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KZN • JUNE 2011

NEWS New Watering Hole Harley on the Move Suzuki is Out There Batteries for One ‘n All KZN’s Own Racer

REVIEWS Tyre Pressure Monitors Triumph Tiger 800XC Honda CRV

OTHER LAM GAT - 1st Ride Van Sani tot Die Hel Who is your Captain? Dual Purpose Tyres Number Plate Brackets Rider Training Pilot Road 3 Side-stands


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THE EDITOR: In a Nutshell The winter is upon us and riding at night or even early morning is becoming a challenge, happy to say we don’t have to “hang our bikes up” like they do in Europe. So once again, here in KZN, we are spoiled with beautiful weather, great roads and awesome people like you to share it with. Wow, what a privilege! That said, here we are again with yet another edition of the biggest little magazine in Africa offering you loads to read and interact with. To begin with Dros Gateway opens its doors to you and I, inviting us to try out their menu offering. Harley-Davidson moved from “up country” to the coast or Umhlanga into a grand new store, something you must really see to believe. Jaco from Suzuki Richards Bay goes all out and expands his shop giving you that real walk-through shopping experience. Deon on the other hand, leaves Ryder Motorrad on a quest to sell unlimited batteries and he is doing pretty well for himself. KZN sends off yet another aspiring racer by the name of James Egan on a BMW S1000RR and he is making a name for himself out on the track. On the Review side we get to test the new Triumph Tiger 800 and 800XC, don’t get me started, read for yourself. Then, yes I know, I go bonkers and test drive the Honda CR-V (the first car); there I said it, it’s out in the open now. Yes, come to think of it, most people with bikes have cars but very few who drive cars have bikes; so we’d like to see how we can encourage cross buying and promoting the lifestyle on both sides of the fence. I also shed some light on TPMS or Tyre Pressure Monitor Systems after testing one to find out how effective they are. A few crazy friends and I launch Lam-Gat on a ride of 1658km in under 24-hours and live to tell the story. One of our readers, Jason, gives us an inside look on a trip he took from Sani to Die Hel and John gives us some insight on Dual Purpose Tyres and what to look out for when buying a set. A mouth-full you’d say? No, that’s not all, we ask the life changing question of “Who is your Captain?” and I get to fit a new Number Plate Bracket which makes fitment a breeze, plus I get to fit a set of brand new Michelin Pilot Road 3s on my VFR1200, just need to find something wet and ride through it fast. It might not be safe but it’ll be an adrenalin rush of note! Finally I attempt to make you understand the role your side-stand plays and why you should think twice when and how you use it. That’s it in a nutshell boys and girls, I hope you enjoy reading this little mag as much as I enjoy putting it together, until next time keep your head up look through the turns and roll-on out. Feel free to write me, make suggestions ask for advice or give me the beans, as long as we can still ride our motorcycles to live another day. Be safe and dress for the fall!

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Gearing Up

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(Dual-purpose Tyres explained)

(Something you might not have seen yet)

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God’s Half Page


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Tech Talk


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REVIEWS Tyre Pressue Monitor Systems Honda CRV Triumph Tiger 800XC

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KEEPING IT UP: A life depends on it You are trained and competent at both CPR and First Aid and you come upon a scene that obviously requires you to perform one or both of these services. What is the FIRST thing that you should do? Discussion this topic with friends and fellow motorcyclists left me very uncomfortable and very concerned. The reason for this is that I heard suggestions that ranged from “Start CPR immediately” to “Make sure the victim can breathe.” I, on the other hand, suggested that the very first thing that should be done is to call 082 911 or a local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) provider.

Without trained EMS help along with transportation and other life-supporting facilities to help you, the odds are overwhelming that the victim will die anyway! Maybe five minutes later, maybe five hours later, but it will almost certainly happen. It is a fact that most trauma cases require multiple and SIMULTANEOUS EMS efforts. While you administer CPR you cannot also be stopping the loss of blood from a severed leg! If you are alone and not near a telephone, you have no alternative but to try to help the victim while waiting for someone else to show up who can summon help for you (assuming you decide to provide CPR at all.)

Needless to say some found fault with that suggestion. I understand the desire of goodwill in the matter; I think it is important to think this through a little more carefully. Recall that the premise is that it’s obvious that either CPR or First Aid services are required. In other words, you arrive on a scene in which there is obvious major trauma to someone. Let’s say that you discover that the person’s heart is not beating. Traditional thinking has it that you must start CPR immediately! The logic is that failure to do so could very well allow the victim to die needlessly - oxygenated blood is not getting to the victim’s brain!

But if you are close to a telephone then it is my opinion that the very first thing you should do is call a local EMS. This will cost a brief delay in starting the victim’s aid, but it increases the odds that the victim will ultimately survive substantially! Consider this: You stop your bike to see if you can help; you pulled out of the way of traffic and probably put the kickstand down as well! That cost very little time, but helped insure that you would not become another victim of accident. That would obviously not help the first victim. So, even before a one minute phone call to 082 911 you need to be sure that the scene is secure! Be sure it poses no immediate danger to you or others. THEN, make your call. A one minute phone call to get a trained and equipped EMS unit out to the scene costs one minute. If you spend ten minutes doing CPR before someone calls EMS, that costs the victim TEN MINUTES of pure oxygen, pain killers, whole blood, and transportation to a hospital! If there are more than one of you at the scene, the FIRST thing you should do, in my opinion, is insure that someone places a EMS call. No ifs, ands, or buts. If it turns out that EMS is not actually needed, you can always call them back and cancel the request. But you can never recover lost time for a major trauma victim. You are, after all, trying to save his/her life - you are trying to buy time. Why give time away unnecessarily? There is a significant exception to the above: if the victim is a child whose heart has stopped beating or who has stopped breathing, then the child’s chance of survival increases if you begin immediate life support - but this is a tough call.






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Hosted by the 69’rs MC at the Durban Academy High School on the Bluff. Help build a great tower of Bibles. Contact Danie on 083 3034869 Hosted by CMA Richards Bay for the young at heart and everyone else who has the passion to ride. Contact Adriaan on 083 4598662 Hosted by Highway Dragons in Durban. Contact Jo on 083 2850815 or visit Hosted by the Harley Club of South Africa in St Lucia. A great gathering for great people. Contact Grant on 083 4599430 Hosted by Bike Talk at the Toyota Test Track in Eston Visit and click on TRAINING Hosted by the Pongola Cane Riders in Pongola. Call them on 082 8970635 or visit Hosted by Da Crew MC at the Ifafa Tuckers Dam on the KZN South Coast. Contact Dee on 082 3186308 Yes it looks like it’s gonna happen in Durban at last! Mahogany Ridge, Pinetown Contact Grant on 0741851980 Hosted by CMA Durban at Lords & Legends in Toti in support of little ones in desperate need. Contact Kobie on 082 7716643 Hosted by the Highway Dragons MC at Castaways Holiday Resort in Munster. Contact Les on 083 4876846 or visit Hosted by CMA in KZN at Skogheim, Port Shepstone. A great time for the whole family; yes, you too! Contact Janna on 083 9520000 or visit Hosted for the KZN Motorcycle Federation by CMA in memory of our fallen brothers and sisters. Contact Craig on 083 4409029




James Egan - Seen here is the support team behind the up and coming BMW S1000RR racer, James Egan (bottom right). His dad (middle bottom) of Thundersport and the in the back row the guys (Mike, Roger and Greg) from Ryder Motorrad. You couldn’t ask for a better support structure than this. I had a word or two with this young man and was surprisingly impressed with his humble and down to earth attitude; something you battle to find in young people these days. KZN is proud to send yet another successful racer out on the track to bring in the prizes; keep it up James KZN is right behind you. Visit

Unlimited Batteries - Deon, previously employed with Ryder Motorrad, took a bold step into the unknown and opened a store specialising in all sorts of batteries. Here he is standing at his pride and joy, this is just one angle, offering batteries for bikes, quads, golf carts, cars, boats, jet-skis, etc. at the most unbelievable prices. His shop is located just off Old Main Road at The Heritage Market in Hillcrest and with his ever increasing stock holding I am sure he will be able to help you with any battery requirement you might throw at him. Give him a try, he won’t bite. For your next battery buy call Deon on 031 7656687

Harley-Davidson Durban has relocated to the fantastic new area of Umhlanga, one of the most up and coming affluent regions of greater Durban. They are located on Umhlanga Drive on the ground floor of the new Coastlands Hotel. The open plan, contemporary showroom is spaced over 630m2 to meet the demand for new and used motorcycles, parts, accessories and MotorClothes®. The new 250m2 workshop incorporates a window from the showroom so customers can watch the authorized

technicians and workshop staff servicing their bikes. Customers can enjoy the luxury mezzanine level, overlooking the showroom and take advantage of the dedicated H.O.G.® area. Why not go and see them and enjoy the fantastic ride out routes along the East Coast. Pop in at 329 Umhlanga Rocks Drive, Umhlanga Ridge or call them on 031 5665222



Dros Gateway - you can’t get too much of a good thing!

them a spin around the track, try their various breakfast options but don’t stop there, take the wife and kids for supper or a Sunday Lunch and you’ll soon realise that there’s only one place in town to dine.

Well you can say that again. Dros Gateway is renowned for its good food, great vibe and now owned by bikers for bikers ... yeah, and the general public too. They’ve opened their doors to you and I, inviting us to make them the start or stop point on the next breakfast-run. They are also open to club meetings and welcome kids into their new play area while the parents enjoy a relaxed setting unlike you’ll find in any other restaurant.

They have TVs everywhere, so you won’t miss a beat on the next MotoGP, World SBK or Rugby game. There is ample parking for cars and bikes making it a place where you can really spend some time to relax and recharge before you get on your bike again and ride.

They have two sports bars, outdoor and indoor dining facilities, the service and food to match the biker in you. For starters you need to take some friends there and give

Next time you are looking for a place to stretch your taste buds, think Dros Gateway and call Jo on 071 3638442

Acrapovic goes Custom - Akrapovic, the leading manufacturer of premium performance exhaust systems has confirmed its intention to enter the world of custom motorcycles with Harley-Davidson riders firmly in their sights. With Outstanding Design, Pure Performance, Deep Resonant Sound, Finest European Craftmanship and Open System or Slip-On.

Thomas Friedrich, Akrapovic Product Manager said: “The Akrapoviè range is firmly targeted at those Harley riders who seek a bit more exclusivity. Riders who appreciate fine European craftsmanship, outstanding performance, design and of course the unmistakable deep resonant sound of Akrapoviè”. Full product range details will be released shortly and products will be available through Akrapoviè Distributors.

Akrapoviè confirmed its initial product range will be targeting the most popular Harley-Davidson models: Sportster, Touring, Dyna and Softail.

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Suzuki Richards Bay will never let you down, just as soon as you think things are normal in Richards Bay, Jaco and his team will do something to jack things up a little; either his service or product offering, a Dyno Jet and in this case a whole new layout of the shop. I visited him recently to get some tyres fitted for my

VFR1200 and couldn’t believe what they’ve done. As soon as you walk into the front door you have “Bike Lane” which takes you all the way through to their huge Spares and Accessories area in the back of the shop. Here they hold a great selection on Off-Road and Road Gear and Accessories plus a very effective workshop

where bikes are tuned or repaired and tyres fitted. But you won’t get to the back before walking past Belinda’s office always being greeted with a “Môre!” or “Hi, hoe gaan dit?” I also know that they have the best prices on batteries, tyres and now they are running a 15% discount on all instore accessories for the month of June. With all this said, Jaco’s “Ace up his Sleeve” is his service delivery from Richards Bay through Durban to Amanzimtoti. Yes Jaco will collect your bike at your home, take it back to be tuned, repaired or tyres fitted on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. The collection or delivery is free of charge and you can be certain that his workmanship, I’ve heard from fellow bikers in my area, is faultless.

I also know this, Jaco will never sell you something he wouldn’t buy or use himself. Suzuki Richards Bay is run on good business ethics and excellent customer relations but I’ll leave that to you to find out for yourself. Their workshop is equipped to handle any type of job, motorcycle or ATV, the Dyno Jet room or Jaco’s Play Area is located behind the workshop and that is where magic happens. Jaco is an expert in this field and have tuned many bikes for performance, power delivery and fuel efficiency. They also supply and install Quick-Shifters, Filters, Power Commanders, Pipes or any type of gadget you’d like fitted to your scoot. Try them on for size at Tel: 035 7894205


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WHO TO BUZZ: The Biker Phonebook

ADVENTURE ACCESSORIES Phone: 031 9023623 AFFORDABLE BIKES Phone: 035 7511000 ALFIE COX KTM Phone: 031 7022034 BIG BOY SCOOTERS Phone: 031 7020036 BIKE 2 BIKE Phone: 021 9489826 BIKE CITY Phone: 031 4648505 ccGALLERY Phone: 031 5665464 COUNTRY TRAX - DURBAN Phone: 083 6414300 CRITERION YAMAHA Phone: 039 6840338 CUSTOM CRAFT Phone: 031 7093514 CYCLE CRAFT YAMAHA Phone: 031 3371716 EAR INSTITUTE Phone: 031 7651905 EAST COAST MOTORCYCLES Phone: 031 5663024 EKEROLD YAMAHA Phone: 033 3453503 ES BROKERS Phone: 031 5021922

FAST KAWASAKI Phone: 035 7896378

RYDER BMW Phone: 031 7658877

FUEL STICK Phone: 031 7015135

SCOOTER INN Phone: 031 3068826

GEAR UP ACCESSORIES Phone: 031 5664932

STARTLINE Phone: 031 7050715


SUZUKI MARGATE Phone: 039 3172671

HONDA WING MARITZBURG Phone: 033 3456287

SUZUKI RICHARDS BAY Phone: 035 7894205

HONDA WING PINETOWN Phone: 031 7025603

UMPLEBY SUZUKI Phone: 031 3038323

HONDA WING UMHLANGA Phone: 031 5807950

TAZ MOTORCYCLES Phone: 031 4641992

HONDA WING ZULULAND Phone: 035 7974894

THE BIKER STORE Phone: 031 5846967

JEFF’S BIKES Phone: 031 3012073

TIDAL MOTORCYCLES Phone: 031 3123990

LORDS & LEGENDS Phone: 031 9034534

TOTI MOTORCYCLES Phone: 031 9032067

LIQUI MOLY LUBRICANTS Phone: 011 3123461

TRAINING Phone: 083 7937975

LIZ O BROKERS Phone: 031 2667086

UMHLANGA BMW Phone: 031 5029800


UNLIMITED BATTERIES Phone: 031 7656687


XKULCHA Phone: 011 4991817

MOTORCYCLE CENTRE Phone: 033 3946941

ZAP MOTORCYCLES Phone: 031 2051201

PAZ SPRAYPAINTERS Phone: 031 4622007

ZULULAND BMW Phone: 035 7727355

PERRY YAMAHA Phone: 031 5667411 RBS YAMAHA Phone: 031 7011311 ROADMASTER Phone: 031 7660126

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READER STORY: Van Sani tot Die Hel en Willows sien mens die see tussen wit sand duine en jy weet net vandag is ʼn goeie dag. Om by ons volgende kamp te kom het ons al langs die kus verby die Tsitsikamma woude gery en van die N2 af gedraai, om ʼn stukkie agterpad te ry wat ons verby Nature’s Valley sou vat. Hierdie pad was een van drome met skelm draaie wat een na die ander vloei, en ʼn paar ‘dit-was-tenaby’ oomblikke . Hier het ek ook besef dat ʼn Transalp net so goed soos Rossi se moto-GP renfiets is, regtig! Verder was Knysna, Wilderness en Plet asemrowend, en al wat tussen ons en die groot voel paradys gestaan het was die Outeniqua pas. Dit was my 2de beste pad van die hele reis! Dit is uitdagend maar tog vergeeflik, pragtig, maar net soos met Lee-ann Liebenberg, moet jy eerder jou hande tuis hou. Na 12 jaar se marteling op die skoolbanke het die tyd aangebreek om myself te ‘ontdek’, soos die tieners deesdae sê. Anders as meeste tieners wat dronk word en op tafels dans het ek en Minki, dis nou my motorfiets, die beste paaie gaan uitsoek, en êrens tussen 6100 km, meer as 2800m bo seevlak het ek wel myself gevind, en oh dit was die moeite werd!

My heel gunsteling pad van almal, en tot my verbasing, was die Hel, of eerder bekend as die Gamkaskloof. Jy ry eers tot by ‘die top’ waar jy verbaas is oor hoe koud dit is en soos jy verder af gaan raak dit al warmer. Dit voel of jy sweef tussen die draaie en ʼn vinnige glans in jou spieël slaan jou stom wanneer jy sien wat agter jou lê en voor jou vleg die pad tussen die klowe, en net daar besef ek hoekom dit die Hel is. Dit is hel lekker! Onder in die Hel is daar ʼn winkel met ʼn lieflike grasperk en bome.

Die hoogtepunt van my ontdekking was ironies genoeg ook die hoogste punt van die avontuur, en die was om bo op Sani te kom. Dis nie eens 80 km van Underberg af nie, maar die pad tot bo is een wat woorde nie kan beskryf nie. Dit voel skoon of mens net dieper en dieper in die berge in ry en aan die begin kan jy nie help om te wonder wanneer jy gaan begin op gaan nie. En na breë stukke gelyk grondpad volg daar skerper draaie, steiler hoogtes en meer klippe. Na die Grenspos is dit werklik uitdagend met bitter skerp draaie en baie steil hoogtes. Die uitkyk punte verras jou oë met pragtige berge, en hoe hoer jy gaan hoe beter, tot jy heel bo is, waar die baie kouer as onder was, en jy nie kan help om soos Charlie Boorman of Ewan McGregor te voel wanneer jy besef wat jy bereik het nie. Na die foto’s en oppad af dan wonder ek wat voorlê...

Oppad terug het ons besluit om ʼn draai in Prins Albert te gaan maak, eerder as om direk kamp toe te gaan. Die pad af na Prins Albert laat my baie aan die Sewe-weeks poort pas dink, omdat jy heel onder in die skadu van die berge ry. Na ʼn vinnige stop by die ‘Bush pub’ om enige iets koud te drink was ons oppad en ‘2de waters’, een van die stroompies, het baie lekker gelyk! So in ware avontuur en skoolseun tradisie, was dit klere uit en in die water, en was dit nou vir jou lekker, tot op die punt dat daar ʼn gesin op gedaag het... Die eintlik baie vriendelike mense het na ʼn hele rukkie eers gery, en ons was sommer gou uit en oppad terug na die kamp.

Die Suurberge in die Oos-Kaap is nie heel bo op avonturiers se ry-lys nie, maar hulle moet beslis nie onderskat word nie. Daar is wel stukke waar jy mal word van al die klippe in die pad, maar dan is daar stukke waar jy weer soos die 8-jarige seuntjie in jou hart voel en as jy bo kom vir ʼn koue een is die uitsig glad nie te versmaai nie. Op die R400 wat na Jansenville toe gaan het ek in my lewe nog nooit so baie op ʼn motorfiets gebid soos daardie dag nie, want dit was net genade dat ek en my neef, op ʼn BMW F650 GS Dakar, nie geval het nie. Dit het die vorige aand en vroeg oggend gereën en alhoewel die pad droog gelyk het, was daar baie sagte en baie gladde klei modder onder dit. Eers in Jansenville, het ons vol gemaak en was weer op die pad, kamp toe. Na die uitdagings (en gebede) in die Suurberge het ek en my neef besluit om ʼn rustige ‘cruise’ al lang die kus af te vat, en was dit nou vir jou lekker! Die pad na Van Stadens is werklik fantasties op 2 wiele en tussen Sardinia baai

Oppad terug Durban toe wou ons nie weer dieselfde pad terug ry nie en na bietjie beplanning het dit so uit gewerk dat ons oor Naude’s nek pas sou ry. Die plaaslike mense se woorde was as volg: “Die pas is onbegangbaar, en die riviere kan nie oorkruis word nie”. Waar meeste mense nou sou omdraai het ons besluit om vir dit te gaan! Dit was koud, nat, mistig en snot glad! Ons het beplan om tot by Kokstad te ry, maar na 2 keer se omval en gesukkel het tyd ons in gehaal en ons het in Maclear gebly. Die gawe dame by die gastehuis was stom geslaan om te hoor waar ons was, veral na haar seun gesukkel het om die pad met ʼn 4x4 te ry. Wel nou dat ek weer veilig by die huis is en terug kyk op hierdie avontuur voel ek goed en reg vir die jaar maar met slegs een bekommernis. Wat gaan ek volgende doen?? Veilig ry!


- Jason v Schalkwyk

GEARING UP: Dual Purpose Tyres Written by John Briscoe of Gear Up Motorcycle Accessories

70/30 RADIAL Most dual-purpose tyres. Good on tar and adequate on district roads at the correct tyre pressure. Seriously compromised on any mud surface – become slicks in the wet. OK in the wet on tar. Sand is doable but is really hard work! Will just manage Sani in skilled hands but don’t try Ponta sand – its really hard work!

I have yet to come across a biker who does not want the ultimate in tyre performance i.e. one that not only sticks like glue on all surfaces but also never wears out. And by the way should also be ‘cheap’ or offers great ‘value’! I continually get asked the question about which tyre I should ride with and why. Much has been written about and tested in respect of super bike tyres. In this article I’ll stick with the dual-purpose tyres.

KM performance is generally the best with up to 15000 km’s on the back. PRICE: + R2250 In conclusion, decide on the type of riding you’re going to do most of the time and buy accordingly. A colleague buys 12 rear 30/70 tyres annually and uses one a month! But fun he definitely has and is never concerned with the lack of traction – he fits the correct tyres in the dirt! On the other hand if your budget is tiny and you do some technical riding without ‘scrapping’ through the corners then the 50/50’s will be good. Finally the last category is where most SA riders feature – mostly tar with the odd fling on a district road.

Like most subjects it will be easier to discuss the pros and cons in terms of three basic categories – technical dirt (30/70 bias), light technical (50/50 bias) and district road dirt (70/30 bias). The bias I refer to is the ratio the tyre is to be used on tar to dirt i.e. a 30/70 bias is a tyre that would be used occasionally on tar but mostly technical dirt. The 50/50 version suggests an equal spread of tar and dirt with occasional sections of technical dirt. The last mainstream category is the 70% tar and 30% light technical dirt (district roads).

Within each of these categories one finds multiple manufacturers all offering a particular features. Tyres are also like fashions – the riders tend to talk up certain tyres but neglect the positives of others and only speak of the tyre’s negative points. It is sometimes a tough call but use the big piece of paper technique – list your priorities and then try and get the best match to these by asking actual users very specific questions iro of their experience with the tyres.

30/70 COMBINED PLY Knobbly, great grip in sand and loose technical stuff. Low km’s and suspect handling on tar especially in the wet. Multiple ply sidewalls to improve overall performance. PRICE: + R3100 50/50 CROSS PLY Hard, tough tyre that sacrifices on the extremes i.e not great on serious technical surfaces and not good on tar especially in the wet. The hard compound and tough side walls result in a ‘square’ shape tyre with ‘sharp edges. Not quite a knobbly but more aggressive than the 70/30. The tyre life is generally twice that of the 30/70. The tyre is not suitable for sand riding – no flotation and tyre pressures must be kept above 2.2kpa to ensure the correct temperature performance and avoid separations.

Give me a call if you need any other input - Good luck! PS. Tyre pressures are critical to safe riding! Check them sooner than later!

There is insufficient traction offered to the rider in sand and loose technical surfaces with this type of tyre. PRICE: + R2300

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REVIEW: Tyre Pressure Monitors Systems underinflated by even a small amount. It literally feels as if you are going through a bend in premiums not to mention the additional heat it generates which then results in tyre wear. On a race track it is a different story but on everyday use we want our tyres to last the maximum amount of mileage and for that reason I would certainly have one of these fitted, just as a back-up plan or a heads-up of what’s going on down there. From the outset TPMS have been designed to warn the user (Car or Bike) that tyre failure is imminent and not to indicate unsafe handling might occur.

In theory, a TPMS is just one more feature that helps a rider understand the safety of his or her motorcycle. But it’s effective only if riders are still vigilant about checking their bike’s tyre pressures. People who only rely on the TPMS to warn them about low pressure are taking their chances. Low tyre pressure decreases fuel economy and causes tyres to wear out more quickly — all the more reason to be vigilant. From personal experience on testing bikes, I know how poorly a bike handles in any given situation with a tyre

The difference between Indirect and Direct TPMS is that indirect systems use the ABS’s wheel-speed sensors to detect that one tyre is rotating faster than the other. (An underinflated tyre has a smaller circumference so it has to roll faster to keep up.) Thus, the margin of error of indirect systems is large. Meanwhile, direct TPMS measure a tyre’s actual pressure and are accurate to within 1 psi. Current direct systems use a transceiver-gauge mounted to the tyre valve. This gauge sends a signal to the monitor where the pressure is displayed. When you see the warning light from a direct system, trust it and immediately check your tyre pressures.

WHAT’S NEW Number Plate Bracket: Looking at the pics below you will see the problem we as motorcyclists are facing when it comes to fitting a legal plate to our bikes. The mounting area is too narrow and the only way to mount it is to drill holes through the plate which then obscurs the lettering in a way that makes it illegal. A simple and very effective solution is offered by means of an aluminium backing plate with mounting slots which makes the plate easily

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Michelin Pilot Road 3 with 2CT: Having done 7000km on the stock Dunlops, it was time for the first tyre-change on my sponsored VFR1200. Jaco from Suzuki Richards Bay (yes, I was in the mood for a nice ride), already wellknown for his excellent service delivery in our neck of the woods supplied and fitted a set for me.

To ensure the best longevity possible; Soft rubber for grip or Hard rubber for longevity.

The R3’s offer more grip on wet or slippery roads - Thanks to its brand-new MICHELIN XST or X-Sipe Technology, which combines several technological patented evolutions, MICHELIN Pilot Road 3 surpasses its predecessor, MICHELIN Pilot Road 2, with even better key performances. Integrated sipes into the MICHELIN Pilot Road 3 tread pattern have triple actions: 1. Sipes generate pressure at the edge of the sipe blade which help ”break” the water film so the tyre can stay in contact with the road. 2. Sipes allow water to be drained into the larger tread channel. 3. Sipes are both biased slants and ”full depth”; this ensures regular wear of the tyre throughout its entyre lifetime. The reservoirs throughout the MICHELIN Pilot Road 3 sipes have a dual-action effect: 1. MICHELIN XST Technology acts as water reservoirs, able to temporarily store water and eject it when the reservoir is no longer in contact with the road. The draining capacity of MICHELIN Pilot Road 3 is increased.

Thanks to its MICHELIN 2CT or 2-Compound Technology, Michelin resolved the quadrature of the circle and can offer a tyre that is both resistant in the middle (hard rubber) and have grip on the shoulder (soft rubber). The Result? your tyres last longer without giving up cornering grip!

2. The reservoirs also increase the sipes efficiency by cutting them in two pieces. As a matter of principle, on a rounded surface - such as a tyre -, it is better to have two shorter blades than a single long one.

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LAM-GAT: 1600km in under 24-hours Touring the country on two-wheels is a pleasure. Seeing the sights, meeting the locals, experiencing the diversity of cultures that exist only a few hundred km’s away from where you normally hang your jacket - these are part of what ‘quality of life’ means to those of us that regularly hit the roads with our motorcycles. But there are people that REALLY put mileage on their motorcycles, in as little time as possible - and honestly feel as if that is what constitutes ‘quality of life’ for them. Some do both kinds of distance riding described above.

Gear Up sponsored me with a Tyre Repair Kit, Tyre Weld and a Kidney Belt. Thank you John, although the Tyre Repair Kit wasn’t used, the Kidney Belt was and always will be a winner in my book. In addition to this we were sponsored by Fuel Stick which is a fuel conditioner and improves combustion, fuel consumption and increases the octane level from 95 to 97. I started off by filling up without using the Fuel-Stick for the first part of 175km and the first fuel-stop. I then used a fuelstick for the next 220km and again for the next 200km.I did not use a fuel-stick to the 3rd fuel-stop at Cato Ridge when the fuel-light came on showing I had done 184km, a whole 36km short of what I did to the 2nd fuel-stop of 220km. My speed has been a constant 160 – 170km/h without any serious or drastic acceleration to affect this shortfall.

To promote and reward this type of rider Bike Talk has decided to introduce our very own South African flavour of the well-known “Iron Butt ” held in the USA but dubbing it “LAM GAT”. This is a test of the fittest motorcyclists; travelling distances of 1600km or 2000km in 24 hours.

I invited a few friends (Jean, Luan, Shaun) crazy enough to do this inauguration run with me and live to tell the tale.

Using the fuel-stick under these conditions resulted in a 16% fuel saving. The rest of the trip showed the same results at some points dropping to 14% due to harder riding up Van Reenen and more exciting twisties in the Midlands.

So on 19 April 2011 the four of us left Amanzimtoti at 4:45am heading North on the N2 to Pongola and back to Durban again. We then headed West on the N3 to Harrismith and yes back to Durban after hitting some rain at Mooiriver. Everything happens at Mooiriver, you either freeze to death, get wet or get pulled over by desperate cops trying to prove a point. The last leg was South on the N2 to Port Edward and back to Amanzimtoti but not before a near miss with a “drunk as a skunk” pedestrian at night on the fast lane. Only God’s grace prevented Jean and me from hitting that guy. Just imagine travelling at 140km/h at night, tired, seeing the problem in front of you and the next moment the problem is in your rear-view mirror. What a wake-up call!

My bike, the Honda VFR1200 sponsored by Honda SA, handled and performed without a single glitch. Someone said I cheated to have done the trip on such a forgiving and comfortable bike. I couldn’t agree more -- it offers ample power, effortless gear shifting and superb handling -- what a ride! Lam-Gat is a controlled event with clear, easy to follow guidelines and rules in order to qualify or for the ride to be officially recognised and certified.

Needless to say we stopped at the McDonalds in Amanzimtoti at 9:30pm safe-n-sound, tired and hungry completing a distance of 1658km in 17 hours and 45 minutes. We truly enjoyed the ride, each other’s companionship and most of all -- our motorcycles. Short trip makes you lazy but these long trips are what we live for; it tests your motorcycle, your fitness and the endurance of your mind.

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REVIEW: Honda CR-V navigation system along with voice controls, Bluetooth and a rear-view camera. Honda offers the CR-V either with a 2.4-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine that produces 122kW/220Nm or a 2.2-litre diesel engine that produces 110kW/350Nm. A 5-speed automatic or 6-speed manual front-wheel drive gearbox is standard, while all-wheel drive sends power to the front wheels exclusively until slippage is detected, at which point power is sent to the wheels with the most traction dubbing it Realtime 4WD. In terms of fuel economy, the CR-V is about average; estimates for the front-drive model are an estimated 9 km/ l city, 12km/l highway and 10.2km/l combined. The 2011 Honda CR-V is equipped with antilock disc brakes, stability control, front side airbags and side curtain airbags. A back-up camera is available on the EX-L with Navigation, and Honda dealers can install parking sensors on lower trim levels. In our brake testing at 120km/h, the CR-V came to a stop in a tidy 36m, which is better than average.

Well the cat’s out the bag, welcome to the first review on a 4-wheeler or a “cage” as some of us might call it. My wife and I had the privilege of testing this mode of transport and were blown away by how much Honda managed to fit into such a compact yet versatile SUV.

The CR-V’s cabin is both functional and attractive. Gauges are clear, controls are where you’d expect them to be and materials quality is good. Parents will appreciate the wideopening rear doors, the sliding and reclining backseat, the two-tier cargo area and the lightweight rear lift-gate, all of which ease the process of loading small children and the many items that go along with them. A “conversation mirror” built into the overhead console’s sunglasses holder enables front seat occupants to keep an eye on the backseat without turning around.

Although small crossover SUVs are extremely popular these days, I am certainly smitten with the CR-V’s ability to comfortably take on both people and cargo. It’s one of the best small crossovers for carrying stuff, as it has a roomy cargo area that’s good for both bulky and smaller items. The Honda CR-V also features a reclining/sliding secondrow seat and heated seats, navigation system and iPod integration. On top of this, the CR-V provides responsive handling, a comfortable ride, top safety scores and a long-standing reputation for high quality and steadfast reliability.

Luggage capacity with the seatbacks up measures a generous 513 cubic litres but with the split-level divider stowed and the rear seats folded, the CR-V can hold an impressive 955 cubic litres of cargo.

The 2011 Honda CR-V is a crossover SUV that straddles the line between compact and midsize. It is available in LX, SE, EX, EX-L and EX-L with Navigation trim levels, and each can be equipped with front- or all-wheel drive.

Though the Honda CR-V is certainly competitive against other 4-cylinder-powered crossovers, the CR-V sets itself apart with relatively nimble handling and sharp steering without the typical cage-roll; yip it goes around a bend flat as an iron.

The LX comes standard with 17-inch steel wheels, keyless entry, full power accessories, air-conditioning, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, driver seat height adjustment, 40/20/40 sliding and reclining rear seats, a retractable front centre tray table and a fourspeaker stereo with CD/MP3 player and an auxiliary audio jack. The SE adds alloy wheels, rear privacy glass and an upgraded audio system (with a six-CD changer and six speakers).

In the end there is just not enough space on this page to mention all the goodies the CR-R range has to offer, but believe this; the Honda CR-V is certainly a car you can buy with superb peace of mind. Priced from R365 621.00 - Incl. 14% VAT

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REVIEW: Triumph Tiger 800XC I loved the XC’s combination of tall seat and relatively upright riding position, especially when I found myself riding in heavy traffic. My head was at the same height or higher than an SUV driver’s, and I had great visibility down the road. I could see what was happening ahead of me, and I got the feeling that other road users could see me prett y well, too.Surprisingly, the bike’s tall profile didn’t make it feel unstable. The centre of gravity on the XC feels very low, and the bike handles effortlessly. It changes directions easily, and seems to have unlimited lean clearance on both sides. Its small fly-screen does a good job of breaking the force of the wind, and the thin seat is shaped for maximum control and comfort; certainly more comfortable than its competitors. The 3-cylinder engine between my knees I found liked to be flogged a bit, ridden up higher in the rev ranges in order to make sure that power was available when needed. That said, most city riding could be accomplished without a lot of unnecessary shifting; just hanging in third gear, I could weave through traffic and not wear out my clutch hand.

I recently had the rare opportunity to ride the best of both worlds in the Triumph 800 camp thinking; these are some of the coolest bikes on the planet. So here I am, my heart skipping a beat and asking, “Which one do I ride first, the Tiger 800 or 800 XC?”

Taking the XC out on dirt around Mid-Illovo and Eston proved to be reliably stable and predictable even when riding standing on the foot-pegs. The slightly higher handlebars offered comfortable stand-up riding even for the taller rider. At top-end the Tiger 800 and 800XC provided a rock solid ride not shaking in its tracks like some of the competitors I’ve ridden in the past.

The Tiger 800 is available in a more purely street-oriented version, the Tiger 800, which shaves a few 1000 off of the price by losing some of the beefier components on the XC, and lowering the seat height. Both bikes share the same motor. The XC comes in three colours: black, white and orange but the impact of the design is more from shape than colour. In keeping with its off-road pretensions.

This new Tiger has gained a lot of refinement and ability, the challenge would be to decide between the “base model” Tiger 800 or the “adventure” Tiger 800 XC. Enter the Tiger 800XC into the market and only time will tell how it will stand up against the rest. The only answer to making a choice is to do a lot of test riding until you find the bike that matches your style, needs and budget. If you land on a 2011 Triumph Tiger 800 XC, you will have landed very well.

The details are what makes the XC special. Simple where it could be complex, the Tiger wears a very plain flat tubular handlebar, laser-etched with the Triumph logo at centre. The clutch lever can be quickly adjusted without tools by turning a metal knob. The elegant instrument cluster delivers the information you need in no uncertain terms, with a big analogue rotary tachometer and a digital speedometer, digital fuel gauge, clock, odometer and timer. A digital indicator lets you know which gear you have selected at any given moment. The 799 cc inline 3-cylinder engine beats out an unmistakable song. Liquid cooled, and tuned to deliver 94 hp and 78Nm of torque, the engine revs up to 9,300 rpm before the power runs out.


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The very first dimension that has to be addressed before riding the Tiger 800 XC is seat height. The XC’s seat is a bit high at 845mm just slightly lower than the seat of its prime competitor, the BMW F 800 GS (880mm). I’m 6’2” and I was totally comfortable with the seat height, my 5’2” wife took one look at the 800XC and decided to ride the 800 non-XC instead. Riders who don’t need the XC’s off-road capabilities might consider the non-XC version, which has a lower 810mm seat height.


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GOD’S HALF PAGE: Who is your Captain? “Aren’t two sparrows sold for a penny? Not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s will.“ (Matthew 10:29).

The lesson of 1 John 4:18, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear,” should teach us something: that either we do not love God as we should, or we do not believe Him when He says that He loves us.

We worry too much. We follow the example of our earthly father Adam when he confessed to God, “I was afraid...and hid” (Genesis 3:10). We have become a fearful people, even though most of our fears are often unfounded or just plain silly, because we do not have our eyes on the sparrow.

Think about the following: 1. Worry comes from human interference with God’s plan. 2. You cannot change the past, but you ruin a perfectly good present by worrying about the future. 3. Why worry when you can pray? 4. Worry is interest paid on trouble before it is due.

One of the renderings for the term sparrow in Hebrew referred to small birds, and in Matthew the word probably refers to a small house sparrow. The birds were well known in Syria; they were small, tame and found everywhere. Because of their great number they were sold cheaply; five would go for one and one-half cents. The idea is that if God cares for something so inexpensive and small, then certainly He will care for and protect us!

The story is told of the ship that was trapped in a severe storm at sea. All were preparing to abandon ship, all except one young lady who was playing with her dolls. When asked if she were not afraid, she calmly replied, “No, because my father is the captain.” When the storms of life seem to trap us, let us learn to keep our eyes upon the sparrow and to say, “I am not afraid because the Captain is my Father!”

Jesus always gives us the assurance, “I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20). Yet we continue to be afraid: Nuclear war, loss of health, serious accident, job loss, and a thousand other things.

Who is the Captain of your life?



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TECH TALK: What, side-stands? stand, if possible, so that it does. If it is not possible for you to adjust the side-stand sufficiently, any welder can easily do so in a matter of minutes. Assuming that your side-stand is fully functional, there are things you should not do in order to keep them from turning dangerous. You should never take a bike down from its centre stand while the side-stand is down. To do so risks potential damage to the frame and engine mounts (from shock) and can easily result in tossing your bike over onto its right side. Situations that increase the risk include your shocks being low, heavy luggage, a road slope to the right, or coming down slightly off centre. You should never simply kick the stand down at your destination and climb off your bike without visually checking that it is extended all the way and ‘locked’ into place.

What could possibly be said about side-stands? In my opinion motorcycles should have a ‘walk around’ performed before every ride. During these quick checks you will see the obvious: low tyre pressure, damaged tyres, dripping oil, open luggage, and the like. (You might also get in the habit of checking your oil level.)

You should never have your shocks so low or luggage so heavy, or stop on an incline to the right so great that you have to lean the bike to the right in order to get the sidestand all the way down. If you have to do so, the bike will not be leaning heavily on that side-stand when you leave it and you cannot, as a result, trust that your bike will remain standing when you return to it.

Depending on how frequently you ride, I suggest that a ‘touch everything’ (literally) check should also be done regularly where such things as loose windscreens, loose spark plug wires, loose mirrors, etc. are discovered before they become problems. But one part of our machines tends to get overlooked by most during our casual checks and that is the side-stand.

You should never allow a passenger to mount or dismount your bike while the side-stand is down (or you are off the bike, or you do not have both feet on the ground, or you are not in neutral). Compressing/decompressing shocks can result in the side-stand pushing the bike over onto its right side.

First, let’s look at what can go wrong with them. The most obvious is a weak or broken lock spring. With either you can end up dragging the stand as you ride, or it will fail to ‘lock’ the stand into place when you lower it leaving your bike on its left side when you dismount.

You should never rely on the side-stand to support your bike by itself unless you are parked on a solid surface. While sand and grassy areas are obviously not ‘solid’, neither is asphalt or tar when the temperature exceeds 40 degrees in the sun. Placing a plastic or metal ‘foot’ under that side-stand is usually all that is required to keep your stand from punching a hole under it and sending your bike onto its left side.

Newer bikes have an interlock switch that kills the ignition if you put the bike into gear while the stand is down. That switch can fail. If you rely on it and don’t bother to check that the stand is up before you drive away, that first left turn can easily send you bouncing over to the right and result in total loss of control. Older bikes have a rubber ‘finger’ extension at the tip of the stand that will wear over time. The purpose of that little ‘finger’ is to grab the pavement before the metal part of the stand itself does and ATTEMPT to pull the stand out of its locked position before it hits. There is a wear marker on these rubber extensions and when yours gets worn to that point it should be replaced because it no longer reaches the ground before the metal part of the side-stand. If, when parked on a level surface, your bike is not leaning heavily on the side-stand you should adjust the side-

You should never leave your bike unattended in neutral gear with the side-stand down if you are parked facing down (OR up) a hill. Putting the bike in gear will ‘lock’ the rear wheel and your bike will still be standing when you return to it. Being ‘in-gear’ is the closest thing on your bike to having a parking brake! Use your side-stand wisely or go to the gym, you are going to need the strength to pick your bike up sooner than you think; to say the least.


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