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2018-05-21 15:39

Image: Autotrader

From 25 to 27 May the Autotrader South Africa Bike Festival will once again rock Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit, offering a great deal for both bikers and non-bikers to see.

The exhibition, which has become an annual institution on the Gauteng bike calendar, is popular not just for the fact that most mainstream bike manufacturers exhibit their latest products, but also for a host of entertainment events that will keep visitors occupied for hours.

Here is an overview of the many reasons why you would want to be there:

10 highlight for bike fans:

There will be several new models on the show, and as always, some of them will be available to test ride around the track. Just remember that tickets are limited, so it is essential to book rides right now!

1. Honda - The unveiling of the NEW 2018 Honda Goldwing Tourer GL1800 at 11h15 on Friday 
2. Indian Motorcycles – launch of the 2018 Chieftain Chief Dark Horse 
3. Yamaha – see the all-new Yamaha MT-07 and the long-awaited YZ65 
4. Harley-Davidson – get the first opportunity to ride the Softail Fat Bob 117ci 
5. Suzuki – the V-Strom DL250 has just been unpacked and will be there. Test ride it on both the circuit and the Adventure Ride Out off-road track. 
6. KTM launch of the brand-new 790 Duke 
7. Husqvarna – ride the 2018 VITPILEN 701, VITPILEN 401 and SVARTPILEN 401 
8. Ducati Scrambler 1100 launch and the best deals on apparel in the exclusive Ducati Store 
9. Dunlop – the only Suzuki GSX-R 1000R  with the newly-developed Dunlop secret product – sorry, ride tickets are sold out
10. 2-stroke dyno machine with Robert Coutts and Rapid Bike auto-blip demo! Each day four lucky visitors will win the chance to have their own bikes tuned 

13 fun things for the family

1. Epic night time - Monster Energy #FlightNight with local heroes and the Australian champ, Brayden “Muggins” Davies. 
2. International - Pro Streetbike Freestyle stunt champion, Julien “RazorBack” Welsch 
3. Live Custom Build - with a chance to win the exclusive bike – H-D Roadster with Stoos Customs & Monster Energy 
4. Car vs Bike – drift champion Jason Webb’s V8 Mustang vs Le Riche brothers 
5. National Series - SuperGP and Super600 Racing 
6. Exclusive viewing – Brad Binder’s Moto GP Factory Racing Machine at the KTM Pit Garage
7. Harley town – experience the iconic Harley-Davidson lifestyle 
8. Free learn to ride with “Motorcycle 101” with H-D and Give-it-a-go Track with Zontes and Electron Powersports 
9. Free test rides for Teens on HONDA XF125, GEES Rider Development Training – free community based initiative 
10. Watch and learn how to race with SA Biking Academy  
11. Kids and family pit roof - pocket bikes, arcade games and other amusements such as bumper cars and sumo suits wrestling 
12. RocoMamas Custom, Retro, Classic, Vintage Championship with international judge and builder, Frank Sander
13. Meet brand ambassadors and MCs of the festival: “Voice of Choice for the SA Motor Industry” Greg Moloney, and “Biker Queen” Seipei Mashugane

Five great show specials

1. Harley-Davidson - Street Rods for only R85 000, 883’s for only R95 000, all 1200s for only R125 000
2. Zontes - ZT 310-R for just R59 900, 250-R for just R42 500 and 125-J for just R18 999
3. Yamaha – Dirt Bike Specials & the XT1200ZE World Crosser Adventure – fully kitted show special. XSR900 café racer fully accessorized official Yamaha limited edition
4. KTM Powerwear specials and the 2019 motocross and enduro range  flown in especially for the show
5. Bike Tyre Warehouse Adventure Club – 30% off tyre combos and free storage for your next set! 

12 Fantastic perks for visitors

1. For only R99 List your bike for one month with AutoTrader 
2. Free checks and analysis on your cars tyres by Dunlop with recommendations 
3. The Ultimate biker app – launched at the show 
4. Party with KTM –  Meet Joey Evans and DJ Vin Deysel live!
5. Meet Indian Motorcycle vixens in the flesh: Jade, Mandy, Carmi, Keipeile and Kelly 
6. Your second hand biker gear needs a home – help hundreds of delivery motorcycle riders with Suzuki & Sons of Joburg 
7. Autotrader silent auction – win a BMW with Bike Buyers worth R200 000
8. Meet Dimsport Italy for the best European market advice 
9. Shinko new Verge II superbike tyres, plus the ultimate DOT drag tyre just got better 
10. Visit All the Suzuki Stands and get a free T-Shirt - Bike, Car, Marine and more 
11. Tattoo Heaven – visit RocoMamas, Harley-Davidson, Johannesburg Tattoo Expo. 
12. Ladies Indulgence – tattoos, jackets, permanent make-up, vaper just for the ladies 

Eight chances to win 

1. WIN A Zontes 125-J with 947 FM this week ONLY! 
2. WIN a customised Bike SA juke box 
3. WIN A TRIP TO THE USA with Harley-Davidson’s 115th anniversary event in Milwaukee
4. WIN 2-night stay at a Pilanesberg Lodge, worth over R14 000, purchase a Legacy Rewards whole animal pride with proceeds to the Teddy Bear Foundation for abused children. 
5. WIN BOSCH Mystery Prize worth R18 000 – visit the Bosch stand in the pits to enter!
6. WIN a top of the range SPIRIT SECA helmet, just test ride a Zontes on the track
7. WIN 2 TISSOT WATCHES 
8. WIN tyres with Bike Tyre Warehouse

Tickets – book today!

1. Standard tickets - From R150, use promo code 1WEEKTOGO. Tickets cost R230 at the gates. 
2. VIP Experience – Private open bar & Jamie’s Delights included all day. From R750, only 50 tickets left!
3. The Sumtin Village – The best view of International Stunt Rider Julien Welsch, free meal and magazine. From R495, only 100 tickets left 
4. RAMBO Blanket Ride – From World of Yamaha to Kyalami! R255 includes Double Blanket, Ride and 5 laps of the track on your own bike and entry to the Festival all day Sunday
5. Book a track test ride - 60 models, just R125 a ride
6. Book an adventure ride - 20 off-road motorcycles, easy and technical routes –  R100 a ride

With so much to see and do, it is hardly surprising that the SA Bike Festival has become one of the annual highlights for the bike community, and this year promises to be bigger and better than before, so make sure you reserve the weekend on your calendar.

For more information, visit www.southafricabikefestival.com.

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