clutch that has

been reengineered to use fewer friction plates,

which reduces weight and makes for a lighter

clutch. It’s also a slip-assist design, so you can

afford to be a little less delicate with your left

hand while riding hard. The box also benefits

from a quickshifter, fitted as standard, that allows

clutchless upshifts and downshifts.

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Paired with this new motor is a brand new

chassis. The headline figure is that the bike is

10kg lighter than the previous model, with the

frame itself 17% lighter than the old one. This,

along with the boost in power, has contributed to

a 26% increase in the power-to-weight ratio. The

wheelbase remains the same, although with the

new stacked gearbox, Triumph has elongated the

swingarm, which helps improve the handling.

The chassis is a twin-spar aluminum design

and has been reworked for 2021 and includes a

single-sided swingarm. Suspension on the Speed

Triple RS is extremely high-quality Ohlins stuff,

with NIX30 forks and a TTX36 monoshock in the

back. All are fully manually adjustable for preload,

rebound and compression.

Braking is handled by Brembo, with twin Stylema

calipers and 320-millimeter discs up front and a

single Brembo caliper and 220-millimeter disc out

back. The bike is outfitted with a sophisticated

antilock braking and traction control system

managed by an inertial measurement unit that

offers lean angle sensitivity.


The ABS is adjustable but not defeatable. The traction control has four modes,

Rain, Road, Sport and Track and can also be turned off entirely. The bike also

features wheelie control as well as rear-wheel-lift mitigation. There are five

user-selectable ride modes: Rain, Road, Sport, Track and Rider. The Rider

mode is fully user-configurable.

There have also been changes in the ergonomics – the handlebars are 13mm

wider, to improve control at the front end, while the footrests have been

moved inwards to improve ground clearance.

There are also helpful creature comforts such as backlight switches, cruise

control and phone connectivity as standard. It’s also the first Triumph that’s

completely keyless, so no need for a key to turn on the ignition, open the fuel

cap or set the steering lock.

It’s flippen gorgeous and it’s in store at Triumph right now.

As we type, this model is in for Homologation – and we’ll give it a spin the

moment that a demo is offered.

The first shipment, however is sold out as far as we understand, with the next

lot arriving at the end of the month.

More details: www.triumph-motorcycles.co.za

Controls light up at night

Triumph Speed Triple Specs

Engine Four Stroke, Transverse Three Cylinder, DOHC,

4 Valves per Cylinder

Capacity 1160cc

Emission Euro-5

Max Power 177.5hp / 132.4kw @ 10750 rpm

Max Torque 125Nm @ 9000 rpm

Clutch Wet Multi-plate, Slip assist

Frame Aluminium twin Spar frame, bolt-on Aluminium

sub frame

Front Suspension Ohlins 43mm NIX30 upside down

Forks

Rear Suspension ohlins TTX30 twin tube monoshock

Wheelbase 1445mm

Seat Hight 830mm

Wet weight 198kg

Fuel Capacity 15.5 litres


UPDATED

Going hell for leather through the Karoo on some

updated BMW’s

Last month you would have read about Glenn’s adventure with Suzuki in the Karoo and

seen the spectacular photos from that trip. Well, it would seem the Karoo is the place to

be … and believe you me if you haven’t ridden a bike here, you haven’t experienced South

Africa at its best. BMW invited us along to join them on the media launch of one new

model and one updated model and flew us into George for a whistle stop tour of that part

of the Karoo on their new bikes. Landing just before 6pm in a wet, windy and cold George

was a bit of a shock to the system after leaving in a fairly mild and sunny Gauteng winters

day. We were bundled into a bunch of fancy BMW X5’s and taken to the ‘OuBaai’ for a

presentation and dinner and overnight digs…

The bikes we were there to ride were the all new BMW R1250RT, the updated GS 1250

and 1250 adventure. The route for the RT’s was to be out past Hartenbos and Mosselbay

and over Robinson Pass through the Karoo and Oudtshoorn to our lunch in the ever

gorgeous Karoo. Then it was a swap onto the GS’s for the return ride over Montagu Pass

via the Outeniqua Hop and back into George. Sadly, we had to keep a wary eye on the

clock because we all had to be back on the plane home by around 5pm and thus had to

run full “Hell for Leather” mode in both directions which was quite entertaining, (read –

underwear soiling), because Mother Nature decided to water her Karoo garden most of

the day.


stationary traffic, but the RT politely applied brakes

and brought the bike to a stop when necessary or

sped up again as needed. I really like this feature …

next they need to add DCT to the RT and it will be

the perfect tourer … until somebody works out how

to fit Tesla’s auto pilot self-drive system.

Initially I wasn’t terribly happy with the electronic

suspension which started off feeling quite bouncy

but as the ride progressed it felt like it was adapting

itself to my weight and riding style and definitely got

a lot better and much more confidence inspiring to

the point where I was prepared to trust it and the

tyres quite a lot in the wet twistys of the pass. And

BMW’s linked or dual braking system really works

so well that it almost seems intuitive. Overall I really

enjoyed my ride on the R1250RT and look forward

to spending some more time with it in the near

future – like I said, time and the weather weren’t on

our side so the ride was really too brief and controlled

to really experience all the new features.

Here are some of the highlights with a full, proper

test soon – and OH YES! Make sure you grab this

months Dirt And Trail Magazine for my impressions

of the famous GS1250.

R1200 RS, 2016

R1250 RS, 2019

20 000km - Plenty Extras

11 000km - Too Many extras to mention

R255 R125 000 000

R75 R185 000 000 R319 R315 000 000

I can honestly say that I have never, ever traversed Robinson

pass in the dry and I have been fortunate to have done it a

couple of times in the past 20 years or so. It is always, in my

experience, misty with a light to heavy drizzle making the road

quite greasy. The road itself is an absolute joy to ride, from

tight and twisty to open and sweepy in other places with some

of the most jaw dropping views, (when the mist lifts occasionally),

you could ever imagine.

Riding the all new R1250RT was the correct bike for the

weather and the road on the day. I am quite tall and generally

find windshields are designed for the shorter rider and interfere

with my line of sight, but with this bikes electronically adjustable

screen I found that I could still see over it enough to feel

safe but still enjoy all the wind and weather protection benefits

it offers. The great feature I enjoyed is that it always returned to

the last position I had it on when I turned the bike off. Now, let

me say this, even though we spent a good amount of time riding

in the drizzle I barely got wet, a great plus in my riding enjoyment.

At some points the roads were very slick and I spent

a fair amount of time in ‘rain mode’ which kept everything tidy

and did not interfere noticeably with my riding. I often find the

electronics to be too intrusive to the point that I feel unsafe and

end up switching everything off as much as they can be. Once

we were on some dry tarmac I managed to mess around with

some of the other onboard electronic aids and there is a very

noticeable difference from ‘eco mode’ and ‘rain mode’ through

to ‘dynamic mode’. But for me the most mind bending and fun

was to play around with the adaptive cruise control. It’s easily

activated by a button on the left hand handle bar it adjusts your

speed to the traffic around you. Where you used to have to tap

the brakes and disengage cruise control to avoid running into

other road users, the radar mounted on the front of the bike

chats to the brains of the bike and slows down for slower or

stationary traffic and accelerates back to your set speed once

past or they speed up again. I played with it through the town

of Oudtshoorn, putting the bike in cruise control and holding

my hands on my helmet. It took all sorts of will power not to

grab for the bars and the brakes when riding up to slower or

R NINE T, 2020

4000km

R129 R145 000

R299 000 R159 R165 000

R179 R185 000 R165 R175 000 R179 R185 000

RIDEFAST MAGAZINE JUNE 2021 43


BMW R 1250 RT:

• Authentic boxer engine with BMW ShiftCam Technology

for variation of the valve timings and valve stroke on the

intake side.

•Powerful response across the entire engine speed range,

exemplary fuel consumption, emission levels, running

smoothness and refinement.

• Output and torque: 100 kW at 7 750 rpm and 143 Nm at

6 250 rpm.

• Knock sensor system for optimised travel suitability.

• New BMW Motorrad Full Integral ABS Pro as standard.

• Three riding modes as standard.

• New “Eco” riding mode for particularly economical

riding as standard.

• Riding Modes Pro with additional riding mode “Dynamic”

and new engine drag torque control (MSR) as an ex

works option.

• Dynamic Traction Control DTC as standard

• Dynamic ESA “Next Generation” electronic suspension

with fully automatic load compensation as an optional

extra.

• Hill Start Control Pro (HSC Pro) with extended function

as an ex works option.

• Newly developed front fairing with optimised aerodynamics.

• New LED headlamp as standard and new full LED headlamp

with adaptive turning light as an ex works option.

• Connectivity: New multifunctional instrument cluster

with 10.25-inch full-colour TFT screen and numerous

other features as standard.

• New “Comfort telephony with extended smartphone

connection” option.

• New Audio System 2.0 option.

• New double tone fanfare as standard.

• Intelligent Emergency Call as an ex works option.

• Attractive basic paint finish along with the three Style

variants “Elegance”, “Sport” and “Option 719” as ex

works options.

• Extended range of optional extras and Original BMW

Motorrad Accessories.

Mercia Jansen shares her thoughts…

My first time on an RT.

I have never ridden a touring bike. It’s not

pretty. I like pretty bikes. But it was really

cool to have an adjustable electric windscreen

when it started raining, 3 different

modes, active cruise control and heated

grips and seat.

And this bike was faster than I thought it

would be. You can have a lot of fun on it.

It’s not a bike I would consider buying, but

I was again reminded that there is a bike

for every type of riding and every type of

rider.

PRICES:

BMW R 1250 RT

Full Spec Alpine White R 341 600.00

Style Elegance Manhattan Metallic R 350 100.00

Style Sport Racing Blue R 353 100.00

Get down to your local Motorrad dealer to test ride one

for yourself.

R18, First Edition 2020

S1000 RR, 2010

4,000km E X Demo

45,000km

R280 R275 000 R119 R105 000

R1250 RS, 2021

2 300km Top Box

R199 000

R 1250 RS, 2019

100km

R215 000

R1250RT, 2019

18 000km

R230 000

C400 X 2020

1,300km

R109 000

R1250 Vespa GS 300 ADV, GTS, 2020 2018

13,500km 000km (Factory Lowered)

R269 R99 000

Vespa 250 GTS, 2011

13, 000km

R89 000

BMW Motorrad Fourways

R1250 GS ADV, Adventure 2019 2013

534,000km

Top Box & panniers, Akropovic

Slip R245 on000

R320 000

Cnr Witkoppen and Cedar Road.

Fourways, Gauteng.

Tel: (011) 367-1600

Email: rodney.serfontein@cedarisle.co.za


EVERYDAY

Aprilia’s RS660

This guy is one of

those peeps who

does not read reviews

and things prior to

riding a new model.

The idea is to

give you lot, our

readers a genuine,

unbiased opinion

on any bike that we

ride/test/whatever.

This RS660 is a

flippen revelation.

By Glenn Foley

In South Africa, bigger

is better right? For sure

– traditionally sales figures

have told us this, buying

trends show that we South

Africans love horsepower

and all things associated

therewith. As a result, the midrange

market has been left a bit

neglected even though – certainly, in

this guys opinion a midrange road bike

is far more than enough for the average

rider.


It is a lot of bike…

The full TFT instrument panel and the

brand new switches help access all

the settings: three engine modes, three

engine-braking modes, five riding modes,

three corner ABS possibilities, eight

traction control levels, one wheelie control

and cruise control. 600 cc sportbikes have

never been this up to date.

Designed under the leadership of the

legendary Miguel Galluzzi (father of the

Ducati Monster and the Aprilia RSV4),

the RS 660 is quite simply, a stunning

looking motorcycle. Just take a look

at the attention to detail, the iconic

triple headlight is still here, while some

layering on the side fairing makes it more

aerodynamic than ever.

The RS 660 has been through some

extensive development to make it as

light as possible. The air intake mould,

in the middle of the front fairing, also

supports the dashboard. The battery is a

Lithium-ion unit, and the Euro 5 exhaust

weight only 6.2 kilos. The wheels are cast,

not forged. With 169 kilos dry, and 183

loaded that’s really light for any road going

motorcycle.

Nerine from Formula K gives the RS660 her stamp of approval.

And this little RS is a case in point. Sure – we

flippen love that slightly larger capacity Tuono

and it would be parked permanently in our

garage if he did not still have school fees

and stuff to pay. That RSV 4 is quite simply

ridiculous – a track weapon that would cost us

plenty in speeding fines…

But the way prices are going it is a fact that

most mere mortals no longer play in that

market.

And manufacturers understand this, so

they make smaller bikes that are more cost

effective that are still pretty mind blowing.

Now we hear you big supe guys scoffing – a

660 parallel twin…? Yup. Yamaha is also

making the R7 with one – and, perhaps these

guys know stuff that we don’t.

This particular one is the Tuono’s V4 with the

rear cylinders lopped off. That’s not exactly

true, although some of the superbike’s best

bits are part of the mix. We’re referring to the

ride-by-wire system, the fuel injection, and

the piston’s shape, which is 81 millimetres

bore, as per MotoGP regulations. However,

the head is brand new, and the motor is Euro

5 compliant.

What’s it like?

We we’ll tell you for free that it’s nothing like

Honda’s more conservative (and cheaper)

80 odd BHP parallel NC750, and neither is

it like Yamaha’s MT07. This is a focussed

performance bike that sounds and goes,

just like an exotic Italian bike should. Italian

engineers at Aprilia made the RS 660 deliver

100 HP at 10,500 rpm, with an 11,500 rpm

redline.

But they have put a lot of thought and tech

into it – and if you think it’s a budget Aprilia –

you’d be mistaken. All of this tech, explains

the price tag.

Italians understand aesthetics

Just go and have a look at it from the

distinctive looks to bits like the four pot

Brembo brakes that clamp onto twin

320mm front discs. Cornering ABS, and

fully adjustable 41mm KYB suspension is

standard up front.

She is shod in Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa

IIs, so there’s never a problem with grip.

Uncle Jason takes a young fan for a quick spin.


Ride impressions.

Well. Let’s say this. This is one of the most fun-toride

bikes that we’ve had all year so far. And, aside

from the panty dropping good looks, there are a

few reasons for this.

The bike is comfortable. This is really important at

this level. It is a lot more upright than your average

superbike and you can happily ride her all day. The

seat is comfy with low ish pegs so you do not feel

like a pretzel. The Aprilia is only two cylinders wide,

so it feels narrow. Your thighs fit snuggly beneath

the sculpted tank wings and the clip ons are wide

and easy to reach and comfortably positioned to

take the strain off your wrists. The mirrors work

just and the screen is high enough to keep the

wind off tall riders The bike feels a bit tall when you

first climb aboard but no-one who ride the bike

complained.

The bike is quick. Yes – read that. That parallel twin

is quite simply a marvel and quickshifting (yup it

has one standard) through the gearbox and using

the autoblip to gear down is massive fun.

The bike has real world power. That 660 plant is

flippen cool! With its 270-degree firing order, it

sounds more like a 90 degree V-twin with a great

burble from the engine. Smooth too —you can go

across town at 2000 rpm in 6th gear, and for reallife

usage, the engine is more torquey enough to

beat traffic and errant taxi’s every time.

At speed, we were cruising along in 6th at 160

when we hit a long uphill – and simply opened the

throttle without gearing down and she accelerated

up to the 200 mark no problem. This bike was just

about run in so we did not abuse it too much, but

we reckon 220 odd KPH is a realistic figure for the

RS.

The bike is nimble. Aprilia certainly knows how to

make a bike handle really well. Make no mistake

– this bike has race DNA, it turns on a dime, feels

light and just so nimble.

We gave it to national road and motard racer

Keegan Wessels for a few laps around the very

tight and twisty Formula K Track just outside

Benoni.

His words:

“This Aprilia handles better than my motard…”

“Its awesome – this track is mainly built for Go-

Karts, very tight and this bike handles it perfectly.

It’s an awesome handling bike, even with the

stock tyres. It’s only a 660 parallel – but the power

delivery is great – and the electronics package

makes it a joy to ride.”

“It just turns so well. The brakes and suspension

feel perfect! I had no issues anywhere. It’s fantastic

– one of the more exciting bikes I’ve ridden in a

while!”

Conclusions.

Flip. This bike is a revelation. It is just so good

everywhere. We hear you gulp at the pricetag

(Don’t worry so did we), but when you ride it and

see all the features, you understand exactly why.

This is a bike that you can use every day and we

guarantee big smiles. It’s not a commuter and it’s

not quite a superbike. It’s that bike that fits squarely

in between – and that really tickles our fancy.

And by the way – just coz it’s smaller than the big

ones – we still see many speeding fines coming

your way.

Go and ride it, you’ll see what we mean.

Aprilia RS660 Specs

Price R234 660.00

Engine Four Stroke, Parallel Twin, DOHC,

4 Valves per cylinder

Capacity 659cc

Emission Euro-5

Max Power 100hp / 73.4kw @ 10500 rpm

Max Torque 67Nm @ 8500 rpm

Clutch Wet Multi-plate, Slipper

Frame Double Beam Aluminium frame

Front Suspension Kayaba upside down Fork,

41mm with counter spring

Rear Suspension Monoshock with adjustable

counter spring

Wheelbase 1370mm

Seat Hight 815mm

Wet weight 183kg

Fuel Capacity 15 litres

Was: R144 950 INCL. VAT

Now: R124 950 INCL. VAT

Was: R179 950 INCL. VAT

Now: R159 950 INCL. VAT

There are many different types of commuting,

ranging from city streets to stretches of superslab.

And we've got the ultimate commuter bike for you.

Was: R94 950 INCL. VAT

Now: R84 950 INCL. VAT

www.yamaha.co.za · +27 11 259 7600 · Facebook: Yamaha Southern Africa · Instagram: @yamahasouthafrica


Steven Odendaal

WorldSSP


Putting Fun

back into biking.

The new NC750…

Think NC and the word conservative, bulletproof

commuter springs to mind. It’s never really been a

mind blowing motorcycle, but thanks to its all-round

practicality, Honda has sold them by the fistful in SA. For

2022, they gave the bike a big dollop of fun. We went

along to the launch to see for ourselves…

6 KG’s lighter. 3 BHP stronger. Those are the two points that really

stood out at Honda’s presentation at the ADA facility out Harties

way the other day. 3 BHP, might not sound like a lot, but

combine that with a lighter bike and things all start to make

sense.

But there’s more to this 750cc Parallel Twin motorcycle.

Read on…

We made the rather chilly 100 odd KM trip from

our spot near JHB international Airport out to

Harties. Every day should start on a motorcycle,

chilly for sure but you just start the

day with a song in your head. If you have

never visited “Oom” Heins place, ADA

near Broederstroom, it’s something you

need to do sometime. They do training

and functions for cars, bikes and all

sorts. They serve great Coffie and

“lekker” boere kos so you’ll never

be hungry.


2021

NC750X/

They were tasked with working an interesting

route for the bikes, which they

achieved for sure. Young Dieter Engelbrech

has decided that there is no place

like home and he’s back from the land of

maple leaves and he was our route captain

for the day. Zooting around Harties

during the week is a lot less manic than

on the weekend when every Jo’burger is

out and about. I reckon we did about 150

odd kilometres on the new bikes including

a 40 KM economy run….

We’ll tell you about that a bit later.

The Bike:

The team from Honda briefed us on the

bike before we took off. They are fully

aware of the NC 700 and 750’s moniker

of economical commuter and told us

that the new one is geared more towards

practical fun and weekend touring.

To this end, Honda has given the bike

more power and sharper looks, whilst

retaining the practical bits like the big,

(bigger than the predecessors), boot

up front. They have altered your seating

position a bit, a little bit lower in the

saddle, which makes a comfy bike more

comfortable and they have packed in

some tech.

This is the first time that this bike gets

ride-by- wire, which has enabled Honda

to give owners 3 rider modes namely

rain, standard and sport. Cool!

The bike comes with ABS and traction

control, which, despite our very best

attempts cannot be switched off. This

means no big wheelies I’m afraid!

Other than that, the headlamp has been

restyled, LED tech is all over the place

and they have made the hazard lights

flash if you brake hard. Great safety

feature.

Two models are available – manual – and

the very popular DCT. We often wonder

why other manufacturers have not explored

the DCT system for their models.

Lucky for Honda we suppose.

The ride:

The roads around the dam are still in relatively

good nick with few potholes and

some fast straights, a few twisties and

this is important … it’s not all flat, there

are some long up hills and downhills and

all sorts, perfect for really getting to know

a bike like this.

This rider grabbed the DCT first.

The bike is easy. Comfortable. Logically

laid out and the electronics package is

really simple. Shifting modes from standard

to sport is quickly figured out. The

only small criticism is that when you turn

off the key the bike reverts to standard

every time. Buts it’s not a biggy.

Power wise, the bike feels good from the

bottom all the way to the top which is

in excess of 180KPH. The DCT system

seems to have been tweaked, it is more

natural than previous renditions and

kicks up and down without the rider

really even thinking about it. If you are in

a hurry, you can change down with the

switch on the left bar. We understand

exactly why consumers enjoy the system.

2021

NC750X/DCT

THE NEW NC750X: DO IT ALL, AND

BETTER THAN EVER.

Specialization may be fine for something like golf clubs, but we think great motorcycles should

be able to do it all. Case in point: The 2021 Honda NC750X. This is a bike is for motorcyclists who

appreciate both versatility and virtuosity in their adventure machines. This year, we’ve given this

model some big improvements. More power. A larger integrated storage area. Lighter weight,

and a lower seat height. Plus some huge technologic upgrades like throttle by wire, selectable

riding modes, new instruments, a new frame, upgraded bodywork, and standard ABS. At its

heart, the twin-cylinder engine produces a broad torque curve as well, making it a joy to ride.

And you can choose from two transmissions: a conventional manual-clutch six-speed, or

Honda’s revolutionary automatic DCT. Either way, this latest NC750X is going to be the perfect

one-bike choice for the rider who wants to do it all.

NC750X: R126 000

NC750X: R135 500 DCT

THE NEW NC750X

BETTER THAN EV

Specialization may be fine for something

be able to do it all. Case in point: The 202

appreciate both versatility and virtuosity

model some big improvements. More pow

and a lower seat height. Plus some huge

riding modes, new instruments, a new fra

heart, the twin-cylinder engine produces

And you can choose from two transmissi

Honda’s revolutionary automatic DCT. Eit

one-bike choice for the rider who wants


Shifting between power modes makes a

big difference; we’d superglue the bike into

sports mode finish and klaar.

The half way point is the V8 Roadhouse

where we were invited to have a milkshake,

(read Hot Chocolate), and to swap bikes for

the return journey. It’s a very cool spot with

jumping castles, foefie slides and all sorts for

the kids. We didn’t eat, but it’s a great petrol

head lunch stopover if you are in the area.

Once we’d finished playing in the kids

playground, it was leg over the manual bike

for much of the same back to ADA…

Oh yes! Honda has upgraded the clutch on

the NC750 with a slipper assist system and

we’ll tell you for free that it’s a great upgrade.

It’s a lot softer for urban travelling where you

are constantly on the clutch.

To this rider a manual bike is more “pure”

than a DCT. Maybe he’s just old fashioned,

something that was discussed and

disagreed upon with much gusto by all the

riders on the day. In fact, we’ll venture that

most prefer the DCT system…

But anyway, the manual bike is a barrel of

fun with a very smooth box and fun power

throughout the rev range, especially in

sports mode. The firm Showa suspension

makes sure that the bike goes where you

point it and the brakes are excellent.

Has the lighter weight and few extra horses

made a difference?

Absolutely! The bike is still quite predictable,

but it’s really good fun to bang through the

gears.

Best of the lot was that Honda SA had

a couple of the last models on hand for

comparative purposes and quite a few dices

ensued. The new bike left the previous one

for dead on each run through the gears. A

3rd gear roll-on saw the new model quite

simply tear ahead without breaking a sweat.

What Honda has produced is a bike that is

much more fun to ride with a lot more punch

for when you want to head out on that long

weekend trip. We mentioned that top speed

earlier.

The normal okes, (read chunky old toppies),

saw 180KPH, the maniacs, (read more

slender riders), reckon they saw figures in

excess of 190, but what is important is that

the latest NC750 will happily zoot along at

150KPH all day long.

A perfect touring speed in our opinion, with

sufficient torque for a passenger out back.

An ugly bunch.... thankfully masks were the order of the day..

Economy:

To most this is not a biggy when you consider

a bike, but for many it is an important consideration.

The NC range has always been exceptionally

frugal and with increased horsepower

comes increased consumption… right?

Honda’s Motorcycle man Riaan Fourie put up a

prize for the most economical rider on the last

40 KM’s leg home – a cool Honda bag and a

bottle of Vino.

Whoever used the least fuel would win the prize.

A couple of us took it pretty seriously and spent

the last forty kays at lower than average speeds

with some interesting wind cheating techniques

whilst others laughed at the silliness of it all and

held it wide open all the way home.

Here’s the rub over forty kays.

The worst consumption flat-out, with a few

burnouts went to Bill “The GOAT” Hunter who

achieved 1.93 litres. Now read this, Dries VD

Walt who arrived at the end about 3 days later

used a ridiculous 0.7 litres.

Yup! Put that in your pipe and smoke it!

These figures from a 750cc bike. Not bad at all.

But wait! There’s more. These bikes are cheaper

than most single cylinder dirtbikes…

NC750x (manual) - R126 000

NC750XD (DCT) - R135 500.

The way prices are going these days, that is the

bargain of the century.

At your Honda dealer, go and have a looksee.

www.honda.co.za

Honda NC750x Specs

Engine Four Stroke, Parallel Twin, SOHC,

4 Valves per cylinder

Capacity 745cc

Emission Euro-5

Max Power 57.8hp / 43.1kw @ 6750 rpm

Max Torque 69Nm @ 4750 rpm

Clutch Wet Multi-plate(DCT) -

Wet Multiplate Hydaulic

Frame Rigid Tube Steel Diamond

Front Suspension 41mm Telescopic Forks

Rear Suspension Single Monoshock Damper,

Pro-link Swing arm

Wheelbase 1535mm

Seat Hight 800mm

Wet weight 215kg

Fuel Capacity 14.1 litres

Riaan Fourie gives the breakdown

on the new models.

Honda has paid attention to detailing the new model.


Pics by Black Rock

CYTECH

K100 Café Racer

We absolutely love Custom Motorcycles, the

inspiration that goes into the design, the passion

and dedication that goes into the build and the

unrivalled uniqueness and quality of the finished

product just blows our mind. So, when Donovan

Muller of Cycle Technologies, (better known as

Cytech), called us and asked if we would like to

feature his latest build before he sent it overseas to

an international customer … he was barely halfway

through the question when our Sean was shouting

YES! YES! YES! Before putting the phone down. We

have long drooled over his creations every time we

walk into his shop on the South of Joburg and have

always been keen to feature his very unique and

beautiful creations.


Firstly, a bit of background on Donovan Muller. He is a

BMW Motorcycle Specialist in Maintenance, Restoration,

Adventure and Custom Bike Builder. Working with these

Machine almost every second of the day. Watching them

come alive, evolve, reincarnate, inspire and motivate

people in all levels of society. “In a universal language

that only Motorcyclists can interpret and escape into their

own ‘happy place’ is what makes my Life a Ride”, says

Donovan. Donovan has over 24 years’ experience as a

Specialist in Restoration of Classic BMW Motorcycles,

Custom Builder of BMW Motorcycles, Upgrades and

Accessorizing of Adventure Motorcycles. The first custom

build to be featured Internationally was in 2013, which was

a 1974 R90/6, which he named it “HUSTLER “, still has the

motorcycle on their showroom floor and will never sell it,

as it has too much sentimental value. He won Windblown

BIKE OF THE YEAR Award in 2015 with a 1971 “Black

and White” R50/5 and also have had features of a BMW

R100RS 1977 Cafe Racer, BMW R45 Heritage featured

on Silodrome a few years ago, as well as a 1964 BMW

R69S with Steib Sidecar combination on Bike EXIF. Don

is a purest at heart and will always advise to keep bikes

original as they were manufactured, but he also finds it

extremely rewarding to allow his passion and creative side

to flow and build a one-of-a-kind unique machine, which

can be appreciated and admired by all.......but the best

part is riding them!

Then a little bit of the company’s history. Cycle Technology

cc known as CYTECH and Touring Division namely

TOURS FOR AFRICA was established by Donovan and

Kerry-Lee’s Late Father Ray Muller in the late 1970’s,

which specialized in sales of parts and accessories,

maintenance and repairs to BMW Motorcycles and later

became one of the largest BMW Dealerships in Southern

Africa. The Company then started offering Tours and

later Organized Expeditions into Africa. In conjunction

to the expeditions, preparation of the motorcycles had

to be carried on the machines, as well as a hire fleet of

K100 Motorcycles, which was available for rentals for the

trips offered. They then started researching, developing,

tried and testing of equipment for these expeditions to

improve the Motorcycles, as well as supplying various

Accessories for all Adventure Motorcycles. Due to our

diversity, we became an independent company offering

original, alternate, improved and re-invented equipment

for these motorcycles for the last ± 25 years. Today they

are a small family business that continues to specialize

in restorations, maintenance, and custom building of

all BMW Motorcycles, as well as offering preparation

and accessorizing of all adventure motorcycles. All

motorcycles at CYTECH are built by Donovan with

the assistance of his Right-Hand man Andrew … and

Johannes, whom he could say is his Left-Hand man

as well as Samuel, who also lends an extra hand when

needed. The Administration Division and Orders are

handled by Kerry, (Sister), and Finance Division by Gina,

(Mother), to make this well-oiled machine function to its

full potential.

Now down to the ‘Nitty-Gritty’ of this really special build …

the CYTECH K100 Café Racer

This Motorcycle started as a 1990 K100RT. The previous

Owner had intentions of converting it into a Café Racer

and started with removing the original fairing and luggage

system and installed an aftermarket headlight and

indicators. Cytech carried out all mechanical maintenance

and then the owner decided to sell the motorcycle and get

a new Model not understanding the full potential of the

transformation this motorcycle had to become the Café

Racer that is featured here now.


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• Upgraded progressive front fork springs.

• Telefix front fork brace painted in candy blue metallic with

fork boots.

• Puig front fairing cowl with trimmed down tinted wind

deflector.

• CNC billet top yoke housing a Motogadget Pro Speed

Cluster Unit.

• Max-Inc LED headlight assembly with High Side micro

taillight and front and rear Shinyo indicators

• Flip-Up Monza fuel cap

• Custom made switch black leather, centre panel in grey

suede with blue stitching.

• Custom air box chamber and exhaust link with tailpipe

system supplied by Cafe4Racer.

• Luftmeister performance camshafts to increase

performance.

• Custom sub-frame and rear suspension set-up.

• BMW belly pan spoiler

• D1 specification racing coolant and custom reservoir

• Custom machined Aluminium Footrests

• Metzeler ROADTEC 01 tyres.

• Main frame customised/modified and painted candy

metallic blue.

• Body work of motorcycle is painted with Norda grey and

underlying blue metallic flake to set it off when standing in

the sunlight.

All we can say is … “WOW!! That sure is a gorgeous work

of art”. If you would like that special bike built for you, give

Donovan and the team at Cytech a call on 011 433 880 or pop

in at 61 Port Road, Robertsham, Johannesburg to meet a really

nice bunch of people and ogle the beautiful creations.

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The Massive

Racing Paradox

By Donovan Fourie.

It has been an interesting few weeks in the MotoGP circus that have seen

Quartararo return to a dominant top step finish at Mugello, Oliveira

take a surprise win at Catalunya and a return to glory for Marc

Marquez in Germany.

There has been much celebrating, but there have been

tears, too. Donovan Fourie delves in and shares his

thoughts on the strange paradox of motorcycle

racing:


The MotoGP world was shocked by the passing of 19

year-old Jason Dupasquier after an accident in the Moto3

Saturday qualifying session at Mugello. The rider was

helicoptered to a local hospital where he sadly died the

next morning.

The paddock was shocked indeed, but not quite enough

to not leave pitlane, line up on the grid and commence

battle.

And I’m certain viewership figures for the race didn’t drop

either. If anything, perhaps the news of the passing of

young Dupasquier caused more people to tune in to their

tellies.

Some people might immediately blame this phenomenon

on the sick nature of human beings, but it isn’t necessarily

that. In fact, it’s quite understandable, especially from an

evolutionary point of view.

It’s a strange paradox in that we don’t wish racers to die

or even sustain injury, and we are rightly saddened with

tragedy does strike but we also don’t want motorsport to

be completely safe, either.

Imagine that – motorcycle racing without any danger.

What we would have then is Playstation competitions;

how dull would that be?

Part of what makes MotoGP the success story that it is,

is the fact that these people are putting their lives on the

line to achieve glory, and we should be grateful that they

are. It’s not just them that are lauded for their death-facing

bravery, the world is littered with it – the first person to eat

a new kind of berry off a tree, the first person to sharpen

a stick and throw it at a sabre-toothed tiger, to try a new

kind of medicine, the first person to sail across an ocean,

to cross the desert, to climb that mountain, to be launched

into space, the first guy to throw a 360 on a dirtbike… the

list goes on.

If it were not for the bravery of these individuals, human

beings would be cowering in caves and licking moss.

They are heroes and deserve our praise.

And that’s why we are drawn to these few individuals who

climb aboard their motorcycle and take them to extremes

the world has not yet seen. A great example of this is the

world’s fascination with the Isle of Man TT – flesh and

blood mortals riding beyond 300km/h with nothing but

trees, lamp posts and buildings to cushion them should

they fall. There is skill involved, especially to climb aboard

the top step off the TT podium, but mostly we are drawn

to the idea that these maddened individuals would climb

aboard their motorcycles with full knowledge of the

dangers of what they are attempting and do it anyway. We

wont even talk about the freestyle MX crowd – how insane

are they?

It’s similar with MotoGP. The death toll isn’t nearly as bad

as the TT, but we marvel at Moto3 riders as they return to

pits with the paint of various competitors smeared across

their fairings, we watch the Moto2 class with nearly no

electronics slide their way round circuits and we gawp as

MotoGP riders slide elbows at more them 200km/h before

opening the lid on 300hp machines to reach speeds north

of 360km/h.

The skill and technology of these riders and machine is

remarkable, but it would be somehow diminished were

the element of danger removed. Imagine a fancy game of

Robot Racer where the riders were replaced with robots

specially built by the world’s leading robotic engineers.

Even if their lightening quick processors were able to

somehow push MotoGP bikes ten seconds a lap faster

than what we are seeing now, completely bending the

rules of physics, we would appreciate it as some sort of

fun gimmick and then see what else is on television.

It’s the riders themselves that make the sport, and like the

people that first crossed oceans and rocketed into space,

their bravery worms its way into our very lives.

Right now, street-legal motorcycles are faster and more

advanced than ever before. They are also much safer

than they have ever been. Most of the credit goes to

pioneering engineers in factories who have led motorcycle

breakthroughs, but a large chunk of their calculations is

gathered from the data collected on race tracks where

riders have been willing and able to push this technology

to discover its limits.

We mourn the death of Jason Dupasquier, like we

mourned the death of Louis Salom, Marco Simoncelli,

Shoya Tomizawa and Daijiro Kato.

We should mourn them; their passing is a tragedy that we

must come to grips with, because these boys are buried

as heroes, they get a heroes send off.

The world will forever look longingly at their names and

how they pushed for motorcycling glory.

Say their names again: Jason Dupasquier, Louis Salom,

Marco Simoncelli, Shoya Tomizawa and Daijiro Kato.

Long will these names last as legends.

The leathergate Scandal

11 Wins at The Ring for Marquez


A LIFE IN MOTORCYCLES

We took some time out to visit Mr Phil De Gruchy

AKA Mr Aprilia. Phil is an avid motorcyclist who

now collects and restores 2-Stroke road bikes.

Here’s his story…

I guess my life in motorcycles began long before most

of you reading this article were born . The dawn of my

unbridled passion for two wheels began in the U.K.in the

1960’s, this was the post rock n roll era of the Beatles,

Rolling Stones , Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, back

in those days every guy in our street had or wanted to

ride a motorcycle, and if you didn’t own a motorcycle then

your status was that of some sub species . On two wheels

this was the era of the “mods and rockers” in the teenage

culture back then, if you rode a Lambretta scooter you

could be classed as a mod and if you rode a Triumph or

any other roaring British twin you were a “rocker” whose

status in the gang and with the girls was

determined by how fast you could ride . The rockers of

that time were also known as the ‘ton up’ boys , due to

the fact that some motorcycles back then could achieve

top speeds of more than 100 miles per hour, which was

referred to as a “ton”. My road bike back then was a Triumph

Bonneville and my ambition was to race and follow

in the footsteps to international stardom like my heroes

Mike Hailwood and Phil Read, but being short of money

and talent meant that a good day on track was when the

bike didn’t break and I didn’t fall off .

In the early 70’s, Japanese two-strokes first appeared

on the market and having seen the performance of these

Yamaha TZ race bikes on the track coming past me like I

was looking for parking on the straights meant, of course

that I had to have one…


If you still want to potter around fixing bikes then do it for love

and don’t keep a record of your expenditure, especially where

your significant other is likely to discover the real reason why

she can’t have a new stove, washing machine etc.

RIDE IT LIKE YOU STOLE IT

For those of us lucky enough to have our very own “smoker”,

we can all concur that riding one of these little pocket rockets

is a blast and hearing this little screaming two-stroke is a pure

adrenalin rush. Combine that with superb handling and light

weight and you have the recipe to turn back the clock 25 years

and be that boy racer one more time.

You smile under your helmet at the traffic light that has just

turned red because you know that when it goes green you’ll

be at 10000rpm dropping the clutch and keeping the throttle

pinned in every gear into the event horizon… Top speed (who

cares!) 200 km plus, but its academic - especially now on our

dodge the pothole roads.

The spiritual home of these race bred two strokes is out there

on the race track and its such fun on track days dive bombing

the super bikes when the marshals are not looking , it’s so

easy to out-brake these big capacity bikes on a nimble little

two stroke and changing line in mid corner when you are one

the wrong line is never a problem.

Unlike heavier bikes these mid corner adjustments don’t mean

that you are going into the kitty litter on the exit.

HAVE I MISSED THE BOAT?

The answer to that is probably yes you have with every old two

stroke being classed as a collectors item these days and sellers

asking silly prices for some old relic. Even 5 years ago you

could buy an Aprilia RS250, Honda NSR 250 or YAMAHA TZR

250 for a reasonable price, but those days are long gone, as

demand far outstrips supply of what is, of course a diminishing

resource .

However I believe that prices will continue to rise for at least

the next 10 years or longer and what seems like a lot of money

now will still be a sound investment.

I just hope that guys still ride and show their bikes , as already

far too many are held in private collections , never again to see

the light of day.

Phil has quite a collection in hi stable. We selected a few, shot

them and herewith share them with you…

www.mraprilia.co.za for parts, repairs and restorations…

This called for extreme austerity measures which meant giving

up on the fags, booze and chicks until I had enough dosh to

purchase a Suzuki 350 - 2 stroke twin, which duly arrived

after living the life of a celibate monk for what seemed like an

eternity.

And so it came to pass that this little screaming two-stroke

was to ignite a lifelong passion for two stroke motorcycles

which still endures to this day and recently manifested in my

consuming desire for Italian Aprilia RS 250 and 125 bikes which

were the last two-stroke road going made before consigned to

extinction by worldwide exhaust emission laws .

The Italians are consumed by form and fashion and this is

ably demonstrated by the beautiful creations still being crafted

today, but back in the mid 90’s the first road going RS models

were a revelation in form and function as the photo’s in this

story confirm . My reputation as ‘Mr Aprilia “ has evolved over

the last 5 years due to my active involvement on Facebook and

social media and my life goal is to assist owners to restore and

preserve these iconic two strokes for future generations .

Live Long and Prosper…

Amongst enthusiasts and Collectors alike the holy grail of

classic motorcycles is of course an American euphemism

namely a “barn find” which, as most bikers know refers to an

old motorcycle, which is usually rare, valuable and desirable

to the person who has discovered this neglected and often

broken, blast from the past..

And there she is under a cover in a farm shed or covered in

years of dust lying in the corner of an old factory. It could be

anything from an Honda CB, Suzuki GT, or in my case an

Aprilia RS. Beauty of course is in the eye of the beholder but

more often than not, you want it because it’s the bike all your

mates in Matric had but your folks couldn’t afford, or the first

bike you ever owned and now there is the opportunity to be

reunited with that same bike you sold for peanuts back in the

day.

With new bikes costing and arm and a leg for most of us, a lot

of life time bikers just can’t afford to buy an expensive weekend

toy, especially in these tough economic times. I think this is

also a factor in driving up prices of classic bikes worldwide and

it’s the quick buck profit factor that is, sadly causing lots of

bikes to be exported overseas by local entrepreneurs who are

by all accounts buying up classic bikes of every kind and filling

containers bound for the U.S.A and Europe.

Two stroke motorcycles were very popular stateside in the 70’s

and 80’ s until US emission laws introduced in the early 90’ s

banned the smokers from public roads. Now legislation allows

motorcycles older than 25 years to be imported and licenced in

most states. This has created a huge demand for classic bikes,

which are being flipped at online auctions and distributed

throughout the U.S. to hungry buyers.

Such is the demand that containers from South Africa are

arriving every week.

Thanks to the booming parallel import trade a few years ago,

South Africa is a prime resource country due to monetary

exchange rates, but also because bikes from inland areas like

Gauteng don’t rust or oxidise like they do in coastal regions.

RESTORATIONS:

Those of us with reasonable skills and a lot of free time like the

idea of spending quality time in the home workshop pottering

around fixing old motorbikes. The term “basket case” usually

refers to a bike which has been dismantled in years gone by,

usually because of some malady that required more cash to

fix than what it was worth at that time. The bad news for those

trying to bring this old piece of scrap back to life again is that

you are going to need even more cash these days, due to

the rand exchange rates and punitive airfreight costs you will

probably end up spending more money trying to find and fix the

bike than what they are worth even at today’s inflated values.

However.


1995 Aprilia RS 250 MK 1

3000 KM’s on the clock.

The Aprilia RS 250 was a liquid-cooled,

two-stroke, V-Twin Sport Bike motorcycle

produced by Aprilia between 1995 and

2004. It could reach a top speed of 123

mph (198 km/h). Max torque was 30.24

ft/lbs (41.0 Nm) @ 10750 RPM. Claimed

horsepower was 72.01 HP (53.7 KW) @

11900 RPM.

This bike is semi original – Phil worked a

little bit of magic…

The Suzuki VJ22 engine has been bored

out to 290cc.

Custom paint job. Not a single sticker – all

airbrushed.

Carbon Special aftermarket covers.

Marzocchi forks from a later model.

Dry clutch from an SP.

6-speed Close ratio box.

1996 Honda NSR 250 R (MC 28)

The last rendition of this bike before it was discontinued

due to 2-stroke laws…

42000 on the clock. 70BHP.

Phil bought the bike and rebuilt it in 2010.

Here’s something interesting. This bike came out with a

credit card ignition system. Sound strange?

Well here’s the story:

In Japan, bikes were limited for street use to 45BHP,

but the Japanese are race crazy, so… Honda came up

with a plan. You could buy the bike with several “Credit

cards”. Each card was loaded with a different power

curve, dependant on which track you took the bike on.

Cool huh!

On this one, Phil replaced that system with a traditional

ignition, but he did modify the CDI in order to give the

bike a bit more oomph.

Just have a look at the standard fare like the gorgeous

single sided swing arm and HRC performance

exhausts.

Jorge Lorenzo Tribute Bike: 2005 – MK

1

9000KM’s on clock.

This bike was originally a barn find in the

Western Cape, a bit of a wreck with a

spray can paint job. Someone in Kimberly

bought it, but could not find parts.

They got hold of Phil who got it up from

Kimberly and rebuilt the bike.

Pretty-pretty!

“It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Jorge

Lorenzo who is almost a forgotten hero

now after only a few years on the side

lines. In my estimation he was on par

with Marquez and Rossi in his prime.

This latest and now the 25th restoration

is featured here in tribute to the man and

his championship winning Aprilia RSW250

from 2007.”

The MK 2 RS250. 2001.

Aprilia did a restyle on the bodywork, but the bike was

essentially the same as the Mk1.

2001 RS125 Mk 2. 600 KM’s on the clock.

The RS125 was first introduced in 1992 and early bikes

are easily identified by their rectangular front headlight.

This model was updated in 1996 when a revised Rotax

motor was introduced alongside a new look, before the

bike received yet another facelift and more technical

updates in 1999

Stock standard. 32 BHP.

This was the last RS125 model brought out by Aprilia.

The Derby GPR 125.

This Spanish brand was imported into SA by Megabike

in Randburg, not many of these bikes were sold, largely

thanks to the cost of the things. When Phil heard that

this was available, he grabbed it – not his usual fare,

but here it is in all its glory.

The engine is sourced from Yamaha. This engine was

used in the Yamaha DTR125 Dual Sport and TZR125

sport bike. It uses the Yamaha Yamaha Power Valve

System, a two-stroke power valve system, which

consists of a rotary valve located in the exhaust port

which changes the exhaust port timing and area. The

power valve is controlled by an ECU and servo motor.


READERS RIDE

MUZZY KAWASAKI

Ok, so what now? Well, first things first, somebody is going to have to do

this race prep thing for me, I’m about as deft with a spanner as Charlie

Chaplin is, playing defence for the Dallas Cowboys.

I know a guy who knows bikes well, he grew up in a two wheel culture,

both parents riding, still riding up until today. He gained his invaluable bike

skills from a young age doing short circuit racing, mechanically stretching

50cc bikes to the max and riding the absolute nuts off them.

It wasn’t too long and the main circuit racing at Killarney Raceway lured

him in. It didn’t take long after that he was the 2003 Powersport 400cc

champ on a timeless VFR NC30. This victory was followed by 2 seasons

in the National Championship Series, first year on an aged, and out of

date CBR600F2, rubbing fairings and making a nuisance of himself in the

company of money-powered Yamaha R6’s and Suzuki GSXR’s!

After that, it was a short stint on a gutsy GSXR750 before he reached the

foothills of the motorcycle nirvana, National Superbikes. An opportunity of

note, to ride a decent CBR1000, finally materialised.

Life is a funny thing, the experience paralleled the Titanic saga, the promises

outran the performance and that was that.

This guy can take 20 minutes to describe one lap around anywhere -

knowledge and feel combining, leading to a logical, practical result. Put

your hands together for Gareth Agnew.

Gareth did stints with local bike shops, including Ducati Cape Town,

before heading to England where he worked at a Suzuki dealership, and

ending up running the whole place before he returned to S.A. and continued

in the motorcycle game.

Gareth of 888 Motorcycles was clearly the individual that was nominated

to perform the ROAD TO RACE metamorphosis on the 23 year old Kawasaki

ZX7 from Mamre.

Readers Ride:

Classic Road to race…

A Muzzy Kawasaki

ZX7 from Mamre…

By Hilton Redelinghuys

Pics by Colin Brown.

It all started with a Honda NSR250 two stroke.

I wanted one. I contacted a technician mate who is connected

in the two stroke underworld, and put in my request, which is

the equivalent of finding the proverbial needle in a hay warehouse.

After a month or two my contact asked whether I’ll

consider a four stroke?

My first response was ‘a 250cc 4 stroke, you mad bru?’, he

laughed and said “Nah man, a ZX7R”.

Two forces instantly warmed up a connection, like an old Isuzu

KB diesel glow plug, in my brain, followed immediately by a

clunk as the penny dropped... Yes, I’m going to get it, and

I’m going to race it! Long story short, I got the sellers contact

details and organised a test ride. My wife and I arrived in the

lower West Coast town of Mamre, to behold the green, purple

and white 23 year old legend of the 90’s.

The 750cc, four cylinder mill turned, spat and hiccupped a

few times and eventually, decided to settle into a rough idle. I

fastened my helmet for the test ride and with half flat and worn

tyres, and a lazy throttle, I wobbled off down a rooikrans-lined

tar road, questioning this whole ‘buy a relic with 60000kms on

the clock and-race-it’ thing!

It didn’t rev past 8000rpm, the tyres made the bike handle like

brie cheese on a soggy cream cracker.

Eventually I Got it up to 140kmh, (I don’t think I’ve had anything

so long at full throttle), and then, splutter, surge and everything

just stopped! Silence, on a road to nowhere and surrounded by

nothing but bush. Not cool. The lights were on, but no one was

home in the tank. No gas.

I called my wife to bring petrol and 15 minutes later I was shaking

the hand of the previous owner… I’d just bought a Kawasaki

ZX7R! On a balmy Cape spring day in late August, from a

guy in Mamre!

We hauled it in to the workshop and begun stripping off the road kit and

compiling at decent, to-do list. The foundation of this whole deal was

always going to be to replicate an iconic time in motorcycle racing, where

the standard road version was very close to the race bike, and the racers

still used their own hands, predominately the right one, to transfer their

talent through to the tar, becoming legends on track, riding on legendary

bikes .

A legendary replica of a ZX7... but who’s though?

Well, who else but Rob Muzzy’s Kawasaki Superbike team, the bike, The

Go Shows’, Anthony Gobert’s 1996 world superbike ZX7.

But first things first, let’s leave it standard and see how it goes around a

track.

We did an oil change, slapped on a new filter and some road brake pads,

bled the brakes, fitted some plenty-laps-old Bridgestone R11’s (shot

Chris), uttered a short prayer and loaded the ZX for its first track day at

Killarney.

The fact, that a 23 year old machine, standard motorcycle with zero race

setup could allow me to have so much fun, is bordering on insanity. I

remember waiting in pit lane before a session, and all the bikes round me

had digital dashes and cost around 10 times more.

After some very positive track time, I headed back to 888 Motorcycles to

undress the standard ZX7R attire.

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An Adventure

bike on a racetrack

… WTF???

Words: Sean Hendley

Photo’s: Kerry Hughes

Sean didnt get the brief. He arrived on the

Honda Africa Twin Adventure sport DCT

Our good mates Andy Biram, (Adventure Academy), and Clinton

Pienaar, (S.A. Biking Academy), run a Private Rider Training program

at some of the local race tracks. They invited us to join one of these

schools that focusses on cornering. We figured that Sean was the

biggest, fattest, oldest and second least accomplished rider in the

office and could definitely use a bit of guidance in how to corner a

bike properly. Foley is the slowest, but he gets seasick on the track.

No seriously!

But not to make it too easy for him, we wanted to know if an adventure

bike could be ridden with enthusiasm around a superbike track and still

be an enjoyable experience. So, we kicked him out of bed very early on

a wintery Monday morning, shoehorned him into some leathers using a

bit of Vaseline here and there and sent him along on a borrowed Honda

CRF1100 Africa Twin Adventure Sport DCT.

This is what he had to say:

Wow! What an informative and fun day that we all should do at least every

two years or so. We forget stuff if we don’t do it every day, learn bad

habits out of laziness, fear, nervousness after a spill and etc, all of which

comes out in the wash when you go to one of these schools. I had to

unlearn a whole bunch of these bad habits as well as awaken my muscle

memory training from when I used to do a track day at least once a month

about 20 years ago.

Andy and Clint have a ‘Cornering Course’ that aims to coach all riders in

the art of cornering effectively, thereby making them safer, more confident

and therefore better riders through a set of bends.

This is not a track day but rather an opportunity for riders to learn the

correct skills in a controlled environment with repetitive opportunities to

practice corners of varying difficulty. Riders of any experience level are

catered for on any road going motorcycle from 250cc commuters to large

adventure bikes on off-road tyres and even Harley Davidson style cruisers.

Andy, Clinton and their friendly and supportive instructors build the riders

up with a foundation of correct foot placement leading into the corner, hip

position, arm technique and head position to ensure a bike that is ridden

correctly and remains in total control.

On arrival you are greeted by the instructors who check tyre pressures and

adjust them accordingly and just give your bike and kit a quick once over

followed by a brief welcoming and chat about the first session and some

basic rules and courtesies towards the other riders on the day. Things

like, take it easy and don’t ‘dive bomb’ each other. They then place their

photographer strategically at the most challenging corners to get some

reference pics to get an idea of your skill level and where you need some

corrections and guidance.

Then it’s into a classroom session where everybody has an opportunity

to introduce themselves and what their riding concerns are and what

they would like to achieve from the course. Then the theory starts and

is discussed by all before each riders photo’s are studied intensely and

individual instruction and guidance is given before heading back out on to

the track to practice the theory. And so the day proceeds alternating from

track to classroom to track to classroom and etc. Each time with photo’s

to monitor each riders progress and iron out any issues the instructors

pick up. As the day progressed we each got significantly faster and much

better and lower in the corners.


The big eye opener for everybody was how well the

big bore adventure bikes handled around the track on

dual purpose and knobbly tyres, with one particular

GS rider eventually dragging his knees around just

about every corner and running around the outside of

Panigales and the like. I was particularly impressed with

the Africa Twin DCT on a set of Metzeler Karoo Streets

around Redstar on the day. I had had quite a spill on

another bike in Lesotho shod with the same tyres and

ever since then have had a mental block against them.

A few laps on the track soon sorted that out and I got

full confidence back in them and was cranking over

quite hard in the corners after some rather late braking.

Starting out I was slowing down from the 200 metre

mark, but by the end of the day I was only considering

the clamps at the 50 metre mark after dicing and passing

other bikes down the straights between corners.

Putting the DCT into full auto and sport mode 3 I didn’t

have to think about up and down changes and found

the Africa Twin to always be in the correct gear braking

into a turn or accelerating out the other side. The only

time I had to use the manual shift button was when dicing

a KTM 1090 down the back straight and a Yamaha

R6 coming out of the last bend onto the pit straight and

needed to hold the gears longer to klap them.

Let me reiterate, this is not a track day or a race school

and that kind of behaviour is not encouraged. However,

the instruction is that good that you just can’t help

yourself. Some of the other participants had only been

riding for a short while, literally a few weeks. Some of

the ladies were absolute newbies to the track and one

lady had recently moved up from a Street Triple to a

Speed Triple, quite a big jump up in cc’s and power.

Other riders had only learned to ride a few months

before and a bunch of older guys had only just gotten

back into riding after being off the bikes for about

20 years or so. By the end of the day everybody was

looking like skilled seasoned riders with amazing lean

angles in the pics. I reckon Kerry Hughes made quite a

mint selling prints of the photo’s he took on the day.

So! If you are a new rider, or just getting back into

biking after a long break or feel you just need to up your

confidence and skill level you really have to book yourself

into one of these courses, not only will it make you

a better rider but it will significantly up your confidence

and your riding enjoyment. The next opportunity to

attend one of their quarterly cornering courses at Redstar

Raceway will be on Monday 6 September and pre

bookings are essential with andy@adventureacademy.

co.za or 072 850 9253.

And some final thoughts in conclusion.

I would never have tried as hard as I did or progressed

as much as I did if I had not been wearing the correct

kit. I’ve seen my arse a good couple of times in my

biking life and know how much it hurts sliding and

bouncing on tar. I squeezed into my leathers for the

day, which are a little bit tight and restrict my movement

a bit so I couldn’t progress past a certain point without

falling off the bike or properly squashing my nuts …

which would have made me fall off anyway. But had I

been in my adventure kit, my riding would have been a

lot more conservative and reserved in the corners.

Basically what I am saying is make sure you ride in the

correct kit and that it fits properly and remember you

get what you pay for, some things cost more because

they are better quality and offer better protection. The

more confidence you have in your kit, the more you will

push the envelope and improve your riding skill.

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