Return of a ‘legend’

2017-10-25 06:02

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IT is not a question of how far your CRF1000L DCT Africa Twin will go. It’s how far you’re willing to take it. Mountain, desert, rock, sand – and everything in between. Conquer it all at the throttle of the Africa Twin. Almost 30 years ago, the Africa Twin conquered the Paris-Dakar Rally. This year, it’s been reimagined with the same true adventure spirit. Live the dream. Get out there and ride the all-new Africa Twin. In addition to the manual 6-speed gearbox, you can choose optional Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) which gives you a choice of manual or automatic gear-shifting to suit tarmac, dirt tracks and steep mountain passes.

No other bike of its type can do this. Up or downhill, on or off road, the CRF1000L DCT is the perfect companion wherever the journey takes you.

All-terrain performance With 98Nm of torque, the Africa Twin is built to take you all the way from tarmac touring to off-road rally.

The new Africa Twin packs an all-new 4-stroke 1000cc parallel twin engine. It has the muscle to take on extreme off-road environments, offers smooth comfort for long distance touring, and sprightly agility for the everyday commute.

Total control

When HSTC senses an imminent loss of rear wheel traction, it seamlessly reduces torque to boost grip and avoid wheel spin. Two levels are available, and mode selection appears on the LCD


If you really want to let loose, individually disable ABS or HSTC with just the push of a button.

Light touch control

The Africa Twin might look like an off-road powerhouse. But its lightweight construction keeps it nimble on the road, too.

Splashes of style

The Africa Twin is full of neat little design touches that nod to the past.

Brilliant design withstands the test of time – and the Africa Twin is no different. Whether it’s the dual headlights with their handsome looks and great visibility, or the range of rally paintwork to choose from, the new Africa Twin pays homage to the original with classic styling that still looks great today.

Honda Quest 2017: the winning team.

Twelve days after leaving Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, the Honda Quest convoy finally arrived back at their starting point, tired, happy, content and richer for the experience. Over the course of the previous 12 days, 10 of which were competition days where teams could score points on various skills and tasks, these 20 finalists covered over 2 000km, some over the harshest terrain that this arid and sparsely populated country can offer. Honda Quest did not aim to pick purely the most skilled riders, but instead set out to pick the most versatile team.

They were looking for people who showed a keen sense of adventure and who were curious about their surroundings. They also wanted to know who would get along with their fellow competitors and could contribute to team spirit, as well as taking the initiative with special tasks.

Looking back, there were some interesting characters. Johannes Haasbroek, a Namibian local with a huge beard and a collection of never ending stories, always elicited a chuckle or two from his fellow competitors.

Then there was Glenn Koch who was able to fix any flat tyre in a record time, even if the actual rider of the bike sometimes objected. Barbara Muszynski, the lone female competitor, impressed everyone with her positive approach and managed to silence quite a few doubters in the process.

And then there was Grant Pentalow who, despite taking quite a few tumbles in the deep sand, never once considered giving up, earning him the nickname of “the terminator”. Andrew Johnstone amused people with his psychological profiling of his fellow competitors, while Clinton Pienaar took all the hardship in his stride, regardless of the fact that he’s editor of one of South Africa’s biggest motorcycling magazines and took part as a normal competitor.

After putting their heads together, comparing points and interviewing everyone a couple of times, the instructors and organisers of Honda Quest 2017 are happy to announce that the winning team is Charl Potgieter from Pretoria and Hennie “Tyres” van Heerden from Victoria-West. They impressed everyone with their calm, yet enthusiastic approach, as well as the thorough way in which they approached the special tasks.

Both will be excellent brand ambassadors for the Honda CRF 1000 L Africa Twin, both becoming proud owners of the motorcycles on which they competed.

The winners of the Quest Spirit Award are
Pentalow and Koch. They were always in good spirits, no matter how tough the conditions, and remained loyal and supportive teammates right to the very end. To get a feel of the Honda African Twin, bring your bike driver’s licence to Fury Honda Pietermaritzburg, 290 Boom Street, or contact us on 033 345 6287.
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