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BMW 1250 RT - Aprilia RS660 - NC750x Launch
Buyers Guide - Cytech K100 - MotoGP News and More.
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Hello chaps and chapettes.
Firstly: If you are reading this magazine, you are supporting our business and we say a big
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!
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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
Photo: R. Schedl
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Motul Ladies learn to ride a
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
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.”
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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…
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* 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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Rings Rechargeable tyre pump...
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
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.
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Product Size L70 x W70 x H170mm
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Case Quantity 4 x 1
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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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
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
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
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
Email them on westrand@
biketyrewarehouse.com or give them a call
on 082 638 2000 or 076 990 4656
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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
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/
A very accomplished and unique custom bike builder.
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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
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.
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
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Triumph Speed Triple Specs
Engine Four Stroke, Transverse Three Cylinder, DOHC,
4 Valves per Cylinder
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
Front Suspension Ohlins 43mm NIX30 upside down
Rear Suspension ohlins TTX30 twin tube monoshock
Seat Hight 830mm
Wet weight 198kg
Fuel Capacity 15.5 litres
Going hell for leather through the Karoo on some
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
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.
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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
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BMW R 1250 RT:
• Authentic boxer engine with BMW ShiftCam Technology
for variation of the valve timings and valve stroke on the
•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
• Dynamic Traction Control DTC as standard
• Dynamic ESA “Next Generation” electronic suspension
with fully automatic load compensation as an optional
• 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
• 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
• Extended range of optional extras and Original BMW
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
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Style Sport Racing Blue R 353 100.00
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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,
on any bike that we
This RS660 is a
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
Seat Hight 815mm
Wet weight 183kg
Fuel Capacity 15 litres
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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
But there’s more to this 750cc Parallel Twin motorcycle.
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
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 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
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
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 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.
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
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
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..
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.
Honda NC750x Specs
Engine Four Stroke, Parallel Twin, SOHC,
4 Valves per cylinder
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
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
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
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
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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• Front and rear spoke wheels from a BMW R1100GS powder
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• Original front brake system with laser cut spacer plates for
the upgraded larger brake disc.
• Upgraded progressive front fork springs.
• Telefix front fork brace painted in candy blue metallic with
• Puig front fairing cowl with trimmed down tinted wind
• CNC billet top yoke housing a Motogadget Pro Speed
• 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
• Custom sub-frame and rear suspension set-up.
• BMW belly pan spoiler
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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
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
The paddock was shocked indeed, but not quite enough
to not leave pitlane, line up on the grid and commence
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
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
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
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.
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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
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
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
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.
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.
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) @
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
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.
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
Jorge Lorenzo Tribute Bike: 2005 – MK
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.
“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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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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bike on a racetrack
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.
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.
Instructor Andy Birum showing us the ropes
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MICHELIN POWER CUP 2
This dual compound tyre offers
good straight-line and cornering
grip through the use of of Dual
Compound Technology + (2CT+) on
the rear and Dual Compound
Technology (2CT) on the front.
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DURABILITY THAT MATCHES PERFORMANCE
More than 80% of the Q3+ Performance touring tyre Great Handling at an
has been redesigned
that not only lasts longer,
compared to the Q3
but performs at higher
LESS TIRE LIFE =
Offers a balance of
FEATURES & B ENEFITS
• This purpose-built track-day tire achieves lean angles up to 62 degrees*.
• The Sportmax Q4 is DOT-approved for street-legal use.
in the wet
• The user-friendly Q4 does not require tire warmers, and runs at street
pressures, eliminating the need for chassis or electronic adjustments.
• Rear tire compound contains carbon black like Dunlop’s racing slicks for
to optimize stability, flex, and grip across the rear tread profile.
• Carbon Fiber Technology (CFT) uses carbon fiber reinforcement in the
sidewalls for exceptional cornering performance, braking stability and feel.
62° LEAN ANGLE. STREET LEGAL. .
• Jointless Tread (JLT) technology uses a continuously wound strip compound
• Dunlop branding on the tread area.
• Made in the U.S.A.
• The Q4 is available through all Dunlop retailers, as well as race distributors.
Size Load/Speed Part Number
Sportmax Q4 Front 120/70ZR17 (58W) 45233176
Sportmax Q4 Rear 180/55ZR17 (73W) 45233177
180/60ZR17 (75W) 45233131
190/50ZR17 (73W) 45233060
190/55ZR17 (75W) 45233074
200/55ZR17 (78W) 45233092
RADIAL SPORT TIRES RACE TRACK STREET SPORT
Sportmax Roadsmart III
*As tested by Dunlop on a 2017 Suzuki GSX-R 1000 RR on a closed track at Barber Motorsports Park.
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