Metalize Yourself

The setting is Sutherland, Northern Cape. Commonly known as the coldest place in South Africa. As an adventure traveller, I cannot believe my luck...

First Ride: The 2019 Harley-Davidson FXDR 114

To the casual observer, Harley-Davidson appears to be on the ropes. So there’s a massive expectation with every new bike released: will it be...

Triumph Tiger 800 XCa – Triumph’s Top Middleweight Cat

“Tiger Tiger burning bright”. So begins the opening stanza of the famous poem. So apt too, it is for Triumph’s latest offering. For 2018...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

XKULCHA KLASSIC DENIMS – No excuse not to wear 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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 Lusso SCS (Smart Clutch System) –...

Here is an exotic Italian sport touring bike with some serious new tech, SCS, for Smart Clutch System, which basically dispenses with using the...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...