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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 […]

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 […]

Swartberg Pass and The Hell – 2 days

Gamkaskloof and The Hell should be on every adventure biker’s bucket list. The scenery is spectacular, the route is challenging (but not hell on earth) and you truly get the feeling that you have left the world behind. Johann van Tonder took a fortunate group of fellow bikers on a trip they’ll remember until they […]

Stage 2 reshuffles, wreaks havoc

Your luck can change in an instant and no one in the world can relate more to these words than Red Bull KTM rider Sam Sunderland. Claiming the top step of the podium after stage one at Dakar 2015 meant nothing as poor Sunderland lost his overnight lead and more importantly, any hope of being […]

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 […]

Pretoria, Swaziland round trip – 3 days

1. Total distance of route and date of ride? 990 kilometres Click here to open in Google maps. 2.How long did it take to complete? Were you going fast or travelling leisurely? Three days. Leisurely 3. Why are you recommending this route? What’s special about it? The route goes through Swaziland, which is so close to […]

Speedweek 2014

Last week Speedweek happened on Hakskeenpan in the Kalahari, near the border between South Africa and Namibia. What an event! Bikeroutes went there to check out the scene and found magic. Speedweek is like Africa Burn for petrolheads, but better: a bunch of people on a dry lake with the sole aim of having fun […]

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 […]