Dirt and Trail September 2019

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EDITOR: ROLEY FOLEY

There once were two old irish bikers, named Shawn and

Pat, who were the best of friends. During one particular night

of revelry, the two agreed that when one passed on, the

other would take and spill the contents of a bottle of fi ne, Irish

whiskey over the grave of the fondly-missed and recentlydeparted

friend.

And as fate would have it, Shawn would be the fi rst to pass.

Pat, hearing of his friend’s illness, came to visit his dear friend

one last time. “Shawn,” said Pat, “can you hear me?”

Faintly, Shawn replied, “Yes, Paddy, I can.”

Bashfully, Pat started, “Do you remember our pact, Shawn?”

“Yes, I do Patty,” Shawn strained.

“Then, you’ll also remember that I was to pour the contents

of a fi ne, old bottle of whiskey over your grave, which we

have been saving for, going on thirty years now?” said Pat.

“Yes Patty, I do,” whispered Shawn.

“It’s a very *old* bottle now, you know,” urged Pat.

“And what are ya gettin’ at Pat?” asked Shawn, briskly.

“Well Shawn, when I pour the whiskey over your grave,

would ya mind if I fi lter it through me kidneys fi rst?”

Have a great month!

CONTENTS: SEPTEMBER 2019

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ought to you by

Ryan Villopoto

coming to SA

Ryan Villopoto, 4 times AMA Supercross champion,

2 times 450 AMA Motocross champion, 3 times 250

AMA Motocross champion, will be in South Africa for

the final National Motocross round hosted at Terra

Topia on the 26th of October 2019.

Yamaha Distributors South Africa along with Out

of Africa Developments , Tintswalo Lodges and

Monster Energy RSA will be bringing Ryan Villopoto

to attend the final round of the South African National

Motocross Championship and host a bLU cRU

Yamaha rider training event, exclusive to Yamaha

riders, at Terra Topia on Sunday 27 October 2019.

Further details pertaining to the visit and surrounding

activities to be released by Yamaha Distributors

South Africa soon…

Bike Man moves

to new premises

The well-known family run bike shop out on the

west rand has outgrown their old premises and have

moved to be a better location just off Jim Fouche Rd

at the corner with Hendrik Potgieter. They are across

the road from the big Chamberlains Hardware and

Honda Wing West Rand, in The Valley Centre.

The shop is run by Johnny Shand and his girls, wife

Cherylene and Daughter Ashley. Johnny handles

the workshop and technical side and the ladies look

after customers, the books and the sales floor. They

have a great little hospitality area where customer

can chill with a good cup of coffee while waiting for

their bikes, a neat and professional workshop as

well as a reasonably well stocked parts department.

They are agents for Maxxis tyres, Motobatt batteries,

Raceline lubes and products as well as various other top

brands and carry all the popular sizes and etc in stock.

On their sales floor they have a selection of used

bikes ranging from old school to newer stuff as

well as dirt bikes, stock is always changing so pop

in regularly to see what they have, then leave your

number and they will be happy to source your next

bike for you. They are also the official agents for

Zontes motorcycles in the area.

Swing past for a visit at Shop No.7, the Valley

Centre, cnr Jim Fouche rd and Hendrik Potgiter

Rd, Weltevreden Park, Roodepoort or give them

a call on 011 794 5719 or 082 573 5124. They

really are a friendly and enthusiastic crowd that are

always willing to help or just have a good chin wag

about bikes.

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Jacob’s Vision ride

Last month you would have seen right here in this

exact spot we told you about Jacob Kruger the

Blind Biker. Jacob lost his sight in an accident a

few years ago but never lost his love for riding

motorbikes and was determined to ride again

despite being blind. Things got rolling last year

at Red Star Raceway where he rode on his own

around the track with his “Guide Dog”, Ian Howard,

on chase bike yapping away in his ear over a

comms unit mounted in their helmets. The ride was

a roaring success and raised a lot of awareness

around the challenges blind folk have everyday

as well a a good bit of money for the Guide Dogs

Association and various other organisations geared

towards meeting the daily challenges of blind folk,

especially the children.

So, this year on Saturday the 3rd of August 2019

in the backwaters of the little East Rand town of

Benoni they did it again. Jo-Anne and the crew from

Nick’s Cycles along with the Hell Razors club put

together the second annual ‘Jacob’s Vision’ ride and

event along with a bunch of generous sponsors.

The day was well attended and a chunk of the

money raised that day not only went to the same

beneficiaries from last year, but also to young Stef

van der Merwe. Earlier this year Stef was involved in

an ugly crash that cost him his leg, so some of the

funds were used to get him some new protective

wear to start riding his bike again.

Then the challenge was put out to everybody at

the event, “Who is brave enough to do what Jacob

is doing?”, Ride a motorcycle around the track

blind folded with somebody jabbering instruction

in your ear via a comms set. About 20 people took

up the challenge with varying degrees of feedback

and remarks that ranged from the unprintable to

the really very unprintable, but roughly translated

from Biker speak into English would be something

along the lines of, “Oh my golly gosh that was

really terrifying and so unsettling, we don’t know

how he does it he has to be thoroughly insane!!!!”

or something along those lines. Everybody said

they now had a better understanding of the daily

challenges blind folk face.

Jacob will be doing his ride again at the start of Q4Q

at Carnival city on the 21st of September 2019 and

will be issuing the same challenge... see you there.

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In this day and age of gadgets and the like of

all sorts that we generally can’t live without

and have to lug with us everywhere, here are a

couple of cool ideas from the guys at DMD for

some mobile storage solutions. Check out www.

dmd.co.za for your local stockist and pricing.

Firstly we have the GIVI ST607 an expandable

22 litre thermoformed saddle bag suitable for

most motorcycles. This is a great tail pack that

you can quickly strap onto to the rear seat of

most motorcycles has 22 litres worth of storage

and a nifty shoulder strap to carry it around with

and has the following features as standard

• Reflective print for improved visibility

• Expandable to 26 litre

• Waterproof fluorescent removable rain cover

built into the rear pocket

• Mesh pocket inside the lid

• Side pockets

• Handle with rubber inserts

• Shoulder strap

• Universal fitting with 4 straps

It is manufactured within REACH

recommendations from the following materials

• High tenacity 1200D / PVC polyester

• Thermoformed EVA coated with anti-scratch

PU (Polyurethane)

• UV TESTED materials

Next up is the Givi ST 608 thermoformed

3 litre leg bag, with the following features as

standard:

•Adjustable waist straps

• Possibility to hook the bag directly to a belt or

trouser loop

• Elasticated and adjustable leg straps

• Internal flaps to guarantee the stability of the

contents

• Reflective print for improved visibility

• Rain cover

• Three inner pockets (one meshed, one with zip

closure and one with a smartphone holder).

And is also pretty much made from the same

materials and to the same exacting specs as the

tail bag above.

Then there is the Givi GRT 710, a monster

bum bag that we like quite a lot. Givi themselves

describe it as a portable pouch with a

compartment for tools, a bottle holder and a

waterproof mobile phone holder. It looks ideal

for the extreme adventure rider or enduro racer

to carry a couple of spares or medical kit and

some tools and a bit of extra water. As mountain

bike riders as well we like the design of this

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tenacity polyester 1200DW/R has the following

features as standard:

• Hinged zipped pocket

• Secondary pocket with roll-up tool holder suitable

for integrated tools

• Side pocket for keys and accessories

• Inner pocket

• Bottle holder pocket

• External elasticated straps attached to the main

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waterproof jacket

• IP X5 waterproof, removable mobile phone holder

• Print incorporating a reflective motif for increased

visibility

And lastly, (for this months issue …. They have a

bunch of other cool new stuff which we will feature

next month), is the Givi GRT711 22 litre ruck

sack made to the same high standards as all their

other goodies and from high tenacity, (in other

word …”Flippin strong”), 1200D W/R polyester,

UV tested materials with a thermoformed EVA

back pad for comfort, Hypalon inserts, Inner lining

and fluorescent yellow Nylon / PVC bag for shoes

or boots and Douraflex lock clips and has the

following features as standard:

• Removable waterproof inner bag with thermosealed

seams

• Padded shoulder straps

• Adjustable chest and waist straps for increased

comfort

• Base compartment to store tools

• Internal, removable fluorescent yellow bag (can be

hooked externally) to carry shoes or boots after use

• Provision for accommodating a water bag (not

included)

• Rear pocket

• Moisture drainage system via side vents

• Front and side slots for M.O.L.L.E system

• 2 adjustable belt straps with hooks

• Set of 4 accessories for the M.O.L.L.E system (2

D-rings plus 2 universal hooks)

Watch this space for more Givi goodies that have

just hit our shores or surf on to www.dmd.co.za to

check out the full range for yourself and all the other

lekker stuff they stock.

Batts new

Utility ATV Tyres

Batt Tyres have just launched some new sizes

in their most popular 4x4 tyre type to cater for

the small to medium utility & sport quad’s.

New Sizes: 145/70-6; 16*8.00-7; 18*9.50-8;

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For more information call Bruce 073 777

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We love supermoto motorcycles. As such, we

present the only factory-built race-ready supermoto

for the next model year. Say hello to the 2020

Husqvarna FS 450.

Changes for the 2020 model year aren’t huge.

The Husqvarna FS 450 got a pretty good update last

year, with more torque and less weight (thanks to

the changes made to Husqvarna’s 450cc motocross

bike), so the 2020 machine remains at a claimed

63hp and just less than 100KG’s without fuel.

Electronics on the Husqvarna FS 450 remain crude

by street bike standards, but still impress in the offroad

world with the factory-installed launch control

and basic traction control as part of the machine.

The suspension components have been changed

though, with 48mm WP XACT forks now

replacing the 48mm AER units that were added last

year. An XACT shock from WP completes the setup

as well.

Alpina wheels remain part of the package, 16.5″ up

front, with 17″ in the rear. Bridgestone slicks come

fitted from the factory.

To help you spot the model years, the 2020 bike

comes with a blacked out exhaust can, while the

blue frame colour continues on for another year.

Contact your dealer…

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WORK – Tuesday

Adventure Ride – 8th of

October 2019

So, we have decided that everyone needs to bunk

work once in a while. We spend way too much time

living to work and not enough actual time living.

When we do get a bit of time off on the weekend it

seems like all the venues and trails are choked with

the rest of this fine planets citizens and everybody

is trying so hard to do a bit of living that it is actually

quite agro and stressful out there, unless you

donner a million miles into the middle of nowhere.

But who wants to do that? We all want to have a

lekker adventure ride from a cool venue to another

cool venue, shoot the breeze with a couple of likeminded

people. We all want to enjoy the trails at our

own speed, stop where we want and chill for a bit.

Well guess what, the only time the trails and venues

are free and unclogged is in the middle of the week

when everyone has their shoulder to the grindstone

or are wasting away behind a desk. How do we

know? Well dammit, that when we bike journalists

are out enjoying the sights and sounds of our

beautiful country unobstructed by the rest of society

and why we can wax lyrical about our rides.

So, for those of you who are keen we are putting

together a ride on Tuesday the 8th of October 2019.

The trails are going vary between good gravel roads

to semi technical paths and some beautiful scrub

land. We’ll start with a breakfast at the quaint little

‘Broodblik & Koffiepit’ close to our offices with a

lekker brekkie then hit the trails for an hour or three

before ending up at ‘Oppistasie’ in Cullinan for lunch.

There is no charge from our side, just rock up and

ride with us. Pay for your own breakfast and lunch

and fuel. There is no real agenda other than just

having a bit of fun and hanging out with a bunch of

nice people, forgetting about life for a few hours.

bestbikemagazines@yahoo.com for more info

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What if Suzuki

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motorcycle? The bike is in its 20th year of

production, and though the model has changed a

little by little over time, the same basic

formula has stayed the same.

Here, we have a special idea from

Oberdan Bezzi, who takes the venerable

SV650 and turns it into big ass offroader.

Dubbed the Suzuki SV650 Rally, the

concept looks quite convincing and

plausible. Recycling platforms and

making what was old new again makes

sense.

It worked for the Suzuki Katana, which

is essentially a re-skinned Suzuki

GSX-S1000F, which itself is a reworked

Suzuki GSX-R1000.

The SV650 has already given itself as

the bones of the V-Strom 650, but Bezzi sees here a

different option from the budget-friendly bike that is

already on the market.

More of a scrambler than an adventure-tourer, Bezzi

inks a convincing design.

A bike like this Suzuki SV650 Rally makes a lot of

sense to our eyes (and wallets).

Hopefully Suzuki takes notice, it would be a great

motorcycle.

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2019 FIM AFRICA

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NATIONS (MXOAN)

FIM Africa Motocross of African Nations heads to

Donnybrook Park in Harare, Zimbabwe, home of the

African Continents favourite year-end MX event, The

Summer Series on 30 August to 1 September 2019.

Donnybrook Park and their team behind this year’s

event are fired up to get Africa’s best riders back

to the Harare track, for another epic edition of this

incredible competition.

Track preparation has been ongoing for the last four

months and Rick Goby (Zimbabwe Motocross) said

that they have gone all out to create an excellent

dirt track that even the World’s best would love to

battle on.

“Our team has been working under a lot of pressure,

understandably, but despite our little challenges here

in Zimbabwe, we are not slowing down, in order to

provide a facility that will make the FIM Africa proud

of our efforts.”, said Goby and he also assured that

all the FIM requirements in

lieu of Environmental and the

Ride Clean campaign are

being adhered to as much as

possible.

Speaking of world class riders,

the seven nations competing

this year, all have just that,

some of the best riders in the

world, and considering that a

number of them have already

been on international duties at

various stages of their careers,

the fight for the all-important

African Nations title is poised

on a the edge of a berm,

about to blow out and provide

the fans watching, some of

the best Motocross action

you can find anywhere in the

world.

South Africa must come

into this event as odds on

favourites, having won the

title the most often, with

only Kenya and Uganda he

only other teams to have

taken the title, since 2009.

However, Zimbabwe and

Botswana also stand a very

good chance for the top spot.

Particularly Zimbabwe, as the

host nation is coming in full

force, to attack the rest on

their home soil.

The event will also be televised, with a postproduction

being put together by the 2 Wheels

TV crew from South Africa, who will put the post

production onto DSTV Ignition Channel 189, as well

as on You Tube.

As usual, Dirt And Trail magazine will cover in the

October issue.

Live Stream Commentary will be provided by the SA

based Motorsport commentator, Greg Moloney who

will be going live via the Zimbabwe MX Facebook

Page and providing not only race commentary but

race video, from his mobile phone rig.

This will not be the only Live Commentary for the

event, as Zimbabwe MX have also brought in an

ex MXoAN rider and multiple SA and Zimbabwe

National Championship rider, Laren Van Der

Westhuizen, to work alongside Moloney For those

looking to get to the event, Donnybrook Park is on

Arcturus Road in Harare, and race action happens

on the Saturday and Sunday respectively (31 August

and 1 September 2019).

For more information please feel free to contact

Tel: +263 71 862 8705 or Email: motoxzimbabwe@

gmail.com.

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FEATURE

NEW MACHINES

Polaris: What’s new for 2020?

Polaris is a leading force in ATV’s and Side

By Sides. Locally, Polaris, along with Linhai,

Kubota and many others leading brands is

imported by Smith Power Equipment.

They tell us that they are expanding, with

the appointment of a selection of new

dealers on the cards. Watch this space for

more on that.

They have just been across to the States and have returned with lots

of news about this powerhouse brand.

Polaris fans have some great machines to look forward to towards

the end of the year. These new models are available in addition to the

existing Polaris models.

Youth: RZR 170 EFI

Hows this for cool? if you really need to spoil your kids, imagine the

faces when they find this thing under the Christmas tree!

Pictured in the main picture above, the RZR 170 EFI is engineered

to give kids 10 years and up the thrill of driving while providing crucial

safety features parents will love.

• Ages 10+

• Electronic Fuel Injection

• Parent Adjustable Speed Limiting

• Seat Belt & Safety Nets

• Protective Cage

• Tilt Steering

• Adjustable Seat

Quads:

SUPERSIZE ME. The Sportsman XP1000 S

Remember the Polaris RZR800? Well that had a 50” width/stance. This

quad boasts 55 inches. Gulp! So you’ll need to get yourself a bigger

trailer for sure. It’s all about safety and stability…

27” Duro Powergrip tyres deliver the traction and control with an

impressive 14 inches of suspension all controlled by fully-adjustable

Walker Evans premium shocks.

Beneath the outer fascia resides an all new chassis that is 31%

beefier. This platform features 220 KG’s of rack capacity, with an

almost 800KG towing capacity.

All powered by Polaris’ 1000cc powertrain.

Go and move your house… Chop! Chop!

The Sportsman 850SP:

At 48 inches, the 850 is smaller in stance than the new XP1000s, which

is good, because you can still conquer the narrower trails out there.

Powerful 78 HP ProStar engine and a rider-active design give you

superior sightlines and a smooth ride no matter the terrain. Long

travel suspension combined with great ground clearance and True

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GREAT RANGE OF NEW & USED

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On-Demand All-Wheel Drive to give you

ultimate traction, right when you need it.

Never let your ride come to a halt with a

factory installed 1500kg winch and handle

bar controller.

• 78 HP ProStar Engine

• 680 KG Towing Capacity

• 260 KG Payload Capacity

• True On-Demand All-Wheel Drive

The Sportsman 570:

The baby of the batch, you can navigate the

tightest corners and conquer the toughest

terrain. Independent Rear Suspension

and an industry-best 9.25” of suspension

travel keep you riding comfortably and

confidently all-day long.

11” of obstacle-dominating ground

clearance. The industry’s fastest-engaging

all-wheel drive (AWD) pulls you around

corners and over rocks without stopping.

Handle any task in confidence with the

2020 factory-installed receiver hitch and

up to 680KG towing capacity. Get 220KG

payload capacity and a combined 120kg

front & rear rack capacity.

• 9.25” of Suspension Travel

• Factory-Installed Receiver Hitch

• Up to 680KG in Towing Capacity

• 220KG Payload Capacity

• Combined 120KG Front & Rear Rack

Capacity

The Scrambler XP1000 S: Sporty,

Monster Fun! Hold tight now!

The all-new monster Scrambler XP 1000 S

smashes traditions and elevates the riding

experience with a ground-breaking 55” wide

platform with 14.5” of ground clearance.

With a long-travel suspension design that

is nothing short of monstrous, they tell us

that the all-new Scrambler XP 1000 S is an

absolute beast when comes to taming ugly

and unrelenting terrain. It’s all controlled

by fully-adjustable, premium Walker Evans

shocks, it transforms terrain and delivers

a level of intuitive control with exacting

precision never before thought possible.

Beneath the beefy cut of the outer fascia

resides an all-new chassis with 31% larger

tubing; an upgraded transmission with

25% stronger components; and a front

differential derived directly from the raceproven

RZR® S 1000 delivering 15% more

strength and a performance edge.

The transmission is beefed up, with

25% stronger components to work in

harmony with the increase in travel,

ground clearance and larger tyres.

C’mon now Polaris, we NEED to ride one…

• Fully-adjustable Walker Evans

Premium Shocks

• 27” Duro Powergrip II Tires

• Fully-integrated 11-inch ProArmor

lightbar

• Front Differential and Half-Shafts

from the RZR XP 1000

Side By Sides:

Ranger lineup:

Engineered for Work

The Ranger 570: Full Size

This 3-seater is a full-size performance

Ranger with smooth comfort for 3 riders.

44 HP and Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI)

keeps you moving. True On-Demand All

Wheel Drive gives you the traction you

need, right when you need it. The RANGER

570 Full-Size easily handles big loads with a

beefy 680KG payload and towing capacity,

plus a durable composite gas assist dump

box that holds up to 360KG’s.

Haul more, work harder and get more

done in fewer trips. With 10.5” of ground

clearance, 9” of up-front suspension

travel, and 10” of independent rear

suspension travel.

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The New Ranger 1000

Introducing the all-new RANGER 1000 and RANGER

CREW 1000, purpose built for farmers, hunters, multiacre

homeowners and recreational off-road riders.

The RANGER 1000 offers the ultimate

combination of price and performance with added

capability to carry more, tow more and last longer

than its predecessor, the RANGER XP 900,one of the

best-selling UTV’s of all time.

Featuring consumer suggested improvements,

the RANGER 1000 and RANGER CREW 1000 are

designed to be capable workhorses.

An all-new ProStar 1000 single overhead cam

engine delivers 61 horsepower and 75 Nm of torque.

Optimised to provide more torque at lower RPM,

the newly designed engine and an all-new Pro-PVTi

clutch system deliver smooth driveability at low

speeds and allows users to get the most out of the

1,134 kg towing capacity.

Supersize me! The New Ranger Crew

1000 - Take 6 Springboks along…

Polaris took the Ranger 1000, and gave it the capability

to carry more bodies in comfort and convenience -

more value for your hard-earned rands.

It shares the same 999cc engine as the Ranger 1000.

• Lock & Ride Cargo System

• Stamped Steel Wheels

• 790 KG Payload Capacity

• One-piece chassis, full-body skid plate and

large front bumper provide the protection

needed for taking on tough terrain.

• Designed For Comfort: The cab has been

redesigned from the previous 900 Crew with

rider-centric plusher seating for all-day comfort

and innovative storage solutions for gear and

tools.

• Smooth Riding: 12 in. of ground clearance and

10 in. of suspension travel.

The Ranger XP1000

The RANGER XP 1000 packs class-leading hauling,

power, all-day comfort and unrelenting toughness

so you can finish big jobs, tackle tough trails and

outlast the longest days.

The Ranger is powered by a Dual Overhead Cam

ProStar 1000 engine. Lots of power and torque

makes the Ranger a perfect work partner or trail

machine.

The RANGER XP 1000 delivers the utility

performance and acceleration you expect. The

DOHC 999cc ProStar engine delivers 82 HP and 62

lb-ft of torque help you take on the toughest tasks.

13” of ground clearance with a strong armour

under-body skid plate you get a UTV that can ride

any terrain to help you through your toughest

workdays or long trail rides on your days off.

The rider can choose the ride mode for the task

at hand. Combine the smooth ride with premium

automotive-style interior fit and finish, an all-new

steering wheel, and plush seating to deliver all-day

comfort.

• EBS, EPS & 3-Mode Throttle Control

• Plenty premium in-cab storage

• 5” more room for easy entry and exit

• 13” Ground Clearance

• 11” Suspension Travel

• 999cc DOHC ProStar Engine

• 82 Horsepower

• 62 lb. ft. of Torque

THE NEW PROSTAR 1000 SOHC ENGINE

The new 999cc Single Over-Head Cam (SOHC)

ProStar Engine is optimized for smooth operation

and strong pulling power. Make quick work of

tough jobs with 61 HP and 55 lb-ft of low-end torque

for improve drivability at lower RPMs.

• 999cc SOHC ProStar Engine

•61 Horsepower

• 55 lb. ft. of Low-End Torque

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RZR Lineup:

The Insanity Continues…

RZR XP Turbo S

First, they released the 72’’ Turbo S Beast.

Now they are adding a new beast to the

pack – with a 72’’ stance, 168 HP, 32’’ tyres,

and Walker Evans Velocity shocks.

The new RZR XP® Turbo S has been

engineered to be stronger and tougher in

every respect. The vehicle’s monstrous

32” tyres and massive 72” stance has

been integrated into a strong chassis that

delivers ruthless performance that can’t

be stopped.

Inside the dark heart of the beast,

surrounded by menacing new looks, the

entire cockpit has been re-engineered.

“Instinctive in nature, intuitive in control,

and purposeful in detail.”

• 168 HP ProStar Turbo

• 72” Width

• 25”/25” Usable Travel

• 32” ITP Coyote Tyres (8-Ply)

• 16” Ground Clearance

• Xtreme Performance Isolated True On-

Demand AWD/2WD.

• Walker Evans Suspension

The New RZR Pro XP: 181 HP of

madness! And soooo pretty!

The all-new 64’’ RZR PRO XP is a brand new

design, built from the ground up, delivering

a menacing combination of performance

and industry-leading capability.

This model is an addition to the line-up

and does not replace the Turbo S!

The new 181-horsepower ProStar engine

delivers mind-bending acceleration, all

tuned around the 30-80 KPH range, where

you use it most.

A new clutch design features an opencut

system that brings far greater air flow

to internal components and sheaves. This,

combined with a faster-spinning driven

clutch for even more air flow, results in

greater cooling, twice the belt life and

instantaneous acceleration with every

punch of the accelerator.

22” of usable suspension travel on a 64”

SXS, that’s almost as much as a 72” wide

Turbo - AND it’s the kind that you can

actually use before bottoming out on the

skid plate.

Automatic, on-the-fly adjustments.

They tell us that you can take corners

flatter, dominate big whoops, and ride in

greater comfort.

The Pro XP measures at 96” of stable

wheelbase, that’s 6” longer than the XP1000

chassis, BUT they tell us that it comes with

better agility, including improvements in

off-tracking, ramp over angle & turning

radius. Without a single compromise, it

adds straight-line stability, while actually

improving agility and versatility.

More storage than you’re used to

with added dash storage, a bigger glove

box, and a latching centre console to

add even more functional capability for

bringing your things along for the ride.

It features the strongest chassis that

Polaris has ever made, with stouter axles,

cooler clutching and capability...

We cannot wait to ride it!

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your closest dealership.

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Words: Stephen and Serenity Waller. Pictures: Stephen Waller, Len Waller, Charl Marais

A SAUNTER THROUGH

THE SWARTBERG

A young lady Serenity’s adventure with Daddy Stephen, Oupa Len and Oom Charl.

I love riding and I love spending time with family. So to

me there is not much better in this world than riding with

family… unless of course I can include a good friend. This trip

comprised just that, and one would be hard pressed to find

a better location … anywhere. After some deliberation dates

and location were chosen to best suit all concerned, including

our wives. My wife wanted to celebrate her 40th with family

in Port Elizabeth, and my Mom wanted to spend some time

with her Dad in George. All of this coincided with my daughter

Serenity’s school holidays. We hadn’t done the Swartberg area

before whereas my friend Charl Marais, being from Knysna

and having ridden many of the roads in the area … many

times, was happy to help us decide on a route and join us on

the trip. Ultimately we left the route planning in his hands, and

what excellent hands they proved to be.

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Day 1 - Knysna to Prince Albert via

Prince Alfred pass, Uniondale, De Rust

and the Swartberg pass.

After a night in Knysna, and a fried

breakfast prepared by Carlien; Charl,

Serenity and I we headed to the petrol

station to fill up and meet with my Dad,

Len, who had ridden through from George.

Bikes full and tyres inflated to around 1.6

bar we embarked up past the Simola Golf

and Equestrian Estate, where preparations

were on the go for the Simola Hill Climb

later that week. Then into the Diepwalle

forest towards the Price Alfred pass. We

stopped at Angie’s G Spot for a break

and drinks were ordered under the tent

which replaces the wooden structure

that was recently taken down for legal

reasons. We rested briefly under a small

thatch umbrella while looking out over

the Keurbooms River. There wasn’t much

to see but it was peaceful, having satisfied

our curiosity and stretched our legs, we

moved on…

As you near the top of the Prince Alfred

pass you really need to stop to admire the

all absorbing vista down into the valley you

have just ascended out of. After leaving the

cool of the forest and passing Uniondale

and De Rust, the temperature soared and

we were happy to stop at a clean and cool

stream coming down from the Swartberg

Mountains. Here we topped up any water

containers with the best kind of water and

splashed our sweaty and dusty faces, it

was lovely and refreshing. The route took

us past the Cango municipal camp site,

which we rode through to investigate.

Two or three caravans were set up on the

sprawling lawns enjoying the isolation and

quiet with a back drop of the Swartberg

range. The place is a little neglected, but

if you are looking to get away from the

crowds, it seems like a good option. From

that point we enjoyed a section of twisty

tar, before ascending the Swartberg pass.

These bits of tar invite you to open up and

lean into the bends, but beware as it has

some corners that just keep closing on you.

It is wise to always ride within one’s limits

and with room to manoeuvre should you

need to stop or change direction suddenly.

Always be ready for the unexpected lying

just out of sight around the corner. Better

to always arrive alive…

As we ascended the southern side of

the Swartberg we had to stop at one of

the viewpoints to once again taken in

the view. In terms of visual stimulation

this trip had plenty. Descending on the

northern side similar awe-inspiring vistas

and careful riding awaited us. Not far from

the bottom of the Swartberg lies the town

of Prince Albert. Before checking into our

accommodation, we hit the local Spar

to stock up on food for the evening and

morning. It consisted mostly of meat, but

also some avocado, cheese, tomatoes,

onion and green pepper for a wholesome

salad. After unpacking and our removing

boots (aaahh), showering and a fresh set

of clothes we had the obligatory chat with

our woman folk. Having fulfilled this duty,

we relaxed with a cup of freshly brewed

coffee. A bit later we lit the fire for the

steak and boerewors. Toasties were also

constructed, and like the night to follow,

we ate like kings. The day of riding was

good. At some points, the heat made it a

bit tough, but all in all it was one of the

best days of adventure riding to be had.

There was nothing tricky, though at times

caution was required, the Swartberg pass

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is rather steep at places with a loose

surface requiring a bit of concentration

when changing direction if riding at pace.

The views were spectacular everywhere

and the sections through the forest were

beautiful. The water flowing in the streams

was cool and clear and the mountains rose

jagged and majestic towards the heavens.

As I curled up in the very comfortable kingsized

bed enveloped with soft white linen,

I reflected on the town of Prince Albert.

It’s one of those small main street towns;

those towns you get a feel for just by

riding from one end of the main street to

the other. It’s a quaint little touristy town,

dotted with eateries and bed and breakfast

accommodation. It was a bloody hot night,

and if the mosquitos weren’t keeping me

awake, it was the muggy heat accentuated

by the need to keep window’s closed to

keep the masses of mosquitos out. Then

there is also all the coffee we drank, a cup

at breakfast, a cup at lunch, two cups in the

evening just before bedtime, I eventually

very slowly drifted off to sleep.

Day 2 – Prince Albert to Die Hel via

Swartberg pass

The next day was taken at a relaxed pace

as our route was short and we were in

exploration mode. While packing up,

Charl stocked up on food once again as

there is no Spar in Gamkaskloof. We left

our accommodation relatively late and

set off slowly back into the Swartberg

Mountains and up the Swartberg pass.

We stopped often to enjoy the views and

surroundings. Of all the passes I’ve ridden

in our beautiful country this is definitely

one of the most majestic. After 17km the

road down to Gamkaskloof presents itself

to the right. From here it’s about 47km

down into “Die Hel”, depending on where

you will be spending the night in the valley.

We were fortunate enough to hit this

rugged road just after it had been freshly

graded and thus in excellent condition. On

the winding way down and up and down

and… we spotted eight Klipspringers and

crossed a bunch of mountain streams

several times. This road is pure adventure

riding bliss. We had a good dose of riding

entertainment before we got to the last and

rather steep section into the Gamkaskloof

itself. In the valley the road winds gently

back and forth between relatively dense

vegetation with some sections consisting

of thick sand which can be tricky to

negotiate if you’re not used to riding

sand. One thing I have learned in sandy

situations is never to decelerate but rather

to open the throttle a bit. Spotting a few

large Kudu wandering along the roadside

reminds us this is not a section of road to

be riding too fast on. Unknown to us at the

time, my Dad actually had a bit of a tumble

here ending up pinned under his bike.

Fortunately he was unhurt and a minute

or two later a Good Samaritan in a bakkie

stopped to dust him off and get him on his

way again.

By this time, we were rather hot and

dusty and I was wondering if this was why

the place is called ‘The Hel’, but real story

goes that a stock inspector on one of his

visits said that it was “a ‘helluva’ place

“We stopped often

to enjoy the views

and surroundings.

Of all the passes

I’ve ridden in our

beautiful country

this is definitely

one of the most

majestic.”

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“At this point any feelings

that this place was ‘Hel’

were waylaid. This is an

unspoilt natural place

of reassuring silence,

broken only by the sound

of the wind, bird song

and the occasional

baboon’s bark.”

to get into and out of”. It is also surmised that the

valley and its potential was discovered 200 years

ago by nomadic stock farmers while tracking stray

animals, Khoi and San people are however believed

to have lived here long before this to live secluded

lives, escape British rule and the tax collectors

they decided to settle there. They cultivated the

necessary sustenance of milk, cheese, mutton,

beef, wheat, vegetables, figs and muscadel grapes

for wine and raisins. They also traded some for the

few necessities they could not produce themselves.

This trade was carried out via a steep footpath until

the present road was built in 1962. Once this road

was built, many of the younger inhabitants left for

the outside world.

Upon arrival in Gamkaskloof and the Boplaas

Cottages we wasted no time in removing our kit and

getting comfortable on the stoep next to the boma.

At this point any feelings that this place was ‘Hel’

were waylaid. This is an unspoilt natural place of

reassuring silence, broken only by the sound of the

wind, bird song and the occasional baboon’s bark.

Charl took the braai master duties while I made a

potato salad. When everything was ready, we sat

around the old dinner table in the small dining

and living room. Thanks was given to the Lord for

abundant provision and faithful protection, as well

as the privilege of being able to experience such an

amazing adventure. After the darkness had set in

a blanket of brilliant stars covered the sky. We lay

on the lawn in front of the ‘Oom Hannes’ cottage to

soak it all in. It was one of the most beautiful and

cleanest night skies I have ever had the privilege to

appreciate. Over a period of 30 minutes we managed

to spot about 4 shooting stars – more than I have

seen in as many years.

Day 3 – Die Hel to Knysna via Swartberg pass,

Oudtshoorn, Montagu pass, George and Seven

Passes Road

5:30 in Gamkaskloof was pitch black, but being awake

and having a longer day of riding I fumbled around

in the dark for the hanging light switch. Dad was also

stirring so I made some fresh moka pot coffee on the

gas stove. In between packing, eating leftover braai

meat and feeding the resident roosters with left over

bread we heard the threatening bark of a dominant

baboon. I rode slowly after Charl and Dad with

Serenity in the saddle behind me. Subconsciously, I

think, I did not really wish to leave. Up and out of the

Kloof we stopped for some pictures, again lingering

for as long as possible. Reluctance though soon gave

way to the enjoyment of the ride, as we splashed

through rivers and accelerated aggressively (sort

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of…) around apexes and leaving clouds of dust

in our rear-view mirrors. Occasionally I would hit

a bend with loose marble-like rocks at a spirited

speed, making my butt cheeks clench the seat and

my heart beat in my throat. These moments quickly

bring one back to reality, and are all part of the

adventure riding package.

Riding tip from dirt guru Charl; keep your

elbows out and your weight over the front wheel.

At the intersection with the R328 we turned right

and rode back down the Swartberg pass and on

through to Oudshoorn. Between Oudshoorn and

Montagu pass the route followed a relatively open

and good condition dirt road where we could pick up

the pace a bit. We then crossed the N9 and headed

up the Outeniqua mountain range. In my superbike

riding days we often rode the Outeniqua pass just

for the fun of it, so it was nice to take the alternative

dirt Montagu pass over and down to George. In

George, we stopped for coffee and shortbread at

my Grandfather’s place where my Dad was again

staying for the night. After helping load his bike on

the trailer, Charl, Serenity and I continued on the last

stretch to Knysna. Keeping it interesting we rode

part of the Seven Passes road which has some very

tight and twisty tar sections together with some

dirt, before joining the N2 just before Sedgefield,

for a steady cruise into Knysna. The day was ended

with a welcomed braai together with Charl’s family.

This is one of my top adventure rides; not only

was I privileged enough to be riding with some of

the best people, but this part of South Africa is truly

beautiful. Anyone with two wheels and a sense of

adventure is strongly encouraged to get out there

and do it. You will not be disappointed. It beats a

week on a tropical island hands down.

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Notes on our bikes from Stephen.

My Dad and I both currently ride 2011/13 KLR

650s. Of all the bikes I’ve owned, this is the one

I have had the longest which says something,

either I’ve chilled out a bit or it is an amazing

bike. Truth is it’s probably a bit of both. Believe

it or not, there is life after the realization that

the endless pursuit of adrenaline is mostly

fruitless. For the riding we do, which includes

some commuting and a trip or two a year,

the KLR is ample. Yes, 2-up with an adult

passenger and long distance free-way riding

would be better served on a larger machine,

and if you enjoy riding full throttle off-road a

suspension upgrade would serve you well.

In essence the KLR is an inexpensive and

rugged tool, well equipped to cover almost

any terrain at a steady pace without pomp

or protest. It gets the job done and is a good

all-round motorcycle. If you are not in a hurry

and prefer the road less travelled, the KLR is a

bike you can grow very attached to.

Charl was on his Honda XL700V Transalp,

which hails from circa 2010 and boasts

Honda’s build quality and has higher freeway

cruising speeds and better suspension,

but does lack the larger tank preferable for

adventure riding. This shouldn’t be a problem

in most scenarios though, and this Honda is

also a great choice for an adventure riding

companion and everyday commuter.

What a ride, what an adventure. A real

family affair.

You really need to get yourself an adventure

bike and live a little!

“What a ride, what

an adventure. A

real family affair.

You really need

to get yourself an

adventure bike

and live a little!”

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L O C A L C U S T O M B U I L D

KLR DESERT EAGLE

A mate of ours told us about an amazing

KLR that he had seen up north and

suggested that we have a look at it, find

out who built it – and given the fact that

there are still lots of them still running

around, maybe do a feature on the build.

The KLR was one of Kawasaki’s best

selling bikes ever – and sadly, it was

discontinued locally a few years ago. We

figured that this was well worth a feature,

so we tracked down the owner Collin

and the guy who built it, Rory – and got

down to the nitty gritty.

What a cool build!

We hope that it gives you lot some ideas.

Building the Hybrid: “Desert Eagle”

By Rory Lawson.

Creative Motorcycle Worx, Hoedspruit.

071 687 8545

This is the story behind this

build. One of my work colleagues,

Collin Rudman has been on my

case about building a KLR like

mine for him. There are many major

modifications on my KLR on top of

all the normal KLR Farkles. It has

made my KLR (Sarge) a force to be

reckoned with when off-road.

I suggested that we get a KLR

that is in a poor state and build

from there. As you might know the

2 main models of KLR to choose

from are the Gen1, 1998-2007 and

the Gen2, 2008 -2018. The general

feeling from our group of KLR riders

here in Hoedspruit is that the Gen1

seems to handle better off-road

whereas the Gen2 is more refined

and better on the tar. A Gen2 came

up for sale at a good price due to

the engine not wanting to start and

then seizing. Collin really wanted

a Gen1 as he likes the sleek look

and wants to do more off-road.

One of my Gen1 KLRs was about

to be decommissioned due to the

crank system being totally worn

after 230000kms of hard dirt riding.

I suggested to Collin that we take

the Gen2 and then make a Hybrid

between the two using the best

parts from both.

This was then agreed upon and

the build started.

We bought a badly damaged

2010 KLR for R9000. The licence

was in good order which was the

only plus point that we were going

to find.

The reason behind the engine

damage was apparent right away

when I opened up the engine. The

cam chain had stretched so badly

that exhaust cam had gone out of

sync with the crank causing the

exhaust cams to impact the piston.

The result was both valve heads

breaking off and dropping onto the

top of the piston. The owner, having

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no mechanical knowledge whatsoever

carried on trying start the bike. The motor

was cranked repeatedly resulting in lots of

damage on the piston crown and head.

I decided that we should do a 692

Big Bore conversion and due to the

damage, also do a big cylinder head valve

conversion at the same time.

Apart from the Cam chain, valve and

head damage I found out that the previous

owner had never re-tensioned the Balancer

chain tensioner (Commonly know as the

Doohickey in the KLR circles). This resulted

in the Balancer chain stretching to its limits.

I decided to go through the engine with a

fine tooth comb after all this neglect.

All the normal carb mods that get carried

out after increasing the CC and airflow were

done. I decided to fit an FCR 44m carb from

a Yamaha WR450 on to this one. I know

it works because I’ve had one on my bike

for the past 10 years and have loved the

crazy response that one gets. To fit the FCR

carb the frame needs a small notch cut out

of it. I build an aluminium spacer that goes

between the carb and the rubber intake

boot. The throttle response is remarkable

and the fuel economy is only very slightly

affected.

I decided to use the complete Gen2 frame

and just fit some of the Gen1 cosmetics to

it. The Gen2 has superior braking due to

the fact that it has dual pot brakes front and

back. The rear shock has a wider range of

rebound settings then the Gen1.

I upgraded the rear spring so that Collin

could load up his wife and lots of kit, ride

off-road and not worry of bottoming out.

The front suspension needed to be worked

on as it is a bit weak. The Gen2’s forks

are 50mm shorter than the Gen1’s forks

although they have a 4mm bigger diameter.

The other bad thing about the Gen2 forks

for off-road is the length of the spring. I built

a set of 50mm Stainless steel caps that

screw into the top of the fork, replacing the

fork cap. This lifts the stance in the front

moving weight back which greatly improves

the off-road capability. The fork springs are

replaced with Wilber Progressive springs.

These mods put the bikes off-road

capability way above the standard Gen1.

There were quite a number changes

that I had to make on the frame so that

the Gen1 plastics would fit. The only Gen2

body parts that were retained were the 2

side covers. I had to use the Gen1 radiator

- the Gen2 radiator is mounted differently.

I welded tabs onto the frame to be able to

hold the Gen1 radiator.

How engine came out. New crank, piston, bigger

valves and inners.

The engine casings get some TLC

This how the engine started out...

The valve heads had actually snapped.

New chains, guides and gaskets.

Umm Houston we have a problem...

Big bore kit. Big valves, ready to run.

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The rear mudguard had to be profiled to

accept the Gen2 side covers. The biggest

cosmetic modification that had to be made

was the Instruments. The Gen1 has its

Instrument cluster mounted on to the forks

top triple clamp. The Gen2 has it mounted

in the headlight fairing. Due to the fact that

I was going to be using the Gen2 electrical

wiring harness I wanted to keep the Gen2

Instrument cluster. I also like the look – a

bit more modern. I ended up making an

adapted plate from 1.6mm mild steel

which married the Gen2 Instruments to the

Gen1 Fairing. That way there are less wires

moving with the steering. I had to cut away

some of the Gen2’s Instrument cluster so

that the forks did not engage the cluster

during a full lock turn.

The wiring was another issue. The CDI,

Turn signal relay, diode ect on a Gen1 are

on the right side of the frame behind the

water bottle. On the Gen2 they are all front

mounted in the fairing. After a bit of head

scratching I decided to split the Gen2 wiring

harness. The only plugs that went up front

were the light plugs (merged into one plug

from 2), ignition plug, indicator plugs and

instrument plug.

Collin decided that he liked the desert

sands colour with satin black.

I built a Gen1 KLR 685 called “The

General” for a client about 3 years earlier. I

showed him the photos and that sealed it.

I have my own vinyl cutter so I designed all

the graphics and passed them on to Collin

for his approval.

Although the bike is completed there

is about 2 months of fine tuning ahead to

make sure that this KLR not only looks

good but it must perform like the military

weapon the it is named after.

Desert Eagle must be able to blow other

KLRs away.

This is just a basic run down of the cost.

Gen2 purchace – R9000

Gen1 Parts – R6000

EM 692 Bigbore Kit – R5300

Cylinder Big valve conversion – R3500

Painting – R4500

Labor – R4800

Total – R33100

Frame mods for the radiators

Wiring and electrics. Quite a

challenge - dont try this at home.

I got the clocks to fit too

Suspension components are made

in - house to raise the front of the

bike and improve handling. Stiffer

springs are also fitted

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RYAN VILLOPOTO


KTM SOUTH AFRICA

ENDURO LAUNCH.

You’ll have read all of the techy stuff around these

bikes in our last two issues. After a couple of months

of teasing, the bikes arrived and we got to ride them

at the ADA facility out near Harties. It has to be said

that KTM is one heck of a focused company.

Here’s the skinny. By Glenn Foley

KTM always does things in style. In

fact, they are the one company that still

believes that bums in saddles is what

sells motorcycles – and with this in

mind, they invited just about the whole

SA motorcycle press contingent for a

glamping trip to ride their new bikes.

For the whole day. On ANY bike

you liked. As many loops as you could

manage. A bit like Christmas really!

Cool huh!

It was quite a collection of riders

that arrived from top pro’s to proper

weekend wobblers. KTM roped in the

talents of three of their national riders in

the form of Brad Cox, Scott Bouverie and

Louwrens Mahoney. They were tasked

with babysitting our lot and it has to be

said that a nicer bunch of blokes you will

not meet. One of them even displayed

the starting abilities of the new TPI’s at

1am in the morning, so they were truly

dedicated to the task given.

A fleet of gleaming orange machines

greeted us. We felt like factory riders, WP

suspension experts at our beck and call

and KTM’s tech guys on hand to assist

with anything that anyone needed.

The brief was – Boys, the red loop is

hard, the green route is a little easier,

choose one and… try not to die. On

your marks, get set… GO!

And off we went.

There were more riders than bikes,

so in between each ride, you got a gap to

grab some water and have a little break.

The routes were well planned, proper

enduro, tight twisty trails up and down

the ADA koppies where the rocks grow.

Both routes shared a common start

and finish with a split somewhere near

the middle. Just when you thought

that you were doing really well and

styling along, they chucked this massive

downhill run at you that caught well –

everyone out. At the bottom of the hill

was some welcome relief – an abandoned

mine that had been converted to a

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A delectable selection of

orange bikes.

movie theatre where you could catch a

cold water and watch Erzberg on the big

screen. Too flippen cool.

After that was the split for red or green.

And you could choose how brave you were

feeling. In our opinion, the green route was

perfect for testing these bikes, but if you

were feeling tough, the red route offered a

bit more of a challenge.

Mike Wessels, our more advanced

(read younger, faster) rider and the Ed and

weekend wobbler Glenn Foley each opted

to start on smaller bikes for the day – and

to test out the green loop first. That went

quite well, but as happens you end up

getting separated and you grab whatever

is available at the next stop…

Glenn Says:

Invariably, you move up the ladder and

about halfway through the day, I found

myself on the big 450. By now you are

starting to get a bit tired after three or

four laps. It’s funny how things work out.

I got down to the cave halfway through,

after negotiating that giant hill – this time,

thankfully not falling on my pip - and

discovered the 250 TPI just sitting all alone

at the entrance to the mine. It looked so

tempting… and I knew it would be easier

than the 450 in the rocks, so I looked left,

looked right, made sure that no-one was

watching and swapped bikes…

But karma is a sod!

As I got to the green/orange split, there

sat the pretty KTM photographer.

“Hi Glenn – are you going green or

orange?”, Ummm Green! Was my reply with

visions of an ice cold Coke just around the

corner. “But Glenn, you are an orange rider

you should take that loop!”

Hmm OK, PRESSURE!

No prob lets give it a shot! Chest puffed

out off we go!

Orange loop. Suffice it to say that about

an hour later, I still had no Coke. Anyway, I

was very grateful that I’d hijacked the 250.

What a cool day of riding it turned

out to be. Such a variety of cool trails to

explore with like-minded people.

“What a cool day of riding

it turned out to be. Such a

variety of cool trails to explore

with like-minded people.”

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Sadly, there was not enough

time to ride each model, too

many bikes to choose from.

But that does not mean that

we cannot tell you what we felt –

and we’ll give a brief shakedown

on each model.

They might be at the top of

their game but they certainly do

not sit on their laurels.

KTM’s brief to their engineers

was:

“Ride faster, for longer and

further.”

Very often we’ll ride a new bike

and it feels great and all that,

but we don’t often get to ride the

old and the new back to back.

Despite the fact that the 2019

KTM model lineup was so good,

the KTM guys set out to make

them even better. In fact, they

do a model overhaul every three

years, with input from top riders

like Taddy Blazusiak and Jonny

Walker and you really, genuinely

can feel the difference. So it’s not

just marketing splurb.

We walked through the bikes

with the tech team at the launch

and they showed us some of the

less obvious changes that have

been made across the board

– stiffer rear fenders, rerouted

wiring, cable placement and

moving the electrical components

under the seat are just a few little

touches. And it all makes sense.

The bikes: All present

2-Strokes

• 150 EXC TPI

• 250 EXC TPI

• 300 EXC TPI

4-strokes

• 250 EXC-F

• 350 EXC-F

• 450 EXC-F

• 500 EXC-F 4-strokes.

All of the bikes at the launch

were fitted with a range of

powerparts from the KTM

catalogue – and they had been

fitted with heavy duty tubes.

Here’s a run-down of each bike

that we rode. We won’t bore you

with techy stuff, you can check

the previous issues for that – Or

you can check out their website.

KTM’s tech guru’s go

through some of the

changes on the bikes

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Check the new design on the two stroke pipes.

Quieter, more compact and tucked out of harms way.

Two Riders Opinions:

150TPI: Little Bike. Huge Heart.

Glenn: If there is a bike that blew

us away, it has to be the new

150TPI. It’s a small cc bike with a

huge heart that makes riding fun

and easy. And with the addition

of TPI, it makes power exactly

where you need it with a lot more

bottom end chug-a-lug. This bike

is so light and nimble and it loves

to rev. We were worried about the

little bikes climbing abilities – and

we were very happy to see that it

made mincemeat of every steep

slope that we threw at it. Our

bigger rider weighs in at 105KG’s

and the 150 happily carried him

along in absolute comfort. It did

not overheat, and was a joy to

ride. An incredible little bike –

perfect for anyone who wants to

have a lot of fun.

Mike: My personal favorite

among the KTM range. After

hearing it scream in the camp the

night before I was really looking

forward to taking a ride. I mean

who doesn’t like the sound of a

150 two stroke screaming through

the mountains. It’s a super fun

bike to ride. Because it is so light

and nimble it definitely feels

considerably easier to maneuver

through the super tech rock

hopping sections than just about

all the other bikes on the day.

250TPI: Making Life Easy…

Glenn: As it happens I tackled

the serious route on this bike –

and I was mighty glad that I was

on it, the bike is small, narrow

and comfortable – easy to move

around on – and you can get your

foot to the ground when you need

to. The power delivery is very

smooth. You don’t have to rev

hard to climb. Low down torque

is excellent for a 250 2-stroke. This

means that you have to try hard

to spin the back wheel – and when

that happens you are not going

anywhere! The bike is certainly

better than this rider and it forgave

a lot of mistakes caused by fatigue

on the stiff climbs. Coming down

was interesting, the bike is small

and light and you can clamp those

brakes and let your butt cheeks do

the rest…

Plug and play technology

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Mike: This bike surprised

me immensely with the new

upgrades and definitely closes

the gap between the 300

and the 250 way more than

in previous years. What I

noticed was the bottom end

torque when going up steep

climbs at low speeds, you

don’t even have to touch the

throttle or feather the clutch

at all to prevent stalling

which is amazing for a two

stroke. The bike just tractors

over obstacles using almost

zero energy. Mind blowing

300TPI:

Glenn: Sadly, this bike was so popular

that it did not stop for the day, so I did not

get to ride it. Chatting to Scotty B who has

just hopped on to the ’20 from the 19, he is really

impressed and you can see his opinions in the interview on our

facebook page. “Smaller, smoother, more nimble. It does not spin

as much as last years, a lot more user friendly.”

We’ll grab one from KTM soon and do a full feature on KTM’s

best seller for sure!

Mike: The 300 still keeps its name up there and will probably

continue with its popularity, however, compared to the previous

carbureted models that I have ridden, this one is considerably

smoother when opening the

throttle and this makes it an

even better all- round machine

than in the past. Technology is

amazing.

250 four stroke:

Glenn: As it happens, this

was my first bike for the day.

Having spent most of last

years launch on the 250 four

stroke it was really easy to

feel the differences. Comfort,

suspension and ergonomics

aside, KTM has really done a

great job at refining the engine,

giving it more power, exactly where

you need it. The previous model was

really good, but we felt that it lacked a

bit of power – and many riders changed the

pipe to a pipe from the SX to wake it up a bit.

This one does not need a pipe. It makes power right

through the rev range and delivers torque exactly where you need

it. A very capable, light, fast, fun to ride four stroke for sure! It

amazes me how these guys keep upping the bar.

Mike: The 250f felt a bit weak on the bottom in previous years,

urging riders to go with performance pipes. However this year

they really sorted this problem out and gave the 250f way more

bottom grunt and it can cruise with ease over just about anything.

Definitely major improvements for 2020.

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And of course, I thought about the day he passed away.

I had expected this trip would be tough for me, but I underestimated

the strength and support that came from

being with some of my oldest, most important friends,

and doing a ride that combined two of John’s greatest

loves – charity, and adventure.

As Leandi said, this was a hell of a trip, but by the end of

it, we wished we could carry on forever.

As we rode into Richards Bay together at the end of day

4, the enormity of the ride, the distance, the money being

raised, and the fact that we were about to achieve it

all, weighed very heavily.

Hearing the whoops of joy and seeing air punches from

riders coming past us, and then remembering that I was

finishing this epic adventure without the man I loved by

my side, was heartbreaking.

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seeing the Quad4Quads banner, getting the medal and

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my gear on, celebrating as each rider finished, and chugging

back a few beers. And there was feeling alive – properly

alive – for the first time in ages.

JHB 2 Richards Bay in the dirt.

What breaks some people heals others, and that is what

epic adventures are all about. I’m very grateful that this

one was mine.

Dirtbikes, quads and Side By Sides all welcome!

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350 four stroke:

Glenn: We often wonder why other

manufacturers have not cottoned on to

the benefits of a 350. If a 250 is too small

for you – and a 450 too big, this one fills the

gap. It is much the same as the previous

model, but it does feel a lot more refined,

I only got to ride it for a short time, but it

is easy to understand why these bikes sell

so well. You don’t need to rev it like a 250

and you can ride it harder than you would

a 450 because it feels less intimidating. It

doesn’t bully you or push you around –

and is so much fun on the faster sections.

Mike: The 350F is an awesome machine

with plenty of power yet it is still light and

agile enough to overcome the obstacles. It

really bridges the gap between the 250 and

the 450, in such a controlled manner.

450 four stroke:

Glenn: One of the more technical

Thomas’s along for the launch who spends

his life on a 250 2-stroke happened to grab

this bike on the first lap and by the time

we met him halfway through, he was really

looking forward to a smaller, more nimble

bike. I grabbed it about halfway through

the day, and to be fair I was a bit skeptical

about dragging a big cc bike up and down

the mountains. So here is the truth.

The 450 is fast, so you need to take it

easy in tech terrain, open wide and you

skip the corners and things. Up the steep

hills, life was actually rather easy. First and

second gears and gentle clutch actuation

and the bike will climb anything with ease.

“The 450 is fast, so you need to take it easy

in tech terrain, open wide and you skip the

corners and things. Up the steep hills, life was

actually rather easy. First and second gears and

gentle clutch actuation and the bike will climb

anything with ease. Yup, read ease. No sweat

much to my surprise. You can feel that there is

a lot going on in the engine and it vibrates a bit

more than the others, but KTM has built the most

rideable 450 that we’ve ridden to date.”

Yup, read ease. No sweat much to my

surprise. You can feel that there is a lot

going on in the engine and it vibrates a bit

more than the others, but KTM has built

the most rideable 450 that we’ve ridden

to date. Not wild, not unrideable, just

lots of smooth power. But it’s built for the

fast, sweeping stuff and when you grab a

handful, the world passes by in a big blur.

If you are keen on a big cc thumper then

you need to go and ride one of these. They

have refined the bike even more. It’s great

fun to ride.

Mike: The 450f really feels a lot like the

SX bike. Lots of power – but a far smoother

delivery than on an SX. The bike worked us

on the steep downhills, but other than that it

is quite amazing to feel how light it actually is.

KTM boasts that their enduro bikes are

lighter than most competitors motocross

bikes… that’s quite something!

500 four stroke:

Glenn: Sadly, this was the other bike that

I missed, but two of the testers on the

day who own the previous generations

only had really nice things to say. We’ll be

getting one for a fast test soon.

Mike: the 500 got me super excited

to ride, I even decided to tackle the

enduro cross segment on it and to my

surprise, it simply cruised over all the

logs and tyres without breaking a single

sweat. I couldn’t wait to get to a flat

section to open her up and boy oh boy

does this bike deliver on top end. It flies!

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Definitely my weapon of choice for entering

any desert race where there are long, wide

open straights. It’s got to be the most dual

purposed off-roader I’ve ridden. You could

probably jump everything on the motocross

track and still ride a 200km outride over

literally any terrain. She does it all.

Conclusions:

KTM has taken some already great bikes – and

somehow managed to make them even better.

They do have a bike for everyone, never sitting

on their laurels – and this is a big reason for

their global success.

Each of these bikes is super cool fun to ride,

whether you are a social weekend warrior or

if you are in the hunt for trophies. The launch

was really good fun – a great way to showcase

their new lineup.

Can you go faster for longer over the

rougher stuff?

We’d have to say yes. They got it right for

sure! The bikes are lighter, and the handling

is even more refined with smoother power

delivery.

Get to your KTM dealer for a cuppa coffee,

tell them what kind of riding you want to do

and let them point you in the right direction.

www.ktm.com

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5K BIKE CHALLENGE

5K

proved

READERS RIDE: EEN HELSE CHALLENGE

The

You don’t need megabucks to have an

adventure – and this group of bike nuts

it. What a cool adventure!!

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Background

During the December 2018 holidays, three

of us spent a few days doing day trips

around the garden route. We noticed how

many very upmarket adventure bikes were

on the roads we travelled. Which lead to

the after trip beer on which bike to consider

upgrading to when the time arrives. The

options available are so good, but a bit out

of our budgets!

During January 2019 my brother and

I were on the way back in his double cab

from Ceres, and we started discussing our

next adventure trip. He mentioned that

we should attempt a trip with very cheap

second hand bikes. We decided and agreed

on an amount.

R5000 should buy you something. The

budget was set. We also decided that

it must be a proper adventure trip over

at least 2 days. We both admitted that

Gamkaskloof will be a challenge. We will get

these bikes to Calitzdorp on trailers, sleep

over in a guest house. Depart on the bikes

from Calitzdorp following the Groenrivier

road, Kruispad to Swartberg pass. Over

Swartberg pass, down Gamkaskloof Nature

reserve “Die Hel” and back. The trip was

named “R5K HELse Bike Challenge”. The

scene was set.

We spread the word to our friends, and

our nephew, brother’s friend and another 2

friends of mine took up the challenge. Date

of 5 April was set for the adventure, with

2 months for guys to acquire their rides

and get them ready for the 230km off-road

challenge.

The guys immediately started obtaining

the much needed pink slips for a men’s

week-end from the girls and wives. My

brother left for the trip unable to obtain the

very important pink slip. We all admitted

he would have some issues arriving home

Sunday evening!

What started off as a fun idea soon

became serious when the first 1982 Honda

XL 185 was bought for R1,000. The bike

was scrapyard status, with a gaping hole in

the engine casing.

Frantic searching on

OLX and Gumtree for

cheap off-road bikes

and parts began. What

followed was that some

rules being broken, as

the R5,000 budget was

found a bit tight for

“bargain” bikes which

must also last the trip.

Groenrivier departing after firts stop 50km into the trip.

LTR: Izak (KE 100), Pierre (XL 175), Coenie (DT125),

Daniel (XL 185), Edrich (CR125), Willie (DT 175)

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At the Calitz guest house before

departure the Saturday morning.

We soon realised that “if it is too good to be true, It is too good to

be true!”. During February and March we knew about every cheap

bike available in the country. Bikes were sourced as far as Kwazulu

Natal and Bloemfontein. The bikes and riders obtain special names.

Eventually the rides consisted of;

2000 Yamaha DT125 - Superman

2000 Yamaha DT175 - Batman

1982 Honda XL185 - Bees

1987 Kawasaki KE 175 - Peer

1992 Kawazaki KE 100 - BAAS

2002 Honda CR125 –Dead pool

The bikes were mostly in a very sorry state, except the KE100

Kawasaki, which was the smallest of the bikes – and required no

work except new oil and a spark plug! The CR125 was obtained a

week before departure, and required nothing to run, it was frowned

upon though. It was actually the most unsuited bike for the trip, as

the very hard motocross seat saw its rider in pain very quickly.

For backup crew we had a friend with a VW Synchro Combi

(fitted with a kitchen and a bar) with special suspension, and a long

wheel base Toyota bakkie with a driver. A three bike trailer and small

trailer completed the line-up. As transport to Calitzdorp and back

we used my brother’s VW Amarok Double Cab bakkie. The bakkie

was left behind at the guest house, which was our starting and final

destination point.

Accommodation was booked at The Calitz Quest house in

Calitzdorp, it is a very nice guest house and can accommodate 8

guys, and it is close to town. The owner Colleen is an absolute angel

and we did give her a big grin for what we were about to attempt!

The guest house is also, conveniently on the Groenrivier road, as

none of the bikes are licensed or have papers. For Saturday evening

we booked 2 caravans at Gamkaskloof Guest Farm. These caravans

were booked and as per the quote could accommodate 4 people.

We found that this was not true - each caravan only had 2 beds!

Lucky for us there were another 2 caravans unoccupied so we

moved into 4 caravans.

XL 185 en route

Gamkaskloof

after a re-fuel

The Yamaha’s en route

Gamkasfloof after a re-fuel

The unbreakable

Kawazaki KE 100 en route

Gamkasfloof after a re-fuel

Friday 5 April

Bikes were loaded during the week, and on Friday morning 5 April

we all meet at Klapmuts, a small village before Paarl in the Boland.

The first stop at the Trout farm in Du Toits kloof pass. Spirits were

high. Lunch was at Karoo Saloon just before Barrydale. We arrived

late afternoon in Calitzdorp. Bikes were off loaded, tanks were filled

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First stop - Groenrivier

50km into the trip.

and last minute checks undertaken before

we set off to town on foot for a steak and

a beer at Zamani’s grill. We had the best

ostrich steak with a mussel sauce you

can find in the Klein Karoo. The steak was

accompanied with a couple of brandy’s

and beers. Back at the guest house we had

a small planning session and rules were

explained in order for all to have a safe and

memorable ride.

Saturday 6 April

On Saturday morning we acquired steaks

and food for the Saturday evening braai

down in Die Hel at the local Spar. The VW

Combi had a very nice fridge fitted which

helped to keep the beers and food chilled.

The backup vehicles were filled with fuel.

We had about 100 litres of pre-mixed two

stroke fuel on the bakkie (5 of the bikes

were two strokers), and as there was no fuel

available on the entire route. We also had

no idea of knowing how much fuel these

old two strokes will use!

The fun and laughs started when 6 old

bikes needs to be started. A frantic kick

starting and tuning, and last minute petrol

problems sorted we were off at around

10:00. The testing of these bikes consisted

of going around the block at home, so on

the first 10 kilometres we took it slow for

everybody to get acquainted with their rides.

There were smiles all the way and first

stop @ the Calitzdorp dam on the Nel’s

Top of Swartberg pass.

river. The dam was in

a very sorry state, with

the water level at less

than 20%.

The Riders’ spirits

were high. We travelled

on for another 50

km, and stopped for

a refreshment and to

have a few laughs!

Beautiful weather and

open skies greeted us.

The guys were getting

acquainted with their

rides, and speeds were building. At the

Kruisrivier turn-off I started opening up the

DT 125 and was impressed by a 110km/h

top end, high speed for an old ride, and

I missed the turn off. My brother’s DT

175 had a large back sprocket installed,

and at 10,500rpm he could only achieve

90km//h. He tried to catch me as he saw

me missing the turn.

My DT 125 was also the only bike with

rear view mirrors, and I saw him in the

mirrors and the dice according to me was

on. 10km on I realised my mistake. My

brother and the rest caught up and we

had a nice laugh. We turned around and

the XL 185 had problems with a dirty fuel

line. No cell phone reception and I went in

search for the bakkie. With luck the bakkie

followed us going the wrong way, and I sent

it off to load the XL185 on the trailer.

I thought the first casualty was way too

soon. It was not meant to be, the XL185

required some blowing onto the tank to get

the rust through the petrol tap. A rubber

pipe was installed so the rider could blow

while riding when the motor started to

stutter... very funny!

On the small tarmac before Swartberg

pass turn-off, my nephew opened up his KE

100, and after a few kilometres flat out the

KE’s engine died. The guys behind stopped,

and a big laugh as my nephew was found

saying sorry to his bike for the abuse. After

saying sorry the KE100 started and on it

went, to utter the disbelief off all of us!

We stopped for a brunch at Kobus se

Gat - Swartberg Experience. Kobus is

a very friendly guy and made us all feel

welcome and the food was great. Some

emergency fixes to the rides were required,

and after brunch we headed for the top

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of Swartberg pass. The road was in a sorry

state after the previous season’s rains, but the

bikes all made it to the top without incidents.

After a beer at the top of the pass we carried

on to the Gamkaskloof turn-off, to Die Hel.

The XL185 had a very rusty fuel tank, and

soon found its way to the trailer caused by a

blocked fuel line. The rider was not pleased

as he was summoned to be the driver of the

backup bakkie. We all felt sorry for Pierre.

The XL 185 was not happy on the trailer

and tried to get off by snapping a tie down!

A beautiful ride followed, and after about

40km we stopped to wait for the backup

bakkie and combi. We struggled to get

some shade, but after a while a nice shaded

spot was found.

Also time for a rider swop on the KE 100

as it was not the most comfortable bike. My

nephew’s bottom end had had enough and

cramps in the legs set in.

We were all amazed on what these

cheap old bikes can still accomplish.

The DT’s were found very comfortable.

The owner of the XL185 has installed

a Cowley pipe for a VW Beetle and it

literally made your eyes water because

the bike is so loud.

We all stopped at the top of the

mountain just before descending into Die

Hel. The DT125 had issues with its gear

selector which was stripped, and the

exhaust was loose - so no back-pressure

was a result. I stopped the engine and

free wheeled down all the way to the

bottom. The DT 175 has issues with its

brakes so my brother kept it in 1st gear all

the way down.

We set off to the caravan overnight

stop. Emergency fixes and cleaning of fuel

tanks were done. Spare fuel filters came in

very handy! A big fire was started and an

evening under the stars with good steaks

and lots of funny stories from the day were

shared. We went to bed tired but with our

own personal batteries fully charged!

Sunday 7 April

Sunday morning saw us getting up at 5am,

as we had to refuel and had a long day

of hard riding ahead. None of us are very

young, our bodies felt the same abuse as

the old bikes.

All bikes were mobile again, and trailers

were empty. On the way up the mountain,

the DT125’s loss of power due to no back

pressure was struggling to carry its 100kg

rider up the very steep pass. The gear

lever came loose and - I had to call it a

day. Eugene on the KE100 stopped for

assistance, and with the steep incline and

very limited HP, the bike required a push to

get going. The old bikes’ clutches took a

beating and riders only used the clutch for

stopping and starting to save what was left

of them.

The DT125 was strapped on to the

trailer, and with the very rough going we

saw another strap been snapped and bike

almost came off the trailer.

Top pic: Top of the mountain before the

descent in Die Hel. Daniel and Pierre

getting ready for the trip down.

Left pic: Gamkaskloof pass. 3 bikes in front.

Bottom pic: The backup bakkie. Note all

the jerry cans filled with mostly premixed

two stroke fuel.

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Bottom pics: Down into Die Hel. My brother

Willie on the DT 175 in front of me.

Pic 2: En roue on Gamkaskloof pass. Eugene on

the KE 100 in front, Willie on the DT 175 second.

An uneventful ride up the mountain and all met up at Kobus

se gat for lunch. It was a beautiful day for riding with not a cloud

in the sky. We could not have asked for a better day.

Edrich’s bottom end took a beating on the CR125 and he

called it a day. I decided to ride the CR125 back to Calitzdorp.

When I tried to kick start the bike, my foot slipped and lost all

the skin on my big toe. I felt the blood in my boot, but decided

to rather not look. The seat was very uncomfortable, this is a

motor cross bike and not designed for sitting down on. Also, the

bike had a very intense power band, and it can either go flat our

or nothing at all.

I was glad it was not my chosen ride!

We arrived at The Calitz guest house around 1pm. Pierre on

the XL 185 had a small incident just before Calitzdorp when

he had a small crash not making a bend in the road, and he

arrived full of dust and a bloody finger. Colleen of The Calitz

guest house was there to meet us, she could not believe her

eyes when we arrived full of laughs and very dusty and dirty.

She offered us a bathroom should we wanted to get cleaned up,

which we declined. The bikes were loaded on the trailers, and

8 very dirty guys boarded the bakkies and combi for the drive

back to civilisation. We arrived back in the Cape around 6pm.

Along the way we met up with other adventure riders on

adventure bikes, and none of the people we met along the way

could believe their eyes and they were all astonished of what we

are attempting.

We all fell in love with our cheap rides, and we at first

decided to sell the bikes after the trip, but no bikes are sold to

date, and the next trip has been planned already. And yes we

will be using the same old bikes.

As my brother overspent on his DT175, he has decided to

not even wash his bike for the next trip!

We’ll share that adventure with you guys soon!

Coenie Louw


SUSPENSION

IN KRUGERSDORP: DIRT BRONCO

TESTSHOOTOUT

In our August issue, we told you all about the friendly

people at 2nd Gear Store who can help you with your

MX suspension setup, more specifically, the setup on the

49ML Showa forks used on the Honda CRF and Kawasaki

KX Range. This month, we put the claim to the test with

some really good riders…

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It’s a fact that none of our lot would

even be remotely fast enough to be

able to feel the real differences that the

modifications and adjustments deliver –

so we invited two pretty good, unbiased,

knowledgeable riders to put the bikes

through their paces and give us an

idea on what they feel about the new

suspension settings.

Brian Capper needs no introduction.

Better known for Trials and Enduro,

Brian has years of experience in all

motorcycle disciplines and really

moves it around the MX track. He is

exceptionally knowledgeable about how

a bike should and should not work, so

he was a good candidate.

He also happens to have a stock

standard CRF 450R, that he used for

training, that we could pit against the

2nd Gear set up CRF.

Our second rider is a Mr Tyrone

Cameron – a freesytle MX man who

has just returned from China where he

has spent a couple of years wowing the

crowds with his stunts. He has raced

and ridden all sorts of machines – and

in his job, the correct suspension setup

is critical.

World Road Racing champ Brad

Binder also came along, but we decided

that he is way too fast for our guys, so

we left him to race against the guys on

his bike.

The Bikes:

2nd gears Kevin Moran brought along

two bikes that had been through his

workshop, a CRF 450R and a Kawasaki

KX450. Both 2019 models with the mods

undertaken on the front forks.

Brians bike is a standard 2019 CRF

450R.

We quizzed Kevin on the work that he

has done and asked what a fast rider is

looking for:

“On an MX track, it’s all about

plushness and bottoming resistance

without having a spike in the suspension.

The worse the spike is, the harsher the

ride is – and this leads to arm pump and

instability. The standard forks are great

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for your average rider, but for competition, they are

just too soft, no matter how much you adjust them -

and they blow through.

Land a big jump - and you get that unwanted bang

– which makes you hold on tight.

Our adjustments make the forks firmer and

prevent that bottoming out – you must be able to

land off a jump in a big hole – and not die! You still

want to keep the plushness on the smaller ruts

and bumps and our modifications and setup has

achieved this.”

Stock Honda 450...

big landing. The bike

bottoms out.

How we ran the test:

It was, as usual a highly scientific approach using

verniers and laser tools to check the results.

Nah! We like to keep it simple. And that’s what

we did.

We got each rider to first run a few laps on the

standard bike, and then we got them to do the same

on the 2nd gear units. We then called them in one by

one and interrogated them to get the opinion.

Two thumbs up from both riders. It sounds

cliché’, but the fact is that power is nothing without

control – and the 2nd Gear lot appear to have nailed

it on these forks.

The standard bike feels awesome, but riding

Kevins bike, it gives you a lot more confidence. It feels

like you can get away with a lot more and the bike is

a lot more forgiving. I can definitely hit things a whole

lot faster than I do on my standard suspension.

BC and Kevin chat

about the mods.

I’m always about keeping things

affordable – you can throw lots of

money at suspension components

and this is a very cost effective

modification that puts things

within the reach of most riders

who would like to be faster.

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Freestyler Tyrone

prefers the 2nd gear

suspension setup to

the stock umits.

Tyrone Cameron:

“For freestyle, we generally set up our suspension

pretty hard and we don’t generally ride the bikes

with their standard settings, so it was cool to ride

a stock 450 and then to jump onto the worked bike.

It really is night and day. Climbing off the 2nd gear

Kawasaki, on to the standard Honda, I pushed

just as hard and I found myself getting very out of

shape… it’s the same as swapping from a CRF-R

to a CRF-X, the stock bikes just felt a bit all over

the place. The standard bike bottomed out a few

times. The two modified units do not bottom out.

They feel so precise, which allows you to get onto

the brakes a whole lot later. And please remember

that suspension is not really my thing – but I felt the

difference big time.

In my opinion, for not a lot of money, this

modification is definitely worthwhile.”

Big whip from

Kevin Moran.

Conclusions:

The boys like what they felt.

So much so, that both of our testers have taken

their bikes into 2nd Gear to have the work done.

So if you are looking to go a bit faster for not a

whole lot of money, take your bike in – or you can

just send the forks with your weight and spec to the

guys from 2nd Gear and they can get them sorted

for you.

And they don’t only work on these bikes, they do

all sorts with a full suspension shop in store. (010)

109-4581

Our famous testers and even

more famous friends...

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By Lorna Darroll Photographer - ImagesFromTheZone

Newbies class on the line.

ZONE 7 TAKING THE INITIATIVE TO

ATTRACT RIDERS TO MX

Zone 7 in Cape Town has not been sitting idle.

With the support of the club,

riders’ committee and the track

management, the Zone is staging a

massive effort into attracting young

riders and their families into the

world of motocross racing.

Recently Zone kicked off the Dean

Hoffman 50cc Development Class

with bike specifications being a

maximum of 50cc cylinder capacity,

drum brakes and air cooling.

Having Dean Hoffman involved, one of SA’s

top riders from 1984 to 2004, with his deep

knowledge of the sport and his ability to

pass his knowledge onto young riders in

a caring and yet professional manner, has

really given his young pupils at Zone 7 a

good boost into the world of motocross.

He has had a big influence through guiding

& coaching many riders to national

championships including Caleb Tennant,

Calvin Vlaanderen and Justin Sangster when

they raced 50cc, 65cc, 85cc and 125cc.

Dean has been coaching from 1991 to

date - 28 years in the sport. Definitely the

most experienced coach in SA who has

kept up with changes of the sport and

evolved accordingly. www.mxcoach.co.za

But I digress!

The first official running of the Dean

Hoffman 50cc Development Class

happened at the Zone Regional event on

Saturday 8 June.

The inaugural race had nine young

PW50 riders on the start line, with family

Chase Bekker

#36 hunting

a podium

position in the

50cc Pro class.

Ethan Williamson

motoring his way

to the top step on

the podium in the

50cc Pro.

Michael Enslin #277 in hot

pursuit of the front runner

in the 50cc Pro class.

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Luke van As #1 takes the

holeshot in the Dean Hoffman

Development Class event crop.

Lorenzo Lategan #257

flying over the whoops in

the 50cc Newbies event.

and friends in attendance, both on the

track and on the side-lines.

The initial idea was for the riders to start

from the entry to the Zone junior track

(which is situated in the centre of the main

track) but after the first heat they insisted

on starting from the main starting gates,

then going down the straight and entering

the junior track as normally ridden by the

Newbies and 50cc Pro classes.

That did, however, mean the parents

had to assist a bit more in the sand of the

start straight as accelerator control was a

skill most still had to acquire.

Parents were all over the track -

picking up those who fell, kick-starting

the bikes that choked off, pushing young

participants up some of the steeper slopes

… the action was everywhere!

And the highlight of the day was

prize giving with everyone receiving

participatory medals.

One parent described the happenings

as “organized chaos – but the best event

of the day! “

As it was off season, the Zone again took

the initiative to hold the first Zone 7 50cc

Fun Day on Saturday 13 July, and include

the 50cc Newbies and Pro classes to give

the all riders some extra practice and

training ahead of the upcoming Nationals

and Regionals in August.

Each class ran four heats with some

Newbies taking the opportunity to step

up and ride in the Pro heats with the “fast

boys”.

This time around Development Class

had a strong field of 17 riders on the line

with some girls taking their places at the

starting gates.

The 50cc Newbies class had the

welcome addition of some outside riders

and fielded a strong line-up of 13 riders

when the gates dropped.

Although only five riders from the 50cc

Pro class were present, they took full

opportunity to get in some good racing on

the day.

The day went extremely well as most

of the young riders were now aware of the

protocols and procedures of a race day.

Less chaos means more fun!

The heats saw a lot of good competition

in each run.

Sunday 4th August saw the second

Zone 7 50cc Event Day taking place at the

track.

The Development Class fielded a strong

12 young riders with the added excitement

of Lara van der Vyver, sister of SA National

65cc championship leader Neil van der

Vyver #18, joining the line-up.

And boy can she ride! Another

motocross champ in the making?

All the riders who

took part in the

50cc Newbies

Class on the day.

Dean Hoffman on

the stage with all the

riders who participated

in the Dean Hoffman

Development Class.

The 50cc Newbies class numbers were

boosted by riders from both enduro and

off road, as well as Marne Smit, sister of

nationals’ rider Nicol Smit #22 from the

65cc class. One of the smaller riders was

somewhat put out that she was riding

Nicol’s bike – “ You can’t ride that here! It’s

a 65!” he informed her, to the amusement

of the onlookers. A healthy line-up of 13

riders rode the class for the day.

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The riders of the

50cc Pro class

take their turn on

the podium.

Dean Hoffman MX

Coach congratulates

Luke van As #1

on taking number

one for the day in

the Dean Hoffman

Development Class.

Lara van der Vyver proudly shows

her Rider of the Day in the Dean

Hoffman Development Class.

Although small in number, the Pro class saw some of the

hottest riding on the day with the “fast boys” getting in their

final practice ahead of the National in Pietermaritzburg this

coming Saturday 10 August.

Fast … faster …. fastest! At the moment Ethan Williamson

#171 is leading the 50cc Pro class, both regionally and nationally,

and Sunday was no exception.

Keenan Strauss #38 and Chase Bekker #36 were having a

fine battle for 2nd position while Michael Enslin #277 and Ryan

Gulliver #C6, Newbie riders riding Pro for the day, were having a

2-way tussle at the tail end.

An exciting class that kept the spectators and parents on

their toes.

The enthusiasm and excitement generated at Zone 7 on the

50cc Event Days definitely bodes well for the future of the sport

in the Western Cape.

Everyone at Zone is looking forward to the next Zone 7 50cc

Event!

Marne Smit with her Rider of the

Day trophy in the 50cc Newbies

Class.

Chase Bekker Proudly show his

Rider of the Day trophy in the 50cc

Pro Class - very well deserved!


NATIONAL MX Pics by Zygs Brodalka.

Maritzburg On Fire!

The fifth round of the 2019 TRP

South African National Motocross

Championship added a significant

rumble to Thunder Valley in

Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal

on Saturday 10 August, where

most classes saw their title chases

tighten up as the season winds

down toward an epic culmination.

The action in the two star classes was

nothing short of electric as riders fought

it out bar-to-bar for most of the weekend,

but it was Gauteng rider Tristan Purdon

who ultimately powered his Red Bull

KTM to a double victory, while Cape lad

Lloyd Vercueil (Florstore OnTrend Summit

Yamaha) and local hero Matthew Malan

(Q4 Fuels Husqvarna) shared out the

seconds.

David Goosen (Out Of Africa Monster

Energy Yamaha) was fourth each time,

while Wesley du Plooy (Husqvarna), Dylan

Mostert (Honda) and Marco de Vrye

(Husqvarna) fought it out behind.

That means Purdon has now closed

Malan’s championship advantage down

to just three points with Vercueil only ten

points further adrift.

It was just as gripping in 250cc MX2 as

Gauteng rider Kerim Fitz-Gerald (Red Bull

KTM) overcame title rivals, compatriot

Joshua Mlimi (Red Bull KTM) and Anthony

Raynard (Tinswalo Yamaha) from the Cape

in both races to slot between Raynard and

Mlimi in another title top three now split

by just 10 points.

Slade Smith (CIT Husqvarna) ended up

fourth from Jesse Wright (Yamaha) and

Ricky Raaff (Husqvarna).

In MX3, Tyson Engelbrecht (KTM) did

his over-30 title chances no harm at all

by beating similarly mounted title rival

Johnathan Hubbard each time, with Roger

Bergstrom (Husqvarna) third.

Ian Topliss (Out Of Africa Monster

Energy Yamaha) and Brett Bircher (KTM)

shared the over-40 wins with Craig Kruger

(KTM) third each time, to leave those

three riders split by just 15 points.

Rodney Odendaal (Husqvarna) beat

Rod Bergstrom (Suzuki) to over-50

honours.

Kayla Raaff (Husqvarna) celebrated

Women’s Day in style by remaining

unbeaten in Ladies MX in 10 starts so

far this season, beating Natasha Rugani

(KTM) to both Matitzburg moto wins.

Jadene de Lima (KTM) came out

of a tight battle with Megan Jonker

(Husqvarna) and Tiegan Reed (KTM) to

take the third podium slot with Cheyenne

De Lima (KTM) sixth.

In schoolboy action, Gauteng rider

Dalton Venter (CIT Husqvarna) continued

his 125cc High School domination with

another double victory in KZN, leading

Miguel de Waal (KTM), Arnu Saaiman

(KTM), Christiaan Cilliers (Yamaha) and

KTM duo Zimbabwean Tristan Grainger

and Thabo Verster home in the same

order in both races.

Blake Young (KTM) took the opening

85cc Pro Mini race from Leonard du Toit

(KTM), Bryce Petersen (Yamaha) Luke

Grundy and Lucca Mynhardt (Yamaha).

Anthony Raynard and Slade Smith MX2

Arnu Saayman 125cc

Dalton Venter 125cc

Lloyd Vercuil MX1


Brett Bircher MX3

Ethan Williamson 50cc

Greg Moloney sharing all

the action live on the MXSA

Facebook page.

Ian Topliss MX3

Jake van Schoor 50cc

Slade Smith MX2

Logan van Vuuren 50cc


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Maddy Malan and Triston Purdon

battling it out in the MX1 class.

But there was drama for Young in race 2 as he hit trouble

and left du Toit to the win from Petersen, Grundy,

Mynhardt, and Hayden Tully (Yamaha).

That means that du Toit now leads that title chase by

three points from erstwhile leader Young.

Emmanuel Bako (KTM) made no mistakes in the

85cc Junior as he stormed to a double win over Seth

Young (KTM), Timo Maximo Toepfer (KTM) and Deegan

Bloomfield (Husqvarna) each time while Joshua Fletcher

(Yamaha) and Pieter Brink (KTM) shared fifth and sixth

places.

That means that Bako closed Young’s title lead down

to 14 points and sits just a point behind second placed

Bloomfield in that title chase.

There was a turn-up in the books in 65cc MX as local

lads Jordan Van Wyk (Husqvarna) and Trey Cox (KTM) put

one over Capetonian championship leader Neil van der

Vyver (Q4 Fuels Husqvarna) with Liam Botha (Husqvarna)

third each time, while KTM pair Thor Johnson and Damon

Garrell tied on points in fifth for the day.

That saw van Wyk close his title deficit down to van

der Vyver 25 points with Cox a further eight adrift.

Cape 50cc baby motocross kids, race 1 winner Jake van

Schoor and double second place lad Ethan Williamson

ended up on equal points for the day after race 1 winner

Brody Bircher (KTM) found trouble in moto 2.

Logan Van Vuuren (KTM) was third both times ahead

of local lad Evan Frost (KTM) who delivered his best

result of the season ahead of Trent Valsecchi (KTM) and

Chase Bekker (Husqvarna). That leaves Williamson in a

14-point title advantage over van Schoor.

The 2019 South African National Motocross

Championship now heads to its penultimate appointment

in the city of Welkom with one or two champions likely

to be crowned in the Free State, while others are clearly

going all the way down to the line.

Kerim Fitz Gerald MX2

Josh Mlimi MX2


The local fans were amazing!

Tyson Engelbrecht MX3

Seth Young 85cc

Luke Grundy Pro Mini

Jordan van Wyk 65cc

Miguel De Waal 125cc

Slade Smith and Scott

Haygate colliding at the

start of MX2

Triston Purdon MX1

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A group of top South African

enduro riders headed to

Romania for one of the

worlds toughest races.

Only two of the locals

were classified as official

finishers as Husqvarna

Gold rider Matthew Green

made the Romaniacs finish

line 16th, and veteran

racer Graham Maclachlan

finished eighth in the Iron

class. As you all know, last

years winner, Sherco’s Wade

Young bust some toes on the

first day and despite pushing

through the pain for a while,

he had to withdraw.

Matthew Green: Brutal day in the

mountains, but we finished! P15 for

Romaniacs. On the track we went through

lots of ups and downs, mentally real highs

and LOWS, crazy lines, some real scary sh#t,

nearly saw Jesus a few times, rode up rivers,

rode down rivers and stupid downhills, we

raced, we let each other ride certain things

first and I gained massive experience and

respect from lots of the pros! Time to sleep.

Thanks for the messages everyone!

Placings for the other SA boys: Gold:

KTM’s Dwayne Kleynhans was 22nd and

William Oosthuizen 25th. Silver, Warren

Barwell 59th, Achim Bergmann 61st and

Jason Kozinsky 87th. Bronze, Brett Prawde

placed 74th and Grayton Ilderton 124th.

Grayton Ilderton: Red Bull Romaniacs 2019.

The most grueling 5 days I’ve ever spent on a

dirt bike!! I don’t remember having to dig this

deep in my life just to finish.

I ran out of fuel 1st race day and went

backwards after that lost 70 positions. The

Romanian gods were angry and it rained

properly 2 of the 4 race days. I ended with

time penalty on the last afternoon but still

qualified finisher.

Super stoked just to finish Bronze class!!

International Riders. A Family Affair:

Securing the win on the final day of racing

in Romania, Manuel Lettenbichler claimed

his debut victory in WESS. He was joined on

the podium by Rockstar Energy Husqvarna

Factory Racing’s Alfredo Gomez (ESP) and

Graham Jarvis (GB).

Holding the provisional lead at the end of

the penultimate day, Lettenbichler was

determined to claim the top step of the

podium on the final day of racing. With

a slender one-minute and seven-second

lead over Gomez, the German pushed hard

from the off and following the early climbs

maintained his position at the front.

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Gomez appeared to struggle to find his rhythm early on,

dropping back behind a charging Jonny Walker (GB). The

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider was on top form and

provisionally led on corrected time entering the service

point.

But with heavy rain greeting riders, the already challenging

trails proved slippery and unpredictable. Gomez found

his rhythm in the rain and brought the fight back to

Lettenbichler. The duo swapped and changed position with

each passing section.

Lettenbichler entered the Gusterita finishing arena first and

worked hard to complete the remaining climbs as quickly

as possible. Anxiously waiting for Gomez to arrive, the KTM

rider kept one eye on the clock and one on his rival as the

seconds ticked by.

The nerves soon turned to joy and with Lettenbichler

declared the winner, the celebrations could begin. For

Gomez, it was a case of close, but not close enough. Despite

giving his best effort on arguably the toughest day of this

year’s race it was not to be and he had to settle for the

runner-up result. Putting hopes of another victory in this

year’s championship on hold, Jarvis ended his week on the

third step of the podium.

Manny Lettenbichler: “I’m over the moon right now, I really

can’t believe it. This race is really something special and to

win here feels amazing. The event is so long and so hard and

anything can happen, so I’m so pumped to take the win. It’s

been an incredible five days and so gnarly, especially with

all the rain we’ve had. Some of the uphills that would have

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been tricky anyway have become near

impossible today. It’s 10 years since my

dad won Red Bull Romaniacs so it’s great

to be able to match his achievement –

the Lettenbichlers are definitely going to

celebrate tonight!”

Alfredo Gomez: “It’s been an amazing

race, I’m so happy to get on the podium.

The first day didn’t go so well for me but

then on the second day I had a better

feeling on the bike and was able to take

the win. The last two days also went well

and it was great to have such a close fight

with Mani and Graham. Obviously I’m

disappointed not to have taken the win

but it still feels great to come second after

such a long and demanding race. Thank

you to everyone who helped me over

the event – my team and all the fans – I’ll

come back even stronger next year.”

Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna – GB): “It

was definitely the hardest day today – it

was so slippery on the hills after the rain

and there was a lot of pushing. I’m happy

just to get to the finish today – I was

going well up to the service point then I

had a crash and lost my GPS. After that I

just tried to tag onto the other riders so I

knew where to go. I did get lost a couple

of times, so I’m really happy to get third.

Overall the event has gone well, it’s been

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SA Star Wade Young.

Like father, like Son.

The Lettenbichlers.

one of the closest and I’m happy that I was still in contention

right up to the end.”

With the top three proving themselves the main contenders,

Blazusiak was a definite improver as the week wore on.

Hampered by his technical issue on day one, a strong ride on the

final two days brought him back up the leaderboard for fourth. A

really strong ride from Walker for third on Off Road Day Four, saw

him complete the top five in the final classification.

Taddy Blazusiak: “Considering what happened on day one, I’m

happy with how things went. On the second day, I knew I had

lost a lot of time so just kept to a solid pace to avoid making any

mistakes. After that things went well and I was able to push. I was

hoping for a podium, but unfortunately, I simply lost too much

time early on. Still, to place fourth in what is my first ever finish

at Romaniacs is not bad at all. This race is tough and especially

like today when it’s raining it really pushes you to the limit.

Experience and set up is also really important so I’ll take what

I’ve learned and come back stronger next year.”

Jonny Walker: “Obviously it’s not been the best Romaniacs

for me, it would have been nice to get on top of the podium

again, but I have to take some positives from the race. I started

off strong but was struggling on a lot of the hills and that was

tiring me out too much, especially as my wrist is still a concern.

I kept going though and then for the last day we made some big

changes to the bike and suspension and it seemed to work really

well – I led the final day for a good while. I’m pleased with how

things ended up and feel I’ve finally turned things around now for

the WESS championship. Really looking forward to my home race

at Hawkstone Park now.”

Behind the top five, drama struck Sherco Factory Racing’s Mario

Roman. Holding fourth overall, the Spaniard had a bad day at the

office in seventh. Despite a strong three days previous, he slipped

Iron class winner

Anna Schmolzl

A very tired

Graham

Maclachlan.

Iron Finisher.

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to seventh overall. His loss was Billy Bolt’s gain, with the British

rider moving up to sixth overall.

Signing off on an impressive week, JD Gunnex KTM Racing

privateer David Cyprian (CZ) placed ninth in the rain to end

round five eighth overall. TTR Officine Rigamonti’s Pol Tarres

(ESP) and Josep Garcia (KTM-ESP) completed the top 10 in ninth

and tenth respectively.

Lady Rider Wins Iron Class: History was made in the Iron class

with Anna Schmolzl becoming the first woman to ever win a

category in Red Bull Romaniacs. The German was a model of

consistency this week never faltering outside the top three,

earning her a commanding 20-minute margin of victory over

Danny Melvin (USA) and Mexico’s Eduardo Martinez. If you get

this chick as a girlfriend, you’d better be a great rider!

The World Enduro Super Series continues with round six at

Hawkstone Park Cross-Country, UK on September 21-22. 2019

Grayton Ilderton

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Red Bull Romaniacs Results

Gold Class

• Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM – GER) 20:39:51

• Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna – ESP) 20:42:15

• Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna – GB) 20:52:12

• Taddy Blazusiak (KTM – POL) 21:25:36

• Jonny Walker (KTM – GB) 21:30:40

• Billy Bolt (Husqvarna – GB) 23:16:34

• Mario Roman (Sherco – ESP) 23:36:25

• David Cyprian (KTM – CZ) 23:48:33

• Pol Tarres (Husqvarna – ESP) 24:42:30

• Josep Garcia (KTM – ESP) 25:08:26

Silver Class

• Josu Artola (ESP) 18:57:20

• Sam Winterburn (GB) 19:39:55

• Alberto Aramburu (ESP) 20:18:14

• Emanuel Gyenes (ROU) 20:31:54

• Dustin McCarthy (USA) 20:35:35

Matt Green on

the prologue

podium.

Bronze Class

• Marcin Weglarz (POL) 17:43:32

• Eric Slominski (USA) 17:53:43

• Jean Michel Vigand (FRA) 18:03:04

• Radu Sardarescu (ROU) 18:17:13

• Brent Brady (AUS) 18:45:04

Iron Class

• Anna Schmolzl (GER) 16:09:43

• Danny Melvin (USA) 16:31:13

• Eduardo Martinez (MEX) 16:35:17

• Tom Simpson (GB) 16:48:18

• Agostino Crema (ITA) 17:11:07

WESS Championship Standings (After round 5)

• Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM – GER) 3570 pts

• Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna – GB) 3460 pts

• Gomez (Husqvarna – ESP) 3164

• Mario Roman (Sherco – ESP) 2940 pts

• Billy Bolt (Husqvarna – GB) 2725 pts

• Jonny Walker (KTM – GB) 2700 pts

• Josep Garcia (KTM – ESP) 2615 pts

• Taddy Blazusiak (KTM – POL) 2590 pts

• Nathan Watson (KTM – GB) 2091 pts

• Pol Tarres (Husqvarna – ESP) 1965 pts

The Romanian

Girls are mos

Orrait!

Three of the best: Alfredo Gomez, Manuel Lettenbichler and Graham Jarvis

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De Wildt Funduro

One of Gautengs biggest races is

the De Wildt Funduro that happens

once a year at the Vissershoek

Laerskool in… Vissershoek.

After supporting and sponsoring

this event for ages, this year, we

took the Junior Foleys along and

took part in the ride… too cool!

This is a dads view, guys we are

pretty sure you’ve all been there!

Two loops, Lemon and Herb and Peri-

Peri both quite short but lekker – and then

a groot, man-made track for the spectators

to enjoy. What could be better?

We took the kids along with the idea

that we’d sort the lemon and Herb out and

the agreement was that we do as many

loops as we could fit in for the day. But

plans have a nasty way of changing…

When we hit the first mountain on the

Lemon and herb trail, we found queues

of bikes trying to get through the short

rocky section – and in typical Foley fashion

ended up “Rukking and Plukking” and

helping all of the sukkelers to get through.

Man it was fun – a well thought out

shorty that included such a cool variety of

terrain.

We arrive back at the pits after the first

lap. My older son Tristan suggests that we

do the Peri Peri. Agreements aside, I try to

explain that Kyle is only little and that he


Ian McLaren with the

talented Luke Walker.

is on a four stroke Suzuki, no electric start, not built for

rock hopping and

He hits me flat with one of my own arguments –

“Dad! If we don’t try – we’ll never know.” And to make

things worse, Kyle is nodding enthusiastically. Whats

a dad to do?

Well OK… until the first climb where Kyles bike fails

to make it up a steep sandy climb. No problem! Dad will

do it. Eish!

Next hill, Kyle gets to the top, looks at a groot rock

and crashes into it. “Sigh!” Climb off…. Pick him up… and

start kicking the little Zuk.

It would not start. Even a friendly roaming marshal

stopped to help so we took turns. “Flip! Don’t worry dad

will bump start it down the hill.” No such luck, what feels

like two kilometres later the little bike stubbornly refuses…

Roll it to the last marshal point with visions of a

disappointed kid at the top of the mountain. Find a friendly

bakkie with a rope… pull start the bike Yay there is life!

OK, let’s go. The bike moans as it drags dads fat ass

back up the mountain and over the offending rock… Ok

boys let’s have a little rest shall we – NO chance!

Kyles back in the saddle and takes off. “Sigh!” Climb

back onto the Yammie - visions of a smooth gravel road

after that one… but it was not to be.

Just around the corner is the next obstacle – a step up

that, on that little Suzuki looks like a mountain. Kyle waits

patiently for dad. Interestingly, big brother is gone and

nowhere to be seen.

Clamber off. Start kicking. She starts. Aim the bike at

the step-up… hold on some of the race boys are coming

up behind, move aside, let them through… take pics. All

code words for have a little rest. There is a gap, no prob!

Aim his bike at the step-up open the throttle, push carry

and a fair amount of swearing and up she goes. By now

your heart is pounding in your ears and you realise that

maybe you made a blunder agreeing to all of this…

“Kyle let’s have a little…” Braap he’s on and off he

goes… Gosh.

Climb onto the Yammie, push the button and follow.

Anyway that was our experience of Peri Peri.

There were lots more tumbles and stalls, quite a bit

of colourful language, words like “Gosh! Gee and even

Demmit!” Im pretty sure I even heard youg Kyle mutter

“Fanus!” under his breath a few times.

Anyway. Never before has one family been so happy

to see the end flag. A team building experience of some

note… for sure!

Will we do it again? Absolutely! By next year, Kyle

should be ready for a bigger, more suitable bike, Dad

would have done a few extra pushups and Big Brother

can do the kicking and pushing.

Oh and by the way, that Suzuki has started first time

every time since the race…


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See you on Quads 4 Quads. 1st time and too

excited!

Thank You,

Dale, Jenny and the rug rats

www.adventurecompany.co.za

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