Yamaha fires a three-gun volley (part 1)

It’s seems like Yamaha got busy all of a sudden. Their bikes show up on our radar almost daily – if it’s not their 125cc Tricity three-wheeler (copied from the brilliant but pricey Gilera Fuoco) it’s their new V-twin bobber, the Bolt. Bikeroutes recently sampled three other new Yammies at a media product launch in […]

Indians arrive in South Africa

If you’re shopping for an American cruiser or tourer, and prefer traditional styling and a thumping V-twin engine note, chances are that your first stop will be at the Harley-Davidson or Victory dealership. This simple choice has now been complicated by the local début of a series of  new contenders to the segment, which offer […]

Fixing a puncture like a pro (video)

The P-word. You don’t like it and don’t want to hear it when you’re having a great trip on your bike through the middle of nowhere. But sooner or later you will have to deal with a puncture and repair that son of a tube to go further.   We are not all very clued […]

Phakisa to host World Superbike championship

South Africa is on the official calendar for the 2014 FIM World Superbike championship with the sole African round scheduled to be held at Phakisa Freeway in the Free State on October 19. This race track near Welkom also hosted the championship back in 2002 when Valentino Rossi was one the racers to compete. Anthony […]

Safety recall on Triumph Explorer and Trophy

According to Triumph Motorcycles South Africa it has become necessary to issue a safety recall on a limited number of Tiger Explorer, Tiger Explorer XC and Trophy model motorcycles, which require the replacement of the ECU. Failure to undertake this work may in rare cases lead to unnecessary activation of the safety shutdown strategy causing […]

Double whammy – two routes, two winners.

We received two fantastic routes in November and that’s why both contributors each receive a copy of  Greg Beadle’s book – Bike; The longer road. Michael Hammond and his KLR 650 rode through deep water to get to Sutherland from Cape Town. And then he crossed a very hot Tankwa Karoo to get back. His […]

Dakar type rally to take place in Western Cape in 2014

A true Dakar type rally will be held in South Africa next year. The Namaqua African Rally will be held in the Western Cape from 25 April till 3 May. The Namaqua African Rally, with the wine company from the Western Cape, Namaqua Wines, as the main sponsor, was initiated by former off-road motorcycle rider […]

Off road star, Kurt Caselli, has fatal crash at the Baja 1000

Off-road racing champion, Kurt Caselli (30), has died after crashing his bike in the Mexican desert as he raced to the finish line in the Baja 1000. The KTM racer was in second place on Friday when he probably hit a small animal and lost control of the bike. According to KTM, when his crew recovered […]

The BMW S 1000 RR gets naked

A brand new naked road bike was revealed by BMW Motorrad today. The new S 1000 R  is directly derived from the S 1000 RR superbike and uses the same technology. When modifying the S 1000 RR’s 999 cc four-cylinder in-line engine for use in the S 1000 R, the Motorrad engineers were looking in particular to provide punchy response all the […]

BMW’s new R 1200 GS Adventure revealed

BMW Motorrad revealed its brand new R 1200 GS Adventure today. The new R 1200 GS Adventure is powered by the same air/liquid-cooled boxer engine featured on the R 1200 GS, with a displacement of 1,170 cc and an output of 92 kW at 7,750 rpm. The stand-out feature of the power unit – introduced last year after being newly developed for the […]

Gideon conquers sand monster to win our route prize

Bikeroutes user, Gideon Rossouw, loves riding his Triumph Tiger 800 XC. And he loves to take it onto unknown dirt routes. We love Gideon’s attitude and the fact that he shares his routes with the rest of the Bikeroutes community. He sent us two great routes, but the one exploring the region around Marakele National […]

Husqvarna signs South African for World Motocross Championship

Husqvarna has announced its intention to be a major player in the 2014 FIM World Motocross Championship series with a full factory team for both MX1 and MX2 classes and signed South African born Tyla Rattray to help do the job. In the MX1 class it will be Tyla Rattray and Australian Todd Waters who […]