Bike Fest is a go

The torrential rain that battered the East Cost of the country earlier this week has abated and everything is moving at full speed to ensure this year’s South Coast Bike Fest – presented by Ugu South Coast Tourism and powered by Gearhouse – is on schedule for Friday.

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Recent rains along the KwaZulu-Natal coastline have not affected South Coast Bike Fest event area or surrounds, and the anticipated sunny skies will create the perfect backdrop for a weekend of fantastic festival action.

“We are excited to say that all the South Coast Bike Fest activities will go ahead as planned,” says event organiser, Vicky Wentzel. “We can confirm all access routes to and from Margate are open and festival-goers can be assured of a fun, safe festival weekend with this year’s programme boasting a host of new events. Don’t miss out on any of the action!”

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Alongside the incredible biking stunts will be the hottest musical showcase featuring 35 of South Africa’s most in-demand musicians. The Budweiser Beach Stage, Village Pier Rock Stage and Sunset Beach Party venues will play host to non-stop musical mayhem in the form of Fokofpolisikar, Desmond & The Tutus, Locnville, Pascal & Pearce, Euphonik, Nasty C, Black Motion, Distruction Boyz and – for the first time ever on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast – the legendary artists, Sjava and Shekinah.

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In addition to the musical programme, visitors to the 2019 South Coast Bike Fest can look forward to:
• 6 Beachfront Boulevard-Themed Bars
• Village Market and Expo Zones
• The WFO Hard Enduro Club-endorsed South Coast Hard Enduro Festival Race which forms part of the 4th round of the KZN Enduro Championship.
• Food Courts
• The Pals in Paradise Mass Parade (leaving from C-Bali Restaurant at St Michael’s Beach on Saturday, 28 April
• KwaXolo Biker Extreme Festival
• KwaNzimakwe Biker Extreme Festival
• Soweto Riding Academy – Learn to Ride

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Katana launches at Bike Fest

One of motorcycling’s most iconic names, the Suzuki Katana, will be launched in its comeback format at the South Coast Bike Fest in Margate during the weekend of April 26 to 28.

The big retro bruiser has a 999 cc transverse four-cylinder engine punching out 110 kW and 108 Nm of torque – the powerplant shared with GSX-S1000 and boasting dual throttle valves, a 44 mm throttle body and 10-hole injectors for precise atomisation.

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It also has three-mode traction control, a slipper clutch, ABS-enabled Brembo radial calipers, low rpm assist and a new, full LCD dash. Lighting is LED all round and the suspension comprises 43 mm inverted, fully-adjustable, KYB forks and preload/rebound adjustable shock. Wheels are Y-spoke, cast rims rolling on Dunlop Roadsport 2 rubber (120/70 R17 front and 190/50 R17 rear).

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South Coast Bike Fest has also expanded its footprint for the 2019 event presented by Ugu South Coast Tourism and powered by Gearhouse.

“We will be extending the South Coast Bike Fest event site by one kilometre, as well as growing the festival footprint by moving into the hinterland,” says event organiser, Vicky Wentzel. “This will give visitors an even greater opportunity to experience more of the incredible KwaZulu-Natal South Coast while also opening up the event to the wider community.”

The WFO Hard Enduro Club-endorsed South Coast Hard Enduro Festival Race will form part of the 4th round of the KZN Enduro Championship. Riders will race along a specially-designed junior enduro track for 65 cc and 85 cc competitors, with the winner set to be crowned the Junior Margate Enduro Champion.

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Scott Bouverie. (Credit: Sam Clark)

There will be some fun-filled entertainment for all spectators at KwaNzimakwe and KwaXolo with demonstrations by South African motorcycle trials’ champions, Bruce and Brent le Riche, as well as Yamaha South Africa’s brand ambassador, Alfred Matamela – AKA King Donut. He will also be hosting his popular Soweto Learn-to-Ride Academy Workshops for up-and-coming riders.

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Visitors to the South Coast Bike Fest can also look forward to:

• 6 Beachfront Boulevard-Themed Bars
• 35 musical acts at Budweiser Beach Stage, Village Pier Rock Stage and Sunset Beach Party venues.
• Full Throttle Programme
• Village Market and Expo Zones
• Food Courts
• The Pals in Paradise Mass Parade (leaving from C-Bali Restaurant at St Michael’s Beach on Sunday, 29 April)

UGU South Coast Tourism CEO, Phelisa Mangcu, says: “For thrill-seekers, bike lovers and music fans, the annual South Coast Bike Fest always offers exactly what is required for a weekend of entertainment.

“It is events like these that give the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast a really usable platform to showcase the inviting atmosphere and incredible family-friendly tourist sites and activities on offer.”

She said the diverse tourist offerings included extreme sports such as scuba diving, abseiling, white water rafting, ziplining and shark cage diving; family-orientated options such as waterslides, game parks, paintball, butterfly farms and boat trips; as well as unmissable heritage and cultural tours.

There will also be an official South Coast Bike Fest shuttle service for all attendees, running from The Hibiscus Mall to the venue.

Bikers and pillions wanting to access any of the bars or stages (Budweiser Beach Stage, Village Pier Rock Stage, Sunset Beach Party, Full Throttle Entertainment Zone, and Jazz Bar) must pre-register online (www.southcoastbikefest.co.za) and purchase a South Coast Bike Fest pin for R35. Bikers and pillions will need to purchase a pin each. Bikers must be accompanied by their pillion to collect the pre-purchased pin at the Sasol Garage, Margate – bike licences must be shown.

Biking thrills at South Coast Bike Fest

Stunts, tricks and smoking tyres will all be part this year’s South Coast Bike Fest with an array of talent performing their signature moves during the show that gets under way in Margate on April 26.

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South African motorcycle trials’ champions, Bruce and Brent le Riche, will be putting on a high-impact, interactive show with a series of new tricks – including the 3,7m-high undercut ledge.

“This is a coastal event with a great track record… who wouldn’t want to perform at such a show, let alone such a dream location!?” says Brent. “KZN spectators always get right into the vibe and are always ready for some daredevil motorsports!”

King Donut

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Yamaha South Africa’s brand ambassador, Alfred Matamela – AKA King Donut – will put on a must-see performance burning rubber in his signature smoking style.

“Last year, I rode the Yamaha MT10, and this year spectators will get to watch me on the incredible Yamaha R1,” he says, explaining this is the bike ridden by Yamaha Moto GP racer, Maverick Vinales. “I enjoy participating in the annual South Coast Bike Fest because it’s such a great place to watch upcoming talent. It’s a festival I look forward to every year! The past experiences of performing here has been life changing and I am honoured to be able to work with such amazing people.”

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The country’s top all-female biker crew will return to this year’s South Coast Bike Fest to showcase their off-road racing skills. Audiences can look forward to a high-energy performance by stunt rider, Skinny van Skalkwyk, as well as demo rides by top female riders in the motorsport’s industry.

Nicole Salt of ShredBettys, says: “The South Coast Bike Fest has been a great platform to represent women riders in South Africa and we’re looking forward to another impactful show.”

ShredBettys will be accompanied by Airworx, a company specialising in virtual reality. Visitors will get the surreal experience of riding motorbikes and surfing – all using virtual reality equipment!

Powasol EnduroX

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Spectators will be treated to high-energy impact racing at its best as top EnduroX riders put on a quality performance.

“It has become a recurring action-packed weekend and, for three years running, we have successfully hosted the EnduroX event overlooking the amazing KZN coastline,” said Klint Mills. “With the help of Upfold Construction, we assemble a world-class EnduroX track the night before the main event – it’s insane but nothing beats the adrenaline of the impossible!

Mills said that he hopes to wow audiences with international superstars – the likes of Wade Young, Blake Gutzeit, Travis Teasdale and Kyle Flanagan – battling it out. There will be 50cc Micromini Classes, 65cc Juniors, 85cc Pro Mini, 125cc Highschool, Hobby, Experts and Pros classes.

Visitors to the South Coast Bike Fest can also look forward to:

• 6 Beachfront Boulevard-Themed Bars
• Village Market and Expo Zones
• Food Courts
• The Pals in Paradise Mass Parade (leaving from C-Bali Restaurant at St Michael’s Beach on Saturday, 28 April
• KwaXolo Biker Extreme Festival
• KwaNzimakwe Biker Extreme Festival
• Soweto Riding Academy – Learn to Ride

There will also be an official South Coast Bike Fest shuttle service for all attendees, running from The Hibiscus Mall to the venue.

Bikers and pillions wanting to access any of the bars or stages (Budweiser Beach Stage, Village Pier Rock Stage, Sunset Beach Party, Full Throttle Entertainment Zone, and Jazz Bar) must pre-register online (www.southcoastbikefest.co.za) and purchase a South Coast Bike Fest pin for R35. Bikers and pillions will need to purchase a pin each. Bikers must be accompanied by their pillion to collect the pre-purchased pin at the Sasol Garage, Margate – bike licences must be shown.