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NOVEMBER 2021

NATIONAL ENDURO

E2 CHAMPION

NOVEMBER 2021 RSA R35.00

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Luke Walker

on his yamaha yz250x

IN THIS ISSUE:

2021 MX DES NATIONS - SLOVENIA PART 3

RALLYE DU MAROC - NORTH VS SOUTH

LINEX JUNIORS AND LOTS MORE...

Suzuki DL650

TESTED


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THE ULTIMATE

ADVENTURE HELMET.

GO WILD

X.WED2

MORE COMFORT

EMERGENCY STRAP V2

MORE VENTILATION

NEW LINING

PEAK EXTENDOR

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

sizes fit options combine more compact dimensions with outstanding fit

and comfort.

New Emergency Strap System: built into each cheek pad, the new

Emergency Strap System V2 was a re-thinking to allow easier and gentle

access to an injured rider’s head by the trained medical personnel.

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Intro. Keeping the wheels turning...

October Issue 2021

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

drunker.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clark easily clears it, jumping incredibly high.

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

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

Superman? You’re a real Knob when you’re drunk.”

Have a great riding month!

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KMSA’s Bikewise division now

official AGV importers and

distributors.

We heard rumours at the beginning of the year

that Bikewise might be the new importers and

distributors of AGV helmets. The brand was well

supported by Motana many years ago and then

all went a little bit quiet with the next importer

taking over. Bikewise is known for growing

brands in South Africa with excellent stock

holding, fair pricing and proper aftersales service

and fortunately for the AGV brand they saw its

potential and made a bid for it and got it. We do

foresee AGV being a force to reckoned with in the

motorcycle industry again in the very near future.

For more information or to find your nearest

stockist 011 566 0333 or email wyatt@kmsa.co.za

New Race Technician joins

Husqvarna SA

We all know that this is a dynamic

company that recognises and

nurtures young talent. Recently a

vacancy became available for a Race

Mechanic/Technician and had this to

say:

“Husqvarna motorcycles wishes to

welcome Junior “Pritchard” Ngwenya

onboard as our esteemed race

technician.

Junior has been working within the

dealer network for the past 15 years

and has come on board as the official

race technician for the Rockstar

Energy Husqvarna race team. His

experience is second to none and his

attention to detail is something we,

as a company, appreciate beyond

measure. We look forward to sharing

many championships with Junior at

the helm of the technical side of our

race machines.”

Print! Adventure Tank Pads…

The Guys from Trickbitz have just unpacks a

selection of tank pads specifically designed to

fit most ADV models. Your tank is vulnerable

to all kinds of scratches and bumps – a tank

pad is always a good idea. Great designs –

and they seem to be good, affordable quality.

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


SHIFT

PERSPECTIVE

KTM 300 EXC TPI 2022

The KTM 300 EXC TPI is one of the most recognized names at the sharp end

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

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

tackling difficult terrain. FIND OUT MORE AT WWW.KTM.COM

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

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

production models and some illustrations feature optional equipment available at additional cost.

Photo: R. Schedl / KISKA GmbH


GIVI TREKKER OUTBACK Aluminium

cases and top box:

Stash your stuff: We all like our bikes to be multifunctional

and look good at the same time and the

GIVI TREKKER Outback series is properly functional

and looks fantastic too. The full-aluminium square

structure with natural finish echoes the typical

“Adventure” design of the OUTBACK luggage series

from GIVI.

The contrasting angular profiles and bumpers in

black techno-polymer add to the style. The top

case attaches to the motorcycle using a Monokey

plate and is able to comfortably hold 2 modular or

full-face helmets in the top case. It also offers the

possibility to attach objects or other bags on top

of the lid, thanks to the 4 upper strap loops. The

Trekker Outback side-case, with aluminium structure

and inner profiled aluminium reinforcements is also

equipped with the Cam-Side fitting system in diecast

aluminium and inserts in reinforced

techno-polymer and are available to purchase as a

pair of side-cases, (one on the left and one on the

right), supplied with matching lock cylinders plus

a third matching lock cylinder to be mounted in a

suitable separate top-case. The recommended retail

on the 42lt Top Case is available from R7 500 and

the 37lt side cases at R14 000 per set including VAT

and the fitting brackets are sold separately.

www.dmd.co.za for stockists..

Bike Tyre Warehouse Cape Town

BTW really is a force to be reckoned with, with

a passionate and driven Boss Man moving and

adapting as and when the market requires. They

opened a store in Cape Town about a year ago or

so and have really being making waves down there.

Recently BTW Cape Town moved to Montague

Gardens to be able to better service the market in

the Cape. The new franchise store owner Dana is a

passionate biker who has relocated from JHB to CT

for the sole purpose of ensuring the growth of the

BTW brand in the Western Cape. They are situated

on the corner of Freedom and Montague Drive Unit

B2A, Spearhead Business Park, Montague Gardens,

Cape Town, 7441 and you can contact Dana on

072 820 4990 or email him at

cpt@biketyrewarehouse.com

Photos: R. Schedl, H. Mitterbauer husqvarna-motorcycles.com

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

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


Photos: R. Schedl, H. Mitterbauer husqvarna-motorcycles.com

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

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

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WORX introduces the Slammer.

The most innovative Brushless Hammer Drill since

the invention of the cordless drill., this his new

arrival drills into wood, metal, plastic, masonry, and

concrete… Which probably means that you can fix a

Harley with it.

Called the Slammerfor a good reason, they say that

this powerful 20-volt cordless hammer drill will get

more done, easier, and faster. The brushless motor

technology delivers 50 percent longer runtime, 25

percent more power and 10X longer motor lifetime.

A variable 2-speed design covers a wide range of

drilling, fastening and hammer drilling applications,

the fitted LED light is great for dark areas with a

handy 20 sec LED delay after the trigger is released.

The Expandable Power 20V battery is

interchangeable with other WORX tools the only

cordless tool platform that uses the same battery

to power their 20V and 40V tools. To view the full

range of WORX products, and view the videos go

to www.worxtools.co.za, WORX is a leading brand

at Vermont Sales and is available from all leading

outlets countrywide, for more information contact,

Vermont Sales on 011 314 7711 or visit their web

site www.vermontsales.co.za Trade enquiries

welcome

Get all your Pro-X and All Balls

products from GAME SERVICES…

The store that has absolutely everything and the

kitchen also stocks just about everything in the

Pro-X catalogue.

All the fuelling system parts from air filters, main

jets, pilot jets to carburettor rebuild kits and

throttle cables. All the clutch bits and pieces

as well, baskets, spring kits, gaskets, master

cylinder rebuild kits, friction plates, clutch plates.

Also in stock are wheel bearing kits, spacer

kits, steering bearings and etc. But wait! There

is more – chains, sprockets, sprocket bolt sets,

ultra-light sprockets, counter shaft seals, chain

rollers, suspension bearing kits and parts, brake

discs, brake pads, brake calliper rebuild kits,

master cylinder rebuild kits. And you thought

Pro-X only did pistons, rings, cylinder sleeves,

crankshafts, con rods, big ends, pins, clips and

all sorts of engines seals and gaskets. Well, as

we said, Game Services stocks just about the

whole range for the popular models and even for

some of the unpopular ones and you know the

price will be right.

Then, just to make sure they really have you

covered as the best stocked one stop shop

they also stock a full range of ‘All Balls Racing’

equipment as well. Whether you ride on or off

road, ATV’s or Utv’s All Balls has you covered

with the parts you need to handle any abuse

you can dish out. Clutch, throttle and brake

cable assemblies, wheel bearing and seal kits,

countershaft rebuild kits, tapered bearing kits,

chain rollers, rear shock seal assemblies, fork

bushing kits, including new street kits added

to the range, fork and dust seal kits, swing arm

repair kits, rear shock bearing kits, rear wheel

bearing upgrade kits, rear brake pedal clevis and

pivot repair kits, master cylinder with new KTM

piston, diff bearing and seal kits, master cylinder

kits for road and off road, brake drum seals, ball

joints, Showa front strut upper ball joint, tie rod

end kits, tie rod upgrade kits, rack and pinion

end kits, front A-arm repair kits, independent rear

suspension repair kits, centre support bearing,

A-Arm upgrade kits, sport ATV rear carrier

bearing upgrade kits and so much more.

Give them a call on 011 425 1081, or drop

them a mail on G124@mweb.co.za or get your

shopping trolley and wander around the shop at

No.4 fifth avenue, Northmead, Benoni out on the

East Rand… where you don’t even need to wear

shoes.


413 RACING now SHERCO dealer

Utrecht… Anybody know where that is? Well, it is

really a sleepy little village in north western KZN,

with a population of about 32,000 people and the

closest town of any consequence is Newcastle,

about 50 kays up the drag. Yet, sleepy as it may

appear there is a new force in the motorcycle

dealer network growing from strength to strength

on a daily basis. We first met serious go-getter

Derrick Solms almost 10 years ago, freshly

degreed out of Varsity and managing the family’s

Shell filling station in Utrecht… seriously, we

didn’t even know they new what petrol was.

Young Derrick and his brother have a deep rooted

passion for bikes, particularly dirt bikes and often

had them parked on the forecourt outside the

shop. And they attracted attention, especially

from other riders who would often stop in late on

a Saturday evening or early on a Sunday morning

desperately hoping to find a tube, some 2T oil,

grips, tyres, chains, gloves and even on occasion

a helmet or two all stuff that they had forgotten

at home in their excitement to go riding in this

mind bending beautiful part of our country and

being the good lads they are tried to help as best

they could from their own personal stash. Derrick

saw an opportunity here and started stocking a

few small bits and bobs and as their reputation

for great service and excellent pricing grew…

and their unusually convenient business hours so

did their client base and their stock. From being

tucked away in the corner, behind the chocolates

and chips and cokes, to front and centre of the

store and now taking over the building next door

to the shop. In the interim they started getting

request for motorcycles and eventually started

buying and selling a couple of used bikes here

and there, then started getting requests for new

bikes which they managed to source from dealers

around the country, often at very little to no profit

and relying on the customer bringing it back to

their workshop for servicing and/or repairs and

spending a bit of ammo in the shop. This has

worked so well that they have now grown into a

full blown dealership for SHERCO, a brand that

is really starting to take off in this country as you

will have read about in the last couple of issues

of this fine magazine. Just goes to show, hard

work, determination and ignoring the ‘Nay sayers’

really does pay off. If you’re in that sort of area

pop at the only Shell filling station in Utrecht for a

visit. They also have a huge and well supported

online store with a PUDO locker in the forecourt

to sort out the deliveries countrywide on things

that fit into a courier locker, bikes don’t but

they do arrange delivery via other transporters

for those countrywide as well. Go check out

www.413racing.co.za or drop Derrick an email at

derrick@413racing.co.za or call him on

083 793 7430


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A quick whistle stop visit at some of “The

Bom’s” movers and shakers

We recently had opportunity to swing through

Rudamans Yamaha

Robin Flores and his dedicated and passionate

team run a tight ship doing all things Yamaha.

Bikes, marine, golf carts power products with a

well-stocked showroom and parts department

with a professional workshop. They share space

Nelspruit or Mbombela in the new language and

popped our head in at a couple of dealers for a

quick, “Howzit”.

with the rest of the Rudamans group and have a

whole bunch of really cool stuff from tractors to

chain saws. A real Aladdin’s Cave for the hairy

chested better half in your life. Visit them at 4

Tranquil Flow Street, Riverside Park or make

contact via telephone or email on (013) 753 3631

and info@rudamans.co.za

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KTM, Honda Wing and Suzuki

Nelspruit

Hennie and Mandla are the friendly faces as you

walk in the door to the multi franchise, quick with

a smile and even quicker on the service. They

are the official agents for KTM, Honda Wing and

Suzuki Motorcycle in Nelspruit. Hennie mainly

looks after the motorcycle sales side with Mandla

taking care of the parts, but they do cross

pollinate and help each other out. Eric, who

was on leave the day we visited is your friendly

giant in the workshop. Well known and hugely

knowledgeable, Eric has worked on most brands.

Give then a shout on 013 753-7324 for sales or

013 753-7324 for service department or 013 753-

7324 for parts.

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Dream Machines

This thriving family business of Christo, JoAnne

and son Zander were formerly Nelspruit ATV.

They are still Kawasaki and SYM dealers in

their new venture, with Christo running the

workshop, JoAnne on parts, admin and day to

day management of the shop and Zander looking

after the sales side. You can expect the same

friendly and efficient service this family is well

known for with a good range of new and used

bikes in stock and a well stock parts department.

You can visit them at 44 Waterfall avenue,

Lowveld Lifestyle Centre, Riverside Industrial

in Nelspruit or call them on 013 752 2282 or

072 321 7237

Pitlane

The only really well stocked accessory store

and fitment centre in the area that we know of.

Run by Robere with the assistance of his side

kick Zac and Mom looking after the admin and

the daily runnings of the shop, you will find just

about everything you could ever need, want or

lust after. Tyres, helmets, chains and sprockets,

brake pads, kit, boots, jackets, oil filters and oil…

you name it they have by the dozens. Visit them

at 1 Plankie street, Mbombela or call them on

013 755 2127 or 082 802 5290


Answers AR1 entry level Helmets

and Goggles arrive:

The Answer Racing AR-1 helmet passes two

of the toughest safety standards by exceeding

D.O.T. and ECE It has a dual-density EPS liner

helps to absorb both large and small impacts

while a highly developed ventilation system

consisting of two large intake ports and four

large exhaust ports help keep you cool in the

hottest conditions.

• Meets or exceeds both ECE 22-05 and

D.O.T. FMVSS 218 safety standards

• Shell made of injection molded

Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)

• Sculptured, dual-density, EPS impact

absorbing liner

• Removable/washable liner is made with

moisture wicking fabrics

• Flexible rubber nosepiece helps deflect

roost

• Two large front air intakes and four rear

exhaust vents help keep you cool

• Weighs 3.15 lbs / 1428 grams (size

large)

Available at dealers priced from R2200.00

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

Apex 1 and Apex 3 Answer

Goggles to match…

The latest range of Answer goggles have

just been unpacked. Apex 1 are the

budget line and include features like:

• Lightweight and durable

polyerethane frame

• Large frame design with

engineered nose bridge allows for

increased field of viewSilicone gripper on

strap

• Compatible with glasses

• Anti-fog, anti-scratch lens

• 40mm strap

The Apex 3’s are higher spec

and a lot more upmarket.

Three layer foam seals out dust and

absorbs sweat, and a replacement clear

lens comes with each goggle for those

low-light conditions. Lightweight and

durable polyurethane frame

• Large frame design with

engineered nose bridge allows

• For increased field of view

• Compatible with glasses

• Anti-scratch, anti-fog mirrored

lens

• 40mm strap

• 3 layer foam

• Integrated nose guard

• Silicone gripper on strap

• Replacement clear lens included

www.dmd.co.za for your stockist.


News from the Mother City

Our Lady in the Cape has been very busy

running around to events, visiting dealers and

just making sure everybody get fair recognition in

our magazines.

Bikes Infinity

Owner and Founder of Bikes Infinity is Kallie

Botes. His love for motorcycles started at the

age of 14 when he got onto his first bike. His love

for the biking industry and community grew the

more he rode and experienced life on a bike. By

the end of 2003 Kallie joined Harley-Davidson

as a sales person and by 2020 he has climbed

through the ranks to General Manager. At the

beginning of 2021, Kallie was ready to pursue

his own dream to offer like-minded motorcycle

enthusiasts with quality used motorcycles,

exceptional customer service and sharing his

vast knowledge base with the biking community

and industry.

At Bikes Infinity, their customers come first and

they pride themselves on making sure their

customers find exactly what they are looking for,

from advice to ideas, or special requirements

they are happy to help. Offering a variety of

motorcycle brands on their showroom floor and

parts department. Whether you are looking for

an upgrade or ready to sell, BIKES INFINITY

in partnership with TWINZ MOTORCYCLES is

your one-stop-shop for all things two-wheeled!

Nicol, owner of TWINZ Motorcycles has been in

the trade for 22 years and is a qualified Master

Technician with a huge passion for motorcycles.

Twinz Motorcycles specializes in American

V-Twins and most Dual Sport Motorcycles, from

basic to major services, tyres and custom build

requirements. Two specialists in their field with

a great synergy under one roof working to offer

the best service possible to the motorcycling

community. For sales and etc call Kallie Botes

on 082 5533539 and for competitive pricing on

anything workshop related call Nicol Basson

on 074 484 4777 or visit them at No 8 & No.10

Brackenfell Business Park, c/o Old Paarl and

Chrome Street, Brackenfell 7560 and you can

check out their respective websites at www.

bikesinfinity.co.za and www.twinzmotorcycles.

co.za

Tierhoek Time Trial

Harry Sandell from the Tierhoek Enduro

Compound, being a keen Hard Enduro rider,

is determined to push the sport in the Western

Cape. His family farm is ideally suited as it is

situated up in the Piekenierskloof, close to

Citrusdal. The terrain is rocky and mountainous,

with challenging kloofs and, with sufficient rain –

murderous mud sections. This is a venue which

the Cape really needs to allow Hard Enduro

riders to gain experience within a reasonable

driving distance of the main centres.

After the success of hosting the CSMX Enduro

Series Round 3 on 28 August 2021, Harry was

determined to push the limits and planned a

Time Trial event which ran on 9 October on the

farm. With assistance from his friend, Jack van

Essen, Gold, Silver and Bronze loops were set

out to really showcase the riding that Tierhoek

offers to participants.

Over 30 riders took part on the day. The routes

were loaded onto GPS to enable the riders to

keep to their loop as laid out by the track setters.

With the first lap being timed, the riders could

then try out another loop on completion if they

so wished – Gold riding any loop; Silver riding

Bronze ... I am not sure if any Bronze riders were

brave enough to tackle the tougher ones!

Contact:- 082 536 7134

Facebook:- https://www.facebook.com/

tierhoekendurocompound


Much like Helmets, all riders gear

in SA might need CE approval

(Homologation) soon…

Motorcycle protective rider gear has become

a lot safer over the years since Europe

introduced a CE legal standard for motorcycle

clothing, known as EN13595, in 1994. It

was originally designed as a standard for

professional racers, but now any motorcycle

clothing that does not meet the standard

cannot be sold as ‘protective’ wear in Europe.

This CE standard (Conformité Européene or

European Conformity) is now used throughout

most of the world. If you are confused with the

various labels, CE markings, standards and

information about impact protection, doublestitched

seams, and abrasion testing, read on.

CE markings and regulations:

When buying protective motorcycle clothing,

it is important to know whether the garments

you are considering are produced to at least a

minimum CE standard.

A label should have a CE marking permanently

attached to the garment.

What do CE standards mean?

If a product bears any type of CE marking, this

means its manufacturer has constructed this

garment to an applicable standard of safety

and protection legislation.

This means the product is made to at least a

particular level of quality for the consumer’s

reassurance.

In 1995, Cambridge University played a big

part in the development of CE marking, which

aided an increase of knowledge for anticipated

CE personal protective clothing regulations.

CE tested, certified or approved?

There is a huge difference between the

terms “CE Tested”, “CE Certified”, and “CE

Approved”:

CE Tested: The term normally implies that the

manufacturer tested the whole or just a piece

of a garment within their own facility that might

meet certain standards. However, the garment

is not necessarily tested in a certified testing

facility to meet officially accredited standards.

CE Certified: This term is more secure, as

it states that the garment samples were tested

in certified testing facilities. In this case, you

need to find out which part of a garment was

tested.

CE Approved: This term means several parts

of a garment were tested in certified facilities

and are accredited to meet or surpass the

required standards in all zones.

Garment testing zones

The certification test EN13595 uses two test

levels, with the body divided into four zones.

Zone 1: Must-have impact protectors and

needs to last 4 seconds on the Cambridge


Abrasion Machine to meet Level 1 protection,

and 7 seconds to meet Level 2.

Zone 2: Must-have impact protectors and

needs to last 4 seconds on the Cambridge

Abrasion Machine to meet Level 1 protection,

and 7 seconds to meet Level 2.

Zone 3: Requires 1.8seconds for Level 1 and

2.5 for level 2.

Zone 4: Can be used for ventilation and stretch

panels, but must still last 1 second on the

abrasion rig for Level 1, and 1.5 seconds for

Level 2.

Usually, you will see A, B or C letters on a label

that indicates garments classification.

Classification AAA:The highest level,

demanding four seconds of abrasion resistance

with the machine spinning at 707.4rpm (the

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

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

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

Classification AA: More suited to touring

gear, this specifies two seconds in Zone 1

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

at 265.3rpm in Zone 2 and 0.5 seconds at

147.4rpm (the equivalent of around 25kmh) in

Zone 3.

Classification A: Deemed suitable for urban

riding, with Zone 1 requiring one second of

abrasion resistance at 265.3rpm and half a

second at 147.4rpm in Zone 2.

Classification B: Same as A, but impact

protectors are not required.

Classification C: Covers garments such as the

mesh under-suits that have impact protection

for off-road riding.

Samples are taken from each zone to be tested

for seam strength and abrasion resistance.

A company using the same materials and

construction methods in two or more jackets,

for example, could meet approval with one test,

so long as the tested parts are put together

in a tested way within the tested zones,

and subsequent garments are added to the

certificate.

Once these materials and construction methods

are approved, they cannot be changed, and that

includes the specific supplier of the material.

Is this going to make bike kit more expensive?

Potentially, it could have done, and many

brands will have seen costs increase. For a

start, everything has to be tested and certified,

but also, compared to the testing fees that

those companies already making products to

EN 13595 have paid, the new testing process

could have cost as much as three times more;

however, competition in the marketplace among

test houses has kept a check on fees. Also:

In SA, if we get homologation on riders gear

specific to motorcycle use it may lead to a

relaxation of import duties, which should lead to

lower costs.

Watch this space…


Motul Roof Of Africa News 2021

This year’s Roof is almost upon us (24 – 28

November 2021) , and organisers are putting the

finishing touches to what will be a very welcome

return for one of Africa’s most iconic Hard

Enduro events.

The buzz around the return of the Motul

Roof of Africa – after only its second-ever

postponement – can be judged by the fact that

over 400 entries have already been received

for this year’s event. Alongside the established

Gold, Silver and Bronze Classes, a new Iron

Class has been added to give ‘weekend

warriors’ the chance to experience the

mountains of Lesotho from the saddle.

As the event approaches, organisers Live

Lesotho have further refined the format to

achieve a perfect balance between challenging

elements and striving to ensure the safety of

riders and their support crews. This will see

each rider limited to just five support crew

members.

The format this year will be similar to 2019,

but with the notable exception of the EnduroX

component.

This decision was taken by Live Lesotho in an

effort to avoid mass gatherings while COVID-19

is still a consideration.

On Wednesday 24 November, riders will need

to go through the required documentation and

scrutineering sessions. The process will take

place at the Avani Lesotho Hotel & Casino (top

hotel) and will be streamlined to facilitate social

distancing – without being in any way less

rigorous.

On Thursday 25 November, the program will run

as follows:

o Round the Houses through the streets of

Maseru

o Followed by a Time Trial at Thaba Bosiu, for

all classes

Friday 26 and Saturday 27 November, will be

Race Day 1 and 2 respectively, and the start/

finish will be a Thaba Bosiu, headquarters for

the event.

“This year’s Motul Roof of Africa will be the

result of two years’ planning and plotting new

routes, so we’re certain that riders will feel

it was worth the wait,” commented Charan

Moore, Motul Roof of Africa Route Director and

Manager of Live Lesotho. “We can confidently

promise both Roof rookies and returning riders a

rewarding, challenging course – something they

will never forget,” he added.


Speaking of returning riders, this year’s field

will be headed by defending Roof champion

Wade Young of the Sherco Racing Factory

Motul Team. When he lines up at the start of

the Mother of Hard Enduro, Young will be hot

off the international circuit – he’s reportedly

delighted to have the chance to try and

retain his crown in the face of stiff Gold Class

competition from the likes of Travis Teasdale

(Trax GasGas), Brett Swanepoel (Rockstar

Energy Husqvarna), Matt Green (Matthew

Green Racing), Luke Walker (McLarens bLU

cRU Yamaha), Kerim Fitzgerald (Red Bull

KTM) and Heinrich Aust (Rockstar Energy

Husqvarna). Kirsten Landman (Brother

Leadertread KTM) will be tackling the Gold

Class as training for next year’s Dakar Rally.

Confirmed participants in other classes

include riders from the Netherlands, Germany,

Australia, Egypt, Malawi, Botswana, Namibia

and Swaziland, as well as a strong showing of

Basotho riders. The Roof is therefore providing

a welcome boost to a local tourism sector that

has been hard hit by the pandemic.

To make life a little easier for competitors,

Motul will be sponsoring the Bike Wash facility

in partnership with Eco Tanks and Goscor

Power Products, with Craig Kruger and his

team providing facility management. While

motorcycle manufacturers will endeavour to

support teams and individual competitors

during the event in ways that are aligned with

COVID protocols.

“We are very much looking forward to

reconnecting with our friends in the Enduro

community – whilst still respecting social

distance guidelines,” commented Mercia

Jansen, Motul Area Manager for Southern and

Eastern Africa. “Last year’s postponement

left a gap in our diaries, so we’re especially

looking forward to returning to Lesotho and

the Maloti Mountains,” she added.

Lesotho’s management of COVID-19 has led

to borders being re-opened for tourists (and

riders). Only one negative PCR test is required

for entry into Lesotho, and this must be within

72 hours of crossing the border. This negative

result is then valid for 14 days, meaning that

no second test is required within Lesotho.

Rapid tests are available at the border, but

this needs to be repeated on exit. Lesotho

has also implemented drive-though border

formalities, although South Africa has yet to

follow suit.

The hard work of all stakeholders, including

sponsors and the Lesotho Government has

contributed significantly to the excitement that

is building around the Motul Roof of Africa

2021. For more information about this year’s

Roof, including the COVID-19 measures that

will be in place, visit the official Motul Roof of

Africa Facebook page.

For further information and to enter the event,

visit the official Motul Roof of Africa

website: www.roofofafrica.co.ls


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National Enduro

and National Offroad

champs crowned…

Its been a crazy season as far as racing goes in SA. A

season that has been disrupted by covid and all sorts of

things, but the Enduro and Off-Road championships have

been decided for 2021.

Our cover star this month is Team Mclarens Racings Luke

Walker who is the National E2 champion…

In late 2018 Luke Walker a scrawny kid with an excellent pedigree

joined Mclarens Racing.

In 2021, Luke raced the Yamaha YZ250X in the highly competitive

E2 category for the MSA National championship and took

the title.

“Ended off the season on a high! 2021 National Enduro E2

Champion.

A lot of time and effort put in by a bunch of amazing people. I

can’t thank you all enough for getting me here!”

“Luke is an exceptional athlete who will richly reward McLarens

Racing and the Yamaha brand,” says team owner Ian Mclaren.

“I am stoked in the faith that Yamaha has shown in both me

and my racing ability. I look forward to representing the Yamaha

brand and its allied products in the future,” says Luke.

He travelled to Creighton for the National Extreme and the National

Enduro and placed third in the National Extreme Enduro

and second in the National Enduro on his YZ250X.

He was Crowned National Enduro Champion E2 for 2021.

He’s still in the running for the Extreme crown with the Heidelberg

race coming up just after we went to print.

Then it’s Roof Of Africa…

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


Brad Cox is your overall E1 and OR2 Champion

Overall for Bradley Cox.

The curtains of the National Enduro Championship have officially

drawn to a close. The season couldn’t have ended better for

Brother Leader Tread KTM who walked away with top honours

as leading rider Bradley Cox stormed to the victory overall.

The final event of the season took riders to Creighton, Kwazulu-Natal,

where Cox had the home ground advantage. While the

race was off to a shaky start by his own high standards, Cox held

his composure to cross the finish line and officially snatch up the

overall win that he had been waiting for.

“The actual race this weekend was really tough for me – I was

just so nervous and so much was at stake. After a shaky start, I

managed to claw my way back to finish fourth for the day - I felt

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

Enduro and I plan to keep putting KTM on top!” said Cox.

Having only started racing Enduro four years ago, Cox describes

putting in tremendous work behind the scene to establish himself

as a frontrunner in this sport. He added: “When I consider the

fact that I only started Enduro four years ago, to achieve the

overall win is really something special. It took a lot of hard work,

but as I saw myself progressing over the years, I truly believed

that the overall win was possible. Now I get to ride with the number

one plate next year, which is unreal!”

But wait! There’s more:

SA National Cross Country Motorcycle Championship champions

crowned .

OR1 Michael Pentecost

OR2 Brad Cox

OR3 Davin Cocker

Highschool Dylan Jones

Senior Wade Blaauw

Masters Greg Nairn

Junior 85 Cobus Bester

Cox takes SA Cross Country Championship in Eston…

The 2021 South African Cross Country Motorcycle Championship

came to a dramatic head at Virginia Trails, Eston on Saturday.

Local trio, Michael Pentecost’s Kawasaki fended off Brett

Swanepoel’s Husqvarna for the win as Bradley Cox wrapped up

the overall title for KTM.

Pentecost became the first double winner of the season as he

wrapped up the OR1 title.

Cox is OR2 champion, Davin Cocker OR3, Wade Blaauw Senior,

Greg Nairn Masters and Dylan Jones took High School.

The highlight of the day was without doubt the monumental

battle for the lead between OR1 open class duo, Michael

Pentecost’s CiT Franchise Company Kawasaki and Brett

Swanepoel’s Rockstar Energy Drink Husqvarna.

The lead changed several times through the day, but Pentecost

emerged the winner from Swanepoel in the end.

But it was third man Bradley Cox who emerged king with third

overall easily enough for him to take the title on his OR2 Brother

Leader Tread KTM.


Davin Cocker was fourth overall as he took the OR3

win for Rockstar Husqvarna, albeit under pressure

from KTM duo, OR2 runner up Gareth Cole and

OR3 runner-up Haydn Cole.

Cocker’s fourth place was also enough to nick

the overall championship fourth from OR1 man,

D’artagnan Lobjoit’s Pepson Plastics Motul

Kawasaki.

Pentecost and Swanepoel’s duel for overall and

top class victory went right down to the wire. The

fight for third in OR1 was also entertaining between

Hayden Louw’s Sherco and Lobjoit’s Kawasaki, with

Tyron Beverley’s Husqvarna and Luke McClelland’s

KTM next home.

Pentecost and Lobjoit ended first and third in the

big class championship each side of Swanepoel in

the green machines’ Cross Country return season.

Bradley Cox made short work of OR2 as he

stormed to third overall and the class win aboard

his KTM and clinched both the overall and class

championships. Cox won four of the five OR2 races

and was second in the other, as Gareth Cole kept

him reasonably busy on his KTM on KZN.

Ian Rall’s MCA Dragon Husqvarna fended Kerim

Fitzgerald’s Red Bull KTM off for third to seal

the OR2 championship second from former

motocrosser Fitzgerald.

Davin Cocker competed his OR3 comeback fight

with another win to take the title on his Rockstar

Energy Drink Husqvarna. He had to fend Haydn

Cole’s KTM off for second, as Cole vaulted from

seventh to third in the class championship. Stefan

van Deventer’s KTM ended third on the day from

Scott Heygate, Cayden Purchase and Peter Karam’s

KTMs, as Heygate secured second in the class

championship.

Wade Blaauw stormed to yet another Senior win on

his Roost KTM.

He remained unbeaten en route to the class

title. Yamaha duo Dirk Olivier and Marco Cocci

were second and third ahead of Pepson Motul

Kawasaki wildcard Wyatt Avis, as Deon du Toit

fought his Kawasaki home in 8th to clinch that title

second. Greg Nairn won Masters to wrap up the

championship for Husqvarna from his closest title

rival Carel Mielies Le Roux’s Alfie Cox KTM and

Martin Poole’s Husqvarna.

John Botha took High School Virginia Trails honours

by less than a minute on his Husqvarna with

Branden Swanepoel less than a minute adrift on his

Sherco. KTM trio, local wildcard, Ross Ramseyer,

Rory Donaldson and Dylan Jones followed. Jones’

fifth place was enough to clinch the 2021 SA Cross

Country High School title by all of two points from

John Botha, with Swanepoel another three adrift in

the end.

Cobus Bester wrapped up his 85cc Junior

championship with a third win on the trot aboard his

Husqvarna, beating title runner up Thomas Scales

KTM and Murray Clark Husqvarna to second and

third on the day. Championship third lad Brandon

Smith KTM ended fourth on his. And Justin Rom’s

Husqvarna took the 65cc Junior win from KTM duo

Brad Apsotolidles and Macenzie Bam.

Davin Cocker

Wade Blaauw

Mike Pentecost

Cobus Bester

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Rally

du Maroc

2021 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship...

Honda’s Quintanilla wins Rally du Maroc.

KTM’s Walkner crowned champ.

Gas Gas Sanders on podium…

2021

A full house of factory riders

lined up in Morocco for 2021

FIM Cross-Country Rallies World

Championship round four, the

Rally of Morocco – KTM, Honda,

Husqvarna, Yamaha, Sherco and

Hero Motosports’ official rally

teams were out in force facing

a serious challenge in the north

African dunes in preparation for the

2022 Dakar Rally.

The Rally GP class at this week’s fourth round

of the 2021 Cross-Country Rallies World

Championship is about as good as you will

see in any rally event outside the Dakar. With

no shortage of injuries after Dakar 2021, plus

a few bike issues or riders simply not racing

previous rounds, this hasn’t been the most

competitive World Championship season.

3 South Africa racers...

Ross Branch was there representing Yamaha

- and he was having a fantastic rally... until he

suffered a problem with his rear wheel that put

him out of contention.


Photo Credit: Marcin Kin


But in usual Rossi fashion he just grins and puts it down to

“Experience gained for the big one. Dakar 22.”

Bradley Cox who is under Ross wing in terms of learning about

navigation and rally racing took on his first rally at the Rallye du

Maroc riding a KTM 450 Rally Replica. He took the win in the

final stage 5, putting him third overall, gaining a lot of knowledge

to take into the Dakar. Amazing results and performance by

Brad.

“A perfect day today , the stage suited me really well and I

ticked off all the boxes. P3 overall in Rally 2 also. So thankful for

everyone that has helped me to get to the start line of this rally

and are backing me for Dakar! Also to @bas_dakar for everything

they have done for me and giving me the perfect bike and team

environment !”

Kirsten Landman took first place among the women riders and

21st spot overall in the “Moto-Rally World Cup” category in

“Rally 2” of the Moroccan competition in the town of Zagora .

We were surprised to See Kirst back at rallye after her last Dakar.

The versatile athlete is a great hard enduro rider - and openly

admits that speed is “Not her thing.” Well you could have fooled

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

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

rallyedumaroc it’s been great! Thank you to @asp_international_

limited for making this happen! To the @bas_dakar team thank

you for unbelievable bike, the delicious food, the great company,

all the guidance and help with my bike prep. We work so well

together and a team that has become family.”

“Can you believe it, NEXT STOP DAKAR 2022.”

KTM’s Walkner wins the championship. He came into the

Rallye du Maroc with a 20-point advantage at the top of the

championship standings, and knew he still had to put in a

strong performance at the penultimate round in order to clinch

his second Cross-Country Rallies world title. Using day one to

get back up to speed on his KTM 450 RALLY after the threemonth

break since the previous round, Walkner used his skill

and judgement to build his speed throughout the timed special

to ultimately place fourth fastest. With the event heading into

the vast expanse of the Merzouga dunes on day two, Matthias

took the opportunity to push right from the outset and was able

to successfully chase down his rivals ahead to win the stage

by just over one minute. The result also elevated him into the

overall rally lead. Falling foul of one particularly tricky note in the

road book on Monday’s stage three, Walkner dropped down the

order to fourth as the event reached the halfway point. Coming

back fighting, and with the goal of making up as much time as

possible, the 2018 Dakar winner put in a superb performance

that saw him narrowly miss his second stage win of the event by

just 36 seconds. On the fifth and final day, Walkner knew exactly

what was needed of him to score enough points to claim the

world title. With the timed special shortened by the organizers to

just 166 kilometers, times were very close across the whole field.

Placing eighth on the final stage, Walkner finished second overall

for the event and earned himself 20 points, securing the 2021

FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship for himself and

KTM.

The experienced 35-year-old has shown he is clearly on form

and will now be aiming to carry his winning momentum into the

final round of the series in Abu Dhabi before focusing on the

2022 Dakar next January.

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

to take the win, but I made a small mistake about halfway

through that only maybe cost me a minute, but it was enough

on the shortened stage to lose out. Second place overall is great

though and to win the world championship title early is amazing.

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

time to relax now and really enjoy the moment.”

Photo Credit: Rally Zone

Photo Credit: Rally Zone

Photo Credit: Rally Zone Photo Credit: Rally Zone


Photo Credit: Rally Zone

Photo Credit: Rally Zone

Hondas Quintanillo takes the Race: While it was Walkner and KTM

winning the war that was the 2021 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World

Championship, the battle victory went to the Monster Energy Honda

Team’s new recruit Pablo Quintanilla. On the final day of the rally the

Chilean saw off his rivals to claim both stage and race victories. The

166-kilometre final special stage went quickly for most of the riders

still in contention for victory at this Rallye du Maroc. David Castera,

race director, had designed a stage with very little navigation. With

little movement of wind, the dust hanging in the air accompanied the

riders throughout the journey, making it impossible for riders starting

from the rear to make up time.

Pablo Quintanilla started in a fine position from which to attack

Mathias Walkner’s lead. The Monster Energy Honda Team rider held

a sufficiently strong pace to allow him to fulfil this main mission

and capture the final stage of the Rallye du Maroc and overall rally

victory…

Gas Gas Sanders takes maiden World Championship podium: He

secured third overall and with it his and GASGAS’ first ever podium

result in the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship. After

some issues on day three, the Aussie turned things around on the

final two stages, upping his pace and rapidly closing in on the leader

to complete the rally just over five minutes short of Walkner.

Opening the final stage was pretty cool.” Said Sanders. “After around

80 kilometres the navigation became a bit more tricky so I had to

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

small crash in the dunes but I was up quick and straight back on a

decent rhythm. I’m really happy to have finished third on this stage

after opening and overall it’s been a great week. To end it with a

podium and secure the first podium result for GASGAS in the world

championship is really cool.”

It was a close thing, Honda’s Ricky Brabec was also gunning for the

podium but with near identical times to Sanders on the final stage, the

American made no ground on the final day and ended fourth ahead of

Adrien Van Beveren in fifth on the Yamaha.

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

The next major race ahead of Dakar 2022 is the Abu Dhabi Desert

Challenge, held from November 6 to 12.

Photo Credit: Rally Zone

Photo Credit: Rally Zone

Photo Credit: Rally Zone


Sabie Valley Rider Academy

If you have ever ridden “E.T.” you have surely whipped through

Sabie on more than one occasion. However, if you have not

done that in the last few years you might notice quite an

elegantly modern structure as you come into town off Long

Tom Pass, directly across the road from Petena Pancakes. This

is the home of Sabie Valley Rider Academy, run by local couple

Thomas and Jacqui Bohm… and if you do not recognise those

names, then we are afraid you are not as well acquainted with

the motorcycle industry as you thought. Having lived and gone

to school in the area and his family owning a popular hotel in

the area since 1975, Thomas knows every squirrel in the forests

around there by their first name. Thomas honed his skills and

developed his passion for motorcycles riding and racing the

likes of XR200R’s, YZ and WR250’s… 2T’s back in those days.

In high school, he got annoyed with his mates riding away from

him so he got his hands on a Katana and started carving up the

mountain passes, getting hid knee down at every opportunity.

Then life happened, he married a pretty young local lass by

there name of Jacqui, started their own hotel, while still helping

run the family hotel in Hazyview. But the bike bug was still

there... and they started renting out quads to the tourists and

then added a couple F650GS’s into the mix.

And like they say in Afrikaans, “Toe is die koeël deur die

Kerk”, adventure riding and the GS bug bit hard, later Thomas

acquired himself an R1150GS-A.

Now, being in the hospitality industry just about from birth,

Thomas is quite an enthusiastic organiser of events with Jacqui

his very willing accomplice. In 2004/5 he got it in his head

to get a bunch of like minded GS riders together for a bit of

a camping and riding skills weekend and pit their strengths

against each other for a bit of a giggle… and thus was born in

2005 The Annual GS Challenge, which continued for another

16 or so years. Do the maths and you will see that a little thing

called Covid caused a bit of a time out giving Thomas time to

think, scheme and plan and come up with other interesting

events, but more about that later.

The event, (Sabie GS Challenge), was so successful that BMW

sat up and took real notice of it, liking it so much that it led to

the BMW GS challenge, which became the BMW GS ECO and

eventually the GS Trophy which we all know today. Like we

said, if you don’t recognise Thomas and Jacqui’s names then

you really need to get out more.

They have been in “on and off” talks with BMW for a Rider

Academy over the past 14 years for the Sabie area and finally it

all worked out a year or two ago. In the interim Thomas, already

an accomplished rider went for formal instructor training, firstly

with BMW Motorrad South Africa and then off to Germany to

do the full Road and Off-Road accreditation as a BMW Riding

Instructor, quite an achievement and accolade, these guys

get dragged off around the world to assist with events and


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competitions as marshals, judges

and the like which he did as a side

line to their Hotel business for many

years. In 2018 all things became

equal for Thomas and Jacqui and

they sold their hotel for a change of

pace in lifestyle – (hospitality is not

for the faint hearted) – and started

The Sabie Valley Rider Academy

as a full time venture, securing a

location and putting up the building

and the facilities. Besides doing

training from absolute novices

through to intermediate and better

riders they organise and host

motorcycle tours. These tours cater

for riders from novice off road all the

way through to advanced off road

riders and everybody in between.

They also offer customised or

personalised tours. You have just

got to see the fun and games on

their website. They host events such

as new model launches for various

motorcycle and auto brands. And as

we mentioned earlier Thomas is a

long time local and a member of the

local business chamber and he tells

us that there are lots of fantastic

events in Sabie, from mountain

bike races, to river tubing, rafting

and kayaking, running marathons

and just about everything you can

think of outdoorsy with a whole lot

of new, interesting, exciting and

possibly a bit “Off The Wall”.

As we mentioned lock down has

given Thomas a bit of time to

think… and he has a very interesting

imagination – Keep your eye on

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to find out more.

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with local lodges, B&B’s and etc.

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SUZUKI

V-STROM 650XT

BEEN A LONG TIME…

Right no beating around the bush.

Lets give our opinion on this bike

right off the bat. The Suzuki V-Strom

is one of the most underrated

motorcycles on the planet. In SA, its

one of those bikes that should sell

like sweets. And Suzuki tells us that

it does… as the bikes arrive, they are

basically sold.

And we’ve spent hundreds and hundreds of kilometres on

these bikes since they first hit our shores all those years ago

and seen the incremental changes happening on a year to

year basis. Lesotho, Swaziland, The Cape, JHB traffic – we’ve

been everywhere – this is a fuss free, comfortable bike that no

longer needs to prove itself to anyone…

Suzuki first brought the V-Strom to the market in 2004 as a

sport touring motorcycle. It is just such a well-balanced bike

that does a little bit of everything. Commuting, touring, cruising,

adventure touring and off-road riding.

The bike has undergone some evolution over its production

lifetime, with big visual changes between the generations.

On the mechanical side of things, the engine and the chassis

have largely stayed the same.


Because the original design was so good, Suzuki has not

needed to change much to keep the bike up to date. The engine

is basically bulletproof and there are bikes out there with zillions

of kilometres on the clock that are still going strong. Lesotho

used them for years as police bikes… Built Africa Tough! That

645cc 90-degree V-twin motor is capable of everything from

urban commuting to cross-country journey.

Some will argue that bikes such as the V-Strom are not really

dual sport because they cannot do the really extreme stuff. In

the end it is all semantics and it depends on your level of riding

skills and your personal riding style if the V-Strom is your kind of

adventure bike or not.

We often shake our heads when we see what some guys do with

bigger adventure bikes. Perhaps they really are riding Gods – or

most likely, their wallets are much better padded than ours…

This one is so comfortable on the road, one or two up. It revs

beautifully, runs up to the the 200KPH mark and will sit at 180 all

day long.

The plush suspension makes life easy on gravel – good or bad.

And if you feel the urge too upgrade there are about a zillion cost

effective otions on the market. A trip through the Karoo, Transkei

or Swartberg Pass – no problem with a big 20 litre tank keeping

fuel intervals realistic. Standard she carrives with Bridgestone

Battlax ADV rubber which is just fine for every day use.

The V-Strom 650XT is equipped with Advanced Traction Control

System, Rider modes Low RPM Assist and the Suzuki Easy Start

System.

But the basics have stayed the same… a no nonsense, capable,

comfortable mile muncher.

And we hear the purist keyboard warriors. What? No 21 inch

front wheel. And we wont even talk about the comments aimed

at the position of the oil filter… we’ve never smacked one ever.

The smaller wheel is just fine with suspension that is more than

up to the task – and now it even has spokes. So there you go.

There have not been great rafts of changes, simply because this

bike is so good.

For 2022, we see a new colour scheme and we like. A lot.

Commuters and travelers will appreciate the Suzuki V-Strom’s

standard rear cargo rack, with side bag and a top box being

optional.

This is a great bike – and by todays standards, at just under

150k, its really good value for money.

Think about it… V-Twin with all the tech for the same price as a

modern dirtbike.

At your Suzuki dealer.

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Displacement:

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Bore x stroke:

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Compression ratio: 11.2:1

Valvetrain:

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Transmission:

6-speed

Final Drive:

RK 525 chain

CHASSIS

Front suspension travel: Spring-preload adjustable fork;

5.9 inches

Rear suspension travel: Linkage-assisted, spring-preload

and rebound-damping adjustable

shock; 6.3 inches

Front Wheel: 2.50 x 19 Rear: 4.00 x 17

Tyres:

Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A40

Front brakes:

Twin 310 discs w/ radially mounted

calipers

Rear brake:

260mm disc

Ground clearance: 17 cm

Seat height:

83.5 CM

Fuel tank capacity: 20 litres

Curb weight:

215 KG’s

Our photographer Stefan Vd Riet shares his opinion on the

‘Strom...

This is a bike that I like, a lot.

I have had the chance to ride the DL 1050, 1000 and now the

650. Unfortunately in that order, because usually, you would

want to start at the bottom, then work your way up to the bigger

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is that of the novice offroad/adventure rider; the 1050 is a

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When I heard that the V-Strom came as a 650 as well, I

immediately wanted to try one. I haven’t had the opportunity

until now, and let me tell you it was well worth the

wait.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from the DL650 V-Strom, the

only other adventure motorcycle in this class that I have

experience with is Glenn’s old faithful 650 Terra. However,

from the experience with that bike, I knew that the size

was going to be a good fit.

Sitting on the 650 feels a lot like the 1000. About the same

seat, with my feet just barely being able to go flat on the

ground. If it didn’t look smaller, you wouldn’t even notice

that you’re sitting on an entry-level adventure bike. Of

course, it’s a lot lighter though, which makes it very easy

to move around. The dash has an analogue tachometer

and a simple LCD screen showing you your speed along

with all the other necessary info in a very Suzuki-esque

design. On the left handle, you have the mode buttons,

up-down and select, simple stuff gets you what you want

quickly. You get big mirrors on both sides, very handy for

traffic, and the windshield does exactly what it’s supposed

to. And that’s l you really need on a motorcycles control

panel.

The 650cc parallel-twin engine delivers a lot more torque

at the low end than expected. It’s not high on horsepower,

but you can cruise at speeds of up to 150 on the highway

with no worries and there’s plenty more to give. The ride

through town is perfect. The light weight makes it very

flickable and the torque pushes you through the traffic

with ease. Brakes are fantastic, the perfect answer to the

amount of power. The suspension is plenty soft for hitting

bumps and rocks at 70-80 km/h on gravel roads and hopping

over speed bumps on the road, but not so soft that

you feel like you’re diving into the pavement when hitting

the brakes. The tall handlebars make it easy to manoeuvre

at slow speeds and the neutral upright riding positions

ensures a comfortable ride all day. This could be a fun,

torquey commuter bike.

It’s definitely an adventure bike though. The soft suspension

makes for a comfortable ride on gravel roads and

bouncy trails. The standing position is comfortable on the

handlebars and you can grip the tank with your legs easily

by leaning forward just a bit. However, the pegs do feel

a little skinny once you shift all your weight to your feet.

The low-end torque makes most hill climbs a simple task

and the throttle response is predictable, so the bike does

what you want when you want. And off-road is exactly

where I expected to enjoy this particular bike the most.

The lightweight 650 gives you the confidence to have fun

in the dirt and makes it very easy to clamber over rocks

and through acceptably sized dongas. At no point did it

feel like the bike has too much power that could make

you lose control, so you can just relax and enjoy the ride...

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passenger. The pillion also gets some nice handles to grip

which is always appreciated, and there is space provided

to strap your baggage down which cements this motorcycle’s

categorization as a true adventure motorcycle.

All in all a very well rounded, fun machine that would put a

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Even though more than a handful of

MXGP stars decided not to race the

Motocross des Nations, it was a historic

event with a few surprises. The biggest

surprise was that Team Italy took the

victory over last year’s winner and this

year’s odds-on favorite, Team Holland,

by one point (and that one point was

in doubt throughout the final moto as

Italian Alessandro Lupino kept crashing,

but he just would not stay down…).

Team USA didn’t compete nor did

American-based riders like the

Lawrence brothers, Dylan Ferrandis,

Marvin Musquin, or Ken Roczen. The

race was still super compelling, though,

as it was decided with just two points

separating the top three teams, and

the home nation of Italy won despite a

10-position penalty!

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to an inconclusive COVID test (How badly does that suck?).

Man we feel for you.

“I am still at a loss for words after my experience @mxgp mx

of nations. After having inconclusive covid test results and

repeating it 4 times, something was not right and I was excluded

from the racing and paddock with immediate effect. I do

understand the risks involved in such an organisation.”

“I even went on a mission to get tested elsewhere for a second

opinion. I received two different test results early last night and

both of them were negative. It’s been a tough pill to swallow,

mind is racing, emotions are drained and can’t understand “why

me”. I do know that life works in weird and wonderful ways and

I’m trying to absorb the fact that maybe I was not meant to be on

the race track on Sunday.”

Regardless we made it straight to the A finals and team.sa.mxon

had an absolute blast together in Italy.Tristan Purdon and The

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SA’s International star Camden Mclellan crashed out in the

second race that left him with a buckled bike.

Although having good speed and a great qualifying result,

Camden Mc Lellan unfortunately had a crash that left him with

mechanical issues, making him unable to complete the second

main race.

“Man what a weekend! A lot of ups and a lot of downs, really

unfortunate to end today with a 28th after coming from last

(riding was really good) and a DNF after such a good start then

getting t-boned halfway down the 2nd straight. The start of the

weekend was alright though, was running p4 the whole race until

last lap where I made a silly decision with a few lap riders so

ended 6th.”

“I also want to say a big congrats to the whole @team.sa.mxon

boys and girls and everyone behind the scenes that made this

happen. You guys are all heros, I’m proud of my teammates

David Goosen and Tristan Purdon. You guys rode with all your

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This left young Tristan Purdon to fly the SA flag solo.

He finished up both his main races, going 34-31 & 18th in

Nations Classification for MX Open.

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Despite the heavy downpour and the thunderstorm that rocked the

day from the first warm-up session until the final race of the day,

this didn’t hinder Team Italy’s fighting spirit or the support of the

crowd of fans that turned out to support their nations. The trio of

Cairoli, Guadagnini and Lupino put together some strong races to

secure Italy’s third-ever victory at the Monster Energy FIM MXoN,

the first since 2002

Joining the winners on the podium were Team Netherlands who

finished just one point behind the victors (38 points) and Team

Great Britain who obtained their fourth consecutive podium to

finish third overall on 39 points.

Some riders share their thoughts:

Antonio Cairoli

Team Italy, first | 21-2 finishes for seventh overall in MXGP class

“This was the one missing in my career and I’m really happy to get

it. For sure it was a bit risky to come here and ride after last week’s

crash. I didn’t feel 100%. On the dry track I could handle it better

but on the wet track I was really struggling. The first moto crash

didn’t help and I didn’t have the best feeling. I knew I needed just

one decent moto and start and managed to do that. The other two

guys did an amazing job, especially Mattia for his first time.”

Jeffrey Herlings

Team Netherlands, second | 1-1 finishes for first overall in Open

Class

“I did what I could today and going 1-1 was the maximum. The

team did all they could, and we had some bad luck. Since 2016

we have been on the box at every Nations and you cannot always

win. Sometimes you have to lose to get better. I super-proud of

Team Netherlands and also my results; I’ve never been 1-1 at this

event before so it is good to add that to the collection. I’m looking

forward to the German GP now.”

Ben Watson

Team Great Britain, third | 3-4 for first overall in MXGP class

“When you come to this race you never know what to expect. I

knew that this weekend there were a few of the top guys missing,

so I came in here with my teammates, two really good mates of

mine, and we managed to come within two points of winning. It’s

amazing. To win the MXGP overall was just the cherry on the top. I

am feeling really happy with myself. It is a little confidence booster

going into the rest of the season.”

Vsevolod Brylyakov

Team MFR (Russia), fourth | 7-7 for second overall in MXGP class

“It was an unbelievable day for us, to finish fourth overall. The

whole team MFR just did really well in super-tough conditions and

it felt amazing to riding up front with the other riders in both races.

It was awesome to finish second in the MXGP class with two consistent

races and I’m proud to have helped the team achieve such

a good result. I missed the last year of racing MXGPs and the level

has risen so much in that time, so the goal was to stay on twowheels

and just try and get back up to speed. The team did some

changes to the bike coming into the race and it really worked, and

hopefully the rest of the season will continue this way and I can

show some more good results.”

Tom Vialle

Team France, fifth | 2-38 for ninth overall in MX2 class

“I was really happy about my first race. I had a great start and I

should have won it. I was faster than Thomas Olsen but had to do

the last three laps without any goggles. I was happy with the result

but also a bit frustrated. In the second moto we had an issue and

stopped after two laps. I won the qualification race on Saturday

and was 2nd against the 450s so most of the weekend was pretty

good. It wasn’t a bad day for Team France. At the moment I feel

great on the bike and my speed is really high. I just had some

bad luck. I will train a bit more this week and then be ready for

Teutschenthal.”

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Last month, in episode 2 of our epic tour across Africa

and into Slovenia you would have read how we described

Rwanda as one of the most picturesque, beautiful, clean,

neat and tidy countries in Africa and even despite its

rampant poverty is often described as the “Jewel of

Africa” . A country we had grown a deep attachment to

and were quite nostalgic about as we entered Uganda at

Kyanika, (see photo 1).

THIS IS GORILLA TERRITORY! With many opera

tors taking tourists on drives and hikes to meet with Gorillas,

literally meet them in their mountain sanctuaries and spend a

bit of time just being with them and communing with them.

The Gorillas are a highly endangered species and qre much

sought after by nefarious collectors and thus require around

the clock protection which is really expensive. Sadly it was a bit

more than our budget could allow for and thus we did not go

for such an excursion as the price was around $550 (US) per

person, Just under ZAR8,000.00 at the current exchange rate

… well worth it and for an extremely worthy cause if you have

the budget.

Our budget did, however allow for a slap up lunch at a local

restaurant. The food was quite unusual to our pallet but very

enjoyable and tasted really good and as we have said before,

truly experiencing a country in Africa is “Tasting Africa” through

the local cuisine as eaten by the local folk (Photo 2).

From there we headed towards Lake Bunyonyi, just across

the Rwanda/Uganda border which was one of the most highly

anticipated highlights of our tour. The local legend puts the

depth of the lake at around 3000 ft or 900m, however scientific

literature does suggest otherwise, nevertheless we were really

excited about going there. The lake itself and surrounding area

is picturesquely beautiful with many resorts on the shores.

(See photos 2, 3, 4 and 5). This lake is a fresh water lake and

is prolific with ‘fresh water lobsters’ as the locals call it, but

actually they are really just shrimps which are very, very tasty

nonetheless (see photo 6).

An interesting fact about the area: The lake has several

islands and Akampene island was or is known as ‘Punishment

Island’. The Bakiga, local people from the area, used to leave

unmarried pregnant girls on this small island with no food to

either die of hunger or whilst trying to swim to the mainland.

Swimming skills were rare. This was to intimidate the rest of

the populace and to remind them not to do the same. A man

without cows to pay the bride price could go to the island and

pick up a girl. The practice was however abandoned in the first

half of the 20th century.

Next it was on to Fort Portal, and some friendly advice to

fellow travelers is to really find out about the conditions of

roads and weather forecast in this area before travelling out

that way because wet and rainy conditions do make the roads

impassable. The roads was under construction and are not too

sure of the current state is, remember that we did this trip in

2019.

From Fort Portal we headed for Murchison falls where we

camped in the Murchison Falls National Park. This is where our

tour took a took a strange and honestly quite terrifying turn as

fellow traveler and good friend Jacques Nel tested positive for

Malaria.


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medication and monitoring him very

closely… while camping – not an

ideal situation, but this is a very real

consideration when travelling in Africa.

Late that night I noticed that a rain

storm was approaching and decided to

move all our equipment and small tents

into the restaurant/bar area as this was

under cover offering more protection

and comfort to Jacques. This was not

an easy task as hippos were grazing

about 50 meters from our tents and as

we all know they are possibly the most

dangerous creatures in the wild when

they are startled. The next morning

Collin and I set off for the famous

Murchison falls with our motorcycles but

had to turn back due to the extremely

wet and muddy roads which made

riding bikes extremely treacherous and

we did not want to hurt ourselves and

jeopardise the rest of our trip. With the

resort and park fees being quite dear,

we decided to head to a small town

called Pacwach on the outskirts of the

national park close to the border of

South Sudan where Jacques could get

some proper medical attention, see

photo 7 taken of this journey in the rain

with a very sick team member.

We were advised by the local police to

go to Hotel Alleluja in Pacwach, (see

photo 8). The manager, a wonderful

and lovely and caring lady immediately

started treating Jacques and called

the local “doctor” to attend to him.

We later discovered that the “doctor”

had a nursing degree in obstetrics! But

rather somebody with some kind of

formal medical back ground and local

area knowledge than a couple of bikers

inexperienced in any formal form of

medical assistance!

We stayed in Pacwach, (see photo

9), for 3 days and decided to move

Jacques to Entebbe from where we

could fly him back to South Africa for

further medical treatment. This was a

terrible trip as we had to cross Kampala

during a public holiday and Jacques,

although in no fit condition to do so and

extremely feverish had to ride his own

fully laden BMW 1200GS through all

sorts of road and trail conditions and

negotiate all the same obstacles and

trails we did.

We eventually reached our destination in

Entebbe and stayed over with friends of

mine, for 2 days. A couple of days later

the medication and medical care had

the desired effect and Jacques indicated

that he much felt better and would be

able to do the 2 day trip to Nairobi in

Kenya. Due to the lost days we could

not stay in Jinja and ride the rapids on

the Nile as planned so we headed to

Busia where we crossed in Kenya for

the next leg of our journey…

Look out for next months episode, safe

travels.

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Round8

The Linex Junior series really is one of those

success stories with the Linex bLU cRU squarely

behind the development series.

Round 8 on the 24th of October saw a great turnout

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a smaller than usual grid that took to the track. It

shows how quickly kids develop skills in the correct

environment.

The next one is on thye 7th of November at Smoking

Pistons, South of JHB.

Here are some pic from the action courtesy of Sean

Versveld and Cloud 9 Photography.

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Pics by: Zygmond Brodolka

Clash of the Titans

North vs South 2021


Record entries. Huge racing. Just like

the old days…

324 hungry riders descended on the

Bloemfontein Offroad Club for some

insane MX action. This is the first time in

32 years that there has been such a massive

turnout at any national MX event.

BORC and the Inland series are the guys who host this lot – a

fantastic collaboration with lots of exposure for the sport.

The southern, coastal Teams arrived from the Western and

Eastern Cape and KZN.

North was represented by teams from Gauteng, the NW

province, Freestate, Limpopo… all the way up as far north as

Polokwane.

All the gates were fully loaded, including the junior riders with

forty riders a time bashing bars.


There were some magic dices with some pretty big names like

Freddy Fourie, Johan Vogelslang and Jesse Wright coming

along to compete. The oldest racer for the day was young

Johnny Nel at 71 years of age. Amazing.

The vibe was amazing for the day, with packed pits, everyone

hungry to see this series boom after last years lockdown cancellation…

Gauteng took the day with an impressive 3748 points, followed

by The Freestate with 3011, ultimately leading to another North

victory.

It was so awesome to see how alive and kicking MX is in SA,

largely due to a phenomenal effort from all the track owners,

riders and sponsors around the country.

Next year will be bigger. A 3 race WOMSA national series.

The first will be held in Gauteng in March, then Eastern Cape in

April and the final North Vs South towards the end of the year

in Bloem.

The aim is to get back to like it was in the old days where

you needed to qualify in order to advance up the ranks. A tier

system.

Junior feeds the clubs. Clubs feed interprovincial. Interprovincial

then feeds national. And it’s already working – you can see

by the entries.

Watch this space.

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