Yamaha’s brand new street fighter, the MT-09

Yamaha has announced three new models for 2014. Besides the new YZ450F and YZ250F they will be launching the exiting new MT-09. A 850cc naked bike to take over the streets with. The Yamaha MT-09 is a whole new concept from Yamaha. With a compact new chassis and high-torque 3-cylinder engine, this new machine is designed for […]

Cyril Despres rides Yamaha

Yamaha Motor France has today announced the signing of a two year deal with 2013 Dakar Rally Champion Cyril Despres. Despres will spearhead Yamaha’s quest for victory in the 2014 as well as 2015 Dakar Rally on the Yamaha YZ450F based machine. The Frenchman will also take part in the Sardegna Rally, Rally Dos Setoes and […]

Husqy finds a friend in Husaberg

Husqvarna and Husaberg have announced a new partnership today. This comes after BMW Motorrad and Husqvarna’s ways separated earlier this year when BMW sold Husqy to Pierer Industries AG, which also owns KTM and Husaberg. “Following the acquisition of Husqvarna by Pierer Industries AG and after careful analysis and evaluation of all aspects, it was decided […]

SA girl will be roosting in Europe

SA’s leading Enduro and Off Road female rider Toni Jardine is set to represent South Africa at the Women’s World Enduro Cup. The first two rounds will be taking place in Spain and Portugal from the 10-12th May and the 17-19th May 2013 respectively. Toni, who went over last year and competed in these two […]

Unchained rider

On Friday morning (26 April) Johann Nothnagel, a software developer from Cape Town, left home on a 4000 km trip across South Africa on a Triumph Tiger 800. Nothing extraordinary about that, apart from the journey being an awareness campaign for Multiple Sclerosis (MS)*. And that Johann (58) suffers from it. This disease causes the […]

More Italian flair for adventure market

The burgeoning adventure bike market in South Africa is set to gain some Italian flair with the arrival of the all-new Aprilia Caponord 1200 Travel Pack. This is the second new premier-class Italian adventure motorcycle to arrive on the South African scene, following the 2012 launch of the Moto Guzzi Stelvio. The all-new Aprilia shares […]

Leatt’s best selling brace gets better

For 2013 Leatt redesigned the best selling motorcycle neck brace in the world. The brace what used to be the Club brace is now the Race. The chassis is still made from Leatt’s high impact polymer (LHIP) but the front has been completely re-sculpted into a split front design that was pioneered by the Leatt STX brace from 2011. The split front […]

2014 BMW R1200RT’s spotted in France

A fleet of all-new water-cooled BMW R1200RTs have been spied carrying out road testing in the South of France ahead of the launch of the completely new bike in 2014. The R1200RT is the current best-selling tourer in the UK but will be replaced next year and use the same all-new water-cooled 125bhp (92kW) motor […]

KTM scooting a shot in the dark

KTM recently unveiled its brand new concept. No dirt spitting off road beast or great adventure tourer. No smoking hot, tar munching motard. No. A scooter. An electric one. The KTM E-Speed concept scooter weighs about 140 kgs and claims a top speed of 80 kph. The E-Speed’s lithium ion batteries takes just two hours […]

2013 BMW Bike Fest was a fat jol

The BMW Bike Fest took place between 21 and 24 March at Goudini Spa near Worcester. More than 500 bikers and 350 bikes joined the party. At the riders’ briefing on the Thursday night the organisers showed us four off-road routes and four routes on tar. We could download these routes from the BMW Bike Fest website and load them […]

Cyril Despres leaves KTM

After 12 years and 10 Dakar podiums, 5 of which were victories, Cyril Despres and KTM have jointly agreed to go their separate ways, leaving Cyril free to explore new challenges and new horizons. This very surprising announcement was made today when KTM Motorsports unveiled its new factory rally team for 2013. Although Despres’ new […]

UK spends £1.3million to save bikers

The British Government  is seriously trying to save bikers around the UK. The Department for Transport has launched a new £1.3million campaign to get drivers to look out for riders at junctions. The UK’s DFT is spending more on the initiative than almost any other road safety campaign this year apart from a push to curb drink-driving. […]