Mostert & Matiesous
(15 May 2018)
Mike Puzey gave us two bikes to take for the weekend and report back on their ride ability. These are the Zongshen RX3 250 adventure/touring bikes. They look like 1200s, but sounds like the pizza oke in a hurry. They’ll only drag 52 000 tickets out of your wallet and considering that they come standard with panniers, top box, touring screen and crash bars… delivering pizzas might become a posh man’s sport.
We got a red one and a yellow one, so Kraai dually renamed them Mostert and Matiesous. Matiesous had an aftermarket zaust on and a bigger sprocket on the front legs.
Test 1 – City kajodeling
We left Biker’s Warehouse and quickly had to stop at the nearest ‘filling’ station.
Kraai doesn’t do traffic – she loathes LOATHES LOATHES it! So, I decided the first test for Matiesous would be to take Kraai around the Jo’burg ring-road during Friday 5pm hectic ballistic rush hour traffic. The trick would be to take her home relatively sane.
This I was going to film and seeing as I only had a camera octopus, this boer made a plan. Two eyes make riding in traffic impossible as it gives me depth perception and I really don’t need to see how close I pass the cars!
Ready! Steady! GO!!!
We were dodging. We were diving. We didn’t even touch one bumper with a pannier – NOT ONE!
At a max speed of 135 we were still passing all the cars snailing it home.
We got home late and hungry.
But if you know how to fold a clown, you can fit McDonald’s in a top box without a chip spilled.
Test 2 – Flat Taps
We joined the Jo’burg Pikinini club for the day. The herd of ponies consisted of a wide range of 250s and 300s. It was like a mini Lipizzaner show.
We went zooming through the city like pikinin flying machines ke a lot jompers (‘mosquitoes’ for those that never learned Fanagolo).
The other mini motos left us in the asphalt. They reached speeds up to 160 – 170. But the brothers waited for the pak esels, Mostert and Matiesous at every turn off.
There was more than enough space (55L) in the panniers for our princess making paint, our trompoppie outfits and snacks for the long road. Not sure if Donovan was interested in the food or the princess making stuff?
Zoë, Kraai and myself showed Oprah how you can expect your daughter to turn out if she attends a public school. More bokkie for your money!
Midvaal Raceway was calling, probably more like screaming and trying to run away.
Twelve bucks pulled in to rip up the tar. Okay… maybe not so much ripping, but we sure were gonna pull on some of the corners.
It was Kraai’s first EVA time on a track and she wanted to chicken-out, but Zoé and myself convinced her that she only had to do two laps. No matter how fast the guys were twisting their 300’s ears, they would never catch up to her in just two laps.
But after five laps, Matiesous was still smearing lines on the track. Anybody who’s dunnit knows how addictive track riding is. The other riders took lunch breaks out of our panniers on the slower corners. I had at least one zamie missing!
I got knee down on the slower corners and have to confirm that my energy drink in the right pannier was shaken to the perfect concentration. The narrow wheels were holding tight and because the bikes were so light it was easy to flip them through the twisties. They lacked a bit of grunt out of the corners and on the back straight, but you would never have an unexpected high-side… like patting a bottle of All Gold and then when you least expect it – BLOP!
It must have been the first time ever a sleeping bag was allowed tied to the back of a bike, but I reassured Kraai that corner 4 is an awesome camping spot.
Test 3 – Flat Track
We quickly took a spin on the flat track as well. The wheels were sliding from the left hand bushes to the right hand bushes and back again. These wheels were not made for VesVes, albaster size pebbles or even slightly moist soil.
But… put a decent set of tekkies on these fouls and you’ll have a whole different experience. They are well balanced and light. And please let me mention that if you should have a small spill of sauce on the side – they’re not gonna cost much to fix. This gives you freedom to ride them like they’re not yours! Oh… wait…
Test 4 – Surviving Biker Ghosts
After running in circles for most of the day, we headed out to Deneysville. At the Lake Avenue Inn Guest Lodge, John and Charmaine Boswell started a Historic Motorcycle museum which opened in 2009. John used to race in the TT Isle of Man with a sidecar.
There are over a 100 bikes, all running and in mint condition. We did notice that every single boney had brand new rubber on. The bikes are all older than 1975, some dating back to 1909. There is even a Jawa Z15 (1976) of which there are only three left in the world.
The museum also showcases racing legends from Southern Africa. There are helmets, bikes, kiekies, bike parts and probably a few body parts from legendary racers like Les van Breda, Peter Labuschagne, Dave Peterson and a lot more ooms that could go very very fast.
The rest of the afternoon was spent in the pub. I think the 5th shooter was bad quality brake fluid, because we didn’t have any brieke.
We were still planning on finding a camping spot when Charmaine offered us shelter in the museum. She promised us that the ghosts were all well behaved, ‘cept old Gary Hocking that likes to take some of the bikes for a spin in the middle of the night. So, we decided to lay our heads down in the corner…
We woke up the next morning feeling a royal shade of mislik! I needed toast, I needed eggs, I needed coffee and I needed to put the jumpstart back in my backside. So we decided to go for a fresh morning jog… around the museum… kaalgat! We completed 3 laps – on cold tyres!
We went hunting and found two groen ambulanse (one being a Cream Soda and one Castle). Charmaine spoiled us with that toast, eggs and coffee I was lusting after.
Test 5 – Wild African Outdoors
Feeling WIELE again, we jumped on the bikes and took to the dirt roads heading home.
Stopped at the Vaaldam to greet the fishies. I maneuvered Mostert right up to the flood-line. Had to climb over a few big rock and stumps, but this bike jumped them like a show horse.
There are a few smaller things that Mike is still setting on the bikes, but Mostert with his stock standard set-up was by far the better pony of the two for the trip.
We took a detour through a mielie field and had no problem making it to the Climax without incident (…makes me think of my ex?!?).
RESULTS just in!
Everyone's first impression of the RX3 is that it is a slimmed down BMW F800GS.
The RX3 is a single cylinder water-cooled, four-stroke 250cc and produces around 25bhp @ 9000rpm and 22Nm @ 7000rpm. Transmission consists of a wet multi-plate clutch with chain. The motorcycle also sports a 6 speed gear box and a 16 litre fuel tank to give it a decent range.
Dimensions (L*W*H): 2130*868*1260 mm
Wheelbase: 1400 mm
Tires: (Front) 100/90-18; (Rear) 130/90-15
Front Brake System: Dual-piston callipers with single-hole discs
Rear Brake System: Single-piston callipers with single-hole discs
Front Suspension: Inverted front shock absorber
Rear Suspension: Preload adjustable damping centre shock absorber
The top speed is 135 km/h, while the 795mm seat height will make it suitable for a lot of riders. It tips the scales at 162 kg dry and might be quite porky fully loaded and two up.
It features LED running lights, an LCD speedometer and upside down forks.
In the city, RX3 impressed by its comfortable seating position and ease of control, rather than its engine with glamorous specifications. Thanks to its wheelbase, the long body guarantees stability at high speed. The 6-speed transmission offers a smooth operation; while the gravity centre of the body helps the rider face turns with confidence.
Mostert and Matiesous went from national roads, congested traffic, a race track, an offroad track, dirt roads and mielie fields at various intensity levels.
Advantages: Looks the part, light weight for those that want to gooi the bike around, low seating for the shorties, cheap for the broke okes, soft clutch for us disabled riders
Disadvantages: Could do with a little more grunt, the side stand needs an engine kill switch (we scraped a few grooves on the roads), better locks on the boxes (especially in SA), a brighter indicator light on the dash (we kept on turning and turning and turning)
Main Usage: City commuter especially for new riders that won’t be intimidated by any nut or bolt on this machine, youngsters that are still saving up for a cage (especially with the lunch box space), touring when you’re one of those riders (like me… bwahahaha) that never speed, can do a little bit of dirt touring but with better wheels it could even make Hakskeenpan.
“Of the tomato, I know very little. It is chiefly employed as a sauce or condiment. No one, it is believed, regards it as very nutritious; and it belongs, like the mushroom and the potato, to a family of plants where some of the individuals are extremely poisonous. Some persons are even injured by the acid of the tomato.”
*‘The Young House-keeper’ by William Andrus Alcott (1846)*
Mostert and Matiesous is much like the tomato. It is chiefly employed as a mode of transport. No one regards it as an adrenalin pumping machine capable of winning the Roof Of Africa. It belongs, like the 800GS and the Tenere to a family of motorcycles designed for adventure, but mostly used for touring; where some of the individuals are even extremely lethal. Some persons can even be injured by the power wrap up in these ponies.
Two half topless chickens makes one full one – don’t ya think that’s worth some dosh?
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