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. […]

BMW says it’s ready to race

Big news from BMW is that local boytjie, Greg Gildenhuys, will contest the 2013 World Superstock 1000 Championship for the BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet Team. This comes after Gildenhuys’ outstanding performance on South African tracks the past three years on the BMW S 1000 RR, winning the South African Superbike championships three years in a […]

December’s winning route

It’s still Christmas for Willem Fick from Hazyview in Mpumalanga who has won our December Route of the Month award. Willem had sent us his Katse Dam (Lesotho) tar route. This two-day ride is perfect for a long weekend. And you can do it from almost anywhere in South Africa as Lesotho is quite central. […]

November’s best route submitted

Congratulations to Christo Lombard for winning November’s Route of the Month award. Christo and his girlfriend, Claire, travelled 900km in the Klein Karoo over four days. They rode wonderful back roads, had a picnic on the front mudguard of their BMW 1150 GS Adventure and took the time to take in beautiful scenery. It’s how […]

The Young guy takes the 2012 Roof of Africa

Wade Young (16) made history at this year’s Roof of Africa enduro motorcycle race, which took place for the 45th time in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho, when he became the youngest competitor ever to win this gruelling three-day event, ridden over about 450 kilometres. It was also the first time since 2007 that a […]

Harley-Davidson celebrates 110 years with launch of Anniversary Range

The Milwaukee-based manufacturer of iconic V-twin hogs, which have become synonymous with the American dream of freedom, the open road and the Easy Rider lifestyle, recently celebrated its milestone birthday with the release of a range of 110th Anniversary Editions of selected 2013 models. Every 110th Anniversary Edition model will feature a special serialisation badge, […]

A name change and more for the BMW F 800 ST

BMW Motorrad announced that their F 800 ST will be replaced by the new F 800 GT. But don’t get too excited as this is more of a name change than anything else. The water-cooled 2-cylinder in-line engine with a capacity of 798 cc (used for the ST and still used for the F 800 […]

More kick for the Ninja ZX-6R

Kawasaki just released the specs on their 2013 Ninja ZX-6R. They call the changes made to the bike “revolutionary rather than evolutionary”. The boldest move on the machine is certainly the capacity upgrade. The new bike’s engine capacity has been upped to 636cc, thanks to a longer stroke of 45,1mm compared with the 600cc engine’s […]

2012 GS Eco a heart and soul affair

From 18-21 October more than 600 BMW GS bikes from around the country roared into the little town of Clocolan in the Eastern Free State. It was Motorrad SA’s second annual GS Eco Challenge held here near the Lesotho border. The Eco is one of two major events Motorrad SA holds annually for BMW riders. […]