The BMW Bike Fest took place between 21 and 24 March at Goudini Spa near Worcester. More than 500 bikers and 350 bikes joined the party.
At the riders’ briefing on the Thursday night the organisers showed us four off-road routes and four routes on tar. We could download these routes from the BMW Bike Fest website and load them on our GPS’s.
I took some photos on the Cederberg route. What a ride! A pit stop at the famous Cederberg Oasis (on the gravel road between Oppi Berg and Clanwilliam, via Algeria), for steak and chips in the middle of no-where, is a must.
We rode a BMW F 800 GS, kindly supplied by Donford BMW.
The F 800 GS had a few upgrades middle of last year and part of it was the WP forks in the front. These are way better than the previous forks BMW fitted to the 800 GS, as the previous forks would bottom out all over the place. WP is known as one of the best motorcycle suspension manufacturers.
Controlling the bike was tricky on its intermediate tyres. The Cederberg area was dry and the corners were slippery, with rocks and stones demanding your attention.
This well organised event is a dream for riders looking for a good, “civilised” biking weekend.
Report by Desmond Louw