New two-wheels peril: Bikers’ tips to avoid hijacking

Hijacking doesn’t happen only to cars and trucks Be alert – and ready to ride away Pillion riders aren’t always as they seem JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – An alert has been issued by a motorcycling group about an increase in hijackings in the Kempton Park area, east of central Johannesburg. Road safety group MasterDrive told Carman’s…

Ducati Multistrada 1200: Shrink the globe on a bulletproof bike

New colours, tyres for road and off-road travel Accessories designed for the less-beaten track Cutting-edge performance, active safety BORGO PANIGALE, Bologna – Ducati’s Multistrada 1200 Enduro, the bikemaker says, is now even more of a globetrotter thanks to the introduction of a Pro version. “The trail-blazing spirit of this the most venturesome Multistrada,” Ducati says, “now reaches…

How biking commuters could save SA R465bn a year

Happy bikers save three working days a year Bike commuters are happier than box-pilots Huge savings possible by two-wheel commuting   LONDON, England – What would happen to traffic congestion, parking problems and the stress levels of drivers if only 10% of commuters switched to a motorcycle or scooter? The UK will try to get…

Ducati bullet-bikes added to Italian Carabinieri arsenal

Ducati ‘Stradas ride in for G7 talks security Former 1200 tourers ‘fitted for weaponry ‘Corps can now rely on the pinnacle of two-wheelers’ TAORMINA, Italy – Ducati’s Multistrada 1200 S and Multistrada 1200 Enduro have now officially joined Italy’s Carabinieri Corps’ fleet with their debut at the 2017 G7 summit here over May 26/27. The…

New super Suzuki GSX for 2017 Kyalami Bikes Show

First viewings since global launch Take bikes on track test rides New GSX has more power, drive modes JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Suzuki’s GSX-R1000A will have its first public viewing and be available for track test rides at the 2017 South African Bike Festival at Kylami from May 26-28. The machine will be on display in…

SA vets to challenge world again at Farleigh Castle

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – South African veteran Motocross champions will once again compete in the annual international MXDN World Veterans event at Farleigh Castle in England. They are four-times Springbok MX champion Ryan Hunt, Germany-based motocross legend, multiple SA National champion and international GP rider Colin Dugmore, Springbok and SA National champion Tony Riddell, and…

These TCX fashion boots were made for biking

Touch of style to withstand the weather Several colours – special deal for ladies Full protection from road and rain BIKER fashion usually runs to leathers – some with brand colours – and big, chunky, boots – all of which is a problem when a destination is reached when less assertive bodywear is required. The…

More power for Suzuki’s GSX-S1000 flagship

New colour schemes – or go all-white 112kW promised at 10 000rpm New slipper clutch eases downshifts Suzuki’s flagship, the super-naked GSX-S1000, has been given a power upshift and smoother downshifts for 2017 and on. The figures are 112kW at 10 000rpm, thanks to new crankcase ventilation holes, and torque is up to 108Nm at…

Look out for bikers at junctions – you could die too!

Let’s try a little more observation out there Lack of observation major cause of crashes 300kg of motorcycle carries a hell of a punch LONDON, England – British Road-safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist has some sage advice for car drivers here in South Africa: Watch out for motorcyclists at road junctions. GEM road safety…

BMW Bagger B: Big-six goes Bigger and Better

WOODCLFF LAKE, New Jersey – BMW Motorrad USA has at last announced the US price for the “much-anticipated” K1600 B, the BMW bagger developed for the American biking market. Sales target? “American riders who love the great open American roads,” BMW US says. The price? Five bucks short of $20 000 – or the equivalent…

Honda Twins reach new – and frozen! – heights

Honda five  on top of the world Only two-metre snow stopped bike Africa Twins take on volcano deep-freeze SANTIAGO, Chile – A year after its return to Honda’s motorcycle range the Africa Twin has reached new heights by breaking the record for the highest altitude yet reached by a twin-cylinder motorcycle. The choice for the record was…

Takata strikes again: Thousands of SA Pajeros recalled

SA included in global recall effort Nearly 7500 units may be affected Go to the Mitsubishi SA website for details PRETORIA, South Africa – Mitsubishi Motors SA has issued a preventative recall on 7449 Pajeros in South Africa for a safety inspection and replacement of the driver’s-side crash bag. Mitsubishi is one of several vehicle manufacturers…