SA Bike Fes­ti­val draws the crowds

The Star Early Edition - - NOTICEBOARD - DE­NIS DROPPA

IT WAS like Wood­stock for mo­tor­cy­cles. Bik­ers de­scended en masse on Kyalami over the week­end to at­tend the sec­ond South Africa Bike Fes­ti­val, pow­ered by Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel.

Mostly fair weather – ex­cept for a chilly Sun­day morn­ing start – greeted fes­ti­val­go­ers who rocked up at the Midrand cir­cuit be­tween Fri­day and Sun­day to gaze at mo­tor­cy­cles both new and old, and all their associated toys and ac­ces­sories.

While or­gan­is­ers are still fi­nal­is­ing at­ten­dance fig­ures, they de­clared this year’s fes­ti­val a roar­ing suc­cess which was vis­i­bly con­firmed by the large crowds throng­ing the var­i­ous ex­hi­bi­tion ar­eas in­side and be­hind the pits.

Live mu­sic, food stalls, and beer kept the party rock­ing over the three days, but the real stars of the show were the lat­est mo­tor­cy­cles on dis­play 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.

Su­per­bikes rubbed shoul­ders with mo­tocross ma­chines, cafe racers, ad­ven­ture bikes, cruis­ers, and ev­ery­thing in be­tween, and while some vis­i­tors were con­tent to merely gaze at the gleam­ing bonies dis­played in the pit ex­hi­bi­tion area, many also took the op­por­tu­nity to test some of the two-wheel­ers around the re­cently-re­vamped cir­cuit.

Of­fered in as­so­ci­a­tion with ZABik­, over 3000 test rides took place.

On the Fri­day and Satur­day evenings fes­ti­val­go­ers were treated to stunt shows pre­sented by Mon­ster En­ergy, with in­ter­na­tional FMX star Jimmy Hill per­form­ing high-fly­ing dare­devil acts along­side lo­cal rid­ers Alas­tair Sayer and Dal­lan Gold­man.

Sun­day morn­ing dawned dis­tinctly chilly but that didn’t de­ter over 1200 mo­tor­cy­clists from tak­ing part in the Dun­lop char­ity ride from Fair­land Shop­ping Cen­tre, which ended with two laps around Kyalami – all pro­ceeds go­ing to­wards the Ride for a Rea­son-Claws and Paws Char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tion.

SA Bike Fes­ti­val 2017 also hosted a round of the Su­perGP Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy, with Clin­ton Seller (MiWay Yamaha Rac­ing R1) claim­ing two com­fort­able race wins and set­ting a new out­right lap record.

In Satur­day’s race one Seller was in­volved in a scrap for the win with pole-set­ter Lance Isaacs on the Su­paBets/Sand­ton BMW Mo­tor­rad S1000RR, un­til Isaacs crashed out with just a lap and a half to go. This left Seller to take the win from Greg Gilden­huys (Au­to­haus Tow­ing Kawasaki ZX10R) and Michael White (Con­sor­tium Ship­ping Yamaha R1).

Seller won Sun­day’s race two from Isaacs, the lat­ter nar­rowly beat­ing third-placed Gilden­huys af­ter a tight scrap.

Hein­rich Rheeder (Rheeder Rac­ing BMW S1000RR) claimed both races in the Su­perMasters cat­e­gory.

The new CBR 1000 RR Fire­blade made its South African de­but and was a main at­trac­tion at the Honda stand.

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