16th Annual

Joburg to Durban Run

23, 24 & 25 July 2010

9:29 at Vaal 1 Stop in Villiers

 

Friday the 23rd of July some of our group met at the Vaal One Stop (Villiers) for breakfast (ten guys were already in the Durban area, as they'd left the day before). After having something to eat and washing it down with coffee we departed at 9:30. We rode on the N3 towards Durban, stopping for petrol at Monte Vista Star Stop, Estcourt Ultra City and Cato One Stop, then after Marinnahill turned north and rode the N2 until Umdloti and then hit the old north-coast road to our base at La Mercy Beach Hotel, where we were welcomed by the Annie, Sam and the La Mercy staff and our fellow early-starting riders. Thanks to Ronnie, Annie from La Mercy and to Farren from S.A.B. for providing the welcome drinks on our arrival and the giveaway gifts for our prize-giving.

Friday evening we had a lekker curry dinner and then just chilled and drank and spoke kak until the wee hours of the morning.

 

cruising... with the guys in my mirrors - what a life :-)

Andre Harker on his 'fast & furious' Kawasaki ZX-10R

Dwayne van Schalwyk on his Hyosung GT650R

10:44am in Harrismith

John Colburn on his immaculate Honda ST1300

Flip & Lydia Opperman on their beautiful Yamaha FZR1300

 

On this, our 16th annual Joburg to Durban Run, there were 25 of us on 15 bikes, namely: John Colburn on his Honda ST1300, Dennis Schultz on his Yamaha R1, Shane Roets on his R1, Dwane van Schalkwyk on his Hyosung GT650R, Andre Harker on his Kawasaki ZX-10R, Basil Carolis on his BMW 1200S, Flip & Lydia Opperman on their Yamaha FJR1300, Allie & Brenda Viljoen on their BMW 1200 Adventure, Dieter Laumann & Rosa Du Plessis on Dieter's BMW 1200RT, Robin Dawson & Shirley Uren on Robin's Blackbird, Jason & Teresa Meyer on their BMW 1300GT, Robbie Kartus & Carol Wooll on Rob's BMW 1200S, Lohan & lizette Potgieter on their BMW 1200S, Johan & Fransien Dreyer on their 1400 GTR Kawasaki, Dewald & Warnia Day on their BMW 1200GT and me on a test BMW 1200RT... and what a bike that was.

The BMW R1200RT is fast, smooth, handles like a dream, stable at any speed, very comfortable, offers plenty of protection from the elements, it's got loads of packing space with the two panniers and is very economical. The bike can do way over 300 kilometres per tank-full at high speed... and I saw 225kph on the clock at one stage, with a full tank of juice and both panniers packed to capacity. The RT also has excellent brakes. Thanks to Rob Barnes and BMW Lifestyle for the ride, it was great. The bike never missed a beat and I felt in total control at all times. The BMW R1200RT is one fine motorcycle!

 

Handsome Robbie and Beautiful Carol, with the best T-shirts

Most of the guys and dolls on the 16th annual Joburg to Durban Run outside La Mercy: (from left)

Basil, Johan, Fransien, Dwayne, Andre, Allie, Brenda, Warnia, Dewald, Lohan, Lizelle,

John, Dennis, Shirley, Robin, Jason, Teresa, Robbie, Carol, Dieter, Rosa and Shane.

Not in photo are Flip and Lydia (went to fit a new tyre to their bike) & me (taking the photo)

 

Saturday after breakfast we drew our first cards at La Mercy and then hit the road on our Redline Joburg to Durban Poker Run, taking in the Hooter's pub in Umhlanga, the Moses Madhida stadium - where ten of us did the BIG RUSH big swing thingy... and whew, what a rush! It was FANTASTIC!

The only down-side (if you can call it that) was that the BIG RUSH video chicky lost all the footage of our group's jumps. But Ian (the owner) has said that the "Swingers" can come back for another FREE jump, so I'm organising for us to ride down again and do the whole thing over again - for free, with video.

Then we rode to the Roma Revolving Restaurant, overlooking the whole of Durban. The whole restaurant takes an hour to do one revolution - the guys were very impressed with the food and the view. Then it was off to Moyo's on the uShaka pier and then back to La Mercy.

 

at the start of our 2010 Joburg to Durban Poker Run

on the road from La Mercy to Umhlanga

the Joburg to Durban Run Poker Run....

Andre, Dwayne and John in Umhlanga

our group fully kitted-up and on the way to do our Big Rush big swing

Dennis at the end of his jump

Shane gets ready

Dewald at the point of no return

Dewald's wife, Warnia takes her leap

Lizelle getting hooked-up

view of the jump-deck from the ground, with someone about to jump

the start of a jump

 

The JD Poker Run was won by Lydia, with three Aces, second-best hand was Warnia with three Kings (thank you Warnia for the usual help with the drawing of cards) and third-best hand was Lizelle with trip Three's (congratulations to the three ladies for taking the three Poker Run prizes). Other prizes went to Dennis, Dwayne, Basil, Brenda, Johan, Robbie and Carol, who rode all the way there and back on the back of Robbie bike after a big back op a few weeks before - well done.

 

inside the Roma Revolving Restaurant

view of the Durban harbour from the Roma Revolving Restaurant

Durban harbour and Yacht Club from 32 floors up

Jason and Teresa & Rosa and Dieter

the harbour at night - taken from Roma Restaurant on Friday evening

Terry Donnelly receives his Redline South African Bike Tour Silver buckle

Did the 6500km 24-point tour with Denise (seated) on his Yamaha MT-01

 

6:23am at Umdloti beach... waiting for sunrise

a truly great place & a really great motorcycle, what more could a man want

check out the keyring - the first Joburg to Durban Run in 1995

 

Sunday after breakfast we said our farewells and headed for home, with many happy memories.

 

Words and photos by Kenn Slater

 

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