Businesses and residents along the South Coast prepared themselves for the massive influx of iconic machines at the biggest Harley-Davidson gathering on the African continent, when the eighth annual Africa Bike Week got into gear in Margate from last Thursday. The motorcycles were not limited to Harley-Davidsons and, although there were plenty of these beautiful machines in evidence, among them, interestingly enough was a scooter or two!
"The event attracted young and old, who aimed to unleash their Harley-Davidson gene through a unique lifestyle experience that goes far beyond the iconic Harley motorcycle," said Harley Davidson Africa country manager Paul de Jongh.
Spectators watched stunt shows, took free demo rides, shopped at the Harley markets and viewed the newest Harley motorcycles, accessories and merchandise and there was no excuse for not sporting the brand name in some form or other, whether it be a bandana, button or T-shirt. With Panorama Parade closed off to traffic, visitors were able to enjoy the numerous stands and exhibits on display, not to mention all the entertainment arranged for the weekend.
Even those not lucky enough to belong to the exclusive Harley Owners' Group (HOG) were able to soak up the atmosphere, getting a closer look at these dream machines.
This year visitors expected to be enthralled by more than the sound of thousands of motorcycles, and with the cool sounds of award winning local artists including Parlotones, Blackbyrd, December Streets, Loki Rothman, Majozi, Nighthawk, Monkeys Wedding, Motley Who, Undertone, Ko Ko, Brain Finch and Mike and Wayne, there was something for everyone.
"We had taken special care in ensuring that the entertainment was top notch and suitable for the whole family," said Africa Bike Week organiser, Martin Engelbrecht.
The closing ceremony took place at the Harley-Davidson main stage on Monday at 4pm, wrapping up yet another Harley Davidson event.
Mass ride roars
Excitement and anticipation was palpable among visitors ahead of the Harley-Davidson Africa Bike Week's mass ride which set off from the roof of the Shelly Centre last Sunday. The event is always a spectacular sight and nobody was disappointed.
Bike enthusiasts and their incredible machines lined up early for the spectacular mass parade. The parade, hosted by the shopping centre every year, has become one of the festival's highlights, attracting thousands of motorcycles and spectators.
Exhibitions, food stalls, a kiddies' play area and entertainment added to the carnival atmosphere. Riders set off on a scenic round trip that took them as far as Port Shepstone before returning to Margate.
Article written by: Vee Ramsayi