You are NEVER too old to RIDE!!!

We had a beautiful moment last night at our church. Which I would love to share…

Remember, it is now winter in South Africa. Which in our region does not mean snow- we NEVER had snow since the last Ice Age… But last night it was a bit cold for around here, lets say about 8 degrees Celcius. (Plus! Not minus).

In our church we have a very special lady. She is like a mother to us all. And she has never ridden on a motorbike.  In all of her 88 years on earth.

My colleague decided to take her home on his motorbike. And she enjoyed it a lot!

We surely need more people like this in the world!

Goodbye to you, my trusted friend…

With the joy of a new motorbike also comes the sorrow to greet an old friend for the last time. Yes I know, it is only 200 kg of Italian Steel and French rubber. 14 Years since it all came together in the factory in Italy. But any true Biker will tell you: Any good bike is so much more than the sum of its parts. It does have a soul of its own. OK, I am not being a good theologian at the moment… maybe I never am anyway…

I have owned motorcycles since just before my 16th birthday. In South Africa we could only ride a 50 cc between 16 and 18. We made the best we could of them, with some customizing like ports, free flow exhausts. I had an accident in my first year at university. An unfortunate incident involving a police vehicle ended the life of my second bike, fortunately not mine… At the end of my first year at university I bough a Honda CB 400 N, one of the bikes I really loved the most. This bike served me well through 5 more years at university, and 1 year of compulsory Army service. But then I had to sell it- our first child was on the way and I was unemployed. We needed the money.

Many years went by without a bike. Until that day in 2005 when I was first invited to the introduction of the Harley 2006 series at a vehicle testing facility outside Pretoria. It was like an alcoholic taking the first drink after rehab- I was hooked again!

And so, after searching and studying, my paths crossed the Aprilia Pegaso. It was 4 years old, in showroom condition with only 10 000 km on the clock. I bought it. And it was such a good friend to me all these years…

One of my blog’s header photos is the Aprilia at the Southernmost point of the African Continent…

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It did the longer journeys so good, but was also such a joy in an urban setting. As a Dueller it is supposed to be good on the dirt roads as well, but I am not such an offroader myself…

This bike has brought me through the wind and the rain, the sunshine and the pain (that is some song, right?) When I felt depressed, it picked me up. It gave me such good memories, for 9 years long.

But now my needs have shifted. I want to travel  more with my wife, now that our kids are able to fend for themselves…  My R 850 R is adequate for the job, but the rear seat hurts my wife a little bit, and you don’t want an unhappy wife on a bike journey. So, I put both the Aprilia and the BMW up for sale. I want to keep one for touring with my sons. I have hoped to sell the BMW, but the Aprilia sold first.

So, this afternoon, with tears in my eyes, I handed over the keys to a young man of our town. He is much younger than me, and have the yearning for adventure in his eyes that I understand and respect. My Aprilia will be in good hands, and be his new owner’s first love and first Ride. I really pray that he learns to ride safely, and take good care of her…

Maybe this is life- you may be good enough but your replacement is peeking over your shoulder…  The last photo this afternoon…

My Aprilia is gone tonight. And it is really sad for me… But may she have a beautiful, and safe future!  And may the yellow BMW behind her start writing a new chapter in our family’s life!

Looking at this post- I must be a bit crazy. But I really loved this bike!

 

Easter Weekend Ride!

In South Africa it is quite traditional for Bikers to go to the Eastern Transvaal/ Mpumalanga for a Easter Weekend Ride…

Being a pastor, and this being the most holy weekend of the Church year, I can almost never go for a far ride and an Easter Weekend away.

But today we nearly had a FAR Ride!  A good friend I met at last year’s Word Riders Tour, and his wife, invited me and my wife to ride along today,

We did not reach Mpumalanga but we did ride a good 360 km today!  Remember- South Africa can be quite a dry country. So we love water. And we go out of our way to see the sea, and if that is too far away- a proper dam will do nicely. OK Canadian friends, we dont have anything to compete with the Great Lakes…

But: 180 km from our home is the Loskopdam between Middelburg and Groblersdal. And there we went this morning.

Here is some of the fun- I did not take many photos today…

IMG_2343 IMG_2353We had a lovely lunch at the Bospot- (Bush Pot… not difficult to understand Afrikaans!) Restaurant. I enjoyed the Calzone Pizza, but I really thought a Calzone must be folded like an omelet?  In any case, it still was lovely.  I just wished we had booked at a guest house and could ride some more… But tomorrow is Easter Sunday, not to be missed in my congregation…

But thanks Philip and Marietjie, this was an AWESOME day!

 

Royal Enfield…

When I stepped into the Thruxton shop in Bellville before Word Riders kicked off, I was immensely sad. Sad because I was trapped without my camera again. This shop has the most amazing bikes on display, and this old Royal Enfield just looks in such good condition. So I just had to make do with my Samsung mobile again…

Does anybody know this model/ have a link to more info on it?

Bikers, enjoy…

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Wikipedia has this to say: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Enfield

Is this the Model 180 as seen in this blog? http://motorcycle-74.blogspot.com/2011/02/royal-enfield-model-180.html

This site also has some more info: http://www.yesterdays.nl/royal-enfield-1921-model-965cc-p-2287.html

 

This morning’s ride was LEKKER!

Lekker= a very good Afrikaans word, meaning nice, good, delicious, awesome, indescribable and so many more… in one word… The Dutch also have this word, but for them it just refer to good tasting food. We use it for EVERYTHING good…  Lekker man, Lekker!

On Thursday Morning our neighbouring town of Warmbaths/ Bela Bela looked like this:

Well, this morning I went there again…

I first tried Nguni Jack’s, but their kitchen was not open yet…  It is just behind the palm trees next to the dead traffic light on the photo above… It really is a good place to eat if you ever travel here… (Nguni Jack, next time I want a Draught on the house for this free ad!)

2014-03-15 08.58.51So I went next door again to Maxi’s… their kitchen was open. Remember them from two weeks ago?

If you look at the upper photo- they were flooded on Thursday. This morning they are open for business. Only the carpet looks a bit wet, further on it looks as good as always. So I had to go in for a quick breakfast, supporting their business. I have respect for people getting back on their feet after a disaster.  The road to Warmbaths is very bad, with huge potholes. But their municipality is busy at the moment, trying to fix it. Some of the holes are so big it took quite a few sandbags to get it level to the remaining tarmac. It was too dangerous to stop and take photos. Except for this one place just as you go out of Warmbaths north to our town- the stream is still flowing strong next to the road.

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Half an hour ago… on my way home…

The sad news is: as far as I know the elderly lady who got washed away at Klein Kariba- her body is still not found, her husband’s body was found last week.

The good news:  My BMW feels really good, and ready for the long road down to Cape Town on Monday- 1650 km South from us…

I will try to blog on the go- for Word Riders 2014 in the Western Cape Province of South Africa…

Sunny Friday Morning- Ride!!!

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It has been raining hard in our part of the world since Saturday. Now we have a bit of sunshine. I have a new front tyre (Bridgestone Spitfire), a new helmet, gloves and riding jacket that just had to be broken in… so, I am on the road, stopped for a huge bbq mushroom and bacon omelet in our neighbouring town… life is still good!

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White- Sunday Stills

http://sundaystills.wordpress.com/2013/12/30/sunday-stills-the-next-challenge-white/

In 2013, I did not get to go to one single Motorbike Rally. The previous 3 years I managed the Poison Rally, because it is in the first weekend of December, when I can easily get a whole weekend off.

So keeping in touch with my RIder theme, I share a beautiful white Custom Suzuki Hayabusa from 2012’s Poison Rally Concourse…  “The King… ”

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Shades of Blue- (with a song…) Sunday Stills

The Next Challenge: Shades of Blue

Posted on August 18, 2013 by 

This week we are doing a colour challenge and blue is the color, or any shade of blue….

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Come fly with me

Open your eyes, you can FLY- Vanessa Williams

We're all going on a summer holiday...

We’re all going on a summer holiday… Cliff Richard

 

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California Gurls? Katy Perry- No- Pennington Beach gurls…

 

I'm singing in the rain...

I’m singing in the rain… Gene Kelly

 

I will do anything for love, but I won't do that

I will do anything for love, but I won’t do that- Meatloaf