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YAMAHA SUPPORTS ROCK ‘N RIDE 4 RHINO

An epic conservation project that entails a 10,000km motorcycle adventure around Southern Africa”

The Rock ’n Ride 4 Rhino Project, planned for April to September 2013, epitomises the freedom, adventure and fun of the human spirit via motorcycling and the raw energy of rock ‘n roll, whilst stimulating a national culture of conservation.

The purpose is to raise R20-million to help fund the extensive equipment, manpower, resources and communication channels required to effectively combat the poaching scourge that it threatening our wildlife and our planet.

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YAMAHA MIO NOW EVEN MORE AFFORDABLE

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The Yamaha Mio scooter is now available from Yamaha dealers nationwide at the incredible price of R8995-00!

Yamaha’s new Mio shatters old-fashioned ideas with a new take on uber cool, affordable personal transport for the youth market. Offering exceptional reassuring levels of stability, the Mio makes no sacrifice when it comes to manoeuvrability. Finished with modern, urban designs, this is a scooter that, despite its affordable price, is something you’ll want to be seen on.

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Yammy V8

v8 engineWe’ve recently been informed that you might be able to buy one of these incredible engines, right here in SA.

Some mad scientist/engineer, from the UK, we believe, has taken two Yamaha Fazer 1000 engines and produced this masterpiece.

Can you imagine how hard it would be to produce a V8 from two 1,000cc bike engines, and then make it work? Obviously some monster downdraft thingies have been installed to dump in tons of fuel and therefore make lots of horsepower.

The outcome is a claimed 380hp @ 14,000pm. Unfortunately it seems this motor ends up sitting inside a car’s frame rails. But can you imagine putting this lump into a motorbike, where it really belongs, and having the best sounding engine, ever?

If you want one for any reason try www.rocket88.co.za for more information. 

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HIGH VOLTAGE

ktm-e-speed newsKTM SHOWS SCOOTER STUDY "E-SPEED" IN TOKYO!

With the FREERIDE E, KTM already has a off-road motorcycle that can be used freely in the outdoors and that has opened up a completely new outlook on motorcycle sports in open nature as it produces no exhaust emissions and is nearly silent. With the “E-SPEED”, the sports bike manufacturer now introduces a concept vehicle based on the same battery and powertrain concept to offer a comparable solution for urban areas.

Stefan Pierer (KTM CEO): “We at KTM are completely convinced of electric mobility as a perfect complement to conventional powertrains. In the long term, the electric drive will come out on top for short distances – particularly in areas which are highly sensitive from an environmental perspective, like open nature and densely populated metropolitan areas! Vehicles like the ‘E-SPEED’ and FREERIDE E can help powered two-wheelers win back more acceptance in society. Not just because of their environmental credits, but because they are easy to use, quick, and simply great fun.”

True to his motto that each and every component of a KTM must have both an aesthetic and a structural function, the chassis and bodywork of the “E-SPEED” have turned out uncluttered and iconic with a true premium look!

Technically the “E-SPEED” takes advantage of the extensive know-how gathered in the development department in Mattighofen. The prototype which is 11kW and 36Nm strong and reaches a speed up to 85km/h, among other things, trusts in a state of the art hybrid steel trellis light metal frame and WP suspension elements.

The “E-SPEED” is powered by a liquid-cooled, permanent-magnet synchronous motor with 36Nm of maximum torque and a permanent power of 11kW to drive the rear wheel via a belt drive. Electricity is stored in a package of cutting-edge lithium-ion batteries with a capacity of 4.36kWh that is fully charged within two hours on a regular 220V socket.

The KTM “E-SPEED” does indeed have sporting ambitions, as witnessed by the concept’s chassis and styling – thanks to completely unique technical solutions and the inimitable lines drawn by KTM’s very own designer, Gerald Kiska.

 

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METZELER ANNOUNCES ITS COMMITMENT TO 2013 ROAD RACING ACTIVITIES AND A DEDICATED INITIATIVE PROGRAMME

Martin 2At the Isle of Man TT, scheduled to be held from 25 May to 7 June, Metzeler will be represented by Guy Martin, Josh Brookes, Gary Johnson, Dean Harrison and James Hillier.
 
For this legendary event and to celebrate an occasion as important as 150 years of history with bikers from all over the world, the German brand has also arranged to have an exclusive village built - the Metzeler Village – close to the centre of Douglas, just a few metres from the race track and at the heart of all the TT action.
 
BrookesThe Metzeler Village will be open for 7 nights from 1 to 8 June, throughout the entire Tourist Trophy race week.
 
The Metzeler Village will be equipped with new tents arranged into three two-person pods on the National Sports Centre rugby field, the most exclusive sporting centre on the Isle of Man which is located close to the centre of Douglas, just a few metres from Quarter Bridge Corner, one of the most famous corners on the TT circuit, and just a few minutes from the Douglas seafront where the main entertainment activities organised by Metzeler will be located.
 
JohnsonAll bikers who come to the island riding on Metzelers during this period will be able to stay free of charge in the Metzeler Village after booking on-line at the following link on the Metzeler website: www.metzeler.com/roadracing (while beds are available).
 
At the end of the race event, Friday 7 June, in celebration of its 150th anniversary Metzeler will be organising the rocking event of the 2013 TT season, the Metzeler 150th Ultimate Party at the prestigious Villa Marina Royal Hall on the Douglas seafront. 
 
HarrisonIt will be a unique party with an incredible AC/DC tribute band, DC/AC and DJ set rock afterwards.
At the end of the Tourist Trophy, Saturday 8 June, the Southern 100 Post TT Races will be held which, for the period 2013-2014 will have Metzeler as the title sponsor. The competition, held for the first time in 1991, is laid out on a 6.8 kilometre street track and Metzeler rider Dean Harrison will be participating.
 
Starting from 2013 and for the next 3 years, Metzeler will also be title sponsor of the “fastest road race in the world”, the Ulster Grand Prix in Northern Ireland, scheduled from 12 to 17 August. hillierDuring the week the event attracts an average of 50,000 spectators to
watch the riders fly around an 11.9 kilometre track at an average speed of 223 kph.
 
The Metzeler colours will be held high at this event by Guy Martin, Gary Johnson, Dean Harrison and James Hillier.
 
For more information on Metzeler road racing 2013 and to book with the Metzeler Village
go to our website at www.metzeler.com/roadracing.
 
 
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Watch this

Dan Tanenbaum is a 41-year-old gentleman who resides in Canada. He’s an extraordinary chap who spends hundreds of hours making these exquisite works of art.

Dan takes old vintage watch parts and turns them into these miniature motorcycles, which unfortunately aren’t ride able, unless you’re the size of a Lego dude.

But we’d all love to have one on our mantel piece, right? However we’ve no idea how much they’ll cost, very expensive we’d imagine.

Sometimes people have too much time on their hands, ha, ha…

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CASTROL DAY OF CHAMPIONS SERIES

The visiting team from Mick Grant a former champion and Isle of Man TT winner, had some notable riders to contest the three leg series held at the Aldo Scribante, Zwartkops and Kyalami tracks.

The Port Elizabeth 200 proved to be a runaway win by a clear 10 laps for Gary Johnson backed up by Parkins 1000cc BMW. Crowd attendance on the Saturday’s racing was fairly sparce but this didn’t stop the TT?legends parade or veteran racers from the Eastern province. Rodney Hiles coupled with Schroder from gaining a podium position on the day’s events.

By far the best attended race day was Zwartkops. The packed race schedule planned for the day took some inevitable delays as racing shunts played out to packed grandstands. A host of champions and former greats sampled a track that contained plenty of oil and rubber to cause the occasional missed heart beat for the veteran racers.

Sean Emmett, multiple UK?champion took home the top spot in the Day of Champions Race riding an ex-works 1984 Suzuki 500cc Grand Prix.

Notable riders like Scottish Champion Alan Dufus and Peter Labuschagne both on ultra-fast 1960 single cylinder bikes put up a good showing against the more powerful machines on race day to gain some silverware.

What was billed as another great day of champions at Kyalami became a major tragedy with the loss of two racers on the day in the brunch runner class where Warren Banfield and Marco Pugi both succumbed to their injuries. The start line mellé crash saw riders and bikes go in all directions as six racers crashed with the result that all ambulances were rapidly dispatched to local hospitals.

The passion for speed day suffered once again from various program delays. The Castrol Tourist Trophy was won by Allan Venter on a Yamaha 1100 ahead of series winner Les van Breda on a borrowed Honda 1100 while fast riding John Kosterman was third on a 1985 Suzuki GSX-R750cc. The small but loyal band of enthusiasts however got to watch the passing show in some glorious Highveld summer weather on the day.

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1. For Paddy Driver and Jim Redman it all started in the mid 50’s going from track to track in Europe eeking out a living from GP?racing.

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SA TT 2013

RE-VAMPED SA TT CLASSIC SERIES FEATURES DAY OF CHAMPIONS IN A NEW THREE LEG SERIES TO INCLUDE A SUPERBIKE RACE BETWEEN THE UK AND SOUTH AFRICA

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Now in its seventh year of running, the annual vintage and classic bike-racing bonanza for South Africa promises to be better than ever for enthusiasts. Zwartkops owner Peter du Toit and the entrepreneurial spirit of the race series says that the original events for four wheelers organised by the legendary David Piper has moved on to cover a major motorcycle component in the classic racing pageant. The first event will be held at Aldo?Scribante in Port Elizabeth on January the 26th. Historic racing will roll out two other must see events at the Zwartkops International race track on February 3rd followed by Kyalami on the 8th.

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