Once again Kyalami hosted the big motorcycle event of the year – the South African Bike Festival. There was huge attendance for the three-day event and over 60 new motorcycles were available for a test ride on the track. This, coupled to a host of off-track attractions from key industry players such as Harley Davidson, Honda, Yamaha, KTM?and Husqvarna, amongst others, show attendees were spoilt for choice.
Kids and teens alike ripped it up on the small test tracks that accommodated aspiring riders, but of all the new products on show, the new XSR900 Yamaha and a brace of new KTM products seemed to take pride of place. Along with the just unpacked Suzuki V-Storm 250 adventure bikes which seemed very popular, there was a mind-boggling amount of things to see.
Stunt rider par excellence Julien Welsh provided an unusual dare devil show that wowed the crowds while the disco entertainment and side shows that were everywhere kept all concerned fully entertained at this year’s bike festival.
The festival was sponsored by Autotrader and featured close to 60 sponsors and partners to drive the event to become the main event for motorcycle enthusiasts in South Africa.
The Suzuki Weekend Away is held every year around June/July, at Hotel Numbi & Garden Suites in Mpumalanga, this year it took place from the 29th June – 1st July 2018 and was the eighth annual event.
It all started in 2011 when Suzuki South Africa decided to have a Suzuki Weekend Away, and create an event for the customers to spend time with Suzuki staff and dealers. It opens up channels of communication so the head office team can find out what both dealers and consumers are looking for in the sales and aftersales space. Suzuki Auto South Africa comes along with demo units which are available for test rides during the Weekend. There are also cars from the auto side for test drives.
On Friday all guests arrive at Hotel Numbi and Garden Suites around 14h00. Everyone has dinner together and everyone is briefed about the activities to take place the following day.
On Saturday everyone meets in the morning and the Suzuki Team hands out route maps with directions for the day. There are a few stops with fun games along the way, but mostly it’s about riding and driving in beautiful Mpumalanga.
We cannot share the games and activities that take place at the Suzuki Weekend Away as they are designed for people who attend, but ask anyone who has attended one and they will tell you that it is a “must attend” event. We have had so many repeat visitors over the years and are open to all makes of motorcycles.
For more information: www.suzukimotorcycle.co.za