Bikes reign in Clarens

2015-11-18 06:00
ONE of the bikers shows his skill during the launch of the recent inaugural BMW Motorrad Days South Africa in Clarens. Photo: Supplied

ONE of the bikers shows his skill during the launch of the recent inaugural BMW Motorrad Days South Africa in Clarens. Photo: Supplied

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CLARENS. - The inaugural BMW Motorrad Days South Africa was successfully launched on Saturday, 7 November.

Just fewer than 2 000 people descended on Clarens, also known as the Jewel of the Eastern Free State, for three days of motorcycle and music action.

Festivities began on the morning of Friday, 6 November, to the roar of motorcycle engines filling the valley as riders from all corners of the country rode in to enjoy the events, which lasted late into the night.

By Saturday morning the streets of Clarens were bustling with all makes and models of motorcycles.

Motorcyclists, enthusiasts and curious bystanders from all walks of life soaked up the vibe of South Africa’s unique music and motorcycle festival.

Stealing the show was the international street bike freestyle rider Mattie Griffin, who thrilled audiences with his dare-devil stunts throughout the festival.

When they were not out on rides enjoying the glorious scenery of the Golden Gate and surrounding areas, or experiencing the enduro off-road course, festival goers headed to the main square.

There they browsed the stalls for motorcycles and accessories, enjoy the gourmet food from the various food stalls or had a refreshing drink in the beer garden while watching live entertainment.

The weekend line-up included Die Heuwels Fantasties, Mean Mr Mustard, Ard Matthews (Just Jinjer), DJ Bon Tempo, CrashCarBurn and the local rock band Rooibaardt.

Two lucky festival goers walked away with the BMW F800R and the BMW R nineT respectively, after their names had been drawn in the BMW motorcycle lottery which was open to all ticket holders.

“Seeing months of planning came to fruition is an incredibly rewarding experience,” said Alexander Baraka, general manager of BMW Motorrad South Africa.

“The first BMW Motorrad Days South Africa exceeded our expectations and the feedback we have received from participants, festival goers and the local community has been overwhelmingly positive. We are committed to growing this into South Africa’s biggest premium music and motorcycle festival.”

Baraka said the event would not have been possible without the support of the motorcycle community who included the Clarens community, BMW dealers and BMW clubs.

Businesses in Clarens and surrounding areas benefited from the influx of visitors, with accommodation in Clarens and surrounding areas reportedly fully booked during the weekend.

BMW Motorrad Days South Africa is endorsed by the Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality, who were on hand to share visitor information on the variety of experiences to get within the region of the Eastern Free State.

BMW Motorrad Days South Africa partners included Victorinox Swiss Army Timepieces, BMW Financial Services, Engen Petroleum Ltd, Jacaranda 94,2 FM, Metzeler, Place in the Sun wines, Red Bull and Absolut Vodka.

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