The 2017 and second South African Bike Festival, held at the famous Kyalami race circuit from 26 to 28 May was the place to be for bikers and any bike enthusiast.


On Sunday there was a biker mass charity ride which left from Randburg and ended at Kyalami. The mass ride is meant to raise awareness amongst motorists and to raise money for Community Led Animal Welfare (C.L.A.W). There was a huge turnout with 150 plus bikers attending the mass ride. It took the longest route along the R24 towards the Kyalami race track. Once at the track, the organisers allowed the mass ride to do two parade laps on the famous circuit.


Other highlights at the show included a variety of stalls. Most of these were offering show specials on most of their merchandise. Biking enthusiast could also enjoy all the big names that were there displaying their latest model bikes. A surprising absence was Kawasaki which is a major name in the biking world.

South African Bike Festival

Visitor could enjoy stunts to impress

Outside there was a well-equipped food area. Of course there was the beer tent which is always well supported (the ‘safety first’ philosophy ingrained in me did worry about irresponsible drinking and driving potentially happening especially for those riding a high-powered motorcycle).


The freestyle guys and girls put on a nail-biting display. This is also true of some of the trial riders and the BMW GS team with their fantastic skill on these heavy machines. The highlight of the festival is the opportunity to test the latest bikes on the track, for a handsome fee of course.


Overall I had a great experience and I’m sure the South African Bike Festival will grow from strength to strength. Maybe we will even see two of these shows per year and for a week instead of just the weekend.


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