Saturday, June 25, 2011

Is BMW the World’s New Leading Motorcycle Maker? Read more:

Is BMW the World’s New Leading Motorcycle Maker? - Motorcyclist Magazine
BMW is on the gas, developing in
novative new models, growing exponentially and generally leaving the rest of the recession-racked motor-cycle industry in the dust. The F800GS jump-started the mid-sized enduro market in 2008, the best-selling S1000RR now dominates the superbike segment (nearly 25 percent of global sportbike sales in 2010 went to BMW), and the new K1600GT appears ready to revolutionize luxury touring. Taking business risks has really paid off: BMW Motorrad production is now back to pre-recession numbers, with 2010 global sales up 12.3 percent (to 98,047 motorcycles), out-performing the car division in profitability.

And this is just the beginning. In an exclusive interview during the K1600GT launch in South Africa, BMW Motorrad president Hendrik von Kuenheim candidly and comprehensively detailed plans for BMW’s coming decade, including expansion into the scooter, cruiser and even electric-bike markets. Von Kuenheim intends to make BMW the world’s most vital and vibrant motorcycle manufacturer. With the major Japanese OEMs in a holding pattern due to the downturned economy and the recent earthquake and tsunami, there’s never been a better time for BMW to make this move.

After showing a superbike-styled Concept C maxi-scooter at the 2010 EICMA Expo, BMW is slated to enter the “Urban Commuter” market later this year with two models targeted at Yamaha’s best-selling T-Max. One is sport-oriented; the other built for comfort. Both will offer the most storage capacity of any scooter. “The classic motorcycle market will always exist for us,” von Kuenheim says, “but Urban Commuter products will be a substantial part of our business in the future.”

Bike Festival to rock CT

Bike Festival to rock CT: Sport: Other Sport: Adventure Sport
Cape Town - Cape Town will host the CT Bike Festival, the first of its kind in South Africa, combining the world of bikes with live entertainment, in the form of international and local bands, unique product displays and a daring dirt bike extravaganza over the 3 day event.

The Festival will take place at Cape Town Stadium from 16th to 18th December 2011 and will attract not only the biking fraternity, but additional non-biking music fans, women, children and visitors from around the globe.

The Cape Town Bike Festival is set to become an international highlight on the South African calendar which will ensure the economic development of the event and the city through the attraction of some of the world’s most popular performing artists.

The 3-day festival features an extraordinary exhibition area like no other with everything from fashion apparel to biker lifestyle merchandise, fast and furious products, and accessories tailored to your machine.

South Africa’s Super Motard Champion and foremost trials & stunt rider, the Legendary Brian Capper, will be in attendance and performing his nail biting stunts on his motorcycle at the festival.

A custom-built racetrack will be used for Junior MX, Scooter Races, Supercross and other exciting daytime events.

Wheels of Fire

Wheels of Fire - Indian Express
The Garware Hyosung is the new ride gaining attention among bikers in the city

A dazzling centrepiece, leaning slightly on the side, the Garware Hyosung superbike is the latest mean machine creating ripples in the biking world. Last year saw Harley Davidson speed into the city in a week’s time. However, this week is dedicated to the Hyosung, as it launched in Sector 22 on June 23. Brought to the city by Garware Motors along with S&T Motors Corporation, city bikers are all set to get a taste of Indian superbike — Hyosung’s GT650R (650cc Sports bike) and ST 7 (700cc Cruiser bike).

“After Gurgaon, we zeroed in on Chandigarh since an increasing number of biker enthusiasts and high-end luxury brand buyers are here,” says Shrikant Patankar, President, Garware Motors. The Hyosung is priced at Rs. 4,75,000.

“In India, most of the superbikes are imported brands like Harley Davidson, Suzuki and Piaggio’s Aprilia RSV4. Our bikes are different because they are suited to Indian roads,” says Patankar, who owns the Cruiser and owns one too, like Diya Garware, Managing Director, Gaware Motors Limited.

Outlaw Biker Leads Fort Worth Police on Dangerous Chase

Outlaw Biker Leads Fort Worth Police on... | Gather
An outlaw biker who probably watched Easy Rider one too many times led Fort Worth, Texas, police on a chase Thursday night. It's the stuff movies are made of, complete with a Harley Davidson, a helmetless dude, a controlled substance violation, and touch of police brutality thrown in for good measure. All that was missing, thankfully, was death by fiery crash.

The culprit was 46-year-old Terry Glenn Sillers, who was wanted on a violation of federal parole for a controlled substance. Instead of giving in willingly, good 'ole Terry hopped on his bike and sped away. Why he expected to get away is a mystery. He has several distinct tattoos that are visible on his neck and arms. Not only that, he was being pursued by numerous police cruisers and an unmarked vehicle. A traffic helicopter filmed the chase, where Sillers raced at high speeds along city streets, drove the wrong way, and crossed medians in a futile but heroic attempt to evade the law.

In the video posted by Fox 4 News, Sillers could be seen looking into police cruisers as they drew up along side of him. He appeared to taunt them, goading them on. Twice he almost stopped, only to rev it up and speed away. Either an empty gas tank or sanity prevailed, and he finally pulled over on Loop 820 near the 121 split in Arlington and put the kick stand down. Before he could get off the bike, however, he was tackled by two plain clothes officers. After he was already down, a chunky officer ran up clumsily, slipped in the grass, got up again, and apparently punched Sillers a couple times before joining the group tackle. The Fort Worth PD is currently investigating that incident.

Sillers, who has a rap sheet longer than a double roll of toilet paper, is now in the custody of federal marshals.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

cane rally info

Just a friendly reminder to all Bikers riding to the Cane Rally this weekend coming from the South coast side, that 5km before the Gulela/Swazi Land turn off just as you come out of the Pongola pass on a blind corner is an Upnorman Load that has been broken for more than a week and will def not move before tomorow. I urge you to PLEASE be aware of this!!! See you all tomorow and ride safe. God Bless :)

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2012 offroad yamaha models are here

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Biker chick falls off back of motorcycle

U.S. trying to seize biker club's logo -

U.S. trying to seize biker club's logo - "LOS ANGELES, June 21 (UPI) -- Federal prosecutors say they have asked a judge in Los Angeles to transfer ownership of the Mongols motorcycle gang name and patch to the U.S. government.

The request, made Monday, is a first, the Los Angeles Times reported. The gang has trademarked its logo, which shows a man wearing a ponytail riding a motorcycle, and prosecutors argue it is central to the gang's criminal activity.

'We're trying to dismantle a criminal organization, and we're trying to use whatever tools we can to do it,' said Thom Mrozek, a U.S. attorney's office spokesman. 'In this case it shows our determination to go after this organization as a whole -- top to bottom leadership -- and after the proceeds of criminal activity.'

The logo was trademarked by Ruben 'Doc' Cavazos, who pleaded guilty to gang-related crimes this year.

U.S. District Judge Otis Wright issued a preliminary order for forfeiture this year but revoked it after a lawyer argued the logo belongs to the Mongol Nation Motorcycle Club Inc. and not to Cavazos as an individual.

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Jews on motorcycles?: Yes, and they’re Ridin’ Chai! | j. the Jewish news weekly of Northern California

Jews on motorcycles?: Yes, and they’re Ridin’ Chai! | j. the Jewish news weekly of Northern California: "It’s a warm Sunday afternoon in the Berkeley hills, and if you look west from the road that abuts Tilden Park, the San Francisco skyline is about as clear as it gets. As with most nice days, the park is full of people — kids riding the merry-go-round, couples hiking around Jewel Lake. And then, against the soft whisper of the wind through the trees, comes the deafening sound of motorcycle engines.

At first glance, the nine riders pulling off at the scenic overlook could be part of any motorcycle gang: bandanas, unruly beards, zippered black leather jackets. That is, until you take a closer look.

From the Star of David patches affixed prominently at the centers of their backs, to the Israeli flag pins on their lapels, the shofar charms circling their necks and the mezuzahs on the stems of their bikes, it starts to become clear that this isn’t your average bike club.

This is the RCMC — the Ridin’ Chai Motorcycle Club of Northern California.

And yes, they’re used to raising some eyebrows.

“We mostly get a lot of, you know, ‘Jews ride bikes?!’ ” says Shoshana Bilunos, the club’s president and co-founder, aping an astonished face for emphasis. “And we just go, ‘Yep, we do.’ ”

The Ridin’ Chai Motorcycle Club currently has 53 members — not bad for a 3-year-old group, though Bilunos says about half, that number are active. Each of their semi-monthly rides include a dozen or so riders, although sometimes the number of participants dips to seven or eight.

An there are plenty more like them. Though it’s the only officially recognized Jewish bike group in California, Ridin’ Chai is one of 42 clubs worldwide that belong to the Jewish Motorcyclists Alliance, a 7-year-old umbrella group with outposts in Canada, South Africa, the U.K., Australia and Israel. Members of the many clubs come together each year to shmooze and talk shop (be it Hebrew lessons or Harley Davidson mechanics) at the JMA’s annual spring Ride to Remember.

“There’s a camaraderie to it,” says Robby Brodsky, a 58-year-old San Jose resident who helped found Ridin’ Chai. “It’s the sense that you have something in common with these people.”
Members of the Ridin’ Chai Motorcycle Club meet up for a Sunday ride. photos/cathleen maclearie
A badge on Brodsky’s jacket reads “Vice President,” but he waves the title off. “I’m more like the welcoming committee.”

From the looks of the people that came out for a recent ride — mostly regulars, with two new members — everyone feels pretty welcome already. Good-natured insults and off-color jokes fly back and forth; getting everyone to stand together and hold still for a photo is a challenge in and of itself. They start up again as soon as the shutter clicks, ruining each other’s punch lines.

“Did you hear the one about the guy who goes into a Chinese restaurant, sits down and orders pork? And the rabbi’s sitting right there, not saying anything …” begins one.

“But he’s watching the whole time, right?” interjects another. “And the guy argues it’s kosher anyway because of rabbinical supervision?”

In 2007, Bilunos was turning 50, and decided to buy herself a motorcycle as a birthday present.

“It was something I’d always wanted to do,” says the petite 54-year-old, a resident of Lincoln, 25 miles northeast of Sacramento. She worked many years as the clinical director of Jewish Family Service in the state capital. “So for my 50th birthday, I said, OK, I’ll just take the class.”

A two-day safety course is required in order to ride a motorcycle in California. Bilunos went to Day 1, visited a Harley shop that night and bought herself a gleaming new motorcycle.

“I went back the second day for the road test and said, ‘You guys better pass me, because I just bought my bike,’ ” she recalls. “They said, ‘Gimme a break. You didn’t buy a bike.’ No one does that! But I did. It was ready for me to pick up before I even had a permit to ride.”

jmotorcycle3_patch_216Not long after Bilunos began to ride regularly, she had the idea to combine her commitment to the Jewish community with her newfound love for motorcycles. As someone with a background in fundraising, she initially thought organizing rides could be a great way to raise money for Jewish groups that were hurting.

“[Motorcycle] clubs raise a ton of money,” she says. “And I was just looking at all the JCCs, the JFSes, these community organizations that traditionally rely on grant money that was drying up … and I thought, what better way to help the Jewish community?”

The Internet brought her to the Jewish Motorcycle Alliance, which soon connected her with Brodsky, a veteran rider who had also stumbled upon the international organization and expressed interest in starting a local group.

The first meeting of what would become Ridin’ Chai took place in the spring of 2008, at the Contra Costa JCC in Walnut Creek.

Coming from Sacramento, San Jose, Stockton, Half Moon Bay and as far away as Yosemite, members began meeting up for semi-regular rides — sometimes through the Santa Cruz mountains, sometimes inland. They’d have breakfast at a local diner, then take off for the day, with members occasionally spending the night at others’ houses if their homes were too far to get back to in an evening’s time.
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Shoshana Bilunos, the club’s president and co-founder, favors Jewish-themed jewelry and sports the local club’s patch on the back of her leather jacket. photos/cathleen maclearie
Thanks to the Internet and word of mouth, membership quickly grew, and the group settled on a mission statement and logo for its official patch — both requirements for joining JMA. Aside from all the other Judaica dangling from their jackets and bikes, the patch is perhaps what prevents members from ever being mistaken for just another motorcycle club.

As with most groups of Jews, opinions on the design and appropriate size for the patch were often loud and contradictory. But in the end, they were all pretty pleased with the result.

Paying homage to both the American and Israeli flags, the patch on the back of each member’s jacket features a Star of David filled in with stars and stripes, flanked by the inimitable slogan: “Shtup it, let’s ride.”

As far as demographics, there are some constants among the regulars. Most are 50 and over, with many hovering around 60 and a few in their early 70s; many have adult children and perhaps a young grandchild or two. A few 30-something riders are starting to come along these days, most of them the children of older riders.

On the whole, the group is overwhelmingly male-dominated — in numbers, that is, as no one would deny that the barely 5-foot Bilunos (in her shades, Harley earrings, shofar necklace, and black-and-white bandana) is the leader. They come from a range of professional careers; though, in an apt reflection of a certain stereotype, there is probably a higher percentage of doctors, dentists and lawyers in Ridin’ Chai than in, say, a sampling of riders at your average motorcycle rally.

“There was a where every time we got a new member it was, ‘Oh, great, another doctor,’ ” says Al Aronofsky, better known as “Bear Al” or sometimes just “Bear.”

Aronosfky is A big man with a long white beard and a hearty laugh, Aronosfky looks every bit the rough-and-tumble character you’d find at your local biker bar. He’s also among the most religious.
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Al Aronofsky, better known as “Bear”
A member of both Chabad of Stockton and a Reform synagogue three miles away, Temple Israel, Aronofsky taught religious school for 18 years and is currently enrolled in a distance-learning program to receive his rabbinical ordination from a school in New York. At home in Stockton, he rides his bike to and from services a few times a week — “except on Shabbat,” he says.

“Right,” chimes in Stuart Sorkin, an original member, with a light elbow to the ribs. “Then you push it.”

Sorkin, who taught religious school at Congregation Beth Sholom in Sacramento for many years, says it might not be traditional for religious Jews to ride motorcycles — but people get used to it.

“When I was teaching 10-, 11-, 12-year-olds, it actually helped!” he says with a laugh. “It offset the white hair, made me a little cooler, I think.”

He also emphasized that being Jewish was an important point of connection for all members of the group — regardless of the varying levels of observance.

“There are a lot of motorcycle-specific clubs —Yamaha, hogs, what have you,” he says. “We’re more social than bike-focused, I’d say. We’re not bikers that happen to be Jewish, we’re Jews who are also bikers. And we’re pretty non-discriminatory.”

“Except to each other,” Aronofsky adds with a laugh.

One original member who commands respect is Bob Pave, 71, a Holocaust survivor. Born in Warsaw just before World War II, he came to the United States with his mother in 1944, as part of a trade between the Nazis and the U.S. government for Germans living in the U.S.

“We can thank Heinrich Himmler for that,” says Pave, adding that he can speak Polish “like a 5-year-old,” which is how old he was when his family left Poland.
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Bob Pave
While he doesn’t speak about his past often, he’s very active in the Bay Area’s pro-Israel community, including the Israel Action Network and StandWithUs/S.F. Voice for Israel.

He’s even found a way to put his bike to use with his passion for the Jewish state.

“A couple of years ago there was a demonstration in San Francisco by the pro-Palestinians against Israel and against Jews,” he recalls. “So Robby [Brodsky] and I got in touch, and we rode our motorcycles in with Israeli flags … I think we had eight riders, and people from StandWithUs came and rode on the backs of our motorcycles.”

“We rode around them for a little while … the pro-Palestinians had nothing to say.”

While most members agree the club wouldn’t be possible without the Internet (“There was no way we all would have found each other,” Aronofsky says), there are a few drawbacks to being such a spread-out community: It’s hard to get everyone in the same place very often, so they don’t ride as often — or in as big of a group — as they’d like to.

The next big ride is a JMA meet-and-greet in Durango, Colo., in August. The night before departing, a group of Ridin’ Chai riders will probably sleep over at Bilunos’ house to get an early start.

Looking down the road, the club’s main goal is to increase numbers and establish more regular events. Bilunos has been talking to JMA officials about plans for a commemerative “6 million mile ride,” with riders around the world logging their mileage in hopes of reaching an aggregate total of 6 million, in hopes of reaching an aggregate total of 6 million, to honor Holocaust victims and survivors.

For the time being, they’re content just to be in each other’s presence, taking in the scenery of Northern California whenever possible, especially during the spring and summer months.

“When we head out there, it’s partly the ride, and it’s partly the company,” says one of the group’s riders, a 64-year-old attorney, recounting a recent snowball fight on a ride over the Sonora Pass. “For a bunch of old guys, we manage to have a lot of fun.”

Listening to them talk, many members also take a noticeable delight in the inherent rebellion of upending expectations — of what people in their 60s “should” be doing, of how white-collar professionals spend their retirement, of how Jews are “supposed” to get their kicks.

“For us older guys, growing up, we always heard ‘You gotta be a doctor or a lawyer,’ ” Aronofsky says. “Nobody was ever a cop or a biker, because those were dangerous things. Good Jewish boys didn’t do those things, especially when, for our parents’ generation, it was about trying to blend in.”

Of course, there’s something to be said for having attorneys in your midst at all times.

“It’s an old joke,” Brodsky says. “But if we ever have any trouble with the Hell’s Angels, we’ll just sue ’em.”

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Chad Reed wins AMA Motocross event at Budds Creek -

Chad Reed wins AMA Motocross event at Budds Creek - "'I was bummed after the first moto,' Reed said. 'I just didn't have the pace. ... I came out in the second and gave it all I had. I'm pumped. We made some changes to the bike and it paid off. I'm excited to come out and win that second moto. These guys are on their game this season and it hasn't been easy.'

The Honda rider maintained a 15-point lead over second-place Ryan Villopoto in the 450 Class standings.

Kawasaki's Villopoto was second Saturday. He won the first moto and was third in the second.

'I felt good today,' Villopoto said. 'I just needed to pick some better lines in that second moto. It was a good day overall. There's still a lot of racing left this season.'

Suzuki's Ryan Dungey was third after finishing second in both motos.

'It was a good day, I just couldn't make it happen,' Dungey said. 'I felt like I needed to make a move (on Reed), but it never happened. I had to come from behind a couple times. It's what racing is all about. It's a man's sport and it's challenging. We'll just keep moving forward.'

South Africa's Tyla Rattray topped the 250 Class, finished second and first on a Kawasaki.

Rattray has two victories this season and leads the championship standings.

'I think it's important in a championship to be up front,' Rattray said. 'It's important to be on podium as much as you can, and that's what I've done so far. I just want to get big points at each round and stay consistent. Having such strong competitors makes you dig deeper, and I just want it really bad.'

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The Daily Maverick :: Honda CBR600F - suits from Mondays to Fridays, leathers on weekends

The Daily Maverick :: Honda CBR600F - suits from Mondays to Fridays, leathers on weekends: "If you envy the way motorbikes slip in and out of traffic and think to yourself, “That’s way cool,” the re-launch of Honda’s CBR600F, the bike that created the sports bike category in 1987, is ideal for starting out, yet sophisticated and punchy enough to delight seasoned bikers. By LANCE ROTHSCHILD.

One of the problems with motorbikes is that egos get seduced by numbers. The more cc’s, the more it appeals to our testosterone-fuelled sense of power. Unfortunately, legislation in South Africa has not kept up with developments in motorcycle technology, making it possible for anyone with enough money to get more bike than they can handle. The issue is, irrespective of riding experience and ability, one can walk into a dealership and ride out on a top-of-the-range 300km/h superbike. The motoring equivalent would be a driver who has just got a license getting into a Formula 1 race car.

Honda’s CBR600F is the sensible option. It has retained the fully-faired sporty and sexy good looks of its family, yet is less edgy and more user-friendly than the CBR600RR superbike. It has plenty enough power to get you out of trouble when you need it, yet is more docile making it far more useable on a daily basis.

Several tweaks and developments have taken place over the last almost 25 years with increases in power, innovations in chassis design and materials, the introduction of the “Ram Air” intake system and the incorporation of technological developments in engine and frame components. With a focus on track usage and performance, Honda introduced PGM-Fi fuel-injection technology to their 600s in 2001 with the CBR600RR becoming an iconic sports bike, built for aggressive performance.

The rebirth of this icon comes at an excellent time for the motorcycle industry as a sensible, yet serious option for motorcycle enthusiasts. Featuring a flexible RR-derived engine and an advanced die-cast aluminium mono-backbone frame, the CBR600F is ideal for the daily commute, yet will not leave you wanting on a track day or a breakfast run.

Combining supersport styling and performance with comfortable riding, Honda has walked a fine line in the development of the 600F. Instrumentation is state-of-the-art and the digital meter gives the rider loads of information. Other supersport elements include using the same tank as the 600RR, upside-down front fork and sporty, separated handle bars. While Honda didn’t want to compromise on the rider experience, it did want to offer a serious contender.

What Honda has cleverly done here is produce a bike that carries its sports pedigree with class and refinement, yet has the power and agility to get going and provide one hell of an exhilarating ride. And the CBR600F has great looks to boot, with black, pearl white, red or blue trim as colour options.

Performance is delivered from Honda’s legendary 599cm3 75kW (100HP) motor, and handling dynamics are enhanced by an aluminium swing arm, 180/55 rear and 120/70 front tyres, twin disc brakes up front and a single disc at the rear. Although it delivers 9kW (12HP) less power than the “RR”, the power delivery has been refined to be more tractable and less aggressive. This means the bike has loads of torque and pulls well right through the rev range. It will take a highly skilled rider to eke any significantly improved lap times on the “RR” as opposed to the “F”.

Ergonomics are important on the bike too, with the comfortable riding position giving you the feeling of sitting “inside” the bike rather than perched on top of it. The riding geometry is such that you will not have sore wrists and a stiff neck, even after a long ride. On the launch ride, we managed more than 200km in the saddle and felt comfortable and quite relaxed. We could have spent even more time riding this excellent machine. The seat is contoured and the pillion seat is more involved than those found on out-and-out sports bikes making the bike far more pillion-friendly than its sportier sibling.

The CBR600F is an easy bike to ride. The electric starter quickly fires up the motor which soon burbles away with a pleasing, if somewhat understated, exhaust note. The electronic fuel injection manages the engine doing away with the need for a choke, even on cold days. Twist the throttle and you’ll be rewarded with an exhaust note that is not too loud or overstated, but unapologetically lets you know this bike is not a kitten.

The bike’s electronic control unit works in conjunction with the engine’s digital electronic ignition to ensure accurate fuelling. This results in better performance, excellent throttle response and low fuel consumption. Exhaust gases leave the engine via a low-slung 4-2-1 exhaust system. A catalyser is incorporated into the exhaust and this virtually eliminates harmful emissions. Clean combustion is further ensured by the PGM-Fi system which works with the exhaust system’s oxygen sensor to maintain ideal air/fuel ratio.

The clutch is smooth as is the six-speed gearbox. Testimony to the broad torque band on this bike is the fact that it pulls easily through the rev range. In fact, don’t be surprised to find yourself looking for a seventh gear. Like all four-cylinder bikes, torque comes in at higher RPM, and from about 5,000 revs onwards this bike accelerates at a tremendous pace. It was quite comfortable at about 80km/h in top, and would pull from there, right through the rev range, well north of the 200km/h mark, which I must confess to having seen on the digital speedometer on a few occasions on the test ride. We would prefer to see an analogue-type rev counter rather than the digital bars across the top of the instrument panel though.

The bike’s stopping power is also critical and the brakes are most certainly up to the challenge. ABS is not available on this model, but with the twin discs in the front and the single disc at the back, bringing the CBR600F to a halt was not difficult at all.

The bike tracks smoothly through the twisties, turning in well and holding an excellent line. We also rode through some typical Cape Town commuting traffic and proving it’s a great bike to use as everyday transport. Fuel consumption was reasonable on the test ride at less than 6-litres/100km. (Remember that on the odd occasion I was twisting the throttle a little aggressively and conditions were not the same as every day.) But 300km on a tank of fuel is well within range.

Honda has set service intervals at 12,000km so maintenance isn’t inconvenient. The basic engine has been around for two-and-a-half decades and has proven reliable and consistent, although Honda’s extensive dealer network will be able to provide parts and support when needed.

So the CBR600F is an all-round bike that will appeal to many riders. We recommend it as a logical choice to anyone considering getting into biking or even getting back into biking, as well as a good upgrade from the smaller CBR125 and CBR250. The height and weight make it a good option for women too, and the bike’s manners will rapidly set the rider at ease. It is, however, not a limp-wristed compromise that will underwhelm you. This is the mature, sane and sensible choice for someone looking for a 600 and, priced at R85,000.00, it offers a viable new option to a rider considering a second-hand bike in this class. And with rising fuel prices and increasing traffic congestion, we think the Honda CBR600F is an excellent option for the rider who wants power, comfort and manners all in one bike. DM

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A roaring time on Africa ride (From Oxford Mail)

A roaring time on Africa ride (From Oxford Mail): "MOST men contemplating retirement might consider more time on the golf course – but born-to-be-wild Steve Wilson chose to roar across Africa on a 1950s mean machine.

He has spent a lifetime writing about his passion for the two-wheeled wonders and marked this 5,000-mile trek with his latest book.

The dramatic account of his adventure in 2009, the year he turned 66, is entitled Short Way Up, and has been published by Haynes.

Mr Wilson made his first major motorbike journey to Greece after he left school.

He said: “Since then, I’ve ridden all round the UK, Europe and Morocco on Norton, BSA and Moto Guzzi twins.”

The father-of-one’s book recalls numerous mecha-nical breakdowns on the journey from Cape Town, South Africa, to the north-eastern side of Zambia – with one taking place in the lion-inhabited National Park of Botswana.

In his foreword, Mr Wilson, who made the trip on a 1950s Ariel, writes: “This is a motorcycle travel book and, because old bikes can go wrong, there may be a little more technical detail than the general reader might welcome.

“But then again, there were dimensions to the journey, and the reasons for undertaking it, that go a bit beyond the ‘one-man-and-his-bike’ narrative that rider readers will expect.

“And for the old bike enthusiast, there are plenty of excitements as the far-from-perfect old Ariel pulls off some real feats of endurance, and carries its short-winded old rider out of a couple of tight spots.”

When a companion was forced to drop out for the trip, he made the decision to go it alone, riding his classic motorcycle from Cape Town to South Luangwa in Zambia and back again.

Mr Wilson recalls one particularly hair-raising day where his bike spluttered to a halt in the middle of the lion-haunted National Park in Botswana, just 25 miles from the Zambian border.

After a final kickstart revived the bike, the writer crossed the Zambezi river on a pontoon and continued his journey, short on fuel and in fading light, with no front and rear lights.

Eventually, the rider was escorted along dark roads to Livingstone in the lights of a loaded goods lorry, even attracting attention from local police who shouted warnings at him through a loudhailer.

On his outward journey, Mr Wilson travelled through South Africa, Botswana and Zambia.

On his return, he travelled from Zambia, through Zimbabwe to South Africa.

In doing so, he raised money for community development charity Project Luangwa, and Haynes Publishing has pledged to donate 50p for every copy of Short Way Up sold.

For more information visit Mr Wilson is also author of the six-volume British Motor Cycles since 1950.

He also wrote Triumph Bonneville, in Haynes’s Great Bikes series, and Down The Road, a collection of his best writings about classic motorcycles, which became a cult classic.

Short Way Up published by Haynes, price £19.99.

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Biking-mad pair in challenge of a lifetime - Sunday Sun

Biking-mad pair in challenge of a lifetime - Sunday Sun: "A BIKING-mad duo will take on a 9,000 trek through war torn communities and third world countries in the challenge of a lifetime.

While most university students are looking forward to the long summer break after exams, these pals are about to embark on a trip that’s been six months in the planning.

Leaving their rooms in halls and waving off their family and friends, Jim Adams and Humphrey Wrey will set off for the far flung reaches of the globe in aid of cancer and foster care charities.

Jim, a business management student at Newcastle University, said: “This will be our first major motorcycle ride and we’re starting with a big one.

“We’re both keen bikers but it is still going to be a huge challenge through Third World countries and some of the most hostile environments possible.

“We’ve been planning this for months and now just want to get going.”

Taking three months to travel the 12,000 route from England to Cape Town in South Africa on their BMWS650 motorbikes will set off for Cairo, Egypt, next Saturday.

During the trek Jim and Humphrey will visit Sedan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nairobi, Tanzania and Mozambique before ending up in Cape Town.

Jim added: “There are places we’re going that our parents hope we travel through as quickly as possible.

“In Kenya we have to drive along 650 kilometres of dirt track through an area known as bandit country so that should be interesting.”

The pair first met while travelling independently around Africa.

Months later they had a chance meeting while out in Newcastle where they are both studying in their first year.

Humphrey is raising money on the trip for foster care while Jim is riding in support of brain tumour research.

The 20-year-old added: “The condition is something that has been affecting my family in a number of ways in recent years with my granny dying from a brain tumour and my auntie currently fighting one.”

To sponsor the pair on their trek visit

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New fire tunnel record attempt plan - IOL | Breaking News | South Africa News | World News | Sport | Business | Entertainment |

New fire tunnel record attempt plan - IOL | Breaking News | South Africa News | World News | Sport | Business | Entertainment | "The “elderly statesmen” of South African stunt riding are preparing another assault on the Guinness World Record for riding a motorcycle through a fire tunnel.

Enrico Schoeman (54) and Andre' de Kock (58) plan to ride their Kawasaki-powered sidecar combination through a 100m fire tunnel before the end of 2011. Earlier this year, they rode the machine through a 66m fire tunnel at the Tarlton Raceway near Krugersdorp, smashing the previous world record, held by United States superbike rider Clint Ewing, by 10 percent.

“But it wasn't enough,” De Kock said this week. “When we submitted proof of our run to Guinness, we found out that somebody in India had recently ridden through a 67m long tunnel.

“Losing out on the world record by less than a metre is ludicrous - so now we're going to ride through a 100m tunnel and put the whole matter beyond dispute.”

De Kock said Schoeman and he had always planned to ride a 100m tunnel.

“But we ran out of money for steel to build the tunnel frame beyond 66 metres and had to settle on that distance.

“This time, we're going to raise funds beforehand so we don't have to beg people for the materials we need.”

The fundraising programme will start this month at the Biltong Café in Ontdekkers Road - a favourite watering hole for Gauteng bikers - which will host various concerts and get-togethers to raise the needed funds.

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