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Dirt & Trail Aug2020

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SPEEDHUT - SHERCO

SPEEDHUT - SHERCO Formerly ASAP Racing is now under new ownership and management, yet still retain there Sherco agency which is good news for all Sherco owners in the 011 dialing code district. The shop is now co-owned by Brett Sproson and Andrew Stead. Andrew’s wife Dee Stead has been tasked with the day to day management of the shop and has a passionate and dedicated team behind her to keep things running smoothly. Calvin Lodge handles all sales, parts, accessories and etc while Kai Stoltzer and Emmerson Diké, (pronounced Deekay), look after the workshop and all things technical. Joe Mokwena is the janitor and keeps everything neat, tidy and clean and young Ms. Linifa Mwale cracks the whip and keeps everybody in line. The shop has a cool modern industrial feel about it with raw chipboard, corrugated iron and dark paint with great industrial lighting and we really like the uncluttered space. Most importantly, they have a very nice “coffee” bar for that all important refreshing beverage while you wait for your purchase to be rung up or your new bike to be loaded. A really nice shop and a great bunch of people, we really wish them well and much success. Pop in at L.G. 01, Pineslopes Boulevard, corner Witkoppen rd and The Straight in Fourways or give them a call on 011 465 7129 or 083 300 7303. you could also mail them on sales@speedhut.co.za. BMW GS, THE FATHER OF ENDURO TOURING, IS NOW A MIDDLE- AGED BIKE Back in 1980 there was nothing like the newly introduced R 80 G/S. There was nothing like it in BMW Motorrad’s own history that harkens back to the BMW R 32 from 1923. And there was nothing on the market to combine virtues from the off- and on-road riding segments. You could even say the R 80 G/S was a motorcycle crossover. And you would be right, hence the 40 years of continued success. Today any rider – and especially BMW aficionados – is well familiarized with the Gelände / Straße (German for off-road / onroad) or Gelände Sport series. Particular praise could go to Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s Long Way series of adventures, but we need to be honest about this approach. The motorcylce division would have achieved the more than half a million sales of the GS boxer series anyways – only perhaps a little later than 2014. BMW Motorrad credits itself with the creation of the enduro touring segment and we are not going to argue much about it. The original R 80 G/S really was a forerunner for the appreciated combination of on-road, off-road use that did not even sacrifice on everyday use values. And jump forward from 1980 to 2020 when BMW says the series has already reached a production total of 1.2 million units. Of course, the success was based not only on casual use – the R 80 G/S was ridden in its first year of full production by Hubert Auriol to a resounding victory in the 1981 edition of the prestigious Paris - Dakar Rally. Other notable firsts include the introduction of the F 650 “Funduro” in 1993 as BMW’s original single-cylinder enduro, the arrival of the R 1100 GS as the first enduro with ABS, the expansion of the GS moniker to the F Series or the expansion of the range from the compact G 310 GS to the flagship R 1200 GS. A personal favorite with some here is the R nineT Urban G/S - it relies on the genes of the original R 80 G/S but takes the DNA into the 21st century for arguably the perfect combination of vintage style and modern air/ oil-cooled boxer engine performance thanks to the available 110 hp. 28 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE AUGUST 2020