All About the Bass: Riding the Ducati Scrambler 1100

How much is just enough? For Ducati, the answer is the amount of cubic centimetres inside the motor of the new Ducati Scrambler 1100. As modern classics go, Ducati's Scrambler range is bang on trend....

Revisited: Is the BMW G 310 GS a Worthy GS?

The 'GS' designation's been part of BMW's line-up for thirty-eight years already. Their flagship R 1200 GS is synonymous with globetrotting—even if only a fraction of owners actually take theirs far enough off the...

First Impressions: OSAH Drypak 40 Duffel Bag

We got hold of a OSAH Drypack 40 Duffel Bag to test. The first thing that I noticed was the wide mouth style opening, this made it very easy to pack my belongings into. The...

Aprilia RSV4 RR – Simply Seductive and Intoxicating

The highway is congested, so I scan ahead only to see more cars and more clutter. I smile in my helmet, because none of this matters right now. I twist the throttle and listen...

TRIUMPH 1050 TIGER SPORT – a Tiger for the tar.

In recent years Triumph’s Tiger range has been dominated by it’s dual sport bikes. The 1050 Sport has kind of got lost in the wood work. Around 2016 the 1050 got a makeover. The...

THE FREEDOM OF THE CITY – SYM JET 14

Designed to get the best out of city traffic, the Jet 14 is a high-wheeled scooter that stands out for its aggressive yet elegant design. It is ideal for those looking for practical, every...

XKULCHA KLASSIC DENIMS – No excuse not to wear all the kit, all the...

I recently had the opportunity to visit the Xkulcha factory in Johannesburg. Xkulcha is a real South African success story. As South Africans, we tend to have a bit of a carry over from...

Motul’s Motorcycle Care Range

I recently told you about the trip we did a while back around Botswana on 160 and 180cc TVS motorcycles. To best ensure their reliability in harsh riding conditions, we all used Motul’s excellent...

Ride Review: Zontes ZT310-R

Meeting the local importer of Zontes, I cannot help but get excited about its introduction to the South African market. Enter Jaco van der Merwe, entrepreneur and established business owner from the North of Pretoria....

Ride Review: Indian Chieftain Dark Horse

The Chieftain Dark Horse is Indian’s player in the Bagger space. As you can deduct from the name “Bagger”, bikes of this ilk come with panniers, or “Bags” if you will, and are designed...

Revisited: How the Ducati Multistrada 1260 S Blew My Mind

Ducati clinched yet another victory at the hotly contested Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, just outside Colorado Springs this past weekend. It's the seventh time the Italian marque has conquered the Race to the...

KTM 790 DUKE – Duking it out with the Middleweights!

In many ways this has been my most challenging review to date. The 790 Duke is an extremely important bike for KTM. The middleweight space is a very lucrative one, especially in the competitive...

MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 Lusso SCS (Smart Clutch System) – First Ride Impressions!

Here is an exotic Italian sport touring bike with some serious new tech, SCS, for Smart Clutch System, which basically dispenses with using the clutch lever. How does it work? We flew to Italy...

Husqvarna 401 Svartpilen – Simple. Progressive.

Husqvarna has existed in some form or another since the late 1600s making muskets, sewing machines, typewriters and most importantly, since 1903, motorcycles. Husqvarna’s earliest motorcycles were known for being simple and lightweight, and...

Kawasaki H2-SX – Ballistic Cruise Missile!

I believe that the supercharged motor that Kawasaki rocked the world with a couple of years ago in the manic H2 has come home. The H2-SX is Kawasaki’s Sports Touring version of the Sports...

Helmet Review: HJC CS – 15

In the current beleaguered economy it is encouraging to find quality products that don’t make your wallet cry out for a transfusion. If you have just got into motorcycling or perhaps need a helmet...

First Ride – The Husqvarna Vitpilen 701

The biggest stir of 2018 so far has surely come from Husqvarna. The recent launch of its street bike range – first seen in concept at EICMA in 2014 – is such an audacious...
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Hanging with Harley-Davidson, Croatian Style!

I was fortunate to crack an invite to the Harley-Davidson “Ride, Ride, Slide” World Media Event hosted in the fascinating country of Croatia from the 29th of April to the 2nd of May. Harley...

The 2018 Ninja 400 SE – The Ninja Family is Getting Bigger

The smallest member of the Ninja family started it’s life as a 250cc, grew to 300, and now, with styling inspired by the championship-winning ZX-10R and the Ninja H2, enter the new Kawasaki Ninja 400...
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Kawasaki Z900 RS – The legend Returns!

It is hard to explain to the modern generation of bikers what an impact the launch of the original Z900, called the Z1, had when it exploded onto the scene in December of 1972. The...

Revisted: The Ducati Monster 821 is Just Right

The iconic Ducati Monster celebrates its 25th birthday this year. But what's truly remarkable, is that the contemporary Monster still resembles the design that Miguel Galluzzi first penned in the 90s. The new Monster...

The 2018 Honda CB1000R – First Ride Impressions!

How to make a motorcycle better? The usual recipe is to put more power and retrench some weight. Honda, obviously followed this path. But while the new, so called “neo-sports-café” design slightly changes the...

Indian Scout Bobber – Power cruiser meets cool

The Scout model from Indian carries a magnificent heritage. It has always been Indians’ performance model, taking the fight to Harley-Davidson. Well, nothing has changed! The Scout, in my opinion, is a real looker....

The 2018 KTM 790 Duke – First Ride Impressions!

111 000 hours of human work, 60 people being involved full time in the R&D department, 604 800 kilometres of intensive dyno testing and more than 900 000 kilometres spent testing on the open...

The 2018 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports – First Ride Impressions!

The original 1988 Honda Africa Twin was a real game changer, as it put an end to the single-cylinder trail bike era and it took three years for Yamaha to replicate with the XTZ...

The unsung hero. Suzuki DL 1000 V-Strom

Suzuki introduced the V-Strom a number of years ago. It was one of the stable of Suzuki’s which used their new at the time 90 degree V twin litre motor. The 2018 V-Strom’s engine...

First Ride: 2018 Triumph Tiger 800 XCa

Morocco. Winter. Snowy Atlas mountain foothills, a fleet of brand new 2018 Triumph Tiger 800 XCa's, some tents in which to sleep, everything is just fine, as we were promised a genuine adventure experience...

Revisited: Why the Harley-Davidson Softail Street Bob is the Raddest Softail

With nine models to choose from, there's something for everyone in Harley-Davidson's new Softail line-up. From classic cruisers like the Heritage and the iconic Low Rider, to the raked-out Breakout and muscular Fat Bob,...

BMW G 310 GS Launch – George, Western Cape

Oubaai, the Ernie Els golf estate development at Herolds Bay, just outside George, was the scene of the official launch of the G 310 GS. Anything with the suffix ‘GS’ seems to elicit a...

The 2018 Kawasaki H2 SX – First Ride Impressions!

In 2004, a film-maker called Morgan Spurlock released a movie called: Supersize Me! The target, to eat as many burgers as possible. In 2018, a motorcycle manufacturer called Kawasaki released a touring bike: Supercharge Me! The...

The Scrambler Ducati Desert Sled is Actually a Scrambler

Neo-retro scramblers are all about style, right? Sure, most of them look like they rolled straight out of On Any Sunday, but aren't they better suited to hopping cafés than ripping farm roads? The Scrambler...

The Ducati Panigale V4 S – First Ride Impressions!

The pit straight at Valencia MotoGP racetrack is only 876 meters, that doesn’t prevent the new Ducati Panigale V4 S reaching a speed of over 280 km/h. The pit straight is just swallowed in...

The Other Boxer: Riding the BMW R 1200 R

Any conversation about modern BMW boxers is going to be dominated by the R 1200 GS. It makes sense: the GS is BMW's best selling model, especially in the primo dual-sport market that is...

The Harley Davidson Sportster Roadster

While the rest of the motorcycling world is strutting about, showing off their new-found ‘retro’ chic, the people at Harley Davidson must be looking at each other and wondering what all the fuss is...

First Ride: 2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 S

“This is a revolution!” This expression was made famous by the late Steve Jobs but it could be assignable to Ducati too. In 2010, the Italian firm launched the first generation Multistrada 1200 in...

Riding the 2018 Harley-Davidson Softail Fat Boy

The birth of Harley-Davidson's new Softail platform meant the death of the beloved Dyna. But the Motor Co. wasn't about to ditch some of their most popular motorcycles—so they absorbed the best Dyna models...

First Ride: Kawasaki Z 900 RS

35 years after the iconic Z1, this new 900 Kawasaki will warm the hearts of biking enthusiasts and stir up plenty of nostalgia for the good old times. But is the Z 900 RS...

Yamaha MT-07 Tracer – Middleweight Cruise Missile

The introduction of a Tracer version of Yamaha’s excellent 700cc parallel-engined middleweight, brings a whole new set of skills to this class. Naked motorcycles, whilst a lot of fun, are limited on the practicality...

First Ride: Ducati Monster 821

For 2018, the Ducati Monster 821 enjoys some new aesthetics and technological improvements. Nothing really major but enough to renew interest in this great looking, mid-size, iconic, naked bike.   The past six months has...

Yamaha X-Max 300 – First Ride Impressions!

Out of all the bikes I have ridden this year, the one that surprised me the most was the 2017 Yamaha T-Max. Why you might ask? Well, let me explain. In ‘T’ mode the...

First Ride: Indian Scout Bobber

This is a new, badass version of the famous Scout: welcome to the Indian Scout Bobber, a model designed for a younger and urban type of biker. We had a chance to ride this...

First Rides: 2018 Harley-Davidson Softails

Last year, Harley-Davidson made its own revolution for the MY17 range, with a brand new engine, the 8-valve Milwaukee Eight that was available in three different technical specs. First was the 107cubic inch (17454cc),...

Riding the 2017 Ducati Monster 797

My first motorcycle was very nearly a Ducati—the Monster 620 Dark. As a new motorcyclist, my reasons had little to do with performance. It looked cool, it was a Ducati and, most importantly, I...

First Ride: The 2018 Suzuki GSX-R125

Since 1985, the Suzuki GSX-R has been an icon to sport bike lovers. With several victories and titles in local championships as well as World Endurance and World SBK series, the emblem has made...

First Ride: The 2018 Suzuki V-Strom 250

We’ve seen lately the creation of a new motorcycle category: the smallish, dual-purpose bike. After Kawasaki and the Versys-X 300, after Honda CRF 250 Rally and while waiting for the BMW G310 GS, here...

KTM 390 Duke – Long Term Test Report

A few months ago, I was considering buying a daily run-around, come highway commuter bike. I work in Pretoria but at least twice a week I need to pop through to Johannesburg for meetings. There...

The Honda CRF250 Rally

What is it about an adventure bike that is so appealing? And why do they sell in the volumes that they do? On my daily commute on my motorcycle, I see a number of...

Suzuki – SV650 2017

I recently got the opportunity to ride Suzuki’s new 2017 SV 650 both at Red Star Raceway as well as in Mpumalanga. The two totally different environments highlighted what an accomplished all-rounder the SV...

Suzuki – DL650 V-Strom 2017

Why is it that some bikes gain all the headlines but some others fly below the radar? And why is it that sometimes the ones that fly under the radar are the better bike? The...

Bavaria Bound with the BMW R nineT Urban G/S

BMW has a truly fanatical fan base: if you need proof, a visit to the BMW Motorrad Days is all it takes. It’s an annual three-day shindig held in July, smack bang in the...

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