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REVIEWS • Bajaj Pulsar

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a word from the editor We’ve come to the last issue of 2006, a year where we’ve all learned something. We’ve surely learnt a lot from this market and realised that it’s tough, it’s hard work but in the end it paid off well. We’ve managed to grow Bike Talk to what you see today and we most certainly have a few tricks up our sleeves for the 2007. We are planning to launch Bike Talk in one or two new regions, i.e. Bike Talk - Freestate or Bike Talk - Western Cape and we’ll be looking at appointing people in those areas. Furthermore I’d like to apologise for neglecting the Website the way I did, we’ve been SO busy with the Talk 2 Me side of the business that I haven’t had a minute to spare in updating the website. I will make a considerable effort during the off-season to get it up-to-date for you. It’s been a great year and I hope you too can look back and say the same. Yes there were sad times with the passing of fellow bikers but however difficult it may seem, we have to move on and look to God for strength and wisdom. In this issue you’ll find something special on p17, something wise on p22, the first review of the Ducati 1098 in SA, great SPECIALS and 2007 stock at your local dealer. Pop in and have a look at some of the new models out there. It also looks like the time for new dealers landing on Durban turf, welcome to C.I.T. and I also heard that Ian Marsh is coming to town who will be putting up a Kawasaki and Triumph Life Style Centre behind Gateway in 2007, keep an eye out. This is it, I’m out ... I pray that you and you family will have a safe Christmas, may God bless you with His loving Grace during this time. I hope to serve you again next year, see you on the road my fellow biker, see you out there ...

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REVIEWS Bajaj Pulsar


Harley Night Rod Special


Ducati 1098


OTHER Gear & Accessories


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Gearing Up


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Dealing with Crosswinds Sooner or later you are going to wonder about how to handle severe crosswinds - probably while fighting them. Surprise, surprise - you don’t have to do anything and the motorcycle will handle most crosswinds just fine - with only normal responses from you. There are a couple of things that you can do to make the experience less stressful, however. For example, you can quit white-knuckling your grips. When you hold on tight you also tend to stiff arm your controls. That merely allows front-end instability to propagate into the rest of the motorcycle. Relax your grips and droop your elbows. Allow your bike to be a bit unstable. Drive in the CENTER OF YOUR LANE. Lean forward and down to reduce your profile, and snug up your jacket. What about traction? You neither gain nor lose any significant traction when the wind blows from your side unless you are in a curve. While you are leaned into the wind all of the weight of the bike remains on your tires (fancy that) and there is very little lateral force scrubbing that traction away. How much lean do you need? Whatever the bike dials in for you. Should you anticipate those gusts? Should you just respond quickly to a gust in order to remain in control and traveling in a straight line? No, and no. Your bike will NOT travel in a straight line. That is, as long as you allow it to do its thing, your bike will be modestly blown off course with a gust and the result of that movement is EXACTLY the same as any other minor course change - you will need modest counter-steer input to correct it - the CG of your bike will then be on the side the wind came from and the result is that it will lean towards the wind. [Anticipating wind-sheer IS important under a couple of scenarios: the approach of an oncoming large vehicle suggests that severe buffeting will occur when you pass it, and entering or exiting stretches protected from the wind such as tunnels or bridges with relatively high retaining walls. In these cases you will certainly want to position the bike away from the source of the wind-sheer and insure you maintain a firm grip.] Is a heavier bike less likely to be blown around than a lighter bike? Not necessarily. What is primarily determinant of how great the effect of a crosswind is on your bike is its profile. A garage door (GoldWing) will typically be more harshly affected by crosswinds than a lighter low profile bike. Can you mitigate some of that instability in any way? Yes. There are cowling additions that can be designed (some are available off the shelf - called ‘belly pans’) that streamline the airflow under your bike and help (modestly) to reduce crosswind handling problems. Your side profile area is what determines how your motorcycle reacts to crosswinds. Just as there is a Center of Gravity, there is also a Center of wind resistance. If that center of wind resistance is in front of your Center of Gravity then crosswinds will tend to push you off course while if it is behind your Center of Gravity the motorcycle will try to steer INTO the wind. Thus, mounting a high profile LIGHT object (a stuffed animal, for example) onto your trunk lid or your pillion can have a dramatically corrective effect rather than worsen the bike’s steering reaction to those crosswinds. Crosswinds can be murder if you are leaned way over in a curve. Don’t, if you can avoid it. As a result of a crosswind your bike will move off course and normal modest counter-steer will lean it into the wind. A strong gust will blow you out of track. So, correct your steering, gently, and keep going. Note ... there are TWO instances when a gusty crosswind changes your bike’s direction of travel: when it hits, and when it stops. Both require that you allow the bike to respond and use normal modest countersteering. When it quits you will be leaned over and, as a result, your bike will move towards where the wind WAS coming from until you straighten it up. If crosswinds involve huge short gusts, go park the bike. If the crosswinds are more sustained, pucker up and keep going.





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CIT, SA’s largest independent Motorcycle Retailer, had their official launch on the 3/12. This poses to be a major atraction point and a stepping stone to put the South Coast on the map as far as a well set-up “Bike Shop” is concerned. It was said numbers in the region of 1800 attended the event with Lords & Legends feeding the bunch. CIT offers all makes of Motorcycles and Quads at well-groomed prices ... it’s your One-Stop Shop for all your biking needs. Top Left is Lenny and his team who’ll be too happy to help from Sales right through to Service, Warranty Repairs and Maintenance. Congrats to Lenny for truly making an effort in setting up a shop of this stature. - Pics by Bike Talk

B&Q Trailers is now B&Q Motorcycles, and while big Dave can still organize trailers upon request, he is now selling bikes, scooters and quads in the much-contested “affordable” bikes market. Go check out his large selection, and best of all, low prices. Stockist of Viper pit bikes (125cc) and entry-level full size Viper off-roads, as well as all Jonway products and some of those fine Bajaj’s too. A selection of quads from 50cc upwards is also in stock, and off-road kit and spares are available. Call him on 914 2209 or 084 5497084 - Pics by Bike Talk


DUCATI - On the 8th of December the first launch of the new Ducati 1098 for the South African public was held at Ducati Café in Umhlanga. This is an absolutely stunning bike to see in the flesh, but pouring rain kept the crowds down. Phil did an excellent presentation of the changes, updates, and improvements, and hinted at the possibility of a limited number of 1098’s being available a month before their expected arrival in February. We hop onboard for one of the first reviews in SA, see page 25 for details… - Pics by Bike Talk

BIKE FANATIX - Jose Teto is the owner of Bike Fanatix racing, located in Westmead. He’s owned the shop for 9yrs now, 4yrs here, and previously from JHB. He’s a race specialist, so if you’re serious about going fast, he can make it happen. Fully equipped workshop, spares, accessories, new bikes, quads, “on-behalf-of’s”; the whole lot. He also runs an off-road training school with theory for half the day and then an outride to practice what you’ve heard; all run from the shop. Check out his ad on page 21 - Pics by Bike Talk


PINETOWN SPORTBIKES have been around for about 3yrs now, but Rod, the owner, has just completed some very cool signage for the shop. They cater for the enduro-type weekend warrior whether competitive or social. The workshop is run by Rod and Clive, and is home to their specialized Dirt-Bike Race-Prep – taking care of all the dirty work before a big weekend so you don’t have to. Check out everything else they have in stock on page 22 - Pics by Bike Talk

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REVIEW - BAJAJ PULSAR REVIEW BY WILLIAM MORRIS Thanks Vishal from Jeff’s Bikes for lending us your Bajaj Pulsar for review, I’m convinced that sales of this solid little bike will boom. Just in case you, the reader, have never heard of “Bajaj” before let me give a brief history. Founded in 1926, the Bajaj Group is amongst the top 10 business houses in India. The group’s flagship company, Bajaj Auto, is ranked as the world’s fourth largest two and three-wheeler manufacturer. These bikes are created to excel in India – an area know for its poor road surfaces, gross overloading of any means of transportation, etc… And while the Bajaj must be inexpensive to remain competitive, it must not be “cheap” and fall apart after frequent and lengthy usage. In fact, it must not fall apart at all. FIRST IMPRESSION: The Pulsar is neat and tidy, its rounded edges and curvy bodywork flows beautifully. No copycat design here, the Pulsar is original from top to bottom. Tight dimensions make it look both nippy and manoeuvrable. The paintwork quality is great with mini-fairing and front fender colour coded. And while certain components appear somewhat dated, the materials used look and feel durable. The 17-inch 6-spoke alloy rims are lighter, stronger (for all those potholes) and far better looking than the previous model’s spoked rims. A trendy rear-end is accented by the aluminium passenger grab-rail and a fatty 100/90 rear tyre presenting impressive width for this displacement. CONTROLS AND GADGETS: Some useful features are: a warning light displayed when the kickstand is down if the engine is running, a centre stand, and a fuel gauge that presents an honest reading. Side panels are easily removed to reveal an onboard tool bag and direct access to the battery. What stands out to me most is the solidness of the components, the excellence of the parts that make up the whole, and how everything just does exactly what it should – no thrills, no disappointments. This is a bike that won’t let you down, and its tolerant mannerism will likely keep you from letting it down too. PERFORMANCE: Digital Twin Spark ignition (DTS-i) is brand new technology for bikes, and has been patented by Bajaj Auto. What is it? Simply one spark plug at either end of the combustion chamber instead of the conventional single plug per cylinder at one end of the combustion chamber. The claim is that this helps provide faster and better fuel combustion for the purpose of offering peak performance without sacrificing fuel efficiency. What does it feel like? Low down throttle response is perky and strong as the 180 surges forward at each gear change. The Pulsar is very nippy through town and has enough top-end to sit comfortably at freeway speeds. This bike may well put to shame some of the Japanese 125cc race replicas! SUSPENSION & HANDLING: Rear suspension is a twin gas shock setup that looks a little outmoded in today’s world of centralized mono-shocks, the front forks also fail to inspire. But looks do not determine ability, for the 180 possesses stable and predictable handling, even at speed, and impressively nimble mannerisms in corners and through traffic; ideal characteristics for performing the daily commute. OVERALL RATING: Although this Bajaj carries a “Chinese” price tag, it far exceeds both the build quality and the quality of materials and components used in comparison with its similarly priced competitors. I believe that if more South Africans were aware of the Pulsar as an affordable means of transportation, we would have not only a lot more satisfied two-wheeled customers out there, but also more converts into the real brotherhood of biking. PRICE: R13 999.00 includes VAT and a 1 year warranty Colour scheme options are: red, blue, silver and black.

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REVIEW - HARLEY NIGHT ROD REVIEW BY WILLIAM MORRIS Our cover bike for this month, the VRSCDX Night Rod Special, was made available to us by Harley-Davidson 1000-Hills. Thanks, Chris, for organizing the bike for us. FIRST IMPRESSION: Picture it – low, long and mean; the Night Rod Special glides towards you, its dark framework just inches off the road surface. It sweeps past with a throaty growl; its ultra-wide rear rubber leaving its imprint etched in your mind. The Night Rod is an absolute showstopper. I had instant reactions from other road users and got hounded for specs and details at every stop, even had one guy ask if he could take some pics! If you ever wanted to turn heads… Matte black finish looks stunning, and the black exhaust covers and red pinstriping on the rims just did it for me. “No penny spared” build quality is superb. In a world of cheap plastics and “breaks just after the warranty runs out”, the heavy-duty components, built to last, speak volumes about both the people who make these bikes and those who ride them. CONTROLS AND GADGETS: Controls are the typical Harley setup, self-cancelling indicators and all; and I love the keyless ignition – what a pleasure to just swing your leg over and go! Searching for a key in endless leather jacket pockets with gloved hands is a royal pain. Another great thing is the digital fuel gauge that estimates the amount of kilometres left in the tank. Night riding becomes a beautiful thing as the display lights glow in an easy to read, vivid orange. PERFORMANCE: Where’s the sound? A disappointingly quiet exhaust system masks the thrust potential of the 5-speed 1130cc V-twin. But the VRSC is no slouch… 100kph in 1st , just touch the limiter at 9000revs, slide it into 2nd and hit 150kph before clutching again; a top speed of well over 200kph (if you can hold on); astounding brute force! Power delivery is smooth and completely usable with huge torque all the way through the revs. Fuel injection is now common to all Harley V-Twins, but the V-Rods (the VRSC models built for higher performance) are the only twins assisted by liquid-cooling. The average Harley engine’s peak torque output is somewhere around 3500rpms, while the V-Rod’s peak torque is made at 7000rpms. This engine is made to rev higher and push harder than any of its stable mates; a Harley built for speed freaks?! SUSPENSION, HANDLING, & COMFORT: Forward controls (feet out in front of the motor) and exaggerated 1715mm wheelbase take time to get used to, but once you’re settled in it feels good and is unquestionably the ultimate way to cruise. The Night Rod Special has a lower ground clearance (107mm) and seat height (640mm) than the standard Night Rod version, and the widest tyre ever (240mm) to roll off the HarleyDavidson production line. How does that handle? Well, the rigid hydro-formed frame maintains a surprisingly low amount of flex for all that length and traction out of corners is phenomenal. The 18.9 litre fuel tank is found under the seat, so as well as avoiding a tank cap ruining the tank’s smooth looks, the additional weight of a full tank of petrol stays down low, keeping it from becoming too top-heavy and unwieldy; one of the reasons the Night Rod feels far lighter (thankfully) than the 292kg manufactures claim. OVERALL RATING: The Night Rod Special offers much: exclusivity, power, speed, style, cruising comfort and above all – the Harley-Davidson badge that represents far more that just a name. Styling inspired by the drag strip, power inspired by a heritage of racing. PRICE: R180 000.00 incl. VAT


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GOD’s HALF PAGE A Toy-Run Testimony Yesterday morning (26 November 2006) a man came to our morning Church service. He stood by the entrance to the Church listening to the pastor’s message but would not put a foot through the door. He did listen to the message though - all the while standing by the door. At the end of the service he accepted an invitation to receive Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour by putting up his hand and saying a simple prayer. Our pastor went over hugged him. The man started to cry uncontrollably. God told him to tell the man: “I’ve missed you. Welcome back my son”, when he hugged him. The man told them that he had serious problems in his relationship with his wife and that he lost his job 3 weeks ago. Shaun - our pastor’s friend - saw him in town 2 weeks earlier and invited him to our Church. The devil kept him from coming every Sunday since then. He told his wife he was going to Church but since they both felt like God deserted them, she showed no interest. He went out to the swimming pool thinking that it desperately needed to be cleaned. A little voice kept on telling him that he must go. He looked up and saw a lot of motorcycles going to the toy run and thought he’d rather go on the run but the voice kept insisting that he goes to Church. He finally got on his bike and came to Church where he gave his life to Christ. This testimony is one of God’s amazing Grace, since the man died yesterday afternoon in a motorcycle accident. His wife who did not know he went to Church yesterday sent a SMS to all his friends including our pastor to let them all know. Our Pastor called her and told her that her husband gave his life to Christ that day. I thought I’d share this with you since it made such an amazing impact on me. We do not know where he was yesterday after leaving the Church, but we do know for sure where he is today.

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Jackets are probably the most underestimated form of body protection! How many times do we see the rider popping off to the shop or wherever, merely wearing a helmet, short sleeve shirt and slops? Really cool, yes… but past medical bills prove that this way of riding is nothing short of foolhardy! So, yes, a jacket is an essential part of road riding. What are your options? Today the rider has a huge choice, from the lightest summer airflow type of jacket to the warmest of jackets that can be used effectively for the coldest of conditions. Certain jackets are CE (European Safety Standard) approved and some have CE approved body armour parts.


Firstly, like all riding accessories comfort is a key aspect when trying any riding accessory. Secondly, the style of jacket will determine whether the jacket is more suited to a super bike, dual purpose, touring or cruising bike; the main difference being in the length of fit and tightness of fit. The third aspect to consider is what material to go for. Leather is the safest in terms of skin protection but it does come with some disadvantages – these being the fact that they’re hot jackets to ride in, difficult to clean, and if they get wet they become difficult to dry and maintain. Cost is also a factor for the better quality jacket. The Cordura/Kevlar jacket is significantly lighter, can be washed and cleaned easily and can be easily stored. From a safety aspect these materials still offer a significant amount of protection as shown by the rider who came off at 230km per hour and didn’t suffer any lacerations other than in those areas where he had the inappropriate protection – ordinary jeans and off road gloves! The airflow jacket offers the least amount of protection of the basic riding jackets but usually protects the key areas of the body i.e. elbows, shoulders and back using the Cordura / Kevlar combination of materials. Again, the cheaper jacket uses slightly cheaper quality materials and hence will not do the same job as the more expensive one. Finally, more recently we have seen denim material being used in jackets – unless this is supported with Kevlar or uses the CE protective body parts, its effectiveness is to be questioned.

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REVIEW - DUCATI 1098 REVIEW BY WILLIAM AND HEIN A huge thanks to Philippe, owner of Ducati Café Durban, for the privilege of riding and assessing the brand new Ducati 1098. Our first indulgence of what Ducati has to offer; in a word – tasty! FIRST IMPRESSION: The 1098 is gorgeous, without a doubt the most beautiful superbike in the world. The way the plastics meld with the tubular Trellis framework is exquisite. Resting on its side-stand, the Ducati looks sleek and fast, but add a rider and something happens as bodywork embraces the rider in a race-oriented position, moulding together man and machine in faultless harmony. Every part of this bike is in perfect balance with the whole, each piece top-spec and of the highest quality. Some of the exceptionally striking components are the Marchesini rims, the aggressively angled twin headlights, the rear air-ducts on the each side of the pillion position, the finely engineered lightweight single-sided aluminium swingarm, and the twin under-seat stainless steel exhausts that sound phenomenal. CONTROLS AND GADGETS: Digital instrumentation is derived directly from MotoGP. The display unit is controlled by a switch on the handlebar and shows a bunch of data including speed, revs, current time, scheduled maintenance warning, warning light for low oil pressure, fuel level, oil temperature, fuel reserve, trip fuel, neutral, turn signals, average speed, average fuel consumption, remaining fuel metre, and immobilizer. One thing that surprised us was the rev-limiter – there is no indication on the digital rev-counter of where the limiter would kick in, so it comes as quite a jolt when it happens. It also seems to reach the limiter sooner than expected; it surprised us a couple times. There is a little LED on the top right hand side of the display that flashes once as the engine nears the limit, probably something you could get used to with frequent use. PERFORMANCE: “The 1098 is the most powerful twin-cylinder motorcycle in the world with the highest torque-to-weight ratio of any sport bike.” – Ducati press. The 90° L-Twin 1098 Testastretta Evoluzione engine produces an awesome 119.3kw (160hp) @ 9750rpm and an arm-wrenching 122.492Nm (90.4lb-ft) of torque @ 8000rpm. Power is well spread, though you need to keep the revs high to get the best out of it. Smooth power-band has no sudden surges or surprises, just consistent power all the way through. SUSPENSION, HANDLING & COMFORT: The seating position feels high with your weight over the tank. Comparatively low foot pegs, a low tank and super-slim body design allow the rider plenty of room even in a full crouch position. The Ducati is ultra-light (173kgs) and easily thrown into corners, its cornering abilities complemented by Showa suspension that gives firm and predictable feedback from the road. The 1098 is the first production street bike to use Brembo’s Monobloc calliper racing technology. The M4-34 callipers are machined from a single piece of alloy, as compared to the bolt-together construction of conventional callipers. The Monobloc design has much higher rigidity and resistance to distortion during extreme braking giving a much more precise feel at the brake lever. Layman’s terms: super-sharp, super-powerful, super-consistent. OVERALL RATING: The new 1098 is for those who desire the ultimate in all-out superbiking; an elite and spectacular track tool! PRICE:

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