1. Total distance of route and date of ride?
600km, February 2014.
2. How long did it take to complete?
Two days. We took it slow and took our time. Made lots of stops along the way.
3. Why do you recommend this route?
It was wonderful discovering the valleys 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 spectacular.
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 bikes. We travelled long distances on tar and gravel. Gravel roads were in a good condition and the R 80 GS bikes handled them very well. Our Triumph Tiger 800 XC took it all in its stride. It’s one of the most comfortable adventure bikes I have ever ridden.
6. Please name points of interest along the way.
Crossing the river on a man-powered 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 repair shops.
Worcester: BikeTec, 023 347 4186.
8. Are there any dangers along the route?
9. What did the trip cost in fuel, meals and accommodation?
Fuel was about R350. The accommodation was R250 per person.
10. Did you use any special gear?
No. And I carried everything in my backpack.
11. Any must-do activities on the route?
We mostly stopped and just enjoyed the awesome surroundings, but there are many places where you can have good 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 experience when you travel with old machines.
13. Are there any doctors or hospitals in the area?
Hermanus MediClinic: 028 313 0168
Worcester MediClinic: 023 348 1500
To join the R 80 GS Club on its adventures, contact Lorenzo or Rikus (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Ride report and pictures by Desmond Louw