Scram­blers in their el­e­ment

Fury Honda take rid­ers closer to the snow on the Ma­lutis

The Witness - Wheels - - BIKING - DES-MARIE VIC­TOR • Des-Marie Vic­tor is the new ve­hi­cle sales man­ager at Fury.

IT was with great ex­cite­ment that Fury Honda Pi­eter­mar­itzburg launched the all new Honda CRF 250 Rally and the Honda XR 190.

A select few rid­ers were in­vited to ride to Kok­stad from the Fury Honda Pi­eter­mar­itzburg deal­er­ship.

Af­ter a slow cruise the first stop was at a fill­ing sta­tion in Bos­ton.

This be­ing win­ter, the rid­ers could feel the tem­per­a­ture drop with each kilome­tre closer to Kok­stad.

The rid­ers ar­rived for lunch, and a de­frost at “The Olde Duck” where ev­ery­one was rather happy to get a hot meal and a warm drink.

Af­ter de­part­ing from there, an­other stop was made at Swart­berg, where the rid­ers went in two sep­a­rate di­rec­tions, some stay­ing on the tar, and some head­ing off on the back roads.

By the time ev­ery­one ar­rived at the Stoney Brook Lodge, it had started rain­ing ici­cles, and our hosts wel­comed us with sherry to warm the rid­ers’ mar­row again.

A short pre­sen­ta­tion was given on the history of Honda, with the in­tro­duc­tions to both the Honda CRF 250 Rally, which sells from R84 900, and the Honda XR 190 which adds 40cc to the dis­place­ment of the pop­u­lar 150 XR “farmer bike” and re­tails from R44 900.

The CRF250L is a dual-pur­pose thumper with a six speed gear­box that car­ries its low weight of 144 kg on long-travel 43 mm forks and a Pro-link rear sus­pen­sion to en­sure it is equally at home on city streets or coun­try trails.

The next morn­ing the ground had a layer of white ice, and the Ma­luti moun­tains were cov­ered un­der a blan­ket of snow.

Af­ter break­fast, the rid­ers got the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence for them­selves how well this dual pur­pose and farm bike han­dles all types of sur­face con­di­tions, wet or dry.

Ev­ery­one was well im­pressed — and soon for­got the freez­ing tem­per­a­tures af­ter a lunch stop at the Pickle Pot.

As hap­pens with all rides of this na­ture, the rid­ers struck up new friend­ships while ex­pe­ri­enc­ing some of the best scenery in South Africa.

PHOTO: ALWYN VILJOEN

The au­thor with the new CRF 250 Rally and XR 190, which re­cently re­ceived a warm re­cep­tion from rid­ers at a freez­ing launch in Kok­stad.

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