taken at 3.51am, on the way to the start at the Total Petroport

Saturday 13th October, we met from 4am at the Total Petroport on N3 for coffee. Departing at 4.40am (a bit late), we started our Dash for Durban.

There were a dozen of us on our 2007 Durban Dash, namely; Gary Berry on his brand new Yamaha 1000 Fazer (now slightly used), Allen During on his Triumph Sprint ST, Dennis Schultz and Shane Roets both on their own Yamaha R1s, Koos Kies on a very well kept Honda CBR900 Fireblade, big Vic Van Vuuren on his 1200 Yamaha V-Max (the dude's so big he can't find gloves to fit his massive hands), Vic is one of those really tough guys, he rode all the way from Krugersdorp to Durbs and back without gloves, starting his Dash at 3am and finishing past 8pm that night, at one stage trailing me at over 160kph for more than an hour on his naked V-Max, without so much as a whimper. Hannes Roode (who rode with big Vic) was on a Kawasaki ZX-9R, Richard and Alyson Pretorius were on their BMW R1200GS, Allie Viljoen and Brenda Der Beer also rode on a BMW R1200GS and me on my 'Silver Dream Machine' - a silver BMW K1200GT... a truly 'Grand Tourer' in every sense. I rode the GT for 1206km, from 3.40am till 7.45pm, without any sweat. I wasn't even sore the next day when I rode the bike back to BMW Lifestyle in Midrand. Thanks Guys.

The BMW K1200GT is definitely an absolutely faultless touring machine, it does everything required of it in the grandest style and with the greatest of ease.

Gary, Richard, Shane, Vic, Hannes, Koos, Dennis and Allen at Vaal One Stop (Villiers)

We stopped for petrol at Monte Vista Star Stop (Harrismith), Estcourt Ultra City and... and then the shit hit the fan. Just outside Pietermaritzburg we were waved down by a traffic cop with a red flag, and as we were slowing down, some dozy motorist careered into the last guy in our group (the hapless Gray Berry), knocking him off his bike and coming to a standstill on top of his brand-new, one-day-old Yamaha Fazer1000. After wasting over an hour, getting and giving details, and seeing Gary taken to Hospital, we hit the road again (well, not really hit).

Ford Territory parked on top of Gary's 1000 Fazer

Some of us regrouped at Cato One Stop. We rode into a bright sunny Durban, along the beach-front to uShaka Marine World, but were running late, so decided to ride around to Zack's Restaurant on Wilson's Wharf for lunch and a quick frosty, and then we Dashed home again.

Overall I would say the Durban Dash was a great ride. Everyone rode long and hard, and everyone got home in one piece. Although some of us hurt more than other, especially Gary Berry (sorry boet, but it could easily have been a whole lot worse). Hope to see you all again next time.

outside Zack's restaurant on Wilson's Wharf - Durban harbour

my 'silver dream machine' - the BMW K1200GT supplied by BMW Lifestyle Midrand

almost home again at 7.32pm. What a ride! What a bike!

Photos by Kenn Slater