BMW G 650 GS Sertão

What is it? This is the reincarnation of the BMW 650 Dakar, but not much has changed: it’s the same engine and the same frame as the discontinued Dakar, the last model of which left the showroom in 2007. There’s brand new plastics, however, which gives the Sertão a different look. And then there’s the […]

Honda VFR1200X CrossTourer

What is it? The Honda VFR 1200X CrossTourer is a dual-purpose adventure/touring bike. This Honda has the BMW1200 GS and KTM 1190 lined up neatly in its crosshairs and intends to make some serious inroads into the adventure/touring market. It’s comfortable on longer rides for both rider and pillion and more than capable off the […]

Victory Judge

What is it? Officially classified by the manufacturer as a cruiser, the Victory Judge fits the bill perfectly. This V-Twin muscle bike draws its styling from the 1969 Pontiac GTO, which was colloquially known as The Judge too. Even the five-spoke mag wheels hark back to the muscle car design. Drag-style handlebars, a shorter wheelbase […]

Harley-Davidson Dyna Switchback FLD

What is it? One of the bikes in the Dyna range, the 2012 Switchback is a 103 cubic Inch (1690cc) bike that can be both a tourer and a sportster, as the luggage carriers and screen can be removed easily, to give the bike a completely different look. Engine/Drivetrain Powered by an air-cooled Twin Cam […]

Kawasaki Z1000SX

What is it? The Kawasaki Z1000SX is presented as a Sports Touring bike, with some attitude thrown in for good measure. Well, it does that and some spirited robot-to-robot drags as well. In this guise, the new Z is given a half-fairing and some new body panels. The handlebars are higher, providing for a more […]

Suzuki GSR750

What is it? It’s Suzuki’s new(ish) mid-sized naked bike or streetfighter. The engine is a reworked version of the GSX-R750 superbike’s straight-four cylinder, which has been tuned for more low- to mid-range torque. The frame, however, is entirely new. The GSR750 is good for anything except crossing continents or going off-road. Engine/Drivetrain The bike launches […]

BMW S 1000 RR

What is it? It’s one of the fastest bikes out there; it’s a racing machine, but also a great two-wheeler to ride around town and out on the open roads. Motorrad certainly made a superbike with attitude when they made the 1000RR. This ain’t something for elderly men. Engine/Drivetrain The four-cylinder 999cc engine produces a […]

Yamaha XT1200Z Super Ténéré

What is it? This 1200cc dual-purpose bike is the big brother of the XT 660 Ténéré. Despite its size the “Super Ten” is a pleasure to ride off road, will eat gravel highways with impunity and is surprisingly nimble for commuting to boot. Since its launch in South Africa in June 2010, the Super Ténéré […]

Honda GL 1800 Gold Wing

What is it? The Honda Gold Wing is a big touring motorcycle. It was introduced October 1974 and went on to become a popular model in North America, Western Europe and Australia. Over the course of its history, it has had numerous modifications to its design. In 1975 it had a 999cc flat-four engine and […]

VESPA PX 150

What is it? It’s the long-awaited return of a legend. Manufacturing of the PX 150 ceased in 2008 and 2011 saw the return of the Vespa family’s best-seller. New and improved, it is the same ride and experience as the PX of old, only better. The engine is still a two-stroke, but the new design, […]

BMW G 650 GS

What is it? It is a simple, easy-to-handle, dual on-road/off-road bike that is often called a “lady’s” bike for its easy, comfortable ride. The single-cylinder G 650 GS is a little sister of the twin-cylinder F-GS series, made up of the F 800 GS and the F 650 GS. The smaller G is the ideal […]

BMW R1200 GS Adventure 30 Year Anniversary Edition

What is it? It’s the latest incarnation (2011) of the well-known 1200 GS Adventure – with a few extras added to celebrate its 30th Anniversary in 2011. These extras are: white paintwork, a red-and-black seat, bigger hand guards, a bash plate and stickers. From 2012 onwards you can still order the bash plate and hand […]