Once again Kyalami hosted the big motorcycle event of the year – the South African Bike Festival. There was huge attendance for the three-day event and over 60 new motorcycles were available for a test ride on the track. This, coupled to a host of off-track attractions from key industry players such as Harley Davidson, Honda, Yamaha, KTM and Husqvarna, amongst others, show attendees were spoilt for choice.
Kids and teens alike ripped it up on the small test tracks that accommodated aspiring riders, but of all the new products on show, the new XSR900 Yamaha and a brace of new KTM products seemed to take pride of place. Along with the just unpacked Suzuki V-Storm 250 adventure bikes which seemed very popular, there was a mind boggling amount of things to see.
Stunt rider par excellence Julien Welsh provided an unusual dare devil show that wowed the crowds while the disco entertainment and side shows that were everywhere kept all concerned fully entertained at this year’s bike festival. The festival was sponsored by Autotrader and featured close to 60 sponsors and partners to drive the event to become the main event for motorcycle enthusiasts in South Africa.