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Honda CRF190L ADV launched

Honda has launched an adventure motorcycle that’s perfect for new riders to set out trail hunting on. It’s part of the tried-and-tested CRF line and has a curb weight of just 145kg.

The downside? It’s available only in China (for now).

A side view of the Honda CRF190L ADV available in China
Credit: BikeAdvice.in

The CRF190L shares its engine with the 184.4cc single-cylinder on the CB200X recently launched in India. However, considering its off-road nature, the engine on the CRF is in a different state of tune. Peak output figures are around 16bhp and a humble 11lb-ft, which is a slight drop from what the CB200X has to offer. 

A side view of the Honda CRF190L ADV available in China

Yes, the power and torque figures are pretty modest, but there’s still reason to believe this will be an enjoyable motorcycle to tackle technical trails on.

A side view of the Honda CRF190L ADV available in China
Credit: Motoroids

Honda Sundiro, the Chinese subsidiary building and marketing the CRF190L, has mentioned that the bike has 241mm of ground clearance – that’s nearly as much as the 2021 Honda Africa Twin! Suspension travel is equally impressive as well, with a supposed 180mm at either end. 

A close-up of the Honda CRF190L ADV available in China
Credit: Youtube

As we mentioned, the bike has only been launched in China at the moment, but we could see it make its way to other Asian markets soon.

– Submitted by Vishal Venugopal

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

A New Yamaha R15 is Headed For India Next Week

Yamaha has just announced that an update to the R15 V3.0 will be launching in India on September 21. From what we’ve seen of the bike so far, TimesNowNews and we expect only aesthetic changes that have been inspired by the bigger Yamaha R7.

A side view of the new R15 3.0 coming out September 21
Credit: RevNitro

We also know that a new R15M variant will be introduced to the India line-up. Unfortunately, the ‘M’ badge doesn’t bring more performance or better hardware and is merely a color scheme. The R15M features a silver paint scheme with blue highlights, a color combination that trickles down from the R1M.

Other styling changes are predominantly to the front of the motorcycle. The main fairing appears to be slightly more prominent, and the older headlight arrangement has given way to one that’s, again, similar to the one on the R7.

A view of the new R15 3.0 coming out September 21
Credit: RevNitro

The most significant update has to do with the suspension as the R15 finally gets a USD fork. For some context, R15 V3.0 sold in other Asian markets like Indonesia was already equipped with an inverted fork, but the configuration never made its way to India.

We expect the bike to continue featuring the same 155cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine, though a type-approval government document has revealed that it will put out 18.3hp – 0.3hp lesser than the current model. 

A side view of the new R15 3.0 coming out September 21
Credit: RevNitro

The R15 is Yamaha’s most popular motorcycle in India, and enthusiasts are probably hoping for a lot more than the company will dish out for this release. We’ll have to wait a few more days to see what else the manufacturer has in store – maybe Bluetooth connectivity!

A close-up of the gas tank and handlebars on a 2022 Kawasaki Z650RS

– Submitted by Vishal Venugopal

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Comoto says its new Riders Plus Membership is the Amazon Prime for Powersports Enthusiasts

Your Comoto family of brands includes RevZilla, Cycle Gear, J&P Cycles – basically all the places you buy most of your gear from, including 160 stores nationwide; joining its new Riders Plus Membership deal entitles you to various perks and discounts, for a mere $60 a year.

Comoto Press Release:

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (Sept. 15, 2021)—Geared toward powersports enthusiasts, the Comoto Family of Brands is pleased to announce the launch of its Riders Plus Membership (RPM). The new membership program will span the company’s portfolio of brands, which includes RevZillaCycle GearJ&P Cycles and REVER, providing premium benefits and experiences for the motorcycle, e-bike and scooter enthusiast. 

The Riders Plus Membership (RPM) is designed to elevate the powersports enthusiast’s shopping and customer experience by providing access to various perks and benefits, such as: 

·       Free two-day shipping for purchases across the Comoto Family of Brands  

·       Generous cash-back opportunities 

·       10% off discounts and early access to releases from exclusive brands such as BILT, REAX, Sedici, Speed Metal, Street & Steel, Stockton Tools  

Comoto has the largest network of powersports brick-and-mortar retail properties across the U.S., and members can use RPM benefits online, or at any of the more than 160 stores nationwide. To date, more than 20,000 members have joined the RPM program.  

“This membership program is based on the vision of creating a feature-rich set of benefits for our community of enthusiasts. We’re inviting riders to officially join the Comoto family and experience the benefits of the membership program that will enable their passion for gear, content and experience,” said Steve Bontempo, Chief eCommerce & Digital Officer. “This is just the beginning, and we’re excited to roll out additional community benefits over the next year.” 

To better support motorcycle aficionados and their lifestyles, Riders Plus Members will receive access to an exclusive customer concierge phone line, available 7 days a week (with the option to schedule dedicated appointments), to provide expert insight across the spectrum of purchase considerations. Additional experiential benefits span several categories, including member exclusive event experiences, private access to Twisted Road motorcycle rentals, and a free REVER Pro membership—a $39.99 value. 

“We are thrilled to be included in this unique program, making it easier for members across the country to get on two wheels with the support they need—whether that be prepping for a road trip, or testing a new bike before purchase,” shared Austin Rothbard, CEO of Twisted Road. “It’s been rewarding to continue growing ridership in the U.S. with Comoto, two wheels at a time.” 

Riders Plus Membership is currently available to any powersports enthusiast for an annual fee of $59.99. Members who join now will receive an exclusive welcome package, along with the first-ever magazine issue of RevZilla’s media brand, Common Tread. To join the community, visit www.revzilla.com/rpm. 

About Comoto Holdings 

Comoto Holdings is America’s largest and fastest growing omni-channel platform in the powersports aftermarket industry; dedicated to advancing the experience of moto enthusiasts across the globe. Comoto’s brands, RevZilla, Cycle Gear, J&P Cycles, and now REVER, deliver premium products, dedicated expertise, engaging media, and passionate customer support of the rider community, through best-in-class ecommerce and retail experiences. 

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Malcolm Smith Motorsports Cuts the Ribbon on Their New Ducati Showroom

Malcolm Smith Motorsports and Ducati, two legendary names in their own right have now joined forces. 

Begin Ducati Press Release: 

Ducati Opens Newest North American Dealership In Riverside, California

Malcolm Smith Motorsports Cuts the Ribbon on Their New Ducati Showroom and Service Center

Sunnyvale, Calif., September 16, 2021 – Premier Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati opened its newest North American dealership on Friday with a grand opening and ribbon-cutting event at Malcom Smith Motorsports located in Riverside, California.

First founded in 1967 by legendary off-road racer and hall of famer Malcolm Smith, the Riverside location of Malcolm Smith Motorsports has been a regular destination spot for visiting international motorcyclists hoping to catch a glimpse of the iconic racer and leading protagonist from the Bruce Brown documentary “On Any Sunday.”

To commemorate the occasion, Ducati North America Chief Executive Officer Jason Chinnock visited Malcolm Smith Motorsport for the ribbon cutting ceremony and to welcome local Ducati enthusiasts to the new Ducati showroom and service center.

“This new partnership with Malcolm Smith Motorsports is the outcome of many years of evaluation and a shared goal that when we do it, we do it properly,” said Chinnock. “This stunning new showroom and service center now offers Inland Empire motorcyclists convenient access to the Ducati brand. The demand for Ducati products has never been higher, and we feel that this location will be a welcoming home for both loyal Ducatisti and customers entirely new to the Ducati brand.”

On display at the dealership event were models from the Scrambler Ducati lineup and a full selection of Ducati models, including the race-bred Panigale superbike lineup and the new for 2021 Monster and Multistrada V4 S. The dealership also completed a handover presentation to their first Ducati customer — a new Multistrada V4 S Sport – purchased by one of Malcom Smith Motorsports long-standing customers and friend of the family, Mark Michell.

Other bikes on display included a range of Ducati models raced by Malcolm’s son, Alexander Smith – General Manager of Malcolm Smith Motorsports. The first being a Hypermotard 1100 that Alexander competed on in the 2008 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and the second being the Scrambler Desert Sled that Alexander Smith raced to second place in the 2019 Mint 400 desert race.

“Malcolm Smith Motorsports is known throughout the world for a passion for motorcycling, it’s a defining part of our family heritage,” said Alexander Smith, General Manager “We’re a family company and we take great pride in providing exceptional customer service. We aim to bring together our shared passion with a touch of Italian flair to the Riverside area, and we look forward to a great future representing Ducati’s expanding product lineup.”

In addition to the grand opening ceremony on Friday night, an open house and group ride took place on Saturday, sharing the diversity of Ducati models with the local motorcycling community. Demo rides were also available for clients eager to experience a Ducati for the first time.

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Kalahari Rally 2021: Stage 6, A Run for Your Money

The Kalahari Rally 2021 has reached its end. Thank you to the folks from WESTx1000 for capturing all of the action and drama along the way.

Begin Press Release: 

Stage 6: A Run for Your Money

In an Era of Uncertainty, This Is Only Sure Bet in South Africa

A misnomer about the final stage is that it’s the shortest trial. Kilometers are condensed, starts are moved to late-morning and celebrations are scheduled for much earlier than seems possible to complete a full special, liaison and (if all goes well) a shower. Too often a few members of the orga and many of the racers relax their shoulders after the penultimate special, feeling they’ve made it to finish, so what can go wrong in one little loop? This mindset, the cheerful mood, the lack of urgency, often leads to mistakes. It’s the perfect formula of complacency and vulnerability – guards down, bellies exposed – which gives fate an opportunity to strike with a rusty blade. The best which can happen would be that no one ends up hurt. But inevitably, one of the principal vehicles will slow their race down or lose a bit of focus or feel so secure in their position they begin to treat the competition like a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Inadvertently leaving the door open for a determined rival to swoop in and shut it behind them. Even if it’s only the boys and girls at the back letting their hair down… They’re tired. Maybe they’ve already attained their goals – typically revolved around reaching the last challenge. The conclusion of the race usually dials the pace down from demanding to languid, if nothing else but to prevent any undue stress on the machines. Usually.

The Kalahari Rally, however, didn’t get the memo. Unlike what’s often found in other rally raids of this size and stature, the sort of le se faire attitude at the finale hasn’t yet tainted the Kalahari. Those contestants still standing didn’t let their guards down in SS6 any more than they had all week. If the only objective now was to reach the Red Bull Arch in the bivouac, then that was ample potion to push them onward. If it was to squeeze each second out of their time and put themselves in a respectable seat on the scoreboard, then today they pulled off their best effort. And if the Winner’s Circle is within grasp, then you all better move the hell out of the way. In the Auto class, this was certainly the sentiment among the Red-Lined Motorsports Nissans, who battled each other to the bitter end. Relative newcomer to the sport (i.e. his first ever rally raid), pilot Eben Basson was channeling a fighter jet, doing his best to break the sound barrier before navigator Gerhard Schutte even read the bearings at T033 out loud. Their #304 was roaring into every apex, the backend swinging the T1 into the next turn obliterating anything which dared wander into its path. The pair made quick work of the track trying desperately to gain on Terence Marsh and Riaan Greyling in #308 who, as of Stage 5, held the Overall title only 00:38:10 minutes ahead of their team counterparts. A daily brawl for matching VK56’s. But despite the powerful performance of #304, crossing the line first only counts so much if a couple Waypoints are overlooked. Yet, they weren’t the only to make mistakes, ultimately placing #308 third and Buggy #312 second in the pecking order today, which circumstantially gave Basson and Schutte the stage win.

Electricity was surging through the cars and remaining buggy, the latter – #312 Century Racing CR5 – lit a fire under their carriage, moving swifter than Dewald Van Breda and Johann du Toit have driven her since the first send-off in Mafikeng. A detail evident by their stellar results. UTVs likewise sent it until they rolled under the infamous Red Bull Arch. The mighty men from Angola gave everyone in the bivouac a hearty laugh when they limped in a war-torn #205 who tragically lost a tire in the hindmost section. But Nuno Santos generously counterbalanced their vessel – hanging onto the passenger side of the SSV – while Joao Lota babied it to the bivvy. Nonetheless, the duo parked their rented Can Am Maverick X3 into the second spot in SS6 and the General Standings. Pretty great outcome considering the last time they tried to race this event, they were denied at the border into South Africa. They can certainly consider this achievement a victory in its own right. Having a much simpler go at things was the favorite to win, #204 captained by the WCT Engineering pirates Geoff Minnitt and Siegfried Rousseau. No one doubted their reign over the side-by-sides and sweeping the ranks taking hold of that prized Winner’s Circle. Formidable adversaries indeed, the #202 and #201 utility-mobiles fell into the rear.

There are only so many ways this could have played out, but it’s still exciting to receive the impending notification that results are in. Motos were an exciting bunch to watch with pro-level talent going head-to-head at the top, while mid-pack and beyond were instead struggling to overcome the elements, the roadbooks and themselves. A fine display of passion, persistence and humanity among the group made this event so significant to witness firsthand. But a race is a race. And it’s just as important to follow the pursuits of the premier riders as well. Only eight minutes separated leader John Kelly [#2] and KTM South Africa pro Charan Moore. But after being tossed over his handlebars yesterday, Moore suffered several mechanical issues which he tried desperately to remedy before the morning – accepting a contention-ending penalty. But it wasn’t in the cards, and by dawn, it was clear #73 wouldn’t be gracing the course with his impressive enduro-esque riding skills. We missed all the air he would have caught on the day’s whooped out route. What do they say? As one door closes, another one opens. And Moore’s departure definitely unbolted a few passages for #874, Gert Van Den Berg, and #16 Hentie Hannekom, who similarly benefited from their colleague’s loss. Van Den Berg even took the special, with Hannekom stepping onto the next step. Kelly ended this on the bottom step of the podium, but no tears were shed as he was crowned King of the Kalahari in Bikes – also being awarded the cherished Road to Dakar free entry to its 2022 iteration. For the Overall Classification, #874 concluded second best and coming up the food chain, Gary Pretorius [#8] filled in the trifecta, even after some rough patches.

When that moment happens, the winners are named and the medals are distributed to the finishers, it will be remembered. Because at the Kalahari Rally, what makes the contest so special, are the locals. Those who participate and those just hunting down a good vantage point to watch the heat ensue. These people who come to compete in a new, promising off-road event or merely to show their support, cheer on your triumphs and bemoan your failures. To drink beer in your honor and praise even the most grassroots of rookies through to the bitter end. It’s the characters which determine, well, everything. And if one were to wager the success of the Kalahari Rally solely on this essential element, considering all of the hardships, the hot days and cold nights. The endless barrage of dust and rocks and potholes. No doubt, a gambling man would slap every last dollar on the table in favor of South Africa’s only answer to world class rallying.


Ø SS6 210km Special > 14km Liaison | Vanzyls Rus > Skilpadshek | 100% Hard-Pack

Ø The Finish went off with a bang, sending racers over a volcano on fast, flowing tracks. There was some brush over the hard-packed mountain range with a few steep, rocky climbs and descents. They buzzed the Botswana border one last time before heading back into Mafikeng for their final results. Navigation is considered a Medium with complicated sections along the peaks.

Ø Skilpadshek (Afrikaans for tortoise gate) is a border checkpoint on the South African border with Botswana, located 52 kilometers (32 mi) north-west of Zeerust in North West province. The corresponding checkpoint on the Botswana side of the border is called Pioneer Gate. The Trans-Kalahari Corridor passes through Skilpadshek, and it is the western end of the N4 road, which continues in Botswana as the A2. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skilpadshek]

Ø The Road to Dakar challenge was awarded to Overall Moto winner, #2 John Kelly from Botswana. As an added bonus, the Kalahari Rally generously offered a prize to Philip Botha in Red-Lined Motorsports car #305 in the form of 8,000€ to be applied to an entry for the 2022 Dakar Rally.



  1. #874 Gert Van Den Berg (ZAF), KUDUMANE BRAKES RACING, OPEN
  2. #16 Hentie Hannekom (ZAF), PRIVATEER, OPEN
  3. #2 John Kelly (BWA), PRIVATEER, 450
  4. #3 Martin Lourens (ZAF), DROOMERS YAMAHA, 450 50+
  5. #19 Dreyer Van Niekerk (ZAF), MARSHMALLOW POP, 450
  6. #77 Ruan Burger (ZAF), PENTA MOTOR GROUP, OPEN
  7. #8 Gary Pretorius (ZAF), BROTHER LEADERTREAD, 450
  8. #35 Mark Johnston (ZAF), JOHNSTON MOTO, IRON MAN
  9. #18 Chris Opperman (ZAF), PRIVATEER, 450
  10. #26 Vaughn Roux (ZAF), ROBERTS RACING RALLYE, IRON MAN 50+


  1. #202 Theo Erasmus (ZAF); Johan Bekker (ZAF), MARIENDAL RACING
  2. #205 Joao Lota (PRT); Nuno Santos (AGO), ANGOLA RALLY TEAM
  3. #204 Geoff Minnitt (ZAF); Seigfried Rousseau (ZAF), WCT ENGINEERING
  4. #201 Hamish Horrel (ZAF); Carl Oosthuizen (ZAF), NH3 REFRIGERATION


  1. #304 Eben Basson (ZAF); Gerhard Schutte (ZAF), RED-LINED MOTORSPORT
  2. #312 Dewald Van Breda (ZAF); Johann Du Toit (ZAF), 213 RACING CREW
  3. #305 Philip Botha (ZAF); Roelof Janse Van Vuuren (ZAF), PENTA/RED-LINED MOTORSPORT
  4. #308 Terence Marsh (ZRA); Riaan Greyling (ZAF), RED-LINED MOTORSPORT



  1. #2 John Kelly (BWA), PRIVATEER, 450
  2. #874 Gert Van Den Berg (ZAF), KUDUMANE BRAKES RACING, OPEN
  3. #8 Gary Pretorius (ZAF), BROTHER LEADERTREAD, 450
  4. #16 Hentie Hannekom (ZAF), PRIVATEER, OPEN
  5. #77 Ruan Burger (ZAF), PENTA MOTOR GROUP, OPEN
  6. #35 Mark Johnston (ZAF), JOHNSTON MOTO, IRON MAN
  7. #19 Dreyer Van Niekerk (ZAF), MARSHMALLOW POP, 450
  8. #3 Martin Lourens (ZAF), DROOMERS YAMAHA, 450 50+
  9. #18 Chris Opperman (ZAF), PRIVATEER, 450
  10. #24 Leonard Cremer (ZAF), DROOMERS YAMAHA, OPEN


  1. #204 Geoff Minnitt (ZAF); Seigfried Rousseau (ZAF), WCT ENGINEERING
  2. #205 Joao Lota (PRT); Nuno Santos (AGO), ANGOLA RALLY TEAM
  3. #202 Theo Erasmus (ZAF); Johan Bekker (ZAF), MARIENDAL RACING
  4. #201 Hamish Horrel (ZAF); Carl Oosthuizen (ZAF), NH3 REFRIGERATION


  1. #304 Eben Basson (ZAF); Gerhard Schutte (ZAF), RED-LINED MOTORSPORT
  2. #308 Terence Marsh (ZRA); Riaan Greyling (ZAF), RED-LINED MOTORSPORT
  3. #305 Philip Botha (ZAF); Roelof Janse Van Vuuren (ZAF), PENTA/RED-LINED MOTORSPORT
  4. #312 Dewald Van Breda (ZAF); Johann Du Toit (ZAF), 213 RACING CREW

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Kalahari Rally 2021: Stage 5, A Penultimate Showdown

The Kalahari Rally 2021 is nearing its end, and the folks from WESTx1000 are there to capture all the action and drama as things draw to a close.

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Stage 5: A Penultimate Showdown

This Wild (North) West Brawl Left Its Mark

Kalahari Rally 2021

The penultimate stage of the Kalahari Rally was a true hero’s quest. A test of mind, body and heart. Navigation has not been easy the entire competition, and today was no exception. Buzzing the border of Botswana were many fast straight (ish) pathways – swiftly enough to become a little too comfortable. Before they knew it, a slight right turned pilots away from the fence line and thrust them into a little bowl of spaghetti. Adding spice to this hearty meal, SS5 consisted of rolling hills, some lobbed off at the top, knee-deep golden grass, a few sparse trees and hard-packed dirt with a generous dusting of sand. A few hidden baby-head rocks and camouflaged mounds of sand added a healthy serving of ass puckering surprises, putting (at least) bikes and low-hung buggies through a more rigorous physical test. Yet, the rough terrain made these Kalahari gladiators stronger, more resilient for the remaining journey. Over 800 Kilometers – 210km special, 646km liaison – of track from the Rietfontein bivouac near Namibia to the final bivy in Mafikeng set the stage for a demanding trial. Anything can happen in such a distance, with so many parts unknown threatening to end a team’s race, whether it’s in a service truck or on a stretcher, fate plays no favorites.

Tragically, rider #23, Victor Van Graan found out the hard way, suffering quite a big off-bike incident, which resulted in him being moved by medivac to a private hospital. Fortunately, he’s stable and, better yet, in good hands, but this is just the ticket sending him home a day too soon. Van Graan’s comrade in Motos, Jurie Botha #11, was also unable to finish out the special, dropping him further down the ladder. But he’s sure he’ll have his Yamaha WR450 back in working order by the finale, although he’ll carry with him a pretty significant penalty. ‘Tis rally. KTM South Africa’s star, Charan Moore #73, has been a steady figure on the podium, sharing it with few others – John Kelly #2 being one of the other regulars. Moore put in a valiant effort indeed – always exciting to watch him slide into view or pop up the front end – but talent alone wasn’t sufficient to win him the stage today. In fact, mechanical troubles set him (way) back to the 15th position after conceding to a penalty for not finishing. With the second seat left unoccupied (and so, so tempting) Hentie Hannekom [#16] positioned himself in the chair while it was still warm.  Gary Van Den Berg [#874], Gary Pretorius [#8] and Ruan Burger [#77] battled a bit on the course, which deposited them at the front of the group, Van Den Berg nabbing Third. To balance out the probabilities, the organizers started the riders in opposite ranking order. Giving the boys at the back a fighting chance to stay in contention. But inevitably, the elite of the group caught up and took their place in the front.

“I had a good start today, some decent pace and was navigating well, but after the fuel stop at 123km into the special stage, my bike lost all power. Checked and cleaned everything I could, but I suspect a blocked injector. Unfortunately, I had to call in the recovery team… I’ll take a time penalty and finish strong tomorrow – if we get the bike fixed tonight. It’s not about how hard you get knocked down, but how many times you get back up!” – Jurie Botha #11, DROOMERS YAMAHA, 450

Lady Luck, however, showed favor for UTV #202, operated by Theo Erasmus and guided by Johan Bekker, who found themselves in control of the board once more by stage finish. However, this ultimately didn’t secure the overall standings. And possibly it’s an outcome that’s already settled. Except, this is a chivalric tale, which means the protagonists are here with the intention of finding their limits. Of earning success with a steady hand and an iron chest. In rally raid, no one is given their victories merely because it seems the most plausible conclusion. A thinner lineup of contenders notwithstanding, the Autos put on their best show in SS5. No shock of course – these pros probably would have performed with as much feeling and drive for an audience of one as a hundred thousand. If the objective is to test, train and maybe take home some trophies, then there’s no time for touching the brakes. Eben Basson, accompanied by Gerhard Schutte, in the Red-Lined Motorsports #304 vehicle seemed Master & Commander of Stage Five, driving and navigating with surgeon-like precision, even under pressure from Terence Marsh and Riaan Greyling in #308. Because you know they gave them hell. Teammates Philip Botha and Roelof Janse Van Vuren likewise put in their best effort, but theirs was an on-course production eclipsed in SS5 by the former two T1’s.

The King of Kalahari hasn’t been crowned just yet. John Kelly on his KTM, Geoff Minnitt and Siegfried Rousseau in their Can Am Maverick X3 and Terence Marsh and Riann Greyling in their VK56 might be dominating the General Standings now, the gap they’ve secured isn’t impregnable. So, it would be unwise for anyone to become comfortable, let alone complacent, before tomorrow’s pièce de résistance. SS6 will surely be that last, giant mountain to summit before taking home their prize. But by tomorrow evening, David will surely slay Goliath, and each and every athlete on the rugby field will inevitably complete this rallying odyssey, to some degree. And, if they’ve overcome each challenge, broken down all mental barriers, passed all the physical tests… Then, no matter where they land in the pecking order, and no matter whichever trophy they are awarded, all will go home on Saturday champions of their own epoch.


Ø SS5 210km Special > 646km Liaison | Goerapan > Van Zylsrus| 60% Dunes; 40% Hard-Pack

Ø A fun, scenic stage near the Kgalagadi Park opened against the Botswana border. It offered a mix of round crested dunes, with long straights (some with a bit of sand) giving way to hard-packed rocky canyons. The navigation is rated Medium, with some tricky sections and over 600 kilometers of liaison.

Ø Van Zylsrus is a settlement in John Taolo Gaetsewe District Municipality in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. It is also the nearest settlement to The Kalahari Meerkat Project, the filming of nature TV shows such as Meerkat Manor. The settlement was founded by 6 Trekboer families in 1832, led by the former Heemrad of Calvinia, Petrus van Zyl. Between 1971 and 2001 it was the location of a Ballistic Missile Battery of the SADF, collocated with an Infantry Company plus a Heavy Mortar Platoon, an Armored Squadron less one troop, and an advanced Radar and Signals Squadron of the SAAF. The settlement also had its own Commando platoon of 21 Riflemen reinforced by the local SAP helicopter flight and Askari detachment. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Zylsrus]

Ø Kalahari Trails, better known as the Meerkat sanctuary (and one of the locations for the show Meerkat Manor), is home to one of the Kalahari’s best-known animals, suricates. Kalahari Trails Meerkat Sanctuary is 3500ha in size, nestled right in the heart of the red Kalahari dune fields, just 35km before the entrance to Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP).  This unique piece of heaven offers visitor experiences where you can get closer to nature and interact with the Meerkats like no other place in the Kalahari. This unique experience provides visitors with a chance to walk the dunes and learn more about all the critters great and small that would be otherwise unseen, if you were traveling in a car or game drive vehicle. The dunes create miles of limitless beauty where the sky meets the sand and beyond.

The series told the story of the Whiskers, one of more than a dozen families of meerkats in the Kalahari Desert being studied as part of the Kalahari Meerkat Project, a long-term field study into the ecological causes and evolutionary consequences of the cooperative nature of meerkats. [https://www.kalahari-trails.co.za/en/ & https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meerkat_Manor]



1.        #2 John Kelly (BWA), PRIVATEER, 450

2.        #16 Hentie Hannekom (ZAF), PRIVATEER, OPEN

3.        #874 Gert Van Den Berg (ZAF), KUDUMANE BRAKES RACING, OPEN

4.        #8 Gary Pretorius (ZAF), BROTHER LEADERTREAD, 450

5.        #19 Dreyer Van Niekerk (ZAF), MARSHMALLOW POP, 450

6.        #77 Ruan Burger (ZAF), PENTA MOTOR GROUP, OPEN

7.        #18 Chris Opperman (ZAF), PRIVATEER, 450

8.        #35 Mark Johnston (ZAF), JOHNSTON MOTO, IRON MAN

9.        #26 Vaughn Roux (ZAF), ROBERTS RACING RALLYE, IRON MAN

10.     #24 Leonard Cremer (ZAF), DROOMERS YAMAHA, OPEN


1.        #202 Theo Erasmus (ZAF); Johan Bekker (ZAF), MARIENDAL RACING

2.        #204 Geoff Minnitt (ZAF); Seigfried Rousseau (ZAF), WCT ENGINEERING

3.        #201 Hamish Horrel (ZAF); Carl Oosthuizen (ZAF), NH3 REFRIGERATION

4.        #205 Joao Lota (PRT); Nuno Santos (AGO), ANGOLA RALLY TEAM

5.        (DNS) #203 Dwayne Voogt (ZAF); Mario Du Plessis (ZAF), TEAM UTV


1.        #304 Eben Basson (ZAF); Gerhard Schutte (ZAF), RED-LINED MOTORSPORT

2.        #308 Terence Marsh (ZRA); Riaan Greyling (ZAF), RED-LINED MOTORSPORT

3.        #305 Philip Botha (ZAF); Roelof Janse Van Vuuren (ZAF), PENTA/RED-LINED MOTORSPORT

4.        #312 Dewald Van Breda (ZAF); Johann Du Toit (ZAF), 213 RACING CREW

5.        (DNF) #301 Hennie De Klerk (ZAF); Adriaan Roets (ZAF), TREASURY ONE

6.        (DNF) #306 Junior Smith (ZAF); Bok Duvenage (ZAF), JUNIOR SMITH TRUCKING

7.        (DNF) #303 Schalk Burger (ZAF); Henk Janse Van Vuuren (ZAF), KING PRICE XTREME/S.BURGER M/SPORT



·        (DNF) #11 Jurie Botha (ZAF), DROOMERS YAMAHA, 450

·        (DNS) #5 Gideon Buys (ZAF), PRIVATEER, IRON MAN

·        (DNS) #23 Victor Van Graan (ZAF), ROBERTS RACING RALLYE, OPEN

·        (DNF) #9 Hannes Grobler, HINDSIGHT IS AWESOME, OPEN

·        (DNF) #18 Chris Opperman (ZAF), PRIVATEER, 450

·        (DNF) #88 Jode Mostert (ZAF), PENTA MOTOR GROUP, OPEN

·        (DNF) #15 Ryan Hawker (ZAF), ROBERTS RACING RALLYE, 450

·        (DNF) #19 Dreyer Van Niekerk (ZAF), MARSHMALLOW POP, 450

·        (DNF) #14 Kobus Marais (ZAF), HINDSIGHT IS AWESOME, OPEN

·        (DNF) #13 Marthinus Ras (ZAF), PRIVATEER, 450

·        (DNF) #25 Dave Richardson (USA), ROBERTS RACING RALLYE, OPEN

·        (DNF) #123 Wessel Bosman (ZAF), PRIVATEER, IRON MAN 60+

·        (DNF) #17 Willem De Toit (ZAF), PRIVATEER, 450

·        (DNF) #20 Pieter Labuschagne (ZAF), ROBERTS RACING RALLYE, 450


·        (DNS) #203 Dwayne Voogt (ZAF); Mario Du Plessis (ZAF), TEAM UTV


·        (DNF) #301 Hennie De Klerk (ZAF); Adriaan Roets (ZAF), TREASURY ONE

·        (DNF) #306 Junior Smith (ZAF); Bok Duvenage (ZAF), JUNIOR SMITH TRUCKING

·        (DNF) #303 Schalk Burger (ZAF); Henk Janse Van Vuuren (ZAF), KING PRICE XTREME/S.BURGER M/SPORT

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35th Annual Biker Fest International Goes Live In Italy Tomorrow

Watch out, 2022 – this year’s Biker Fest International promises a long lineup of events and Europe’s Custom Bike Show – a show with roots steeped in the Rat’s Hole Custom Show with the Sturgis Rally – is one of the main features of attraction. 

34th Biker Fest 2020 Lignano 17-20 settembre 2020

The Biker Fest will be held starting tomorrow, from September 16-19, with the AMD World Custom Bike Show and IMC (Italian Motorcycle Custom Bike Championship) celebrating more than twelve years in the judging and showcasing of the world’s most special motorcycles.

A view of Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy

Bikers wanting to take advantage of the free admission will be able to experience the bustling coastal vibes of Lignano Sabbiadoro (and the rest of the Adriatic sea’s peninsula), along with 350 exhibitors, on-road and off-road demo rides (featuring more than 13 motorcycle brands), custom shows, guided rides through the Lignano Sabbiadoro neighborhoods, music performances and more. 

34th Biker Fest 2020 Lignano 17-20 September 2020

Also included in the weekend’s events will be Motorcycles Without Borders – a company of traveling Motoglobetrotters, who will be presenting their memories made on the road. 

34th Biker Fest 2020 Lignano 17-20 settembre 2020

The event will be held in complete safety in accordance with the health rules of containment of the spread of Covid-19 infection”, states the press release from the Biker Fest International, “…and will be as usual free admission with Green Pass valid and the possibility to make rapid swabs at short distance from the event.”

34th Biker Fest 2020 Lignano 17-20 settembre 2020

Additional perks? How about access to 100 “Special” bikes exhibited in a dedicated covered area, as well as the potential to win 4 vouchers of 1000 euros and free stands at Motor Bike Expo in Verona and Roma Moto Days, among others? 

A man on a dirty off-road motorcycle poses for the camera


We hope you attend, and make sure to give us a shout if you find yourself in the area over the weekend!

Come back around for updates, and make sure to check out the latest on other bike collections here at MotorBikeWriter.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Yamaha Reveals 60th Grand Prix Anniversary Livery and Returning 2022 Models

Yamaha revealed a new special edition livery for the YZF-R1, YZF-R7 and YZF-R3 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its Grand Prix racing debut. The special color scheme is white with red speed block graphics and a yellow front number plate plus gold-colored forks, wheels and Yamaha tuning fork emblems.

Absent from this 60th anniversary lineup is, of course, the discontinued YZF-R6. For those looking for a supersport-class track-only bike, Yamaha will offer a YZF-R6 GYTR model kitted out with a racing seat, GYTR ECU and wiring harness, full Akrapovič exhaust and other specialty parts.

Yamaha also announced a number of returning 2022 models with updated graphics and paint, including the YZF-R1M, Bolt R-Spec, V Star 250, and XMAX.

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Yamaha Unveils Stunning 60th Grand Prix Anniversary Supersport Models

Along with Rest of the Dynamic R WORLD 2022 Model Lineup

In commemoration of the 60th anniversary of Yamaha’s first-ever entry into a World Grand Prix race, Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA is proud to introduce three new Special Edition models for 2022—the stunning new YZF-R3 World GP 60th Anniversary Edition, YZF-R7 World GP 60th Anniversary Edition and YZF-R1 World GP 60th Anniversary Edition. Inspired by Yamaha’s historic decision to compete in its first World GP race at the 1961 Grand Prix of France, and based on the iconic 60th Anniversary Yamaha white and red chain block livery recently unveiled on the factory YZR-M1 race bikes at this year’s Official MotoGP™ Test in Qatar, these striking machines pay tribute to Yamaha’s passion for racing and winning at the highest levels of motorsport.

“Racing has always been in Yamaha’s DNA, as well as a cornerstone of motorcycle development. Nowhere is this fact more evident than with our R-series bikes, which have benefited from years of Grand Prix racing. Technology and designs have trickled down to our production Superbike and Supersport machines, making them dominant forces in MotoAmerica racing for so many years,” said Derek Brooks, Yamaha Motorcycle Product Line Manager. “That’s why we’re thrilled to give Yamaha enthusiasts the opportunity to own this piece of Yamaha racing history. These distinctive World GP 60th Anniversary editions are amazing to see in person with the instantly recognizable classic white and red Yamaha Racing livery and a range of other special detailing.”

Along with the World GP 60th Anniversary color scheme, each bike also includes gold wheels, gold forks, Yamaha factory race-bike Gold Tuning Fork emblems, black levers and special commemorative badging on the airbox cover. The new 2022 YZF-R3 World GP 60th Anniversary Edition will be available from dealers this February for $5,499 MSRP; the new 2022 YZF-R7 World GP 60th Anniversary Edition will be available from dealers this January for $9,299 MSRP; and the new 2022 YZF-R1 World GP 60th Anniversary Edition will be available from dealers this November for $18,099 MSRP.

R World is Calling
Yamaha has a rich heritage of building the most sought after Supersport motorcycles designed to deliver the pinnacle of performance on and off the track. From the rider-friendly YZF-R3 to the exclusive and track-focused YZF-R1M, the Yamaha R-series model lineup provides options for riders of all skill levels to experience the pure exhilaration of R World.

2022 Yamaha Supersports
Returning to the Yamaha Supersport lineup for 2022 are the standard edition Yamaha YZF-R3—Yamaha’s renowned entry-level Supersport bike featuring bold R-series styling, light weight and a high-revving 321cc liquid-cooled inline twin-cylinder engine—and the standard edition Yamaha YZF-R1—the ultimate high performance sportbike boasting advanced MotoGP™-derived electronics and powerful crossplane 998cc CP4 engine. New for 2022, both the YZF-R3 and YZF-R1 now feature an updated Team Yamaha Blue color option with graphic detailing and accents more closely aligned with the distinctive styling of the incredibly successful new 2022 Yamaha YZF-R7, including matte blue and cyan blue accents throughout. For riders looking for a darker option, the YZF-R3 also comes in Midnight Black, and the YZF-R1 is available in Performance Black.

Also returning to the Yamaha Supersport lineup for 2022, the pinnacle of Yamaha Superbikes, none other than the ultra-high tech, ultra-rare Yamaha R1M, now featuring a new color design further accentuating the full carbon fiber front fairing and aluminum fuel tank—with just a touch more blue added to the side fairing.

The 2022 YZF-R3 will be available from dealers this December in Team Yamaha Blue or Midnight Black for an MSRP of $5,299. The 2022 YZF-R1 will be available from dealers this November in Team Yamaha Blue or Performance Black for an MSRP of $17,599. The 2022 YZF-R1M will be available from dealers this January for an MSRP of $26,299.

2022 Yamaha YZF-R6 GYTR
Though Yamaha has discontinued the YZF-R6 as a street homologated model, the company has a long history of supporting both amateur and professional Supersport racing, along with dedicated racers and track-day riders in the motorsports community. To demonstrate this commitment, for 2022 a closed-course track-only Yamaha YZF-R6 GYTR will be offered for purchase in extremely limited numbers. These race-spec machines will feature full race bodywork in primer white, GYTR YZF-R6 Race Seat, GYTR ECU and wiring harness with interface cable, full Akrapovič exhaust, a 520 chain and sprocket kit, racing rear sets, AIS plug set, billet front brake lever guard, shark fin rear sprocket guard, GYTR ABS emulator, GYTR racing fuel cap, GYTR on/off switch, and GYTR brake line set, among other specialty parts.

This new 2022 Yamaha YZF-R6 GYTR is a fully kitted out competition bike designed to continue the Yamaha R6’s tradition of dominance on the track, and provides a select group of racing enthusiasts and track-day riders the chance to own the ultimate, no-compromise Yamaha Supersport. The new 2022 Yamaha YZF-R6 GYTR will be available from dealers this April for $18,399 MSRP. Please contact your local Yamaha dealer immediately for the opportunity to place a deposit on this limited production motorcycle.

Also for 2022, Yamaha would like to welcome back the Bolt R-Spec available from dealers this October in Storm Gray for an MSRP of $8,599; the V Star 250, available from dealers this October in Raven Black for an MSRP of $4,599; and the XMAX, available from dealers this November in Storm Gray for an MSRP of $5,799.

Learn more about the 2022 Yamaha Supersport model line at https://www.yamahamotorsports.com/supersport.

Learn the story of Yamaha’s 60 years in Grand Prix racing at https://global.yamaha-motor.com/race/wgp-60th/.

Find a range of Genuine Yamaha Accessories, apparel and more at https://www.shopyamaha.com.

For more information related to all Yamaha products, visit https://www.yamahamotorsports.com.

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Zero S, DS, and DSR revamped for 2022

California-based Zero Motorcycles are at the forefront of the electric motorcycle revolution, and it seems like the brand has had a pretty phenomenal year. Zero has sold through its entire 2021 production run, forcing it to launch its 2022 line-up ahead of schedule. Updated S, DS, and DSR models will join the recently launched FXE model, with a new TFT screen and fresh color schemes. 

A side view of the 2022 ZERO S

The powertrains and batteries on these motorcycles will remain the same when they do make their way to the market and, consequently, range numbers haven’t seen an increment, either. The S and DS models will be powered by the Z-Force 75-5 motor that produces 46bhp and 78ft-lb of torque, while the DSR gets a bigger 75-7 motor that makes 70bhp and 116ft-lb of torque. 

A close-up of the dash on the ZERO S

With the standard 7.2kWh battery pack, the Zero S has a combined range of 68 miles, while the DS will take you 61 miles on a full charge – owing to its off-road tires. On the other hand, Zero claims that the 14.4kWh pack on the DSR will give you a combined range of 122 miles.

Note: The aforementioned combined mileage numbers have been measured with a steady-state highway speed of 55mph. You can head to the Zero website to find more detailed information on range figures and how they’re tested.

A close-up of the new infotainment system present in the all-new 2022 BMW Transcontinental

The rest of the Zero range will receive updates for 2022 over the next few weeks, but the top-of-the-line SR/S and SR/F are expected to carry on unchanged. The street-going counterpart to the DSR, the SR, has not been included in this update, but online reports suggest that it will continue to be a part of the company’s portfolio. 

The updated models have brought with them a slight bump in price, with prices for the S and DS starting at $11,195. The Zero DSR, meanwhile, wears a heftier $15,695 price tag.

– Submitted by Vishal Venugopal

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Ducati expands Aussie dealer network

Australia is the second-most saturated market for Ducati ownership in the world, so the company pays a lot of attention to its Aussie customers.

That means there are more Aussie Ducati owners per head of population than anywhere in the world outside of Italy.

Consequently, the Bologna company showed a lot of respect for the Australian importers NF Importers (Frasers) over the years.

This was demonstrated by the fact that a Monster 659 was produced years ago specifically to comply with our learner-approved motorcycle scheme (LAMS).

The 659 is now a popular staple of their Monster line-up.

In 2020, Ducati took over direct importing of their bikes into Australian and New Zealand.

Sergi Canovas on Ducati XDiavel benefits to customers
Sergi Canovas

At the time, new subsidiary boss Sergi Canovas told us his first priority would be to make sure that dealer network is operating properly with training and communication and their presence in the market was maximised.

To this end, Ducati is expanding its dealer network with a second Melbourne dealership in January 2022 with the addition of Ducati Melbourne West at Essendon Fields, operated by the Preston Motors Group.

PMG dealer at 295 Wirraway Road, Essendon Fields

PMG is one of the longest established motor vehicle retailers in Australia and has an existing and relationship with Porsche which is part of the Volkswagen Group which includes Ducati.

Ducati Melbourne West will stock the entire Ducati and Ducati Scrambler range of motorcycles, all Ducati spares and accessories, and provide after-sales services with trained technical personnel.

A front view of the new 2022 MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RS

Sergi says PMG’s long association with Porsche gave him confidence in their ability to “deliver the passion, experience and expertise that reflects the global Ducati dealer network”. 

“With a large and passionate community of Ducatisti existing in Melbourne, we once again prove that we are committed to seeing the community continue to grow with the addition of a key state of the art dealership,” he says.

PMG boss Robert Gattereder says he is also a passionate motorcyclist.

“I am thrilled to introduce motorcycles to our organisation and I very much look forward to enjoying the passion that exists within the Ducati family and community. Our aim is to make it a flagship site in Victoria and a destination for Ducatisti”. 

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com