KTM 1190 Adventure

What is it? This is KTM’s first direct onslaught in the world war of bike manufacturers seeking to build the best 1200cc adventure bike; a war started by the Germans with their BMW R 1200 GS and its predecessors. Other manufacturers rolled out their weaponry one by one, but none could claim much of the […]

Suzuki GW250 InaZuma

What is it? It’s a Japanese bike made in China. And the reason for that is to keep costs down as this is Suzuki’s entry-level road bike: a budget bike for the average commuter. Despite that, Inazuma means “the lighting that strikes during a thunderstorm”. Engine/Drivetrain The 248cc, four-stroke, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, parallel-twin engine produces 18kW […]

BMW R 1200 GS

What is it? It has been a motorcycle legend for the past three decades, so if you don’t know it, you are probably from Pluto. BMW Motorrad calls this bike a travel enduro, which means this is the type of bike you would take on journeys, travelling the planet − but not only by tar, […]

Harley-Davidson CA1200 Sportster

What is it? The 2013 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom XL 1200 CA is the second smallest of the Harley range, after the 883 Sportster. A very old design that Harley keeps reinventing it is, nevertheless, an ideal entry-level bike for those interested in the cruiser segment. Some of the range feature forward mounted “Easy Rider” […]

Yamaha T-Max 530

What is it? The Yamaha T-Max is technically a scooter, but things have moved on a bit since Yamaha gave us the Passola, those more-noise-than-motion two-stroke irritations from the 70s and 80s. This is the new 530cc T-Max, recently released as an upgrade of the first-generation, 500cc edition from 2001. It’s part of the recent […]

Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 8V NTX

What is it? The Stelvio is a 1200cc dual-sport bike, which competes in the popular segment shared by BMW’s 1200 GS, Yamaha’s 1200 Super Ténéré and Honda’s 1200 Crosstourer, amongst others.  The bike has the characteristic Moto Guzzi transverse V-shaped twin-cylinder engine. For someone interested in a motorcycle in this segment, but want “something different”, […]

Husqvarna Nuda 900

What is it? You might think this is a motard, but the Nuda’s name is already a good indication of what it is. A nudie (Nuda means “nude” in Italian). Or a naked road bike to be precise. That means less plastic, trimmings and fairings with the frame visible. Oh, and also the engine with […]

The SYM Fiddle II

What is it? The Fiddle is made by San Yang Motors in Taiwan and they have been around since 1961. It’s a retro-style scooter copying the looks of the Vespa LX series. Suzuki South Africa imports, sells and services SYM scooters. My wife bought herself one and this is what we think of it. Engine […]

BMW C 650 GT

What is it? It’s a scooter, but no Passola. There’s a 647cc engine under your backside and, therefore, the C 650 GT is part of a small market segment called maxi-scooters. Together with the BMW C 600 Sport these two scooters are part of Motorrad’s Urban Mobility plan. Where they want to deliver “PWT’s (powered […]

Kawasaki 300 Ninja

What is it? The “baby Ninja” is a 300cc sports bike with aggressive looks that may fool some into believing it is much bigger. Despite its relatively small engine size, it has enough oomph to keep up with the traffic on the highway − if the rider does his bit. Engine/Drivetrain The liquid-cooled parallel twin […]

Triumph Sprint GT 1050

What is it? A sports tourer from Triumph. Or “Grand Tourer” as the GT indicates. It takes over from Triumph’s hugely successful Sprint ST (Sports Tourer). While the GT gets a number of critical redesigned components to shift the bike’s focus towards touring, it retains those aspects of its predecessor that first resulted in this […]

BMW F 800 GS

What is it? BMW calls its F 800 GS the “sportiest member of the GS family” − and it certainly is. It’s a middleweight adventure/dual-purpose bike, but with enough power to hang with the big boys like the 1200 GS. It’s probably BMW’s best dual-purpose bike as it is great off road and also splendid […]