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Get ready for the Honda Quest-True Adventure with the all-new Africa Twin

True Adventure. In the coming few months these two words, which aptly describe the new Honda Africa Twin, will take on a whole new meaning in the eyes of every single adventure motorcyclist when Quest-True Adventure is unveiled.

But what is Honda’s Quest-True Adventure?

It is a motorcycling challenge, involving 20 carefully selected riders on 20 specially prepared Honda Africa Twin adventure motorcycles, culminating in a challenging 12 day, 2800 km event in a yet to be disclosed part of Namibia.

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Honda opted for Quest as a dedicated marketing platform to perfectly illustrate the ruggedness, refinement and market leading capabilities of the Africa Twin.

People will be able to submit entry applications for Quest at their nearest Honda dealership in South Africa and Namibia, whereafter 40 semi-finalists will be chosen to attend a Boot Camp, or selection phase. Honda’s strategic partner in Quest, is Specialised Adventures, a company with a proud track record of planning and executing extreme competitions of this nature.

“We aren’t looking for enduro racers or the next Dakar winner,” said Hardy de Kock, managing director of Specialised Adventures.

“The decision on who will finally participate will be based on contestants’ appetite for adventure, their willingness to learn and adapt, their ability to function in a team environment, as well as their psychological mettle under pressure.”

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At the end of the Boot Camp, the 20 finalists will be announced. They will then be flown to Namibia at the beginning of September to participate in the much-awaited Quest-True Adventure on 20 specially prepared Honda Africa Twin motorcycles.

While the exact location will remain a secret until the Quest-True Adventure commences, the participants will be evaluated on skills such as their mechanical maintenance and recovery abilities; as well as how they cope with challenges such as observation skills, traversing challenging terrain, endurance riding, navigational exercises and tests designed to test their ability to improvise and adapt to adversity.

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Top tips on sharing the road with vulnerable road users

We are all made up of different shapes and sizes, from old to young and within our unique make-up, we each have a different set of problems and vulnerabilities.

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Richard Gladman, head of driving and riding standards at the UK-based charity, IAM RoadSmart has some advice on sharing the road with vulnerable road users.

Pedestrians

Treat pedestrians in the way you would want to be treated. We all have to walk to get to various destinations. It is important to give people time and space they need to use the road, especially those with who have restricted mobility.

Pay special attention in the rain – you may just spot someone so keen to get out of the rain they may not see you before crossing the road in front of you.

Cyclists

Cyclists need space too. They share our roads and are vulnerable to other traffic. When driving ensure you have checked to see it’s safe before changing speed or direction.

You may be in a hurry but be patient; cyclists are easily affected by the elements and could wobble in instances of windy weather.  Before you overtake them, make sure you have given them enough room as they could adjust their road positioning unexpectedly for a pothole or drain. A few seconds delay is better than a lifetime of regret.

Scooters

Mobility scooters are becoming more common. This road user may have restricted movement, vision or hearing. Give this road user plenty of space and time, look for any clues which might help you work out where they are heading

Animals

Don’t scare animals. Animals such as cows and sheep need to be driven past carefully. Horses are normally in rural areas and are accompanied by a rider. They could be nervous of traffic; however, police horses can be spotted working in any area.

Turn the radio down and keep the engine revs low, be patient and take your time when passing a horse. Keep your car well away from them and proceed slowly.

Motorbikes

Look out for motorcyclists. They can be hard to see especially in blind spots created by pillars or when looking into the sun. You may find them filtering in traffic so before you change position – Think Bike!

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“Drivers need to remember they are inside at least one tonne of highly engineered metal box fitted with all the latest safety features. Cyclists and pedestrians have no airbags, crumple zones or seatbelts to protect them.  Always give more vulnerable road users that extra little bit of space and time so you can react. The roads will be a much nicer place if we share nicely,” concluded Gladman.

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Harley-Davidson introduces the 2017 Street-Rod®

For 2017, the new Harley-Davidson® Street Rod™ is set to raise eyebrows, and reset expectations.

It’s tuned High Output Revolution™ X 750 engine, producing more torque through the mid-range and power at the top-end also chases a higher redline. The bigger hitting motor is matched with sharper chassis geometry and aggressive riding position; there are also upgrades to the suspension, brakes and wheels.

The Street Rod will be offered in three colour options:

  • Vivid Black
  • Charcoal Denim
  • Olive Gold

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“The Street Rod’s new High Output Revolution X 750 has got hot cams, gas flowed heads, more compression and a higher redline. It gets your attention. And we wanted a chassis to match, sharp handling and aggressive, perfect for urban cut-and-thrust and canyon carving. Its attitude and the relationship between seat position, rearset footpegs and wide handlebars put the rider fully in control. The fact the Street Rod looks so good – and very close to our early sketches – gives us all a real charge too!” said Mathew Weber, Harley-Davidson chief engineer.

Upgraded Engine

The Street Rod’s liquid-cooled, single OHC 8V 60° V-Twin High Output Revolution X 750 engine produces 18% more horsepower and 8% more torque than the Street 750; peak power arrives @ 8,750rpm, with peak torque delivered @ 4,000rpm. It’s tuned to deliver strongly between 4,000 and 5,000 rpm, with strong midrange performance that a rider can feel and exploit in real-world situations.

It features a larger volume air box and new dual 42mm throttle bodies, new four-valve cylinder heads and high-lift camshafts, plus a higher-volume exhaust muffler – all designed to increase airflow and efficiency. Compression ratio is raised from 11.0:1 to 12.0:1 and the redline goes from 8,000 to 9,000 rpm.

New suspension and brakes 

The Street Rod chassis is engineered to match the performance of the engine. The front end features rigid 43mm USD forks gripped by lightweight aluminium yokes. Fork rake is tightened from 32° to 27° for quicker steering. New rear shock absorbers feature an external reservoir to increase fluid capacity and maintain damping consistency; travel is increased 31% to 117mm. The swing arm is slightly longer to accommodate the taller shocks, with performance-inspired styling.

A new seat shape is designed to hold the rider firmly in place and seat height is raised to 765mm to enhance the rider’s view forward. The Street Rod also features new forged brake/gear levers plus aluminium rearset footpegs that aid control and make it easier for more riders to get good ground reach when stationary. To suit more spirited riding lean angle is increased from 28.5° left and right to 37.3° right and 40.2° degrees left.

The flat, drag-style handlebar creates an aggressive riding position; new bar-end rear-view mirrors can be mounted above or below the grips, and feature a patent-pending design that allows them to fold back without interfering with the rider’s hands.

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The Street Rod wears exclusive 17-inch front and rear Open Spoke Black Cast aluminium wheels and new Michelin Scorcher 21 radial tyres, sized 120/70 R17V front and 160/60 R17V rear; dual two-piston calipers and 300mm front disc brakes plus ABS deliver powerful, controlled stopping power. Harley-Davidson’s Smart Security System is standard fitment.

‘Dark Custom’ Styling

The Street Rod backs up its upgraded engine and handling performance with a liberal dose of Harley-Davidson Dark Custom styling. Thick, blacked-out forks and triple camps, topped with a new speed screen (colour-matched to the bodywork except for a black centre insert) add mass to the front end. A new tail section, with perforated rear mudguard, lightens the rear; the taillight is crisp LED, as are the indicators.

The raised ride height and 17-inch wheels inject the Street Rod with an athletic stance, while the new scoop-style air cleaner cover and sharper snap of the exhaust note draw attention to the engine’s strong design.

Source: Harley-Davidson

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Getting your motorbike out for summer? Check the following

Is your motorbike ready for the summer road?

As summer approaches many of us are looking forward to getting out and about on our roads. If you’re a motorcyclist you might not have driven in a while and it’s important to check that your motorbike is still in good shape before heading out.

The Automobile Association (AA) said it is important for all motorbike riders to check their machines properly, and to follow all road rules, to ensure a safer journey.

“Motorbike riding is an excellent activity, and brings friends and families together. But just as with your car, it is important to ensure that if you haven’t ridden it in a while, it is still in good mechanical condition, and that all the components are working as they should,” the AA said.

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The Association also noted that it is critical for all motorbike owners to ensure their tyres and wheels are in good condition as these were amongst the most important safety features on the bike.

It is important to inflate the tyres to the manufacturer’s recommended air pressure, making sure there is enough tread left for future journeys. If your motorbike has been standing on its tyres for a while, make sure there are no flat spots on them.

“Remember to also check your wheels, making sure that if your bike has spokes, they are not bent or loose. Lift each wheel off the ground and spin it, this should give you an indication if there are problems,” the AA said.

Other aspects of your motorbike you can check before heading off include:

  • Controls: All pedals and levers should move easily. Check that your brake control cables move freely and aren’t frayed. Check that the handlebars move easily from side to side, and that the throttle snaps closed when released.
  • Lights: Make sure that your headlights and indicators all work properly, and don’t forget about your brake lights.
  • Oils and Fluids: Check the fuel and oil levels carefully, ensuring that all are in line with the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Mechanic: If you are not mechanically inclined, take your bike to a workshop to have a mechanic give it a once over, before you head out.

“Apart from these tips, we also recommend that if you haven’t ridden your bike in a while, you take it out to a quiet spot for a test ride to regain some “riding” memory. By doing this you will get used driving with your head up, looking ahead, and checking for blind spots,” the AA suggested.

In addition to all of this, the Association urged all motorbike riders who have not ridden in a while to re-check their equipment – such as helmets and leathers – to ensure they are still in good condition.

“Even helmets without damage should be checked and replaced every couple of years as new developments in helmet safety technology make them more protective. Check to see if your helmet is still in good nick, and if you have any doubts, get a new one,” the AA concluded.

Source: AA

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10 interesting facts about road accidents

There’s a lot that can cause a road accident: distracted driving, drunken driving, vehicles that aren’t roadworthy, to name a few. A lot of the time it’s a simple mistake which could’ve been easily avoided that causes a major accident.

By taking note of the following 10 facts, you might be encouraged to pay more attention the next time you’re behind the wheel and to take the necessary precautions:

  1. Worldwide, male drivers have a higher risk of dying in a car accident than women due to their inclination to speed more, drink more and take more risks
  2. In South Africa, the major contributory factors to festive season fatal crashes are drunk driving, speeding, overtaking when unsafe to do so, fatigue, overloading of vehicles and a tyre bursting.
  3. Deaths from road accidents are at least twice as high in South Africa as the global average.
  4. The most dangerous drivers are young men.
  5. While women are statistically safer on the road, they have just as many accidents as men; however, they tend to be minor fender-benders, while men are usually involved in more serious collisions.
  6. Cautious old ladies are more inclined to die behind the wheel than speeding teenage boys – not because they’re reckless, but because they’re frail and less likely to survive injury.
  7. In SA, according to stats released in 1998, your likelihood of being in a fatal crash between midnight and 4am is four times higher than during daytime.
  8. Motorbikes are especially vulnerable on the road as motorists regularly fail to see them, and intersections are the most likely place for a motorcycle accident to occur.
  9. In the US, of all road users, 4-year-olds have the lowest death risk – probably because they’re in child car seats, and their parents drive more carefully.
  10. In the UK and the US, the drivers of station wagons have a death rate of less than half the national average for cars due to the fact that they’re safer on the roads and their drivers tend not to take risks.

A guide to motorcycle safety

Did you know that wearing the right motorcycle gear reduces your chances of head injury by 69%?

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There are many simple precautions one can take in order to ensure safety on a motorcycle. Check out the infographic below and be sure to insist that you, your friends and loved ones take the necessary steps to ensure motorcycle safety:

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Infographic supplied by Injury Solicitors