17th annual





Our 2011, 17th annual Iron Horse Bikefest was absolutely fantastic, with a great bunch of guys and gals. Everything worked out perfectly, even the weather, and everyone got home safely, so we couldn’t have wished for better.


we met at Middleburg Ultra City for breakfast


at the Belfast turnoff


We all met in Middleburg, then rode to Belfast, through Dullstroom to Lydenburg, over Long Tom to Sabie, Hazyview and the grand Graskop Hotel, all in perfect, cool weather. That night, while we were snug in our beds, the heavens opened up.


Lee's Honda outside the Kowyn's Pass tunnel

Hemankumar (Kawasaki 650), Satish (Suzuki 600) and Amit (Triumph 1050)

at the top of Kowyn's Pass, Graskop.

Lee's bike (which I used on my Iron Horse) outside Canimambo, the place we had our Friday dinner


Saturday morning the roads were still very wet, with forecasts of plenty more where that came from, so plan B swung into effect… I organized two (black – actually they were white) taxis, and commissioned them to drive us to the Casino in Nelspruit (you know - for our Poker Run enol). As it turned out, we didn’t have any rain that day, but lots of fun riding the “Canyon Racer” and blowing some bucks on “the machines”.


our bikes outside the Graskop Hotel on a wet Saturday morning


the A-Team in their Taxi on our way to Nelspruit

Dewald, Warnia, me, Jason, Teresa, Gert, Roxana, Yolanda, Johan, David (our driver to Nelspruit) and Basil

Eish... Lohan and Len dancing after their lekker Taxi ride

Fenn, Rudie, Lizelle, Lohan, Flip, Dawn, Anet, Leigh, Lizelle, Corne, Elsabe, Dieter, Len & Rosa in front of their taxi


When we got back from Nelspruit we went to Eddie’s crash site outside Graskop and planted a tree and erected the cross Flip had made. It was very, very sad, to say goodbye to our friend Eddie, but happy now that we did - Rest in peace buddy.

we planted a tree and erected a cross for Eddie.

Lohan's bike in foreground (which Eddie painted)

Rest In Peace Eddie - sadly missed by all who knew him


on our way to The Loco Inn for dinner Saturday

Jason and Teresa (love that T-shirt)

Fenn and Anet loving it

Yolanda and Johan having a jol

Warnia and Dewald (another lekker T-shirt) having fun

Lizelle and Corne having a close moment

Gert shows us how to boogie while everyone cheers him on

Sunday morning the weather was overcast but dry as we turned our wheels towards home. We filled up in Sabie, rode past Rosehaugh, up Schoemanskloof, onto the N4 and home.

Lee's Honda VT750S in Graskop's Hoof straat (Main street)


People on the Iron Horse (in no particular order) were: Flip and Rudie Opperman on their Suzuki GSX-R1000 & BMW S1000RR respectively, Dieter and Rosa Laumann on their BMW R1200RT, Len and Dawn Latham on their BMW K1200RS, Fenn & Anet Thompson on Fenn’s Suzuki GSX-R1300 Hyabusa, Dewald and Warnia Day on their BMW K1200GT, Lohan and Lizelle Potgieter on their BMW K1200S, Corne and Lizelle Stoltz on Corne’s BMW K1200S, Jason and Teresa Meyer on Jason’s new BMW K1600GT, Johan and Yolanda Du Toit on their Suzuki 1800 Boulevard & 1200 Harley-Davidson respectively, Gert and Roxana Dercksen each on their own Suzuki cruiser, Satish Ajodha on his Suzuki GSX600, Amit Lalloo on his 1050 Triumph Speed Triple, Hemankumar Mohanial on a Kawasaki KLE650 Versys, Elsabe and Leigh Kymdell were there in a VW Polo, Paul Meiring, his wife Ronel and two daughters Kim and Robyn, came to pay their respects to our friend Eddie Kymdell (who we all sadly miss), Jakkie Botha was there on his BMW K1200S, Basil Carolis on his BMW K1200S and me on the smallest bike there (the front Bridgestone on my bike was almost as smooth as a baby’s bum)  Lee’s little Honda VT750S (I had loads of fun exploring the diminutive Honda’s limits).


Words and pics by Kenn Slater