The Tigers’ claws were sharpened

“It’s not easy at the top. Everyone’s always gunning for your position,” said BMW as it lay on the psychiatrist’s couch. BMW wasn’t being delusional, because in 2011 a Tiger went for the throat of its F 800 GS. The answer to the question to who emerged as victor partly depends on your level of […]

Has the superbike met its match?

As most motorcycle riders know, bikes will beat cars on pull-away. But what happens if you bring a really big gun to a quarter-mile duel – a supercar that’s probably the second fastest production car money can buy here in South Africa: the McLaren 650S Spider. Why “second fastest”? Because its Coupé brother is 4 […]

Almost 10 000 BMW bikes in SA to be recalled

A 2009 BMW R1200 GS South African BMW motorcycle owners, who own bikes as old as 2003 models, are affected by a global recall wherein more than 300 000 BMW bikes are being recalled. The rear wheel flange of the K and R series bikes manufactured between November 2003 and April 2011, may crack as […]

Harley-Davidson Road Glide Special – Road Test

So what is it? The Harley Davidson Road Glide Special is a 3XL cruise tourer. It’s not a pack mule, like the Ultra (which has that lovely big top box) and the screen is subtle enough to put it in the cruiser class. Did I mention that it’s big? At almost 2.5 m, you do […]

Two new bare-naked brothers from BMW

BMW R1200R Brand new for 2015, meet the stripped-down BMW R1200R Roadster. At the reveal in Johannesburg, BMW emphasised the heritage of their new Roadster, the fourth such iteration, harking back to the first ever BMW motorcycle made 91 years ago. Gone is the strange front suspension, replaced by conventional upside down telelever forks. A […]

MotoGP: A thrilling season awaits

With the 2015 season of MotoGP rushing closer, it is already shaping up to be an extremely exciting season. The pack has been shuffled properly due to both rider and team changes taking place, ensuring exciting prospects for the season’s racing. Talented rookies as well as a few welcome returns are sure to make the […]

Honda sharpens VFR800F sports tourer

Honda’s legendary power plant, the iconic V4 engine, has found a new home in the new VFR800F. The V4 engine configuration is a special one for Honda, going back nearly 40 years. A complex yet compact unit, it has a unique power delivery and a soul all of its own. Honda’s current RC213V Moto GP […]

Swartberg Pass and The Hell – 2 days

Gamkaskloof and The Hell should be on every adventure biker’s bucket list. The scenery is spectacular, the route is challenging (but not hell on earth) and you truly get the feeling that you have left the world behind. Johann van Tonder took a fortunate group of fellow bikers on a trip they’ll remember until they […]

Dakar 2015: The story so far

While the riders are still digging the Chilean dirt from their nostrils, after concluding the marathon 8th stage of the toughest race on earth, we take a look at the highlights of the week’s racing in South America. The young Brit, Sam Sunderland, set the pace in Stage 1 by completing the 175 km in a […]

Stage 2 reshuffles, wreaks havoc

Your luck can change in an instant and no one in the world can relate more to these words than Red Bull KTM rider Sam Sunderland. Claiming the top step of the podium after stage one at Dakar 2015 meant nothing as poor Sunderland lost his overnight lead and more importantly, any hope of being […]

Harley-Davidson show real steel by raising R100 000

Harley-Davidson separated the stubble from the fluff with their first Snors for a Cause campaign. A total of R100 000 was handed over to More Balls Than Most, a testicular and prostate cancer awareness organisation, raised at a national motorcade held at Harley-Davidson dealers across the country. Sales of a limited edition buff kept the […]

SYM Crox – Road Test

It’s probably not since the 1980s Yamaha Passola, ridden by the hottest girl in school, that we thought of budget scooters as cool. Until now.   Is it just another scooter? A scooter is a scooter is a scooter right? Well, for the most part, yes. The scooter market is immense and most scooters are […]