Test ride bookings open for SA Bike Festival – more than 60 bikes to choose from

“The only festival in the world where visitors can choose from more than 60 motorcycles to test ride on an international race circuit” 


Festival favourites – the circuit test ride and off-road adventure ride bookings are officially on sale for the much-anticipated South Africa Bike Festival, powered by Discovery Channel, taking place from the 25-27 May an the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit.

Motorcycle riders, enthusiasts, collectors, fans of the festival and their families are encouraged to book their festival tickets early before the test rides sell out on models from our favourite brands – Suzuki, Honda, KTM, Harley-Davdison, Yamaha, Husqvarna Motorcycles, Indian Motorcycles and Zontes.

The 2018 current ticket holders to SA’s premier and annual motorcycle, music and lifestyle festival have the choice to ride more than 60 models across 60 timeslots during the weekend, all while learning and making informed decisions to buy after talking with the brand experts about each machine.

Test ride highlights for 2018: 

•Dunlop look forward to launching a new product at the festival this year, and those who have booked a test ride on a Suzuki GSX 1000 R will be the first South Africans to test ride this new exclusive hypersport-tyre.

•KTM – 111,000 man hours, 60 people involved full time in the R&D department, 604,800 kilometres of intensive dyno-testing and more than 900,000 kilometres spent testing on the open road: when KTM creates a new machine for us, they put all their means into reaching their goals. This year the organisers are thrilled to announce the launch of the 790 Duke at SA Bike Festival 2018.

KTM 790 Duke SA Bike Festival Kyalami Test Rides

•Husqvarna Motorcycles are back on the track for 2018 with three extremely unique urban bikes for visitors to test ride. The all-new and stunning Vitpilen 401 and Vitpilen 701 and Swartpilen 401 launch in SA this year and are available to buy soon from dealerships nationwide.

2017-husqvarna-vitpilen-svartpilen-401SA Bike Festival Kyalami Test Rides

•This year, everyone and anyone who buys a circuit test ride in advance on a Harley-Davidson will receive a complimentary Monster Energy, a Limited Edition #FreedomMachine T-shirt plus an automatic entry to win The Monster-Stoos-Custom Roadster worth more than R200 000.

Harley Roadster SA Bike Festival Test Rides Kyalami

•The all-new 2018 Suzuki V-Strom DL 1000 and DL 650 are taking on the Adventure Ride Outs course this year. Rides are just R100 and include a 2km trail around the back of the Kyalami property with a trained professional from IRide marshalling.

•Honda are offering free rides on the XR125 to those holding a teen ticket to South Africa Bike Festival. For just R150 per ticket, bring along a 16 to 19 year-old with a learners license and they can learn to ride with the IRide marshals free of charge on the day and across the festival weekend. Pay it forward and help our youngsters learn independence and mobility from an early age plus get the training required to pass their license tests.

•Yamaha SA are eagerly awaiting news from Japan about a special mystery bike. More news coming soon. Subscribe to the SA Bike Fest Inner circle to be the first to know via the website (details below)

•The Zontes ZT310-R is making its way to South Africa, It’s a big step forward compared to the S250 – it’s water-cooled for a start, and the single-cylinder, 312cc engine will compete directly against BMW’s G310 range – it makes 35hp, which is fractionally more than the 34hp BMW manages.

•Indian Motorcycles has a new retail space right in the heart of Melrose Arch’s main High Street and brings a welcoming and very differently styled area. Inside, it is spacious, beautifully appointed and contains not only a selection of magnificent bikes but a wide range of apparel and also a coffee bar for those who simply want to bask in the glory of an iconic American brand. There are seven different models available to test ride at the festival, namely the Scout 60, Scout 1133, Scout Bobber and Chieftain Contour Limited.

While the concept sounds like an adult theme park for any and all lovers of two-wheels, the organisers, the circuit, the manufacturers, marshals and the training schools involved pride themselves on putting the visitors and consumers needs and wants first, giving them the choice to inform themselves of the latest technology and benefits of the latest machines available, plus allowing riders the opportunity to try, test and ride in a safe and controlled environment.

Now in its third year, the teams and sponsors involved are taking productive steps towards building and boosting the industry together with clear objectives and goals to work towards building the motorcycle market in South Africa and ensuring the festival and the brands have a long-term future in this region.

George Mienie, CEO of AutoTrader when asked about the future of their involvement in the motorcycle industry, he says: “This year is more important than ever for all of us, as we begin to work collaboratively with Clarion Events, the festival sponsors, manufacturers and dealerships towards a bright future. By taking on and addressing concerns such as safety, training, licensing, distribution and stigma, we are delighted to announce that this year, AutoTrader and SA Bike Festival will become an annual communication platform by offering the industry the opportunity to open up the discussions through a series panel debates. 2018 will see the launch of an industry-press breakfast on the Friday morning of the festival to start to address the problems and find the solutions that are becoming more and more apparent for this industry to survive in this economically difficult time.”

Portfolio Director, Nicole Muller says; in closing; “After two successful years in this new territory, Clarion Events is overjoyed to have built amazing and trusted relationships with the venue, the headline sponsor AutoTrader, the media partners and with a multitude of brands and manufacturers participating and sponsoring the festival. While AutoTrader and Clarion Events start to look into the background of the industry with the major players, we are also very much looking forward to another amazing event from the 25-27 May as the newly named, AutoTrader SA Bike Festival which includes an action packed day out with mountains of two-wheel action for all ages, sizes and know-how. This is also the time for anyone and everyone to see the very best the motorcycle industry has to offer for three days of unparalleled fun for the whole family. It’s the time to show solidarity and we call upon all motorcyclists and two-wheel fans nationwide to come on down to learn, try, test, ride & buy to your motoring hearts content.

Dates: 25-27 May 2018
Venue: Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit, Gauteng, South Africa
Tickets: Festival tickets from R150, Circuit Rides only R125 and Adventure Rides R100.
Website: southafricabikefestival.com
Festival website and to book tickets: www.southafricabikefestival.com
Circuit Test Rides: https://www.southafricabikefestival.com/circuit-test-rides/
Adventure Ride Outs: https://www.southafricabikefestival.com/adventure-rideouts/ 
Contact the team: info@southafricabikefestival.com / 0615055727
Follow the story on: www.facebook.com/sabikefest / https://www.southafricabikefestival.com/news 
To register to be part of the SA Bike Festival Inner Circle: https://www.southafricabikefestival.com/register

Please note:

*There is a zero tolerance on alcohol for the test rides and all riders will be breathalyzed by the team from AlcoSafe.

*Yamaha & Honda models require a full license while other manufacturers will accept learner’s licenses
*Adventure Rides and Circuit Test Rides are separate ticketing platforms and will require two transactions