MRW Issue 21 preview

You also want an ePaper? Increase the reach of your titles

YUMPU automatically turns print PDFs into web optimized ePapers that Google loves.

ISSUE <strong>21</strong><br />


SA TEST<br />




SIMPLY<br />





Hello Moto Rider World fans and welcome<br />

to issue <strong>21</strong> of SA’s best and only fully digital<br />

motorcycle magazine.<br />

I’ve been a busy little bunny over the last<br />

few weeks having visited the Mugello and<br />

Catalunya MotoGP races - two of the most<br />

iconic circuits on the MotoGP calendar with<br />

crowds over 100,000 promised every year,<br />

except this time around.<br />

It’s certainly a sign of the times when these<br />

two race meeting show significantly smaller<br />

crowd numbers. The banks of the Mugello<br />

track nestled in the ~Tuscan hills is normally a<br />

sea of over 100,000 fans all dressed in yellow<br />

supporting their hero. This year round a mere<br />

43,000 filled the hills, still mostly sporting<br />

the yellow of the very famous VR46.<br />

Catalunya was slightly better with over<br />

50,000 fans packing into the Montmelo<br />

circuit. It’s puzzling why the numbers are<br />

almost 100k shy of previous years. Could it<br />

really be because Rossi has retired? Or is it<br />

just that spectators can’t afford the ticket<br />

prices due to the affects of Covid? Hard to<br />

put my finger on it but it’s fair to say that<br />

MotoGP has suffered a big double knock<br />

in 2022. Not only did Rossi hang up his<br />

suit, and now Marc Marquez making the<br />

announcement at Mugello that he will be<br />

taking time off to recover from a 4th surgery<br />

on his arm.<br />

That’s two very big players out of the game<br />

in a very short space of time. Throw in the<br />

fact that MotoGP seems to have lost that<br />

added spice of on and off track rivalries. It’s<br />

become to scripted in many ways with riders<br />

under constant surveillance. No more hard<br />

“rubbing is racing”, and if you do, you will get<br />

penalized. This means no more Rossi bashing<br />

Gibernau or Stoner type racing. The riders<br />

are forced to not take as many chances or<br />

risks as in the past due to race directions<br />

actions, and this numbs them and the racing<br />

action a bit.<br />

Don’t get me wrong, MotoGP is still a<br />

fantastic spectacle and being at Mugello<br />

and Catalunya I could feel the history and<br />

passion from years gone by, but something<br />

is missing. Dorna has got plenty right over<br />

the years, but they are also getting plenty<br />

wrong. They need to spice things up, and<br />

fast, otherwise they could be heading down<br />

a very dangerous, lonely path.<br />

Still, it’s great being in the paddock seeing<br />

and hearing it all unfold. I’ve had a great<br />

time hanging out with Brad and Darryn<br />

and meeting some great new people along<br />

the way. I’m proud to be alongside Darryn<br />

helping him through his MotoGP journey and<br />

hope to make a few more rounds this year.<br />

Until next month, I hope you enjoy this issue<br />

and please stay safe and healthy.<br />


Shaun Portman<br />

Beam Productions<br />

Adam Child “Chad”<br />

Sheridan Morais<br />

Brian Cheyne<br />


Email rob@motoriderworld.<br />

com to subscribe - R500<br />

once-off for a 12-issue<br />

subscription.<br />

Check out our YouTube<br />

channel and website for<br />

some exclusive video<br />

content.<br />




Rob Portman<br />

082 782 8240<br />

rob@motoriderworld.com<br />


Shaun Portman<br />

072 260 9525<br />

shaun@motoriderworld.com<br />

KISKA.COM Photo: R.Schedl<br />

Copyright © Moto Rider World:<br />

All rights reserved. No part of this<br />

publication may be reproduced,<br />

distributed, or transmitted in any<br />

form or by any means, including<br />

photocopying, articles, or other<br />

methods, without the prior written<br />

permission of the publisher.<br />

defy<br />

the norm<br />


WEBSITE: www.motoriderworld.com | FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/Moto-Rider-World | INSTAGRAM: Motoriderworld<br />

For those who like to push the limits of exploration, the new<br />

KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S is the ultimate high-performance<br />

traveler. This new generation V-Twin powerhouse challenges<br />

the status quo with refined ergonomics, performance-enhancing<br />

technology and high-end componentry.<br />


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

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




Energica describes itself as the only electric<br />

motorcycle manufacturer to offer riders<br />

all three levels of charging speeds with its<br />

products. And that’s great news, especially<br />

for those who are interested in the all-new<br />

Experia, which also boasts of its battery<br />

having the largest capacity of any electric<br />

motorcycle.<br />

Experia has a low center of gravity, is<br />

nimble, and optimized to go the distance,<br />

which means has a design that is focused<br />

on both comfort and endurance, while<br />

also offering riders the thrills of a sports<br />

bike. Energica went with a new frame for<br />

its new model and worked on reducing<br />

the weight of the heavier parts to make<br />

the motorcycle lighter. That is why it also<br />

redesigned the motor and the battery,<br />

although Experia is still quite massive,<br />

tipping the scales at 260 kg.<br />

The 22.5 kWh battery claims to offer<br />

ranges of up to 420 km in the city and<br />

209 km on the highway on a single charge.<br />

Using a fast charger, the battery can go<br />

from 0 to 80 percent full in just 40 minutes.<br />

Riders have, of course, the option to use<br />

Level 2 or Level 1 charging as well, be it at<br />

home or on the road.<br />

Energica equipped the new Experia with<br />

a lighter PMASynRM (Permanent Magnet<br />

Assisted Synchronous Reluctance Motor)<br />

motor that offers 60 kW (80 hp) of<br />

continuous power and peak power of 75<br />

kW (102 hp), delivering 115 Nm of torque.<br />

The redesigned motor of the new bike<br />

is 10 kg lighter than the one in previous<br />

models.<br />

Speed-wise, Experia is limited to a<br />

maximum of 180 kph, but that should<br />

be more than enough for a touring bike.<br />

Riders can choose between seven modes:<br />

Eco, Urban, Rain, Sport, and three more<br />

customizable ones.<br />

For full specs and more info on how to get<br />

one, click on the link here to their website<br />

- https://www.energicamotor.com/us/<br />



A LOCAL GEM:<br />




Amazing custom builds come from the<br />

most random places on Earth and the Storm<br />

is a great proof of that. It is a modified BMW<br />

R nineT motorcycle that’s been turned into<br />

a retro-futuristic aircraft on two wheels.<br />

No, this is not a rendering, someone actually<br />

took the time to build this fully functional<br />

thing, and he did it without any planning<br />

and sketches to help him along the way.<br />

Although the current design of the bike<br />

bears no resemblance to the original,<br />

underneath all that aluminum body lies a<br />

BMW R nineT motorcycle, which in itself<br />

has a custom bike feel. But the retro-looking<br />

roadster got the makeover of its life, a<br />

job that took its builder eight months to<br />

complete.<br />

www.linexyamahalynnwood.co.za<br />

www.linexyamaharandburg.co.za<br />





LiveWire’s second electric motorcycle was<br />

recently unveiled by Harley-Davidson’s<br />

electric branch and the Launch Edition of it<br />

sold out in 18 minutes.<br />

When LiveWire launched its first electric<br />

model, namely the One, it was received<br />

with a somewhat stand-offish attitude,<br />

justified by the bike’s hefty price tag. Now,<br />

the opposite just happened with the S2 Del<br />

Mar, which is the manufacturer’s second<br />

electric motorcycle. Available to pre-order<br />

in a Launch Edition that was limited to just<br />

100 units, the bike sold like hotcakes in just<br />

18 minutes, with all 100 motorcycles being<br />

already reserved.<br />

There’s of course an explanation behind<br />

that. In addition to flaunting a highly<br />

appealing design, with the bike being<br />

available in both Comet Indigo and Jasper<br />

Gray colorways, the S2 Del Mar comes at a




It was two years ago when German bike<br />

maker BMW introduced the R 18, its<br />

impressive foray into the world of cruiser<br />

bikes. Enough time has passed since then<br />

for the two-wheeler to start attracting the<br />

attention of custom shops across the world,<br />

and, aided by BMW itself, it surely has.<br />

This offensive meant to steal a slice from<br />

the Harley-Davidson pie already has several<br />

examples to show for, including, most<br />

recently, the impressive trio that came out<br />

of Canada back in April.<br />

None of them though, not even the one<br />

imagined by Russian shop Zillers, is as<br />

extreme as the one we have here. First,<br />

because of the way it looks, like a life-size<br />

Mechanix coming straight out of some<br />

steampunk work of art, second, because of<br />

the way it was made.<br />

The motorcycle, titled Magnifica, was<br />

shown this week at the Top Marques show<br />

in Monaco, was commissioned by Officine<br />

Riunite Milanesi, and hand-made by Radikal<br />

Chopper.<br />

Hand-made as in almost literally so, as with<br />

the exception of the wheels, which were<br />

machined from billet, everything else that<br />

was fitted on the base R 18 was made this<br />

way, down to the braking hardware.<br />

The shop behind the build used elements<br />

that you don’t usually find on such<br />

creations, including brass, aluminum and,<br />

most importantly, wood. Wood because the<br />

overall design was inspired, we’re told, by<br />

vintage motorcycles (including the BMW R<br />

37) that used it here and there.<br />

Changes were made to the R 18 after it<br />

was “considered without all the elements<br />

necessary for series production and then<br />

rethought respecting the proportions<br />

between the front and rear of the bike.”




PACKED 24-HOUR<br />

F.C.C. TSR Honda France was holding off<br />

Yoshimura SERT Motul for the final podium<br />

spot as both squads battled back from<br />

major setbacks during the night. A lengthy<br />

red flag period to enable the clean-up<br />

of a substantial oil spillage with less than<br />

three hours meant Gino Rea would have<br />

only a handful of laps to reclaim the third<br />

place he lost to home hero Xavier Siméon<br />

in the pitstop sequence prior to the race<br />

suspension. Despite the challenging track<br />

conditions, Rea and Siméon engaged in an<br />

intense battle for position with Rea coming<br />

out on top following several changes of<br />

position. The result means Suzuki-powered<br />

Yoshimura SERT Motul, the winner of the<br />

FIM Endurance World Championship last<br />

season and April’s 24 Heures Motos at Le<br />

Mans holds a 15-point advantage in the title<br />

chase heading to August’s Suzuka 8 Hours.<br />

Yoshimura SERT Motul had been on top<br />

after 10 hours only for Sylvain Guintoli to<br />

be forced to pit for a replacement clutch<br />

and gearbox for his Bridgestone-equipped<br />

Suzuki GSX-R1000R. The work took more<br />

than 25 minutes to complete and wrecked<br />

hopes of a home win for the team’s Belgian<br />

rider Siméon in the process.<br />

F.C.C. TSR Honda France took advantage of<br />

the misfortune that hit its fellow Japanese<br />

team but there was despair when Rea was<br />

onboard the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP<br />

as the chain failed after 15 hours of running.<br />

It left the Briton with no choice but to push<br />

his stricken bike back to the pits. That long<br />

delay plus the 15 minutes spent making<br />

repairs dropped F.C.C. TSR Honda France<br />

down the order before its late comeback.<br />

There was non-stop action and drama when<br />

the FIM Endurance World Championship<br />

returned to Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps<br />

for the first time in <strong>21</strong> years as the Belgian<br />

track delivered a race that matched up to its<br />

legendary status.<br />

While BMW Motorrad World Endurance<br />

Team celebrated a maiden 24-hour EWC<br />

victory to follow up its breakthrough success<br />

in the six-hour 20<strong>21</strong> season decider last<br />

October, the circuit’s ultra-challenging nature<br />

and rain for the final five hours combined to<br />

ensure rider skill came very much to the fore<br />

in the 24H SPA EWC Motos.<br />

As well as the efforts of riders Jérémy<br />

Guarnoni (France), Illya Mykhalchyk (Ukraine)<br />

and Markus Reiterberger (Germany), BMW’s<br />

success owed plenty to the expertise of its<br />

Belgium-based team, led by former rider<br />

Werner Daemen, and the reliability of the<br />

Dunlop-equipped BMW M1000RR.<br />

Kawasaki-powered and Pirelli-equipped Tati<br />

Team Beringer Racing excelled to finish as<br />

the top independent team in second overall<br />

with newcomer Loïc Arbel joining forces<br />

with existing French riders Grégory Leblanc<br />

and Alan Techer.

SPORTY<br />

SPICE<br />


YAMAHA R7 & APRILIA RS 660<br />

The Yamaha R7 has finally been launched here<br />

in SA and we were finally able to get our hands<br />

on it. But why stop there? We also managed to<br />

pick up an Aprilia RS660 at the same time to do<br />

a back-to-back test. We have already tested<br />

the Aprilia RS660 a year or so back now at <strong>MRW</strong><br />

and absolutely loved the bike. And seeing that<br />

they race together overseas in the Super twin’s<br />

Cup we thought why not. Yes, the Aprilia is<br />

more expensive and way higher specced but it<br />

would be an interesting test non the less.<br />

Not only did we test the bikes out on the road<br />

but around the tricky and twisty Redstar<br />

Raceway out in Delmas as well.<br />



SIMPLY<br />


Our Rob has been out-and-about lately mainly to MotoGP<br />

races, which we have shown off in previous issues, but in<br />

between it all he managed to squeeze in a visit to the World<br />

SBK paddock at the Estoril round in Portugal. In this feature,<br />

Rob gives us a little insight into his trip.<br />


For years now World SBK<br />

has been in the shadow<br />

of MotoGP, and it’s a<br />

pretty big shadow it casts.<br />

MotoGP has asserted its<br />

dominance as the premier<br />

motorcycle racing category over<br />

the last decade or so. More money,<br />

more development, more tech, just<br />

more of everything has turned it into<br />

not only the best motorcycle racing<br />

championship in the world but also one<br />

of the best sporting events on the planet.<br />

I’ve harped on abut that fact many a time and<br />

having been at just about every round so far this<br />

season I still stand by that statement. However, I<br />

do think the bridge between MotoGP and World<br />

SBK has been bridged of late. Yes, it’s still in the<br />

shadow but slowly that shadow has become<br />

smaller and smaller as World SBK and its charm<br />

is starting to attract more and more fans once<br />

again. And so it should. It deserves its time in the<br />

spotlight. The racing action is more often than<br />

not better than that of MotoGP and features a<br />

rivalry that has sparked interest from many.<br />

Johnny Rea and Toprak Razgatlıoglus’ insanely<br />

entertaining rivalry, which up till now was mainly<br />

just on track but has since transpired to off track<br />

as well after the Assen incident, has grabbed<br />

the attention of motorcycle racing fans and<br />

put World SBK back in their hearts and minds<br />

bringing back the good old days of Foggy,<br />

Bayliss, Edwards, Haga, Toseland etc.<br />

In the month of May I attended the Estoril round<br />

of WSBK and my love for the championship was<br />

certainly re-ignited and taken to a new level. I’ve<br />

always had a soft spot for WSBK, but being in<br />

the paddock and seeing how good it is both on<br />

and off track really impressed me. It’s a lot more<br />

fan friendly and accommodating bringing the<br />

racing action and its stars closer to the adoring<br />

fans more so than ever before. One does not<br />

need a luminous gold pass to get access to<br />

the riders, teams, and machines. It’s far more<br />

accessible to all fans who just want to enjoy the<br />

experience without being scrutinised.<br />

Join me over the next few pages as I highlight<br />

just why WSBK is worthy of its time in the<br />

spotlight and what makes it so spectacular!

F I R S T R I D E<br />


Z1000SX<br />

Kawasaki’s latest version<br />

of its sport-tourer has just<br />

arrived in SA and we couldn’t<br />

wait to take it for a spin.<br />


Everyone<br />

has that one<br />

particular bike<br />

which they have<br />

always loved and since<br />

its release way back in 2011, the<br />

Kawasaki Z1000SX is one of mine.<br />

When I first saw pictures of the<br />

Z1000SX before its release I can<br />

remember thinking-WOW!!! It looked<br />

way ahead of its time with its sharp<br />

and futuristic styling, which looked<br />

like something out of a sci-fi movie<br />

from the future. You can still see<br />

some styling similarities being used in<br />

their current ZX range of sports bikes<br />

showing just how forward-thinking the<br />

Z1000SX was. However, with not many<br />

improvements over the years, the<br />

Z1000SX was starting to show its age,<br />

not aesthetic wise but performancewise<br />

and tech-wise.<br />

I am happy to say that the new 2022<br />

Kawasaki Z1000SX has finally received<br />

the modern-day tech and upgrades<br />

it has so desperately needed and<br />

deserved. We picked up the Z1000SX

F I R S T S A T E S T<br />

YAMAHA<br />

TRACER 9 GT<br />

Yamaha’s updated triple-powered<br />

sports-tourer is now available in SA and<br />

our good mate Brian Cheyne took it for<br />

a sporty, touring ride.<br />


A sports tourer is supposed to be a bike that has a relaxed touring position<br />

and yet, possesses some sporty prowess. When it comes to sports tourers,<br />

we are quite spoilt for choice in South Africa. In the litre-class, you have<br />

the upright BMW S 1000 XR and the more sporty Kawasaki Ninja 1000 SX.<br />

Suzuki has also just released their GSX S 1000 GT here in South Africa and<br />

we will soon get the opportunity to ride that. In the 900 cc category, there<br />

are also some pretty decent bikes. Again, BMW fields an XR, but this time<br />

in the shape of the F 900 XR. Ducati’s Supersport 950 tends to lean more to<br />

the sporty side and over at Yamaha, they have a pretty spectacular bike in<br />

the Tracer 9 GT.<br />

The previous model was called the Tracer 900 and it was already a<br />

spectacular bike. I sampled that for the first time at Kyalami back when<br />

we still had the Bike Festival. As I owned a Suzuki V-Strom at the time, I<br />

found the upright riding position of the Tracer quite familiar. What I was<br />

not expecting was the grunt and the agility of the 847 cc triple. I found<br />

myself constantly running into a corner too fast for my limited ability, but<br />

somehow the Tracer kept its end of the deal by getting me around the<br />

corners in one piece.


MOTOGP<br />

GAINS<br />

The MotoGP ‘pressure gap’ is even smaller than ever. It consists<br />

of fractions of a second when peak performance is already at<br />

the limit. We asked Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team Manager<br />

Francesco Guidotti about the difficulty of helping riders make the<br />

difference when they are already maxed-out…<br />


0.3, 0.8, 0.2. These slithers of a second have<br />

been the difference between victory and<br />

2nd place in at least three of the first six<br />

races of the 2022 MotoGP season. The gap<br />

is just as tight for the full podium, the top<br />

ten, points-scores and the critical qualifying<br />

run to gain a place in Q2 and the first three<br />

rows of the start grid. The search for an<br />

advantage has led to minor innovations<br />

over the last three years with holeshot<br />

devices, bike ride-height adjustment and<br />

tire scoops. Riders have had to adapt, with<br />

the selection of buttons and levers now<br />

more plentiful and complex than ever. The<br />

spec rubber, electronics and similar systems<br />

for brakes and aerodynamics (the aero has<br />

to be homologated) means the emphasis is<br />

turning back onto the racers to try and seek<br />

even more performance.<br />

This is where somebody of Francesco<br />

Guidotti’s skill and experience comes into<br />

the MotoGP picture. The Italian is new to<br />

the helm of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing<br />

and overseeing the efforts of both Brad<br />

Binder and Miguel Oliveira but counts<br />

on more than two decades of Grand Prix<br />

history pushing teams to success.<br />

Guidotti’s role is to harness all the best<br />

attributes of the expertise around the<br />

South African and the Portuguese and then<br />

focus on the precise needs of the riders<br />

to achieve the results KTM are seeking.<br />

The factory has won Grands Prix every<br />

season since 2020 and are looking for more<br />


DIRTY<br />


First Ride: Ducati DesertX<br />



HITS<br />

HONDA’S<br />

NEW 2023<br />




2023 KTM<br />

SX BIKES<br />

FRESH<br />


FRESH<br />

BATCH<br />

THE CRF450R, CRF450R<br />


AND CRF450RX<br />



The new 23YM CRF450R, CRF450R 50th Anniversary and<br />

CRF450RX headline the latest round of updates to Honda’s<br />

multi championship winning off-road family. HRC rider<br />

feedback from the FIM World MXGP, AMA Supercross and<br />

Pro Motocross championships has steered the direction of<br />

CRF450R development. As a result, the 23YM CRF450R and<br />

CRF450RX are easier to rider faster, for longer.<br />

The 23YM CRF450R features new, narrower intake ports,<br />

longer air funnel, smaller 44mm diameter throttle body and<br />

revised, factory rider-spec. cam timing that help the engine<br />

deliver over 10% more low-rpm torque; this is complemented<br />

by an increased - and smoother - low-down power delivery,<br />

helping the CRF450R drive harder through the corners. The<br />

rear muffler is also more durable through the use of tougher<br />

aluminium, but with no weight gain.




ABOUT THE 2023<br />


More than three years of thought, engineering and fabrication have gone<br />

into the brand new 12-bike 2023 KTM SX line-up and KTM’s game-changing<br />

motocrossers broke through the gate for the first time on May 10th.<br />

Here are five essential things you should know about the fresh generation…<br />


KTM’s launch message for the 2023 platform was pretty clear: the<br />

concept and the bikes themselves were very new but the search for<br />

excellence and offroad riding perfection was a time-honored approach.<br />

Slogans like ‘Nothing’s Changed’ hinted at this paradox.<br />

Cutting through the hyperbole and the promises, how will the latest<br />

editions of the KTM SXs for juniors and both four-stroke and twostrokes<br />

lovers prove that a new benchmark has been found?<br />

Here’s your five-point guide.

DUCATI<br />

FIRST<br />


RIDE<br />

Ducati’s all new DesertX, the Italian’s first production bike to run a<br />

<strong>21</strong>-inch front wheel in the modern era..<br />


Ducati’s DesertX is a welcome<br />

throwback to the early 1990s and<br />

the golden era of the infamous<br />

Paris-Dakar Rally (now the Dakar<br />

Rally), an event dominated by<br />

gargantuan twin-cylinder dune<br />

busters. These bikes were big,<br />

brutal, fast – and looked cool. And<br />

while Ducati never won the Dakar,<br />

its engines did in 1990 and 1994<br />

with Cagiva, and the new DesertX<br />

is clearly inspired by those oldschool<br />

Dakar icons.<br />

Ducati first unveiled the DesertX<br />

concept as an air-cooled 1100,<br />

complete with side-mounted<br />

Scrambler-style shock, at EICMA<br />

back in 2019 – and it looked<br />

awesome. The production bike<br />

today looks similarly dramatic<br />

and, thankfully, Ducati has stayed<br />

with the concept bike’s twin<br />

headlights. The powerplant is<br />

now the 937cc water-cooled<br />

110hp Testastretta V-twin, and<br />

the rear shock has moved to a<br />

more conventional position, but<br />

otherwise, it’s equally evocative<br />

and true to the original vision.<br />

It is also a huge step for Ducati,<br />

who is stepping into a new class.<br />

It’s the first production bike<br />

to come from Bologna with a<br />

<strong>21</strong>-inch/18-inch front/rear wheel

Hooray! Your file is uploaded and ready to be published.

Saved successfully!

Ooh no, something went wrong!