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<strong>NOVEMBER</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />



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The new X.WED 2 comes in more Shell sizes: 3 shell and 4 EPS liner<br />

sizes fit options combine more compact dimensions with outstanding fit<br />

and comfort.<br />

New Emergency Strap System: built into each cheek pad, the new<br />

Emergency Strap System V2 was a re-thinking to allow easier and gentle<br />

access to an injured rider’s head by the trained medical personnel.<br />

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After a great ride, Jim and Clark are sitting at the bar bench racing getting progressively<br />

drunker.<br />

After ordering one more beer, Clark turns to Jim and says: “How about a competition?”<br />

Jim says: “Alright, what is it?” Clark downs his fresh beer and says:<br />

“First one to race across the parking lot and jump clear over my bakkie gets drinks<br />

from the loser for a month.” Jim thinks about it for a second, looks over at Clark, who is<br />

clearly drunker than him, and smugly says: “All right, you’re on.”<br />

The two men head out into the parking lot and line up at the furthest end. On the word<br />

“go” they take off running. They’re neck and neck until the truck, where they both jump.<br />

Clark easily clears it, jumping incredibly high.<br />

Jim slams straight into the side of it, hits his head and gets knocked out.<br />

The wife walks outside, shaking her head, looks at Clark and says: “You know what<br />

Superman? You’re a real Knob when you’re drunk.”<br />

Have a great riding month!<br />



Glenn Foley<br />

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KMSA’s Bikewise division now<br />

official AGV importers and<br />

distributors.<br />

We heard rumours at the beginning of the year<br />

that Bikewise might be the new importers and<br />

distributors of AGV helmets. The brand was well<br />

supported by Motana many years ago and then<br />

all went a little bit quiet with the next importer<br />

taking over. Bikewise is known for growing<br />

brands in South Africa with excellent stock<br />

holding, fair pricing and proper aftersales service<br />

and fortunately for the AGV brand they saw its<br />

potential and made a bid for it and got it. We do<br />

foresee AGV being a force to reckoned with in the<br />

motorcycle industry again in the very near future.<br />

For more information or to find your nearest<br />

stockist 011 566 0333 or email wyatt@kmsa.co.za<br />

New Race Technician joins<br />

Husqvarna SA<br />

We all know that this is a dynamic<br />

company that recognises and<br />

nurtures young talent. Recently a<br />

vacancy became available for a Race<br />

Mechanic/Technician and had this to<br />

say:<br />

“Husqvarna motorcycles wishes to<br />

welcome Junior “Pritchard” Ngwenya<br />

onboard as our esteemed race<br />

technician.<br />

Junior has been working within the<br />

dealer network for the past 15 years<br />

and has come on board as the official<br />

race technician for the Rockstar<br />

Energy Husqvarna race team. His<br />

experience is second to none and his<br />

attention to detail is something we,<br />

as a company, appreciate beyond<br />

measure. We look forward to sharing<br />

many championships with Junior at<br />

the helm of the technical side of our<br />

race machines.”<br />

Print! Adventure Tank Pads…<br />

The Guys from Trickbitz have just unpacks a<br />

selection of tank pads specifically designed to<br />

fit most ADV models. Your tank is vulnerable<br />

to all kinds of scratches and bumps – a tank<br />

pad is always a good idea. Great designs –<br />

and they seem to be good, affordable quality.<br />

www.trickbitz.co.za for your nearest stockist.

SHIFT<br />


KTM 300 EXC TPI 2022<br />

The KTM 300 EXC TPI is one of the most recognized names at the sharp end<br />

of hard enduro. With a bulletproof, fuel-injected 2-stroke engine churning out<br />

masses of low-down torque and top-end fury, it‘s the ideal companion when<br />

tackling difficult terrain. FIND OUT MORE AT WWW.KTM.COM<br />

Please make no attempt to imitate the illustrated riding scenes, always wear protective clothing and observe the<br />

applicable provisions of the road traffic regulations! The illustrated vehicles may vary in selected details from the<br />

production models and some illustrations feature optional equipment available at additional cost.<br />

Photo: R. Schedl / KISKA GmbH


cases and top box:<br />

Stash your stuff: We all like our bikes to be multifunctional<br />

and look good at the same time and the<br />

GIVI TREKKER Outback series is properly functional<br />

and looks fantastic too. The full-aluminium square<br />

structure with natural finish echoes the typical<br />

“Adventure” design of the OUTBACK luggage series<br />

from GIVI.<br />

The contrasting angular profiles and bumpers in<br />

black techno-polymer add to the style. The top<br />

case attaches to the motorcycle using a Monokey<br />

plate and is able to comfortably hold 2 modular or<br />

full-face helmets in the top case. It also offers the<br />

possibility to attach objects or other bags on top<br />

of the lid, thanks to the 4 upper strap loops. The<br />

Trekker Outback side-case, with aluminium structure<br />

and inner profiled aluminium reinforcements is also<br />

equipped with the Cam-Side fitting system in diecast<br />

aluminium and inserts in reinforced<br />

techno-polymer and are available to purchase as a<br />

pair of side-cases, (one on the left and one on the<br />

right), supplied with matching lock cylinders plus<br />

a third matching lock cylinder to be mounted in a<br />

suitable separate top-case. The recommended retail<br />

on the 42lt Top Case is available from R7 500 and<br />

the 37lt side cases at R14 000 per set including VAT<br />

and the fitting brackets are sold separately.<br />

www.dmd.co.za for stockists..<br />

Bike Tyre Warehouse Cape Town<br />

BTW really is a force to be reckoned with, with<br />

a passionate and driven Boss Man moving and<br />

adapting as and when the market requires. They<br />

opened a store in Cape Town about a year ago or<br />

so and have really being making waves down there.<br />

Recently BTW Cape Town moved to Montague<br />

Gardens to be able to better service the market in<br />

the Cape. The new franchise store owner Dana is a<br />

passionate biker who has relocated from JHB to CT<br />

for the sole purpose of ensuring the growth of the<br />

BTW brand in the Western Cape. They are situated<br />

on the corner of Freedom and Montague Drive Unit<br />

B2A, Spearhead Business Park, Montague Gardens,<br />

Cape Town, 7441 and you can contact Dana on<br />

072 820 4990 or email him at<br />

cpt@biketyrewarehouse.com<br />

Photos: R. Schedl, H. Mitterbauer husqvarna-motorcycles.com<br />

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

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

Photos: R. Schedl, H. Mitterbauer husqvarna-motorcycles.com<br />

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

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

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WORX introduces the Slammer.<br />

The most innovative Brushless Hammer Drill since<br />

the invention of the cordless drill., this his new<br />

arrival drills into wood, metal, plastic, masonry, and<br />

concrete… Which probably means that you can fix a<br />

Harley with it.<br />

Called the Slammerfor a good reason, they say that<br />

this powerful 20-volt cordless hammer drill will get<br />

more done, easier, and faster. The brushless motor<br />

technology delivers 50 percent longer runtime, 25<br />

percent more power and 10X longer motor lifetime.<br />

A variable 2-speed design covers a wide range of<br />

drilling, fastening and hammer drilling applications,<br />

the fitted LED light is great for dark areas with a<br />

handy 20 sec LED delay after the trigger is released.<br />

The Expandable Power 20V battery is<br />

interchangeable with other WORX tools the only<br />

cordless tool platform that uses the same battery<br />

to power their 20V and 40V tools. To view the full<br />

range of WORX products, and view the videos go<br />

to www.worxtools.co.za, WORX is a leading brand<br />

at Vermont Sales and is available from all leading<br />

outlets countrywide, for more information contact,<br />

Vermont Sales on 011 314 7711 or visit their web<br />

site www.vermontsales.co.za Trade enquiries<br />

welcome<br />

Get all your Pro-X and All Balls<br />

products from GAME SERVICES…<br />

The store that has absolutely everything and the<br />

kitchen also stocks just about everything in the<br />

Pro-X catalogue.<br />

All the fuelling system parts from air filters, main<br />

jets, pilot jets to carburettor rebuild kits and<br />

throttle cables. All the clutch bits and pieces<br />

as well, baskets, spring kits, gaskets, master<br />

cylinder rebuild kits, friction plates, clutch plates.<br />

Also in stock are wheel bearing kits, spacer<br />

kits, steering bearings and etc. But wait! There<br />

is more – chains, sprockets, sprocket bolt sets,<br />

ultra-light sprockets, counter shaft seals, chain<br />

rollers, suspension bearing kits and parts, brake<br />

discs, brake pads, brake calliper rebuild kits,<br />

master cylinder rebuild kits. And you thought<br />

Pro-X only did pistons, rings, cylinder sleeves,<br />

crankshafts, con rods, big ends, pins, clips and<br />

all sorts of engines seals and gaskets. Well, as<br />

we said, Game Services stocks just about the<br />

whole range for the popular models and even for<br />

some of the unpopular ones and you know the<br />

price will be right.<br />

Then, just to make sure they really have you<br />

covered as the best stocked one stop shop<br />

they also stock a full range of ‘All Balls Racing’<br />

equipment as well. Whether you ride on or off<br />

road, ATV’s or Utv’s All Balls has you covered<br />

with the parts you need to handle any abuse<br />

you can dish out. Clutch, throttle and brake<br />

cable assemblies, wheel bearing and seal kits,<br />

countershaft rebuild kits, tapered bearing kits,<br />

chain rollers, rear shock seal assemblies, fork<br />

bushing kits, including new street kits added<br />

to the range, fork and dust seal kits, swing arm<br />

repair kits, rear shock bearing kits, rear wheel<br />

bearing upgrade kits, rear brake pedal clevis and<br />

pivot repair kits, master cylinder with new KTM<br />

piston, diff bearing and seal kits, master cylinder<br />

kits for road and off road, brake drum seals, ball<br />

joints, Showa front strut upper ball joint, tie rod<br />

end kits, tie rod upgrade kits, rack and pinion<br />

end kits, front A-arm repair kits, independent rear<br />

suspension repair kits, centre support bearing,<br />

A-Arm upgrade kits, sport ATV rear carrier<br />

bearing upgrade kits and so much more.<br />

Give them a call on 011 425 1081, or drop<br />

them a mail on G124@mweb.co.za or get your<br />

shopping trolley and wander around the shop at<br />

No.4 fifth avenue, Northmead, Benoni out on the<br />

East Rand… where you don’t even need to wear<br />


413 RACING now SHERCO dealer<br />

Utrecht… Anybody know where that is? Well, it is<br />

really a sleepy little village in north western KZN,<br />

with a population of about 32,000 people and the<br />

closest town of any consequence is Newcastle,<br />

about 50 kays up the drag. Yet, sleepy as it may<br />

appear there is a new force in the motorcycle<br />

dealer network growing from strength to strength<br />

on a daily basis. We first met serious go-getter<br />

Derrick Solms almost 10 years ago, freshly<br />

degreed out of Varsity and managing the family’s<br />

Shell filling station in Utrecht… seriously, we<br />

didn’t even know they new what petrol was.<br />

Young Derrick and his brother have a deep rooted<br />

passion for bikes, particularly dirt bikes and often<br />

had them parked on the forecourt outside the<br />

shop. And they attracted attention, especially<br />

from other riders who would often stop in late on<br />

a Saturday evening or early on a Sunday morning<br />

desperately hoping to find a tube, some 2T oil,<br />

grips, tyres, chains, gloves and even on occasion<br />

a helmet or two all stuff that they had forgotten<br />

at home in their excitement to go riding in this<br />

mind bending beautiful part of our country and<br />

being the good lads they are tried to help as best<br />

they could from their own personal stash. Derrick<br />

saw an opportunity here and started stocking a<br />

few small bits and bobs and as their reputation<br />

for great service and excellent pricing grew…<br />

and their unusually convenient business hours so<br />

did their client base and their stock. From being<br />

tucked away in the corner, behind the chocolates<br />

and chips and cokes, to front and centre of the<br />

store and now taking over the building next door<br />

to the shop. In the interim they started getting<br />

request for motorcycles and eventually started<br />

buying and selling a couple of used bikes here<br />

and there, then started getting requests for new<br />

bikes which they managed to source from dealers<br />

around the country, often at very little to no profit<br />

and relying on the customer bringing it back to<br />

their workshop for servicing and/or repairs and<br />

spending a bit of ammo in the shop. This has<br />

worked so well that they have now grown into a<br />

full blown dealership for SHERCO, a brand that<br />

is really starting to take off in this country as you<br />

will have read about in the last couple of issues<br />

of this fine magazine. Just goes to show, hard<br />

work, determination and ignoring the ‘Nay sayers’<br />

really does pay off. If you’re in that sort of area<br />

pop at the only Shell filling station in Utrecht for a<br />

visit. They also have a huge and well supported<br />

online store with a PUDO locker in the forecourt<br />

to sort out the deliveries countrywide on things<br />

that fit into a courier locker, bikes don’t but<br />

they do arrange delivery via other transporters<br />

for those countrywide as well. Go check out<br />

www.413racing.co.za or drop Derrick an email at<br />

derrick@413racing.co.za or call him on<br />

083 793 7430

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A quick whistle stop visit at some of “The<br />

Bom’s” movers and shakers<br />

We recently had opportunity to swing through<br />

Rudamans Yamaha<br />

Robin Flores and his dedicated and passionate<br />

team run a tight ship doing all things Yamaha.<br />

Bikes, marine, golf carts power products with a<br />

well-stocked showroom and parts department<br />

with a professional workshop. They share space<br />

Nelspruit or Mbombela in the new language and<br />

popped our head in at a couple of dealers for a<br />

quick, “Howzit”.<br />

with the rest of the Rudamans group and have a<br />

whole bunch of really cool stuff from tractors to<br />

chain saws. A real Aladdin’s Cave for the hairy<br />

chested better half in your life. Visit them at 4<br />

Tranquil Flow Street, Riverside Park or make<br />

contact via telephone or email on (013) 753 3631<br />

and info@rudamans.co.za<br />

B<br />

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KTM, Honda Wing and Suzuki<br />

Nelspruit<br />

Hennie and Mandla are the friendly faces as you<br />

walk in the door to the multi franchise, quick with<br />

a smile and even quicker on the service. They<br />

are the official agents for KTM, Honda Wing and<br />

Suzuki Motorcycle in Nelspruit. Hennie mainly<br />

looks after the motorcycle sales side with Mandla<br />

taking care of the parts, but they do cross<br />

pollinate and help each other out. Eric, who<br />

was on leave the day we visited is your friendly<br />

giant in the workshop. Well known and hugely<br />

knowledgeable, Eric has worked on most brands.<br />

Give then a shout on 013 753-7324 for sales or<br />

013 753-7324 for service department or 013 753-<br />

7324 for parts.<br />




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Dream Machines<br />

This thriving family business of Christo, JoAnne<br />

and son Zander were formerly Nelspruit ATV.<br />

They are still Kawasaki and SYM dealers in<br />

their new venture, with Christo running the<br />

workshop, JoAnne on parts, admin and day to<br />

day management of the shop and Zander looking<br />

after the sales side. You can expect the same<br />

friendly and efficient service this family is well<br />

known for with a good range of new and used<br />

bikes in stock and a well stock parts department.<br />

You can visit them at 44 Waterfall avenue,<br />

Lowveld Lifestyle Centre, Riverside Industrial<br />

in Nelspruit or call them on 013 752 2282 or<br />

072 321 7237<br />

Pitlane<br />

The only really well stocked accessory store<br />

and fitment centre in the area that we know of.<br />

Run by Robere with the assistance of his side<br />

kick Zac and Mom looking after the admin and<br />

the daily runnings of the shop, you will find just<br />

about everything you could ever need, want or<br />

lust after. Tyres, helmets, chains and sprockets,<br />

brake pads, kit, boots, jackets, oil filters and oil…<br />

you name it they have by the dozens. Visit them<br />

at 1 Plankie street, Mbombela or call them on<br />

013 755 2127 or 082 802 5290

Answers AR1 entry level Helmets<br />

and Goggles arrive:<br />

The Answer Racing AR-1 helmet passes two<br />

of the toughest safety standards by exceeding<br />

D.O.T. and ECE It has a dual-density EPS liner<br />

helps to absorb both large and small impacts<br />

while a highly developed ventilation system<br />

consisting of two large intake ports and four<br />

large exhaust ports help keep you cool in the<br />

hottest conditions.<br />

• Meets or exceeds both ECE 22-05 and<br />

D.O.T. FMVSS 218 safety standards<br />

• Shell made of injection molded<br />

Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)<br />

• Sculptured, dual-density, EPS impact<br />

absorbing liner<br />

• Removable/washable liner is made with<br />

moisture wicking fabrics<br />

• Flexible rubber nosepiece helps deflect<br />

roost<br />

• Two large front air intakes and four rear<br />

exhaust vents help keep you cool<br />

• Weighs 3.15 lbs / 1428 grams (size<br />

large)<br />

Available at dealers priced from R2200.00<br />

www.dmd.co.za for your nearest stockist.<br />

Apex 1 and Apex 3 Answer<br />

Goggles to match…<br />

The latest range of Answer goggles have<br />

just been unpacked. Apex 1 are the<br />

budget line and include features like:<br />

• Lightweight and durable<br />

polyerethane frame<br />

• Large frame design with<br />

engineered nose bridge allows for<br />

increased field of viewSilicone gripper on<br />

strap<br />

• Compatible with glasses<br />

• Anti-fog, anti-scratch lens<br />

• 40mm strap<br />

The Apex 3’s are higher spec<br />

and a lot more upmarket.<br />

Three layer foam seals out dust and<br />

absorbs sweat, and a replacement clear<br />

lens comes with each goggle for those<br />

low-light conditions. Lightweight and<br />

durable polyurethane frame<br />

• Large frame design with<br />

engineered nose bridge allows<br />

• For increased field of view<br />

• Compatible with glasses<br />

• Anti-scratch, anti-fog mirrored<br />

lens<br />

• 40mm strap<br />

• 3 layer foam<br />

• Integrated nose guard<br />

• Silicone gripper on strap<br />

• Replacement clear lens included<br />

www.dmd.co.za for your stockist.

News from the Mother City<br />

Our Lady in the Cape has been very busy<br />

running around to events, visiting dealers and<br />

just making sure everybody get fair recognition in<br />

our magazines.<br />

Bikes Infinity<br />

Owner and Founder of Bikes Infinity is Kallie<br />

Botes. His love for motorcycles started at the<br />

age of 14 when he got onto his first bike. His love<br />

for the biking industry and community grew the<br />

more he rode and experienced life on a bike. By<br />

the end of 2003 Kallie joined Harley-Davidson<br />

as a sales person and by 2020 he has climbed<br />

through the ranks to General Manager. At the<br />

beginning of <strong>2021</strong>, Kallie was ready to pursue<br />

his own dream to offer like-minded motorcycle<br />

enthusiasts with quality used motorcycles,<br />

exceptional customer service and sharing his<br />

vast knowledge base with the biking community<br />

and industry.<br />

At Bikes Infinity, their customers come first and<br />

they pride themselves on making sure their<br />

customers find exactly what they are looking for,<br />

from advice to ideas, or special requirements<br />

they are happy to help. Offering a variety of<br />

motorcycle brands on their showroom floor and<br />

parts department. Whether you are looking for<br />

an upgrade or ready to sell, BIKES INFINITY<br />

in partnership with TWINZ MOTORCYCLES is<br />

your one-stop-shop for all things two-wheeled!<br />

Nicol, owner of TWINZ Motorcycles has been in<br />

the trade for 22 years and is a qualified Master<br />

Technician with a huge passion for motorcycles.<br />

Twinz Motorcycles specializes in American<br />

V-Twins and most Dual Sport Motorcycles, from<br />

basic to major services, tyres and custom build<br />

requirements. Two specialists in their field with<br />

a great synergy under one roof working to offer<br />

the best service possible to the motorcycling<br />

community. For sales and etc call Kallie Botes<br />

on 082 5533539 and for competitive pricing on<br />

anything workshop related call Nicol Basson<br />

on 074 484 4777 or visit them at No 8 & No.10<br />

Brackenfell Business Park, c/o Old Paarl and<br />

Chrome Street, Brackenfell 7560 and you can<br />

check out their respective websites at www.<br />

bikesinfinity.co.za and www.twinzmotorcycles.<br />

co.za<br />

Tierhoek Time Trial<br />

Harry Sandell from the Tierhoek Enduro<br />

Compound, being a keen Hard Enduro rider,<br />

is determined to push the sport in the Western<br />

Cape. His family farm is ideally suited as it is<br />

situated up in the Piekenierskloof, close to<br />

Citrusdal. The terrain is rocky and mountainous,<br />

with challenging kloofs and, with sufficient rain –<br />

murderous mud sections. This is a venue which<br />

the Cape really needs to allow Hard Enduro<br />

riders to gain experience within a reasonable<br />

driving distance of the main centres.<br />

After the success of hosting the CSMX Enduro<br />

Series Round 3 on 28 August <strong>2021</strong>, Harry was<br />

determined to push the limits and planned a<br />

Time Trial event which ran on 9 October on the<br />

farm. With assistance from his friend, Jack van<br />

Essen, Gold, Silver and Bronze loops were set<br />

out to really showcase the riding that Tierhoek<br />

offers to participants.<br />

Over 30 riders took part on the day. The routes<br />

were loaded onto GPS to enable the riders to<br />

keep to their loop as laid out by the track setters.<br />

With the first lap being timed, the riders could<br />

then try out another loop on completion if they<br />

so wished – Gold riding any loop; Silver riding<br />

Bronze ... I am not sure if any Bronze riders were<br />

brave enough to tackle the tougher ones!<br />

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Much like Helmets, all riders gear<br />

in SA might need CE approval<br />

(Homologation) soon…<br />

Motorcycle protective rider gear has become<br />

a lot safer over the years since Europe<br />

introduced a CE legal standard for motorcycle<br />

clothing, known as EN13595, in 1994. It<br />

was originally designed as a standard for<br />

professional racers, but now any motorcycle<br />

clothing that does not meet the standard<br />

cannot be sold as ‘protective’ wear in Europe.<br />

This CE standard (Conformité Européene or<br />

European Conformity) is now used throughout<br />

most of the world. If you are confused with the<br />

various labels, CE markings, standards and<br />

information about impact protection, doublestitched<br />

seams, and abrasion testing, read on.<br />

CE markings and regulations:<br />

When buying protective motorcycle clothing,<br />

it is important to know whether the garments<br />

you are considering are produced to at least a<br />

minimum CE standard.<br />

A label should have a CE marking permanently<br />

attached to the garment.<br />

What do CE standards mean?<br />

If a product bears any type of CE marking, this<br />

means its manufacturer has constructed this<br />

garment to an applicable standard of safety<br />

and protection legislation.<br />

This means the product is made to at least a<br />

particular level of quality for the consumer’s<br />

reassurance.<br />

In 1995, Cambridge University played a big<br />

part in the development of CE marking, which<br />

aided an increase of knowledge for anticipated<br />

CE personal protective clothing regulations.<br />

CE tested, certified or approved?<br />

There is a huge difference between the<br />

terms “CE Tested”, “CE Certified”, and “CE<br />

Approved”:<br />

CE Tested: The term normally implies that the<br />

manufacturer tested the whole or just a piece<br />

of a garment within their own facility that might<br />

meet certain standards. However, the garment<br />

is not necessarily tested in a certified testing<br />

facility to meet officially accredited standards.<br />

CE Certified: This term is more secure, as<br />

it states that the garment samples were tested<br />

in certified testing facilities. In this case, you<br />

need to find out which part of a garment was<br />

tested.<br />

CE Approved: This term means several parts<br />

of a garment were tested in certified facilities<br />

and are accredited to meet or surpass the<br />

required standards in all zones.<br />

Garment testing zones<br />

The certification test EN13595 uses two test<br />

levels, with the body divided into four zones.<br />

Zone 1: Must-have impact protectors and<br />

needs to last 4 seconds on the Cambridge

Abrasion Machine to meet Level 1 protection,<br />

and 7 seconds to meet Level 2.<br />

Zone 2: Must-have impact protectors and<br />

needs to last 4 seconds on the Cambridge<br />

Abrasion Machine to meet Level 1 protection,<br />

and 7 seconds to meet Level 2.<br />

Zone 3: Requires 1.8seconds for Level 1 and<br />

2.5 for level 2.<br />

Zone 4: Can be used for ventilation and stretch<br />

panels, but must still last 1 second on the<br />

abrasion rig for Level 1, and 1.5 seconds for<br />

Level 2.<br />

Usually, you will see A, B or C letters on a label<br />

that indicates garments classification.<br />

Classification AAA:The highest level,<br />

demanding four seconds of abrasion resistance<br />

with the machine spinning at 707.4rpm (the<br />

equivalent of 120km/h) in Zone 1, two seconds<br />

at 442.1rpm (about 75km/h) in Zone 2 and one<br />

second at 265rpm (around 45km/h) in Zone 3.<br />

Classification AA: More suited to touring<br />

gear, this specifies two seconds in Zone 1<br />

at 412.6rpm (about 70km/h), one second<br />

at 265.3rpm in Zone 2 and 0.5 seconds at<br />

147.4rpm (the equivalent of around 25kmh) in<br />

Zone 3.<br />

Classification A: Deemed suitable for urban<br />

riding, with Zone 1 requiring one second of<br />

abrasion resistance at 265.3rpm and half a<br />

second at 147.4rpm in Zone 2.<br />

Classification B: Same as A, but impact<br />

protectors are not required.<br />

Classification C: Covers garments such as the<br />

mesh under-suits that have impact protection<br />

for off-road riding.<br />

Samples are taken from each zone to be tested<br />

for seam strength and abrasion resistance.<br />

A company using the same materials and<br />

construction methods in two or more jackets,<br />

for example, could meet approval with one test,<br />

so long as the tested parts are put together<br />

in a tested way within the tested zones,<br />

and subsequent garments are added to the<br />

certificate.<br />

Once these materials and construction methods<br />

are approved, they cannot be changed, and that<br />

includes the specific supplier of the material.<br />

Is this going to make bike kit more expensive?<br />

Potentially, it could have done, and many<br />

brands will have seen costs increase. For a<br />

start, everything has to be tested and certified,<br />

but also, compared to the testing fees that<br />

those companies already making products to<br />

EN 13595 have paid, the new testing process<br />

could have cost as much as three times more;<br />

however, competition in the marketplace among<br />

test houses has kept a check on fees. Also:<br />

In SA, if we get homologation on riders gear<br />

specific to motorcycle use it may lead to a<br />

relaxation of import duties, which should lead to<br />

lower costs.<br />

Watch this space…

Motul Roof Of Africa News <strong>2021</strong><br />

This year’s Roof is almost upon us (24 – 28<br />

November <strong>2021</strong>) , and organisers are putting the<br />

finishing touches to what will be a very welcome<br />

return for one of Africa’s most iconic Hard<br />

Enduro events.<br />

The buzz around the return of the Motul<br />

Roof of Africa – after only its second-ever<br />

postponement – can be judged by the fact that<br />

over 400 entries have already been received<br />

for this year’s event. Alongside the established<br />

Gold, Silver and Bronze Classes, a new Iron<br />

Class has been added to give ‘weekend<br />

warriors’ the chance to experience the<br />

mountains of Lesotho from the saddle.<br />

As the event approaches, organisers Live<br />

Lesotho have further refined the format to<br />

achieve a perfect balance between challenging<br />

elements and striving to ensure the safety of<br />

riders and their support crews. This will see<br />

each rider limited to just five support crew<br />

members.<br />

The format this year will be similar to 2019,<br />

but with the notable exception of the EnduroX<br />

component.<br />

This decision was taken by Live Lesotho in an<br />

effort to avoid mass gatherings while COVID-19<br />

is still a consideration.<br />

On Wednesday 24 November, riders will need<br />

to go through the required documentation and<br />

scrutineering sessions. The process will take<br />

place at the Avani Lesotho Hotel & Casino (top<br />

hotel) and will be streamlined to facilitate social<br />

distancing – without being in any way less<br />

rigorous.<br />

On Thursday 25 November, the program will run<br />

as follows:<br />

o Round the Houses through the streets of<br />

Maseru<br />

o Followed by a Time Trial at Thaba Bosiu, for<br />

all classes<br />

Friday 26 and Saturday 27 November, will be<br />

Race Day 1 and 2 respectively, and the start/<br />

finish will be a Thaba Bosiu, headquarters for<br />

the event.<br />

“This year’s Motul Roof of Africa will be the<br />

result of two years’ planning and plotting new<br />

routes, so we’re certain that riders will feel<br />

it was worth the wait,” commented Charan<br />

Moore, Motul Roof of Africa Route Director and<br />

Manager of Live Lesotho. “We can confidently<br />

promise both Roof rookies and returning riders a<br />

rewarding, challenging course – something they<br />

will never forget,” he added.

Speaking of returning riders, this year’s field<br />

will be headed by defending Roof champion<br />

Wade Young of the Sherco Racing Factory<br />

Motul Team. When he lines up at the start of<br />

the Mother of Hard Enduro, Young will be hot<br />

off the international circuit – he’s reportedly<br />

delighted to have the chance to try and<br />

retain his crown in the face of stiff Gold Class<br />

competition from the likes of Travis Teasdale<br />

(Trax GasGas), Brett Swanepoel (Rockstar<br />

Energy Husqvarna), Matt Green (Matthew<br />

Green Racing), Luke Walker (McLarens bLU<br />

cRU Yamaha), Kerim Fitzgerald (Red Bull<br />

KTM) and Heinrich Aust (Rockstar Energy<br />

Husqvarna). Kirsten Landman (Brother<br />

Leadertread KTM) will be tackling the Gold<br />

Class as training for next year’s Dakar Rally.<br />

Confirmed participants in other classes<br />

include riders from the Netherlands, Germany,<br />

Australia, Egypt, Malawi, Botswana, Namibia<br />

and Swaziland, as well as a strong showing of<br />

Basotho riders. The Roof is therefore providing<br />

a welcome boost to a local tourism sector that<br />

has been hard hit by the pandemic.<br />

To make life a little easier for competitors,<br />

Motul will be sponsoring the Bike Wash facility<br />

in partnership with Eco Tanks and Goscor<br />

Power Products, with Craig Kruger and his<br />

team providing facility management. While<br />

motorcycle manufacturers will endeavour to<br />

support teams and individual competitors<br />

during the event in ways that are aligned with<br />

COVID protocols.<br />

“We are very much looking forward to<br />

reconnecting with our friends in the Enduro<br />

community – whilst still respecting social<br />

distance guidelines,” commented Mercia<br />

Jansen, Motul Area Manager for Southern and<br />

Eastern Africa. “Last year’s postponement<br />

left a gap in our diaries, so we’re especially<br />

looking forward to returning to Lesotho and<br />

the Maloti Mountains,” she added.<br />

Lesotho’s management of COVID-19 has led<br />

to borders being re-opened for tourists (and<br />

riders). Only one negative PCR test is required<br />

for entry into Lesotho, and this must be within<br />

72 hours of crossing the border. This negative<br />

result is then valid for 14 days, meaning that<br />

no second test is required within Lesotho.<br />

Rapid tests are available at the border, but<br />

this needs to be repeated on exit. Lesotho<br />

has also implemented drive-though border<br />

formalities, although South Africa has yet to<br />

follow suit.<br />

The hard work of all stakeholders, including<br />

sponsors and the Lesotho Government has<br />

contributed significantly to the excitement that<br />

is building around the Motul Roof of Africa<br />

<strong>2021</strong>. For more information about this year’s<br />

Roof, including the COVID-19 measures that<br />

will be in place, visit the official Motul Roof of<br />

Africa Facebook page.<br />

For further information and to enter the event,<br />

visit the official Motul Roof of Africa<br />

website: www.roofofafrica.co.ls

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Despite the fact that COVID has interrupted play for two years running,<br />

the Guys from Quads 4 Quads found a cause, raised the funds and<br />

managed to help a man in need.<br />

They got a call from Al Your Pal from Mix FM for help. A mate of his was<br />

involved in a car accident and he needed a special wheelchair and a<br />

hoist so that his elderly parents could get him a bit mobile. A quick call<br />

to QASA and an estimate was received on the price of said equipment.<br />

Long story short a call went out to to The Adventure Company database<br />

- and the funds rolled in.<br />

Within an hour the target was exceeded, with donations of all shapes<br />

and sizes, which meant that Quads 4 Quads could also donate<br />

wheelchairs to the Sunfields home and then the change goes to QASA<br />

so that they can continue with their work with quadriplegics and<br />

paraplegics.<br />

CE Mobility has already been out to assess Nic - the goods will be<br />

delivered before this magazine hits shelves.<br />

Just a big thank you to all! Motorcyclists are the greatest people for sure!<br />

www.adventurecompany.co.za<br />

Here’s the story:<br />

Hi Guys,<br />

Back in the height of the first Covid lockdown, Nic (Little Boetie), lost his<br />

job due to the choking financial situation that proceeded.<br />

With this, he unfortunately did lose his ability to pay for his medical-aid<br />

scheme. Thankfully, as a family we were able to convince him that not<br />

having medical aid during these extremely risky times was not advisable<br />

and were able to help him out in maintaining an entry-level medical-aid<br />

scheme.<br />

As it turns out, this did come a lifeline after him being in an extremely<br />

nasty vehicle accident over Easter Weekend. After my parent phoning<br />

his mobile to enquire as to where he was, Heidelberg SAPS answered<br />

the phone and advised my parents of what had transpired, and that he<br />

had been air-lifted to Union Hospital in Alberton, after which we (the<br />

family) immediately all went to see how he was, seeing that SAPS were<br />

unable to furbish us with any idea of what the situation was.<br />

Upon getting to Union Hospital, we were greeted by a sweet lady that<br />

informed us of his condition, which was unfortunately extremely dire,<br />

and that he’d had a kidney removed to stabilize him.<br />

Over the next week, it was a nightmare every time the phone rang, and<br />

none wanted to answer in fear of having to hear what we might hear. The<br />

senior surgeon informed us that they are trying to save his gallbladder,<br />

but this may be inevitable.<br />

Unfortunately, the gallbladder had to be removed, as it was severely<br />

maimed, as was proving to be an obstacle in his survival. The next three<br />

weeks he was plagued by events of internal bleeding, and infections. At<br />

some point Nic had a fever of 42, and we were once again fearing the<br />


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worst, and was thereafter followed by his body going into renal<br />

failure.<br />

Thankfully things did start looking up, and the hospital started<br />

reducing his sedative intake to try and get him out of his<br />

induced coma. We all held our breath hoping for him to start<br />

coming around. Unfortunately, there were still some events<br />

where he was battling with fluid on the lungs, requiring the<br />

sedatives to being re-introduced.<br />

One big concern was the gaping hole in his sternum, which<br />

they kept open for if any quick access to his abdominal area<br />

was required. This was thankfully sorted out and covered with<br />

a skin-graft.<br />

Things then gradually moved along, and he did stabilize nicely,<br />

at which time the hospital locked down all visits due to Covid.<br />

This event happened just as he awoke, in fact within 3 to 4<br />

days of his eyes opening. This was an extremely trying time not<br />

being able to see him daily to try and help keep his spirits up,<br />

even though he could hear us, he was unable to speak due to<br />

the tubes.<br />

Finally, after the Covid lockdown, he was able to be transferred<br />

to the rehabilitation hospital to try and getting his muscles<br />

activated after 4.5 to 5 months of being totally immobile. All<br />

we can say is “THANK YOU” to Union Hospital for saving him<br />

that many times, they were brilliant, especially his two head<br />

surgeons, Dr. Plani, and Dr, Motilal.<br />

At this point in time, all our hopes were soaring, thankful that he<br />

was over the worst, and that we could see the light at the end<br />

of the tunnel. Truth be told this was purely just another entry to<br />

a time where, based on hospital requirements, we were able to<br />

see Nic even less, but this was obviously to keep everyone safe<br />

during the Covid pandemic.<br />

Thankfully that is now over, and Nic is back ARE home, WELCOME! and we’re<br />

all in awe. What his has however brought to light is his current<br />


requirements to rehabilitate Nic to try and get him back to<br />

being at the very least, self-reliant, specifically from a mobility<br />

perspective. We were fortunate to find a care-worker (Mavis)<br />

to assist Nic, at a manageable fee, which lives close to my<br />

parents. She is amazing, and helps them tremendously in<br />

getting him in and out of his temporary chair, and additionally<br />

helps him with physio exercises, which the hospital graciously<br />

helped skill her up with to assist Nic.<br />

The problems do however come to the fore, during the<br />

weekends, when the folks are home alone with Nic, as Mavis<br />

does have children, and quite rightfully needs time with them.<br />

Thus far Nic has been receiving sponge-baths, seeing that it is<br />

impossible for him to get lifted into the bath. Even though I’m<br />

only 50, the folks are 76 and 79, and are giving it their best, the<br />

process does become slightly daunting, but… he is fighting to<br />

get back on his legs like a trooper. Good for him!<br />

He will though still need to go and see a physio in Alberton,<br />

which is going to be something to see in action, and I’m sure<br />

that we’re finally seeing that light that people talk about.<br />

It’s a journey riddled with many tears of joy, Boetie is back.<br />

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you from our whole family.<br />

Regards<br />

Juno (His Boet)<br />


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National Enduro<br />

and National Offroad<br />

champs crowned…<br />

Its been a crazy season as far as racing goes in SA. A<br />

season that has been disrupted by covid and all sorts of<br />

things, but the Enduro and Off-Road championships have<br />

been decided for <strong>2021</strong>.<br />

Our cover star this month is Team Mclarens Racings Luke<br />

Walker who is the National E2 champion…<br />

In late 2018 Luke Walker a scrawny kid with an excellent pedigree<br />

joined Mclarens Racing.<br />

In <strong>2021</strong>, Luke raced the Yamaha YZ250X in the highly competitive<br />

E2 category for the MSA National championship and took<br />

the title.<br />

“Ended off the season on a high! <strong>2021</strong> National Enduro E2<br />

Champion.<br />

A lot of time and effort put in by a bunch of amazing people. I<br />

can’t thank you all enough for getting me here!”<br />

“Luke is an exceptional athlete who will richly reward McLarens<br />

Racing and the Yamaha brand,” says team owner Ian Mclaren.<br />

“I am stoked in the faith that Yamaha has shown in both me<br />

and my racing ability. I look forward to representing the Yamaha<br />

brand and its allied products in the future,” says Luke.<br />

He travelled to Creighton for the National Extreme and the National<br />

Enduro and placed third in the National Extreme Enduro<br />

and second in the National Enduro on his YZ250X.<br />

He was Crowned National Enduro Champion E2 for <strong>2021</strong>.<br />

He’s still in the running for the Extreme crown with the Heidelberg<br />

race coming up just after we went to print.<br />

Then it’s Roof Of Africa…<br />

All of this from a private team! Too flippen cool!

Brad Cox is your overall E1 and OR2 Champion<br />

Overall for Bradley Cox.<br />

The curtains of the National Enduro Championship have officially<br />

drawn to a close. The season couldn’t have ended better for<br />

Brother Leader Tread KTM who walked away with top honours<br />

as leading rider Bradley Cox stormed to the victory overall.<br />

The final event of the season took riders to Creighton, Kwazulu-Natal,<br />

where Cox had the home ground advantage. While the<br />

race was off to a shaky start by his own high standards, Cox held<br />

his composure to cross the finish line and officially snatch up the<br />

overall win that he had been waiting for.<br />

“The actual race this weekend was really tough for me – I was<br />

just so nervous and so much was at stake. After a shaky start, I<br />

managed to claw my way back to finish fourth for the day - I felt<br />

so relieved to cross that finish line! I’m excited about my future in<br />

Enduro and I plan to keep putting KTM on top!” said Cox.<br />

Having only started racing Enduro four years ago, Cox describes<br />

putting in tremendous work behind the scene to establish himself<br />

as a frontrunner in this sport. He added: “When I consider the<br />

fact that I only started Enduro four years ago, to achieve the<br />

overall win is really something special. It took a lot of hard work,<br />

but as I saw myself progressing over the years, I truly believed<br />

that the overall win was possible. Now I get to ride with the number<br />

one plate next year, which is unreal!”<br />

But wait! There’s more:<br />

SA National Cross Country Motorcycle Championship champions<br />

crowned .<br />

OR1 Michael Pentecost<br />

OR2 Brad Cox<br />

OR3 Davin Cocker<br />

Highschool Dylan Jones<br />

Senior Wade Blaauw<br />

Masters Greg Nairn<br />

Junior 85 Cobus Bester<br />

Cox takes SA Cross Country Championship in Eston…<br />

The <strong>2021</strong> South African Cross Country Motorcycle Championship<br />

came to a dramatic head at Virginia Trails, Eston on Saturday.<br />

Local trio, Michael Pentecost’s Kawasaki fended off Brett<br />

Swanepoel’s Husqvarna for the win as Bradley Cox wrapped up<br />

the overall title for KTM.<br />

Pentecost became the first double winner of the season as he<br />

wrapped up the OR1 title.<br />

Cox is OR2 champion, Davin Cocker OR3, Wade Blaauw Senior,<br />

Greg Nairn Masters and Dylan Jones took High School.<br />

The highlight of the day was without doubt the monumental<br />

battle for the lead between OR1 open class duo, Michael<br />

Pentecost’s CiT Franchise Company Kawasaki and Brett<br />

Swanepoel’s Rockstar Energy Drink Husqvarna.<br />

The lead changed several times through the day, but Pentecost<br />

emerged the winner from Swanepoel in the end.<br />

But it was third man Bradley Cox who emerged king with third<br />

overall easily enough for him to take the title on his OR2 Brother<br />

Leader Tread KTM.

Davin Cocker was fourth overall as he took the OR3<br />

win for Rockstar Husqvarna, albeit under pressure<br />

from KTM duo, OR2 runner up Gareth Cole and<br />

OR3 runner-up Haydn Cole.<br />

Cocker’s fourth place was also enough to nick<br />

the overall championship fourth from OR1 man,<br />

D’artagnan Lobjoit’s Pepson Plastics Motul<br />

Kawasaki.<br />

Pentecost and Swanepoel’s duel for overall and<br />

top class victory went right down to the wire. The<br />

fight for third in OR1 was also entertaining between<br />

Hayden Louw’s Sherco and Lobjoit’s Kawasaki, with<br />

Tyron Beverley’s Husqvarna and Luke McClelland’s<br />

KTM next home.<br />

Pentecost and Lobjoit ended first and third in the<br />

big class championship each side of Swanepoel in<br />

the green machines’ Cross Country return season.<br />

Bradley Cox made short work of OR2 as he<br />

stormed to third overall and the class win aboard<br />

his KTM and clinched both the overall and class<br />

championships. Cox won four of the five OR2 races<br />

and was second in the other, as Gareth Cole kept<br />

him reasonably busy on his KTM on KZN.<br />

Ian Rall’s MCA Dragon Husqvarna fended Kerim<br />

Fitzgerald’s Red Bull KTM off for third to seal<br />

the OR2 championship second from former<br />

motocrosser Fitzgerald.<br />

Davin Cocker competed his OR3 comeback fight<br />

with another win to take the title on his Rockstar<br />

Energy Drink Husqvarna. He had to fend Haydn<br />

Cole’s KTM off for second, as Cole vaulted from<br />

seventh to third in the class championship. Stefan<br />

van Deventer’s KTM ended third on the day from<br />

Scott Heygate, Cayden Purchase and Peter Karam’s<br />

KTMs, as Heygate secured second in the class<br />

championship.<br />

Wade Blaauw stormed to yet another Senior win on<br />

his Roost KTM.<br />

He remained unbeaten en route to the class<br />

title. Yamaha duo Dirk Olivier and Marco Cocci<br />

were second and third ahead of Pepson Motul<br />

Kawasaki wildcard Wyatt Avis, as Deon du Toit<br />

fought his Kawasaki home in 8th to clinch that title<br />

second. Greg Nairn won Masters to wrap up the<br />

championship for Husqvarna from his closest title<br />

rival Carel Mielies Le Roux’s Alfie Cox KTM and<br />

Martin Poole’s Husqvarna.<br />

John Botha took High School Virginia Trails honours<br />

by less than a minute on his Husqvarna with<br />

Branden Swanepoel less than a minute adrift on his<br />

Sherco. KTM trio, local wildcard, Ross Ramseyer,<br />

Rory Donaldson and Dylan Jones followed. Jones’<br />

fifth place was enough to clinch the <strong>2021</strong> SA Cross<br />

Country High School title by all of two points from<br />

John Botha, with Swanepoel another three adrift in<br />

the end.<br />

Cobus Bester wrapped up his 85cc Junior<br />

championship with a third win on the trot aboard his<br />

Husqvarna, beating title runner up Thomas Scales<br />

KTM and Murray Clark Husqvarna to second and<br />

third on the day. Championship third lad Brandon<br />

Smith KTM ended fourth on his. And Justin Rom’s<br />

Husqvarna took the 65cc Junior win from KTM duo<br />

Brad Apsotolidles and Macenzie Bam.<br />

Davin Cocker<br />

Wade Blaauw<br />

Mike Pentecost<br />

Cobus Bester<br />

FACTORY off-road

FACTORY off-road<br />

sx 50 factory edition

Rally<br />

du Maroc<br />

<strong>2021</strong> FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship...<br />

Honda’s Quintanilla wins Rally du Maroc.<br />

KTM’s Walkner crowned champ.<br />

Gas Gas Sanders on podium…<br />

<strong>2021</strong><br />

A full house of factory riders<br />

lined up in Morocco for <strong>2021</strong><br />

FIM Cross-Country Rallies World<br />

Championship round four, the<br />

Rally of Morocco – KTM, Honda,<br />

Husqvarna, Yamaha, Sherco and<br />

Hero Motosports’ official rally<br />

teams were out in force facing<br />

a serious challenge in the north<br />

African dunes in preparation for the<br />

2022 Dakar Rally.<br />

The Rally GP class at this week’s fourth round<br />

of the <strong>2021</strong> Cross-Country Rallies World<br />

Championship is about as good as you will<br />

see in any rally event outside the Dakar. With<br />

no shortage of injuries after Dakar <strong>2021</strong>, plus<br />

a few bike issues or riders simply not racing<br />

previous rounds, this hasn’t been the most<br />

competitive World Championship season.<br />

3 South Africa racers...<br />

Ross Branch was there representing Yamaha<br />

- and he was having a fantastic rally... until he<br />

suffered a problem with his rear wheel that put<br />

him out of contention.

Photo Credit: Marcin Kin

But in usual Rossi fashion he just grins and puts it down to<br />

“Experience gained for the big one. Dakar 22.”<br />

Bradley Cox who is under Ross wing in terms of learning about<br />

navigation and rally racing took on his first rally at the Rallye du<br />

Maroc riding a KTM 450 Rally Replica. He took the win in the<br />

final stage 5, putting him third overall, gaining a lot of knowledge<br />

to take into the Dakar. Amazing results and performance by<br />

Brad.<br />

“A perfect day today , the stage suited me really well and I<br />

ticked off all the boxes. P3 overall in Rally 2 also. So thankful for<br />

everyone that has helped me to get to the start line of this rally<br />

and are backing me for Dakar! Also to @bas_dakar for everything<br />

they have done for me and giving me the perfect bike and team<br />

environment !”<br />

Kirsten Landman took first place among the women riders and<br />

21st spot overall in the “Moto-Rally World Cup” category in<br />

“Rally 2” of the Moroccan competition in the town of Zagora .<br />

We were surprised to See Kirst back at rallye after her last Dakar.<br />

The versatile athlete is a great hard enduro rider - and openly<br />

admits that speed is “Not her thing.” Well you could have fooled<br />

us. It’s going to be a great Dakar for South Africa’s Iron lady!<br />

“That’s a wrap. P24 overall in the Rally 2 class. Thank you @<br />

rallyedumaroc it’s been great! Thank you to @asp_international_<br />

limited for making this happen! To the @bas_dakar team thank<br />

you for unbelievable bike, the delicious food, the great company,<br />

all the guidance and help with my bike prep. We work so well<br />

together and a team that has become family.”<br />

“Can you believe it, NEXT STOP DAKAR 2022.”<br />

KTM’s Walkner wins the championship. He came into the<br />

Rallye du Maroc with a 20-point advantage at the top of the<br />

championship standings, and knew he still had to put in a<br />

strong performance at the penultimate round in order to clinch<br />

his second Cross-Country Rallies world title. Using day one to<br />

get back up to speed on his KTM 450 RALLY after the threemonth<br />

break since the previous round, Walkner used his skill<br />

and judgement to build his speed throughout the timed special<br />

to ultimately place fourth fastest. With the event heading into<br />

the vast expanse of the Merzouga dunes on day two, Matthias<br />

took the opportunity to push right from the outset and was able<br />

to successfully chase down his rivals ahead to win the stage<br />

by just over one minute. The result also elevated him into the<br />

overall rally lead. Falling foul of one particularly tricky note in the<br />

road book on Monday’s stage three, Walkner dropped down the<br />

order to fourth as the event reached the halfway point. Coming<br />

back fighting, and with the goal of making up as much time as<br />

possible, the 2018 Dakar winner put in a superb performance<br />

that saw him narrowly miss his second stage win of the event by<br />

just 36 seconds. On the fifth and final day, Walkner knew exactly<br />

what was needed of him to score enough points to claim the<br />

world title. With the timed special shortened by the organizers to<br />

just 166 kilometers, times were very close across the whole field.<br />

Placing eighth on the final stage, Walkner finished second overall<br />

for the event and earned himself 20 points, securing the <strong>2021</strong><br />

FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship for himself and<br />

KTM.<br />

The experienced 35-year-old has shown he is clearly on form<br />

and will now be aiming to carry his winning momentum into the<br />

final round of the series in Abu Dhabi before focusing on the<br />

2022 Dakar next January.<br />

“It’s been a super cool rally for me. I set out this morning hoping<br />

to take the win, but I made a small mistake about halfway<br />

through that only maybe cost me a minute, but it was enough<br />

on the shortened stage to lose out. Second place overall is great<br />

though and to win the world championship title early is amazing.<br />

The team has been great all year, so a big thank you to them. It’s<br />

time to relax now and really enjoy the moment.”<br />

Photo Credit: Rally Zone<br />

Photo Credit: Rally Zone<br />

Photo Credit: Rally Zone Photo Credit: Rally Zone

Photo Credit: Rally Zone<br />

Photo Credit: Rally Zone<br />

Hondas Quintanillo takes the Race: While it was Walkner and KTM<br />

winning the war that was the <strong>2021</strong> FIM Cross-Country Rallies World<br />

Championship, the battle victory went to the Monster Energy Honda<br />

Team’s new recruit Pablo Quintanilla. On the final day of the rally the<br />

Chilean saw off his rivals to claim both stage and race victories. The<br />

166-kilometre final special stage went quickly for most of the riders<br />

still in contention for victory at this Rallye du Maroc. David Castera,<br />

race director, had designed a stage with very little navigation. With<br />

little movement of wind, the dust hanging in the air accompanied the<br />

riders throughout the journey, making it impossible for riders starting<br />

from the rear to make up time.<br />

Pablo Quintanilla started in a fine position from which to attack<br />

Mathias Walkner’s lead. The Monster Energy Honda Team rider held<br />

a sufficiently strong pace to allow him to fulfil this main mission<br />

and capture the final stage of the Rallye du Maroc and overall rally<br />

victory…<br />

Gas Gas Sanders takes maiden World Championship podium: He<br />

secured third overall and with it his and GASGAS’ first ever podium<br />

result in the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship. After<br />

some issues on day three, the Aussie turned things around on the<br />

final two stages, upping his pace and rapidly closing in on the leader<br />

to complete the rally just over five minutes short of Walkner.<br />

Opening the final stage was pretty cool.” Said Sanders. “After around<br />

80 kilometres the navigation became a bit more tricky so I had to<br />

slow my pace to make sure I was on the right path. I actually had a<br />

small crash in the dunes but I was up quick and straight back on a<br />

decent rhythm. I’m really happy to have finished third on this stage<br />

after opening and overall it’s been a great week. To end it with a<br />

podium and secure the first podium result for GASGAS in the world<br />

championship is really cool.”<br />

It was a close thing, Honda’s Ricky Brabec was also gunning for the<br />

podium but with near identical times to Sanders on the final stage, the<br />

American made no ground on the final day and ended fourth ahead of<br />

Adrien Van Beveren in fifth on the Yamaha.<br />

Great Racing. By all accounts, Dakar ’22 is going to be a CRACKER!<br />

The next major race ahead of Dakar 2022 is the Abu Dhabi Desert<br />

Challenge, held from November 6 to 12.<br />

Photo Credit: Rally Zone<br />

Photo Credit: Rally Zone<br />

Photo Credit: Rally Zone

Sabie Valley Rider Academy<br />

If you have ever ridden “E.T.” you have surely whipped through<br />

Sabie on more than one occasion. However, if you have not<br />

done that in the last few years you might notice quite an<br />

elegantly modern structure as you come into town off Long<br />

Tom Pass, directly across the road from Petena Pancakes. This<br />

is the home of Sabie Valley Rider Academy, run by local couple<br />

Thomas and Jacqui Bohm… and if you do not recognise those<br />

names, then we are afraid you are not as well acquainted with<br />

the motorcycle industry as you thought. Having lived and gone<br />

to school in the area and his family owning a popular hotel in<br />

the area since 1975, Thomas knows every squirrel in the forests<br />

around there by their first name. Thomas honed his skills and<br />

developed his passion for motorcycles riding and racing the<br />

likes of XR200R’s, YZ and WR250’s… 2T’s back in those days.<br />

In high school, he got annoyed with his mates riding away from<br />

him so he got his hands on a Katana and started carving up the<br />

mountain passes, getting hid knee down at every opportunity.<br />

Then life happened, he married a pretty young local lass by<br />

there name of Jacqui, started their own hotel, while still helping<br />

run the family hotel in Hazyview. But the bike bug was still<br />

there... and they started renting out quads to the tourists and<br />

then added a couple F650GS’s into the mix.<br />

And like they say in Afrikaans, “Toe is die koeël deur die<br />

Kerk”, adventure riding and the GS bug bit hard, later Thomas<br />

acquired himself an R1150GS-A.<br />

Now, being in the hospitality industry just about from birth,<br />

Thomas is quite an enthusiastic organiser of events with Jacqui<br />

his very willing accomplice. In 2004/5 he got it in his head<br />

to get a bunch of like minded GS riders together for a bit of<br />

a camping and riding skills weekend and pit their strengths<br />

against each other for a bit of a giggle… and thus was born in<br />

2005 The Annual GS Challenge, which continued for another<br />

16 or so years. Do the maths and you will see that a little thing<br />

called Covid caused a bit of a time out giving Thomas time to<br />

think, scheme and plan and come up with other interesting<br />

events, but more about that later.<br />

The event, (Sabie GS Challenge), was so successful that BMW<br />

sat up and took real notice of it, liking it so much that it led to<br />

the BMW GS challenge, which became the BMW GS ECO and<br />

eventually the GS Trophy which we all know today. Like we<br />

said, if you don’t recognise Thomas and Jacqui’s names then<br />

you really need to get out more.<br />

They have been in “on and off” talks with BMW for a Rider<br />

Academy over the past 14 years for the Sabie area and finally it<br />

all worked out a year or two ago. In the interim Thomas, already<br />

an accomplished rider went for formal instructor training, firstly<br />

with BMW Motorrad South Africa and then off to Germany to<br />

do the full Road and Off-Road accreditation as a BMW Riding<br />

Instructor, quite an achievement and accolade, these guys<br />

get dragged off around the world to assist with events and

Cycle Technology ccT/A<br />

competitions as marshals, judges<br />

and the like which he did as a side<br />

line to their Hotel business for many<br />

years. In 2018 all things became<br />

equal for Thomas and Jacqui and<br />

they sold their hotel for a change of<br />

pace in lifestyle – (hospitality is not<br />

for the faint hearted) – and started<br />

The Sabie Valley Rider Academy<br />

as a full time venture, securing a<br />

location and putting up the building<br />

and the facilities. Besides doing<br />

training from absolute novices<br />

through to intermediate and better<br />

riders they organise and host<br />

motorcycle tours. These tours cater<br />

for riders from novice off road all the<br />

way through to advanced off road<br />

riders and everybody in between.<br />

They also offer customised or<br />

personalised tours. You have just<br />

got to see the fun and games on<br />

their website. They host events such<br />

as new model launches for various<br />

motorcycle and auto brands. And as<br />

we mentioned earlier Thomas is a<br />

long time local and a member of the<br />

local business chamber and he tells<br />

us that there are lots of fantastic<br />

events in Sabie, from mountain<br />

bike races, to river tubing, rafting<br />

and kayaking, running marathons<br />

and just about everything you can<br />

think of outdoorsy with a whole lot<br />

of new, interesting, exciting and<br />

possibly a bit “Off The Wall”.<br />

As we mentioned lock down has<br />

given Thomas a bit of time to<br />

think… and he has a very interesting<br />

imagination – Keep your eye on<br />

Sabie news sites and this magazine<br />

to find out more.<br />

Getting back to Sabie Valley Rider<br />

Academy, the venue on the corners<br />

of Main Road & Trichardt Street,<br />

Sabie, Mpumalanga, South Africa<br />

has a stunning view out over the<br />

valley from the bottom of town<br />

which a really nice function area<br />

upstairs and some properly tidy<br />

facilities. Catering can be arranged<br />

in house and accommodations<br />

with local lodges, B&B’s and etc.<br />

Thomas has a small emergency<br />

workshop on site, mostly for<br />

batteries a couple of oils and maybe<br />

get a damaged tyre repaired or<br />

replaced, it is not a commercial<br />

venture and is there only assist in an<br />

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Give them a call on +27 (0) 72<br />

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Prototype - Cyril Despres

Pic by: Etienne Claret (Husqvarna-motorcycles.com)

SUZUKI<br />

V-STROM 650XT<br />


Right no beating around the bush.<br />

Lets give our opinion on this bike<br />

right off the bat. The Suzuki V-Strom<br />

is one of the most underrated<br />

motorcycles on the planet. In SA, its<br />

one of those bikes that should sell<br />

like sweets. And Suzuki tells us that<br />

it does… as the bikes arrive, they are<br />

basically sold.<br />

And we’ve spent hundreds and hundreds of kilometres on<br />

these bikes since they first hit our shores all those years ago<br />

and seen the incremental changes happening on a year to<br />

year basis. Lesotho, Swaziland, The Cape, JHB traffic – we’ve<br />

been everywhere – this is a fuss free, comfortable bike that no<br />

longer needs to prove itself to anyone…<br />

Suzuki first brought the V-Strom to the market in 2004 as a<br />

sport touring motorcycle. It is just such a well-balanced bike<br />

that does a little bit of everything. Commuting, touring, cruising,<br />

adventure touring and off-road riding.<br />

The bike has undergone some evolution over its production<br />

lifetime, with big visual changes between the generations.<br />

On the mechanical side of things, the engine and the chassis<br />

have largely stayed the same.

Because the original design was so good, Suzuki has not<br />

needed to change much to keep the bike up to date. The engine<br />

is basically bulletproof and there are bikes out there with zillions<br />

of kilometres on the clock that are still going strong. Lesotho<br />

used them for years as police bikes… Built Africa Tough! That<br />

645cc 90-degree V-twin motor is capable of everything from<br />

urban commuting to cross-country journey.<br />

Some will argue that bikes such as the V-Strom are not really<br />

dual sport because they cannot do the really extreme stuff. In<br />

the end it is all semantics and it depends on your level of riding<br />

skills and your personal riding style if the V-Strom is your kind of<br />

adventure bike or not.<br />

We often shake our heads when we see what some guys do with<br />

bigger adventure bikes. Perhaps they really are riding Gods – or<br />

most likely, their wallets are much better padded than ours…<br />

This one is so comfortable on the road, one or two up. It revs<br />

beautifully, runs up to the the 200KPH mark and will sit at 180 all<br />

day long.<br />

The plush suspension makes life easy on gravel – good or bad.<br />

And if you feel the urge too upgrade there are about a zillion cost<br />

effective otions on the market. A trip through the Karoo, Transkei<br />

or Swartberg Pass – no problem with a big 20 litre tank keeping<br />

fuel intervals realistic. Standard she carrives with Bridgestone<br />

Battlax ADV rubber which is just fine for every day use.<br />

The V-Strom 650XT is equipped with Advanced Traction Control<br />

System, Rider modes Low RPM Assist and the Suzuki Easy Start<br />

System.<br />

But the basics have stayed the same… a no nonsense, capable,<br />

comfortable mile muncher.<br />

And we hear the purist keyboard warriors. What? No 21 inch<br />

front wheel. And we wont even talk about the comments aimed<br />

at the position of the oil filter… we’ve never smacked one ever.<br />

The smaller wheel is just fine with suspension that is more than<br />

up to the task – and now it even has spokes. So there you go.<br />

There have not been great rafts of changes, simply because this<br />

bike is so good.<br />

For 2022, we see a new colour scheme and we like. A lot.<br />

Commuters and travelers will appreciate the Suzuki V-Strom’s<br />

standard rear cargo rack, with side bag and a top box being<br />

optional.<br />

This is a great bike – and by todays standards, at just under<br />

150k, its really good value for money.<br />

Think about it… V-Twin with all the tech for the same price as a<br />

modern dirtbike.<br />

At your Suzuki dealer.<br />


ENGINE<br />

Type:<br />

90-degree V-twin<br />

Displacement:<br />

645cc<br />

Bore x stroke:<br />

81.0 x 62.6mm<br />

Compression ratio: 11.2:1<br />

Valvetrain:<br />

DOHC, 4vpc<br />

Transmission:<br />

6-speed<br />

Final Drive:<br />

RK 525 chain<br />


Front suspension travel: Spring-preload adjustable fork;<br />

5.9 inches<br />

Rear suspension travel: Linkage-assisted, spring-preload<br />

and rebound-damping adjustable<br />

shock; 6.3 inches<br />

Front Wheel: 2.50 x 19 Rear: 4.00 x 17<br />

Tyres:<br />

Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A40<br />

Front brakes:<br />

Twin 310 discs w/ radially mounted<br />

calipers<br />

Rear brake:<br />

260mm disc<br />

Ground clearance: 17 cm<br />

Seat height:<br />

83.5 CM<br />

Fuel tank capacity: 20 litres<br />

Curb weight:<br />

215 KG’s<br />

Our photographer Stefan Vd Riet shares his opinion on the<br />

‘Strom...<br />

This is a bike that I like, a lot.<br />

I have had the chance to ride the DL 1050, 1000 and now the<br />

650. Unfortunately in that order, because usually, you would<br />

want to start at the bottom, then work your way up to the bigger<br />

bikes. As we’ve established in previous stories, my opinion<br />

is that of the novice offroad/adventure rider; the 1050 is a<br />

fantastic motorcycle, smooth and powerful on road but I knew<br />

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When I heard that the V-Strom came as a 650 as well, I<br />

immediately wanted to try one. I haven’t had the opportunity<br />

until now, and let me tell you it was well worth the<br />

wait.<br />

I wasn’t sure what to expect from the DL650 V-Strom, the<br />

only other adventure motorcycle in this class that I have<br />

experience with is Glenn’s old faithful 650 Terra. However,<br />

from the experience with that bike, I knew that the size<br />

was going to be a good fit.<br />

Sitting on the 650 feels a lot like the 1000. About the same<br />

seat, with my feet just barely being able to go flat on the<br />

ground. If it didn’t look smaller, you wouldn’t even notice<br />

that you’re sitting on an entry-level adventure bike. Of<br />

course, it’s a lot lighter though, which makes it very easy<br />

to move around. The dash has an analogue tachometer<br />

and a simple LCD screen showing you your speed along<br />

with all the other necessary info in a very Suzuki-esque<br />

design. On the left handle, you have the mode buttons,<br />

up-down and select, simple stuff gets you what you want<br />

quickly. You get big mirrors on both sides, very handy for<br />

traffic, and the windshield does exactly what it’s supposed<br />

to. And that’s l you really need on a motorcycles control<br />

panel.<br />

The 650cc parallel-twin engine delivers a lot more torque<br />

at the low end than expected. It’s not high on horsepower,<br />

but you can cruise at speeds of up to 150 on the highway<br />

with no worries and there’s plenty more to give. The ride<br />

through town is perfect. The light weight makes it very<br />

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Even though more than a handful of<br />

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Motocross des Nations, it was a historic<br />

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Team USA didn’t compete nor did<br />

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SA’s International star Camden Mclellan crashed out in the<br />

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“Man what a weekend! A lot of ups and a lot of downs, really<br />

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weekend was alright though, was running p4 the whole race until<br />

last lap where I made a silly decision with a few lap riders so<br />

ended 6th.”<br />

“I also want to say a big congrats to the whole @team.sa.mxon<br />

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He finished up both his main races, going 34-31 & 18th in<br />

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“Thanks to our team mangers, without you guys we would<br />

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Some riders share their thoughts:<br />

Antonio Cairoli<br />

Team Italy, first | 21-2 finishes for seventh overall in MXGP class<br />

“This was the one missing in my career and I’m really happy to get<br />

it. For sure it was a bit risky to come here and ride after last week’s<br />

crash. I didn’t feel 100%. On the dry track I could handle it better<br />

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didn’t help and I didn’t have the best feeling. I knew I needed just<br />

one decent moto and start and managed to do that. The other two<br />

guys did an amazing job, especially Mattia for his first time.”<br />

Jeffrey Herlings<br />

Team Netherlands, second | 1-1 finishes for first overall in Open<br />

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Ben Watson<br />

Team Great Britain, third | 3-4 for first overall in MXGP class<br />

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am feeling really happy with myself. It is a little confidence booster<br />

going into the rest of the season.”<br />

Vsevolod Brylyakov<br />

Team MFR (Russia), fourth | 7-7 for second overall in MXGP class<br />

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Team France, fifth | 2-38 for ninth overall in MX2 class<br />

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Last month, in episode 2 of our epic tour across Africa<br />

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Rwanda as one of the most picturesque, beautiful, clean,<br />

neat and tidy countries in Africa and even despite its<br />

rampant poverty is often described as the “Jewel of<br />

Africa” . A country we had grown a deep attachment to<br />

and were quite nostalgic about as we entered Uganda at<br />

Kyanika, (see photo 1).<br />

THIS IS GORILLA TERRITORY! With many opera<br />

tors taking tourists on drives and hikes to meet with Gorillas,<br />

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ideal situation, but this is a very real<br />

consideration when travelling in Africa.<br />

Late that night I noticed that a rain<br />

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and comfort to Jacques. This was not<br />

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Collin and I set off for the famous<br />

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had to turn back due to the extremely<br />

wet and muddy roads which made<br />

riding bikes extremely treacherous and<br />

we did not want to hurt ourselves and<br />

jeopardise the rest of our trip. With the<br />

resort and park fees being quite dear,<br />

we decided to head to a small town<br />

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national park close to the border of<br />

South Sudan where Jacques could get<br />

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We were advised by the local police to<br />

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started treating Jacques and called<br />

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We stayed in Pacwach, (see photo<br />

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Jacques to Entebbe from where we<br />

could fly him back to South Africa for<br />

further medical treatment. This was a<br />

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Round 8 on the 24th of October saw a great turnout<br />

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324 hungry riders descended on the<br />

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32 years that there has been such a massive<br />

turnout at any national MX event.<br />

BORC and the Inland series are the guys who host this lot – a<br />

fantastic collaboration with lots of exposure for the sport.<br />

The southern, coastal Teams arrived from the Western and<br />

Eastern Cape and KZN.<br />

North was represented by teams from Gauteng, the NW<br />

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Polokwane.<br />

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Johnny Nel at 71 years of age. Amazing.<br />

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Electing not to race round three of the World Championship,<br />

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It’s a bike the Husqvarna Rally team have already clocked up<br />

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“The bike feels great.” Says Howes. “We still need to run it<br />

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