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: Cruising the regional roads sedately...
Motorbike Adventure:
Cruising the regional roads sedately...
Riding a motorbike gives one a feeling of freedom that driving a car just cannot match.

Whether it is the speed, the manoeuverability, the increased contact with the elements and your surroundings, or just being able to go places most cars can’t, motorbikes can be great fun.

South Africa is made for motorcycling, with great weather and vast distances of highways, byways and mountain passes being ideally suited for touring. And there are numerous off road tracks and trails that will challenge and delight the most ardent off- road enthusiast.

For those that like to party, bike rallies are a permanent feature of the South African motorbike scene with several annual rallies attracting large contingents of motorcyclists both nationally and internationally.


A word on Motor Bikes:
  “You start the game with a full pot o’ luck and an empty pot o’ experience... The object is to fill the pot of experience before you empty the pot of luck.” - Anon

“Life may begin at 30, but it doesn’t get real interesting until about 150.”

“Never trade the thrills of living for the security of existence”.
 


Equipment:

Apart from your choice of motorbike, you will need protective clothing, gloves, boots and a good quality helmet. While these items will ensure your comfort during a ride, they are also of paramount importance in ensuring your safety and should not be neglected.

In South Africa wearing a helmet when riding a motor bike is mandated by law, while other protective measures such as jackets, gloves, boots and rain suits are a matter of personal choice.

South Africa has a vibrant motorcycle industry with a large and comprehensive range of motorcycles available to buy or hire. Whatever your needs, you are likely to find a bike to suit them.

The final, and mandatory, piece of “equipment” that you will need to ride a motorcycle on the roads in Southern Africa is a valid motorcycle license.
: Burning the Rubber...
Motorbike Adventure:
Burning the Rubber...


Safety:

When riding on the roads it is imperative that you drive defensively. The standard of driving is not very high in South Africa and the annual death toll from Road Accidents is one of the highest in the world.
Additionally, apart from being aware of the recklessness of other road users, you can often encounter both pedestrians and animals on rural roads as well as some National Roads.
Finally, with the ever increasing number of fatalities on the road, the traffic police are finally starting to clamp down on speeding and driving under the influence. If you are caught for either of these offences, expect a heavy fine at the least and some jail time and a possible confiscation of your prized possession for more serious infringements.

Interesting Facts:

The first motorcycle was designed and built by the German inventors Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach in Germany in 1885, although numerous steam powered versions were in existence as early as the 1860’s.

In 1894, the Hildebrand & Wolfmüller became the first motorcycle available for purchase.

South Africa has a rich motorcycle racing heritage. Kork Ballington and Jon Ekerold won 5 FIM Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing World Championships between them while Greg Albertyn and Grant Langston are FIM World Motocross Champions.
Motorbike Adventure: Biting the dust...
Motorbike Adventure:
Biting the dust...


History:

The inspiration for the earliest dirt bike, and arguably the first motorcycle, was designed and built by the German inventors Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach in Bad Cannstatt (since 1905 a city district of Stuttgart) in 1885.

However, if one counts two wheels with steam propulsion as being a motorcycle, then the first one may have been American. One such machine was demonstrated at fairs and circuses in the eastern US in 1867, built by Sylvester Howard Roper of Roxbury, Massachusetts.

In 1894, the Hildebrand & Wolfmüller became the first motorcycle available for purchase. In the early period of motorcycle history there were many manufacturers as producers of bicycles adapted their designs for the new internal combustion engine. As the engines became more powerful and designs outgrew the bicycle origins, the number of motorcycle producers increased.

Until the First World War, the largest motorcycle manufacturer was Indian. After that, this honour went to Harley-Davidson, until 1928 when DKW took over as the largest manufacturer. BMW motorcycles came on the scene in 1923 with shaft drive and an opposed-twin or "boxer" engine enclosed with the transmission in a single aluminium housing.

Police officers have used motorcycles — primarily for the enforcement of traffic laws — from the early 20th century. Called motor officers in the United States, these officers call their vehicles simply "motors."'.

Today the Japanese manufacturers, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha dominate the motorcycle industry, although Harley-Davidson still maintains a high degree of popularity in the United States. Recent years have also seen a resurgence in the popularity of many other brands including BMW, Triumph and Ducati, and the emergence of Victory as a second successful mass-builder of big-twin American cruisers.

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