Welcome to my blog, these are the ramblings and musings of an (upper) middle aged biker and if you enjoy braais, (barbeques) beers and motorbikes then hopefully you will enjoy what Janet and I do; we do lots of braais, we drink lots of beer and we tour South Africa on our motorbike, which at the moment is a BMW R1200RT. Join us, read about what we do and please leave us your comments.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Ninth Book Club meeting, pool and Tequila at the Phoenix bar.

It's definitely getting colder here! Winter's on it's way and although we can ride in winter, the weather doesn't get that bad but we have winter rain so it can get pretty miserable. You have to choose your days.
These are the worthy bikers who assembled for the ninth running of the Book Club last Wednesday, from left; Anton, Willie, Murray and myself. Daan was away up country, Johan was off sick and Sooi could not make it but as we have always said; it doesn't matter how many attend as long as we ride.
We enjoyed a drink and a chat at the Phoenix bar as usual and then saddled up to ride through to the Beach Club in Saldanha.
This is an attractive venue right on the beach and I wanted to discuss the September Dart run with the owner, we plan to use the venue as one of the stops on the run.

After a short break at the Beach Club we rode through to Saint Helena Bay, to the Cove Hotel which is planned as the end venue on the Dart run this year. From this you will be able to see that the book club is not just a drinking run, but that we also conduct our business during the course of the run.

We had a very pleasant afternoon, I left ahead of Murray who was still busy chatting to Anton and had a thoroughly enjoyable ride home. As I blasted away from the traffic lights at the Weskus Mall I noticed blue flashing lights in my rear view mirror, they were quite far behind me and were probably not chasing me but I fancied that they might be. 
"If they are chasing me that means that they did not get my number." I reasoned so I decided not to hang around and find out and increased my speed through the home-going traffic on the double lane road. That was an exhilarating ride! I left the blue lights far behind, as I said they may not have been after me, I was just having a bit of fun.

My favourite pub, you hear about it often in these stories, will be hosting a birthday party for me and Frank and our combined ages will be 148 years! Can you believe it?  Those of you who can make it, pop in and visit, give us a kiss and have a drink with us. It should be fun.

Janet and I are going over to the UK for just over six weeks on Tuesday so there may be a few gaps in posts here on the blog. We will certainly braai and we will drink beers but I doubt that there will be much concerning motorbikes although you never know. I will still post from over there though so stay with me.
Talking about the Phoenix bar, I went there as usual on Friday afternoon to play pool with my mates and the place was quite crowded. I enjoyed a good few games and a couple of drinks and then I got a shouted summons from Anna the owner, "You are leaving soon, you have to have a drink with us!" and a tequila shot was thrust into my hand.
From previous occasions they know that I hate tequila! There's no getting away from it though, take it like a man! Not long after that I had to have another with Eduardo and Christopher, I returned muttering obscenities to the pool table. "Guys, how the hell am I going to get out of here?" I pleaded but there was no sympathy for my plight.

Soon it was time to head home, I gathered my stuff, said goodbye to my buds and headed for the door at a brisk pace, unfortunately you have to go past the bar to get out and as I drew near I heard; "Hey Pussy, come here!"  You guessed it, another Tequila!  That party is going to be a serious "jol" and I will definitely claim one of the bunks that Eduardo has for visiting bikers.

You can easily understand why the place is my favourite, most of the customers are bikers although it is not limited to bikers, the owners are bikers and it is the home of the local Gypsy Jokers chapter, a great bunch of guys. If you have not visited it yet, make a point of doing so, I promise you will not be disappointed.

Cheers for now, the next post will be from the UK and they are heading for summer! I will miss my biking friends though.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

We attend the Megaforce back patch party

Being President of a bike club means a lot of work, running a club and being responsible for organizing events takes up a lot of time but it can also mean getting some advantages that ordinary members do not get, for example I was called upon to act as "ladies tee shirt duster" during the ladies brick lifting competition at the Megaforce back patch party on Saturday. I know, right! I performed my duty with the utmost diligence.  But I'm getting ahead of myself.
At 13h00 thirteen members of the club gathered for a drink, along with Gypsy Jokers members who would also be attending the event at the Phoenix biker bar in Vredenburg, at about 13h30 we rode in a group a short distance down the road to the Rooikraans bar where the event was taking place.

The Megaforce brotherhood is already a national group with it's head in Pretoria, there has been a moratorium in place for the forming of new clubs and chapters so they had to wait before being able to officially form the Westcoast Chapter and wear the westcoast back patch. This period had ended and this was the occasion that we were attending.  

On our arrival "Weskus Kallie" was entertaining the crowd inside and the games were about to start in the beer garden. The joint was buzzing, most local clubs were well represented.
"Weskus Kallie"
Hot day, shade at a premium

They started off with a ladies "brick lifting" competiton and there are some tough biker ladies!

and this was where I came in. They had to do several lifts with one more brick getting added each time, the competition was eventually won by a Megaforce lady.
Janet, Murray and Kathy enjoy a joke
Nice afternoon, good booze prices

Then it was time for the official patching to take place which was carried out by the National Vice President who had come down from Pretoria for the event.

Petrus, the President was first to receive the colours
followed by Romano, the Vice President.
Sgt at arms
other officers and ladies

The proud Pres gives a short speech
after which he had to drink a strafdop!

We will be seeing these new Megaforce Westcoast back patches at all the events and jols in the Western Cape for sure, mark my words. They have already attracted a lot of new, younger members and they already have a vibrancy and dedication about them.
Congratulations guys and girls, it was a very enjoyable event and very well organized and we look forward to sharing the road and the jols with you.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Blankets and soup ingredients handed over to 'Feed a child' initiative

Winter is fast approaching this part of the world and it gets pretty cold here, with the knowledge that there are hundreds of people desperately in need of assistance, bike clubs usually hold a "blanket run" this time of the year. Earlier I had heard of a charity called 'Feed-a-child" run by a local lady which hands out blankets and does a soup kitchen, they had been advertising for people to donate blankets and soup ingredients.

I put this to the members of the club at our previous meeting and with customary biker generosity they brought a lovely pile with them to the next meeting.
I made an appointment with Anita to hand the blankets over and then posted on our whatsapp group for club members to come and join me, Murray the vice Pres brought a couple of bags of curtains and towels that had been given to him.
Anita Senekal, an international award winner, runs the charity and was very happy to receive the bikers' generous donation, however she said that she is still very far short of what is needed for this winter, still needing some 500 to 600 more blankets as well as more soup ingredients.
 If there are any other bike clubs out there looking for someone to help this winter, give me a shout and I'll put you in touch with her.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

We attend the Mohicans Rally in Langebaan

It seems like ages since I last attended a rally, well since I actually took my camping gear and slept over for a couple of nights, haven't done that for a long time. This past weekend saw the local chapter of the Mohicans mcc holding their annual rally in Langebaan and six of us went along to support and to "show the colours".
This cool picture by Michelle Liebenberg shows me arriving on my beloved 13 year old BMW which has now done just over 133,000km. Michelle takes great photos.
Sampie and Kathy
Daan and Bev


The rally certainly seemed to be buzzing with a lot of people coming through in the afternoon, those poor people who have to work! Friends and ex members of the club, Craig and Monica had a food stall set up so we made that our base after visiting the pub for a cold beer.
They were selling very nice boerewors rolls and lamb sosaties and were one of three food stalls at the rally.

We wandered around a bit, meeting and greeting, checking out the other stalls and the bikes being prepared for the concourse d'elegance.
Neat Triumph Rocket 3
Ladies prep a GSXR

As well as the usual games, many of which involve the consumption of alcohol, there was an interesting one that I hadn't seen before which involved contestants having to shake marbles through from one bottle to the next in the shortest time, it actually attracted a lot of attention with much shouted encouragement.
Ladies winner and overall winner

Inevitable law enforcement visit
Greeting a brother

We had a brief drive through visit by Law Enforcement but I must say that, at least on Saturday, they didn't hassle us and there were no road blocks on the way home. I don't know if there were any on Sunday but I doubt it.  Overly zealous law enforcement ruined a rally in Velddrif recently and from what I've read online bikers are fed up with the amount of roadblocks in and around Margate where the South Coast Bike Festival was held this weekend.
Good selection of trade and food stalls
Camping space and chalets

We were framed! This wasn't our idea, Joe, Gerrie and I were chatting and this was thrust upon us!
Well done to the Mohicans for a well organized and well run rally, I hope that their expectations as far as attendance is concerned was achieved, bikers certainly seemed to be having a good time but then they always do.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

A really nice Easter breakfast run

We have a custom in our club where anyone wanting to go for a ride, unless they particularly want to ride alone, posts a notice on our facebook page or our Whatsapp group inviting other members to join in with meeting time and venue. So it was that I saw a notice from Anton for a breakfast ride on Easter Sunday and we headed out to Juffroushoogte to join them.

It was a little chilly at first but with the promise of a lovely day ahead, calm and sunny and as we sat drinking a hot coffee waiting for the others to arrive I was eagerly anticipating a good ride. It ended up with nine of us altogether on five motorbikes.
Customary meeting place
Coffee before the ride

The place that Anton and Rinette had chosen for our breakfast near Malmesbury was closed so we decided to go to Darling after phoning Brig's Barn to make sure they were open. We have been there before and we know that the food is good.
We had an eclectic mix of motorcycles parked outside, including BMW, Yamaha, Indian and this beauty; Heine's brand new Triumph Bonneville T120 of which he had only just taken delivery. A retro styled modern 1200cc, attention to original detail was perfect even the fuel injectors were made to look like old carburetors. I love that retro look.

It's only about a forty five minute trip to Darling so we weren't in any hurry, we kept the speed at 130kmh just to stay ahead of the traffic as we rode south down the R27. We pulled into a halfway laybye for our tea break, gathering to chat about just how nice that short ride had been so far.

This time I didn't forget, Janet had made a very nice grenadilla liqueur with fresh fruit and vodka and it really was delicious.

"Cheers everyone" and of course the new motorbike was also a topic of conversation.
From there a pleasant cruise into the little town of Darling, renowned nowadays for the restaurant "Evita se Perron" belonging to Pieter Dirk Uys and his alter ego Evita Basson.
We parked our steeds in the shade under a carport and went through to the veranda outside Brig's Barn, we were able to order a beer by then so we sat and chatted while we waited for our breakfast.
A nice touch, an Easter egg each
Brig's breakfast, not cheap at R85 but good

After a hearty breakfast we headed back up the R27 - passing uneventfully through a traffic roadblock at the Engen One Stop and down to Langebaan where we visited Pirate's Bar.

Thanks guys for the lovely day out, another unscheduled breakfast run turns out to be an excellent one.