Indian Chieftain – Road Test

There’s a new Chieftain who wants to rule the cruiser clan. With a 1810 cc v-twin motor, you know he’s packing power! So what is it? The 2015 Indian Chieftain is a 1 810cc air-cooled, v-twin bagger aka a long-distance cruiser with saddle bags. The iconic Indian Motorcycles brand has recently been revived by Polaris […]

BMW R nineT – Road Test

BMW got a big boost in street cred with the release of the R nineT. This very customisable café racer had hipster heads turning in Cape Town when Bikeroutes took it for a test ride. So what is it? It’s a minimalist café racer for those who like (retro) customising, but don’t identify with the cruiser […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Zero DS ZF 11.4

Electrically powered bicycles and scooters are old news in South Africa. Proper electrical motorbikes are a novelty though. The first bunch to arrive here come all the way from sexy California. They’re called Zero Motorcycles and like Apple, Tesla Motors, Google and Disney, also from the Golden State, they could become a household name. We rode […]

KTM 1290 Super Duke R

What is it? It’s a nuclear reactor fused to bits of orange piping and two racing wheels. It’s the bike that settles all arguments with three bullet points: 132kW, 144Nm, 189kg. It’s KTM’s maddest, baddest naked bike and the most powerful production motorcycle that they have ever made. Engine/Drivetrain Like KTM’s adventure bike that thinks […]

Harley-Davidson XL1200X Forty-Eight

What is it? Part of Harley’s entry-level Sportster range, the 2014 XL1200X Forty-Eight is characterized by super-clean, pared-down looks, extra-low riding height and a rather large engine for a relatively small bike. The name derives from the distinctive peanut tank, first used by Harley in 1948. Engine/Drivetrain An air-cooled 1202cc engine, the Evolution was first […]

BMW R 1200 GS Adventure

What is it? It is BMW’s biggest “travel enduro” as they call it. Basically it’s the R 1200 GS with some changes made to make it a more suitable adventure bike for long gravel travels. The 2014 model is brand new and shares the new liquid cooled 1170cc boxer engine of the standard 1200 GS. […]

Ducati 899 Panigale

What is it? It’s Ducati’s new dream machine: the 899 Panigale sports bike. But with an engine 300cc smaller than the mighty 1199 you might think the 899 a wannabe version of its big brother. However, the 899 has a unique personality. It’s a head-turner too and possesses the distinctive “L-twin” roar that leaves bystanders […]

Aprilia Caponord 1200 Travel Pack

What is it? This 1200cc bike from Aprilia is a so-called “adventure” bike. In this case it is meant for those who prefer to seek adventure via tar roads – and the Caponord will deliver such an adventure in spades. Engine/Drivetrain The Aprilia Caponord has an 1197cc two-cylinder engine that delivers 91kW@7250 r/min to the […]

BMW F 800 GS Adventure

What is it? It’s the BMW F 800 GS in its adventure outfit. Motorrad did the same thing when they turned the R 1200 GS into the R 1200 GS Adventure. The biggest difference between the 800 GS Adventure and standard 800 GS is the former’s bigger fuel capacity. Therefore the tank at the rear […]