It’s a wrap – the second instalment of South Africa Bike Festival, powered by Discovery Channel, took place at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit this past weekend (26th – 28th May 2017) and was a roaring success. The promise of a weekend of two-wheeled motoring mayhem did not disappoint the huge number of festival-goers that came out in their droves to take up the opportunity to view, learn, try, test, ride & buy from the vast array of manufacturers and exhibitors that were showcasing their wares.
This year boasted even bigger leading manufacturer displays and pit garage activations from KTM, Harley-Davidson, Ducati, BMW Motorrad, Suzuki, Yamaha, Honda, Can-Am, Aprilia, MV Agusta, Hyosung, CSR, BetaRacing, Polaris, Linhai, Zontes, Husqvarna and Indian Motorcycles with an estimated over R2.5 Billion worth of bikes on display.
SA Bike Festival 2017 was proud to play host to the SuperGP Champions Trophy, where over 30 of SA’s top superbike riders battled out the 1000cc Class on South Africa’s most renowned race circuit. TISSOT were the official time-keeping sponsor and clocked the winning times of Clinton Seller who took the podium on both Saturday and Sunday.
The pro’s weren’t the only ones to test their skills out on the track, a firm favorite for visitors to SA Bike Festival were the Circuit Test Rides that offered two laps around the Kyalami Circuit on the latest models of the major brands. Offered in association with ZABikers.co.za, over 3000 test drives were had, giving some of the lucky visitors the opportunity to get out on the legendary race track on some of the latest and greatest machines that the manufacturers have on offer.
Monster Energy brought a spectacle of death defying tricks, jumps & stunts from 3 of the very best Pilot riders, international FMX daredevil, Jimmy Hill (Yamaha) hailing all the way from the US of A, as well as Monster’s “local elites”, Alastair Sayer (Yamaha) and Dallan Goldman (Yamaha). Visitors literally had their hearts in their throats watching the insane stunts that these fearless riders took on.
Yesterday, (Sunday, 28 May) the chilly morning start didn’t deter riders from joining the DUNLOP Sunday Charity Motorcycle Ride which welcomed over 1200 motorcyclists who rode from Fairland’s Shopping Centre and ended with two laps around the Kyalami Circuit. The support for this ride was incredible with ALL the proceeds of the ride going towards Ride for a Reason-Claw and Paws Charity organisation.
All in all, a great weekend was had by all at South Africa Bike Festival, powered by Discovery Channel, which continues it’s reputation as South Africa’s premier motorcycle, music and lifestyle festival.