Ducati Family Fun Day at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit

The 2017 racing season had come to a close and it was now that dreaded long calendar watch until the 2018 season would start turning some wheels again. For your average racer it is...

The Woodstock Moto Co. Garage Built Show

On the edge of Woodstock, just before you cross over into Cape Town's CBD, lies Barron Street. On the cusp of full-blown gentrification—but not quite all the way there yet—it's home to such diverse...

Tank Girls – Verneukpan

(November 2017) This story is not about blood and guts, it’s not about a knight in shining armour, nor a romantic comedy. Nobody will die. Nothing will happen. Nothing will end… …nothing at all But in the...

Travelling like a Chief.

I find myself traversing dense traffic on the N1 South as I head towards Johannesburg. Fast approaching the Buccleuch interchange I have to make a swift decision; Western or Eastern Bypass?? East, it is,...

Sundays are for Motos and Friends: Getting to Know Ducati Cape Town

To the average Capetonian, the sight of shiny red Ducati signage on the way into the V&A Waterfront is no big deal. But to Cape Town's Ducatisti, it signals a return to the Mother...

MOTUL and their History in Motorsport

164 years ago the Swan and Finch Oil Corporation was founded in New York in the good old US of A. They made a name for themselves as purveyors of quality lubricants, and as time...

The Roof of Africa – How the Times Have Changed!

To appreciate how different a race the Roof is in 2017 compared to 1967, we are going to look at the winning bike in the very first event and compare it to the motorcycle...

MOTUL Roof of Africa – the Mother of Hard Enduros!

The 2017 MOTUL Roof of Africa will herald the 50th anniversary of this iconic race. Whilst the event started in 1967, political unrest in Lesotho saw the event cancelled in 1998, so it is...

BlackStone Tek / BST

The aircraft manufacturer, Lockheed, have a Special Ops department known as their “Skunkworks”. Aircraft like the SR-71 Blackbird trace their origins back to this incredible, innovative and truly brilliant bunch of people. Well, it...

Tank Girls – StofSkop 2017

On any Saturday…but more specifically on the 5th of August, a bunch of flat track hooligans gathered together around a flat piece of dirt oval. They brought two wheeled engines of every size &...

My Indian Blog

This little blog came about because I was recently invited to attend the Alfie Cox Invitational Enduro event, which was to be held in Umzumbe on the South Coast (KZN). My wife and I decided...

Discovering a beautifully restored 1957 BSA Gold Star 500 whilst renewing my wife’s driver’s...

Meeting Mike Longley proves once again that there is a silver lining to every dark cloud. As it turned out it wasn’t a cloud but rather a Star and the lining was Gold not...

Social SYM kicks up dust at Stof Skop 2017

Once a year a really mixed bag of motorcycles gather at the Walkerville showground’s for “Stof Skop”. What transpires is a classic “run what you brung“ day of dirt oval flat track racing. Various...

Swaziland

15 - 18 June 2017 We're all gonna die one day! And how much better would that be on a DUCATI SCRAMBLER DESERT SLED? Ducati South Africa has given me a Sled to use for the rest...

Inside the Surreal World of the Gumball 3000

I’m making my way through parc fermé, with a Dodge Hellcat to my left and a Lamborghini Aventador to my right. In front of me, two Russians are handing a breathalyzer back and forth,...

The Tuning fork Phenomenon – Yamaha Motor Company

Torakusu Yamaha was born in a small rural village in Japan in 1851. Fascinated by Western technology, he qualified as a watchmaker after completing his schooling. Blessed with an enquiring mind and an exceptional...

The Indian Story

The relatively small American City of Springfield, Massachusetts, was founded in 1636 and has been home to some iconic American brands. Springfield Armory produced the first American musket in 1794 and later, the legendary...

A day spent with the Ducati 1299 Panigale Superleggera

We have many good days here at ZA Bikers and on The Bike Show; after all, we do get to ride and talk and write about bikes for a living. But some days are...

Botswananas

(13 – 17 April 2017) Travelling in Botswana could be compared to being stranded on a deserted island. You could travel for days without seeing other living souls. You could get lost. You could even...

There is a new ‘Flasher in Town’!!

Some of you may remember my blog ‘To flash or not to flash’, which was based on my experience with re-mapping or ‘flashing’ my Yamaha Super Tenere’. The result was spectacular. I was recently intrigued...

BOTSWANA ODYSSEY 2016

With motorcycle tours the fun starts with the planning. We really wanted the Botswana Odyssey to be special. Our group of 11 included Bill and Tammy Snell from Orlando in the US and Arthur...

What Can You Carry in Your Bag To Help With A Breakdown?

Riding a bike has one major drawback; if something breaks or you get a puncture, you’re pretty much stranded until someone comes to pick you up. Carrying a full tool kit is out of...

A Newbies Guide to Racing

Simon Morton, ZA Bikers news editor recently accepted an invitation from Riaan Neveling (KTM SA Marketing Manager) to take part in the Redstar round Of the KTM RC390 Seniors race series. The event would...

Social “Sandy” SYM rides the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in Botswana!

I suppose the idea germinated whilst in the company of some Adventure bikes at the top of Sani pass. They were somewhat miffed at the ease with which Social shot up the pass! “Real...

Rent and Ready to Race…..

“I want to be like Brad Binder……” could be one of the most frightening words a parent could ever imagine hearing these days. With our local hero flying the South African flag this season...

SYM Scooter conquers Sani Pass!

Social SYM “ South Africa’s most famous scooter” and Brand ambassador for SYM Motorcycles and Scooters SA is at it once again. After showing off its amazing build quality by bungee jumping off Orlando...

Biking Brotherhood

An inevitable consequence of motorcycling for any length of time is the kindling and growth of many good and lasting friendships. So it was with Willem and me. In 1974 my passion for motorcycles led...

To Flash or not to Flash… That is the question!

Whoa guys! Before you reach for the lapels of that grubby raincoat… I am not talking about that kind of flashing. This is a motorcycle blog! I’m talking modern motorcycle electronics. Perhaps the three...

Quick Chicks!

There is just something about women in leathers. I’m not talking about your average rally going lady in leather pants that are meant to do the job of a corset. Or, as the lady...

APACHE INDIANS RAID VICTORIA FALLS!!

This trip report was from 2012. Those of you with a smidgen of historical knowledge will know that the Apache Indians are incredibly tough, survive in the wilderness on just about nothing, and led by...

The downside of biking

When folks hear that I have ridden bikes for nigh on 47 years, the inevitable question arises, “So Dave, have you ever fallen off?” Well, Duh, Hallo, of course I have! I mean is...

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