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A motorcycle engineer who was unemployed for a long time decided to open a medical

clinic. He puts a sign outside the clinic:

“A cure for your ailment guaranteed at R500; we’ll pay you R1,000 if we fail.”

A Doctor thinks this is an excellent opportunity to earn R1,000 and goes to his clinic.

Doctor: “I have lost my sense of taste.”

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Doctor: “This is Petrol!”

Engineer: “Congratulations!

You’ve got your taste back. That will be R500.”

The Doctor gets annoyed and goes back a couple of days later to recover his money.

Doctor: “I have lost my memory, I cannot remember anything.”

Engineer: “Nurse, please bring the medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in the patient’s

mouth.”

Doctor: “But that is Petrol!”

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make his money back.

Doctor: “My eyesight has become weak.”

Engineer: “Well, I don’t have any medicine for this. Take this R1,000,” passing the Doctor

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Engineer: “Congratulations!

You’ve got your vision back! That will be R500.”

Have a great 2022!

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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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World of Yamaha and Linex

Yamaha Launch New E-Commerce

Sites

For Motorcycle and Marine Accessories.

Tuning Fork t/a Yamaha SA Distributors has as of

8 December 2021, launched three e-commerce

sites for all three company owned retail stores

applicable to motorcycle and marine accessories,

across a variety of brands. The retailers include

Linex Yamaha Lynnwood, Linex Yamaha

Randburg and World of Yamaha. This latest

venture aims to understand customer purchase

requirements and to ensure those customer

expectations are delivered upon, with a further

intent to exceed these expectations. ‘Online

shopping is a key component of any successful

retail business, as it exposes our fantastic range

of products to a broader customer base’ – Robin

van Rensburg,

Managing Director, Tuning Fork. Through

collaborating with a reputable technology firm

to build the sites, Yamaha’s latest e-commerce

platforms are designed to provide the customer

with a seamless user journey in terms of ease

of purchase of various accessory brands. The

state-of-the-art technology allows the customer

to make secure payments facilitated by PayGate.

At the heart of creating and maintaining an

effective e-commerce site is customer-centricity.

Therefore, the collection and delivery of products

are made convenient through their relationships

with top tier logistics service providers. This

additional perk provides the customer with the

option to either collect the order in store or to

have orders delivered to their address of choice.

With high-resolution images of reputable marine

and motor accessory products, customers enjoy

the thrill of visually connecting with various

accessory brands without leaving the comfort

of their homes or other spaces. The Yamaha

SA websites have been long in the making to

ensure that they respond innovatively to change

and continue to connect with customers at all

touchpoints.

Visit the new retailer e-commerce websites using

the links below:

World of Yamaha e-commerce website:

www.worldofyamaha.co.za/

Linex Yamaha Randburg e-commerce website:

www.linexyamaharandburg.co.za/

Linex Yamaha Lynwood e-commerce website:

hwww.linexyamahalynnwood.co.za/

Photo: R. Schedl, R. Steinke, KISKA GmbH

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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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Find New Ways

Trust in the north.

Photo: R. Schedl, R. Steinke, KISKA GmbH

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

parallel twin 889 cc 105 hp 204 kg

901

N o r d e n

the entire globe is a

playground just waiting

for you to explore.

inspired by the north

and built for the world,

the norden 901 is a rugged

travel machine ready

to face the unknown.


Ariete OEM replacement grips

Ariete offers the best in Italian made grips, with

world class innovation, safety and comfort.

The Ariete grips have an anatomical shape and

structure, ensuring the best in comfort, regardless

of how long the journey. Made from anti-allergy

and anti-UV material you can be rest assured

knowing your grips will be able to endure the

elements too. The hypo-allergenic material used

in the production of these grips is exclusive to

ARIETE and was developed to get the following

quite exceptional characteristics:

• The surface is not porous

• The molecular structure is dense.

• It absorbs and neutralizes vibration

• It is durable, and not subject to cracking

• It performs superlatively in the “Grip

test”

Ariete BMW Replacement Grips,

(sku 02624/L), are premium replacement grips

that are like the BMW OEM grips and are

compatible with both normal as well as heated

grip models. They are 125 mm in length, have

a holed diameter of 26mm and are open ended

to fit in bar ends or hand guard mounts. The

material is super soft

Ariete BMW Replacement Grips,

( sku 01690/F/24), are suitable for older BMW

models with heated grips such as the BMWs-

F650 Dakar R1150GS and etc. They are 130

mm and have a holed diameter of 26mm, made

from super soft material for heated controls, and

NO! the kit does not include the heating element

Domino A360 MX/Enduro grips

Designed and developed with the specific

intention to create a natural feeling texture, to

define a new level of grip safety and assure

the best level of comfort for the rider; the new

A360 grip has surprised testers and they are

sure it will do the same for you. These grips are

a thermoplastic dual compound rubber grips,

meaning a harder surface for better stability and

durability below a softer layer for better grip and

rider comfort with incorporates a new lamellar

structure for a better grip and an external zone

for increased stress reduction with 3 specific

slots for grip wire so they don’t cut into the riders

hands. This is quite a new innovative design the

right hand grip has a length of 120 mm and the

left hand grip is 123 mm in length with closed grip

ends and they fit a handle bar diameter of 22mm

and a throttle tube of 26mm. The flange diameter

is 60 mm with the fully installed diameter of the

grips at 29,5/31,5 mm respectively. The grip

features a new raised sheeting logo which has the

following functions, improve hand grip, giving a

higher sense of control, improve bioclimatology

by reducing sweating and helps clean the palm

of the glove in extreme conditions. Another

important feature of this new grip is two stress

reduction zones which have been ergonomically

placed in the two most highly stressed contact

points at either end of the grip. These zones

have been developed with a special soft texture

which has been proven to significantly reduce

the onset of blisters. The bas-relief A360 logo

improves heat exchange by increasing air flow

during use; this reduces hand temperature and

subsequently reduces stress to the palm. All of

these new design elements, matched with the

well-established technology that Domino applies

to all of its products ensures that the new A360

grip is an outstanding product for even the most

demanding riders.


Adventure Sport screens by

Powerbronze

Powerbronze Adventure Sport Screens have a

lower profile than the original part for a more

“sporty look” and are made from 3mm Acrylic

and fit most adventure bikes as well as some

road and touring bikes. They are available in 25

colours with flame polished edges. They use the

bikes original fixings and are extremely quick and

easy to fit and are TUV and ABE approved.

Powerbronze has over 70 years of experience

producing high quality products using extensive

feedback from world class riders, coupled with

considerable research and analysis as well as

advanced studies of ergonomics. The screens fit

the original fairing with no alterations, using the

original fixings.

For more info or to find your nearest stockist

on any of these great products give the guys a

Trickbitz a call on 011 672 6599.

Tork Kraft Vellies

Tork Craft introduces their new traditional

handmade Vellies for both male and female

A full range of sizes are now available in all

leading stores. The Veldskoen, an all-time classic,

hand crafted the old-fashioned way, with a strong

insole and sole for extra wearability in the true

Vellie tradition. The Tork Craft Vellies are created

by a leading shoemaker, crafted by hand for

maximum quality and comfort, strong distinctive

leather footwear made tough with a timeless

style. Made using only full-grain, natural leathers,

which are soft and naturally more flexible,

ensuring better comfort, they are stronger, have a

better aesthetic appearance and they last longer.

Scars, veins, tick marks and neck grooves are all

signs of natural leather. Vellies are still in fashion

today after decades of being marketed, many

have made copies, tried to look at upgrades

and new designs, but the original traditional

Veldskoen is still around and is well accepted and

still rules and can be worn to any occasion. They

have come a long way from the old outdoors,

farmers, bush footwear, they are currently well

accepted by all and worn everywhere by both

male and females. To view all the Tork Craft Tool

and Accessory options go to www.torkcraft.co.za

For more information talk to your retail outlet or

contact, Vermont Sales on 011 314 7711 and visit

their web site www.vermontsales.co.za, Trade

enquiries welcome.


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The Adventure is a professional SiDI

motorcycle boot that combines the

function of an enduro boot with the

everyday practicality of a touring boot.

Enduro and touring boots that are

waterproof, breathable through GORE-TEX

climate membrane breathable textile lining.

The shin guards are made of plastic, they

have an external heel protection cap and

plastic ankle protection with a flexible joint

system. They come with 2 interchangeable

quick release fasteners. The calf width is

adjustable via Velcro fasteners. They also

have a non-slip rubber sole with good

grip and come in both standard length

and shorty boots. Recommended retail is

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RST Urban Air 3 gloves

The Urban air 3 Mesh glove is CE certified

to level 1 KP. Made from mesh with a

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from Motosport Distribution on 011 397

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RAD shifts up a gear...

Some changes at the busy RAD dealership in

Rivonia includes the addition of a luxury vehicle

division instore.

So - in addition to your new KTM or

powerparts, you can browse some very well

looked after pre-owned motorcycles and cars.

www.radmoto.co.za


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DIRTRIDER MOTORCYCLES

CAPE TOWN 15 years of Lekker

Lekker.

We’ve featured this lot quite regularly over the

years, Here is some Dirtrider News:

Dirtriders Mario Kriek qualified as a motorcycle

technician in 1998 when he ran the workshops

for two of the biggest Yamaha dealerships in the

country.

He moved to Cape Town in 2000 and ran the

workshop for Linex Yamaha, deciding to start his

own business in 2006.

Dirtrider Motorcycles is a specialized off road

motorcycle shop and they recently celebrated 15

years in business. The shop stocks a wide array

of off road gear, riding kit, parts and accessories,

as well as a greatr selection of all the top brands

for motocross, enduro and off road tyres.

They also deal in second hand bikes which

are bought or traded in and then checked and

serviced before resale.

Dirtrider Motorcycles specializes in motocross,

enduro bikes and super motards. They have

a fully equipped workshop with qualified

technicians all with years of experience. Mario is

hands-on and rebuilds each engine himself. The

workshop carries out normal bike services and

also does race preparation and rebuilds for some

of SA’s national motocross and enduro riders –

from 50cc all the way to masters.

39B Stella Road, Montague Gardens (opp the fire

station on Koeberg Road)

021 552 8514

www.dirtridermotorcycles.co.za/


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Doctors Bikes and Scooters

Way out on the Wild West Rand in Krugersdorp is

a thriving multi franchise dealership. They are the

official agents for a number of illustrious brands

such as Suzuki, (which they took on just before

the world went into a tail spin of pandemics,

lock down and the like), SYM, Polaris, Linhai and

Zontes. They have a large, well organised and

professionally staffed and kitted out workshop

and fitment centre handling everything from

a puncture repair all the way through the a

complete rebuild, accident repairs and even

custom work. A good selection of accessories,

kit, clothing and aftermarket bits are on offer in

their well-stocked accessories division and their

parts department has everything you need for

most makes and models of motorcycles right

over the counter, and if they do not have it in

stock, they can get it for you in two shakes of

a lamb’s tail. They are the “GO TO” bike shop

in the area with knowledgeable, professional,

friendly and efficient service to boot. Pop in and

visit them at 1 Frederick Cooper road, Factoria,

Krugersdorp or give them a call on 011 764 2706

or drop them a mail at info@doctorsbikes.co.za or

go to their website at www.doctorsbikes.co.za

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Guts n Gas now focussed on

adventure...

Gear for your bike, crashbars, luggage, tyres,

screens - and well anything really. Gear for you,

boots, helmets, suits, comm systems, hydration

packs - and pretty much everything else...

In a very cool store in Randburg. They are busy

with a little waiting, coffee area where you can

pull up a pew and peruse the mags while you wait

for them to give your baby a bit of love.

Tyre and part fitments in a super neat workshop.

Very cool accessory shop!

Vin and the team do it all with a big smile.

26 Avant Garde Ave. Northlands Deco Park.

Randburg.

www.gutsngas.co.za


www.gasgas.com

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ON THE

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Purpose built for no-nonsense riding enjoyment, GASGAS EC Enduro bikes put highperformance

into the hands of everyone from occasional weekend warriors to those chasing

extreme enduro glory. Wherever you decide to ride, GASGAS EC 2-stroke and 4-stroke enduro

bikes are super versatile, ready to get you through the hardest rides and to the top of the

gnarliest climbs!

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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.


What happened at

EICMA?

Forget Christmas, for European bikers the most wonderful

time of the year is the EICMA show in Milan.

Motorcyclists are showered with gifts of new models

(not just the two-wheeled kind) and fresh innovations

on rotating stages and under rays of artificial light.

Donovan Fourie and friends take a look at what was

on show…

There was certainly some poignancy to this year’s

events after the 2020 edition was cancelled due to

COVID-19, but after fears manufacturer’s would stay

away and instead save cash by retaining the online

platforms it adopted for launches last year, nearly all

were present and correct on 25 - 28 November.

Notable absentees were Ducati and BMW. A couple of

the week’s biggest bikes were debuted online during

EICMA week, getting on the hype train without the

expense of running a massive display at the show.

Ducati is in Eicma’s back yard and yet, they chose to

rather launch their new Panigale online…

Our lot takes a look at what was presented and what

we can expect in the near future...

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Roughing it in Italian

the MV Agusta 9.5 Lucky Explorer:

MV Agusta unveiled the Lucky Explorer Project,

which they say is “a multi-faceted initiative aiming at

gathering the passionate lovers of rally raid and offroad

racing around Schiranna’s unforgettable legacy

of epic participations and victories in the great African

rallies of the golden age.”

We had heard rumours that MV Agusta would be

releasing much to look forward to, and this is just the

beginning according to the Italian brand. The Lucky

Explorer is MV delves into the lucrative adventure

market, more specifically the mid-range adventure

market.

They will release two variants – the 9.5 and the 5.5,

with the 9.5 featuring a 930cc triple motor built upon

the foundation of MV’s previous 800cc triple, except

with a bigger bore and a bigger stroke. Oh. And it will

also have a completely redesigned generator, starter,

clutch, selector and gearbox. Apart from that, it’s

exactly the same. Especially its size that keeps the

same dimensions as the 800, and weighs only 220kg.

As the 9.5 is still a prototype, more details including the price and release

date are still to be revealed.

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an up-down shifter.

The whole lot pushes a nod-worthy 125hp and 102

Nm of torque.

It would seem that MV Agusta is not marketing the

Lucky Explorer as a fancy café ornament, but means

adventure business. The frame and sub-frame

are classical steel-tubing builds coupled with an

aluminium swing-arm. The front wheel is 21-inch and

the rear is 18-inch, as you would expect on a serious

off-road machine.

Obviously it will feature a TFT dash with all the

electronic goodies.

From Italy where we saw the 9.5 Lucky Explorer, we now dash across to

China where MV Agusta, in collaboration with Qianjiang who also owns the

Benelli brand is developing a 5.5 version of the adventure range.

Very few details have been released about the 5.5, apart from that it will be

manufactured in China and that it will be powered by a 550cc parallel-twin

motor.

Like the 9.5, it will feature dual-lamp LEDs and a TFT dash.

Much of the rest of the machine seems to be based upon the Qianjiang

and Benelli 500cc adventure machines with an extra 50cc thrown in for

good measure.

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Kawasaki Versys

650 LT

This wasn’t the only Kawasaki unveiled at EICMA; the

updated H2 SX with adaptive cruise control is a much

flashier machine, but for many readers, it’s more than

they can afford.

However, almost anyone should be able to find

enough change in the couch cushions for the

Kawasaki Versys 650 LT (even though the price has

gone up, just a bit).

It is still a basic bike powered by a basic paralleltwin

engine, but with a new TFT screen, adjustable

windscreen, LED headlight and traction control

system, this bike receives a wide range of incremental

improvements without seeing a complete re-think.

In other words, Kawasaki made it better without an

expensive re-design that would have raised MSRP.

Good for them! We don’t all have deep pockets, and

frankly, the industry didn’t seem too interested in

releasing budget-friendly bikes at EICMA this year.

Let’s see if the bike makes it to our shores.

2022 Kawasaki KLX

230 SE:

Man we need entry level bikes… Let’s hope our weird

homologation laws don’t block this one…

Kawasaki has brought back the KLX 230 for 2022 and

along with it comes the new KLX 230 Special Edition

(SE). This entry-level dual sport is purpose built for

various uses riding on the streets or off-road trails.

The SE model comes equipped with plenty of features

that make it off-road ready for any new buyer. New

tapered handlebars as well as handguards, frame

covers, and a skid plate keep the bike protected.

Black rims and two special-edition graphics

(Firecracker Red and Oriental Blue) give the bike a

unique look. The KLX SE continues to come with a

233cc air-cooled engine, a six-speed transmission,

and weighs in at 130KG’s.

The KLX 230 is a staple in the small-bore dual-sport

world. With more enthusiasts learning to ride, it’s

great to see Kawasaki offering a

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2022 Ducati DesertX

Ducati Fans around the world REJOICE!

After a couple of years of teasing, it’s on the way -

Ducati’s most dirt-worthy motorcycle since the 1971 450

R/T. It’s the most ADV oriented Ducati to date and we like

the fresh approach. Let’s look more closely at Ducati’s

shot across the bow of the midrange rallye market.

The 2022 Ducati DesertX’s Testastretta 11° motor is

based on the engine used in the Multistrada V2 and

Monster. The 937cc V-twin with desmodromically

actuated valves pump out 110 horsepower at 9250 rpm

and 68 ft-lbs of torque at an approachable 6500 rpm.

Changes to the clutch and gearbox improve shifting and

save weight.

A quickshifter is standard for the six-speed transmission.

1st and 2nd gears are considerably lower than on the

Multistrada V2, with the 3rd through 5th speeds geared

incrementally lower. Sixth gear remains a touring-friendly

overdrive.

Off-road credibility comes via a 21-/18-inch wheel

combo and long-travel suspension.

Aggressive Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tubeless tyres are

mounted on the wire-spoked rims. The fully adjustable

KYB suspension provides around nine inches of wheel

travel at both ends. The fork is a 46mm inverted unit,

while the piggyback-reservoir shock is cantilevered,

rather than linkage-assisted.

The DesertX tips the scales at 224 KG’s with the 21 litre

fuel tank topped off.

An optional 8 litre auxiliary fuel tank mounted near the

rear fender extends the DesertX’s range considerably.

Seat height is 34.4 inches, and the ergonomics are

friendly for standing. Ducati says it has kept the

midsection slim to make it easier for the rider to grasp

the motorcycle when riding off-road and get the rider’s

boots to the ground. Initially soft suspension keeps the

rider closer to the ground, cutting into the 9.8 inches of

ground clearance. An accessory lower seat is available.

Plenty of modes and rider-aid options allow riders to

tailor the DesertX for preferences and conditions. There

are six ride modes, plus four Power Modes. For the

first time, a Ducati motorcycle has a Rally mode, which

goes with the Enduro, Sport, Touring, Urban, and Wet

modes. The four power modes—Full, High, Medium, and

Low—adjust throttle response and power output. IMUsupported

adjustable rider aids include traction control,

wheelie control, electronic engine braking adjustment,

and cornering-aware ABS. The DesertX’s ABS also has

three levels with the cornering function, plus Enduro and

Rally, which defeat the cornering utility.

Brembo handles braking duties. A pair of radially

mounted Brembo M50 monobloc calipers grasp the

320mm disc. The front brake master cylinder is a direct

axial-pump design, and the lever is adjustable. The

265mm rear disc gets a two-piston floating Brembo

caliper.

The dashboard is rally-inspired. The five-inch TFT display

is mounted vertically to make it easier for riders to read

while standing. There are two viewing modes—Standard

and Rally. The Rally mode is designed to facilitate

navigation by mimicking the tripmaster display used by

rally bikes. Unfortunately, GPS is not part of the system.

The optional Ducati Multimedia System pairs with your

smartphone, providing turn-by-turn navigation. If you

like listening to music or talking on the phone while rally

raiding, the DMS will make that happen.

There will be lots of apparel to match the DesertX—both

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Yamaha Tenere Raid

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As more and more new bikes were announced at this

year’s EICMA, one that really caught our eye is the

2022 Yamaha Tenere Raid Prototype. Before you get

your hopes up, yes, this bike is still a prototype, but

it does look strikingly similar to a hopped-up Tenere

700.

The Raid prototype looks to be outfitted with about

every part from the GYTR accessories catalogue. A

full titanium Akrapovič exhaust system, oil cooler,

oversized brakes and race-ready suspension are just

the tip of the iceberg on the spec sheet. Photos also

show a large dash with full road-book navigation

display. In short, the bike looks like Yamaha said

“Hmm, if we were to race the Dakar on a Tenere, what

would we throw at it?” This purpose-built machine is

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30 years

of Shimwells…

By: Séan Hendley

Actually, it’s more like 130 plus years…

Current owners, André and Brahm Botha

purchased the shop back in 1991 from Marco

Galliot, a Mauritian Frenchman who had

owned it since somewhere back in the late

sixty’s or early seventies, before that details

are a little bit hazy through the fogs of time.

Photo’s do tell us that Shimwells Cycle Works was in Commissioner

street, Boksburg with Ox wagons still being the

transport of choice around the turn of last century. We have

also been able to glean that Shimwells Brothers were also the

original importers of Ford automobiles into South Africa when

the first Model T’s were the latest ‘hot ticket’ in town. Around

1929, the Shimwells building was erected in Springs. Half the

shop was a hobbies, models and crafts shop and the other

half was a motorcycle dealership with brands like BSA, Triumph,

Royal Enfield and Honda in stock. Along the line those

brands were relinquished and a Yamaha Motorcycles franchise

was taken on during Marco Galliots time.

Here is an old newspaper article excerpt, by Denis Godfrey,

from somewhere in the 1980’s… we think:

PIC 1 CAPTION: Shimwells Brothers was a bicycle and later

motorcycle seller in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was

established in 1887 at the corner of Eloff and Pritchard Streets,

(now one of the poshest commercial districts of Johannesburg),

in humble quarters made of bricks built with mud and grass.

Check out all the new Model-T Fords parked in front of

Shimwells back in the day.

“Of all the great cities of the world, Johannesburg probably

is unique in one respect. It is that some of the commercial

establishments which opened their doors on what virtually was

barren veld in the cradle days of the mining town, still are in

business to this day, (and if you look at the names, more than

40 years after this original article was written, they are still

going and are giants of industry in South Africa and around the

world.).

After the passing of almost a century since the first keen

traders hung their notices outside their tents and shanties

proclaiming their wares, at least some of the pioneer firms still

are in business… Names like come to mind include Thorne

Stuttafords, Jutas, Markhams,… T.W. Beckett and Company,

Herbert Evans and of course, Shimwells Brothers, the firm that

set out with such success to put the people of Johannesburg

on wheels. Shimwells Brothers was founded by Albert Shimwell

in 1887, and had among its customers such giants of

South African finance and mining as…”


Come the 1st of November 1991, brothers André, (34 years

old at the time), and Brahm, (24 years old then), took over the

reigns at Shimwells Yamaha. Incidentally, another historical

event took place on the same day, South Africa moved from

GST, (General Sales Tax), to VAT, (Value Added Tax). With the

business, they inherited some staff, one of who is still with

them to this day. Gertrude Mbonani was a mere 31 years old

at the time and had joined the company 2 years earlier in 1989

as the tea lady, but she had bigger plans in mind. Preferring

to spend her tea and lunch breaks sitting with the parts sales

people and learning their trade and teaching herself how to

operate the computers, she eventually started minding the

parts counter when the sales folk were on their breaks and

was eventually appointed into the position permanently. Anybody

that has dealt with Shimwells in the last 30 odd years will

be acquainted with her No-Nonsense, professional, friendly

and efficient service.

Gertie, as she is affectionately known, is a mainstay of

Shimwells family, having been there longer, even than even

the owners themselves. She tried retiring somewhere back

in 2012, but got bored sitting at home sipping on tea and the

Botha boys gratefully welcomed her back.

In May 2012, they opened a satellite showroom in Boksburg

and operated the two shops for 5 years until 2017 when they

decided to close up Springs and expand the shop in Boksburg.

Now the next generation is moving up through the ranks

in the form of André’s son and workshop manager Zac Botha.

How absolutely flippen cool is that?

Here’s to the next 130 years of Shimwells!.

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2022

YAMAHA

YZ450F

At the time we did this test, there were only two new 450’s in SA. The bike belongs to Linex

Lynwoods Justin Boniface – and he was crazy enough to allow our lot loose on the machine.

We are happy to report that it returned in the same condition as when we arrived…

Conditions at the Chestnut Hill MX track were perfect for our intro to the 2022 Yamaha

YZ450F. With the 450 featuring new suspension settings, rear wheel changes, a reduction in

unsprung weight, and cosmetic updates, Yamaha went beyond the bold-new-graphics theme

common toward the end of production cycles. Current owners need not worry though; while

the rear wheel has an updated hub and new three-cross-spoke pattern, it’s dimensionally the

same, so your current inventory of latest-generation YZ450F wheels and sprockets will fit if

you decide to upgrade to the 2022 model.


The bike was fueled and pointed at the track where the guys

each took in a few laps and came in scratching heads a bit. Trying

to be diplomatic and looking very wise, they all commented

on how great it felt, with such linear power delivery and all that

until we asked why it was not revving out very much…

Justin had deliberately set the bike on a softer, toned down rain

mode just so that the guys could get used to the track before

opening her up. As you’ll know, Yamaha was one of the first

bikes with remote tuning via the app on your cell phone. Yamaha

owners. Do yourself a favour and invest some time in learning

how to operate the Power Tuner app. The bike comes standard

with two stock base maps, even when the map light is activated.

So - why not plug in a secondary map from the factory? They

want you to connect through the app and dial it in. It even provides

maps for you to do so. All you have to do is access them.

If you’re unsure of anything, have the dealer assist you with

setup when purchasing your new ride.

Justin spent quite a lot of time playing with the app, and he’s

actually saved quite a few maps on his phone as far as we could

tell. You can literally set up your favorite map according to what

track you ride at.

He Bluetoothed to the bike, reset the maps – and that didn’t

take long – and sent the boys out again… and the difference was

actually quite amazing. Ain’t technology marvelous?

Our regular MX man Mike Wessels tells us that Yamaha has improved

upon the already great suspension settings. According to

press releases from Blue, mid- to high-speed damping force has

increased, and he reckons that the ’22 just feels better.

“I came with the expectation of the 2022 model feeling the same

as the previous 21 with not a whole lot of updates as most of

the significant updates were done in 2020 and I must say I did

notice a better ride with the suspension. Yamaha has always

been known for having good suspension and I’m glad they kept

with the coil spring forks, they work well and seems like they

dialed the stock suspension in just right without us having to

play around with the clickers. I felt comfortable straight off the

bat even though I haven’t ridden in a while - and I felt safe on the

bike.

To be honest I couldn’t notice any difference in feeling with the

lighter rear wheel on the new bike but it might give less of a gyro

effect in the air if anything noticeable.

The Power delivery is what impresses me the most with the bike.

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Yamaha deliver a strong motor that really pulls hard without

having to go flat taps all over the place. I’m sure will aid with reliability

in the long run as there is plenty power and motor doesn’t

need to work that hard to be fast plus it sounds great!

Overall, a great bike for my level of riding. I couldn’t ride the bike

past its potential. It feels solid, quick and handles so well without

major adjustments.

The bike looks equally great in in the flesh and although the tank

area feels wide you get used it quite quickly. The more you ride

it, the more you like it.

Thumbs up from me!”

St John Von Willich, who does not race, but who is one of the

smoothest riders that we’ve seen in a long time was also so

complimentary of the new machine. Interestingly, he spends his

life in the saddle of European bikes – and this was his first outing

on the YZ.

“Guys, I felt really at home. I need to set the bars and things to

my personal preferences, but

what amazes me is that by the end of lap 1, I was just so at

home on the Yamaha. Very smooth through the corners – no

washing up front and the track is quite slippery in a few places.

Unreal handling with a broad powerband. Beautiful power everywhere!

On the older bikes, I’d always notice a big geometry

change between my bike and other brands – but these days, the

newer bikes all feel so similar in the way that they do stuff. You

can see how brands pinch ideas and tech from each other – you

can hop from one brand to another and the bikes just feel right!

This one is a great choice. I was very pleasantly surprised.”

That’s it folks. Small updates for the new model on, what our lot

says is already a great bike.

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The best fun you can have with your kit on!

The Husqvarna FE 450 in street trim.

Some of you might not know that most

Husqvarna motorcycles arrive in the

crate, completely roadworthy. The reason

for this is because in many countries,

people use them as commuters. Also, in

places like Australia, your dirtbike has to

be roadworthy in order to go trail riding.

At the Norden launch last month we

noticed that the leader of the pack was

on this FE 450. Being a formal launch

and heading out onto some of the public

roads in the area meant that the bikes

needed to be roadworthy coz – we are all

like super -responsible. With the demise

of bikes like Honda’s XR650, would this

make a good work tool or farm bike.

If you live on a farm…

A bike like this is flippen ideal – and you’ll

get to the very top camps in a big hurry

without even looking at the farm roads.

A quick blip down the gravel road to visit

the Buurman or grab supplies from the

co-op would also be some of the very

best fun on the market.

Electric start, side stand, liquid cooling

with a fan and more than enough horsepower

to carry the biggest Blue Bulls

farmer on the planet.

All of this comes with the added bonus

that you have an absolute race weapon

to compete with at the farm races on the

weekends. This is definitely not the old

XR that your pops once owned.

In suburbia, it not quite that simple…

What’s it like as a day to day commuter?

We went and picked it up from Husqvarna’s

offices in Kyalami and pointed in the

direction of the East Rand. It’s more fun

than a barrel of frogs for sure!

On the streets, there is not a bike or car

on the market that will touch the fun

factor from light to light. Chances are

excellent that you’ll be fined for popping

her up on the back wheel or pulling that

lekker stoppie. Traffic jams? What traffic

jams? Hop the curb and take a short left!

That’s the very nature of a dirtbike.

Short commutes from home to the office

will leave you smiling from ear to ear every

single day. Freeways – not so much.


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Especially with the knobbly tyres – they sure won’t last long

and you will be vibrated and buzzed to bits after any long ride.

In stock trim, she happily runs at 140 without revving her brains

out. But it’s only really fun on shorter commutes.

But…

Were we to use a bike like this as a day to day commuter and

for longer trips… this is what we’d do.

Changing tyres every time you ride is a royal pain – so, we’d

probably invest in another set of wheels - even a used set and

fit more street oriented, adventure type tyres.

Those would be perfect for street use – A –La-Motard style.

We’d also probably fit a smaller rear sprocket to tone things

down a bit and get a bit more top speed – and a smaller rear

sprocket will bring the revs down and is gentler on the engine.

Do the maths – it’s still more cost effective than buying two

new bikes.

The dirty wheels would be hauled out for the weekend – lights

numberplate, mirrors taken off (That all takes less than an hour

once you’ve had a bit of practice), leave the hooter on and

head out to the trails or - to the next race.

Why the hooter? Chances are excellent that you’ll use it to let

your buddies know that you are about to overtake…

This FE 450 is fitted with an Akarapovic slip-on .

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The clip on road worthy kit


The 2021

Motul

Roof Of Africa.

SOME of the stories behind the mother of hard enduro

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The dust (OK Mud) has cleared. The bikes are washed and ready

for the ’22 season – and hey! The sun is shining for a change.

From a spectators point of view, it’s been a very entertaining

Roof– and to be absolutely frank, it was just so cool to be back

in the Mountain Kingdom for the Motul Roof of Africa.

Things were a bit different. The border crossings were a breeze

and we were in Maseru for the scrutineering. It was so cool to

see old faces again – it’s kinda like a gathering of mates to round

off the season – just - this year it was slightly earlier than usual.

Lesotho, still nervous about the pandemic asked that Round The

Houses and Endurocross sections be cancelled. This saw the

Thursday field heading out to Thaba Bosiu and straight into time

trial starting and ending at the race village.

Travis Teasdale

It all seemed a little subdued when compared to previous Roofs

– mostly because there were less spectators – but if we tell you

that the racing was as good as ever – you need to believe it!

The day of the time trial was actually quite dry. A wave of the

iconic blue, white and green Lesotho tricolor by the King of

Lesotho, King Letsie III saw the race declared ON! The guys

and gals set good pace on the short loop. It was great to watch

the guys leading out through the donga at the base of the

village. A tight twisty loamy piece that eventually ends up on

the mountains and off into the spectacular valleys that are the

reason we love Lesotho so much. It is always spectacular to

see the skills that the gold racers display – and in the opposite

spectrum – watching the riders in the new iron class clambering

through sure was entertaining!

In gold, Travis Teasdale recorded the fastest time of the day. He

edged out defending champion Wade Young who took second,

just 20 seconds behind Teasdale. Matt Green finished in third,

just 3 minutes 35 seconds behind Young. This was set to be a

great Motul Roof of Africa!

Lying in bed after a long day out, the thunder came in and the

rain started to fall… It was going to be a whole new ball game on

Friday.

Friday arrived, cold, overcast and rainy. Our troop of merry men

opted to skip the start and head directly to the first unassisted

refuel. It was a bit bleak, that snotty rain that does not quite

know what it wants to do. Climbing up the pass we spotted

one of the road crossings where the early birds were gathering.

Guys – The Roof is always so festive – pit crews and spectators

were parked along the road waiting for the first riders to come

through. When they did appear, they were thoroughly wet and

cold – and it was still only 8 in the morning. But the guys we saw

were quite chipper – just too happy to be riding in Lesotho again.

We moved along to the first refuel point – a spectacular vista

where if you just walked a short way up the mountain, you could

see all the way to Zimbabwe! The guys and girls started coming

through. It was here that The Motul Roof Of Africa claimed its

first high profile rider. KTM’s Kirsten Landman arrived looking

a bit worse for wear – the slippery rocks had grabbed her and

she limped off the bike looking a bit dazed. A couple of tumbles

ended her outing and the disappointment for this Roof veteran

was just so bitter for her. Luckily she has recovered and her

planning and training for Dakar this month is in full swing.

Malcolm Mac Sherry

We got back onto the road to the second refuel point, hoping to

catch the top gold guys coming through. Unless you have seen it

you won’t understand.

People kind of mill around waiting… until – the Basotho ladies

start to Ululate. Then you know that someone is on their way…

but you can’t really tell who it is until they come storming in. In

this instance it was Shercos Wade Young leading the pack.


His international crew was ready with a fresh hydration pack and a

bowl of food. It’s like watching F1 – the bike and body is refueled – and

he was off again. That was to be the tone of the entire race. The next

few riders were closer together, Trax Gas Gas riders Travis Teasdale

and TT’s Matthew Green arrived next for a repeat performance. Those

three riders were already well ahead of the rest of the pack – it just

shows what racing abroad has done for our riders. Not too far off,

the next two roared in – Mclarens Yamaha’s Luke Walker and Brother

KTM’s Blake Gutzeid were in the hunt and it was awesome to see.

A little birdie had told us where the gold and silver riders were

expected to climb later that day so we loaded up and shipped out to a

kloof – literally in the middle of nowhere. The rain was pouring down…

a few vehicles were camped along the side of the ravine. It’s awesome!

One bunch had the sound system out, blaring “Ou Ryperd”. Another

bunch had a full on camper set up – they were braaiing and catching

water off the canopy to boil up a nice cup of moer koffie. Soon the

Michelin guys arrived, set up their Gazebo – and silly people – pulled

out the biltong. It was a full-on picnic on the side of the mountain in

the pouring rain. How cool is that? Our German visitor, Hard Enduro

Worlds Peter Schleuter just shrugged. “Only in Africa!”

Wade’s international pit crew.

But that’s a side bar, we were there for the race, so we all looked

for vantage points to grab that elusive cover shot. We could see the

bronze riders making their way along in the distance – and we can tell

you for free that where they were riding was certainly no picnic… While

we were waiting, the news came through that thanks to the inclement

weather, the days racing was being shortened and would end at the

next DSP.

A blue dot was spotted in the distance and the ululating began from

the few villagers who were braving the weather. Wade made his way

to the bottom of the climb and then started the charge. It really is quite

something to see the skills that a rider like Wade has. Places where

most mere mortals would not even think of riding were like a cakewalk.

It was, however quite gratifying to see that even he had to push up and

over the final rocks – he is human after all…

We sat on that slope for four hours – and in that time, only 6 gold

riders came up the hill. Wade, Travis, Maddy, Luke, Will Slater and

Blake Gutzeit. But there was a bit of excitement when two Bronzies

took a wrong turn and ended up on the slope. We saw two riders stuck

right down at the bottom – and we think that it was Matthew Green

who stopped to help them through the mud and snot up on to the rock

face – and they started to climb… Despite our best efforts of telling

them to turn around and they are nuts and other interesting things,

they decided to soldier on up the slope. “There is no way we are

turning back to ride through all that again!”

There was a band of spectators who our lot labelled the Basotho

warriors on that hill. They took off their Basotho hats, wandered down

the hill and literally carried Eddie and Graydon up. That’s Roof for you!

With the sun well past its zenith we decided that it was time to make

our way to the DSP to watch the guys coming in and it was awesome!

Whoever chose this spot has a great sense of humour. After a long

day in the saddle – riders had to fling themselves and their bikes up

a steep, slippery rock face to get through the Motul arch. There were

two possible routes – and they were both equally challenging. And

they were covered in mud thanks to all the dirty wheels that made

the trek up. The riders were absolutely knackered! But it made for

great spectating as the guys flung their bikes up and trudged wearily

after them. Some came unstuck and gracefully slid down again – and

the spectators were not allowed to assist. Those who made it were

rewarded with a mighty cheer! There were some heroics as riders

helped each other up and over – but some riders were simply too tired

to climb off and help… and they just sat and watched with glazed eyes

until it was their turn to tackle the climb.

It was awesome for our lot cheering them on. And chatting to the guys

at the top, you could see the relief and pride of having made the finish

for the day.

Luke Walker and motorcycle family.

Gold Podium.

I think it’s that way.

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Matt Green was overcome with emotion to get across the finish line third overall,

it was a tough Motul Roof of Africa.

That’s what The Roof is all about. We

stayed at the DSP to cheer some of our

bronze mates home until after the sun

went down. There were still riders out,

tomorrow was going to be a long day…

Day 3: The Final Race Day.

There was palpable tension at the start at

Thaba Bosiu on the final day. Amazingly

we managed to drag our entire posse out

of bed at four AM so that we could get to

the start from Maseru to watch the front

runners head out. Very glad we made

it though, because you get to see old

friends and chat to parents, dealers and

manufacturers who were at The Roof. It

was great to see the massive Motul bike

wash, the Yamaha workshop and the

huge Michelin tyre setup –

stuff that you just don’t notice while you

chase the race.

Some of our team decided to watch

the golds head out and then to head

for Bushmans pass so that they could

catch the top riders coming through. A

couple of us stayed behind to watch the

Siver and Bronze riders take off. The first

donga that we watched at time trial had

become virtually impossible to navigate

– just a huge mud bath thanks to all the

rain. That’s the Roof for you!

We watched the last of the Bronzies

head out when we were told that thanks

again to dodgy weather, the organisers

had decided to end the Gold, Silver

and Bronze classes at Bushmans – and

as it happened that turned out to be a

good call… so the entire timekeeping

setup, sound etc was moved to one of

our favorite mountains. Bushmans is

great! The riders don’t think so, but for a

spectator it’s awesome because within

walking distance you can get to three or

four climbs and watch the fun. You can

literally camp out and watch the mayhem

unfold.

It was race on to get to Bushmans in

time to catch the gold riders coming

through on their first loop – and just a

few minutes after we arrived, Shercos

Wade Young came storming through.

He headed our quickly not wasting any

energy on niceties. And the weather was

foul!

A cold wind gusted up the valley and the

rain… well it was just flippen miserable.

The folks from Avani actually succeeded


in getting a coffee station up and running. Kudo’s to them! You

had to spare a thought for the guys on the bikes. Racing Roof is

tough – but when it rains… it’s a whole new beasty.

The gap between the riders grew. Trax GasGas rider Travis

Teasdale came through, followed by TT Racings Maddy Green.

Then there was quite a long wait – when we noticed a Sherco

rider coming in from a different direction… it was Young!

Somehow he had missed the course.

A quick chat with the clerk of the course and he was off again –

and the speculation started among the spectators. Did he have

enough of a lead to stay ahead? Would Teasdale be able to haul

him in? He only needed to get back to the point where he had

gone wrong - he did not have to re-ride the whole thing. But

still… It was turning out to be an interesting morning.

The silver leaders stated coming up the last hill and you could

see the absolute joy on the guys faces as they crossed the finish

line. And it was for good reason.

The Silver class saw only 9 finishers from 89 starters and it also

happened to have the closest podium finish of the event. Sage

McGregor took a well-deserved victory over Jason Stay by less

than 7 minutes and despite setting the fastest time of the day,

Whitey Oosthuisen (One Nine Auto) came in third overall, less

than 2 minutes behind Stay. It was awesome to watch. Next year

we are pretty sure these guys will enter gold.

In between all of this, the Top golds started to come in. Wade

made it 4 in a row and his sixth Roof win overall, by winning

the 53rd edition of the Motul Roof of Africa . He was followed

home by the GasGas duo of Travis Teasdale (Trax TT Racing)

who ended up just over 28mins behind the leader with Matthew

Green (TT Racing) a further 44mins behind Teasdale.

We’ve watched these guys since they were kids – it’s

awesome to see the men that they have become – and you

only understand how important it is to these guys when you

experience the emotions first hand. Green is usually one of

the happiest guys out there – when he crossed the line with a

podium, he was overcome by the sheer magnitude of it all. Very

cool to see.

But The Motul Roof Of Africa is not only about the gold riders.

Eventually, thanks to the rain, the final climb turned to slush –

the guys crossed the road, saw the Motul arch and thought that

their race was over…. But that was not the case. They were

greeted by a steep, slippery rock strewn climb. And when they

got through that… they hit a sticky muddy slope. If it was dry, it

would have been a cakewalk, but Lesotho had other ideas. The

guys were exhausted and no matter that you were riding with the

very latest rubber from Michelin – traction was non-existent. And

spectators were, once again not allowed to assist at all.

Rory Gower led the bronze class from start to finish taking first

overall, followed by father and son duo Pieter Holl (Bert Smith All

Stars) and Jukka Holl in Third. The Bronze class fared the best in

the race against attrition with 131 finishers from 199 starters.

Drama unfolded as the guys tried everything to get unstuck.

Everything from launching your bike up the muddy slope and

trying to follow it, to finding a line that someone had not tried

before. Some of the teams came in with the lead rider stopping

to help, ropes were attached and bikes were manhandled up

the hill. Some guys got properly stuck and were simply too

exhausted to do anything about it…

Kids and wives stepped in to cheer their family members on…

It was awesome to watch. Indomitable human spirit at its very

best. The hours literally flew by as the sun started to set on

another epic Roof. We waited for the last gold riders to come

home – SA’s hard enduro teacher and Roof legend, Mclarens

Racing Wild William Gillitt soon made an appearance on the

mountains and stormed up the hill to massive applause with

his riding buddy Graham Hedgecock. These guys contribute so

much to the South African racing scene.

Route Director Altie with Hard

Enduro Worlds Peter Schleuter

Team Michelin.

Team Motul and Team Trax

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From Will: P15 for 15 straight consecutive golds .Had to work

really hard for this gold roof finish with 13h45 hours on Friday.

Saturday was also a mud battle after only having 3hours sleep

on Friday evening. I had to use my military training, Romaniacs

gold experience and my previous Roof experience to pull this

one off. A massive thanks to Mclarens Yamaha for giving me

an opportunity to compete in the 2021 Roof...Thank you Ian

McLaren. Thank you to Steve Thompson for everything you have

done over the years and for your immaculate attention to detail

preparing my bike.

Without my Brother Michael Gillitt no finish is possible, yet

again he worked a slick service crew plan along with 10 other

McLaren crew members. To all the riders that trained with me

during the year especially the bronze riders I am proud of all your

finishes. Thanks Altus and Charan Moore for testing me to my

limits.#oldbutnotcold

That’s the story from our perspective. Sadly, with the routes

being changed every day, we seemed to miss most of the Iron

class action and they finished each day at Thaba Bosiu. Many of

our friends rode the class –and to quote Eldin Engelbrecht: “It’s

one of the hardest things I have ever done!” So if you think that

Iron is a picnic – maybe think again.

Tiaan Rabe made Motul Roof of Africa history. His is the firstever

name on the Iron Class trophy and he was followed home

by Manuel Ferreira and Kowie Lombard.

To watch the Roof Vids that we took – we have complied them

all on our You Tube channel – South African motorcycle Media

have a watch one rainy day and you’ll get the idea of what it was

like to be there. All of the other photos we took are up on our

social media page – facebook.com/dirtandtrail.

For all the great official Motul Roof Of Africa stuff , professional

vids, pics, releases etc – www.roofofafrica.co.ls

Two Roof legends

Eddie Mdonana and Graydon Ilderton at the finish.

People’s tales…

My name is Luca van Zyl, I am 16 years old and competed in

the Gold class at the Roof of Africa 2021 and I want to share my

story:

Being 16 years old, it was the first time I was allowed to compete

and my bike of choice was a 2021 Husqvarna TE150i, because

the regulations restricted us from riding any bigger 2 strokes. My

training started in Jan 2021 and we used the National Enduro

and Extreme Enduro series to gain experience and help to

prepare myself.

At the time trial I started 4th, which was a bit of a rookie mistake,

because it made navigation difficult, however I felt very strong

and managed a good pace and even followed Will Waide Slater

at the same pace for about 20km. About a kilometre from the

finish of the time trial I ran out of fuel. I managed to limp along,

but in the end I had to push my bike to the finish line. I lost quite

a bit of time, but still managed a 30th place. It was then that I

realized that fuel was going to be the biggest challenge for me at

this year’s Roof.

We urgently changed our strategy and my crew planned

additional fuel stops in between the official refueling points.

On Friday morning I was on the start line at 05:30 and I realized

that the looming rain was going to make my fuel problem even

bigger, but we were confident about our strategy.

From the start I was making up good positions and gained a lot

of time, even under these extreme weather conditions. My crew

refueled me at a road crossing between the start and refuel 1. At

that stage I was super confident about my race and day ahead

and continued to make good time to refuel 1.

At refuel 1, I quickly changed a broken gear lever and refueled

my bike. The distance between refuel 1 and refuel 2 was 38km,

which seemed to be manageable without any additional fuel topups.

I continued to gain positions and was able to get into the

top 20. The conditions were atrocious, but I still felt everything

was doable that was thrown at us.


At 12:10 with only 8 km’s to go to refuel 2 I ran out of fuel. I was in a

Gold section, and the riders that passed me, could not help me with

fuel. There was no cell phone reception at the point where I ran out,

and I did not want to leave my bike, in case someone comes past that

can assist. I sat in the cold and rain with my space blanket, and after

about 2 hours eventually decided to take a walk to get cell phone

reception. I made contact with my crew, but because of the weather

conditions and my location, the only way out was by helicopter. My

crew made arrangements with the organisers and after a long wait

the weather cleared a bit and the helicopter was able to rescue me at

about 16:30. I was devastated, all I wanted was fuel so that I can get

my bike out, finish the day and compete again on Saturday.

Unfortunately the organisers were adamant, it is too much of a safety

risk and my bike had to stay behind and I had to withdraw from the

final day’s racing. This was the saddest day of my life!

Saturday’s mission was all about getting my bike out of the

mountains. The weather was not playing along and the helicopter

was grounded. We managed to find a way to a village closest to my

bike. We gathered a few local people to help me get to the bike and

we started hiking up the mountain. Fortunately, about halfway to the

bike, we received a message from the organisers that the helicopter

had retrieved my bike from the mountain and we were given the coordinates

of a close by village, where we could collect. After a long a

long 7 hour mission, I was finally reunited with my bike.

This was my first Roof, it was not the result I hoped for, but I had the

experience of my life. It is called the Mother of Hard Enduro after all.

I will be back!

King of Lesotho, King Letsie III drops the flag to officially

open the Motul Roof of Africa.

Bronze Podium - Rory Gower - Pieter Holl - Jukka Pieter Holl

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Wayne Christy and Family

Motul Roof of Africa Experience –

Wayne Christy – 167

Roof of Africa. It’s difficult to completely

understand what the Roof of Africa

means to each competitor. For me it was

the dream of a young boy to participate

in this prestigious event. Covid19 came

through and almost crushed my hopes

of competing in the 2021 event. A reality

I’m sure many people unfortunately

had to face. Thanks to the fantastic

support from family, friends and Arlona

Engineering I was able to get to the start

line.

Having never been to Lesotho before, the

idea of competing in the Roof of Africa

was daunting to say the least. In the

spirit of rising to challenges I decided to

extend myself and enter the silver class.

Many said I was nuts, but to me that’s

what Roof of Africa is all about.

Each person pushing their personal limits

to see where those limits belong.

Time trial was an extremely eventful day

for my team. I was feeling fresh on the

bike and it looked to be shaping up to

be a good run for me, until my mousse

decided it didn’t want to be a part of my

rim 11kms in. Being a rookie at the big

league racing I left my spare wheel at the

accommodation. Forgetting that

racing is always made up of unknowns.

Unfortunately, this cost me over 2 hours

in time. My team did an exceptional

job in getting my spares from the

accommodation and getting me back on

the road. In the end I qualified for day 2

in second to last position.

Starting this far back I knew that I had

my work cut out for me. Trying to get

flow in a hard enduro where the risk of

bottlenecks is ever present is never an

easy task. Nevertheless, I made it to

refuel 1 before cut off. I was met by my

team with smiles on their faces despite

the terrible rain and freezing winds.

What I didn’t realise was the mountains

of Lesotho had other plans for my days

riding.

About 11km into the next leg of the

race we were met by what can only be

described as a mountain on steroids.

This climb was made up of massive

rock slabs that were just waiting for

the smallest mistake to give you and

your bike some serious war wounds.

The freezing rain made this pass even

more treacherous. After many attempts

I realized this pass was never going to

be conquered by me. I, like many had to

face the reality that the conditions just

exceeded my talent. I had to retire for the

day.

At around 9 pm that evening I got news

that despite retiring we could still head

out on Saturday to ride more of the

beautiful terrain. We would obviously not

be eligible for a finishers medal.

Having spent so much time, energy and

money getting there and remembering

what riding is actually all about, I decided

the experience was worth more than

any medal could ever be. I set out once

again, this time to conquer the bronze

loop. Huge thank you to my beautiful

wife for (forcefully) making me realize

why we had travelled there in the first

place.

The pressure was off, and I could fully

absorb the riding experience. Taking the

time to soak up the beautiful scenery

we were traveling through. The track

was still very challenging, and the rain

continued to wreak havoc with anyone

brave enough to challenge it. On a few

occasions I ran out of talent and had a

rather uncomfortable meeting with the

Lesotho soil.

Coming up to the finish at Bushman’s

you could feel the electricity in the air.

Seeing my wife daughter and family at

the top of the climb made it all worth

it. This race not only allows you to ride

fantastic terrain, but also share the


passion for riding with your entire support structure. It granted

me the opportunity to teach my daughter a valuable lesson

in perseverance and remembering the true meaning behind

competing.

I will cherish my first Roof of Africa experience and cannot thank

everyone who helped me get there enough for their support.

A special thank you to my wife, who pushed me to go out on

Saturday - despite the sore body and defeated mind. She was

behind me every step of the way, and met me at all points with

food in hand and a smile on her face. My beautiful daughter who

at two years old assisted with bike washes, spun some spanners

and kept me entertained and driven to do my best at all times.

To my dad and Wanita for being there to assist with everything.

It was an incredible experience to share with the man (my

dad) who created my love for dirt bikes at 4 years old. Another

huge thank you to the Rockhoppers based in Durban. A group

of people from different backgrounds all brought together by

their love of two wheels. The support and encouragement from

everyone was unrivaled. Well done to all the other Rockhoppers

who tackled the Lesotho mountains. Next year I have no doubt

the team will be even bigger.

Roof of Africa – You may have won this year from a hardware

perspective, but I certainly won from an experience point of view.

See you again next year. Regards Wayne Christy - 167

Roof 2021 Tale of Bronze Courage and Triumphant return:

Eddie Mdodana

By Neil van der Ross Team Ikageng Coach.

I last wrote about a racer Sonwabile Eddie Mdodana back in

2015 when the rookie finished his first Roof in 27th place in

Bronze Class. This orphan, who hails from Eastern Cape works

as a driver at Mens Clinic, the enduro developments team’s

sponsor since its inception 2011. Previously he worked as an

apprentice in various bike shops. After his 2015 finish Eddies

life took a life threatening turn in 2016. Passing his bike and car

drivers licence on the 17 October, was meant to be a good day

to celebrate his personal achievements when disaster struck.

He was a passenger in the rear seat of a 4x4 bakkie which

lost control on the steep downhill descent on Oxford road in

Randburg. The vehicle careered into a solid wall at the bottom of

the road fatally killing both occupants in the front seats. Eddies

two work colleagues were killed instantly and he was knocked

unconscious and woke up in Helen Joseph hospital much

later. I was called to the hospital as his emergency contact. I

found a young man barely recognizable and unconscious. The

doctors and staff were attending to his cuts and injuries. After

he regained consciousness I went in to assess his situation

and get information for the team principal as to who next in

his family would need contacting. (To type this story has made

me emotional again). Eddies face ballooned due to extensive

facial fractures. The doctors could only describe a miracle

escape from a fatal head trauma. He remained in Helen Joseph

for two weeks. Eddie had Discovery medical aid, so we had

good options where we needed to go to reconstruct his facial

fractures. With his jaw wired and his knee repaired, it was

decided to move him to one of the best maxial facial surgeons

in Johannesburg General hospital. Eddie spent another three

weeks there where he had numerous operations to repair

his face, especially the orbits of his eyes which were badly

damaged. After he came out of hospital he had to go to for

physio, rehabilitation and therapy to deal with his mental trauma.

The racer Eddie disappeared in front of my eyes. He was hollow

and silent.

These are his words, I will transcribe about his return to training

and racing over the next five years:

I was the only one who survived the accident. It took me two

years off the bike and I struggled. They put 16 plates in my left

eye and fixed my broken jaw and the meniscus in my leg. But

now I think I’m back and I’m strong and I want to take off where

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I left off, so I’m really dedicated and

focused and I believe that I can do well.

I started with some EWXC in 2019. I

raced on the pro B’s on the EWXC then

I went to do my first IMPI. I finished

bronze. That was in 2020, if I’m not

mistaken. Now I came back and then did

the Roof.

In the beginning of 2021, I was in the

gym. I was always going to gym twice

or three times a week and once a week

bike training. And I think that keeps me

going and keeps me fit. I went back to

the Roof in 2021, I’m happy about the

results. I finished the Roof off, which was

tough hey!

I came in 31st overall in the bronze class.

I had the privilege of riding with one

of my former sponsors from Nomadik,

Graydon Ilderton and we got lost (laughs)

on day 2, when we went up a gold

climb. We climbed it together, (Cheered

on by Glenn Foley from Dirt And Trail

magazine), (you can watch the vid on our

pages.) And it was terrible.

But we survived that time all because

of being mentally fit. And, you know, so

yeah, it was just one of those days. It

was a wet Roof and the toughest day

was the second day. That Friday was the

toughest day and it was very tough. You

know, mist, raining, cold, slippery, you

know, it was just a mix. But that didn’t

keep us not to go right all the way to

the finish line and. Yes, so, you know,

all the support we got there, we really

appreciate it. You know, everyone was

cheering at us, you know, that kept us

going. I really want to thank the sponsors

that are backing us up and do what we

love the most riding bikes.

Unfortunately, one of my teammates was

doing silver. Katlego did not finish, and

my other teammate Edwin Tsolo managed

to finish the third day. I’m grateful and

thank you to my sponsors: Nic Goslar

of Mens Clinics Intl, Mike Puzey of

Bikers Warehouse , Pieter van Rooyen of

Ratamang Engineering , Wayne Wickham

of TrickBitz , Jim of TRP .

Neil continues: In 2020 Eddie began

assisting me with coaching of juniors at

MotoKids grassroots program. One of

his charges was a kid called Olewethu

8 years old. That year Eddie spent

coaching Olewethu was the spark I saw

that ignited his old passion for the sport.

Next year – he’s doing Silver.

Kevin de Kock, Roof race number 113.

I came to the Roof with high

expectations and Roof 2021 definitely

lived up to it. Everything became real

at registration and the nerves started

kicking in.

Time trail was fast and flowing and my

type of riding.

Day 1 was one of the longest days that

I have ever spent on a bike . Until the

first refuel I wasn’t feeling good, I had a

hard crash and I thought everything was

over. After the refuel the real tech came

into play and I started making my way

through the pack of silver riders, teaming

up with Ross McKenzie. The rain made

it a whole new type of riding! We luckily

made time bar by 5 minutes at refuel 2

and pushed on. The sun was setting

and I started getting a scary feeling in

my throat. I used ductape to fasten my

phone onto my helmets peak for light

and carried on telling myself that I can’t

sleep in these mountains and pushed

through to the finish line, getting there at

19:45 in total darkness!

12 hours 27 min riding for the day.

Day 2 was shorter but just as technical,

Kevin de Kock and Ross Mackenzie


with the rain setting in just after the start. Ross and I teamed up

again and carried on all the way until the finish. What a feeling to

cross that finish line!!

I’ve been dreaming of riding Roof ever since I can remember

seeing Wade Young win for the first time and I was already

hooked. I‘m extremely glad that I got the chance to take part in

the Roof and finish Top 10 in Silver for my first Roof ever!

I’ll be back to conquer the Maluti Mountains next year.

Peter Andrews

Roof Of Africa from a Lesotho Riders perspective:

Peter Andrews.

Thank you for the opportunity to speak about the Roof. For me

the Roof is close to my heart for various reasons but a few that

stand out are:

I’m born and bred in Lesotho and have been involved with the

Roof from 1986. I have never missed a Roof since then. 1986

was a special year for me because my cousin Patrick Andrews

entered the Roof for the very first time and this is where I fell in

love with the Roof. You see, Patrick was my mentor, my hero

and the best rider I had seen. Being a local boy meant he had

so much support as he carried the nation’s pride on his broad

shoulders, boy was I proud to be a time of that flair, I was already

on a pw 50, and later pw 80. I moved over to a YZ 80, this was

right after he finally won the Roof of Africa and therefore the

first and only Mosotho to have won the Roof in 1993 (if I’m not

mistaken). Finally I moved over to the YZ125.

It all ended for soon early in 1994 when Patrick passed away and

I hung up my boots......


Devon Coetzer


It wasn’t until Feb 2019, 25 years later when I got bitten by the

bug again. I had to do something, so we started a local riders

club with some friends in memory of Patrick and we call it the

Highlands Racing Club. In no time we had more than 15 local

riders and approximately 20 members and we started training

hard and riding every weekend and getting ready for the Roof.

We did the Roof Qualifier and barely succeeded. I hated my

trainer at the time, the pressure was on. People were excited,

and now expecting miracles from me because I bear the

Andrews surname and they know my capabilities (but there were

25 years in between of no riding whatsoever). Long story short,

I rode the Roof for the first time in 2019 and managed to finish

somewhere at back but I finished, lol!

I attempted it again the year and I had actually gone out and set

bets with some of my buddies that I’m gunning for a top 30 finish

but that were not to be the case.

Literally 6 kilometers after the road crossing from Thaba Bosiu I

hit a rut which swung both my feet backwards and literally tore

my knees ligaments on impact. I didn’t know the extent of the

damage at the time. I continued with my time trail till the end

even though my time was not so good, I reckon after my scare

I must have dropped by 20% in my race mode and also lost

time trying to rewire my fan after bike started overheating on

hill climbs. As we speak I am trying to recover as the doctors

confirmed that I stretched (on the right knee) my MCL and tore

the MCL on the left knee, recovery is approximately 120 days

they said. We will see how that goes. So that was how my Roof

went down.... So day and 3 I was pit crew for my training buddy

Shabeer Moosa who actually finished 9th overall in the Bronze

and all the other local boys who also managed to finish silver

and Bronze.

The team is definitely coming along very well and soon we shall

put Lesotho up there again.


Thank you to Charan and his team for a great event. We shall be

back soon.


Leo

LESOTHO

OFF ROAD ASSOCIATION


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Hi Guys

My name is Manfred Noelkensmeier and

riding a Sherco 300SEF with the bike No 611

in the Iron class. I have been patiently waiting

for the introduction of the iron class and this

year’s ROA 53 Edition was my very first time

.The time trail went very well and I finished in

Pos. 25

On day 2 we experienced rain, rain and

more rain which made the track quite muddy

and slippery. Even under those conditions I

managed to reach the refuel point 2 hours

before time bar.

Unfortunately at about 4pm with 15km to the

finish line, on a river crossing I drowned my

bike and could not get it running again. Luckily

2 friendly local men who came by helped to

retrieve the bike out of the river and when I

wanted to call, I discovered that my phone has

died.

Two fellow riders stopped by and called for

help and then continued their race. Soon it got

late and I prepared for the night as good as I

could with a space blanket.

The next day, early in the morning at about

5 am I saw a helicopter flying over that area

but that disappeared soon after. That’s when

I decided to walk with my GPS following the

track towards Thaba Bosiu Cultural Village.

After about 10 km at about 08:30 am I reached

a small village where the friendly people took

care and organised a taxi for me to get back

Thanks to the Roof team my bike was

retrieved by helicopter and airlifted to Thaba

Bosiu Cultural Village

Manfred Noelkensmeier’s bike

getting a lift home.


Iron Class by lady rider Catherine Mostert:

Hi Guys

Damn I don’t even know where to start with my Roof

story. At the beginning of the year we decided to

race Roof and entered the Iron class. Every weekend

we trained and were in the gym every single day.

About 3 months ago we decided that iron wouldn’t

be a challenge and we changed our entry to bronze.

We had no idea what to expect and when we saw

the weather predictions saying that it’s been raining

and that it’s still raining I became sooo nervous.

On Wednesday at documentation I was very nervous

because that’s when I realized this is real and that

we made it here. Thursday morning we woke up

and went to the start where we pulled off to start

Time Trial, unfortunately about 4km into the time

trial my brothers front wheel bearings collapsed

and we had to turn back. My dad and I spent about

1h20 in the pits trying to get a new wheel and new

bearings. Finally we could carry on. There were

some challenging sections and we pushed hard to

finish because we had lost so much time. On Friday

the nerves were even more because it’s been raining

since Thursday night and it had not stopped.

Myself, my dad (André), my brother (Anru) and Calvin

lined up together. Unfortunately with a bad time

trial we were right at the back. Finally we pulled off,

from the first 100m we had bottlenecks all the way

through which made things a little bit difficult to

pass and finally get a flow. As the loop carried on, it

didn’t get any easier because of the rain, we pushed

through and helped each other just to keep going.

We got to refuel 1 just before 2 o clock, we thought

we got time barred but they changed the times,

which meant that we could carry on to the DSP

that they also made the finish because of the bad

weather conditions.

It was only 31km’s till the finish but it was the most

difficult and longest 31km of my life!

We had some gnarly down and uphills and we had to

keep each other motivated to not stop and just keep

going. There were some sections where we couldn’t

even ride the bikes and unfortunately had to free

fall / slide the bikes down. The chance of breaking

yourself or the bike was almost 99%, so we had to

be so careful.

With the sun starting to go down, you know there’s

no time to mess up and break something. On top of

one of the mountains I asked some guys how far till

the DSP and they said just over the mountain... We

got very excited, until we got into the gulley. The sun

started to go down just after 5 and we still had 10km

to go. This is when we knew that we are gonna run

out of sunlight. At this stage you just have to keep

pushing and tell yourself that you can make it and

there’s no way for you to stop now. On the GPS you

see that the finish flag is soooo close, but it feels

never ending. Just before 7 o ‘ clock we finally saw

the Motul arch. We had such big smiles on our faces

seeing the finish in the dark.

It was freezing and we were wet, tired and hungry.

But after hitting the final uphill we knew we had

made it to the end.

After 10 hours on the bike and a few bruises later we

decided to unfortunately not start Saturday. It was

the best first Roof experience of our lives and we’ll

be back stronger and better next year... And now we

know what to expect.

Catherine Mostert

Kirsten Landman during the Time Trial of the Motul Roof of Africa, by ZCMC.

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LESOTHO

OFF ROAD ASSOCIATION


The Iron Roof on Yamaha’s T7.

By Klint Mills

We represented the Adventure Bike Riders of South Africa by

attempting the Iron Class at The Motul Roof of Africa 2021.

It was an experience of note. Gareth Jones and I nervous

above all reality arrived in Lesotho with practically everyone

that saw us at Lesotho Sun asking if we were nuts.

It was not the case. It was merely us as riding buddies looking

for something different to attempt on our Yamaha T7’s. After

some calls to organisers we had decided to give it a bash.

Two rides, no gym, no diets, no fancy training programs, just

Gforce and Slim on our T7’s.

With the backing of Build it Pinetown, RBS Yamaha, Dunlop,

Powasol and Yamaha Southern Africa we needed to ensure we

rode smart and had as much fun as possible.

Understanding what Lesotho is about is what made us

nervous, the extreme weather conditions, the aggressive

terrain and the altitude. But most importantly we didn’t want to

embarrass the organisers or destroy our bikes.

Day 1 was a successful day, 35km of proper tech for these BIG

Bikes made the 4H30 on the bike rather interesting. Sections

we could easily ride on our plastic bikes became almost

impossible to attempt on the big bikes.

Nonetheless, we helped each other, and pushed hard to finish.

Day2…

Oh damn! 1hour for 1km. That beginning donga, mud section

was just unplayable actually for all bikes in my opinion. The

mud, ruts, you name it was just too much.

Some of the ruts where up to 500mm deep and slippery with

orange clay. We tried hard to break our way through, with a

resultant burnt clutch.

Although the BluCru guys repaired the clutch in the evening,

Day 3 looked worse for us with 20ml’s of rain expected.

We just found it not to be worth it.

We’d had a great experience, proved the capabilities of the T7,

had an amazing journey and had fun.

We were satisfied!!

Thank you for all the support.


Wade Young is a class act.

Michelin SA proudly supported the Roof of Africa event

and were excited to see the top 3 Gold finishers on

the Michelin brand proving the product offering is the

best choice for the Mother of Hard Enduro. For the first

time Michelin partnered with Bike Tyre Warehouse and

offered tyre sales through the ROA website as well as

offering a full tyre change assisted facility to support

the riders which appeared to be well received. We look

forward to offering the same support for the riders and

“Michelin Tyre change service for 2022.


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Will Slater.

Top 10: Gold

Wade Young – Sherco.

Travis Teasdale- GasGas

Matthew Green - GasGas

William Slater - KTM

Blake Gutzeit – KTM

Luke Walker – Yamaha

Tristan Tamsen – GasGas

Chayse Orsmond - KTM

Heinrich Aust – Husqvarna.

Andrew Housten Yamaha.

Heinrich Aust


Matt Green and Brett Swanepoel

Another Gutzeit at the Roof.

Wynand Badenhorst

Leo

LESOTHO

OFF ROAD ASSOCIATION


9 Silver Finishers:

Sage McGregor

Jason Stay

Whitey Oosthuisen

Warren Barwell

Adam Bac

Dustin Herholdt

Paul Geddes

Kevin De Kock

Ross Mackenzie

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Simon Berkeljon attempting final obstacle on day two.

Top 10 Bronze:

Rory Gower

Pieter Holl

Jukka Pieter Holl

Matthew Battersby

Sam Hallatt

Callan Broskie

Jordan King

Jordan Anastasis

Shabeer Moosa

Tristan Redman

Top 10 Iron:

Tiaan Rabe

Manuel Ferreira

Kowie Lombard

Quinton Ralph

Chris Weideman

Craig McDonald

Grant McDonald

Ruan Du Plooy

Francois Liebenberg

Pieter Groenewald


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The Roof.

The Mother of Hard Enduro.

The Motul Roof of Africa has earned the title ‘The

Mother of Hard Enduro’ through the demands it

makes of competitors and the onus it places on

being well-prepared before heading into the Maloti

Mountains.

It is precisely the challenging nature of the Roof

that has made it such a prestigious event. The

opportunity to ride the Mountain Kingdom is a

privilege, but the altitude, terrain and weather can all

be unforgiving.

That said, we also strive to make the Roof as

inclusive as possible. That’s why we introduced

the Iron Class this year, to give ‘weekend warriors’

the opportunity to take on the same trails as their

heroes.

The 2021 Motul Roof of Africa was perhaps one of

the toughest in history, and demanded exceptional

levels of perseverance, commitment and even

sacrifice from competitors. The number of finishers

shows just how challenging the conditions were for

riders in every class, from seasoned professionals

to amateurs attempting the Roof for the first time.

Some aspects of the experience were entirely

outside our control, but we did our best at all times

to be agile and flexible, and make adjustments in the

face of the extreme weather. We were all tested and

had to make decisions to ensure the safety of the

riders, often at very short notice.

With each edition of the Roof, lessons are learned,

and we are committed to applying these learning

points to future editions of the event. After each

Roof, we undertake a thorough review of every

component of the race, and constantly seek to

improve the experience for riders, support crews and

(where they can attend) spectators.

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The Roof means something different to each person,

and we’re very conscious that as the organisers, we

are the custodians of many dreams. We will always

hold true to our pledge to deliver the best possible

event, with the correct balance between excitement

and safety, challenge and achievement.

This year, the unprecedented rainfall tipped those

balances further than we would normally wish for,

and we would like to pay tribute to the courage and

determination of everyone involved. We believe that

every rider can be truly proud of themselves, no

matter whether they finished or not.

It is our sincere hope that you will all return next year,

when we look forward to delivering an edition of the

Roof that draws on the experiences of 2021 whilst

staying true to the legend of The Mother of Hard

Enduro – a legend that was underscored this year in

the most uncompromising of ways.

Until then, ride safe,

Charan Moore

Motul Roof of Africa Route Director and Manager of

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The Hero X-Pulse 200

Tough Enough for

Roof Of Africa…

You’ll have read on our social media

pages that GS Trophy champ Brandon

Grimsted was going to tackle the Iron

Roof on the Hero X-Pulse. Well he did it –

in 12th position out of 35 entries. Quite a

few riders in the class on “proper” enduro

bikes were actually DNF’d, so it’s an

achievement…

We invited him for a cup of coffee and a

chat about the race – and he shared his

opinion on this machine….

How did the Roof thing come about?

The guys from Hero approached my dad

mike Grimsted (Who owns the Boulders

venue in Fouriesburg), about hosting an

X-Pulse expedition at the farm.


Dad suggested that they contact me

about putting the bike through its paces

and helping with the event.

They called and I agreed to try the bike

out – collected it and rode it in stock

form as a commuter come scrambler

and I was pretty impressed. South

Africa seems to be lacking entry level

scramblers, so it kinda made sense to

me.

I had the bike for about a week when

Mikael from Hero Motorcycles called me

in for a chat. He asked if I felt the bike

would work at The Roof – and would I

like to give the iron class a shot.

It only took about a half a second to

reply… and the gears started turning.

I took the standard bike to our farm to

go and get some training time in. The

bike was 100 percent standard, tyres,

pipe, indicators, everything and I spent

days riding all of the gnarlier trails that

we have set in the area. I was quite

surprised at just how capable the bike is.

After 2 weeks of testing, I had a good

idea of what needed to be done to get

the bike Roof ready.

The first addition was a set of Pro Taper

fat bars, they are stronger than the

standard fare and they have a more

aggressive bend. We removed the

mirrors and the electronic bits. I also

disconnected the front ABS.

Hero makes a Rally kit for this bike

which includes handlebar raisers, a

Rally seat, longer travel, stiffer front and

rear suspension and a tail tidy – so we

mounted that. All Off-The Shelf Hero

items.

I believe that the bikes are now sold

standard with these components. The

standard tyres were replaced with

Metzeler 6-Day extremes and we fitted a

bigger rear sprocket.

We also replaced the oil and fitted some

protective bits like the sprocket and

brake guards.

Big difference! The bike suddenly felt a

lot more dirtbikey – maybe Roof ready?

This was all fitted on Tuesday before The

Roof… Time trial would literally be my

first ride.

Lesotho.

Time trial was good – the only dry day

with decent hook up. In the haste to get

the bike ready, I routed the clutch cable

incorrectly and it caught every time I

had to take a tight turn… so I ended up

burning the clutch. No fault of the bike

– a simple setup fault that cost us. It’s a

learning curve.

Day 1 was great! We replaced the

clutch, routed the cables correctly and

took off into the very wet mountains.

This is where the little four-stroke has

an advantage. It does not spin. In the

slippery, snotty stuff, I overtook quite a

few guys who were sliding all over the

place.

The bike was faultless – a tough trail

thanks to all the rain – definitely more

than what a weekend warrior can

expect and I was quite grateful for the

time I spent lugging slightly bigger

GS’s around. The Roof is tough it does

not matter what class you enter. It’s a

little champ – a bit heavier than your

traditional Roof weapon – and not nearly

as fast, but she just chugged along. A lot

of the overtaking happened on the steep

rocky climbs where I could literally walk

the bike up just using the bikes torque.

Navigational errors with 5 other riders

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led to a DNF for the day – we had accidently

followed Fridays route again… Man.

Despite this I was happy to have finished the

day… but a DNF after all this…

Luckily for us, Roof allowed us to continue

on the last day – starting at the back of the

pack. We had to play catchup. It was even

wetter and more slippery than the first day,

but – we did have a much better idea of

what to expect and we started making up

some good ground.

It felt like a very long day we set out at 9h30

and finished the 53 Kilometre loop in 3 odd

hours, finishing 12th overall.

What an experience! I can only sing this little

bikes praises – it exceeded all expectations

and ran like a clock throughout.

I don’t think that this bike is designed for

races like this – but it did it. Farm bike? For

sure, Delivery machine – it should last almost

forever…

Our mob took it out for a quick flip through

the muddy fields out on our side…

The original model that we rode a few

months ago was really impressive at the

price point. It seems to tick all the boxes in

terms of a rugged little bike made for Africa.

TOUGH ENOUGH FOR THE

TOUGH ENOUGH FOR YOU

Introducing the 2022 Hero Xpulse 200

with revised engine mapping, top speed, ABS, digital dash

and turn-by-turn navigation.

Available at Hero dealers nationwide.

073 491 4718 - www.heromotorcycles.co.za

220 mm Ground Clearance - 190 mm Front Suspension Travel

10 Mono-shock settings - 14 Sensor Fuel Injection


Had you told us that it would be dragged off to Roof –

we probably would have sniggered at you. But it did –

and this is the more “Offroad” version of the bike.

The suspension, for us, is the clincher. It moves far

closer to the realms of true dirt bike than the standard

machine. And – it’s a lot of fun to ride.

It kinda reminds us of that first little four stroke we ever

road – just open wide and hold on tight.

Power delivery is not mind blowing – but it had enough

power to clamber up and down the rocks with very

little input – especially with the bigger sprocket.

With the bigger sprocket, we saw just on 85KPH, but

in standard trim, she runs happily at the 110KPH mark.

They tell us that the ‘22 models run to 125km/h thanks

to revised mapping and max out at around 132km/h.

The adjustable suspension up front is pretty cool!

We played with the clickers and you can feel

the differences as you go. It also raises the bike

significantly and that makes a huge difference when

you want to ride the more techy stuff.

The brakes feel just fine for a bike like this, disc system

front and rear.

Conclusions:

We like the standard bike, we like this one too. The

guys from Hero set out to prove that the bike could do

Roof – and it did just that.

A happy bunch after finishing the Iron Roof.

For those of you sniggering about the fact that it was

“only” the iron class – chuck in copious quantities of

snotty mud and rain with lots of rocks in between… go

and try it next year – you’ll see.

Like Alfie Cox always says – it’s not a haircut!

The standard bike is R42999.00

The Fully loaded XPulse 200 rally with the full Rally kit

and Akarapovic pipe – R59999.00

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Triumph Unveils

Five New Tiger

1200 Models.

A lighter, more powerful, and capable Tiger 1200.

Warning shots fired!

Here’s what caught our attention:

25 (Yes twenty five) kilo’s lighter. New Cross plane engine. 21

inch front wheel.

Triumph is after the lucrative big ADV market and they have

taken a shot over the Bows of all the big players with this

one…

Triumph’s new Tiger 1200 is on the way. Actually, two families

of Tiger 1200 models are coming. Triumph says that

the 2022 Tiger 1200 has been thoroughly revamped and is

its lightest, most powerful, and capable big Tiger yet. And

the new bikes have more of just about everything except

weight. The changes are so significant that from the outside,

it seems there’s very little of the earlier version’s DNA in the

new Tiger 1200s. They look more like shaft driven 900 Tigers

on steroids.

For 2022, Triumph has broken the Tiger 1200 into a “GT”

family and a “Rally” family.

The GT family comes in three versions: Tiger 1200 GT, Tiger

1200 GT Pro, and Tiger 1200 GT Explorer. GT versions have

19-inch front and 18-inch cast-aluminum wheels. Think of

this group of machines as more road and travel-oriented.

The “Rally” family of bikes are for the more hard core off-the

–beaten track army.


There are two versions of these machines, the Rally Pro and the

Rally Explorer. Both versions have a 21-inch front and 18-inch

rear tubeless spoked wheelset.

All Tiger 1200s carry a new 1160 cc triple-cylinder engine making

a claimed 148 hp (150 ps) and 96 lb-ft (130 nm) of torque @

7,000 rpm. According to Triumph, that equates to about 9 more

(hp and ps) than the previous Tiger 1200 and more than (14 hp

and ps) than the closest shaft drive competition.

And there are so many new things in the Tiger 1200 family to talk

about.

• New T-Plane triple crank engine making more power:

148 horsepower (150 ps) – that’s 9 more than

the previous generation

• More peak torque: 96 lb-ft @ 7,000 rpm (130 nm).

• Improved acceleration as a result of increased power

and reduced weight

• A frame that’s almost five and a half kilogrammes lighter

than its predecessor.

• The Overall weight is reduced by 25 kg’s from the

previous Tiger.

• New Tri-link design swingarm

• New twin radiator design for improved cooling and a

more forward engine placement

• Two fuel tank capacities: 20 litres and 30 litres for

extended range.

• Showa semi-active suspension technology that auto

matically adjusts preload and allows the rider to adjust

front and rear damping electronically.

• Top shelf Brembo Stylema calipers at both front and

rear.

• Improved ergos with narrower waist for a better riding

position, wider handlebars, taller handlebars (Explorer

version), adjustable seat height, and one hand adjust

able windscreen.

• All Tiger 1200s have underseat storage and a USB

charging port.

Not all Tiger 1200 models weigh the same. As you add more fuel

and accessories, weight increases. The extended range Explorer

models add 10 more liters of fuel. That extra fuel will weigh in at

about an extra 10 kilogrammes. As a result, Triumph claims the

following wet weights for each model (with 90% fuel):

In kilogrammes, the weights are:

GT = 239 KG’s

GT-Pro = 245 KG’s

GT-Explorer = 255kg’s

Rally Pro = 249KG’s

Rally Explorer = 260Kg’s

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Bike protection.

Triumph has added several protective features. All models have

handguards as standard. In addition, there’s an aluminum skid

guard on the GT Pro and GT Explorer, while the Rally Pro and

Rally Explorer get an aluminum sump guard. If you are wondering,

the difference between the guards is size, with the sump

guard the significantly larger of the two.

The GT Explorer and both Rally variants also get engine protection

bars, while the Rally Explorer adds fuel tank protection bars.

The Tiger comes with a new technology package.

• Cornering traction contro.l

• New TFT instrument panel including “My Triumph” con

nectivity system (phone, music, navigation, and GoPro

control).

• All LED lighting with DRL.

• Lean sensitive “adaptive cornering lights” and LED

auxiliary lights (except GT).

• Advanced riding modes that include Rain, Road, and

Sport. The GT Pro and GT Explorer add an off-road

mode and a rider selectable mode. The Rally and Rally

Explorer add an Off-Road Pro mode.


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• Triumph Shift Assist which permits up

ward and downward gear changes with

out using the clutch lever.

• Electronic hill hold (except GT)

• Electronic cruise control (standard on all

but Tiger GT)

• Blindspot radar (standard on Explorer

models).

Completely new is the Triumph Blind Spot Radar

System. It is standard on the Tiger GT Explorer

and Rally Explorer models. The system was

developed in partnership with Continental and

offers two safety features; Blind Spot Assist and

Lane Change assist. Each uses a rear-facing

radar to let the rider know that another vehicle

is in their blind spot or provide a warning if the

rider indicates a lane change and a vehicle is

approaching.

Clearly, Triumph has spent a lot of time

redesigning its biggest adventure bike. At

least from the number of changes, it looks like

Triumph really wants to up its large displacement

adventure bike game.

We can’t wait to ride it. Like we said – shots fired!

Triumph is hungry for big ADV market share. It

looks like they have done lots of homework on

this one…

www.triumph-motorcycles.co.za

Warranty and maintenance

Each Tiger 1200 comes standard with a 3-year

unlimited mileage warranty with an option to

extend it (pricing and term not yet available).

The service level has also been moved up to

10,000 miles (16,000 km) or 12 months.


MotoCheapie

Motocheapie the greatest racing ever to hit The Cape!

This is a 4-hour off-road endurance race for motorbikes

125cc & under costing less than 5K - “Keep It Cheap!”

This was the third event hosted for 2021, with the first one

drawing only 18 entries while the latest had nearly 30.

Keep It Cheap and Just ‘Cos She’s Smokin’ Don’t Mean She’s

Broken!

After having raced semi-professionally at Killarney Raceway

and being a lover of motor sport in general, Andrew Liebenberg

became concerned about how the excitement of racing was

not really accessible to everyone, with the costs associated

becoming prohibitively high.

After chatting with mates round a braai or two the concept

for the ‘Motocheapie’ was born, along with some inspiration

from similar overseas events. Although many were asking who

would want to race cheap bikes, Andrew decided to go ahead

as he realized that not everyone could afford a pro set-up and

that that was all that many could afford.

Overseas the cc cap is 100cc whereas the Motocheapie is

capped at 125cc - like many entry level bikes.

Bikes are 125cc or less and cost a maximum of R5000. After

having raced the Killarney 8 hour endurance races many times,

Andrew decided that the Motocheapie should be a four hour

endurance race with teams of four riders per bike entry, normal

pits set-up and refuelling as per more formal race events.

There are 4 classes on the day -

• Try Hard – any scrambler based chassis {XR 125 etc};

• Pit Bikes – 100cc, 110cc or 125cc pitties;

• Roadies - any road-based chassis (delivery bikes –

CG125 etc.);

• Moped Mayhem – any fully automatic, usually a

scooter, which is allowed up to 150cc due to their limited

suspension.

Sponsors have also come on board, notably Trac Mac Bellville,

Leatt South Africa and Lucky Dice Coffee from Stellenbosch

who have been on board since the beginning.

The intention is to run another series of 3 race events next year

with a live championship.

Getting their name on the floating trophy as winners overall is

great, the main prize is the Gees.

The intention is that the Gees Trophy is then passed on or

donated to help get another team, who might be struggling at

present, out on the track for the following event.

While in the first flush of planning and prepping, Andrew

approached a number of venues to host the event and Dirt &

Dust came on board. Jean and Ella were prepared to take a

chance on Andrew and his event, for which he is very grateful.

Andrew and team are looking forward to this initiative going

from strength to strength into next year.

Looks like great fun. Maybe you’ll see a Dirt And Trail magazine

team there next year.

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to Slovenia part 5

By Cronjé Bruwer

A trip through

Ethiopia...

People keep asking me, which country on our trip was

outstanding to us? My honest and unequivocal answer is and

always will be Ethiopia!, the Simien mountains and history is

outstanding. The Simien Mountains, in northern Ethiopia, north

east of Gondar in Amhara region, are part of the Ethiopian

Highlands. They are a World Heritage Site and include the

Simien Mountains National Park. The mountains consist of

plateaus separated by valleys and rising to pinnacles, Ras

Dashen, also known as Ras Dejen, is the highest mountain

in Ethiopia and fourteenth highest peak in Africa. Located in

the Simien Mountains National Park in the Amhara Region, it

reaches an elevation of 4,550 meters

We entered Ethiopia at Moyale the border town. This town

is a conflict point between tribes due to grazing fields, this

border post is therefore closed from time to time. Chatting to

the locals, we also learned that the camel trade in the area

between Kenya and Ethiopia is a major contributing factor to

the violence in the area and the tension could be felt in the

town and as my mother would have said, “This is not the town

she would like to retire in”.

Once we crossed into Ethiopia petrol, or “benzene” as they

refer to it, became scarce and the quality of fuel is of a low

octane. We had to be careful to keep the revolutions of the

motorcycles outside the “ping” zone. See photo 1 at a filling

station, note the double tea strainers… which also gives you

some idea on the fuel quality. Although locals queue for days,

tourists always get to fill up first.

Southern Ethiopia is not as spectacular as the northern part,

but it is green with lush grazing fields, quite the opposite of

northern Kenya, which is a desert.

Photo 1

The roads are all shared by trucks, cars, motorcycles,

pedestrians, donkeys, goats, dogs and even chickens as

seen in photo 2. Be very careful not to cause damage or

harm to animals, as an exorbitant price will have to be paid

as recompense for the animal, there is also very strict laws

on vehicles causing harm to pedestrians. We took the road

via Arba Minch and not the direct route to Addis Ababa, this

was a very scenic route, “Arba Minch” means “40 Springs”

the name was originated from the presence of more than 40

springs, so you can really just imagine the natural beauty in the

area. The guys were getting thirsty and stop at a “waterhole”

was in order. We stayed over in Arba Minch on the shore of

lake Abaya. Lake Abaya is a lake in the Southern Nations,

Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region of Ethiopia. It is located in

the Main Ethiopian Rift, east of the Guge Mountains. The town

of Arba Minch lies on its southwestern shore, and the southern

shores are part of the Nechisar National Park. Just to the south

is Lake Chamo.

The road from Awassa to Addis was under construction, which

was challenging as there are no detour roads and you have to

go between construction vehicles on whatever part of road is

available. Sometimes you would find yourself in the oncoming

lane but it really does not matter the Ethiopian driver are

surprisingly courteous.

The taxis in Ethiopia are something to experience, not only

is the inside filled to capacity but approximately 4 to 5

passengers sit on the roof. I unfortunately did not manage to

get any photos of it but can be viewed on my YouTube videos.

Photo 6 indicate how we prepare coffee along the road.

Addis Ababa is a large and well organized city, traffic however

is horrendous, see photo 7

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in both the nature and culture. Photo 8 was taken

in the highlands near Debre Sina, It was the site of

the first Holy Communion prepared in the Eritrean

Orthodox Church, by the 4th-century bishop Aba

Salama. It is one of the oldest monasteries in Africa

and the world, because probably built in the third

century. The monastery is the site of a pilgrimage

by Eritrean Orthodox believers each year in June.

The pilgrimage centers on a church above the

village where a vision of Mary was said to have been

seen by shepherd girls beneath a large boulder.

The church is built adjacent to and over the rock

where the vision was seen. The pilgrimage includes

thousands of ordinary Eritrean believers camping

for one night in the village of Debra Sina, singing,

drumming, chanting and celebrating Mary. Photos

10 and 11 were taken in Shewa Robit where we

overnighted.

Photo 2

Donkeys with a cart form a popular mode of

transport in Ethiopia, can you spot the Donkey Photo 6 Photo 8

in photo 12? The local population have not seen

adventure motorcycles and where we stopped we

draw a large crowd as seen in photo 13.

Lalibela is a town in the Amhara region of northern

Ethiopia. It’s known for its distinctive rock-cut

churches dating from the 12th and 13th centuries,

which are pilgrimage sites for Coptic Christians.

Carved out of rock, the subterranean monoliths

include huge Bete Medhane Alem, and crossshaped

Bete Giyorgis. Many are joined by tunnels

and trenches, and some have carved bas-reliefs

and colored frescoes inside .We were fortunate

enough to overnight her and this area is a must see

attraction.

Photo 10

Jaco Ordering food off the wall menu.

We left Lalibela via Sokota to Mekele that would

have been a 4 hour drive on a brand new road build

by the Chinese. Unfortunately the information given

to us by the locals was not exactly correct and a

part of the road was still under construction. We

ran into a stretch of road which was very wet and

muddy and got stuck at night for many, many long

and frustrating hours. The 4 hour journey turned into

a 15 hour journey and only arrived in Mekele at 3h00

the next morning… “Welcome to Africa”, or as Uwe

Scmidt would say “Africa is not for sissies”. Photo

21 show us buying petrol on the black market.

Jacques indicate that this stretch of road is like

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K’uylo, not a huge amount is really known about this

area and we also weren’t able to glean anything of

substance from the world wide web.

Aksum is a historically rich town and worth a visit.

there is a church, built over the original church,

where the Ethiopians believe the Ark of the

Covenant is kept. Ordering food, was a challenge

because of the language barrier, but with enough

gesticulating and charades we managed to get

quite a tasty meal for not a lot of money and

everybody did seem to enjoy the game.

The Simien mountains is breathtaking, like our

Drakensberg but just more, much… much more and

very majestic.

As we headed towards Sudan the terrain started

becoming dryer and the scenery more arid… but

more about that in episode 6 next month.

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more fun this year thanks to the torrential rainfall that hit the area. But the

ride is merely a sidebar for the main event…

The Sunfields home is a place of safety for people with Mental and physical

disabilities – and they are the main beneficiaries of this event.

It’s a massive fundraising drive for the home with bakkie loads of goods

being donated by the riders.

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into the home thanks to a very generous bunch of motorcycle enthusiasts.

This year was made especially special when the guys from Roost racing

all clubbed in and donated a whopping R20.000 to the home in memory of

Ron Bailey who was an ardent supporter of the event.

Thanks guys!

It’s amazing that in hard times like these people are still so generous. Thank

you to everyone who always gets behind this ride – and there are simply

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MX Track

We recently put the new YFZ450F

through its paces at the Chestnut MX

track - which, thanks to much investment

from the guys from Ridgeway Racebar

is undergoing much revamping and fine

tuning. It’s always been a lekker venue.

Securely fenced in, lots of parking and

shady trees.

We thought we’d get all fancy and we

even took along a drone to shoot the

guys and the track. That was until the Yamaha

we were riding jumped a bit higher

than the drone expected and crashed it

stukkend!

Anyway - luckily we could pull a pic off

Google earth to give you an idea of what

the 1.1 KM track is like - and we asked

our testers what they thought of the ride.

Senior MX man Garrick Pretorius is the

man in charge at the venue - and its cool

to have such an experienced motocross

man prepping and making sure that

things are perfect.

Theres also a cool little junior track that

winds its way through the trees.

Focus for now is on the track itself - lots

of ripping and prepping, but there will

soon be a full restaurant and some log

cabins so that families can sleep over.

Noice!

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I arrived early at the track to give it a

walk around since it was my first time at

the venue.

The track is amazing and they clearly put

a lot of work into it and it shows. Its busy

with lots of jumps and turns - but its all

safe!

All the lips are smooth , no ruts in the

take offs and landings are big with plenty

room for error if you go long you safe and

if you case it’s mild and doesn’t buck you

to flat while seeing your life flash before

your eyes which is great.

I’m definitely going back there for more,

it’s a nice lay out and the traction after

rain is amazing so should expect some

good dust free riding with the amount of

rain we’ve been having.

Awesome track, affordable safe and

secure parking and staff is so friendly.

St John Von Willich:

I love the new layout, more flow, I love

the changes Its a bit faster and the jumps

are just on point!

Justin Boniface shares his thoughts on

the new layout:

Chestnut Hill Motocross Park was one

of the first mx tracks I went to when I

started riding in 2009 and I’m so happy

that my local track has actually become

a fully prepped race track now .

I can clearly remember rocking up in

2009 and staring at the jumps just

thinking “WHOA! these jumps are huge!”.

I was determined to clear every single

jump on the track and I proceeded to go

there every weekend until I could clear

everything. The famous “Power line”

jump was almost every riders nemesis

in the beginning until the rider got used

to clipping fourth gear out of the corner

and just committing. I always remember

Charl van Rooy, the original owner of the

premises, walking up to every rider and

personally greeting them, I’m sure Charl

would feel at ease knowing that Garrick

Pretorius (Premises Manager) has taken

on this tradition.

Chestnut Hill has always been known for

its super dry, hard pack layout but Grant

and his team have put in massive effort

change this and get water to the track.

The layout has just about been completely

changed, make no mistake you

still get a slight shock under the power

lines if you touch your levers.

The new layout has so much flow and

allows a rider to really carry momentum.

Unbelievably, Chestnut Hill Motocross

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Whats happening in The Cape?

MAKADAS XC RALLY 2021

The Makadas train which ran between

Touws River and Ladismith was an

integral part of the history and life

of the Little Karoo. After over 50km

of the line was destroyed during the

500 year flood at Laingsburg on 25

January 1981, the train line and the

service it provided, which had been an

important part of the life of Ladismith

for 56 years, came to an end and

the line and its support structures

(stations, sidings, water towers) fell

into disrepair and faded into history.

The original loco, with her nameplate

of “Makadas” had also stood at the

entrance to Ladismith for some years

before she was moved away. For those

whose lives are lived close to the sites of

these events, the Makadas train, the train

line and its memory needed revival in the

present day.

The Van der Vyver family are enthusiastic

off-road and endurance riders and are

members of a local riding group, the

Klein Karoo Dirt Club, and have ridden

the trails, roads and mountains in the

area their whole lives. In 2019 the

brothers took part in the Cape Cross

Country Tankwa Rally. After riding the

event again in 2020, Izak decided to

have a similar event in Ladismith. Clive

Crouse from Cape Cross Country was

approached to assist with the planning

of the rally. Izak wanted to use the event

as a way to market Ladismith to the

riding community and to get the local

community on board to provide services

and to assist with the logistics.


Clive also insisted that the route also be ridable

for quads as this would allow more people to take

part and enjoy the Little Karoo as the two-wheelers

did. The organizers were hoping for about 20

entries and were bowled over with the response –

over 50 riders entered and took part in the event.

The route was laid out and crossed 38 farms

around Ladismith, for each of which permission

had to be obtained as the farmers needed to know

that their land would be respected. As a result of

this effort the competitors were able to enjoy an

exciting variety of terrain which included vineyards,

orchards, stock farms, game farms, scenic

mountain trails and river beds.

Although Ladismith and the Little Karoo have

been plagued with extremely low rainfall in the

past years, this was not true just prior to the

Makadas. Izak and his route layers, even up to

the Thursday before the event, had to continually

make adjustments as the area saw some really

good rains (up to 100mm in some places) over

the month leading up to the rally, and previously

planned sections had to be re-routed as there

were now full dams and large mud sections which

had appeared as if from nowhere.

The organisers used a similar format to the Tankwa

X Country Rally with GPS navigation. Competitors

were issued their routes which were loaded onto

their GPS units the evening before when everyone

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There was exciting racing right from the start with

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Jacobs, Juan Coetzee, father and son team of

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racing.

Mark Henderson from HRP was on hand to assure everyone

that 2022 was in good hands as he, and Dunlop would once

again, be backing the GXCC for next season.

Henderson Racing Products also handed out prizes to the top

performing Dunlop riders and the juniors, especially loved the

goody bags from ‘Uncle Mark’.

The GXCC is one of the biggest racing series in SA and with

the promise of new venues and even better racing for the new

year it’s definitely looking like a promising new year.

The season starts early with the first event scheduled for the

5th of February with the venue to be announced closer to the

time.

Mark Henderson and the junior Dunlop

racers.

The 2021 GXCC Dunlop Champions Warrick van Schalkwyk

MASTERS, Wade Blaauw SENIORS, Ian Rall OR2, Mike Pentecost

OR1

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TRACK DAY

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THE MATH

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Christiaan Ferriera most improved Craig Alcock most improved

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quad rider.

senior motorcycle rider.

MORE 62°

PERFORMANCE

SPORTMAX

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GPR-300

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FEATURES & B ENEFITS

GRIP

• This purpose-built track-day tire achieves lean angles up to 62 degrees*.

• The Sportmax Q4 is DOT-approved for street-legal use.

62 LEAN

in the wet

WEAR

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Ian MORE

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ANGLE

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pressures, eliminating the need Jaden for chassis Els or electronic 65 champ adjustments. with

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20% MORE

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STREET

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WHERE

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• Carbon Fiber Technology (CFT) uses carbon fiber reinforcement in the

SPORTMAX Q4

sidewalls for exceptional cornering performance, braking stability and feel.

310

320

330

340

350

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TRACK DAY

20

30

40

50

60

120

70

80

110

90

100

• Dunlop branding on the tread area.

John Botha left highschool 125

champ.

• Made in the U.S.A.

Kawasaki first second and fifth -

Dart, Pentecost, Alcock.

Keenan Hammon and CD Goosen

Q1 and Q2 champs quads.

• The Q4 is available through all Dunlop retailers, as well as race distributors.

Size Load/Speed Part Number

Sportmax Q4 Front 120/70ZR17 (58W) 45233176

Sportmax Q4 Rear 180/55ZR17 (73W) 45233177

180/60ZR17 (75W) 45233131

190/50ZR17 (73W) 45233060

190/55ZR17 (75W) 45233074

200/55ZR17 (78W) 45233092

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Sportmax Q4

Sportmax Q3+

Mackenzie Bam right most

Sportmax GPR-300

improved junior rider.

Sportmax Roadsmart III

Mike Pentecost OR1 Pro

champ with wife Jamie-Lee.

PERFORMANCE

TOURING

The Franchise Co CIT.

DunlopMotorcycleTires.com

*As tested by Dunlop on a 2017 Suzuki GSX-R 1000 RR on a closed track at Barber Motorsports Park.

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Dunlop Motorcycle Tires.

©2018 Dunlop Motorcycle Tires.

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TRACK DAY

CLEANS UP AGAIN!

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0

THE MATH

GXCC OR1, OR2, SENIORS & MASTERS CHAMPIONS!

62°

SPORTMAX SPORTMAX

310

DURABILITY THAT MATCHES PERFORMANCE

320

330

340

350

MORE PERFORMANCE

GPR-300

More than 80% of the Q3+ Performance touring tyre Great Handling at an

has been redesigned

that not only lasts longer,

affordable price.

+

compared to the Q3

but performs at higher

20% MORE

levels

Mike Pentecost OR1 Champion

LESS TIRE LIFE =

Offers a balance of

FEATURES Ian Rall & BOR2 ENEFITS Champion

GRIP

PEPSON PLASTIC, using DUNLOP MX33, AT81, MCA RACE Team, using DUNLOP MX33, AT81,

• This purpose-built

MX53 and DUNLOP 21

MX53 track-day and DUNLOP tire achieves 21 lean & angles 18 up to 62 degrees*.

& 18 competition mousses

• The Sportmax Q4 competition is DOT-approved mousses for street-legal use.

in the wet

WEAR

• The user-friendly Q4 does not require tire warmers, and runs at street

pressures, eliminating the need for chassis or electronic adjustments.

dry

LEGALTRACK DAY

SPORTMAX Q4

MORE

PERFORMANCE

20% MORE

LIFE

Wade Blaauw Seniors Champion

ROOST KTM Race Team, using DUNLOP MX33,

AT81 and DUNLOP 21 & 18

competition mousses

MORE

• Rear tire compound contains carbon black like Dunlop’s racing slicks for

to optimize stability, flex, and grip across the rear tread profile.

WHERE WEAR

DON’T BE LEFT BEHIND. MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR 2022!

Sportmax Q4

Sportmax Q3+

Sportmax GPR-300

Sportmax Roadsmart III

DunlopMotorcycleTires.com

*As tested by Dunlop on a 2017 Suzuki GSX-R 1000 RR on a closed track at Barber Motorsports Park.

@RideDunlop DunlopMotorcycleTires.com. ©2017 DUNLOPTYRESSA

Dunlop Motorcycle Tires.

10

20

30

40

maximum grip.

conditions with

LONGER

• Jointless Tread (JLT) technology uses a continuously wound strip compound

• Carbon Fiber Technology (CFT) uses carbon fiber reinforcement in the

sidewalls for exceptional cornering performance, braking stability and feel.

• Dunlop branding on the tread area.

• Made in the U.S.A.

RADIAL SPORT TIRES RACE TRACK STREET SPORT

50

60

120

70

80

110

90

100

62° LEAN ANGLE. STREET LEGAL. .

62 LEAN

ANGLE

STREET

2021 GXCC CHAMPIONS

• The Q4 is available through all Dunlop retailers, as well as race distributors.

Warrick van Schalkwyk Masters Champion

ROOST KTM Race Team, using DUNLOP MX33,

Size Load/Speed Part Number

Sportmax Q4 Front 120/70ZR17 (58W) 45233176

Sportmax Q4 Rear 180/55ZR17 (73W) 45233177

AT81 and DUNLOP 180/60ZR17 21 & 18 (75W) 45233131

competition 190/50ZR17 mousses (73W) 45233060

190/55ZR17 (75W) 45233074

200/55ZR17 (78W) 45233092

PERFORMANCE

TOURING

DUNLOP DOMINATION

©2018 Dunlop Motorcycle Tires.

DUNLOPTYRESSA

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