A 1200GS rider shows skill in the soft sand

Free State wins 2018 BMW GS Trophy

Montague in the Western Cape played host to the 2018 GS Trophy, which saw over 700 attendees descend on the town from 9 to 13 May. Words by Justus Visagie, photos by Greg Beadle A selection of routes to catered to all adventure riders, with some hailing from Turkey, Germany and the Netherlands. The annual […]

Naked KTMs in Kyalami's pit lane

A Custom Harley for one lucky SA Bike Festival visitor

SA Bike Festival, the country’s largest motorcycle festival, returns to the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit for the third time, from 25 to 27 May 2018. This year each visitor has the chance to win a desirable custom Harley-Davidson, just by attending the festival. By Tracey Simpson. Stoos Customs will be joining the SA Bike Festival […]

A rider on a BMW 310 GS pops a wheelie

BMW G 310 GS – Launch Report

Following the release of the G 310 R road bike, BMW continues its march into the sub 500cc segment with the eagerly anticipated BMW G 310 GS. Yes, a baby GS. Uzair Abdul-Karrim rode it on gravel and tar roads in the Knysna area to find out just how much of a ‘GS’ it is. […]

A BMW 850GS at sunset

Big adventure bike brands add lightness to their line-ups

When the smaller bikes are too small, and the bigger ones too big — and heavy — what do you do? You get a middleweight, of course. Yet in recent years the mid-capacity adventure offerings have fallen behind the larger bikes, with very few fresh models. But this is about to change, writes Uzair Abdul-Karrim. BMW […]

Pastrana flying through the air

Nitro Circus dazzles and delights SA

Fireworks and bikes simultaneously blasted through the air at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg recently. Here fans of all ages were hypnotised by the action sports entertainment that is Nitro Circus 2017. Freestyle motocross champ and Nitro Circus instigator Travis Pastrana finally made his South African debut and an ecstatic crowd welcomed him to the stadium. […]

A lone rider in the beautiful Drakensberg area

Orange mist descends on the Berg

South Africa’s first ever KTM Adventure Rally is set to become an annual event. “If almost 200 fire-breathing orange bikes descending on biking paradise in the Drakensberg mountains doesn’t get your heart racing, then you need to find an organ donor!” That’s according to well-known Dakar racer and in dyed-orange-in-the-wool KTM guy Alfie Cox. He […]

BMW G 310 R – Launch Report

If you want a bike that doesn’t intimidate with its size, but wears the BMW blue and white, the G 310 R might be the perfect answer. By Uzair Abdul-Karrim When one thinks of BMW motorcycles, big 1200cc adventure bikes and litre sportbikes come to mind. The company has never ventured into the sub-500cc market, […]

KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S – Launch Report

The latest KTM 1290 Adventure is available in two versions: the “R” and the “S”. The former is meant for technical trials and remote touring, while the S is meant for tar roads. Or is it?  The bike: The new KTM 1290 Super Adventure S is one big, beautiful machine. It’s bold, brutal, bad-ass and has everything […]

KTM 1290 Super Adventure R – Launch Report

People say you will know true love when you find it. I guess this was the case for me and this bike. KTM did not only meet every expectation, they built the perfect big adventure bike. Some say you don’t need such a big, powerful bike. But once you get on it and ride, you can’t help but think: […]

Rider and Rallye performing a slide

BMW R 1200 GS – Launch Report

If KTM unleashed the horses of the apocalypse with its new adventure range, then BMW followed a softly-softly approach with its new R 1200 GS. So, there’s no full-colour instrument display, power increase (it’s still 92 kW) or built-in cappuccino maker. But it’s not one of those paint-and-sticker updates either. There are notable differences between […]

KTM 1090 Adventure R – Launch Report

Finally, the pivotal adventure enduro, the KTM 990 Adventure R, has a worthy successor. If you’re going to spend 20 percent of your riding time on tar and the rest on dirt, buy the KTM 1090 R. If you can’t decide between a BMW 800 GS Adventure and a Honda African Twin, buy the KTM 1090 […]

valentine's day bike couple

The biker’s guide to surviving Valentine’s day

Don’t read another article about “what men secretly want for Valentine’s day”. If your other half is a biker, he or she wants bike stuff. Valentine’s day can easily be another day of misery, if you’re single, or a day of anxiety and disappointment, if you’re attached. Luckily, you love bikes, and that can turn […]