Africa Bike Week 2012 for me and my family (I took them with this year) was as usual a great event, it just gets better each year. Thanks to Harley-Davidson Africa, the Margate Hotel and especially Nadia Louw (from Greater Than) for the hospitality, we all enjoyed our stay and visit tremendously. Margate is a fantastic town, the weather was perfect and of course the people (locals and visitors) were just wonderful. This year more than 25 000 bikers made their way through to Margate on the South Coast to attend the fourth annual Africa Bike Week, which is the largest free motorcycle rally in Africa. We'll be back!


Thousands of bikers, motorcycling enthusiasts, families and H.O.G. members made their way to the beautiful coastal town of Margate for the fourth annual Africa Bike Week. The five day festival which took place from Thursday 26 April to Monday 30 April is the largest free motorcycle rally in Africa. Highlights included free demo rides, Harley exhibitions, authorised dealers, product and food vendors, live stunt shows, fashion shows and even a Jumpstart experience where visitors could get the feel of riding a Harley without a license or worry about balance. The Ride in Bike Show, a custom build competition attracted some outstanding bike builders who competed in seven categories.


Apart from interacting with the best Harley-Davidson motorcycles, visitors were entertained throughout the festival period with live performances from blues’ artists Dan Patlansky and Gerald Clarke to rockers Brent Harris, Jon Delinger, Saving Silence, Clint & Co and Ghapi. “It was a great privilege to play at such an amazing event”, comments Dan Patlansky. We were honoured to share the line-up with such talents like Brent Harris & Ghapi.”


Another highlight of the event was the Mass Ride on Sunday morning where the Mayor of Hibiscus Coast Municipality lead 2670 motorcycles from the Shelly Centre on a 34km route. The Mass Ride also included a Parade of Flags which was welcomed by thousands of supporters along the route.


“The Africa Bike Week team together with their partners and sponsors worked hard to create an event that lived up to the Harley-Davidson brand and experience by bringing people together from all over South Africa through the love of motorcycling.


“Africa Bike Week 2012 has proved a great success for South Coast Tourism. Moving the event from the Easter Weekend has allowed the hospitality trade to get a major boost at month-end. The economy has benefited and we are hopeful that we will benefit in the long-term from the thousands of professional business people having a closer look at the our area”, said Michael Bertram, CEO, South Coast Tourism.


The official partners and sponsors for Africa Bike Week were Harley-Davidson, Hibiscus Coast Municipality, UGU District Municipality, South Coast Tourism, Jack Daniel’s, Carling Black Label, BAT and MTN.


Africa Bike Week is hosted by Harley-Davidson and open to all motorcyclists

beautiful bike, beautiful weather and beautiful place

the streets were lined with Harley-Davidsons of all shapes and sizes

Harley Sportster Bobber

fantastic El Coppa

the powerful and fast Harley-Davidson V-Rod Destroyer

Dave Eagar put on a fantastic stunt show

Dave sits on the tank of the Harley XR1200X

making it look easy

Dave smokes the 1200 Harley

and that's the end of that tyre, check the paint melting of the pipes

Dave shows how to do emergency-braking on his Buell

Dave Eagar almost vertical on the Buell

the crowed streets of Margate during Africa Bike Week 2012

bikes were parked everywhere

stunning custom Harley-Davidson on show

welcome to Africa

lots of sexy legs in Margate

Mmm, love those wheels, the discs, the pipes, the seat, the...

Suzuki B-King on Margate beachfront

brute V8 Boss-Hoss trike

Mike Rossouw's custom super-charged Suzuki Boulevard M109R

stunning work of art on this Kawasaki ZX-14

the Main Stage lit up at night

Santa's Honda Goldwing trike

blonde babe on her Harley

sexy blonde on her lean Sportster

Africa Bike Week was hosted by Harley-Davidson Africa


Words and photos by Kenn Slater