2nd Annual Durban Dash - 18 October 2008
the clocks of the BMW Adventure... my Dash started at 3.30am
4.30 am at the start at Petroport, just past Alberton
On Saturday the 18th of October we met at the Total Petroport on N3 (halfway between Alberton and Heidelberg) for coffee.
At 4.30am on the nose we started our Dash for Durban. There were a dozen of us (same as last year) on our 2008 Durban Dash, namely;
Giel Joubert on his Suzuki GSX-R1000, Wicus Bronkhorst on his Buell Lightning XB12SS, Glenn Smith on his Triumph Daytona 955, his wife Maxine Smith on her Triumph 675 Street Triple, Callie and Verona Schutte on their Suzuki VL1500 Boulevard (deserve a medal for their effort), Dennis Schultz on his Yamaha YZF1000-R1, Geoff Cook on his BMW K1200S, Andre Harker on his Kawasaki ZX-10, Wayne Goosen on a BMW R1200GS, Allie Viljoen on his BMW R1200GS Adventure and me, also on a BMW 1200 Adventure (compliments of Rob Barnes and the guys at BMW Lifestyle in Midrand).
Happy Wicus Bronkhorst with his Buell XB12SS
Geoff Cook and some of us at the Monte Vista stop
Callie and Verona Schutte with their 1500 Suzuki cruiser
Glenn Smith with his and his wife's Triumphs
Longest distance travelled goes to Giel Joubert, who rode all the way from Middleburg
(slept over in Benoni and rode straight home afterwards).
some of us at Estcourt Ultra City
We rode on the N3 all the way (thought it was safer), stopping for fuel at Villiers One Stop, Monte Vista Star Stop (Harrismith), Estcourt Ultra City and Cato One Stop. Then we rode, in convoy, along the Durban beach-front to Wilson's Wharf where we had lunch (Bunny-Chows and all) and a quick Captain 'n Coke, and then started for home.
when in Durban... ya just gotta eat Bunny Chow (according to Wayne)
parked on Wilson's Wharf - Durban Harbour
Overall a great ride... until Villiers (on the return trip), when the heavens opened up, and just after I'd been promising the guys "No, it won't rain".
Everything ran exactly as planned, we left the Petroport at 4.30 sharp and even after riding through heavy mist in Van Reenen we arrived in Durbs at Eleven, had our lunch at Zacks and departed at just after two in the afternoon, with most of us getting home (wet, but) before dark.
My trip-meter told me I had covered a distance of 1204kms for the day, my stop-watch said I'd clocked in at just over 14 hours in the saddle, of the big, comfortable, long-range BMW Adventure - what a lekker bike... Now I know what I want for Christmas.
loved the range I got out of the 33-liter fuel tank of the Adventure
OH... we still have a few dudes who are going to ride the ride to qualify for their certificate and all - we'll keep you posted)
Well done to everyone! Lekker ride. We'll do it all over again next year.
REDLINE RUNS: THE STUFF GREAT ADVENTURES ARE MADE OF!