1. Total distance of route and date of ride?
600km, February 2014.
2. How long did it take to complete? Were you going fast or travelling leisurely?
Two days. We took it slow and took our time. Made lots of stops along the way.
3. Why are you recommending this route? What’s special about it?
It was wonderful discovering the valley’s and hills near Hermanus and between the N2 and N1.
Riding towards the Langeberg mountain behind Swellendam at sunset with green hills flowing around us was just so beautiful.
4. Please tell us how the route runs.
Cape Town – Hermanus – Gansbaai – turn left to Elim – Baardskeerdersbos – Bredasdorp – Malgas – Swellendam – Worcester – Paarl – Cape Town.
5. What kind of motorcycle is the route suitable for?
Adventure bike. We traveled a big distance on tar and gravel. Gravel roads were in a good condition and the R 80 GS’s handled it very well. Our long term Triumph Tiger 800 XC took it all in its stride. That bike is one of the most comfortable adventure bikes I have ever ridden.
6. Please name significant points of interest along the way, e.g. eateries, supermarkets, accommodation.
Crossing the river with a ferry at Malgas was a pleasant surprise.
We stayed at the lovely Bonfrutti. This was such a beautiful place to stretch a leg in front of the fire.
Please note, it’s a self catering house. We didn’t take salt. Imagine a steak braai with no salt…
7. Are there petrol stations along the way? Do you know of any motorcycle repair shops along the route or in the area?
Every town has a petrol station.
The bigger towns like Hermanus, Worcester and Paarl will have a repair shop.
Worcester – BikeTec; 023 347 4186.
Hermanus – Virgo Lawnmowers and Motorcycles; 028 312 4202
8. Are there any dangers along the route, e.g. loose gravel, potholes, sharp bends, oil spills, wild animals or angry locals?
9. What did the trip cost in fuel, meals and accommodation?
Fuel was roundabout R350. The accommodation was R250 p/p.
10. Did you use any special gear, e.g. fuel bags that made your journey possible, easier or more enjoyable?
No, I didn’t take loads of gear, so I had a backpack on my back.
11. Any must-do activities on the route?
We mostly stopped and just enjoyed the awesome surroundings, but there is of course a lot of places where you can have some great food or something to drink along this route.
12. Did anything funny happen that you’d like to share?
Two of the bikes failed to start at times, but that’s part of the trip when you travel with old machines.
13. Are there any doctors and/or hospitals in the area that you know of?
Hermanus MediClinic; 028 313 0168
Worcester MediClinic; 023 348 1500
If you want to get hold of this R 80 GS Club to join them on their adventures contact Lorenzo and Rikus – firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
The rider – Desmond Louw