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2017-04-26 06:00

Starting on small routes and easy breakfast runs are guaranteed to get your confidences and experience up, whether you’re new to the two-wheeled life, just switched from city slicker road bike to dual-purpose adventure, or you’ve just added the plus one pillion to your biking trips and are getting used to the new handling.

A quick “breakfast run” with a group of friends or well-organised group rides by various riding clubs make a significant contribution to gaining more riding skills in a safe and supported environment. 

From the Harley-Davidson fan to the BMW enthusiast, South Africa makes for the perfect playground for bikers, with kilometres of dirt and roads to explore.

We’ve rounded up the best easy-going “practice” run routes that will not only get you ready for the long journey ahead but will leave you feeling like a biking pro when challenges arise.


West Rand, Magaliesburg, Hartebeespoort

Total distance: 138km

Why it’s recommended: One of the more scenic routes in Gauteng, the run offers a great escape from the bustle of Johannesburg. It offers many variations, depending on which direction you start from. A number of tight corners along the route might catch you off guard, but it’s relatively safe. Some undeveloped spots may present a challenge but your handling skills will definitely improve along the way.

Hekpoort Valley

Total distance: 63km

Why it’s recommended: This is a glorious gravel road that could challenge even the most experienced of motorcyclists. Potholes and washouts are inevitable, so make sure you have a can of tyre repair foam at hand, and have fun!

Vanderbijlpark, Heidelberg, Village of Val

Total distance: 300km

Why it’s recommended: This route is ideal if you’re looking to catch some beautiful Highveld scenery. Roads are quiet and relaxing, while some sections offer a rough rutted surface to test your balance. Be careful of goats and cattle that may wonder the route from time to time.

Cape Town

Noordhoek to Hout Bay M6

Total distance: 15km

Why it’s recommended: There’s nothing better than taking a slow drive around Chapman’s Peak. A short trip where there are various stops along the way which allows you to stretch the 15-minute drive into an hour and keep the newbie pillion entertained. On one side Noordhoek’s eateries and white sandy beach, on the other side the “republic” of Hout Bay. Try the Hout Bay Market for a variety of tasty treats. On either side of these towns there is room to travel further, heading north into Camps Bay or Constantia when leaving Hout Bay, or along the coast through Kommetjie around to Misty Cliff and Scarborough if you end up Noordhoek side.

Gordons’s Bay to Rooiels via R44

Total distance: 24km

Why it’s recommended: This is a slow-paced route, ideal for a two-up ride. Starting at Gordon’s Bay the route will take a short 30 minutes one way, and it’s got plenty of curves – so be cautious if you’re still getting the hang of two wheels. You will be able to catch lunch in Rooiels before you head home. Be aware that the route is popular over weekends and can be busy with pedestrians and slow traffic. As you feel more confident and are looking for a longer ride, head around the point to Betty’s Bay – or carry on to Hermanus.

Paarl Rock

Total distance: 135km

Why it’s recommended: This route is easy-going but offers riders an extensive dirt terrain on which to practice. About half-way through you will be met by the Paarl Mountain Reserve gate. R27 gets you into the reserve, after which you can enjoy a scenic ride while testing your biking skills.

Swartberg Pass and The Hell

Total distance: 126km

Why it’s recommended: Regarded as one of the top dual-sport rides in SA, this area is rich in historical scenery, with the Swartberg Pass functioning as one of the most beautiful mountain passes in the world. The Hell offers a steep descent followed by tight turns, so use caution when heading out this way.

Cape Town, Franschhoek, Somerset West

Total distance: 221km

Why it’s recommended: Offering a quick glimpse into Western Cape scenery, this route runs along some of the best mountain passes and roads in SA, with tight corners and winding curves bound to keep bikers on their toes. Water running across the road can become problematic in certain areas, but overall this is a pleasant and stunning run.

Balito run – Durban to Dolphin Coast

Total distance: 62km

Why it’s recommended:
Escaping Durban with a quick 50-minute ride up to Ballito makes for a fun early morning ride. You cross the many river mouths and an array of wildlife and endless sugarcane fields. Travel early on a Sunday to avoid Saturday morning cyclists.

Northern Cape route – Springbok to Alexander Bay

Total distance: 229km

Why it’s recommended: This stretch of road is very quiet and great for building beginner confidence. The Anenou Pass makes for an interesting set of testing curves, while the selection of open road allows a fair bit of throttle opening.

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