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    KTM 790 Adventure, A Dealers (biased) Perspective.

    Introducing the KTM 790 Adventure S & R, a bike I have been waiting for since KTM discontinued their legendary single, the 640 Adventure. A special thanks to KTM South Africa for the privilege of experiencing these bikes in Morocco, shortly after their International Launch. An honor indeed. A lot of people have asked my opinion, so here it is. FYI (or rather for what it’s worth) I have gone out of my way not to read or watch any reviews on the KTM 790 Adventure, I wanted no preconceived ideas, I wanted to form my own opinion. Although, I have heard expressions of disappointment at the weight of the bike as well…

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    MotoGP-Qatar 2019

    I can confirm, 30 hours in Doha beats a 9 Hour layover at the airport, hands down. Especially when it includes an epic opening MotoGP! Thanks to the night race, we had time to explore our surrounds, and what a pleasant surprise Doha has been. Clean and peaceful, yet they get the job done. Makes one wonder what all the noise is about! As expected, the MotoGP did not disappoint. Never does. Hard to correlate the surprisingly small turnout with the massive following MotoGP enjoys, although made for a more intimate experience. Outstanding weekends racing set the bar high for the remainder of the trip. However, somehow I don’t see the 790 Adventure…

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    KTM 390 Duke, A Bike for all occassions

    As a dealer, a KTM dealer, I struggled to understand the 390 Duke positioning. Legally too much for under 18 and too little (read slow) for over 18. #preconceptions In my experience, naked bikes are not very practical in this country. Exposing the rider to unpleasantries on our long straight roads, unlike European congested towns or twisty country roads keeping speeds to an acceptable comfort level. I loved my first ride, on the original 390 Duke, chasing its bigger brother and Original Beast, 1290 Superduke R around the Cape Peninsula following the Argus Route. No contest on the fast flowing stuff, but a great dual in the tight twisties using little to no…

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    MV Agusta Factory Tour

    The GPS warned me that the Moto Guzzi Museum only opens at 15:00, so I rerouted to MV Agusta assuming the Museum would be at the same location. Well its not. And its closed until Saturday. A blessing in disguise!!! Upon arrival at MV, I presented myself to security and whispered the password “factory tour”, not expecting much as I had not made a booking. “Uno momento” (with finger in the air) came the response as security made a quick call… and ten minutes later i had my own personal factory tour guide. Unfortunately photos are “not permitted” in the pre-production, parts bin (“supermarket”) & single line production assembly plant, but are allowed…

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    Ducati Museum Gallery

    Back in the day, when we owned Ducati Cape Town, we were privileged enough to visit Italy and Ducati regularly. Our since visit back since 2006, like Ferrari, not much has changed other than new models. Still have a massive respect and soft spot for Ducati as a Brand on and off track. Lovely to be back in their hood!

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    790 Reasons to attend EICMA 2017

    I have not been that tired since stalking my wife back in PE days. The first leg of our day flight to Milan, landed in Dubai at midnight. Up since 4am, watching terrible in flight movies, no sleep! Deprivation setting in. Time for a quick beer, ok two, on our stopover. R366…budget finished. As we boarded the Milan leg of our journey, still reeling from my beer tab, confusion & panic start setting in… so many questions: – #datapricesmust fall, what about #beerprices. This bothered me more than i should admit to. Not much gets between beer and I, but I could see this changing, for financial reasons! -how are we going to…