Scramblers in their element
Fury Honda take riders closer to the snow on the Malutis
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.
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.