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The Importance of Getting Your Motorcycle Regularly Serviced

We all know that motorcycles – especially motocross bikes – are built to withstand plenty of abuse. They are tough and incredibly durable, it’s true. However, they are not unbreakable. They experience wear and tear with every kilometre they travel – even more so if you enjoy riding in the dirt or doing the odd jump and other tricks. It’s completely okay to ride your bike hard from time to time, but just remember that it will need a little care from time to time. Raceworx KTM explains the top five reasons why it is essential to service your bike.

5 Reasons to Have Your Bike Serviced Regularly

Like all vehicles, motorcycles must be serviced regularly. It is an unavoidable part of being a bike owner. Some people do simply ride their bikes until some sort of malfunction happens. That is one way to do things, but it is not the smart way. Here are five reasons why you should commit to a regular service schedule for your bike.

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1. Maintain Your Bike’s Value

Your bike’s value will start to decrease as soon as you buy it – that’s unavoidable. However, you can slow the devaluation and maintain a healthy resale value by having the bike serviced once a year. A bike with a complete service record is much more attractive to a buyer than a bike without one.

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2. Prevent Breakdowns

With regular servicing, the chances of breakdowns diminish drastically. Service technicians will either perform repairs as part of the service, or they will warn you about the need to do specific repairs and part replacements. You are thus much less likely to experience a surprise breakdown and you can ride with peace of mind.

3. Resist Wear and Tear

Motorcycle parts wear out over time – some more quickly than others. With regular services, parts can be replaced before they wear out. Serious wear and tear that can lead to malfunction, breakdowns, or costly repairs, can thus be avoided.

4. Increase Fuel Efficiency

Regular services can help you to spend less on fuel. Preventive maintenance keeps the engine in peak conditions, ensuring more efficient running. Oil changes, filter cleaning and replacements and correct tyre pressures all serve to improve fuel efficiency.

5. Make For a Better Ride

A properly serviced bike is well-tuned, operates at peak performance and improves the rider’s confidence.

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How to Start Riding Motocross

Whether you want to ride Motocross just as a hobbyist or as a serious competitor, it is an exhilarating, challenging and life-affirming pastime. However, it is also extremely demanding, requiring physical and mental strength, great technique and plenty of guts and stamina. Professional Motocross racers are highly trained, super fit athletes, so preparing yourself for this sport is no joke. Raceworx KTM offers a five-step guide to the newbie looking to get their tires in the dirt for the first time.

5 Steps to Getting Into Motocross

While it takes a great deal of dedication to become a top Motocross rider, getting started in the sport is actually not that difficult. To help you get started, follow these 5 steps.

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1. Spend Some Time on A Mountain Bike First

If you want to get a feel for pushing your bike through the dirt, jump on a mountain bicycle and try out a few local trails. Aside from being a fun and healthy way to spend a morning, this will help you get a feel for “rubber and rough.” It will enable you to get a slow and manageable introduction to offroad riding.

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2. Choose Your First Bike

When you are ready to make the investment in your first bike, shop carefully through the offerings. There are old-fashioned two-stroke engines still on the market, as well as the latest four-stroke models and even electric-powered e-bikes. Choose the bike that best suits your budget and riding ability. Speak to an expert if you are unsure which bike to go with. Invest in some riding gear too, especially a helmet and boots.

3. Get To Your Nearest Track

Now you have your bike and a bit of experience with riding in the dirt, head to the nearest motocross venue and book get some practice time. In most South African cities, you should be able to find a few options, usually in the suburbs or on large plots of land on the outskirts.

4. Book Classes At A Riding School

Keep practising in your own time, of course, but getting a few lessons from a seasoned professional would be a definite advantage. You get the benefit of learning from a top-level rider, the track and facility will cater to riders of all experience levels, and you will probably have the chance to try out several different bike models. You can learn the techniques and develop your style.

5. Join A Club

When you feel confident, get to your local club and join up. You can then start competing in the club’s fixtures and hopefully advancing through the ranks – depending on how far you want to go with your riding.

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Everything You Need to know About Motorcycle Servicing

KTM bikes are built to take a fair amount of wear and tear. You bought your bike to carry you safely on long road trips and to handle a bit of punishment on rough terrain. It can do all of this and more – provided you give them plenty of care and service them regularly. Raceworx KTM explains all you need to know about servicing your motorcycle.

Know What Your Bike Needs

It is all very well to hand your bike over to a mechanic or service centre but, having made a considerable investment in a motorcycle, it is a good idea to have at least a general picture of what it needs to stay in good shape. What needs regular attention on your bike – and when? Here is what you need to know.

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Bike Servicing Essentials

First things first: the most important part of your bike is not so much the engine that drives it, but the parts that are constantly in contact with the road. Service and maintenance must include checking your tyres for damage and wear, and ensuring that the wheels are balanced.

The next essential part of a bike service is the fluids. After a good few hours spent on tar and sand, the fluids in your bike will get dirty and may also drop in level. The brake fluid and motor oil must be flushed and replaced at certain intervals (check your owner’s manual for the required mileage for your bike).

As your mileage increases between services, check how your fuel efficiency changes. Are you getting the most out of every expensive litre of petrol? To ensure that this is the case, you must ensure that the ignition, fuel/air mix and other factors are checked and adjusted for maximum efficiency.

Just as important as your tyres are the braking and steering systems. These are all critical to a smooth and safe ride and must never be overlooked during a service. Brakes must be checked for wear and warping, fluid lines must be tested and the shocks should also be checked regularly. 

Finally, the battery, fuse box and lights must all be checked for potential problems and replaced if necessary.

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A Guide to The Top KTM Motorcycle Riding Locations in South Africa

So, you have a KTM bike that you love, but where do you take it for the best rides? Luckily, South Africa is full of fantastic adventure riding spots. On your next free weekend or holiday, pay a visit to one of Raceworx KTM’s top five riding locations in South Africa.

Where to Ride in South Africa

If you are looking for somewhere different to take your KTM bike on your next holiday or long weekend, try one of these awesome locations.

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1. Sani Pass

Strictly speaking, this isn’t in South Africa, but this picturesque area in north-eastern Lesotho is relatively easy to access from both KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State and is a rider’s dream. There are many routes you can choose from, but the best known one provides some of the best “gravel travel” riding in the world, following the Sani Pass up the Drakensberg mountains into north-east Lesotho.

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2. The Karoo

There is something otherworldly about the Karoo – a semi-arid region in the Western Cape. With its towering, breath-taking rock formations and multiple gravel passes, this magical region provides some of the best adventure riding on the continent.

3. The Tankwa

Not as well-known as the previous two locations, the Tankwa is a landscape for the experienced adventurer. It is in the very heart of the country’s most desolate region in the Northern Cape. This is a harsh land where the intrepid rider can find silence and peace, as well as mind-blowing night skies, unusual plant and animal life, and some really incredible riding.

4. The Botswana Border

The area that marks the frontier between the Northwest Province and Botswana offers vast distances, rolling landscapes, stunning wildlife and unpredictable weather. This will give you one of the most challenging adventure riding experiences in our country.

5. Mpumalanga and Swaziland

The lush landscape of the lowveld is already known as a popular tourist destination. This is just as true for KTM bikers as it is for any other holidaymaker. The network of gravel tracks that criss-crosses this gorgeous land is sure to enhance your appreciation of the region’s many sights and sounds.

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5 of Our Favourite KTM Bikes and Why We Love Them

From Supermotos and dirt bikes to powerful road models, KTM has produced an impressive array of motorcycle models over the years. When you walk onto a sales floor to pick out your first (or next) KTM bike, you will find yourself spoiled for choice. To help you decide, here is Raceworx KTM’s list of our Top 5 favourite KTM bikes.

5 Of The Best KTM Bikes

What do you want your KTM bike to do? Are you into off-road racing or do you want a good street bike? Or perhaps you are planning to take a long ride on a new adventure bike. KTM covers these bases and more. Whatever you are planning, one of the five bikes in the list below should give you what you need.

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1. The 620 Duke

When KTM first introduced the Duke in the 1990s, it inadvertently launched the world’s first ever Supermoto bike. It is tall and handles very much like a dirt bike, while demonstrating a great deal of versatility in terms of terrain. Today, the Duke range is one of the company’s staples. It’s a powerful Supermoto contender, and an amazing road bike too.

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2. The 890 Adventure

The latest in the Adventure range is the quintessential touring bike. It is lightweight and sporty and performs equally well on and off the tarmac. The newest model has more power, better handling and added suspension. This is the ultimate road and gravel traveller.

3.The 1290 Super Adventure R

For the long-haul tourer, accept no substitutes! The 1290 Super Adventure is built to carry you on long stretches of highway before taking a turn onto the toughest. Wildest terrain anywhere in the world. This is the ultimate touring bike.

4.The 1290 Super Duke R

Only experienced riders need apply! If you crave more power, then the Super Duke R is the bike for you. When people describe a bike as monster, this is what they have in mind. Built with obscene amounts of torque and horse power, together with surprising precise handling, this bike does everything in excess.

5. The 450 SMR

The 450 SMR is the king of dirt bikes. Built for speed and razor sharp handling, this is truly a bike for Motocross enthusiasts. Then again, with a good dirt bike conversion kit, it has been known to perform well on the road too.

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6 Things to Know Before Buying Your First KTM Bike

If 2022 is the year you finally buy your first KTM bike, you are making an excellent choice! A quality new or used motorcycle will give you many years of happy riding, whether you plan to use it to race or commute. Before you make your choice and spend your hard-earned money, however, consider these vital pre-buying tips from Raceworx KTM.

6 Essential Bike Buying Tips

You can easily be tempted to rush into a purchase as you browse through the shiny new and used bikes on the dealership floor. However, before you do, stop for a moment and consider your options. There are several things that can affect the deal you are about to make, as well as the long-term benefits you will get from your new bike.

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1. What Is The Best Choice – Not Merely The Most Exciting?

What kind of bike will really suit you? That sleek, sexy model built for speed – a rugged adventure bike, or a tough and practical bike designed for carrying your though rush hour? Before you get carried away, stop, think, and make an careful choice.

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2. Do Your Research

Once you make your decision about which bike suits you best, make a point of learning everything you can about that make and model. Before you walk into a dealership, you should already have a good idea about the pros and cons of the various options. You should have done your own research about your chosen bike with regard to price and specs. Try to speak to people who already own that make and model, or, at the very least, read reviews online.

3. Budget Beyond The Price Tag

There are more costs to consider than just a bike’s purchase price. If this is your first purchase, you must factor in the cost of riding gear such as helmet, jacket, gloves and boots. You must also consider registration, licensing and insurance. Research all of these and include them in your budget.

4. Ensure That You Know What You Are Doing

Too many people take the skills required to ride a bike for granted. The truth is that riding a bike requires more alertness, skill and responsibility than driving a car. Untrained riders put themselves and other road users at serious risk. Get the training you need before buying a bike.

5. Take A Test Ride

Never make a final choice without testing riding your options. You should know all there is to know about your bike on paper – now is your chance to put it through its paces and see if it is everything it is made out to be. Feel out the handling, braking and acceleration and make sure that the bike is a good “fit.”

6. Make Security Preparations

Prepare a place where you can keep your bike safely overnight. If you don’t have a lock-up garage, invest in measures such as wheel locks, rotor locks, etc. It is also worth installing a tracking device – in fact, your insurer might insist upon it.

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