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RideFast Magazine March 2020

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All the NEWS proudly brought to you by HJC HELMETS THRUXTON MOTORCYCLES Thruxton Motorcycles started as a small Royal Enfield dealer in Somerset West in 2011. It then moved to the current site in the Tyger Valley area, growing both in size and brands, taking on a Suzuki dealership in 2015. Mike Hopkins Motorcycles has been in existence since 1978 and is one of the most recognised motorcycle dealers in Cape Town. Also being the longest Kawasaki dealer in South Africa and more recently the major Triumph dealer in the Western Cape. The two shops combined in 2018 when the then current owner of MHM agreed to sell to Thruxton. The two shops where merged under one roof at the Tygervalley site, achieving a more efficient organisation; a long established and respected dealer, with experienced staff and multiple brands, Kawasaki, Suzuki, SYM, Royal Enfield, Triumph. Adrian Podd is the man in charge and has been in the motorcycle industry both in the UK and SA for many years. Mark Livings (Sales Manager) is a long-standing character in the Cape Town motorcycle community, and equally well-known is Gino Perino (Service Manager). Alongside them is a team of experienced salespeople and mechanics who are all themselves enthusiastic bikers. They understand that motorcycling is a passion for some, but for others just an economical practicality and can empathise with all providing a friendly yet professional service. The showroom has brand new bikes from all of its franchised brands, plus a quality selection of used bikes, in particular Triumph. Every used bike for sale, is first given a comprehensive check and test by the workshop before being placed on the floor for sale. Recently introduced is the Smart Carbon loyalty card, enabling customers to build up points and then redeem them against future purchases from either the fully stocked accessory area or for workshop jobs. Supporting sales is a large workshop, bike wash and tyre fitment centre. The workshop is staffed by three qualified motorcycle mechanics with certification in all the major brands. Between them they have many years’ experience and the tools and diagnostics to service and repair most modern bikes. All types of motorcycles repairs can be undertaken including insurance and major engine rebuilds. Making all this work is of course the most important part of the shop, the customers. They come far and wide to support Thruxtons ride outs, breakfast runs, demo days or just pop in for a chat. The guys at Thruxtons say that this makes running a ‘bike shop’ so enjoyable.” And send out a Big Thank You! To them all. Give Thruxtons a call on 021 202 3369 or pop in for a coffee and a chat at 112 Edward Street, Bellville, Cape Town. 7530 RXF & RFZ RACING- BALANCE BIKE WITH ELECTRIC MOTOR Most of the kids out there have had a little balance bike similar to the one picyured here, where they duck walked/rode it around the garden etc. Well, this is the next step up in their progression to becoming the next Brad Binder or Sheridan Morais. Some innovative blokes have fitted an electric motor to a balance bike with foot boards and from the videos we have watched, the kiddies scoot around obstacle courses from about the age of 3 or 4 years old to their early pre-teens. The balance bikes come in two different sizes - the RXF is 12 inch and RFZ is 16 inch - both with lightweight aluminium alloy frames, sturdy handle bars and wheels and a comfy adjustable seat. The electric motors speed can be adjusted up or down to suit the riders level of skill and Mom or Dads jogging speed. The RXF is suitable for riders from about 3 or 4 years of age up to about 6 or 7 years old and the RFZ bike from about 6 or 7 years old up to about 10 or 12 years old, depending on the size of the youngster. Prices range from R4,500.00 to R5,500.00. For more info or to orders yours drop a mail to freestylemarketing13@outlook. com, delivery is via courier countrywide and assembly is as simple as charging and fitting the battery, fitting the seat and handlebars. 18 RIDEFAST MAGAZINE MARCH 2020