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FEBRUARY <strong>2022</strong><br />

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Intro. Keeping the wheels turning...<br />

FEBRUARY Issue <strong>2022</strong><br />

We wanna hear from you info@motomedia.co.za<br />

Read our back issues at www.motomedia.co.za<br />

Flip talk about hitting the ground running!<br />

GasGas has taken quite a historic win at Dakar - which was once again, just one of those epic<br />

adventures.<br />

Events are already starting to churn nationally <strong>and</strong> abroad. Wade Young narrowly missed his first<br />

victory of the year at Alestrem. He led the whole thing <strong>and</strong> ran out of fuel just 3 KM’s before the<br />

end. Man that sux!<br />

Anyway it all sets the tone for what is going to be a magic <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

Meanwhile - back at the office:<br />

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Vermont/Tork Craft “Spot the Difference”<br />

Competition winners for January <strong>2022</strong><br />

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Looks some of our sneaky little<br />

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out… which made our job a little<br />

bit easier sorting through the<br />

multitude of entries we got. Out<br />

of all the entries we got only 18 of<br />

you noticed that we had swapped<br />

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Congratulation to Zack, Lucindy,<br />

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Sadly, for the four of you,<br />

you cannot enter any other<br />

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3 months… Well, you can but<br />

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three months to give everybody<br />

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Here’s a good one: Win yourself a trip to<br />

Icel<strong>and</strong>.<br />

BMW Motorrad is running a competition from 1 Jan<br />

to 30 March. Any customer buying any GS in the first<br />

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If ever there was a time to buy a new Beemer – then this<br />

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Together with their partner, Up South Adventures, BMW<br />

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the weirdest place in the world. A sparsely populated<br />

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They will then select ten riders to experience a 12-day,<br />

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Also - with every bike purchased from BMW in <strong>2022</strong><br />

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Domino’s XM2 Adjustable Dual Cable Throttle<br />

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As used by the pros in MotoGP & Moto 2 racing, <strong>and</strong> now<br />

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PRODUCT REVIEW<br />

Just Trac<br />

Live tracking device.<br />

Smart, smart SA tech. Works on 2G.<br />

The justTRAC live tracking system was born<br />

in South Africa out of a race Dad’s concern for<br />

his young racer son, who then collaborated<br />

with a developer in the USA <strong>and</strong> a IT Engineer<br />

in South Africa.<br />

Dr.Dawie de Wet of Q-Kon in Centurion used<br />

to get really nervous <strong>and</strong> quite wound up<br />

w<strong>and</strong>ering where Diete, (his racer son), was<br />

out on the race course in the mountains,<br />

particularly if he was overdue at the DSP or<br />

finish line. With very little in the way of signal<br />

up in the mountains, the usual 3G, 4G, <strong>and</strong><br />

nowadays 5G, often do not work.<br />

Unless you have a heck of an expensive<br />

satellite phone you really don’t have any way<br />

of knowing where your rider is, or if they are in<br />

trouble <strong>and</strong> in need of assistance… not a great<br />

situation for a team manager <strong>and</strong> often a bit<br />

nerve wracking for a parent.<br />

Dawie, being quite a tech wizard decided to<br />

see what technology was available, found<br />

something that sort of did the job but needed<br />

some serious tweaks. Firstly, it absolutely<br />

had to work in almost the complete absence<br />

of signal experienced in rural mountain areas<br />

where most enduro races are held, think Roof<br />

Of Africa <strong>and</strong> etc. <strong>and</strong> had to be in real time<br />

<strong>and</strong> accurate up to a maximum of 5 meters,<br />

everything else was a bonus.<br />

With a lot of back <strong>and</strong> forth between guys in<br />

white coats the ‘justTRAC’ unit was born <strong>and</strong><br />

had a bunch of really interesting <strong>and</strong> helpful<br />

features as an added bonus with bigger <strong>and</strong><br />

better <strong>and</strong> specialised units also chucked into<br />

the mix.<br />

We bumped into the guys <strong>and</strong> girls from<br />

justTRAC at the Roof last year where they were<br />

offering a rental service on their justTRAC<br />

JT102 RIDER TRACKER <strong>and</strong> were really quite<br />

amazed at how well the system works. Now<br />

you have seen them advertise in this magazine<br />

quite a bit <strong>and</strong> after chatting to them for a<br />

bit found out that they offer the same rental<br />

service at all the major enduro races around<br />

the country with proper technical support <strong>and</strong><br />

they also drag along a huge Wi-Fi supply trailer<br />

for customers <strong>and</strong> support crew to connect<br />

to… how fantastic is that? After a bit more<br />

chatting we asked them for a unit to test <strong>and</strong><br />

tell you guys how it works <strong>and</strong> etc. Needless<br />

to say, nothing happened over the Christmas<br />

break while we were all lying on the beach <strong>and</strong><br />

we only dragged ourselves back into the office<br />

a few weeks ago, so we haven’t spent a huge<br />

amount of time running around with it <strong>and</strong> will<br />

keep testing it over the next few months <strong>and</strong><br />

give you regular updates as we go, but here is<br />

what we have found out so far:<br />

It really isn’t expensive. You can either rent a<br />

unit to participate in an event, or you can buy<br />

a unit for around R900.00 or with a monthly<br />

subscription fee for the 2G sim card of<br />

R145.00pm. Not a lot of money for peace of<br />

mind <strong>and</strong> even Mom at home can log on via<br />

the app on her cell phone to a keep an eye on<br />

the boys. So, yes you did read correctly, 2G!<br />

2G works off a much lower power/frequency/<br />

blah, blah to your cell phones <strong>and</strong> etc <strong>and</strong> thus<br />

doesn’t need very much signal to connect,<br />

really just a distant vague memory of a signal<br />

is enough for it to connect, but just in case it<br />

also has a GPX chip so it can satellite track as<br />

well if 2G signal does waft off into the vapours<br />

of time.<br />

We took it out on a road bike test <strong>and</strong> also<br />

worked out that it could also log average<br />

speed as well as maximum top speed,<br />

needless to say… the race was on to see who<br />

could log the fastest speed for the day, but<br />

that is a story for another time. We were able<br />

to track the rider from multiple cell phones, all<br />

that had to happen was that each smart phone<br />

had the app down loaded <strong>and</strong> were logged in.<br />

Each smart phone can also track a multitude<br />

of riders, so team managers, moms <strong>and</strong><br />

dads could all monitor progress as could<br />

the support crew at the DSP’s who could be<br />

prepared for when the rider arrived <strong>and</strong> get<br />

them sorted <strong>and</strong> racing again. Then at<br />

the end of the day everybody could sit around<br />

the laptop screen, (yes you can even log in<br />

<strong>and</strong> monitor from any desk top or laptop), <strong>and</strong><br />

do a full debrief of the race, riders memories<br />

get jogged when they see their route super<br />

imposed on google earth <strong>and</strong> remember<br />

traction, power or h<strong>and</strong>ling problem or where<br />

they felt the bike was really performing well.<br />

Some telemetry information is also available,<br />

for specific details go to https://justtrac.co.za/<br />

jt102-adventure-rider-tracker/ we are still<br />

working out the details as we go along. Best of<br />

all – its virtually live. Another very cool feature<br />

is the panic button. If you happen to crash,<br />

or have a problem, you can hit the button <strong>and</strong><br />

your exact geolocation is sent along to your<br />

team. Cool huh!<br />

We like what we see <strong>and</strong> believe the<br />

applications are endless, mountain bike or<br />

running races, your kids taking the dogs for<br />

a walk around the neighbourhood or riding<br />

their dirt bikes in veld on a Sunday afternoon<br />

or even putting them on your pets during<br />

thunderstorms, firecracker festivals <strong>and</strong> etc<br />

where pets are likely to panic <strong>and</strong> run for<br />

safety. Instead of driving around looking for<br />

them or putting posters on lamp post you can<br />

just log on to your justTRACK app <strong>and</strong> drive<br />

directly to where they are hiding.<br />

The great thing about this unit is that it is<br />

small enough to fit into a pocket, dangle<br />

around a cat or dogs neck collar, fit into lycra<br />

cycling or running shorts, has a rechargeable<br />

battery that last for up to 24 hours depending<br />

on the refresh rate, but easily lasts 6 to 8<br />

hours under race conditions. It is rugged <strong>and</strong><br />

there is a sealed waterproof available with a<br />

longer lasting battery for a few r<strong>and</strong>s more<br />

check out all their products at<br />

https://justtrac.co.za


5.5 WRIST BRACE<br />

TECHNOLOGY HIGHLIGHTS<br />

ADJUSTABLE FLEX SUPPORT<br />

1 // ATOP CABLE FASTENING SYSTEM<br />

2 // INTERCHANGEABLE FLEX PLATE<br />

3 // TWO FINGER LOCATION<br />

For best comfort<br />

Leatt 5.5 Wrist Brace:<br />

Br<strong>and</strong> new for <strong>2022</strong> is the Leatt 5.5 Wrist Brace, which<br />

provides support when riding after a wrist injury<br />

by restricting movement <strong>and</strong> reducing the risk of<br />

hyperextension.<br />

The wrist strap is elastic to prevent arm inflation, <strong>and</strong> a<br />

replacement pad set is also included.<br />

Features:<br />

• Stiff matrix construction.<br />

• Replaceable flex struts.<br />

• Medium or low flex.<br />

• ATOP cable attachment system.<br />

• Two-piece neoprene insert for best<br />

comfort.<br />

• Replacement padding included.<br />

• Elastic wrist strap prevents arm<br />

inflation.<br />

• Two finger positions for better<br />

comfort.<br />

Available at your dealer or www.leatt.com for your<br />

closest stockist.<br />

EVS Epic Knee guards arrive.<br />

The Epic range of knee guards are now back in stock<br />

at most stockists. The Epic Knee Pad uses design<br />

elements from our high-end knee brace technology,<br />

offering complete shin <strong>and</strong> patella coverage. The<br />

Epic Knee is positioned between a knee brace <strong>and</strong> a<br />

traditional knee pad.<br />

Form Fit Frame -Built from a proprietary blend of<br />

Polyfusion polymer, the Form Fit Frame provides a<br />

strong base that is also flexible. The Form Fit Frame<br />

bends to the contours of the rider’s thigh, allowing for a<br />

comfortable fit.<br />

• Floating patella system for full<br />

coverage protection<br />

• Asymmetrical Form Fit chassis &<br />

full flex hinge system<br />

• Plush contour molded bio-foam liner<br />

• Quick release positive locking<br />

buckles<br />

• Fully adjustable dry-suede straps<br />

• Meets St<strong>and</strong>ards for CE EN 1621-1<br />

• Sold in pairs<br />

• Sizes: S/M <strong>and</strong> L/XL<br />

At your dealer.


OXFORD BACK PROTECTORS FOR JACKETS<br />

Occasionally, we get a bit of abuse on social media from<br />

keyboard Ninja’s about some of the riding gear we wear.<br />

Yes, it doesn’t look traditional, yes it does look quite hip<br />

<strong>and</strong> fashionable but everything our riders wear comes<br />

with or has the option to fit or upgrade the protection<br />

they offer. Everything is lined with the latest aramid<br />

materials.<br />

But extra protection is always a good thing. The Oxford<br />

RB-Pi Insert Back Protector is a CE Level 1 compliant<br />

Leatt 4.5 Black Body Protector<br />

The 4.5 Body Protector is CE tested <strong>and</strong> certified <strong>and</strong><br />

is designed to protect your chest, back, elbows <strong>and</strong><br />

shoulders. The blend of both hard shell areas, made of<br />

high density poly ethylene (HDPE) for high impact or<br />

stone deflection, <strong>and</strong> 3DF AirFit impact foam protection.<br />

The 3D design will fit you comfortably as well as keep<br />

you ventilated with its ventilation slots <strong>and</strong> new antiodor<br />

MoistureCool <strong>and</strong> AirMesh wicking fabrics. Another<br />

new feature is the base layer made of mesh. The design<br />

integrates perfectly with a Leatt neck brace. If you are<br />

looking for a higher level of protection, the 5.5 Body<br />

unit available from as little as R495.00. This flexible<br />

<strong>and</strong> lightweight CE Level 1 back protector for your<br />

Oxford riding jacket offers comfort <strong>and</strong> security in<br />

equal measure. It slots straight into the compartment<br />

in the back of your jacket. The Oxford RB-Pi2 Insert<br />

Back Protector, CE Level 2 compliant unit also available<br />

from a paltry R685.00 is a flexible <strong>and</strong> lightweight back<br />

protector for your Oxford riding jacket it will fit most<br />

br<strong>and</strong>s, offering comfort <strong>and</strong> security in equal measure.<br />

Go to www.dmd.co.za to view more great products or to<br />

find your local stockist.<br />

Protector is for you as it has the highest protection<br />

score of 25 points.<br />

Features:<br />

Hard shell <strong>and</strong> 3DF AirFit ventilated soft impact foam<br />

CE tested <strong>and</strong> certified as impact protection:<br />

Multi-layer, multi-plate articulating design<br />

Mesh base layer<br />

Ventilation slots for maximum airflow<br />

Anti-odour Moisture Cool <strong>and</strong> AirMesh wicking fabrics<br />

Removable front <strong>and</strong> rear plate function <strong>and</strong> Brace<br />

On neck brace fitting system for over / under shirt. Neck<br />

brace fit<br />

Unisex Fit


Just 1 MX gear incoming.<br />

J-Force Jerseys:<br />

• Moisture wicking polyester main<br />

body fabric keeps you cool <strong>and</strong> dry<br />

• Vented side panels for maximum airflow<br />

• soft <strong>and</strong> comfortable collar<br />

• Tail silicon print on the back helps keep jersey<br />

tucked in pants<br />

• Sublimated graphics give the possibility to<br />

play better with graphics <strong>and</strong> colors<br />

• Size from xs to xxl<br />

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Recycling: The Ultimate Gentleman Biker’s<br />

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Being a guy with a creative turn of mind, the revamp of<br />

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Dakar<br />

<strong>2022</strong><br />

Spectacular.<br />

409 machines started the Dakar including 89 cars,<br />

144 motorcycles, 95 UTVs <strong>and</strong> Side by Sides, 20<br />

quads <strong>and</strong> 56 trucks. Two weeks later, 84 cars, 124<br />

bikes, nine quads, 82 lightweight vehicles <strong>and</strong> 50<br />

trucks remained.<br />

Soap Opera:<br />

Most petrol heads were glued to social media <strong>and</strong> televisions, following<br />

their hero’s from all over the globe.<br />

We watched a clapped out Nissan bakkie 2015 model, dicing the racers<br />

through the desert.<br />

We saw GasGas rider Daniel S<strong>and</strong>ers knocked out of the Dakar Rally after<br />

crashing during the liaison section on his way to the start of Sunday’s<br />

seventh stage of the event.<br />

Navigation woes saw riders like Joan Barreda, Andrew Short, Toby Price,<br />

Nacho Cornejo <strong>and</strong> Ricky Brabec end up between 40 minutes <strong>and</strong> a full<br />

hour behind the leaders.<br />

“That” Giniel incident put a damper on things. Social media can be a<br />

cruel mistress but Giniel is a st<strong>and</strong>-up guy who got it all sorted. Ross<br />

Branch who is a household favourite crashed, continued <strong>and</strong> then had to<br />

withdraw. We are pretty sure that he’ll be back!


Dakar winner Sam Sunderl<strong>and</strong><br />

Pic By: RallyZone


We watched MotoGP star Danilo Petrucci spectacularly win a day,<br />

Just flippen WOW!<br />

Going into the penultimate stage of the rally, Yamahas Adrien Van<br />

Beveren was leading overall by six minutes. A waypoint would not<br />

register for him when it did eventually pick him up he had lost a<br />

lot of time crisscrossing the route. He continued at 200% which<br />

resulted in two crashes. And then, running low on fuel he had to tap<br />

off to make the end of the stage, losing almost 20 minutes <strong>and</strong> the<br />

lead. He ended fourth in what can only be described as a superhuman<br />

effort. He has a point to prove next year… To quote the man<br />

himself, “No one will win the Dakar without being willing to take<br />

risks. The 450 Rally bikes hit speeds of up to 180 KILOMETRES an<br />

hour, across some of the roughest <strong>and</strong> most inhospitable terrains<br />

on the planet. To risk life <strong>and</strong> limb is without equal.”<br />

The overall lead in the bikes changed daily as Sunderl<strong>and</strong>, Mattias<br />

Walkner <strong>and</strong> van Beveren took turns out front. A tough eleventh day<br />

saw Sunderl<strong>and</strong> emerge on top from Pablo Quintanilla, Walkner, van<br />

Beveren, Barreda <strong>and</strong> Ricky Brabec.<br />

Sunderl<strong>and</strong> only won one stage on Day 8, benefiting his low starting<br />

order. Barreda, Honda teammate Jose Flormino <strong>and</strong> S<strong>and</strong>ers each<br />

won two stages as did Hero Mototrcycles rider Joaquin Rodriguez,<br />

KTM men Toby Price, <strong>and</strong> Benavides <strong>and</strong> Quintanilla one each.<br />

MotoGP Rider Danilo Petrucci<br />

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Historic win for GasGas:<br />

Sam Sunderl<strong>and</strong> is savouring his superb second win on the Dakar<br />

Rally as he becomes only the third rider in history to win event in<br />

two different locations… On a br<strong>and</strong> new GasGas.<br />

The British rider powered to a famous win in Saudi Arabia after<br />

holding his nerve on a tense twelfth <strong>and</strong> final 680km stage to<br />

secure victory by a 3minutes <strong>and</strong> 27seconds over Honda’s Pablo<br />

Quintanilla. After becoming the first British person to win the Dakar<br />

Rally in any class during the South America based 2017 event,<br />

Sunderl<strong>and</strong> is the ninth rider to win more than once but only one of<br />

three to do so in different locations.<br />

“Wow! What a feeling! That 10 minute period waiting at the end of<br />

the final stage to see if I’d won felt like a lifetime. But this feeling,<br />

knowing I’ve won a second Dakar, will stay in my memory forever.<br />

This win feels better than the first as this victory was anything but<br />

easy.”<br />

“The times were so close this year <strong>and</strong> there was no time to let off<br />

the gas, it was a really close race, right to the end. All of the hard<br />

work, the sacrifices, <strong>and</strong> everything that the GASGAS team has done<br />

for me makes it all worthwhile.”<br />

“It’s been five years since my first Dakar win, <strong>and</strong> it’s been a long<br />

time to wait! I’m super happy to get another win <strong>and</strong> claim the first<br />

one for GASGAS.”<br />

Interestingly, his win makes GASGAS only the sixth different br<strong>and</strong><br />

to win on the Dakar Rally in 44 years, joining BMW, Yamaha, Honda,<br />

KTM <strong>and</strong> Cagiva.<br />

SA Riders.<br />

Maré, top SA rider: South African Aaron Maré only found out he’d<br />

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up a creditable 16th overall in his second Dakar.<br />

Cox fires warning shots: KTM’s SA Cross Country champion, Dakar<br />

rookie Bradley Cox teased the top ten throughout the first week,<br />

but a tough break after damaging his bike <strong>and</strong> struggling home on<br />

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Four Southern Africans raced in the no assistance Original By Motul<br />

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Charan Moore had a consistent run within the top 40 throughout to 34th<br />

overall, 8th among the rookies <strong>and</strong> fourth <strong>and</strong> top rookie in Original By<br />

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Botswana rider John Kelly delivered a great performance to come up<br />

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seventh <strong>and</strong> second rookie home in Original By Motul.<br />

Ever popular nut man, SA rider Stuart Gregory was 65th overall <strong>and</strong> a<br />

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Another Lesotho rookie, Werner Kennedy picked up places daily to climb<br />

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Swazi rider Werner Terblanche started 113rd <strong>and</strong> finished 81st. Mozambican<br />

Paulo Oliveira stopped on the penultimate day but rejoined to<br />

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Quads: Frenchman Alex<strong>and</strong>re Giroud survived to take the quad victory<br />

on his Yamaha. He moved ahead on Day 5 <strong>and</strong> stayed there to take an<br />

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Side By Sides: It was tight in the Side by Sides. American Austin Jones<br />

<strong>and</strong> Gustavo Gugelmin overhauled Spaniards Gerard Farres Guell <strong>and</strong><br />

Diego Gil’s four the win in the final stage. With Poles Marek Goczal<br />

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Rousseau retired after a crash on Day 6.<br />

South Africas veteran navigators, Geoff Minnitt <strong>and</strong> Siegfried Rousseau,<br />

made their first appearance at the Dakar Rally this year in the SSV, (Sideby-Side),<br />

Category after Minnitt participated with a Can-Am Maverick<br />

in the SxS category in the 2021 SACCS season. The team made a good<br />

start <strong>and</strong> worked themselves into 16th place in the category, but an<br />

unfortunate roll saw them having to give up their dream on the fourth<br />

day of the event.<br />

Cars:<br />

A huge SA success story!<br />

Ok, Ok! We are a bike magazine, but our SA car guys really made some<br />

history this year!<br />

Toyota Gazoo Racing SA claimed its second Dakar Rally victory when<br />

Nasser Al-Attiya <strong>and</strong> Mathieu Baumel took their place on the top step of<br />

the podium after leading the race from start to finish.<br />

Toyota Gazoo Racing SA (TGRSA), under the experienced <strong>and</strong> professional<br />

guidance of team principal Glyn Hall, developed the new Toyota<br />

Hilux DKR T1+ that included changes like making use of a 3.5L V6<br />

twin-turbo engine, bigger wheels <strong>and</strong> improved travel suspension <strong>and</strong><br />

Al-Attiya/Baumel as well as three more SA teams, former Dakar Rally<br />

winner, Giniel de Villiers <strong>and</strong> Dennis Murphy; Henk Lategan/Brett Cummings<br />

<strong>and</strong> Shameer Variawa/Danie Stassen, all brought their new Hilux<br />

T1+ vehicles home safely.<br />

TGRSA also claimed a number of stage victories with Al-Attiya/Baumel<br />

winning the Prologue <strong>and</strong> opening stage while Lategan/Cummings won<br />

stages six <strong>and</strong> 12 <strong>and</strong> it was an all TGRSA podium after stage nine with<br />

De Villiers/Murphy winning, it was De Villiers’ 18th Dakar Rally stage


victory, Lategan/Cummings finished second <strong>and</strong> Al-Attiya/<br />

Baumel rounded off the podium.<br />

The ever consistent De Villiers added to his records by finishing<br />

his 19th consecutive Dakar Rally from 19 starts without a<br />

single retirement. This puts him only one Dakar behind the<br />

record-holder, Yoshimasa Sugawara in the trucks. This year, De<br />

Villiers/Murphy finished fifth overall making it the 14th time he<br />

finished in the top five overall, despite the De Villiers drama.<br />

First he tested positive for COVID-19 before the team left for<br />

Saudi-Arabia. A negative test saw him leaving later to join.<br />

During the race, the team received a five minute <strong>and</strong> then a five<br />

hour penalty after those unfortunate incidents with bikers on<br />

the route. After thorough investigation into the second incident<br />

that resulted in the five hour penalty, the penalty was rescinded.<br />

Another Midr<strong>and</strong> race car manufacturer, Century Racing, had<br />

no less than 10 locally built CR vehicles in the running of which<br />

four were occupied by South African teams. Team owner, Mark<br />

Corbett, had to withdraw just days before the event due to an<br />

injury <strong>and</strong> was replaced by multiple SA champion, Chris Visser<br />

with Rodney Burke as navigator.<br />

The best performing SA team was Brian Baragwanath who<br />

tackled his second Dakar Rally in the vehicle category after<br />

participating twice in the quad category where he finished third<br />

in 2016.<br />

Baragwanath <strong>and</strong> navigator, Leonard Cremer made sure the<br />

commentators knew about them early in the race when they<br />

posted the third fastest time in the opening stage. Their race<br />

had its ups <strong>and</strong> downs which included rolling their CR6 in<br />

the third stage <strong>and</strong> luckily l<strong>and</strong>ing on the wheels again. They<br />

overcame everything thrown at them to finish a well-earned<br />

14th overall.<br />

Former motorcycle rider <strong>and</strong> lady navigator, Taye Perry, was the<br />

co-driver for five-time motorcycle winner, Cyril Despres, who<br />

has been competing in the cars <strong>and</strong> SSV category since 2015.<br />

Perry completed the Dakar Rally in 2020 in the motorcycle<br />

category <strong>and</strong> then navigated Baragwanath to their finish in<br />

2021.<br />

The team competed with the Peugeot <strong>and</strong> finished 19th overall.<br />

Trucks:<br />

Kamaz utterly dominated the trucks. Russian crews Dmitry<br />

Sotnikov, Ruslan Akhmadeev <strong>and</strong> Ilgiz Akhmetzianov led home<br />

a 1-2-3-4 from compatriot drivers Eduard Nikolaev, Anton<br />

Shiboliev <strong>and</strong> Anrey Karginov.<br />

And that’s it! GasGas… WOW! Toyota Gazoo Racing… Flippen<br />

Amazing.<br />

We have to wait a whole year for the next one, but it’s worth it!<br />

One shadow looms after a car participating in the Dakar rally<br />

was hit by an explosion that badly wounded its driver. After the<br />

30 December attack in the city of Jeddah, the driver, Philippe<br />

Boutron, underwent surgery in Saudi Arabia for serious leg<br />

injuries before returning to France. Will this affect the future of<br />

the Rally in Saudi Arabia? Who knows?<br />

Fans… never fear… ‘22 marks an exciting new chapter for crosscountry<br />

rallying, as the discipline becomes the seventh World<br />

Championship under the governance of the FIA.<br />

The five-round inaugural FIA World Rally-Raid Championship<br />

kicked off with the famous Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia.<br />

The Championship remains in the Middle East for the Abu<br />

Dhabi Desert Challenge before heading to central Asia <strong>and</strong><br />

Kazakhstan, where the arid scrubl<strong>and</strong>s <strong>and</strong> deserts of the<br />

world’s largest l<strong>and</strong>locked country provide another different<br />

challenge. Rally Andalucia marks the World Championship’s<br />

visit to Europe, while Rallye du Maroc on the African continent<br />

rounds out the season with its wide range of technical, fast <strong>and</strong><br />

s<strong>and</strong>y tracks, as well as dunes.<br />

We’ll keep you posted!


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KTM’s 1290R<br />

The Big<br />

Boss…<br />

If you are one of those okes who needs to be the big dog,<br />

then this is absolutely the bike for you. We borrowed one<br />

<strong>and</strong> took off on the Gyppo Work Tuesday ride…<br />

Interestingly enough, this is the first time that we have ridden this bike since<br />

it was launched in the Drakensberg at the beginning of 2021.<br />

If you read that launch feature, we ran on KTM’s four new bikes, the 1290’s<br />

<strong>and</strong> the 890’s last year, you’ll know that we came away from that well<br />

impressed.<br />

This was a different kind of ride, more s<strong>and</strong>, more road <strong>and</strong> a little koppie<br />

called Jericho Rock. It’s really the kind of stuff we like.<br />

No kidding, this is a lot of bike for your buck <strong>and</strong> it’s all powered by a<br />

maniacal almost 1300cc V-twin engine. Ready to race? You bet your ass it is.<br />

But, as the saying goes, power is nothing without control.<br />

What’s this bike like to live with every day? That was our plan, Sean used it to<br />

do a few calls to dealers both near <strong>and</strong> far. Glenn got everyone lost around<br />

the streets of Harties <strong>and</strong> gravel roads en-route to Brits <strong>and</strong> our Technical gofast<br />

man Kyle Lawrenson raced it up <strong>and</strong> down the big, Maxxis br<strong>and</strong>ed Rock.


The Big girl: A quick re-cap.<br />

There was no getting away from it The Super Adventure is an enormous<br />

motorcycle, with the earlier models being intimidatingly tall. For 2021,<br />

KTM tackled that with a new subframe that reduced the seat height from<br />

890mm to 880mm <strong>and</strong> they made it a bit narrower.<br />

It doesn’t sound like a lot, but it definitely made a difference. The new<br />

Adventure doesn’t feel as tall, you fit a bit more in the bike than on it.<br />

But there is a lot more to the latest model. KTM had to meet Euro 5′s<br />

stringent emissions st<strong>and</strong>ards without losing any of the monster power of<br />

that 160HP V-twin. And more advanced electronic rider aids were added,<br />

all accessed via the new 7-inch TFT dash <strong>and</strong> switch gear.<br />

The bodywork is also new, with a three-part fuel tank designed to carry<br />

the fluid weight lower in a fashion similar to the 890. The windscreen<br />

is shorter than the old one <strong>and</strong> there’s a new quick-access air box that<br />

allows on-trail filter cleaning. Nice!<br />

a<br />

The previous models Semi-active WP suspension has replaced with<br />

conventional manually adjustable suspension with more travel, up from<br />

200mm to220mm, allowing for more ground clearance. And they round<br />

the whole package up with sexy new graphics <strong>and</strong> LED lighting all round.<br />

Like most of the bikes we get to ride these days, we were keen to see how<br />

manufacturers h<strong>and</strong>le the Euro 5 rules. We are always nervous that the<br />

bikes lose a bit of that excitement that is generated by… well power.<br />

Chaps <strong>and</strong> Chappettes, If you need more power that this one throws at<br />

you, we’ll eat it with tomato sauce! Don’t be fooled this is a lot of bike. To<br />

comply, KTM revised the fuelling <strong>and</strong> designed a completely new exhaust<br />

with dual catalytic converters. The Super Adventure R hasn’t lost any peak<br />

power; KTM still quotes 160 hp at 9,000 rpm <strong>and</strong> 102 pound-feet of torque<br />

at 6,500 rpm. How much more would you like? This one came with the<br />

Rally mode unlocked which means that we could use the quick shifter <strong>and</strong><br />

all the other good bits. Rally riding mode allows further adjustability for<br />

the rider including MTC slip adjuster <strong>and</strong> the adjustable throttle response.<br />

The all-in-one Tech Pack includes a Quick shifter, Motor Slip Regulation,<br />

Hill Hold Control <strong>and</strong> an adaptive brake light.<br />

Anyway, enough about all that.<br />

Sean was first up, he didn’t draw the straw for the launch <strong>and</strong> at the time<br />

of this feature, he was recovering from a crash in the bath tub. True story!<br />

When you are as tall as him, it’s a long way to fall, so he stuck to the<br />

smoother tar.<br />

Sean Says<br />

“I flippen’ love this bike, if ever a manufacturer built a bike for riders<br />

st<strong>and</strong>ing 2 metres tall that feels neither bulky nor cumbersome it is<br />

KTM with this bike. I rode the previous model through the goat paths in<br />

Lesotho <strong>and</strong> then back into SA down Sani Pass <strong>and</strong> loved every single<br />

minute in the saddle.”<br />

“I was quite inconsolable when I got outranked to go on the Drakensberg<br />

launch, with the boss preferring the company of the much prettier Kyle.<br />

And then, as if that wasn’t enough, when we finally got it for a few days at<br />

the office I managed to chuck my back out farting too hard in the shower<br />

<strong>and</strong> knocking my feet out from under me. So, I only managed to catch a<br />

couple of kilometres on the tar running around seeing customers.”<br />

“Firstly, the powerplant is unmatched in my opinion. Smooth, predictable<br />

<strong>and</strong> eye wateringly fast. Switch off all the electronic ‘Nannies’, dump the<br />

clutch <strong>and</strong> snap on the throttle <strong>and</strong> the big KTM takes off like a cat out of<br />

its s<strong>and</strong> box, trying to point its front wheel at the heavens. Get everything<br />

back under control, keep the gas wide open <strong>and</strong> use the power shifter<br />

to rip through the gears <strong>and</strong> the front wheel will claw at the air on every<br />

change all the way through to sixth gear. Dial it back a bit, load up a bit of<br />

luggage <strong>and</strong> pop your favourite pillion on the back <strong>and</strong> chase the setting<br />

sun <strong>and</strong> the 1290 Super Adventure R will be polite, comfortable <strong>and</strong><br />

relaxed… until you find the twistys…”<br />

Do<br />

(Ha<br />

Var<br />

Do<br />

Gri<br />

Do<br />

I’m an old track day rider, having spent many, many days circumnavigating<br />

Kyalami, Zwartkops, Midvaal, <strong>and</strong> Phakisa on everything from Tupperware<br />

torpedo’s to upright tourers, street fighters, retro moderns <strong>and</strong> even the<br />

occasional cruiser <strong>and</strong> scooters, so I relish the opportunity to grind foot<br />

pegs through the corners.


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One might expect with the tall suspension, 18/21<br />

inch wheels shod in more off road biased tyres<br />

that the 1290 Super Adventure R would be quite<br />

squirley. Not so! In fact, depending on your level<br />

of skill <strong>and</strong> love of sphincter clenching adrenalin<br />

you can easily blow by underneath some of the<br />

fantastic plastics along mountain passes. The<br />

suspension is stable, keeping weight transfer<br />

to a minimum, the chassis doesn’t have any<br />

perceptible flex, (at my skill level anyway), <strong>and</strong><br />

the superb electronics package compensates,<br />

without interfering, for the off road tyres lack<br />

of perfect traction on tar as does the ABS <strong>and</strong><br />

stability programmes.<br />

Best of all for me though was the ergonomics.<br />

The seat has a small bump stop that gives nice<br />

lower back support yet still giving you enough<br />

room to move around on the seat in the corners.<br />

The h<strong>and</strong>le bar relationship to the seat height<br />

<strong>and</strong> etc keeps your shoulders in a neutral,<br />

relaxed position reducing fatigue on long days<br />

in the saddle. The windshield is not too high, but<br />

keeps enough of the wind off of the rider to be<br />

comfortable, dry in the rain <strong>and</strong> cool on summer<br />

days. And as usual the TFT screen is easy to read<br />

<strong>and</strong> underst<strong>and</strong>, the button to operate/scroll on<br />

the left bar cluster is quickly got to terms with<br />

<strong>and</strong> becomes quite intuitive the longer you ride.<br />

This bike is definitely very near the top of my list<br />

for my top 10 dream bike garage.<br />

If KTM SA would take a page from Honda SA’s<br />

book <strong>and</strong> could see their way clear to parking one<br />

at our office <strong>and</strong> forgetting about it for a year or<br />

five, I would be most grateful.<br />

Glenn took off <strong>and</strong>, much to the other guys<br />

amusement, he freely admits that the bike is<br />

much faster than he is.<br />

“To me, the new bike feels a bit less daunting<br />

than previous models, you feel more in control,<br />

the balance is better <strong>and</strong> the bike feels less topheavy.”<br />

“But… I really do prefer the slightly smaller bikes<br />

<strong>and</strong> the 890 <strong>and</strong> 900 ranges are right up my alley.<br />

For me, a 1300 in the dirt is just too much. In<br />

saying that, however if you need a grin inducing<br />

powerhouse, you’ll have to go a long way to<br />

beat this one. It really is supremely comfortable,<br />

capable bike that is just so well sorted.”<br />

“It eats up the tar <strong>and</strong> gravel for breakfast, but I<br />

find that the bigger bikes like to bully me through<br />

the corners with the electronics saving things<br />

<strong>and</strong> making this rider look a lot better than he is.<br />

And it’s just as much fun on the road as it is in<br />

the dirt. Four riding modes control all that grunt:<br />

Sport, Street, Rain, <strong>and</strong> Off-road. Being the manne<br />

that we are, this one lived in full power mode for<br />

the duration that we had it.”<br />

B<br />

“Lots of fun for sure. Ground clearance, brakes<br />

<strong>and</strong> suspension is exactly what a bike like this<br />

needs. It h<strong>and</strong>led the tar <strong>and</strong> the very s<strong>and</strong>y roads<br />

we rode just so lekker. Personally, I’d reserve it for<br />

that long Karoo trip or a spin down into “Die Hel”<br />

<strong>and</strong> save the trickier, muddy stuff for the 890.<br />

160BHP on tap is a lot more power than I’d ever<br />

need, but you can bet your ass that there would<br />

be one parked in my dream garage. But like they<br />

say… “this one is definitely for the Manne.”


Kyle Says:<br />

“It’s not in my garage, therefore I hate it!”<br />

“As with most launches, we kinda just got a taste for the bike.<br />

This time round, I got to use it as a commuter, as well as some<br />

pretty gnarly adventurey type stuff. She is a big gal, but I flippen<br />

love it!”<br />

“Despite the size, moving the bike around in the garage is<br />

easy, thanks to the fact that it’s very well balanced. Riding the<br />

freeways <strong>and</strong> smaller roads in my area is fun. It’s not nearly as<br />

cumbersome as it appears to be. Hop in the saddle <strong>and</strong> it all<br />

gets really easy. Horsepower, well the guys have touched on<br />

that… to me it feels more refined than the previous model, but<br />

just as strong. A bonus is that you sit quite high, so you can<br />

look into the car windows at the pretty girls short skirts <strong>and</strong> nice<br />

legs.”<br />

“My favourite spot is rally mode. Even this bike arrived with more<br />

road oriented rubber, I could change the settings to help h<strong>and</strong>le<br />

the muddy canal roads without seeing my butt. It’s not invasive,<br />

but for the dirt it’s just so intuitive. Same thing climbing the rock.<br />

It’s a big bike, but with a little bit of body English, she’ll run it like<br />

a dirt bike.”<br />

The R weighs 220KG’s dry. Add a full tank of fuel, 23 odd litres,<br />

<strong>and</strong> it’s close to 250KG’s. Now add the rider, (Lighter if it’s me,<br />

heavier if it’s the other guys…), <strong>and</strong> combine all of this with<br />

long-travel suspension, a 21-inch front wheel, a 150-section rear<br />

Bridgestone, pushing massive horsepower sounds like a recipe<br />

for disaster. But KTM really makes it work. It’s great on the road<br />

<strong>and</strong> really, really good in fast or slow dirt.<br />

Oh <strong>and</strong> did we mention powerful? Well go <strong>and</strong> ride it for yourself.<br />

All Adventure trips are cool but a bike like this just makes them<br />

that much more exciting.<br />

At your local KTM dealer…<br />

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<strong>2022</strong><br />

WR’450 arrives<br />

But the good news is that the <strong>2022</strong> WR’s have made their<br />

way onto some showroom floors.<br />

We asked, no, we begged for<br />

a ride, but sadly, according<br />

to Yamaha SA as the bikes<br />

arrive, they are sold...<br />

so there are no demo’s.<br />

Here’s the skinny:<br />

Yamaha’s WR450F enduro bike features some of the<br />

smartest technology in the off road world, including a<br />

unique reversed cylinder head engine design as well as<br />

the pioneering Power Tuner smartphone app that offers<br />

fast <strong>and</strong> easy trackside tuning.


<strong>2022</strong> WR450F<br />

The WR450F was completely redesigned for the 2021 season.<br />

Like the uprated WR250F, the WR450F benefits from a wide<br />

range of technology from its MX sibling.<br />

High-tech reversed cylinder head engine<br />

The WR450F’s compact <strong>and</strong> lightweight 450cc powerplant<br />

features Yamaha’s signature reversed cylinder head design that<br />

brings with it a whole range of advantages, such as increased<br />

intake efficiency – <strong>and</strong> idealized mass centralization that<br />

contributes towards the bike’s agile h<strong>and</strong>ling feeling, while the<br />

5-speed transmission <strong>and</strong> heavy duty clutch are ready to deliver<br />

smooth <strong>and</strong> reliable shifting. The user-friendly Power Tuner<br />

gives increased versatilty by enabling engine settings to be<br />

amended quickly <strong>and</strong> easily to suit virtually any conditions.<br />

Lightweight aluminium beam frame<br />

The WR450F’s lightweight aluminium bilateral beam frame is<br />

manufactured using Yamaha’s unique CF (Controlled Fill) technology<br />

that enables the use of walls of varying thicknesses to<br />

give a finely tuned balance of rigidity – ideal for enduro, where<br />

accurate feel <strong>and</strong> precise feedback are crucial.<br />

KYB suspension<br />

Suspension is amongst the best in class, <strong>and</strong> features KYB<br />

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The WR450F’s braking features the same system as the <strong>2022</strong><br />

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A compact <strong>and</strong> lightweight multi-function display features<br />

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Reversed cylinder head with forward facing inlet<br />

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Compact instrumentation with fuel consumption indicator<br />

Electric start<br />

Large capacity radiators with cooling fan<br />

Excellent mass centralization for lightweight h<strong>and</strong>ling<br />

Wide-ratio 5-speed enduro-specific transmission<br />

Durable heat-resistant clutch with quick-adjuster<br />

Compact <strong>and</strong> lightweight aluminium Deltabox frame<br />

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Readers Ride<br />

AFTER<br />

Kurt Schultz Covid 19<br />

2007 Suzuki RM 250 build.<br />

To start things of I feel the urge to say that I<br />

am a Suzuki fan. I own other manufacturers<br />

too, but I just feel a bit more comfortable on<br />

the good old “zook”.<br />

I feel it’s important for guys to keep rocking<br />

up to events on older bikes or bikes that aren’t<br />

the latest <strong>and</strong> greatest, breaking the colour<br />

scheme of Orange, White <strong>and</strong> Blue feels good<br />

knowing I can do the exact same thing they<br />

doing <strong>and</strong> my bike isn’t a late Austrian model.<br />

Anyways with that said, buying this bike with<br />

the intention of doing a “ground up “build was<br />

never the plan, I bought it as a bike to take<br />

through the rough stuff <strong>and</strong> not worry too<br />

much if it got a few scratches here <strong>and</strong> there<br />

or a dent in the exhaust…. That was until Covid<br />

19 hit!<br />

So, I had been on the lookout for a RM250 for<br />

a while <strong>and</strong> when one popped up on Gumtree<br />

in Lutzville. I decided to lock it down <strong>and</strong> take<br />

a drive to fetch my new beast.<br />

I got the bike from a lekker guy for a decent<br />

price for 2007.<br />

It came with V force 3 reeds, an FMF Gnarly<br />

header that was powder coated black <strong>and</strong> a<br />

FMF power core 2 silencer, It was a pretty long<br />

drive from CT for the day but well worth it as<br />

the bike was really clean <strong>and</strong> well looked after<br />

you could tell by st<strong>and</strong>ing in their garage he<br />

<strong>and</strong> his dad were bike fanatics so that’s always<br />

a good sign when buying.<br />

After hopping off my RMZ450, the 250 did feel<br />

a bit flat. We did some checking <strong>and</strong> found<br />

the factory air box restrictor still intact, so<br />

we removed that, <strong>and</strong> it felt a lot better but<br />

would still bog out at the top of the rev range<br />

in powerb<strong>and</strong>. To fix this I decided to not mess<br />

about <strong>and</strong> went for a Lectron Carburetor from<br />

Mario Smit <strong>and</strong> Forrest Distributors. No more<br />

fouled plugs or messing about with jetting <strong>and</strong><br />

just that instant crisp feel <strong>and</strong> sound I was<br />

after.<br />

The more I rode the bike, the bike the better it<br />

felt, that was until a ride in some rocky terrain<br />

pulled the spokes out of the thread on the rear<br />

rim. The rims were just st<strong>and</strong>ard silver <strong>and</strong> had<br />

been spray-painted black <strong>and</strong> that was also<br />

now peeling off. After looking around, I found<br />

some bulldog spokes at SGS motorsport but<br />

also found out they are a distributor for SM Pro<br />

platinum rims <strong>and</strong> hubs.<br />

I pulled the trigger on some Gold rims <strong>and</strong><br />

Cherry Red hubs <strong>and</strong> nipples. I wanted an 18 in<br />

rear as the bike was going to be an enduro bike<br />

but there was a slight mess-up in the order <strong>and</strong><br />

with Covid’s shipping complications. I decided<br />

to settle with the 19 inch MX rear that was<br />

sent my way instead…<br />

Next was the look of the bike, I must admit<br />

that I did not like the graphics or seat cover<br />

that came with the bike, “Lemon” being the key<br />

word I didn’t like, so I went ahead <strong>and</strong> ordered<br />

a Polisport restyle kit from Moto customs <strong>and</strong>


BEFORE<br />

a custom seat cover from Eric at Nithrone who does the best work.<br />

Boyesen clutch <strong>and</strong> ignition covers had also been ordered along with<br />

a Super cooler kit from the Boyesen site where you get great deals on<br />

factory seconds, so I scooped those up too.<br />

This was all just before Covid lockdown, <strong>and</strong> seeing the bike without<br />

the plastics <strong>and</strong> the imperfections underneath started getting under my<br />

skin, but I tried to ignore it <strong>and</strong> carried on. Once the Plastics arrived <strong>and</strong><br />

I did a mockup to decide on what graphics I was going to go for, <strong>and</strong><br />

next thing I knew Lv5 lock down hit us…<br />

After spending a few months going slightly crazy in my house, all I could<br />

think about was tearing the bike down <strong>and</strong> building it up again. This<br />

was not just to keep me busy but also an opportunity to learn a lot more<br />

about this bike <strong>and</strong> motorbikes in general.<br />

Up until this bike, I could only do the basics so this gave me a great<br />

deal more confidence <strong>and</strong> self-belief - It did help that my good friend<br />

Hennie owns his own bike shop (Chapter 1 Racing) so advice was just a<br />

“whatsaap” away.<br />

After some communication with Richie from Race Star Graffix (now<br />

B<strong>and</strong>it Graffix) I was set on the colour scheme <strong>and</strong> look of the bike<br />

<strong>and</strong> pretty happy with how it looked on the PC. It was shipped out<br />

surprisingly quickly considering the situation. Knowing that I needed the<br />

entire bike to put the decals on, a sneaky lockdown mission was made<br />

to go collect my bike from Chapter 1 racing where it was being kept,<br />

load it up <strong>and</strong> bring it home so I could get to work. The thing is, once I<br />

took off the tank <strong>and</strong> had the bike naked in the garage with nothing but<br />

time <strong>and</strong> tools, I decided: “Why not tear the bike down <strong>and</strong> start fresh. I<br />

had nothing but time.<br />

That night, with one of my last cold black labels in h<strong>and</strong>, I started<br />

stripping the bike down. I managed to strip the subframe, rear<br />

suspension <strong>and</strong> eventually get the engine out. The next morning, I<br />

stripped the down the rest, from the radiators, front suspension, all the<br />

way down to the frame, this was probably the easiest part apart from<br />

ordering parts online <br />

Once it was all stripped <strong>and</strong> separated, I still couldn’t do too much with<br />

everyone locked down, so I started with things I could do myself. One of<br />

those was to take the powder-coated paint off the exhaust.<br />

I wish I never chose this as it turned out to me a ball ache. I had some<br />

paint stripper in my garage along with a Dewalt cordless drill <strong>and</strong> a few<br />

cup brushes. I had set aside a day to do this, <strong>and</strong> it took me almost 4……<br />

Once I got all the paint off, it didn’t have much shine <strong>and</strong> it didn’t have<br />

much of a “Factory” look either, so we decided to get it nickel plated<br />

once restrictions eased.<br />

I took the exhaust to get the small dents out <strong>and</strong> a small plate fitted to<br />

the header pipe to hold the kick start in position. For this, I was referred<br />

to Mike from Boats <strong>and</strong> Bikes in Killarney Gardens for really good work<br />

at a decent price. When I was happy with that, I took it to Metallica in<br />

Montague Gardens <strong>and</strong> was really happy with the end product. There<br />

was a slight back log as you can imagine how many guys were doing<br />

exactly what I was doing but on cars, boats, scooters, classic bikes<br />

wanting the shiny bits to look br<strong>and</strong> new again.<br />

With the exhaust waiting to be done, I took the Frame <strong>and</strong> Subframe<br />

to be s<strong>and</strong>blasted <strong>and</strong> sprayed Satin Black. For this I went to Clives<br />

Custom & Plastics in Paarden Isl<strong>and</strong>.<br />

This was cheap easy <strong>and</strong> painless. It came back exactly how I wanted<br />

it so now I knew I wanted the rest of the parts of the bike to be in black<br />

too.<br />

After collecting the frame I had the motor in the car along with my<br />

suspension so a drive down to Zone 7 was the next stop. The motor was<br />

always going to be rebuilt by Hennie at C1.<br />

Since I have known the guy, I could tell bikes were his passion <strong>and</strong><br />

motors are his thing. He particularly likes to work on 2T engines, so it<br />

was a given. I normally hang around Hennies shop <strong>and</strong> try learn as much<br />

as I can while having a few beers <strong>and</strong> talking rubbish. We decided to pull<br />

the head off the motor <strong>and</strong> see what it looked like.


The barrel <strong>and</strong> piston were in extremely good condition so that was<br />

good news. With the barrel in good nick all I had to get was a new<br />

Wossner rod & piston <strong>and</strong> Hennie would polish the exhaust ports<br />

for a bit more punch. We then stripped off what we could that could<br />

be cerekote’d <strong>and</strong> the motor would be send off for vapor blasting<br />

along with the rear FMF power core 2 silencer that needed some<br />

love along with the rear swing arm.<br />

After a few beers at Hennie I went to suspension specialist Mario at<br />

Total Control, also at Zone 7, Mario is amazing at what he does <strong>and</strong><br />

really knows his stuff <strong>and</strong> had worked wonders on my RMZ 450. I<br />

asked for the Front <strong>and</strong> rear suspension to be serviced <strong>and</strong> for it to<br />

be a bit more plush as it was going to be used for enduro <strong>and</strong> not<br />

so much the MX track. Mario also had a contact for cerakote, so I<br />

dropped everything off with him that I wanted a different colour.<br />

We went black for everything on the engine along with fork ends<br />

<strong>and</strong> brake reservoirs. We went Red on the triple clamps, lower<br />

suspension link <strong>and</strong> then I also sent the old stock hubs to be made<br />

Red too. It was then sent to Ryan Angilley to work his magic.<br />

Now it was just a waiting game for everyone to do their thing. So,<br />

while I had the time I decided to put the decals on the new plastics.<br />

Man, did I start getting excited when I saw how lekker the graphics<br />

came out <strong>and</strong> were starting to work <strong>and</strong> link together. The stock<br />

front fork guards were white, so I looked around <strong>and</strong> found a guy<br />

who had some black ones on Facebook marketplace <strong>and</strong> bought<br />

those for a steal <strong>and</strong> they went a lot better with the graphics.<br />

With the extra time I did some online shopping <strong>and</strong> bought a C<strong>and</strong>y<br />

red rear sprocket off E-bay as no one had a C<strong>and</strong>y Red rear sprocket<br />

for a 2007 RM 250. This started a chain reaction…. I didn’t really<br />

consider how many new things I would now need. So, off I went<br />

<strong>and</strong> got a new DID gold chain, Acerbis Carbon black h<strong>and</strong>guards,<br />

black chain guide <strong>and</strong> rollers for front rear sprocket from Ayden at<br />

<strong>Dirt</strong>rider. Then to Suzuki South for some new bearings, nuts <strong>and</strong><br />

bolt kits as I didn’t want to use the old bolts going for this “ground<br />

up” build <strong>and</strong> needed the fresh bearings too. I also got some new<br />

MSD radiators as the old ones were bent <strong>and</strong> a mission to fit again.<br />

That week I had got the call to say my motor was complete <strong>and</strong><br />

that my suspension was also finished. With me due to head back<br />

to work soon, I wanted to at least get the bike assembled. Even if it<br />

was not complete. Just to look at it. My mate Brendan came to my<br />

house that weekend <strong>and</strong> we got to work assembling the bike. There<br />

were a few hiccups along the way but we got there <strong>and</strong> eventually<br />

we were able to wheel it out the garage <strong>and</strong> st<strong>and</strong> back <strong>and</strong> admire<br />

with a beverage in h<strong>and</strong>. The only thing missing was the exhaust<br />

that was still not finished <strong>and</strong> at Metallica so we couldn’t start it yet<br />

I then went away to work for 4 months on a diving boat in Saudi.<br />

Here I had some time just to get a few finishing touches from<br />

Motorsport.com, Revzilla <strong>and</strong> BTO sports. I got a Devol Skid plate,<br />

Pro Carbon Pipe guard, Acerbis front disc guard, rear disc guard<br />

from TM design works, Works Connection radiator braces, Fastway<br />

kickst<strong>and</strong>, CV4 Red radiator hoses, <strong>Trail</strong> tech tachometer, Factory<br />

Effex rim lock <strong>and</strong> valve cape kit in Cherry red <strong>and</strong> Zeta Billet gas<br />

cap <strong>and</strong> Oil filler cap. I ordered it all around 3 weeks before coming<br />

home so I was home when it would all arrive.<br />

The Exhaust was also now finished so I picked that up <strong>and</strong> drove<br />

straight to Chapter 1 racing with the hopes that we could start the<br />

bike that day. But as it so happened, I had a box of new goodies<br />

that went onto the bike <strong>and</strong> things looked better <strong>and</strong> better <strong>and</strong><br />

more <strong>and</strong> more complete. With everything now bolted on it was<br />

time to start it <strong>and</strong> see how she ran.<br />

I don’t think I have ever smiled so much. The bike started on around<br />

the 5th Kick <strong>and</strong> its smooth sailing <strong>and</strong> smiles from then till now.<br />

The difficult part is taking the bike into the rough stuff when guys<br />

tell me I should put it in a pub <strong>and</strong> just leave it there to stare at. But,<br />

at the end of the day it’s a bike <strong>and</strong> I bought <strong>and</strong> built it to ride in the<br />

bush, s<strong>and</strong>, rocks <strong>and</strong> mud so that is what it will do.<br />

A big thank you to everyone who helped make this possible!<br />

Photo credit - Jared Neilson @jstone_creations<br />

Kurt


BMW’s<br />

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Bikes<br />

now more affordable…<br />

In addition to upgrading the<br />

new GS 310’s, BMW offers<br />

some cool colour variations<br />

– <strong>and</strong> they have dropped the<br />

prices on the two baby GS<br />

models.<br />

That’s Refreshing in this day <strong>and</strong> age…<br />

Guys we are not entirely sure why legions of bikes<br />

in this capacity are not on the roads every day. They<br />

are small, nippy, practical, almost ridiculously economical<br />

to run <strong>and</strong> they are capable of “real world”<br />

speeds <strong>and</strong> performance for day to day travel…<br />

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BMW built the 310’s a few years back, hoping to catch entry level motorcyclists<br />

early <strong>and</strong> get them hooked on the German br<strong>and</strong>. Since BMW<br />

introduced the G 310 R <strong>and</strong> G 310 GS in 2017, the little Beemers have<br />

changed quite a bit...<br />

The little roadster sticks to the road <strong>and</strong> the junior adventure dabbles in<br />

the dirt.<br />

In 2021, both received a Euro 5-compliant 313cc single with throttle-bywire,<br />

low RPM assist, <strong>and</strong> a slipper-assist clutch. A new LED headlight<br />

<strong>and</strong> adjustable levers completed the upgrades. All of this resulted in a<br />

smoother, more refined motorcycle compared to the old one.<br />

The R <strong>and</strong> GS share the same tubular trellis frame construction. However,<br />

the baby GS enjoys a gentler rake <strong>and</strong> longer wheelbase. Both feature<br />

cast-aluminum wheels but the 19-inch front <strong>and</strong> 17-inch rear on the GS<br />

suit a dash along the dirt. Long-travel suspension <strong>and</strong> signature GS styling<br />

also set the entry-level ADV apart.<br />

The R, however definitely has more road bias with tighter suspension,<br />

more direct steering <strong>and</strong> a slightly more aggressive riding stance. It’s still<br />

really comfortable though - <strong>and</strong> the kilometres we spent messing about<br />

were good fun.<br />

The G 310’s produce 34 very useable horses at 9,500 rpm <strong>and</strong> 21 lb-ft<br />

of torque at 7,500 rpm. The beating heart is the tried <strong>and</strong> tested 313 cc<br />

liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine with four valves, two overhead camshafts<br />

<strong>and</strong> electronic fuel injection. The cylinder inclination to the rear<br />

<strong>and</strong> the cylinder head rotated by 180 degrees with intake at the front <strong>and</strong><br />

exhaust at the rear remain the design characteristics.<br />

Once the DOHC, fuel-injected thumper gains momentum, single sings<br />

along at 7,000 rpm. The baby Beemer can easily sustain that speed, but<br />

the thumper starts living up to its name as the revs climb, sending vibes<br />

through the h<strong>and</strong>lebars <strong>and</strong> pegs.<br />

The 310’s are a capable, unintimidating option for those just getting into<br />

riding. The simplicity, economy, versatility, <strong>and</strong> pure fun factor will keep<br />

new riders entertained until they gain enough skills to move up to a bigger<br />

Beemer. And they have come quite a long way since 2017.<br />

If you’re looking to nail apexes, the roadster is a better fit. If you’re looking<br />

to cruise the S-Bends <strong>and</strong> hit that gravel road, however, the little GS is<br />

your bike.<br />

The biggest point of course is the fact that the bikes have that little propeller<br />

badge on the tanks… that means excellent backup <strong>and</strong> after sales<br />

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Sean says:<br />

I really love small capacity, entry level bikes. The simplistic joy of riding<br />

an uncomplicated, light weight <strong>and</strong> nimble bike is unmatched. However,<br />

my problem in my size, at 155kg’s <strong>and</strong> 2 metres tall I do look quite<br />

awkward on these little bikes. Somebody once passed a comment about<br />

our mate Donovan looking like a pig getting it on with a rugby ball, well<br />

imagine an Orangutang on a rugby ball <strong>and</strong> you get the idea of what I<br />

look like on these little boneys.<br />

We did review these little bikes a year or two back <strong>and</strong> to be brutally<br />

honest they were hard pressed to match some of the other bikes we<br />

were also reviewing on the day. A couple of years later <strong>and</strong> they do<br />

seem to be vastly different bikes. The 310R is a tight little package<br />

that is really enthusiastic <strong>and</strong> tries very hard to please… <strong>and</strong> it does. It<br />

is huge fun through the traffic, light, nimble, narrow <strong>and</strong> quick off the<br />

line. Chucking it around the road to <strong>and</strong> from Harties gets a little giggle<br />

going under the helmet. The GS, well that is just the same… but with<br />

some dirt road capabilities <strong>and</strong> a slightly taller seating position <strong>and</strong> also<br />

quite a hoot to ride. Although, the R does seem to be a slightly better<br />

put together package.<br />

Go ride them for yourself <strong>and</strong> you decide what works for you.<br />

I did pick up a bit of vibration from the motor through the frame, seat<br />

<strong>and</strong> h<strong>and</strong>le bars of the GS but not so much so with the R. The GS is a<br />

very good looking bike, it looks like a big bike, imitating its bigger siblings<br />

perfectly. The lines are gorgeous, I love the body kit <strong>and</strong> styling.<br />

I really do like the styling of the R, it looks like a big bike even though its<br />

small <strong>and</strong> nippy, the perfect bike for somebody just starting out on road<br />

bikes. It’s light <strong>and</strong> nimble enough to dodge road hazards <strong>and</strong> carve<br />

corners <strong>and</strong> has a good amount of power to zip through traffic.<br />

Once you underst<strong>and</strong> <strong>and</strong> accept where these bikes fit into the market<br />

they are great fun to ride.<br />

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Garth says:<br />

The G310’s are very much beginner bikes in my opinion. The fact that<br />

the GS is in an adventure frame is quite cool, especially for these roads<br />

in South Africa. It is a very tame bike, hence being the ideal beginner<br />

bike, it doesn’t intimidate in any form. I am used to a more zippy, more<br />

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As a beginner bike it is perfect though <strong>and</strong> would encourage a new rider<br />

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It somehow feels like it revs more <strong>and</strong> produces more power than the<br />

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A quick look at some of the top AMA supercross teams:<br />

Here are some of the 450SX team rosters for <strong>2022</strong> Monster<br />

Energy AMA Supercross, including notes on each rider <strong>and</strong><br />

their <strong>2022</strong> numbers. There are eight total riders that have<br />

won at least one 450SX main event in their career…


RED BULL KTM<br />

The Red Bull KTM team has a three-rider roster.<br />

Cooper Webb <strong>and</strong> Marvin Musquin will be joined<br />

by Aaron Plessinger.<br />

The team goes into <strong>2022</strong> with an all-new KTM<br />

450 SX-F Factory Edition.<br />

#1/2 Cooper Webb<br />

2021 450SX main event wins: 8<br />

Total career 450SX main event wins: 19<br />

After claiming his second 450SX title in his<br />

third year with the team, Webb will enter <strong>2022</strong><br />

as #1 on the new orange machine. Webb is<br />

entering his sixth season in the 450SX class.<br />

Pic by: Simon Cudby<br />

#7 Aaron Plessinger<br />

After racing Yamahas since his amateur days,<br />

<strong>and</strong> through his pro debut in 2015, Plessinger<br />

signed with the KTM team during the off-season.<br />

The Ohio native will make his KTM debut<br />

at the opener as he heads into his fourth year in<br />

the premier class.<br />

#25 Marvin Musquin<br />

2021 450SX main event wins: 1<br />

Total career 450SX main event wins: 9<br />

Musquin has raced for the KTM team his entire<br />

450SX career, <strong>and</strong> signed a supercross-only<br />

contract for <strong>2022</strong>, marking another year with<br />

the Austrian team. The <strong>2022</strong> season will be the<br />

32-year-old’s seventh full season in the premier<br />

class.<br />

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MONSTER ENERGY/STAR RACING YAMAHA<br />

On top of the six riders on the 250 team, the Monster Energy/Star<br />

Racing Yamaha team also will also have a two-rider 450SX roster<br />

with returning Dylan Ferr<strong>and</strong>is <strong>and</strong> newly signed Eli Tomac.<br />

Half page<br />

#3 Eli Tomac<br />

2021 450SX main event wins: 3<br />

Total career 450SX main event wins: 37<br />

After six years with Monster Energy Kawasaki, the 2020 450SX<br />

Champion joined the Yamaha squad in October 2020 <strong>and</strong> debuted<br />

on the YZ450F at the <strong>2022</strong> season opener. The Colorado native<br />

will enter his ninth full season in the 450SX class in <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

#14 Dylan Ferr<strong>and</strong>is<br />

Ferr<strong>and</strong>is has raced with the Star Racing Yamaha team since<br />

he came to the U.S. to compete prior to the start of 2017. After<br />

finishing seventh in the 2021 450SX st<strong>and</strong>ings with one podium<br />

<strong>and</strong> four total top-fives, Ferr<strong>and</strong>is claimed the Lucas Oil 450 Class<br />

Pro Motocross Championship in the summer of 2021. He enters<br />

his sophomore 450SX season in <strong>2022</strong>.


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2021 450SX main event wins: 0<br />

Total career 450SX main event wins: 7<br />

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#94 Ken Roczen<br />

2021 450SX main event wins: 4<br />

Total career 450SX main event wins: 19<br />

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Sunday the 23rd of January saw round 1 of this popular series<br />

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The series is open to any kids who ride a 50, 65, 85 or – a new<br />

class E-Bike – <strong>and</strong> they were all on the line to bang bars at the<br />

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Many of the 2021 riders have moved up the ranks into the next<br />

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The E-Bike class is not that big yet, but as parents embrace<br />

electric, it will grow.<br />

It was a great day of racing – <strong>and</strong> everyone is looking forward to<br />

the next event at terra Topia on Sunday the 13th of <strong>Feb</strong>.<br />

The series thanks all the parents <strong>and</strong> rodents who support <strong>and</strong><br />

make the series a success <strong>and</strong> look forward to welcoming new<br />

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my trip would be planned with Ethiopia as the highlight.<br />

The president of Sudan, (El Bassir), <strong>and</strong> his government were<br />

imprisoned just before we entered Sudan. All the travelers we<br />

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is, “The population has a problem with the government <strong>and</strong> not with<br />

travelers, they are safe”.<br />

This was undoubtedly the truth as we were treated as royalty in Sudan.<br />

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too much time there.<br />

Because of the 9/11 attacks that were perpetrated on the USA, there are<br />

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My honest <strong>and</strong> humble opinion, from our experiences with them, is that<br />

the Sudanese people are really the most friendly in all of the African<br />

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queue or steals the vehicle or anything from the vehicle… not something<br />

that we are used to in South Africa.<br />

We entered Sudan at Metema, this is the strangest border I have<br />

encountered. The border is merely a small donga across the l<strong>and</strong>scape<br />

with a rope across the road. Both country’s border officials were<br />

very friendly <strong>and</strong> the border crossing did not take long. At the border<br />

post you receive a Police form that must be completed in Khartoum,<br />

for future travelers the office is just outside the main entrance of<br />

Khartoum’s airport.<br />

The eastern part of Sudan is very flat with large farms producing various<br />

crops, this area made me think of the Springbok flats area in Limpopo.<br />

The more we travelled west, the more the desert set in. We stayed over<br />

in Gedaref, (spelled Al Qadarif on the maps), see photos 1 <strong>and</strong> 2 taken<br />

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Benzine was very cheap to the order of R3.50 per liter, the problem<br />

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electronic measuring device that must be wired into the required pump,<br />

see photo 4.<br />

Photo 5 shows the pyramids at Meroe. Yes, you read that correctly. And<br />

did you know that the Sudan has around three percent more pyramids<br />

than Egypt. The temperatures in <strong>and</strong> around this area were extremely<br />

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In this extreme heat you cannot open your visor or jacket’s air intakes<br />

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