Eastern Transvaal Motorcycle Tour 2009
18, 19 & 20 September 2009
Friday 18 September our group of Magnificent Seven met for breakfast at Middleburg Ultra City. In our group were Lohan on his BMW K1200S, Dennis on His Yamaha YZF-R1, Tony and Emma on their Honda Fireblade 929, Dewald and Warnia on their BMW K1200GT and me on the only Twin - a BMW R1200R - compliments for BMW Lifestyle in Midrand and the Rider Acadamy at Swartkops... and what a bike it was, I thoroughly enjoyed the big, powerful Boxer.
at Middleburg Shell Ultra City - let the fun begin - all ready and rearing to go
the stylish BMW R1200R on top of Jambila Pass
the BMW R1200R is excellent in corners
We rode on the N4 to Machadodorp, then turned off, we rode through Machadodorp and onto the R541 towards Badplaas, then on the R38 to Barberton. We stayed at the historic Phoenix Hotel in Barberton.
Saturday after a scrumptious breakfast we rode on the R58 to Kaapmuiden and then on the N4 to Kamatipoort, where we zipped through the one-horse-town to the Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp inside Kruger Park for a braai. On the way in we saw a herd of Wildebeest and a few Impala.
the picture says a thousand words...
Kenn's loaned BMW R1200R, Dewald's BMW K1200GT, Tony's Honda 929 Fireblade, Lohan's BMW K1200S and Dennis' Yamaha YZF-R1
parked inside the Kruger National Park at Crocodile Bridge camp
After talking to the authorities, we found ourselves a lekker area and started our braai-fire, twenty minutes later we put the meat on the fire and while Lohan cooked our meat, some of us walked around the perimeter fence - spotting more Wildebeest, Warthog, a large Crocodile (in the Crocodile River nogal) and a variety of birds, including the cutest little blue Waxbill and a large Saddle-billed Stork. Needless to say the meat was excellent - thanks to Lohan... and the other chefs.
it doesn't get better than this... braaing with friends in the Kruger Park
Dewald, Warnia, Emma, Tony, Dennis, Kenn and Lohan
Kenn with the fastest Zebra on the planet
as the sign reads - Welcome to the Wild Frontier!
1200 Beemer on the Pass between Nelspruit and Barberton
Then it was back to base in Barberton where we regrouped and rode the Saddleback Pass to Josefsdal /Swaziland border post.
over looking the Noordkaap valley and the rich Sheba Mine
on the Saddleback Pass - photo by Dewald Day
at the South Africa/Swaziland border post in Josefsdal
Sunset over Saddleback Pass a few clicks from Josefsdal border post
Sunday after breakfast we hit the road home.
Overall everyone agreed, this Eastern Transvaal Motorcycle Tour was the best weekend we've had for a long time (about four months - hahaha), with no rain, very few cops, the best people, great bikes and some of the best roads in the country.
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