Bike Week debate continues

2016-05-05 06:00

AFRICA Bike Week has come and gone, but the debate about whether it lived up to its usual standards is still raging on Facebook.

While many people praised it, others have complained there were fewer bikes this year.

Some visiting bikers have even suggested that it should be a bikers­-only event and should be closed to the “hordes of locals”.

On a Facebook page that calls itself­ “Africa Bike Week - Margate”, Robert Vogt posted, “I loved it. Was thrilling. Lots of security. Lots of clean toilets. Area was clean. Didn’t go for the stalls, but for the camaraderie and found it. I haven’t seem that many Harleys near Harties­ ever. Fantastic mass ride! Never felt threatened, only friendliness. Well done organisers!”

Gwilym John Howes posted: “The smallest, most washed up, dismal version of this once great event to date. If the trend continues, there will not be a Bike Week in a year or two. And if this is what it is going to be going forward, that is no loss. What happened? Where were all the dealerships? the Jack Daniels Stage? Really weak. Not worth the ride from North West.”

CEO for Ugu South Coast Tourism said the event went very well.

“We are not aware of any incidents that took place and the organisers commented that they were pleased with the improvement on security and the quality of ablutions for visitors.”

As far as logistics are concerned, Mackrory could not comment as Harley-Davidson would only have completed a compilation of this by next week.

“I can say that over 8 000 people pre-registered to attend the event. Retailers and the organisers are happy with the success of the event,” he said.

With regard to queries as to why there was no Jack Daniel’s tent, Mackrory said the organisers were aware of the complaints and would certainly look into it for the next Africa­ Bike Week.

“From tourism side, it certainly was not a down-scale in budget.
“We have a contract with Harley-Davidson and the same amount is injected into the event as per the contract.”

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