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August Edition 2021

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

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

Something is bothering me...

And I say me - because its personal. We have lost far too many people in our direct circle -

and in our trade thanks to this nasty disease.

Whilst many are being so careful about this whole COVID pandemic - in other spheres,

people carry on as if it does not exist.

Are we tempting fate?

I would hate for anyone to become infected at any event - please be responsible. Listen to

the organizers. Wear a mask. Social distance. Keep the crowding down.

Its for your own good - and we can all be around for a lot longer to take part in our fantastic

sport...

On a lighter note...

On a golf tour in Ireland, Tiger Woods rides his BMW GS into a petrol station in a remote

part of the Irish countryside.

The pump attendant obviously knows nothing about golf, greets him in a typical Irish

manner completely unaware of who the golfing pro is.

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Tiger nods a quick “hello” and bends forward to pick up the nozzle.

As he does so, two tees fall out of his jacket pocket onto the ground.

“What are dose? asks the attendant.

“They’re called tees” replies Tiger.

“Well, what are dey for?” inquires the Irishman.

“They’re for resting my balls on when I’m driving”, says Tiger.

“Well!”, says the Irishman, “BMW thinks of everyting!”

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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.

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MOTUL LAUNCHES NEW FORMULA 300V AT

24H OF LE MANS

2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of Motul 300V,

a lubricant which takes its name from the 300 racing victories

that Motul products contributed to by the time Motul 300V first

appeared in 1971.

Motul 300V is a fully synthetic lubricant that was originally

developed to meet the extended racing requirements of

participants in the 24H of Le Mans, which is why the latest

iteration of this product was unveiled at the 2021 24h of Le

Mans, the world’s most iconic endurance racing event.

The launch event also celebrated Motul’s ongoing relationship

with the 24H of Le Mans, a partnership of over 60 years that

has seen Motul develop a 360° partnership with the event as

the official lubricant partner.

Through this decades-long partnership, Motul has been able

to refine its lubricant products – including Motul 300V – using

insights gained in real-world racing scenarios. In the same way,

the latest version of Motul 300V underwent extensive testing

at the 2021 Dakar Rally. The extreme conditions encountered

on the Dakar, including temperature fluctuations, terrain, dust

and dirt, and vehicles and engines being pushed to the limits

of their performance, enabled Motul to perfect the formula of

Motul 300V.

“The history of Motul 300V encapsulates the Motul story,

with continuous technological innovation being applied in the

quest for improved performance,” commented Mercia Jansen,

Motul Area Manager for Southern and Eastern Africa. “With

the new formula of Motul 300V due to arrive in South Africa in

early 2022, South Africans will once again be able to benefit

from our latest race-winning lubricant technology in their own

vehicles as Motul delivers on its promise of continuous product

improvement,” she added.

Besides powering most of the LMP2 teams on the 24H of

Le Mans grid, including 2020 category winners United

Autosports, Motul is proud to be the official lubricant partner

of Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus. After testing the new

Motul 300V, Jim Glickenhaus, Founder of Scuderia Cameron

Glickenhaus shared his excitement about the new product:

“The new Motul 300V makes a gigantic difference. In

challenging racing conditions, the engine often gets stretched

to its limits, therefore we need a reliable lubricant which will

make the engine able to continue the race. The new Motul

300V is exactly that. We have full confidence in this lubricant.”

The new formula Motul 300V offers significant improvements:

• Enhanced engine performance through reduced

internal friction and proven power and torque gains across the

whole powerband;

• Better reliability through improved engine protection in

even the most extreme conditions;

• Improved compatibility with modern exhaust gas aftertreatment

systems including particulate filters; and

• Increased sustainability thanks to organic base stocks

using non-fossil renewable materials.

Motul 300V is available in three versions, including the POWER

series (for maximum power; features the lightest viscosity

grades, available from 0W-8 to 5W-30), COMPETITION (for

the optimum compromise between power and reliability at mid

viscosity grades, available from 0W-40 to 15W-50), and LE

MANS (for maximum engine reliability in extreme motorsports

conditions; available in 10W-60 and 20W-60 viscosities).

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feed your

curiosity

The only way to satisfy your hunger for adventure is to

feed it more! The new KTM 890 ADVENTURE is here and

primed with more power, more torque, and even more

control. Everything you need to devour more miles of travel

exploration. On or off the beaten track!

FIND OUT MORE AT WWW.KTM.COM

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Bikeshop Rivonia News:

We popped in to visit the crowd at Bikeshop Rivonia

the other day. Very cool shop, nice vibe and a

MASSIVE selection of pre-loved beauties on the

floor.

Superbikes, Adventures, Cruisers… all brands.

James, Berto and Kyle at your service…

5 Achter Road, Paulshof, Sandton…

(011) 918-6666

www.bikeshoprivonia.co.za

Faired Triumph Speed Triple 1200

RR prototype…

Triumph is teasing a new faired Speed Triple 1200

RR design concept that could signal the firm’s

return to superbike production.

Revealed out of the blue on social media, details

remain scarce.

Called the Speed Triple 1200 RR, the machine

appears to be based on that brilliant Speed Triple

1200 RS super naked – itself launched for 2021

featuring a 178bhp, liquid-cooled 1160cc threecylinder

engine, a lighter aluminium chassis, plus

semi-active Öhlins suspension…

Oh yes please… we will keep you posted.

EDDY2RACE In The Cape Has

Moved…

After months of hunting around, the team at

Eddy2Race can now officially offer you a bigger,

better version of the E2R experience! Eddy2race,

the home of Husqvarna and GASGAS in Cape

Town, has found a new home at 3 Aylesbury

Street, Oakdale, Bellville, Cape Town. Drop in

and have a coffee and chat with Eddy, while their

trusty mechanics ensure that your bikes are being

worked on with the utmost care. As always, their

sales team is ready to assist with a tailor-made

service, ensuring that your process of buying a

new ride is one to remember! They look forward to

seeing you in-store soon!

Tel: 0861 250 300 info@eddy2race.co.za


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Platinum Motorcycles In The Cape Turns 10!

Rafe Fortes, owner of Platinum Motorcycles, is celebrating his

10th year in business. Platinum builds custom motorcycles

focusing predominantly on BMW Airheads of the late 1970s

early 1980s, along with servicing and repairs of all makes of

motorcycles. They also do engineering work along the lines of

main and sub frame straightening and they have the only main

frame straightening jig in Cape Town as well as the straightening

of forks and hangers, welding work and also offer panel work,

touch ups and full resprays.

They also sort out all paperwork and registration.

Their sister company, Vespa Scooter Rentals is run under the

name of Cape Town Vespa Rentals with branches in both

Gardens and Camps Bay. They have dedicated staff who are

there to provide the best service to their clientele and with the

vision to expand to new locations with a larger rental fleet and

continue offering some of the best custom builds around.

Shop 201, The Avalon Building, Corner of Hope and Mill Street,

Gardens, Cape Town, 8001

021 461 5961 / +27 79 321 0464 www.platinummotorcycles.

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Local lad takes on the world…

Now here is some interesting news. Local lad Lance Isaacs has

recently been appointed as General Manager of BMW Motorcycles

of Western Oregon in the US of A. Lance is a BMW Motorrad

Ambassador and former World Superbike racer from Cape Town.

He found success in the sales department at BMW Motorcycles of

Utah and accepted his new position last month! BMW Motorcycles

of Western Oregon is the only single line BMW motorcycle dealer

in the Portland Oregon metro area. Along with BMW motorcycles,

parts, accessories, and Riders’ Apparel they carry KLIM gear and

a selection of common motorcycle accessories requested by their

customers. Nice one!

2nd Ridgeway Racebar opening soon!

In the same centre as Raceworx KTM and Husqvarna West and the

Big Easy store just off Hendrik Potgieter Avenue in Roodepoort. In

true Ridgeway Racebar style, it looks really cool, with great food in

a race atmosphere. And they are raring to go – but – like with most

Govt departments there are some delays…

But it’s going to be an epic venue with amazing views through the

massive windows…

Watch this space, we’ll keep you posted.

PW Parts now also Blaster Bits…

The guys who import and distribute all the aftermarket bits for PW’s

have branched out. There must be like a zillion Yamaha Blasters

knocking around – and they now import engine rebuild kits for

these famous quads…

Decal kits, crank kits, top end parts, gaskets, clutch kits and

electrical components all in stock!

www.pwparts.co.za

Fix your wheels…

Here’s some praise in a world where promises often outweigh

service.... we picked up a big ding on the rim on one of the bikes

we borrowed. Call to Hi Tech Mag repairs near Alberton. Dropped

the wheel. 1 week was the promise. A week and four grand later

the wheel was brand new. Trued balanced and lekker lekker.

Thanks guys! A new wheel is a lot more expensive...

These guys actually do all sorts like wheel widening, polishing,

hydrodip and all sorts… More news soon.

www.hitechmagrepairs.co.za


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Vermont Sales Food Supplements

Huh?? A tool and hardware company that does food

supplements? Yup, we were just as surprised as you to hear this,

but if you think about it, Ryan Hunt, boss man at Vermont is a

multi MX national champ with a bunch of international titles under

his belt as well and is still racing and very involved in young

rider development. And you would have read about a bevvy of

motorcycle related products coming in through Vermont in this

very magazine over the last year or so. So it would make perfect

sense for them to have their own range of food supplements,

vitamins and minerals, not only for their riders but for their staff

and families as well.

OXFORD TOLEDO Adventure-Touring

JACKET RRP R2995 inc VAT

New from the guys at DMD is the Oxford Toledo Adventure and

Touring jacket. The polyester jacket has tough nylon overlays on

the shoulder and elbows, creating a durable jacket for yearround

use. Inside, a newly developed style of thermal liner with

two zips to enable the liner to twist with the body, provides

improved comfort. In summer months, two shoulder vents at the

front and a single vent at the rear provide the necessary air-flow

to keep you cool. Key Features include:

• CE Level 1 shoulder and elbow protectors

• Back protector pocket

• Subtle black reflective elements give visibility in low light

They do everything from arthrocare tablets, (yes laugh you

youngsters, but when you get past 35 you will suddenly start to

feel the effects if all the abuse your bike racing has put on your

body), Calcium/magnesium supplements for those still training

and racing, Vitamin C powder, Glutamine powder, Lecithin

Powder, Milk Thistle capsules, Omega 6 evening primrose oil,

On The Run meal replacements in various flavours in big tubs or

sachets, Multi vitamin capsules, Power Whey 1 kg tubs, Slim and

Healthy meal replacements and so, so much more goodness

and healthy stuff. To find out more and for your nearest stockist

go to www.vermonthsales.co.za and click on the “Outdoor/

Lifestyle” tab then scroll and click on the “Food/supplements”

tab and start shopping.

conditions

• Waterproof membrane

• Fully removable thermal liner

• Adjustable rolled neoprene collar

• Soft-edged cuffs for maximum comfort

• Hand warmer pockets

• Internal & external Napoleon pockets

• Storm-flap on front closure and rain gutter system to stop rain

ingress

• 2 x shoulder vents and a rear vent for air-flow

• Adjustment points on upper arms and hips

Looks like a great jacket for the upcoming summer showers, go

to www.dmd.co.za for your nearest stockist as well as a whole

bunch more great motorcycling products.

Dane Hellyer joins IMI....

Dane Hellyer is now heading up workshop at the busy Aprilia,

Guzzi and other bits Italian dealership. He includes years of

international experience with Italian Motorcycle Brands.

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Big Eazy’s Custom Bikes and

Collectables...

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Every once in a while you come across a little bit of Heaven

on Earth particularly if you have somewhat eclectic tastes

and don’t enjoy mass produced, standard or conservative.

Out on the West Rand is a shop that will really tickle your

fancy.

They don’t do ordinary. Not with their bikes, not with their

accessories, not with their décor and most definitely not

with their customer service or workshop quality.

Johann Claasens is a big guy with a big passion for all

things custom and collectable. He loves manipulating

metal to his will and vision. Since he was a lightie, every

time he was presented with a challenge his reaction was,

“Ag Man, that’s easy” and quickly sorted it, eventually

earning himself the nickname ‘Eazy’.

As he started out growing his snotkop shorts and became

the large individual he is today that soon changed to ‘Big

Eazy’. As he grew so did his passion and vision and his

business to the point where his garage and workshop at

home were too full and he needed to move into bigger

premises, which then grew some more and he had to

expand into neighbouring shops ... and its still growing.

The workshop is as neat as a pin, filled with the latest

creations and surrounded by glass so all his patrons can

see what is possible and how their dream machines will be

treated. The entrance and accessories side of the shop is

filled with his personal prized possessions and creations,

from his late fathers prized Royal Enfield from the 50’s and

fully restored to perfection in memory and honour of his

Dad, to custom made furniture, shop fittings and some

very rare finds.

One such find is an old 50’s 50cc “Vicky” ‘Help-My-Trap’

still with an old 1957 brass licence plate badge on the

frame. Johann was driving around and happened to see

the front wheel and part of the front end sticking out of a

very overgrown ivy patch in somebodies garden. He asked

around and was introduced to the owner the next day and

managed to persuade him to sell him the Vicky, which he

has promised to restore with some light customising and

get the old girl running again.

We will be following the progress of the build on the Vicky

and will do a full feature in a couple of months once it is

done along with a little ride review before it goes up for

sale.

Another gorgeous and rare find in the shop is a pristine

1974 AMF Harley Davidson 175cc single dirt tracker export

model. According to Johann the bike is a restoration

commission from one of his clients. The brief was to bring

the bike back to as-good-as-new mechanically but to have

it look like a ‘survivor’ rather than a full restoration and

to keep whatever original paint and decoration could be

saved and cleaned because of the forgotten history of the

brand in that era.


For instance, the AMF part of the branding stood for American

Motor Federation and was apparently supposed to be patriots

hence the USA flag colours in the emblem. However, legend

has it that they were labour unions owned and run by the Mafia

who do seem to be blamed for the downfall of the American

motor city, Detroit and the loss of a number of well known

brands. Like we said, “Legend has it ...” a quick google search

didn’t confirm or deny it, but it’s a pretty cool story.

Another quite interesting little bit of information is that the

motors were all Korean. After the Korean War a bunch of trade

agreements were put in place to help stabilise and grow the

Korean economy and they had to do something with all the

products coming into the States out of Korea and the AMF

agreed to build Harleys for the export market. Engine sizes

ranged from 125cc’s through 175cc’s and up to 250cc’s. So we

think it is great that the owner wants to preserve that little bit

of history and that he found a shop like Big Eazys to faithfully

restore it.

So! They don’t only do customs they also do full restorations

as well as resto-mods. It helps that Deon in the workshop is a

qualified artisan and welder as well as a jeweller.

Wandering around the rest of the shop you will find custom

knives, knuckle duster, biker jewellery, custom fragrances,

man cave collectables, period and style correct helmets, face

shields, leather riding masks, custom bike accessories of every

description, clothing and so much more. It is actually quite

refreshing walking into a bike shop this unusual.

All the pre-owned bikes for sale are one form of custom or

the other from baggers, to cruisers, to choppers and bobbers,

resto-mods, classics and a couple of café racers thrown in for

good measure and mostly all are financeable with all the paper

work handled in house.

Get yourself down to the Raceworx centre, shop No.8, Golden

Falls Centre, 38 Zandvliet street, Roodepoort to experience

the this little bit of Nirvana for yourself, or call them on 083 339

6966 johann@bigeazyscustoms.com or info@bigeazyscustoms.

com

Keep an eye on this Magazine, we will be featuring some of

their builds as they roll out of the workshop into the sunlight for

the first time. What a cool motorcycle shop!


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From left to right :Etienne Scholtz - Technician

Damian Sadie - DP

Elle Sadie - Director

Paul Kersten - Sales Manager

Kobus van Der Mescht - service advisor, accessories

Anton Prinsloo - Parts

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Triumph PRETORIA NOW OPEN...

Some great news for Triumph Fans in Pretoria!

Triumph has expanded their footprint. The Pretoria branch

is a project of passion by Damian, ( the D.P.) and Elle, ( the

Director) Sadie who have put together a team of equally

passionate people around them, some new to the industry

along with a couple of well-known faces.

Paul Kersten, well known to the motorcycling industry in

Pretoria and Centurion heads up sales as Sales manager.

Another well-known face in both areas and has worked

with Paul at a number of Pretoria dealerships is Etienne

Scholtz looking after all things technical in the workshop.

Kobus van Der Mescht is your service advisor and

accessories sales with Anton Prinsloo on Parts.

Based on the corner of Jan Shoba, (previously Duncan st)

and Park st, next to the Engen in Hatfield they are perfectly

located to service the Pretoria and Centurion region, with

quick access to and from the N1. So Triumph owners

from the Limpopo Province don’t have to travel all the

way into Jo’burg and saving themselves around and hour

of travelling time when traffic is good and a easy 3 hours

when traffic is horrible in that direction.

The shop is fully stocked with absolutely everything you

would find at the Flagship branch in Sandton, from parts

and accessories, to riding kit, fashion wear and a full

range of motorcycles as well as a complete fleet of demo

motorcycles for you to get your juices flowing and signing

on the dotted line.

The entrance is in Park Street with plenty safe and secure

parking on the premises and easy access back into traffic

at the lights right outside the shop. The shop itself is huge

and well laid out with a fish bowl around the very neat

and professional workshop and fitment centre. There is

always a friendly face to greet you at the door with an

offer of some superb coffee from their comfortable and

inviting coffee bar. The atmosphere is friendly with music

on the go the smell of freshly brewed coffee. Motorcycle

are displayed in such a way that you can walk around

them easily and appreciate them from all sides as are the

accessories and fashion wear with a team member always

close at hand to answer any questions you might have.

Having only opened a little on a month ago they are

extremely busy, on the go all the time If the flagship

dealership is anything to go by, you can really expect great

things from this new shop in the future.

Drop in and say ‘Hello’, (don’t forget to tell them that we

sent you along), at 409 Jan Shoba st, (corner Park St,

entrance in Park st), Hatfield Pretoria. Best advice we can

give is if you’re coming in off the N1, follow Pretorius st,

turn left into Gordon which becomes Jan Shoba, go past

the Triumph on your right, turn right into Burnett st, then

first right again into Grosvenor, first right again into Park st

which is a one-way and then right into their parking lot just

before the traffic lights.

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GrazIE VALE!

A tribute to Valentino Rossi.

By: Donovan Fourie.

The Doctor has announced his retirement after an

illustrious 30-year professional racing career, a career

that will be spoken of for generations.

It all started in 1990 when, to please Rossi’s mother,

father and former Grand Prix racer, Graziano took

his son kart racing instead of the more dangerous

motorcycle racing. The karting career had some

success with the young Rossi eventually moving to

the national series and looking promising. A career in

Formula One was imminent!

Thankfully, karting at this level proved to be a bit rich

for the Rossi family’s blood, so they moved to the

cheaper and easier Mini Moto series, where Rossi once

again flourished. Mini Moto success led to an opening

in the Italian 125cc production championship that then

led to racing a 125cc GP bike.

In 1996, at the age of 16, Rossi joined the World 125cc

Grand Prix Championship, scoring his first podium

in the Austrian round and later winning the Czech

Republic round. At the end of his premier season, Rossi

managed a respectable 9th place.

His second season on the world stage saw him move

to the iconic Nastro Azzurro Aprilia Team where he

completely dominated the championship, winning 11 of

15 races that year.

More so, Rossi developed a reputation of being a

character…

Remember, that at the time, Doohan was dominating

the 500cc class, but in a respectable manner, waving

at the crowd on the slow down lap and giving

straightforward interviews. The Australian gained

massive respect for his racing prowess, but he didn’t

exactly win anyone’s heart.

In the 125cc class, there was a lanky, dopey, young

Italian with long hair, smiling his way to race victories

and then celebrating with little gimmicks, like dressing

up as Robin Hood and carrying a blow-up doll as

a pillion. These celebrations were corny, cheap,

ridiculous and utterly brilliant. These acts were thought

up by Rossi and his close friends in the pizzeria in

Rossi’s home town of Tavullia. They were fun and

genuine, which made people fall in love with the name

Rossi, and were a big part of the reason why his fan

base exploded.


At that stage, many people were watching the

125cc race just to see Rossi, and then falling

asleep for the 250 and especially the 500 race

that mostly saw Mick Doohan disappearing

into the distance followed by a drawn-out

string of stragglers not keeping up, followed

then by a boring interview with the winner.

The 125cc class was the business because of

Rossi - until 1998, when he moved to the 250

class, then everyone started watching 250s.

In his first year, Rossi either finished on the

podium or crashed. He took five wins in his

debut year but also had five DNFs. Despite

the inconsistency, he finished runner-up, just

23 points behind eventual champion Loris

Capirossi.

The 1999 season saw the Italian come back

strong, scoring just one DNF and claiming

eight wins - and the title.

Throughout his 250 career, Rossi continued

his flamboyant way, hosting post-race

celebrations, including the famous portable

toilet skit where he parked his bike against the

tyre wall and popped into the marshal’s Portaloo,

leathers and all.

2000 saw him jump up to the 500cc big boy

class, with his first race in Welkom, right here

in SA. After much anticipation, Rossi caught

some Free State superbug and was sick and

sniffly the entire weekend. He did his best

during the race but eventually fell off while

running mid-pack.

Rossi and his new crew chief, the famed

Jeremy Burgess, said they were using the

first year as a testbed, preparing for year two

when they would have a proper go at the title.

Except that, in his debut 500 year, he scored

ten podiums and two wins, earning himself a

second in the championship.

His second year in the 500 class dominated,

scoring 11 wins, 13 podiums and an easy

championship.

The following year was the debut of the

newfangled MotoGP four-stroke class where

Rossi rode the mighty Honda RC211V V-five

and again dominated, winning 11 races and

finishing on the podium in every race apart

from the Czech Republic where he crashed.

The 2003 season saw similar domination

– it would appear that the pair of Rossi

and the Honda were unbeatable. No other

manufacturer could get even close.

And then… for 2004, Rossi moved to Yamaha.

“What?”

Said everyone in the world.

There was much speculation about how Rossi

would do on a machine that clearly was not as

strong as the Honda. Some people believed

he could win the title in his second year on the

Yamaha. More optimistic people thought Rossi

could take a few wins in his first year. Nobody

expected him to win the title the first time

around. Even fewer people believed he could

win his first race.


And yet, in one of the most famous races in all MotoGP history,

at Phakisa near Welkom here in South Africa, Rossi battled

his arch-rival, Max Biaggi, on his Honda, with the Yamaha and

won. Let’s put that into perspective – Rossi won on the Yamaha

M1 Moto GP bike, while the next best Yamaha in that race was

Norick Abe, a full 36 seconds back, followed by Carlos Checa,

another three seconds even further behind.

The Yamaha was a dog of a motorcycle that year, and yet Rossi

could win on it. On his first attempt. That feat skyrocketed him

to legendary status.

The rest of Rossi’s career we mostly know – he went on to

win the title in 2004, 2005, taking a break in 2006 when Nicky

Hayden took the laurels and again in 2007 when Casey Stoner

won it.

The 2008 season started as another dominant year for Stoner

and his freakishly fast Ducati until the Laguna Seca round in the

USA. Stoner was fastest in every single practice session and

qualifying, with a gap as much as 0.8 sec per lap over the rest

of the field. The race looked to be a Stoner run-away.

And then the race started, and Rossi dive-bombed Stoner into

the lead. They finished the first lap, and Stoner blasted past

Rossi down the straight, and the crowd prepared for him to

run away to establish a dull race. Except that Rossi once more

dive-bombed the Australian and dive-bombed him on every

single lap, not allowing him the chance to pull a gap. The most

famous of these dive-bombs was into the notorious Corkscrew

Bends, where Rossi went up inside of Stoner and then clipped

the sand on the inside of the second part of the chicane and

somehow still stayed on…


Eventually, Stoner out braked himself into the last bend

and fell in the gravel. And was broken as a competitor.

Rossi won the next five races and eventually the title.

And the next title.

With the championship tally on nine, he entered the

2010 championship looking good until he slipped

on cold tyres at Mugello and fractured his tib-fib,

putting him out of three races and handing the title to

teammate Jorge Lorenzo.

Then, 2011 and 2012 saw him make the dream move

to Ducati, and we know how badly that went, followed

by a swift departure from Ducati and a relieved return

to Yamaha.

With the Marquez era, Rossi has not won another

championship, and it looks unlikely that he ever will.

Before the Styrian GP in Austria, The Doctor called a

special press conference. Some people believed that

he would announce a move to his new VR46 Ducati

Team next year, but these people were more hopeful

than realistic.

He sat on the stage, a lone figure on a stool before

all the world Media, and announced his retirement at

the end of 2021. Most retirement announcements,

especially after a long career such as Rossi’s 26 years,

are sombre affairs with tears, snot, and emotions.

Rossi’s started with a joke about him feeling naked

while sitting on the stage alone with a stool: “Maybe I

should have a table, yes?”

With a slight smile, he laid straight into the news – he

would be retiring. He continued to joke, walked around

the room afterwards, thanking each photographer and

journalist with a smile. Next year, he plans to race cars

and manage his VR46 Team.

He will also be a father…


Three weeks after the retirement announcement, Rossi posted

photos of him in a doctor’s lab coat holding a stethoscope to his

girlfriend’s belly. They are expecting a girl.

So, this year will see the end of the most famous career in

motorcycling and, possibly, motorsport. People say that noone

is bigger than the sport, and yet Rossi is. His social media

following is bigger than MotoGP’s and bigger than all his

rivals put together. Johann Zarco commented that when he’s

explaining what he does to non-motorcyclists, he usually just

makes it easier by saying “like Valentino Rossi,” followed by

nodding and understanding.

More so, if anyone goes around a public place, chances are

most people won’t know what MotoGP is. Most people, though,

have heard of Rossi.

The Doctor has entertained us for 26 years. He has astounded

us by overcoming various challenges, many that no one has ever

done before. And we had the pleasure of seeing Rossi race, in

whatever position, until his ripe old age of 42.

Cal Crutchlow retired at the age of 35 and can not possibly

imagine racing for another seven years.

Even now, 12 years since he last won a title, most of the

grandstands are yellow, and they shall be even more yellow this

year as the hoards of fans of the most popular motorcycle racer

that has ever lived come to the track to say goodbye to their idol.

I feel sorry for whoever wins the title this year because the last

race at Valencia will not be about him.

Grazie Vale!

Perhaps part of the reason that he has retired

is the fact that there is a baby on the way...


GrazIE VALE!


SADDLE

SORE

12 hours, 865km’s

Saddle sore, butt weary and still smiling…

Words:

Sean Hendley, Shado Alston, Stefan vd Riet

Pics: Stefan vd Riet (Black Rock Creative Studio)

These days, just about every bike you see on our roads is some form

of adventure bike or the other. Whether commuting around town or out

on the open road. Occasionally, in what is becoming an increasingly

rarer event, you might see a sport bike or a streetfighter/naked bike -

and they are usually bumbling around the burbs or city and if they are

out on the open road they are in all likelihood loaded on a trailer behind

a big SUV or double cab.

Why is that? Can you even tour on super bikes or super nakeds?

We have heard that some of our favourite playgrounds are going to wrack

and ruin, especially the old Eastern Transvaal. Reports of bad potholes,

unmaintained roads, crazy amounts of huge mining trucks, informal

settlement everywhere are some of the tales of woe we have been hearing

murmured in and around the biking public. Is E.T. still a viable option for

sportsbike riding? These are just some of the questions here in the office.

Well, we need to investigate these questions for ourselves, a call was put

out to all our mates in the industry and we managed to scragg a demo

BMW S1000R from BMW Fourways and a Kawasaki Z900 from KMSA.

YES! Yes, we know we have tested these bikes to the enth degree, but

for various reasons there is quite a severe drought of new models on the

market, especially sport bikes… another point which might be answered by

the end of this article and these are some of our favourite bikes anyway and

this article is more about where, when and can you rather than an actual

model specific review.


So, early… definitely too early for a post winter solstice frikkin’

cold morning, we donned all our warmest riding kit we could and

saddled up with the sun just barely peeking over the horizon and

the winters mist or smog still hanging low to the ground. Aiming at

said ball of fire and the hope of warmer climes in that direction we

set off down the highway to our first stop deep in the coal mining

communities on the edge of the highveld.

Quick stop at Bike City Middelburg

The Ride

Rolling down the highway at this time of the morning, with no

protection from the wind on super nakeds is cold enough to freeze

the balls off a brass monkey, (a phrase coined in the days of the

old wooden warships, the cast iron cannon balls were stored next

to the cannons on a tray called a monkey, in severely cold weather

the brass would contract and spill the balls onto the deck, thus

‘Freezing the balls off a brass monkey’ …go ‘fact check’ that).

Even with a couple of layers and thermals under the riding kit,

I was particularly grateful for the heated grips on the Beemer…

Even though the freeway is fairly straight and uneventful,

perfect for cruise control and sticking your gloved hands on

the engine, it is still so lekker to ride with a couple of mates, all

experiencing the same thing and watching their antics trying to

stave off hypothermia and occasionally challenging each other

to impromptu ‘roll-on’ drag races when the roads clear up a bit.

Riding into coal country, (Middelburg, Mpumalanga to be exact),

with the morning sun still quite low and seeing the headlights

appearing out of the smog and mist emitting vapours from their

exhausts is a strange and eery kind of beauty, faceless and

anonymous slipping back into the same with a bright red glow

trailing them.

The most interesting characters are found in these hamlets, we

stopped in at a dealer that has a particular fetish with building

madly powerful superbike engines into ATV’s. After drooling all

over his showroom and workshop floors and making arrangements

to come to a proper ride on said beasties, (read about that this

magazine and our sister magazine Dirt And Trail), it was off into the

yonder mountains through the town of Middelburg and out along

the main road for a fuel stop in Stofberg.


The roads sweep through farmlands past a couple of coal mines

and is generally in good condition.

It is only on the routes taken by the trucks to the rail sidings from

the mines that are in really shoddy condition and do require some

serious concentration and a severe reduction in speed to survive.

A quick fill up in Stofberg, which is quite a big, but friendly informal

community, we turned right towards Tonteldoos and Roossenekal.

Unfortunately, due to us being on road bikes we couldn’t stop in

at our mate Peter McBride’s ‘HighsideSADDLE SORE Tavern’ in

Tonteldoos.

Anybody know what a ‘Tonteldoos’ is? No it is not your boss being

a chop! It is actually a tinderbox, before matches and zippo’s the

Voortrekkers used to keep dry tinder, charcloth, hemp or other

materials ready to take a spark and start a fire along with a flint and

stone … see, you even learn useless facts reading this magazine,

and you can go ‘fact check’ that.

Turning right at the informal dwellings into Roossenekal it was

onto De Berg Pass, (also Steenkampsberg Pass), for our first bit of

serious knee down riding.

Very few riders actually know of this little bit of heaven, mostly

because they are towing their bike along the shortest or quickest

route to get to the usual Sabie, Longtom and the like. Our mate

Shado had never ridden this pass before, (and he considers himself

quite the E.T. aficionado), and couldn’t stop gawping at the views

and commenting on how good the surface was, how quiet the pass

is and how fantastic the corners are. Our photographer nearly hurt

himself whirling around trying to take photo’s and shouting, “Wow,

what ffff…f f flippen awesome photos, let’s try that corner, and that

corner, and that one as well … and that …” and we were only too

happy to oblige! Chasing your mate through a bend on a quiet,

beautiful mountain pass astride a magnificent piece of motorcycle

engineering under sunny skies does not need too much begging or

encouragement.

Some of the worst roads in history. Refer to

our maps at the end of the feature.

Once off the mountain it is pretty smooth sailing and fun riding until

just before the T-junction and turn off to Lydenburg, Lyden or suffering

is an apt name for this bit of the country and this bit of road. It is just

that kak!

Trucks everywhere churning up the tar and driving like ‘carrots’

then it is a quick right onto the road that leads to Bambi Hotel and

Schoemanskloof.

OHHH!!! 4…5…6…!!!! What a nightmare, for about 15 minutes I

started counting trucks… and stopped at 60 mainly because I nearly

crashed my brains out in one of the never ending potholes the size of

a bus.

So! Let’s extrapolate that, 60 big interlink mining trucks in 15 minutes,

4 x 15 minute makes up one hour, thus around 240 trucks per hour

weaving erratically to avoid the carnage they have caused. Granted

this only goes on for about 20 to 30 kays, but once you get onto semi

decent roads and start relaxing and getting into your rhythm through

the long sweeping bends, suddenly a moerse donga appears in your

riding line requiring urgent and extreme remedial action to avoid

destroying your bike and yourself.


AVOID THIS ROAD AT ALL COSTS, which is a great

shame because it does ruin an otherwise epic riding route.

At Bambi Hotel it was left onto Schoemanskloof, over De

Beers Nek and some of the most glorious countryside

you can ever imagine. Schoemanskloof is God’s own

front garden where he shows off how green his fingers

really are. This is even more apparent once you whip over

PatataNek and into the citrus valleys below. The tar is

new, smooth and sweeps through the mountains like the

river of life. Full of them triangular signs with squiggly lines

warning motorist of impending doom and letting bikers

know that the fun is about to get real. Other than just living

our best life on these roads the other bit of excitement we

had was watching a helicopter with a bucket scooping up

water from a nearby dam and dumping it over a mountain

fire. Not something us Stadsjapies see every day and

listening to the beat of the rotors and the chopper flying in

low over the mountains brought back memories of days

in the military waiting for the relief brought in by or a ride

home in these beautiful machines.

A quick refuel and a cheeseburger and milkshake for lunch

at the Kami restaurant have down Schoemanskloof was in

order before our ride through “The Bom (Mbombela)” and

down one of the most spectacular passes to Barberton.

Fire Season

The ‘Hill Top’ pass on the R40 just outside Nelspruit has

some of the tightest sweeping bends you have ever come

across and is heaven for any track rider. It is undulating,

with some bends dropping away as you come around the

mountain or rising up to meet you as you get on the gas

coming out the other side. You can really get your knee

down here properly. It is a bit busy depending on the time

of day, but we spent an inordinate amount of time doing

U-turns and attacking the corners again and again and

again and … before heading off towards Barberton on a

brilliant section of tarmac for testing a bikes top end. Just

before Barberton we hooked a right onto the Badplaas/

Carolina road … and if you think that the roads couldn’t

get any better, well you would be mistaken. At this

point I swapped onto the Africa Twin to give Stefan, our

photographer a chance to ride the two super nakeds and

if you recall from last month’s issue, I took said Twin to a

cornering school at RedStar, so needless to say, despite

the hour and riding into the setting sun it was game on.

Nelshoogte Pass, sometimes known simply as Nelshoogte

or Nelsberg Pass, lies on the R38 between Barberton and

Badplaas directly north of the Nkomazi Wilderness area.

The pass is at once steep and dominated by the dense

pine forests of the Nelshoogte State Forest, which add to

the enchantment of the ride, (thanks for that description

www.sa-venues.com, really couldn’t have said it better

myself). The pass twists and turns around the mountains

with long open sweeping bends before descending

down into the lowlands in long flowing curves that saw

us running north of 200km/h before stopping for a final

refuel in Carolina and aiming at the setting sun to head for

home. After almost 11 hours in the saddle with

the temperature dropping faster than the setting sun

and truck traffic increasing, this bit of the road was in

okay condition but still a bit of a chore in the fading light.

Turning left onto the N4/N12 at ‘Generaals Draai’ and

whipping down the Freeway was very welcomed. Then

it was a burn down the highway, dodge the toll gate

between Middelburg and Witbank, and hang cable home.

And yes, even this was fun albeit incredibly hypothermic

running at speed on a well maintained highway in the dark

with your mates at your side.


The Kawasaki Z900 is some of the best value for money

around.

Eventually we arrived home to a bowl or two

of lekker homemade soup after a full twelve

hours after putting the coffee mug down on

the kitchen counter and climbing on the bike

to head out for the days riding.

These days are just good for the soul,

#YouNeedaBikeInYourLife

The bikes

We love naked bikes. Being older riders we

grew up in the days before fairings and only

delivery bikes had windscreens. Only later

on did a few racers start bolting on bikini

fairings and bubble windshields to their

bikes to try go a bit faster and this eventually

trickled down to the road riders and sparked

the manufacturers to start bringing them out

as standard equipment. They only got bigger

and more popular as all the softies started

realising they kept a bit of the wind, rain and

cold off their dainty little frames.

Real bikers still ride ‘naked’.

The Kawasaki Z900 is a revelation every time we ride it. It

has an exceedingly comfortable riding position, even for my

long lump. Not as highly specc’d as the Beemer, and that is

reflected in the price. No heated grips, no power shifter and

no cruise control, all of which can be fitted aftermarket quite

easily if so desire.

However, it pulls like a steam engine and revs into oblivion,

howling like a deranged demon and it makes you giggle in

glee. The suspension and chassis are supremely stable in

the corners. You sit more in the Zed as opposed to more on

top like the S1000R which gives you a bit more confidence

to push harder. It’s not as fast as the Beemer but with the

right rider and a proper usage of the entire rev range it will

run fairly close to the S1000R on acceleration until about

235kmh. You are also low enough in the Zed for the clocks

and tiny screen to give you a little bit of wind and cold

protection and it is easier to duck down onto the tank and

get the wind to blow over you. The seat did become hard

after a while… but it was quite a long while.

With both bikes, I did notice that they kind of force you

into a proper riding/sitting posture which is actually quite

comfortable for long distance riding. The lack of wind

protection can be used to alleviate the nominal weight on

your wrists and shoulders. This became very apparent

once I swapped onto the Africa Twin and then swapped

back onto the S1000R a hundred kays later. The upright

sitting position actually encourages you to slouch in the seat

quite a bit eventually tiring your back and midriff as well as

putting a huge amount of weight on to your butt, making you

really saddle weary a lot quicker than on the super nakeds.

BMW S1000 R

The BMW is adorned with all the electronic mod-cons and

surprisingly had the most comfortable seat. The chassis,

electronic suspension combination is beyond reproach when

it comes to enthusiastically attacking the mountain passes.

The engine blows your mind with massive torque and missile

like acceleration. We backed off the gas at around 250 or

so as the road disappeared over a ridge and we weren’t

sure where it went on the other side. The heated grips were

muchly sought after by everybody and the cruise control was

really appreciated on the open freeways. It was the least fuel

efficient of the 3 bikes at around 15.6 kays per litre, but it was

also the most powerful. Wind protection wasn’t a problem

in the twistys and we were all strong and tough enough to

hang on to the bars during high speed chases down the

mountains, however a little bit of something to keep the cold

off the chest would have been welcomed in the cooler hours

during sunrise and sunset, I eventually took one of the many

Ridefast magazines out of my back pack and jammed it into

the front of my jacket just to stop the wind sneaking in.


Rob Gray (Polarity Photo)


ET. The home of beautiful passes.

Other than that, the Africa Twin is just so much fun through

the twistys and I am exceedingly grateful that I had done the

cornering school on it a few weeks ago, that really enhanced

my enjoyment of all the bike we rode on this trip.

But that is enough of my drivel here is what Shado and Stefan

had to say about the ride and the bikes.

Shado says …

Sean pretty much covered the logistical and environmental

(mental) weather conditions for the course of the day, and I will

open this muse with saying that Motorrad GMbH’s heated grips

were the stars of the naked show.

Ok, so onto the machine that was a noob ride for me, the

Kawasaki Z900… Jumping on the machine at what would be

called the tail end of sparrow’s fart, I immediately felt I was a

part of a machine that was built with purpose and pleasure in

mind. Kawasaki Heavy Industries seemingly took a formula

for a naked bike, applied their people in white coats to polish

and prepare a machine that, for want of a better cliché, ticked

all the boxes for a simple, useable and rugged machine.

The bike does have a few features in terms of ride modes,

traction, power, and abs settings. There’s no ride-by-wire

trickery or cruise control and IMU tech and such. Just a plain

straightforward 900cc 16v motor that is ‘torqey’ and rev happy.

The first impression of the powertrain was that the motor is as

smooth as butter off of a hot knife and not intrusively difficult

to manage. Even with the lack of a quick-shifter, it was a

pleasure to ease through the gears and not be mean to the rev

counter. It has more than enough oomph to roll on in the upper

gears and find yourself in the speeds where you’d get arrested

on any road. Being the petrol head I am since I pressed the

starter on a diesel locomotive, this Kwak loosely embodies that

experience when you touch the happy button on the right bar

switchgear. Also, when the low RPM roll-on happens, the growl

from the intake also reminds one that a good few Newtons

on tap to tow you and your spousal unit around wherever you

deem necessary with the ease of those loco’s pulling a load of

freight out of Van Reenen’s.

It’s there. Pitted against the S1000R, it’s obviously not an

“apples with apples” comparison. Riding in close quarters with

the audible exhaust notes, the ratios on the two naked bikes

are near the same, but, the BMW having an extra few thousand

RPM available to go a bit further in each gear. But, as we all

know, straight roads don’t make fast riders, now do they…..

In my humble opinion, the chassis on the Z is akin to the older

incarnations of a Z; Tubular steel frame, comfy flat bars and

enough credit in the ergonomics department to accommodate

a short-ass such as myself and even a nephilim like Mr

Hendley. The immediate feel of the Z900 is not like most of the

nakeds that employ the use of a superbike-derived frame and

suspension.

It was awkwardly rigid, particularly when the tyres were

pumped to 3.6BAR, but that was sorted out at the fuel stop

close to Tonteldoos, where I discovered that if they were run

on a slightly lower pressure around 2.2BAR, the tyres worked

a treat and the feedback from the bumps, humps and potholes

wasn’t inducing herniated C1, 2 and 3 discs. The ride was an

absolute pleasure after that. Even the seat wasn’t bad for a

whole day out!

The brakes and suspension on the machine also go back to the

era of upside down forks with laterally mounted callipers on the

front. The formula works well and I’m taking for gospel that the

suspension was set to factory settings, I have no confirmation

of this. It was a tad on the hard side, but again, 64kg in the

shade requires most suspension setups on most bikes to be

dialled out a little for my weight. But, having noted that, they

jobbed well and was actually surprisingly reassuring around

the twisties and bumps wherever they may have crossed out

paths. The standard brakes are fit for their purpose and need

no special mention. It’s not a Z1000 and never will be.

The Z900 is cut from a new cloth and its unique in design that

some may call Spartan, but that’s not an issue. For around

150k, the machine is a super all-rounder and will do what you

ask of it, with the hardness and reliability of a Kawasaki that

also needs no mention to those that know.


I’m of the opinion that it would make just as good a daily ride as a

bike you can take on a long trip. Some soft luggage, a tank bag and

off you go!

Aaaaaaahhh, the S1000R… Last time I had the opportunity to

pilot this machine was a few weeks ago at Redstar alongside the

Ape RSV. The Beemer is in it’s own class of machine that should

probably have been compared to MT10, CB1000 or a Z1000.

Having the BM and the Z900 together on a ride and being able to

swap at any given intersection gave a great comparison in terms of

engineering and purpose. Not forgetting a price difference of tens of

thousands of rands between the Japanese and German machines,

it’s very apparent that you know what you’re buying when you

choose between the two machines.

I immediately and markedly noticed that the chassis and

suspension of the BMW was more aptly noted as a naked

superbike, with its engine, chassis and features all cued from the

S1000RR and it shows in all ways, shapes and forms of which you

choose to use the machine. You just know you’re throwing a leg

over a beast that will inspire you to ride faster every time you climb

on. So for the purpose of this article, I don’t think it fair to compare

the two machines other than what the purpose of the ride was; to

see if you can tour out on a naked machine.

In December, I took a 4500km road trip around out beautiful country

on a trusty super low-mileage, stock-standard SV1000S I managed

to scoop for a bargain some time ago. So the SV not really a naked

machine, but more comparable to the Z900 than the S1000R,

because the tech, apart from the ABS etc is much like the chassis

and engine tech of the early 2000 years. I saw places between

Kamieskroon and what was then known as Port Elizabeth, currently

Gqeberha. The point I’m making is that one doesn’t actually have

to have a dual purpose or adventure bike to go on a long ride to

nowhere.

What I CAN say about the S1000R is a reiteration of what I said

when we were thrashing it around Redstar, namely, the bike is

a fantastic all-rounder and as such, this long 800km+ ride just

cemented that. The sublimely good brakes, chassis and motor

make the undulating twisties and mountains a pleasure that you’d

not want to ever stop.

We actually had breakfast or lunch or whatever those well-deserved

burgers were on Schoemanskloof so late in the morning, it was

already afternoon.

The S1000R is worth every cent you pay for it and I’m absolutely

sure that 99.999% of owners will agree that it ticks more boxes

every time it’s ridden on a new environment.

What I really enjoyed about the Beemer was the literal

transformation in the motor with the extra air at Nelspruit altitude.

That’s proper grin material, right there.

All in all, it was a great day out riding the machines with the intent of

just riding for a whole day. The long and short of the comparison of

these two bikes, for me is that they are different machines, and they

will both service your needs amply, but, essentially, it just comes

down to your pocket.

Thanks to KMSA and Fourways Motorrad for the rides for the day,

Sean, Stefan and Glenn for the opportunity and mother nature

reminding us that the weather doesn’t have to play with for you

to have a great time on a naked bike. Go ride them and see for

yourself!

Stefan says …

This was quite the adventure, we rode to many places that I have

never been on some of the best, and worst roads that I have ever

seen. A great route through beautiful mountain roads and wide

open straights, the perfect type of road that you’d want to ride any

motorcycle on, especially one of these supernakeds.

We saw many interesting things on the way, including a firefighting

helicopter in action, trying to quench a massive blaze that started


in the tree plantations on top of the mountains just past De

Beersnek. The road to and from Nelspruit was simply amazing,

some of the most beautiful roads I’ve seen, just a perfect mix

of scenery and motorcycle excitement.

We stopped for a cheeseburger and a coke at a nice little

farm stall next to the road near Nelspruit and had lunch

with an amazing view of the mountains behind our stunning

superbikes.

Now if you decide to go touring with bikes like these, you

better hope that you have superior neck muscles if you plan on

riding at an excess of 140 km/h for an extended period of time,

as it feels like the wind is trying to peel the helmet from your

head. Other than the lack of wind protection I think these bikes

are just as amazing for touring as any other. Comfortable riding

positions and lovely power, not to mention the beautiful songs

they sing all along the road.

The BMW S1000R even came equipped with much

appreciated heated grips, which might have saved our fingers

from frostbite, and cruise control which made straight highway

roads a breeze. Compared to the Z900, the BMW has a bit

more aggressive riding position which might take its toll on

your back, but luckily the cruise control gives you the chance

to stretch and sit upright while riding. Whilst the BMW has

these nice creature comforts, it did still feel like it was trying to

kill me.

The power delivery is constant and packs a punch, and with

the Akro exhaust, it was quite literally screaming bloody

murder through the mountains.

The Z900 is basically an extremely comfortable superbike. It

doesn’t have a quickshifter or cruise control like the BMW, so

it is a very barebones motorcycle. Just you and a machine

on the open road, which is really all you need to have a blast.

You have a very nice upright riding position with the pegs at a

comfortable angle a bit more forward than the BMW, and the

power delivery is very smooth.

This is a surprisingly easy motorcycle to ride, and I think it

would be my first choice between the two if I were to go on a

trip like this again.

The N12 is in great condition.

Middelburg to Stoffberg ( Lots of trucks a

few potholes here and there) Mostly good

enjoyable riding

Roossenekal to Lydenburg ,

Little bit of heaven

So, in the final summary of our experience:

Can you tour on a sportsbike, naked or faired?

Well yes! Is the short answer, but you will need to nick the

bosses petrol card because as we did, because as with any

performance engine, they are quite thirsty especially when you

start having fun and riding enthusiastically. And, your better

half should rather get their own bike, the pillion seats seem

to be for emergencies or a quick trip down to your favourite

local hang out only. Otherwise, they are more than comfortable

enough and with the most of the mod cons available as

standard. You will have to dress for the weather though as

they offer moderate to little and even no protection form the

elements.

Is E.T. still a viable options for sportsbike riding?

Well, for the most part, yes but there are some very bad roads

that have to be traversed to get to the really good roads and

quite honestly these roads do dampen the joy of riding a

sportsbike in the area. But once you get to the good roads

they are sublimely good. However, the condition of some of

the roads along with the fuel consumption of sportsbike is a

good argument to trailer them to your favourite digs and then

head out on your favourite roads for a good ol’ thrash.

And all of this answers some other questions. The road

conditions do lend themselves to suiting adventure bikes

better, they are kind of like the SUV’s of the motorcycle world

and can go absolutely anywhere, hence why they seem to be

selling so well. This then answers another question, why does

there seem to be a drought on new sportsbike models versus

a smorgasbord of adventure bikes on offer. It’s a simple case

of ‘supply and demand’ really.

In these tough financial times the importers are having to be quite

circumspect with where they spend their money in order to keep

their doors open and supplying the industry. And we say rather

that than close down completely and we have even less on offer.

So, in other words, if you want to see more sportsbikes on offer

starting buying more sportsbikes …

Thank you to Rodney at BMW Fourways for always being willing

to loan us bikes to go ride on. This BMW S1000R is their demo,

so go ride it and tell us how much fun you had … you might even

end up buying it. New they are just on R210,000.00 but chat to

Rodney about a price on this demo bike.

Then Thank you to Kibble at KMSA for also always lending us

bikes at the drop of a hat. The Zed 900 is a great bargain at

just under R156,000.00 for a new one. Get hold of your local

Kawasaki dealer and ask them to arrange a test ride for you, you

will be enquiring about what deals are to be had.


The worst in S.A.

Full of pot holes,

200 trucks and hour

Horrible horrible road.

Avoid at all costs

Schoemanskloof has to be one of the most

sublimely beautiful roads in S.A

One of the best kept secrets in South Africa.

Amazing bike road.

Mbombela via Hiltop pass to Barberton,

where we spent to much time having fun.


Safe Options Don’t Lead To Glory!

Brad Binder does it again!

By Donovan Fourie: www.thebikeshow.co.za

Brad Binder famously changed his number from the

beloved 41 we had become accustomed to during his

tenure in Moto3 and Moto2 to number 33 in MotoGP after

Aleix Espargaro had already hogged a 4 and a 1.

The number 33 is clever because it looks like BB – a

marketing masterclass; 33 is Brad Binder.

Now, though, we are changing it to 33,333 – that’d be Big

Brass Balls Brad Binder.

It’s a long number to plaster onto the front of that narrow

KTM, but it is entirely apt after that display of knockerclanging

courage in Austria.

The number 33,333

His ride revealed three things about Binder that perhaps not

everyone realised:

He’s brave, skilful and intelligent.

The brave thing goes without saying – anyone who has ever

ridden a bike in the wet on slicks or any other dry tyre will attest

to the peril therein. And whatever bike that was being ridden

in the wet, we can be assured that it was not a 300hp, solid,

unforgiving MotoGP bike. With no brakes.

He’s skilful because, despite slick tyres in the rain and no

brakes, Binder was still relatively fast.

We say “relatively” because teetering around an ice-rink race

track may not fall under many people’s definition of fast, but

if we compare his pace to the other riders that stayed out on

slicks, the South African was at warp speed.

There were three laps between most of the front group

pulling into the pits when the rain started coming down and

the chequered flag. Binder stayed out on slicks, as did Aleix

Espargaro, the number hogging Spaniard on the Aprilia.


The first time they crossed the line after staying out on slicks, the

gap between them was 1.7 seconds. When they crossed the finish

line, Binder had increased the gap to 21 seconds.

In three laps! That’s close to seven seconds a lap.

Then there’s intelligence – during the lap when the front group had

closed up because of the rain, and everyone else in that group

chose to run for rain tyres, Binder was calculating how much time

he’d lose if he stayed out.

Obviously, the thought of the impending doom that riding in the

rain on slicks did not even feature in his stalwart mind (see “big

brass balls” above), only if he could win if he stayed out.

Pulling into the pits would be the safe option – grab wets, battle it

out with the rest of the group and collect points for a top ten. Safe

options don’t often lead to glory, though.

It was close in the end – the wet tyre riders were closing in at 15

seconds a lap when it got properly wet. Binder skated across the

finish line 12 seconds ahead of Bagnaia on wets. One more lap and

he’d have most likely had just made a podium position, but there

was not one more lap to go.

He had calculated everything perfectly and taken a win that will be

spoken about for generations.

Skilful, Calculating, Big Brass Balls Brad Binder.

We’ll get the stickers made.

Quartararo’s miracles:

Red Bull Ring is not a Yamaha track. Notoriously, it is a circuit

consisting of straights cornered by stop/go hairpins. Precisely the

sort of track Yamaha’s suck at.

The design of the Yamaha M1 focuses less on hard acceleration

and speed and more on the ability to flow through corners. Much

the same way that is not required at Red Bull.

In the few recent years that MotoGP has visited the Red Bull Ring,

a Yamaha has not featured near the front of the race. Mostly, the

pointy end of the race has been populated with Ducatis, with the

odd 93 Honda and, more recently, a Mir Suzuki. And that’s exactly

what the front of the 2021 Austrian race (before the rain fell) had.

And one number 20 blue bike.

Despite the Yamaha’s deficiencies at Red Bull Ring, Quartararo was

there, mixing it with the red, orange and turquoise. He even had the

audacity to go around the outside of two riders into Turn Three, the

turn possibly least suiting the Yamaha anywhere in the world.

It seems that Yamaha has worked hard to create a motorcycle

that is more of an all-rounder, that could brake later and still get

drive from low speeds, however it can’t possibly be as good at the

pointy stuff as the Ducati and Honda.

Legions of Rossi fans.


In the end, it’s all down to the Frenchman.

I was cautious about calling him the favourite for the 2021

championship, even with his points lead.

Now, I think I’m at the point where’d I’d even put money on it.

Vinales’ fall from grace

Brad Binder said that Maverick Vinales is a really nice guy, and he

probably is. Most people are, when chilling in a restaurant or simply

hanging out. It’s when you put pressure on someone that their

colours may change.

It started at the first MotoGP race at Red Bull Ring in Austria, where

Vinales’ bike stalled on the grid for the warm-up lap. That was after

the initial race was red-flagged because of Pedrosa and Savadori’s

fiery antics that caused a red flag.

In the race to make MotoGP bikes lighter and faster, things like

clutches tend to be smaller and less durable than the road-going

models, therefore, mechanics quickly put in a fresh clutch before the

re-start because two race starts might be too much for one to bear.

According to Vinales, the mechanics made a mistake while replacing

his clutch, causing the stall on the warm-up lap. The word “sabotage”

was even thrown around.

Either way, Vinales felt hard done by when leaving the pitlane and

joining the back of the race. Especially in the last five laps when

his lap times dropped dramatically. The next day, a shocking press

release was sent out – Maverick Vinales has been suspended by

Yamaha for the second Austrian GP.

Afterwards, videos emerged of the Spaniard holding his bike on the

rev-limiter during the last five laps, a giant no-no on a high-strung

racing engine. Especially with the reserved and polite Japanese

people that sign Vinales’ paycheck.

He spent the second Austria race watching from the sidelines, and

then it was announced that his contract with Yamaha was terminated

immediately.

Already, Vinales and Yamaha were butting heads resulting in the pair

splitting ways at the end of this year. The over-revving sealed the

break-up.

We are sure that Maverick is a nice guy, but a professional racer in his

twenties over-revving his bike like a spoilt brat is unacceptable.

It was good news for Aprilia, though. Rumours were already prevalent

that the Italian brand was talking to the Spaniard about racing next

year. Some people said the deal was already done, and yet no

announcement was forthcoming.

I suspect that the big stumbling block in that discussion was about

money. Aprilia simply does not

have the dosh that the likes of

Yamaha pay a race-winning rider.

Until said rider over-revved his

bike and got fired, making his

stock plunge.

A few days later, Aprilia

announced a signed deal with

Vinales for 2022, probably for a

lot less money than what was

initially negotiated.

Let’s hope they have lots of valve

money for 2022.

We look forward to the rest of the

show.


Suzuki Hits ET

10th edition of the Suzuki Weekend away…


Every year Suzuki hosts a gathering of Suzuki fans for a

weekend in beautiful Mpumalanga. Last years event, sadly

was put on hold due to the plague. This year it was delayed

for the same reason – but the moment it was allowed, a

limited amount of lucky riders were treated to Numbi Hotel

hospitality and some Suzuki adventure.

It’s great to see a manufacturer being so pro-active. It’s a really

lekker family weekend with the focus on enjoying your bike and

some of the great places that we have to ride.

Dealers were well represented with the likes of Richards Bay,

East and Primrose all bringing customers along.

On Friday everyone makes their way through to Numbi at their

own pace. Most people take the day off to enjoy the ride. In the

evening it’s a slap-up dinner and briefing all under the African

sky.

Saturday is a full day of riding. Suzuki puts together a treasure

hunt. Riders are given cryptic directions and a list of objects

that they need to find all along the 300 plus kilometer route. It’s

fun – we did it a year or two ago and vowed not to miss one

again.

And all brands and types of bike are welcome from Hayabusa’s

right down to little DL 250’s – it’s all very chilled with the focus

on having a good time.


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You are well fed and the ride is some of

the best that Mpumalanga has to offer

– Numbi, White River, Schoemanskloof

with a stop at the now famous Old Joe

“Mir” Rock.

From there the ride took the guys for a

quick stop at “In Da Bush” for a guess

the part game. Participants had to

correctly name 10 arbitrary parts – stuff

from bikes, boats, cars and even washing

machines. From there it was back on the

bikes and off to the Sudwala road, over

to Sabie for a second stop. Giant Jenga

was the name of the game while the guys

had a break.

Then it was a quick squirt down the 22

and back to Numbi.

An excellent day in the saddle – huge fun.

More fun and games – and lots of food

was on offer at Numbi Hotel. A very tired

bunch Arrived at dinner for the traditional

prizegiving where people are awarded

more for stooped stuff than actually

achieving anything. It’s always a huge

laugh.

Everything happened outdoors at the

beautiful Numbi Hotel – and the weather

played along perfectly.

It’ll happen next year again for sure – and

a Cape Town version of this event is on

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October.

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RollinThunder…

And now for something completely different. Every month we have a sit down and chat about possible features and

content for this here quality publication. “Cruisers!” says Sean. Ummmm OK let’s see, what have we not featured yet?

“Well they don’t have to be new or the latest models – let’s see what’s available, grab them and go for a lekker ride!”

So that’s exactly what we did!

We hit the phones only to discover that new bikes are really thin at the moment, with many importers not even looking at the

cruiser market. But there is good news for chopper fans. There is literally an army of great pre-owned units of all shapes and

sizes at, what seems to be excellent value in today’s language.

And there are still a few brand new options knocking about…

In the used stable, the good guys from 4-Ways BMW loaned us a very rare Harley Classic Heritage limited edition . Imagine

that! A Harley from a flagship BMW dealership.

Well they trade all sorts and have a great selection of used bikes on the floor.

Also used were 2 immaculate machines from the peeps at Bikeshop Boksburg. It did not take a lot of convincing for them to

lend us a fully kitted Suzuki 1500 Intruder and a somewhat unusual Honda VT1300X.

We approached quite a few importers for new bikes, Indian had nothing available which is a real shame because we really

like them. 4 Ways BMW happily loaned us their BMW R18 Classic and the friendly folks from Triumph South Africa sent their

Rocket 3 GT along.

5 cool bikes. 5 good friends with the open South African Roads beckoning. On a weekday nogal!


How lekker is that?

Now, to be fair we’ve never really

understood the whole cruiser culture,

but riding at the back in staggered

formation with your mates riding

ahead, you get that warm fuzzy sense

of comradery that is such a great part

of riding any motorcycle. The whole

mantra around bikes like these is

chill, relax and have a good time… so

different to the modern nakeds and

superbikes.

We headed out onto some of our

favorite roads around Harties, down

the twisty R511, to the Power station

road where we stopped at the famous

2 bridges servitude for a few pics.

Interestingly, there was another bunch

there filming a Maserati ad… very cool!

The roads are excellent, which makes a

great change from the usual complaints

about potholes and all that. it’s a really

great route.

Our ride took us through the Harties

tunnel and across the Dam Wall… Oh!

and while we are on the topic…

Something new has happened. You are

no longer allowed to stop at the lookout

point on the dam wall. How doff is that?

Stefan ignored the sign and stopped in

order to grab a pic or two and promptly

got crapped on by some oke who

threatened him with a ticket. Ah well.

Quite sad.

Under the Arc De Triumph, (get it?), and

onwards we rode. Tant Malie Se Winkel

has always been one of our favorite

spots. Our plan was to stop there for

a bite to eat. The pandemic has been

devastating to some businesses. This

SA landmark is now closed down.

Really sad…

Destination Hekpoort. It’s a great route,

especially when it’s a bit quieter during

the week and as the bikes roared along

bystanders stretched their necks to

watch the spectacle…

SA really is a land of contrasts, heading

out towards Hekpoort we rode past

a field that was labelled with its own

signboard as the “Field Of Dreams”…

You’ll have seen it if you know the

area. That field quickly became a

massive dumping site opposite a smelly

settlement. Sad.

But a great ride. Good roads, great

scenery… just lekker, lekker. Blasting

through Hekpoort we found ourselves

heading past the satellite road towards

Krugersdorp and onwards, through to

the Sasol at the bottom of the hill where

we said our goodbyes and split up to

head for home.

We are spoiled. A cool day in the

saddle for sure.

The bikes:

We’ll start with the new bikes. Yes we’ve featured them before but

they are always worth a revisit.

The Triumph Rocket GT:

The biggest of this lot is the Triumph Rocket. In our opinion this

bike was a bit of a mismatch in this company. It’s nothing like your

traditional cruiser leaning more towards a comfortable naked sports

machine on steroids. Yet, Triumph classes it as a cruiser so who are

we to argue.

Chaps and Chapettes.

If you have never ridden a Rocket, you have missed out on a vast

portion of your motorcycle life. Despite the fact that it is so …well,

large, it’s amazingly agile, comfortable and just so much fun to ride.

2.5 litres of smooth, creamy power at the twist of your wrist. The

simple fact of the matter is that It’s unlike any other bike on the

market. Whilst the other cruisers in this feature were all about raw

energy, rough and tumble this one is …well a Rocket. And a very

smooth one at that.

It’s just so easy to ride with so much power on tap available

everywhere in the rev range. At 2500rpm, the Rocket 3 is punching

200Nm into the road as it hurtles its way to 221Nm at 4000rpm. And

at 4000rpm in top, you’re doing 180 and there’s till 3000 to go until

redline. And it all happens in a blur.

And top of the list, so much damn fun!

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Sean says:

From the first time I swung my leg over a Triumph Rocket all

those years I have loved these bikes. The stupendously big

triple engine, the huge torque, the primal howl from the exhaust

when you give it horns and the surprising good handling …

finally a bike to match my size with excellent ergonomics.

Early last year, a day or two before we were all grounded, I

managed to get a first ride on both the new GT and R versions

of the all new 2,500cc Rocket 3 and immediately came back

raving about the GT variant and a little unsure about the R.

However, good few months later, when our grounding was

relaxed and we were allowed out to play for a bit we grabbed

them again and this time I made up my mind about both … You

need to have both in your garage, the GT for touring and the R

for being a hooligan.

With this ride I purposefully, (as is my practice with these multi

bike reviews), left the biggest, most powerful bike for last to

have a fair assessment of the more diminutive bikes on the

day. Make no mistake, the smallest capacity bike of the day

was a 1300cc, then a 1500cc and a couple of 1800cc’s, so

‘diminutive’ is a relative term, so even at 2,500cc the Rocket

had its work cut out for it.

The first thing you notice when you swing a leg over the GT is

its size and weight in comparison to the other bikes, it is BIG.

Lifting it off the side stand is also quite surprising, you kind of

expect to have to really put your quads and hammies into it to

get it to budge, but because of the balance it is as easy to lift

off the stand as any other bike. Once the engine comes to life

all the weight seems to disappear. Fiddling with the onboard

electronics to set up personal riding and power preferences is

fairly intuitive and easy and can mostly be done on the fly… I

like full power mode with as few nannies as possible, but erred

on the side of caution with the traction control because of the

huge torque from the monster triple. As expected, the length

of the Rocket does give a bit bigger of a turning circle than

most bikes, but that is true of all the bikes we rode on this little

adventure.

Yanking on the throttle and dumping the clutch really stretches

your rotator cuff and elbow joints and quickly turns the

scenery into a blur, great on long, open, winding roads but not

advisable in the hurly- burly bustle of the continuous all day,

road rage inducing rush hour traffic in and around Harties.

This big girl can be very polite and agile through traffic with

judicious application of the throttle and a good perception and

understanding of spatial orientation. Once out on the wide

open serpentine roads through the Magaliesberg you can

choose to hang on the cable and feel like the Incredible Hulk

and leap and jump through the scenery, or … you can wander

along at a more sedate speed with the cruise control engaged

and just enjoy the atmosphere of that throbbing triple and the

mountains.

Kyle Says: This is one special bike. It sounds fantastic and

when you open up the throttle she catapults forward at a

rate of knots. It is a stunning looking bike. Comfortable riding

position and more than enough power to spin the earth. This

bike is wow! However its not the Triumph for me. Don’t get

me wrong. As much of a cruiser she is, she is also very fast

and sporty. The one thing I loved about the bike, is it has the

biggest engine but it was the smallest bike. I’ll take the RS1200

thank you!

Corinne Andrews: (40 years of motorcycle experience and has

owned and ridden lots of cruisers….) Says:

Wow! Wow! Wow! What a machine! Exhilarating, Exciting,

fantastic handling and acceleration. Incredibly smooth and

comfortable.

Definitely my first choice of this batch. 2.5 litres of fun!


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Morag Campbell – (mostly an adventure rider. Motorcycle

instructor and has ridden all sorts) Says:

I immediately loved its aggressive urban industrial steam punk (?)

look, love the bold radiator grilles and 3 pipes. It’s almost 2 bikes

joined horizontally, the typical Triumph top half styling, and then

the lower post-apocalyptic sci fi fantasy. Very responsive, loads

of torque, easy to maneuver, great sound, smooth. an immersive

phenomenological experience, which made me feel invincible.

Despite its engine capacity of a porsche cayman, but on 2 wheels

only, I was in no way intimidated, I felt fluid and at ease.

Easy ergonomics that didn’t feel like a cruiser, so much so,

that every pull off required my flagging feet to find the pegs out

front…..

The BMW R18 Classic: Heavy Metal.

BMW is aiming squarely at nostalgia with this bike. Classic oldschool

design that they have packed with modern tech. It’s big,

bold heavy and a proper head turner. And they have a range of

goodies so that you can customize to your hearts content. In

previous issues, we attended the launch of these beastys and

later on we borrowed a bike for a couple of days around GP. It’s

not a bike for everyone, but the guys at this here mag do quite

like it.

It’s a proper head turner with the focus squarely on paint and

chrome. A homage to BMW’s of the 20s and 30s, when it built

the gorgeous R32 and R5. Back then all of them were painted

Glossy black with white pinstripes.

Just like this one. Focus is all on that great 1800cc engine. It’s

massive, gorgeous and a focal point of the whole. They tell us

that it pumps out 158Nm at 3000rpm and 67kW at 4750rpm.

This one has runner boards and a great big screen. Love the

saddle bags. The bike is big, heavy and a tad unwieldy on tighter

urban roads but when it sees an open freeway it really comes into

its own… It rolls easily through bends, you are only limited by the

pegs scraping on the tight turns. Its roll-on is great, so overtaking

and shaming seemingly faster sportsbikes is a lekker feeling…

This one from BMW Fourways – 011-367-1600

R396000.00

BMW R18 Classic

Sean Says:

This is a bike I have a bit of a ‘love-hate’ relationship with. I

genuinely do love the styling, the old school organic rumbles,

rattles and clanks and the clunky feel to the gearbox all just give

the R18 so much personality and character, couple that with

the wonderfully big 1800cc boxer motor and all seems well with

the world. Unless, you are a 6 foot 6, 115kg slab like me then

dropping into the saddle and stepping onto the floor boards starts

to present a few challenges, (and this is where the ‘hate’ part of

the relationship comes in). With my knees higher than my hips

and my feet almost tucked up under my butt with no options to

move them anywhere else because of the big pots either side of

the motor, life aboard the R18 is not comfortable for me. Not so

for my more ‘average’ height riding buddies for the day, they all

seemed to fit comfortably on the R18 and also looked comfortable.

A year ago, when I went on the official launch down in the fairest

Cape a couple of us taller riders had the same issues with cockpit

space and ergonomic, one rider even resorting to roadside yoga to

stretch out cramping muscles halfway through the ride.

That being said, in between yoga sessions the R18 is an absolute

hoot to ride. It’s perfectly balanced with a low center of gravity

and an even lower ride height and ground clearance which

makes it quite a riot in the corners with the footpegs/floorboards

taking quite a beating whilst spraying sparks through the bends.

That 1800cc boxer delivers an unbelievable mountain of torque,

especially in ‘Rock’ mode and pulls like an Ox without ever really

hitting a perceptible limiter, but more just a smooth levelling out of

the power. I personally didn’t enjoy the addition of the windshield,

for me it is at a strange height causing weird air pressure changes

for me and making my eyeballs bounce around and affecting my

vision at anything near fun speeds,


ut then again I have never been a fan of big windshield

on a bike, I like the wind in my beard and the bugs in my

teeth. The leather panniers complete the look along with the

spotlights, floorboards and the heel/toe shifter just enhance

the old school enjoyment of the ride. Were it not been for

my size versus the ergonomics I would happily ride the R18

every day, but alas …

Kyle Says:

This is a special bike for BMW. Full of Heritage and lots of

metal. Yes this is a heavy bike. But its a lot of good fun once

you are on the go. This one is the Classic model with a few

bells and whistles. Personally. I would take them all off and

ride the standard one. Same motor and modes and a lot

more comfortable and fun.

Corinne Says:

This one is not really my cup-of-tea. I found it heavy and I

battled a bit with the gear shift above the runner board. The

guys assured me that the standard bikes gears are a lot

better but these ones were just a bit awkward. I know that

they are aiming it at the Classic old-school type fan – and I

love the BMW brand, but this one just does not do it for me.

Morag says:

Boxer engine, raw, powerful, full of its own life, I quickly got

used to the floorboards with a toe/heel shifter, and eased

my butt back into the full plush seat, and relaxed into the

ride. Found the “rock” mode the best, and realized quite

quickly to remain in the higher gears, even on the corners.

Generally easy smooth riding on the straight roads, but

again, being used to adventure suspension, I found I had

double vision on the slightly uneven wild west side of town

at over 100km/hr

On to the used bikes.

Pre-Owned Harley Classic Heritage limited edition.

Ok let’s get the following out of the way before we

continue…

Our Harley experience is quite limited. The last Modern Harley

cruisers we borrowed were clunky and unwieldy – and not

really very comfortable to ride at all – so we were surprised

to discover that this pretty unique bike was a polar opposite

experience. The fact that this was the only bike with a sound

system had Sean and Kyle vying for saddle time and every

time one of them stopped the sound of Rammstein blaring

from the dash mounted speakers.

You kind of expect a Harley to be clunky and shakey and to

roar along making your ears bleed right? Not this one.

It is astonishingly capable, comfortable and really quite refined.

Gone are the acres of typical HD chrome, (with the notable

exception of the exhaust), silver studs, buckles, sissy bar and

rear rack, replaced with a darker, sleeker more conservative

look. It’s one of the lightest touring bikes Harley makes

with Showa cartridge-style fork and single rear shock, and

of course the 114 cubic inches of Milwaukee-Eight engine

proudly displayed. That 114, is good for 85.2 horsepower at

4800 rpm and a plough pulling 107.7 lb-ft of torque at 3100

RPM.

It’s pretty, very smooth for a Harley, really comfortable … and

well, just easy to ride. The kind of bike that we’d hop on to and

head down for a long trip anywhere.

Oh and this one is really unusual. One of only 1500 built.

And it’s on the floor at BMW Fourways for R230.000 (011)

367-1600

Sean Says:

In my youth I used to idolize the Harley Davidson brand, I had

all the T-shirts, boots, belt buckles, pinky rings … you name it,

I had it. Then I got to ride some really shoddy customs early on

in my motorcycling career and the disillusionment started.


I tried a few Buell’s and became even more disillusioned with

the brand and avoided riding them for quite a long while.

Then last year we grabbed a couple of new models from the

Milwaukee brand and my hopes and expectations soared a bit

… only to be horribly dashed when swinging into the saddles

of each new HD, especially after having ridden the Indian

equivalent a few months before.

So, it was with a lot of foreboding, skepticism and long teeth

that I first had a bite at this rendition. The looks are typical

Harley Davidson and all the accessories and extra’s are all top

shelf and even the windshield didn’t offend me. However, it was

once I got the HD rolling that I started grinning…

Yeah the standard pipes kill the famous ‘potato-potato’

exhaust note, but that is the only small negative I could find

on this bike. It is comfortable and spacious for my 2m frame

the 114cubic inch or 1868cc engine is beautiful, pulling like a

steam engine really gets the wind whipping around your ears

fairly quickly. The handle bar controls do take a minute or two

to work out and connecting to the onboard audio seems to

work only with a fruity phone as opposed to android operated

devices. Once familiarized with everything it was a case of

pointing the surprisingly polite lady at the horizon and just

enjoying life on the road, with mountains, sunny blue skies,

entertaining scenery and some good friends burbling along

on other cruisers and choppers. Quite a sight to behold from

any perspective. This Harley Davidson has begun to restore

my admiration for the brand and I would love to ride more of

the newer models but unfortunately HD South Africa and their

dealers do seem to be a bit sleepy with getting bikes out to

media.

Harley Classic Heritage limited edition

We borrowed this unit from the good folk at BMW Motorrad

Fourways and had to ask them if they had become under cover

HD dealers with a couple of really nice pre-owned examples

on the floor that one would be certain to mistake for new units

due to the really impeccable condition they are all in. So, if it is

a stunning pre-owned HD your are after wander down to Cedar

Isle and chat to the team, they will get you rolling in short order.

Kyle Says:

This was my favorite bike for the day. I have no clue why but

I loved it. The spirit attached to this bike is amazing. On a

Harley, you want everyone to see you and what you are riding.

It was comfortable and a pleasure to ride. I connected my

phone to the boom audio and off I went. Cruising around as if I

came out of the programme Sons of Anarchy.

Corinne Says:

It’s been a long time since I took a decent ride on a Harley

and this one was a pleasant surprise. It handles well, is really

comfortable and easy to ride. If its not sold soon – I’d like to

take it for a long journey somewhere… Easy on the eye too.

Morag says:

This is the second Harley I have ever ridden….. Who would

have? This is such an easy ride, so comfortably chilled to

relax onto its plush full seat and stretch my legs out, easy

to maneuver, corners a breeze, weighting is fine, gears a bit

clunky (but apparently good for a Harley) a huge screen for

wind-protection… the bike didn’t offer me any super-naturalpower

abilities but rather a sublime roll-along with friends, while

waving at ogling passing drivers and pedestrians alike

Honda’s VT1300X Fury

A Honda Cruiser?

Yip! And guess what? They flippen nailed it. When Sean rolled

in on the thing, we all kind of gawped a bit. “What custom is

that?” Nope standard just as it came out of the Honda America

factory. Something really out of the ordinary.

The Honda Fury was the first production chopper from a

Honda.


In a break with tradition, the Fury was the first chopper to have an

anti-lock braking system. Like the look or not, we all agreed that it

is a flippen revelation, one of those naughty bikes that are just so

much fun to ride. It hosts an engine that is typical Honda with perfect

fueling, gearbox and gutsy performance, complete with fuss-free

shaft drive and it sounds the part with its slash cut pipes.

It’s hard to believe a bike with 1805mm wheelbase, a 21inch front

wheel and its 300KG mass could be anything but stable, but that is

the Fury. With its plush suspension, it soaks up the biggest lumps

and bumps, but also takes away any feedback from either tyre.

Big lean angles are not really possible thanks due to insufficient

ground clearance. The feet forward ride position isn’t as painful as it

looks, in fact it’s really quite comfy because the seat is padded and

supportive and the high bars and headlight keep a fair amount of

windblast off the rider.

You need to ride one to understand. We are a hung jury on the styling

but in terms of riding experience it’s right up there…

This one from Suzuki East R120,000.00

Sean Says:

Jaaa …Né!!

When I pulled up on this absolute jewel of a chopper all the others

looked at me like I had had relations with my own sister and were

quite derisive in some of their comments, especially about the 21

inch front wheel and how it was sure to negatively affect the handling

… until it was their turn to ride this vision in white, then it was a

flippen’ bun fight to get them off the damn thing.

I was quite excited when Jannie from Bikeshop Boksburg volunteered

the Honda VT1300X, which happened to be parked next it its twin

in a gorgeous metallic blue. I have always admired these bikes for

their standard ‘full custom’ look out of the box and was like a kid at

Christmas when I finally got to ride one.

It is low, it is long and it is in your face. The front wheel is way out

front on long raked standard forks, the headlight – a chrome creation

looking like it belongs on an Art Deco area train – points the way

towards distant horizons. The tank is long, curvy and skinny and the

comfy seat is way back by the big exposed rear tyre …

Honda VT1300x Fury

The ergonomics for my long chassis are perfect, the

forward mounted pegs are perfectly aligned for comfort

with the low seat and the swept back handle bars. At

1300cc it is the small motor of the bunch, but it holds

its own all the way to 160kmh and that raked fork with

the 21 inch front wheel is huge fun when aiming the big

chrome headlight through the twistys and chucking your

inside shoulder at the scenery to pull the Honda over

into the bend. Cornering a big well balanced chopper or

cruiser is a different type of fun or rush to diving nose

first into them on a superbike and requires a different skill

set. Slouched backwards with your feet out in front of

you and your hands at shoulder height really does make

you feel like Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper cruising

the country side in Easy Rider. I don’t know if you can

tell or not, but this is by far my most favourite style of

motorcycle.

The VT1300X is a purists chopper, clean lines, tucked

away ancillaries, minimal equipment and electronics – just

the basics. It is all about the lines, the engine and the

simplicity and pure motorcycling pleasure, just get on and

ride, then most importantly … it is a Honda, so it is as

reliable as an anvil and there is at least one dealer in every

town to support the brand after sales. As mentioned, we

got this one from Bikeshop Boksburg and at only 13,000

od km’s on the clock it is a close to new as one could

imagine, everything is crisp, neat, tidy and all feeling like a

new bike. When asked, everyone guesstimated the retail

value somewhere north of R200k based on the look and

condition of the bike, so at R120,000.00 odd it represents

real value for money and I am still trying to work out how

to convince my wife that I just really have to have it or ….


Kyle Says:

Honda makes a chopper? What a fun ride. When you turn the

corner your front wheel is already at lunch while you wait for your

back wheel to catch up. This bike is long. As long as it is, the

Honda is still very comfy and easy to ride. Again this is another

bike you want to been seen on. The reactions on peoples faces

when they see its a Honda. Priceless. Just for that, I would buy

this bike and because its R120k. Not bad considering the other

are around the 300k mark.

Corinne Says:

If I was 25 years old, this bike would be right up there as one of

my favourites. It’s a really nice ride – and you’ll either love it or

hate it!

Morag says:

Riding this little praying-mantis-insect-with-a-broad-butt looking

chopper bike made me feel like a rebel, with its loud full sound, it

was really fun to ride. I love its simple clean-lined bold elongated

streamlined styling, especially the voids that give it transparency

in the front. It is old school, with only the speedometer to guide

you. It’s very responsive, and smooth (shaft drive), slightly top

heavy at corners thereby requiring a new long wheel based

cornering technique.

The Suzuki 1500 Intruder – fully kitted.

Fully kitted with screen, luggage and lots of extras.

If you follow the mag, you’ll know just how much we liked that

Marauder that we rode a few issues ago. Well this is the little

brother if you can call a 1500cc that. We have to be honest when

we say that very often all the extras don’t really appeal to us. The

boxes and stuff just make a bike too, well big and unwieldy and

this was the case with this one while we were working our way

out of suburbia.

On the open road, however is where you come to appreciate it

all. This intruder is a raw kind of bike, it backfires and crackles

under deceleration with clunky gearchanges and it’s all

deliberate with lots of character, which makes it quite lekker to

ride.

The Suzuki VL1500 Intruder’s 67bhp isn’t much when there’s

296kgs plus luggage to push. It’s a torquey lump though and

hauls along at pace on the open road. Don’t expect to be able

to overtake on a motorway with any level of ease, this one is

designed for a very chilled ride and it comes into its own just

cruising along, but kick it down one gear and twist her and she

will pick up her skirts and run.

Suzuki 15000 Intruder - Fully kitted

The Suzuki VL1500 Intruder’s suspension is really soft so the

overall ride is very comfortable.

This one from Suzuki East – R120.000 (011) 918-7777

Sean Says:

I particularly enjoyed the 1800 Boulevard we borrowed from

Bikeshop Boksburg a few months ago so I was quite keen to the

1500 Intruder a whirl around the dance floor. Fully dressed she is

quite wide, but so is any bike with panniers and top box, however

the wide handle bars and forward foot position coupled with the

big windshield only serve to accentuate that feeling. The cockpit

is very well laid out with everything where you would intuitively go

to look for it. Much like the Harley, it is plush, comfortable and well

protected from the elements with easy roll on power and plenty of

torque lending itself to long lazy sunny days in the saddle enjoying

your favourite roads or touring around our beautiful country.

As I have mentioned, ad nauseum, I am quite large and space

for me is the ultimate luxury and the 1500 Intruder has plenty of

space without being overly large for the more vertically challenged.

The big V Twin kicks out plenty of lazy torque that takes you off

the line and burbling along north of 150km without guzzling

copious amounts of fuel … or maybe that is the perception given

by the really big fuel tank.


As with the Harley, the screen really serves to keep the wind

and the weather off of you without creating freaky pressure

cells around you and enhancing the plush comfort of the ride.

The loud pipes and black livery give it oodles of character and

attract a lot of admiration from Jon Q. Public.

We got this one from Bikeshop Boksburg and bar one small

nick in the pleather covered panniers and the mileage you

would be hard pressed to prove this motorcycle is a pre-owned

unit.

Kyle Says:

Unfortunately, I didnt spend much time on the Suzuki. I wish I

did as I have always had a soft spot for them.

Corinne Says:

Initially I was a bit underwhelmed by the Suzuki thanks to the

sheer size and cumbersomeness (Is that a word) of the bike.

But when I hit the open roads I began to understand it. Bring

on the open road this one is one of my top choices for the day.

Morag says:

Just too big and cumbersome for me.

As a side I have to say - who would have thought I would ride

5 cruisers, ever….. let alone all in one day !! And then to top

it off, the 1100 Africa Twin. I think it’s always good thing to try

out other bikes, it tests one’s riding style, throws one out of

the comfort zone, makes one question oneself, try different

postures, feel different things. And above all, it offers an

opportunity to discover additional bikes that can you fall in love

with.

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StreetBob

R191,000

LowRider

R218,500

Deluxe

R276,900

Sport Glide

R234,500

Fat Bob

R229,500

Fat Bob 114

R263,000

Soft Tail Slim

R249,900

Fat Boy

R280,500

Fat Boy 114

R316,500

Brak Out 114

R316,000

Break Out

R281,000

Heritage Classic 114 R319,500

Heritage Classic

R286,900

Ultra Limited Low

R385,000

Road King

R323,500

Road King Classic

R281,000

Road King Classic

R323,500

Road King Special

R344,500

Street Glide

R354,000

Street Glide Special

Road Glide Special

R371,000

R375,000

Road Glide

R355,000

Road Glide Ultra

R379,000

Ultra Limited

R385,000

CVO Street Glide

R510,000

CVO Limited

R544,000

Free Wheeler

R407,000

TRI Glide Ultra

R514,000

FXDR114

R299,900

Prices may change so please contact local dealer.


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MODEL PRICE

MODEL

PRICE MODEL

PRICE

ACE 125

Elite 125 Scooter

NC750X

NC750X DCT

Africa Twin 1100 Manual

Africa Twin 1100 DCT

Africa Twin 1100 AS Man

Africa Twin 1100 AS ES

XR190

XR150L

XR125L

CRF250L

CRF300L

CBR 1000 RR 2019

CBR 1000 RR-R 2020

CBR 1000 RR-R SP 2020

GL1800 Goldwing M

GL 1800 Goldwinh DCT

FS 450

701 Enduro

701 Supermotard

Vitpilen 401

Svartpilen 401

Vitpilen 701

Svartpilen 701

Agility RS 125

Like 125l ABS

G-Dink 300l

Xciting 400l

AK550

HONDA

HUSQVARNA

KYMCO

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R24,300

FTR 1200

R269,900 125 DUKE

R82,999

R23,399

FTR 1200 Carbon

R322,900 RC125

R73,999

R114,480

Scout Sixty

R210,900 390 DUKE

R92,999

R123,120

Scout

R233,500 RC390

R93,999

R233,800 Scout Bobber

R233,500 390 Adventure

R107,999

R252,400 Chief Dark Horse

R325,900 790 DUKE

POA

R262,500 Chief Classic

POA

790 Adventure

POA

R269,000 Chief Vintage

POA

790 Adventure R

R210,00

Springfield

R464,900 690 Enduro R

R185,999

R49,620

Springfield Darkhorse

890 DUKE

R32,960

R369,900

R189,999

R30,000 Chieftan Dark Horse R489,900 1290 Super ADV S

R299,999

R74,999 Chieftan

R489,900 1290 Super ADV R

R314,999

R84,999 Roadmaster

R521,900 1290 SuperDuke R

R295,999

R209,999

TBA

TBA

R367,000

R432,200

R150,699

R186,699

R186,699

R84,699

R84,699

R146,699

R146,699

R19,950

R34,950

R54,950

R99,950

R154,950

Z300

Z400 ABS

Ninja 400 ABS

Z650

Z900 ABS

Z900 RS

Z900 Cafe Racer

Z1000R

Z1000SX

Ninja 650

Versys X300

Versys 650

Versys 1000

ZX10R WSB 2019

ZX10R WSB 2020

H2 SX SE

ZZR1400 Ohlins

INDIAN

KAWASAKI

KTM

MOTO GUZZI

V85 TT

R194,850

Audace Carbon

R430,000

MGX 21 Flying Fortress R575,000

V7 Stone lll ABS

R175,850

V7 Special III

R193,850

V85 Centenatio

R235,850

V85 TT Evovative

R239,850

V85 TT Travel Pack

R249,850

R61,995

R79,995

R104,995

R110,995

R145,995

R175,995

R168,995

R179,995

R179,995

R122,995

R85,995

R115,995

R159,995

R259,995

R289,995

R310,995

R289,995


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PRICE

MODEL

PRICE

Dragster Pirelli LE

Dragster 800RR

Dragster 800 RC Limited

Super Veloce 800RR

Brutale 1000RR 208HP

RUSH 1000RR 212hp

Turismo Veloce 800 160HP

UR110

UB125

GS150

GSX150F

DL650XA L9

DL1010RC

GSXR750 L9

GSXR1000 L9

GSXS1000 R L9

GSXS1000 L9

Katana

VZR1800

Hyabusa 1300

XS125 K Delivery

NH125

XS200 Blaze

XS200 Trail Blaze

Citycom 300l

GTS 300l EV

Max Sym 600l ABS

Crox 125

Fiddle ll 150

Jet14 200

Orbit ii 125

Symphony 150

X-Pro 125

MV AGUSTA

TRIUMPH

SUZUKI

SYM

R329,900

R299,900

R359,900

R379,900

R479,900

R549,900

R299,900

R19,650

R23,500

R35,750

R35,750

R144,500

R221,950

R182,900

R273,900

R298,500

R162,500

R189,900

R209,900

R329,000

R18,995

R29,995

R18,495

R19,995

R59,995

R63,995

R121,995

R19,995

Street Triple RS

Speed Triple RS

Street Twin

Bonneville T120

Bonneville Bobber

Bonneville Bobber Black

Bonneville Speed Master

Street Scrambler

Thruxton 1200 R

Tiger 900 GT PRO

Tiger 900 Rally Pro

Rocket R

Rocket GT

XTZ125

YBR125G

TW200

XT250

XT1200Z

XT1200ZE

MT07 ABS

MT09 ABS

MT07 Tracer

MT09 Tracer

MT09 Tracer GT

FJR1300

XMax 300 Scooter

YZF R3

YZF R6

YZF R1 2020

YZF R1M 2020

Niken 3-wheeler

YAMAHA

ZONTES

R180,000

R259,000

R155,000

R183,000

R197,000

R183,000

R197,000

R179,000

POA

R215,000

R229,000

R339,000

R355,000

R43,950

R31,950

R74,950

R77,950

R224,950

R249,950

R134,950

R169,950

R134,950

R159,950

R199,950

POA

R94,950

R784,950

POA

R349,950

R424,950

POA

R20,495

R26,995 ZT250 R

R44,900

R19,995

ZT310R

R63,900

R19,995

ZT310X

R68,900

R21,995 ZT310T

R74,900

DEALERS CONTACTS WHO

ADVERTISE WITH US

Aprilia SA (IMI) Tel: 010 443 4596

BMW West Rand Tel: 011 761 3500

Ducati SA Tel: 012 765 0600

R.O.C Harley Tel: 010 492 4300

Honda East Tel: 011 826 4444

Holeshot Husqvarna Tel: 011 823 5830

Indian Motorcycles SA Tel: 010 020 6195

TRD Kawasaki Tel: 011 051 9104

Fire it Up Kawasaki Tel: 011 467 0737

RAD KTM Tel: 011 234 5007

TRAX KTM Tel: 012 111 0190

Moto Guzzi SA (IMI) Tel: 010 443 4596

Fire it Up MV Agusta Tel: 011 467 0737

KCR Suzuki Tel: 011 975 5545

SYM TRD Motorcycles Tel: 011 051 9104

Linex Yamaha Randburg Tel: 011 251 4000

Linex Yamaha Lynnwood Tel: 012 501 0120

Zontes SA Tel: 012 565 6730

MICHELIN POWER CUP 2

This dual compound tyre offers

good straight-line and cornering

grip through the use of Dual

Compound Technology + (2CT+) on

the rear and Dual Compound

Technology (2CT) on the front.

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Bike Tyre Warehouse turns 5!

Specials for the birthday Month: For the Bike Tyre Warehouse

5th Birthday bash, the guys are offering amazing specials on

all brands. With 6 BTW store’s around the country, Bike Tyre

Warehouse will be running crazy deals on all premium brands for

the whole month. Lucky draws for tyres, helmets & all sorts of

tyre related accessories plus FREE gifts from the brands when

buying combo’s.

BTW 202 KM Family Cannon Ball Fun Run – Friday 24th Sept

Public Holiday ( Braai Day):

A Charity ride to raise funds for safety vests for our delivery bike

riders who, throughout all the lock downs, curfews, weather

and risk of contracting COVID 19 have delivered everything

from medicines, groceries, online orders, takeaways etc. to

the residents of Gauteng whilst they have been holed up in the

safety of their homes.

Phase 2 of this drive is a joint initiative between Dunlop SA &

Bike Tyre Warehouse to supply reflective safety stickers for

delivery boxes and reflective Bibs to the delivery guys.

“A yellow reflective Bib & bin, will reduce and prevent the

number of accidents.” Says Bruce de Kok.

So definitely a worthwhile cause and event to take part in.

The event will start at 7am for all the early risers with the last

entry leaving the starting point at 12 midday.

Start off at the Bike Tyre Warehouse West Rand store

(Wilgeheuwel) and ride through to the new BTW Pretoria store in

Silverlakes.

UNBEATABLE

VALUE ON

TOP TYRE BRANDS!

Then it’s on to the East Rand store (Jet Park). From there, its off

to Diosa Del Amor a 5 star restaurant in Meredale, with the finish

line at the OutPost in Krugersdorp, where the braai’s & live music

will be in full swing.

Entrants will receive a discounted braai pack so you can cook on

one of the many braai’s available at your leisure.

Any one buying a combo at any BTW store between the 1st &

23rd September will get given their entry BIB for free & BTW will

donate a BIB.

Entries on the day will pay R30 per bib for the charity.

Get your bib stamped at all the check points i.e. all the BTW

stores & Diosa and you’ll will receive a 10% discount voucher

which can be redeemed at any BTW store between Monday

26th & Saturday 2nd October 21. Every entrant goes into the

draw for a R5000 voucher redeemable at any BTW store with no

expiry date as well as tyre accessory hampers & booby prizes

for unforeseen funnies happening throughout the day along the

routes. Winners and ad hoc riders will be featured in Dirt & Trail

and Ride Fast magazines & Motorider World webazine.

There will be a R5000 cash prize for the biggest motorcycle

club entry (every biker club entering must be in colours to be

included in the club competition). Any bike club willing to buy

a bulk pack 20 x BIB’s towards the charity at a cost of R400

will be appreciated & their logo will be put in the event section

of all the industry magazines, Motorcycle dealerships willing

to enter teams to show off their latest bikes who purchase a

20 x BIB pack for R400 will be allowed to put up a stand and

show off their latest motorcycles at the finish at The Out Post in

Krugersdorp.

More info: Bruce de Kock at the BTW Head Office 073 777

9269 or email bruce@biketyrewarehouse.com

This is a worthy cause & as always lets show Gauteng residents

what bikers are about & that is “We take care of our own”.

New Pretoria Store

GRAND OPENING!

SEPTEMBER 4 th 2021

Join us as Bike Tyre Warehouse opens the doors of our 6th branch in

Silverlake’s Pretoria. It’s also the Bike Tyre Warehouse Group’s

5th Year Birthday Bash with

giveaway prizes and

incredible monthly

Tyre Combo Specials from

1st - 31st September.

Pop in on the 4th and grab

a boere roll and a drink and

meet Byron, Fernando and

Sam, the team behind the

Pretoria branch.

Due to the Crazy Deals the

team will be selling tyre

vouchers on the day but

fitments will only be

done from Monday

6th September.

Visit us at: Shop 9, Fountains Adventure Centre, Cnr. Solomon Mahlangu Dr.

& Bendeman Blvd, Silverlake’s, Pretoria.

Info :Byron 082 938 0332 / 083 825 8138 or email pta@biketyrewarehouse.com

WWW.BIKETYREWAREHOUSE.COM


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0/55ZR17 (73W) 45233177

Sportmax Q4 Rear 180/55ZR17 (73W) 45233177

0/60ZR17 (75W) 45233131

180/60ZR17 (75W) 45233131

0/50ZR17 (73W)

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