STATEMENT BY VICKY WENTZEL:
The South African biking scene has seen a massive spike in the number of black bikers, either drawn to the camaraderie of the biking community or seeking to showcase their incredible talent in the high-thrill engine-revving arenas. The annual South Coast Bike Fest™, which celebrates the vibrant, all-inclusive biking spirit, features a number of prominent black biking legends on its programme, which will be taking over Margate from 27 to 30 April.
One notable biking leader who will be gracing the seaside town on his Harley Davidson V-Rod Muscle is Max Rabalago, chairman of the Rainbow Mzansi Bikers Organisation (RAMBO). An incredibly effective biker organisation, RAMBO essentially bridges the gaps between various races and cultures, embedding the ubuntu notions into a historically American culture. It represents the interests of many motorcycle clubs, primarily consisting of black bikers, spread across Gauteng, the Free State and North West.
“I got hooked onto biking after my company invited Harley Davidson to showcase their bikes at a work event,” recalled Rabalago, who resides in Johannesburg. “I really enjoy the brother and sisterhood of the associations as well as the spirit and discipline portrayed by bikers. There are also lots of fun rallies and day jols!”
Rabalago, who will be representing RAMBO at the South African National Biking Council Alliance (SANBCA) meeting taking place, said the black fraternity is growing extremely fast. “It’s bringing people from different walks of life together, affording them the opportunity to give to charity as well as contributing towards business networking.”
One biker whose name is synonymous with extreme stunts is Alfred Matamela, AKA King Donut, who will be showing off his legendary moves on his Yamaha R1 and MT10, sponsored by Yamaha SA with tyres sponsored by Shinko SA.
“Biking has become everyone’s culture…it’s a lifestyle,” said the Limpopo-born rider. Coming from humble beginnings herding cattle in a the Tshiheni Village, Matamela has shown what tenacity and a passion for motorcycles can achieve. He founded the successful Soweto Motorbike School where he instructs upcoming riders and is also the brand ambassador of Yamaha SA. King Donut will be showing off his moves on Saturday, 28 and Sunday, 29 April at 11.30am.
Commenting on the South Coast Bike Fest™, he said: “These festivals are important to the biking community which was previously associated with gangs. The festivals rid us of this stigma and show we are a close community. They also give us a chance to show off our skills. Excellence has no skin colour.”
Representing the South Coast at the exciting Powasol EnduroX on his WR250F is Piwe Zulu, who hails from the Gamalakhe Township outside of Port Shepstone. He has competed in the Matat2Pont, South Coast Xtreme Enduro and Powasol EnduroX in Pietermaritzburg. Recently he’s been racing in the Liquorland Nationals where he finished 6th in Silver Class as well as competing in the Roof of Africa in Lesotho. He will be riding at the SCBF2018 Powasol EnduroX taking place on Monday, 30 April at the Village Fishing Pier from 8am to 4pm.
“Biking is slowly growing – I’m seeing more and more black competitors at events,” said Zulu, commenting on the growth of the black biking fraternity. “These festivals are important as we get big love and support from the spectators. I love the travelling and sponsorship support.”
In addition to this extreme biker programme, visitors to this year’s South Coast Bike Fest™ will also get the chance to visit eight festival-themed bars, a corporate dealership deck as well as 22 onsite clubs, pubs and restaurants catering to all interests and tastes.
There is a vibrnat musical line-up this year at the Party on the Move including the incredible Michael Zuma, featuring on Saturday, 28 April from 8pm. Visitors can catch the ‘Big Dawg’, DJ Fresh, who will take the party up a notch at Senzi on Faya from 11.30pm. That same evening, the Sky Bar at Desroche Hotel features a line-up of musical royalty, including DJ Bruce, DJ LeSoul, Felix Hlope, FlyMotion and the legendary Babes Wodumo.
All bikers and pillions are urged to pre-register online for #freefunseeker tickets which gives free access to the entire event precinct including the main stage featuring all the headline artist performances. All non-biking pedestrians will be charged a nominal fee of R60 per day which provides access to the event precinct. For another R150, #fuelyourfun ticket holders can access the Budweiser Main Beach Stage Golden Circle.
Pre-registration for the biking community and limited pedestrian ticket sales are available at www.southcoastbikefest.co.za. Entry is free for children under 12. Tickets will also be available at the gates.
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