Great Danes tour South Africa
Seven great Danes tour South Africa. Actually it was more like seventeen Danes (from Denmark) that were on tour, however I only met seven of them. Finn and his intrepid entourage shipped their bikes across the ocean to our shores and arrived by plane to collect their bikes from PSI Freight in New Germany, Natal and start their epic journey.
unpacking and assembling the bikes at PSI Freight in New Germany, Natal - photo Isaac
getting ready to rock and roll... - photo Isaac of PSI Freight
Ten riders left the PSI Freight offices (New Germany, Natal) for St Lucia while the other seven went in the opposite direction to Underberg, to ride the Sani Pass. But that wasn’t to be… with all the rain we’ve had recently and the fact that four of the six bikes were road-bikes, they only made it half way up and then turned around the headed back to their overnight base, the Sani Hotel in Underberg.
Next day the happy seven Danes rode up to Clarens and stayed at the Maluti Mountain Lodge.
Finn Ingemann, the tour organiser, had been in South Africa once before, so he knew the roads a bit. Friendly Finn is also the Importer of Ducati motorcycles in Denmark. Finn and his gorgeous lady Anja Buchmann were riding a Ducati MTS 1100 Multistrada, the other five in the group were blue-eyed Mikael Peytz on a Ducati 800 Monster, Mikael’s short and sharp wife Anne Thea on a 620 Monster, cheerful Erik Knudsen on his BMW R80GS accompanied sexy blonde Viking Vita Olsen on a 695 Ducati Monster and sun-burnt Max Nidson on his 650 Cagiva Elefant.
the seven at their Alberton stop-over - from left to right:
Erik Knudsen, Vita A Olsen, Annethea Peytz, Mikael Peytz, Anja Buchmann, Finn Ingemann and Max Nidsen
leaving Joburg on the N17...
Vita and Annethea on Monsters
Annethea Peytz on a Ducati 620 Monster
Mikael Peytz on a Ducati 800 Monster
Vita A Olsen on a Ducati 695 Monster
I met up with the group at Gold Reef City, where they had all been underground while visiting the theme park, and escorted them to Borisimo’s Guest House in Alberton. The next morning after breakfast I again escorted them, via the N17 and Snake Road, onto the N12 and on their way to Bellfast, Dullstroom and Lydenburg.
Anja & Finn Ingemann on Finn's Ducati 1100 Multistrada
Max Nidsen on his Cagiva 650 Elefant
Their group was then going to ride to Nelspruit, where they would visit the Kruger National Park for three days, then to Kamatiepoort, meet up with the remaining ten Danes and ride to Maputo, where they will party and fish and chill for a few days. Then they ride back to New Germany, crate their bikes for shipping back to Denmark and then hop on a plane back home.
the seven in my mirror
happy Erik Knudsen on his BMW R80GS
And then... just to put a damper on things, one of the Danes (Jens) hit a moreofa big pothole outside Carolina, breaking his Ducati Multistrada's front rim and buckling his rear rim as well, making the bike unfixable. I got the call for help late on Friday, collected the bike on a farm outside Carolina on Saturday and trailered it back down to PSI Freight in New Germany (Pinetown) for shipping back to Denmark with the rest of the bonnies on Monday morning.
one of these signs every 5 clicks...
the damaged front rim of Jen's Ducati
the culprit pothole (I think), about 10kms from Carolina on the Ermelo road
Words and photos by Kenn Slater.