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 […]

Old Postal Route, Cederberg – 2 days

The Old Postal Route, deep in the Cederberg mountains, is one of my favorites. It’s challenging and it features amazing landscapes and scenery. We decided it’s time to revisit this spectacular route on our bikes, seven of us, from West to East. A true adventure.

Honda CRF 1000 L Africa Twin – Launch Report

The new Honda Africa Twin is the most anticipated and discussed bike of 2016. Carl Kritzinger attended the international launch in the Western Cape and filed this report. In 1986, the year of its birth, the Honda NXR750 “Africa Twin” won the Paris-Dakar rally raid. It was conceived with the sole purpose of winning this […]

Hermanus, Baardskeerdersbos, Greyton – 1 day (dual-purpose bikes)

1. Total distance of route? 308 km 2. How long did it take to complete? Were you going fast or travelling leisurely? It can be done in a day, but that’s not much fun. Some of us stayed over in a farmhouse between Caledon and Greyton and others in a cottage in Hermanus. We rode […]

Entries open for 2016 GS Trophy qualifiers

In the build up to the highly anticipated BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy 2016, BMW Motorrad South Africa has opened entries for the 2016 GS Trophy South Africa Qualifier starting on 30 May in Gauteng. Team South Africa in 2014   For the first time in South Africa there will be a series of regional […]

The Tigers’ claws were sharpened

“It’s not easy at the top. Everyone’s always gunning for your position,” said BMW as it lay on the psychiatrist’s couch. BMW wasn’t being delusional, because in 2011 a Tiger went for the throat of its F 800 GS. The answer to the question to who emerged as victor partly depends on your level of […]

Zero DS ZF 11.4

Electrically powered bicycles and scooters are old news in South Africa. Proper electrical motorbikes are a novelty though. The first bunch to arrive here come all the way from sexy California. They’re called Zero Motorcycles and like Apple, Tesla Motors, Google and Disney, also from the Golden State, they could become a household name. We rode […]

Patensie, Steytlerville, Uitenhage – 1 day (dual)

1. Total distance of route and date of ride?  300km; July 2014 2. How long did it take to complete? Were you going fast or travelling leisurely? Leisurely, eight hours. 3. Why are you recommending this route? What’s special about it? Less travelled Baviaanskloof area; beautiful mountain surroundings. And for those living near the Baviaanskloof […]

West Coast, Northern Cape and Cederberg – 2 days

1. Total distance of route and date of ride? +/- 900 km 2. How long did it take to complete? Were you going fast or travelling leisurely? One-and-a half days. On the first day we rode about 300 km and 600 km the second day. On tar our speed was 110 to 140 km/h and […]

Somerset West, Botrivier, Van der Stel Pass – 1day (dual)

  1. Total distance of route and date of ride? 210km, 9 November 2013   2. How long did it take to complete? Were you going fast or travelling leisurely? You decide how long it takes. You can ride hard and finish in three hours. Or if you take it easy and stop regularly to […]