BOTSWANA SYMmetry – Two SYM’s, two Daves’, 1900 K’s and plenty of Ellies

Nothing elicits a feeling of longing and nostalgia in me more than watching a YouTube clip of bikes and buds on a road trip through an arid landscape. I literally feel the heat, smell...

How to Beat Winter Boredom, Milwaukee Style

Even when I'm not riding them, motorcycles take me to some incredible places. Earlier this year, they took me to Milwaukee, the homeland of Harley-Davidson, in the middle of a snowy Midwestern winter. It seems...

Four crazy Germans and an African adventure…

So you want to do a hard core trip through South Africa, Botswana and Namibia. A trip that includes some hostile terrain with lots of sand, rocks and gravel thrown into the mix? Furthermore,...

The road to Sani…

Sani Pass is one of the most talked about gravel passes in Southern Africa. It is the “Child of Fire” and for a long time, was the highest, longest and therefore most prestigious pass...

5 tips to getting your ‘moto’ on…

There’s nothing quite as refreshing as a quick ride down the road with only the sounds of your motorbike and the wind to keep you company. Whether it’s to beat the traffic blues or simply...

India’s Beast of Burden

Do not for a moment believe all you read on Google! Google “Indian beast of burden” and you will come up with a Gaur or a Zebu. Never heard of them? Well, nor had...

The Singles Club

It was Albert Einstein that stated, “why do I always get my best ideas in the shower?” Simply put, this means that we must sometimes remove ourselves from the immediate situation, relax and talk...

Around the World Motorcycle Travellers

Nothing excited me more as a sixteen year old, than getting up at dawn on a beautiful Sunday summers morning. Throw on jeans, T-shirt and jacket. Grab my open face helmet and gloves and...

Summer Daze: Riding the Cape on Triumph’s Cruisers

Cape Town's motorcyclists are evangelists for the Mother City. We can't help it—not only do we have amazing scenery, food and people, but the riding here is top notch. Tell a local motorcyclist that...

Touring in Indonesia: a motorcycle trip over Java and Bali islands

Located approximately 8500 kilometres away from South Africa across the Indian Ocean, Indonesia is a world on its own. ZA Bikers went on a motorcycle trip over the two islands of Java and Bali,...

To Hell and Back with the Killer Bee and Friends

A TOUCH OF THE KAROO Cast the window wider, sonny; Let me see the veld Rolling grandly to the sunset Where the mountains melt; With the sharp horizon round it. Like a silver belt Years and years I’ve trekked across it; Ridden...

Motorcycle Gunslingers

From the moment that engine got mounted onto a bicycle to create the first motorcycle, men have tried to make these contraptions go faster. Quite why we have been obsessed with speed, I really...

A Modern Classic Adventure

I own a Triumph Street Twin, which I bought back in late 2017. Since buying the bike, I have been gradually customising it to my liking. When I first got the bike, I found the...

“HAVE YOU DONE THE DOOHICKEY?”

Done the what? Is that some kind of dance? Like first cousin to the Macarena, perhaps? No dudes, it is just KLR speak. Kawasaki’s venerable KLR 650 has been around, in various forms, for...

Ryan Hughes at The Graveyard

Ryan Hughes, the AMA champion who raced alongside Jeremy McGrath, Jeff Emig and Ricky Carmicheal, was recently in South Africa for a 5 day training camp! After retiring from his spectacular professional motocross career, this...

ON ANY SUNDAY – MOTOCROSS STYLE

The 25th of November saw Terra Topia serve as venue for the Hero’s and Legends motocross event. ZA Bikers cracked an invite from the kind folks at Yamaha. I cruised out with our ace...

Road Tripping through the Free State.

Our buddy Johann Claassen, who served as road captain on Cancervive, heads up the Rustenburg chapter of Steelwings. For those who don’t know, Steelwings is a dedicated club for Harley–Davidson owners. Members come from...

Kawasaki ZX10R Masters Cup…. Why going green makes sense!

The chequered flag has just waved the end of the 2018 Kawasaki ZX10R Cup season and what a season it was! Sven Grune and Graeme van Breda put on a great show all season...

The stolen Zontes 310-R – a true story

This story started like a Hollywood film. A potential customer walked into one of the Zontes dealerships in Cape Town on 13 September 2018, and requested to test the newly released Zontes 310-R. He...

JAPANESE AUTO RACING

The diversity of motorcycle motorsport never ceases to amaze me! Everyone is familiar with the likes of MotoGP, World Superbikes and Supersports, the TT Races, and so on. Then we have MX, Enduro and...

Autonomous cars are exciting for bikers!

So, how can boring cars be exciting for bikers? Boring, self-driving, reading-the-newspaper-on-the-way-to-work kind of cars? A thought was developing in my mind while driving home on a Sunday evening and observing the drivers around...

Motorcycle Advertising from the 1970’s

It’s fascinating to page through one of my 1977 bike magazines. The articles are fascinating in that emission standards were introduced and enforced in the ‘States for the first time. The Cycle magazine editorial...

Vesparados to Rustenburg!

For the last two months my life has revolved around water; cold water getting me into a bit of hot water. I have been disgraced by human attitude. The human race has disappointed me…...

In Search of Swazi Gold

Our trip to Swaziland wasn’t in search of real gold, but the metaphorical gold of adventure. Over the past few years we’ve explored a substantial amount of South Africa. The wonders of Mpumulanga, deserts of...

An Audience with the Duke of Alps

It’s MotoGP weekend in Austria and the rain hasn’t let up since Thursday evening - and we’re contemplating swapping our brace of KTM 790 DUKES for jet skis. We’re heading to the Spielberg Ring the...

Will he be remembered for his statistics or his talent?

Having just watched a compilation of Marc Marques’ miraculous saves, situations where all other riders would have crashed, a question came to mind: How will Marc Marques be remembered? Will it be for the...

Damn! Was My Face Red!

For those of you that started your motorcycling in the early 70’s, do you remember learning to ride? Invariably it meant getting to grips with a 50cc bike or, as schoolboys of the day...

Dorren Loureiro Racing Academy Teaching the Old Dogs New Tricks

There is no doubt that the motor industry is constantly evolving. If you look at how advanced sport bikes have become over the last 10 years it is absolutely mind blowing. These days bikes...

The beginning of the end

By far the the best book I have every read is the story of Joey Evans. At ZA Bikers, we where very fortunate to have played a small part in Joey's story, and we...

DREAMING OF A BIG SKY

“The old Lakota was wise. He knew that a man’s heart away from nature becomes hard” Luther Standing Bear – LAKOTA SIOUX. At this time each year, I start experiencing a “hardness of heart”. Deep from...

THE DUNLOP STORY

It’s amazing how many things get invented by people involved in the most mundane pastimes. In the case of John Boyd Dunlop, back in 1889, it was watching his son on his tricycle. The...

To The Sea!

“You be you and I be me To live to live tempestuously As each wave breaks at the edge of the sea You be you then I’ll be me” *Skinny van Schalkwyk* We all have vivid images of the...

The Bonafide Moto Adventure to Sani Pass

When we planned this recent adventure we had these crazy ideas and high hopes to summit Sani Pass in the middle of winter with snow all around us. Thankfully that was not the case...

Beating the grind

One of the biggest advantages of a Vespa is the way that it can zip through traffic, thanks to an upright seating position, low centre of gravity and exceptional low speed stability. Many buyers...

KTM Fanatics – My Epic Austrian Trip!

For those of you that don’t know - my name is Andy Styling, otherwise known as Styling, Boss or Mr KTM. I started a group called KTM FANATICS 14 months ago. It might come as...

Getting to Know the Motor Co. at the Harley-Davidson Museum

It's a big year for Harley-Davidson. Not only is the Motor Co. celebrating its 115th anniversary, but the Harley-Davidson Museum—where all 115 years are on display—is turning ten. On the scale of Harley-Davidson fandom, I'm...

MOTUL MEMORIES

So what is this Motul memories all about, you may ask? Let me explain. I started my motorcycling in the ‘70’s. That was the era when, as a sixteen year old, a person was...

The only checklist you need when buying a used motorcycle

Adding a funky motorcycle to your man cave is worth boasting rights. Right? Whether it’s an adventure motorcycle, dirt bike or superbike, we can all agree that bikes are super cool. The kids want to...

Tank Girls The Adventures: Farm Jam Hare Scramble!

(21 APRIL 2018) a.k.a. Middelburg Mud Pie eating contest Toe pluk ons 'n kleilat vir ons eie gat... (Barbara opened this can of worms, now we had to lie in it) Hare scramble is a form of...

To all bikers, what kind of customer are you?

It was with great interest that I read the comments and feedback on my previous blog “would you ride an electric bike to save the motorcycle industry?”. There were some brilliantly insightful questions and...

TECHNOLOGY – Curse or blessing?

I recently had another ride on KTM’s magnificent 1290 R. Incredible bike, however aspects of the bike got me thinking. I am re-reading ‘ Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance’, the all time...

Striking Moto-Gold in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a amazing city to visit, but it's not about to top anyone's list of hot motorcycling destinations. Crazy inner city traffic makes it easier to get around by train, tram or foot,...

Tank Girls – Witkop Pass

Sometimes you must come up for air… just one breath, even if it’s just a 48hr ride into the bush. It puts life into perspective and as the wind tangles your hair, it snares...

Would You Ride an Electric Bike to Save the Motorcycle Industry?

A couple of weeks ago I was privileged to drive one of these new plug-in-hybrid cars. The premise is that the batteries can be charged from a wall socket plug either overnight or at...

The Kawasaki GTR1400 – maybe the last of the big, beefy, four-cylinder Japanese touring...

I like touring bikes. I like the fact that you are getting a lot of bike for your money. I like all the bells and whistles that you always get; I like the practicality,...

Tank Girls – Anti-Pants Anti-Poaching

The most dangerous job in the world today is… Being a 3-ton beast adorning a keratin horn on the end of its nose. The second most dangerous job is protecting said beast. So, the Tank Girls decided...

Biker people – time to spread the word!

Because you are reading this article on the ZA Bikers website we can safely assume you are a Biker Person. This is important because we have a problem: our industry is shrinking. Globally motorcycle...

What is all this safety about?

I have recently been side-lined from the heaven of riding motorcycles. Unfortunately a car decided to turn in front of me: the bike didn’t survive, and I luckily did. While I am still in...

Africa Shox: A Hard-Charging R80G/S From Cape Town

This past Saturday, the Dakar Rally kicked off in Lima, Peru. It’s the 40th edition of the notorious race, and a lot has changed since 1978, when intrepid racers lined in up Paris. Modern Dakar...

Tank Girls – 24hr Endurance Race

When Stuart Baker of Suzuki gave us the opportunity to put together a lady’s team to race in the 24hr event, it sounded too good to be true… You know that saying; if it...

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