Review: The 2018 Triumph Tiger 1200 XCA

Adventure motorcycles are all about compromise. Some go for maximum off-road prowess, at the expense of open road comfort, while others prioritise touring over hooning in the dirt. The trick is to make those...

“Talking Italian….” Acerbis Adventure Bike Suit

I get it horribly wrong as I brake-slide into a tight left hander, attempting to bush-up on my rusty enduro bike skills. It is the first outing on my trusty KTM200XC-W in more than...

ATG 20 LITRE SOFT LUGGAGE

Travelling for extended periods by motorcycle presents one with some logistical challenges, especially when you need to carry a fair amount of stuff. “Credit Card” travel is popular in places like Europe and the...

XKULCHA KLASSIC RANGE

Thank heavens corporate South Africa seems to be seeing the light at last. One of the absolute worst carry overs from the colonial era is the suit and tie culture. British explorers traversed the...

Riding Kawasaki’s Z900RS Café

Back in April, I tested extensively the Z900 RS (Kawasaki Z900 RS – The legend Returns!), and every since then I have been keen to ride their “Cafe” version, to see how they compare. Kawasaki...

Crosby 400 Adventure – The Lightweight Simple Adventure Solution

I recently had the opportunity to ride the Crosby 400 Adventure brought into SA by V-Custom Cycles in Centurion. This recent addition to the Crosby range is most interesting, in that it ticks a...

HARLEY–DAVIDSON’S SPLENDID SPORT GLIDE

The idea to do a long term review of the Sport Glide started early in the year when I first laid eyes on it during the Ride, Ride, Slide event hosted by The Motor...

First Impressions of the 2019 BMW F 750 / 850 GS.

Standing position, legs open, knees bent, elbows bent, vision correct! I make sure to follow the rules and give myself a fighting chance. Second gear selected, ready to give it full throttle. The moment of...

Get stung by the Scorpion!

I am standing on the line, waiting for the lights to go out and the race to start. Every nerve on full alert, I hold the revs steady at 7 000 rpm, waiting, waiting, waiting....

RUMBUX Adventure Bike Protection Bars

When you spend the amount of time on bikes that I do, and especially on less than perfect roads off the beaten track, it is almost inevitable that you will capsize at some point....

Mile Eater: Harley-Davidson Road Glide Special Review

Harley-Davidson's future looks...interesting. The Motor Co. is on a mission to expand their portfolio, with motorcycles as diverse as the electric Livewire, and adventure-touring Pan America, on the way. That's left some die-hard Harley...

Dunlop hits back in the Adventure Bike Segment!

Total concentration, I make myself a promise in the privacy of my helmet; “one day I will ride this gravel mountain pass to watch the scenery, rather than enjoy the corners”. Off course I am...

Optimate3 Battery Charging System

Why do you suppose I refer to the Optimate3 as a “system” rather than simply a charger? Quite simply, because that is what it is. Let me try and explain. I need to come...

Product Review: MOTUL MC Care Products – Part 2

At the best of times we should take really good care of our bikes and riding kit, however in these financially taxing times it becomes even more relevant. We need kit as well as...

XKULCHA DAKAR 500D Adventure Riding Pants

I have owned a pair of XKULCHA Dakar pants for a couple of years now and done many miles in them. To be frank, they are my Adventure pants of choice, even above the...

The Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

Most of my day-to-day riding is done sans passenger. So when Triumph offered me a set of wheels for the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride, the classy single-seated Bobber Black was a shoo-in. That is, until...

SYM CityCom 300i – Freedom of the City #ScooterRevolution

Back in the ‘80’s South Africa went through a “petrol crisis”. I was working for a Honda dealership at the time and we would sell upwards of 50 bikes a month!. Bike salesman were...

Ride Review: Zontes ZT250-R

A new recruit has joined the Autobot Freedom Fighters and he goes by the name of Zontes ZT250-R, assigned by the leader himself Optimus Prime. Becoming an Autobot is a mission of its own,...

The Royal Enfield 650 Interceptor & Continental GT – First Ride Impressions

Royal Enfield can perhaps lay claim to being the oldest motorcycle brand in the world, and have been producing their “modernised” single cylinder units since 1970. Give a warm welcome to their new offering...

THE SUZUKI DL 250 – The “wee” Strom.

This is the littlest bike in Suzuki’s V–Strom Adventure Sports line up. Sporting the same engine as that in the GSXR 250 road bike, it is a tried and tested unit. A parallel twin...