Have you ever wondered why people buy motorbikes? I have.
People dedicate their lives to their Harleys, Kawasakis and Triumphs, while the rest of us watch from the outside, snickering at what seems like a dangerous and expensive waste of time.
Well, it’s the bikers who have the last laugh. Put frankly, there is absolutely nothing quite like cruising around the Cape on the back of an exhaust-spitting, petrol guzzling chopper.
If you’ve visited Cape Town, there’s a great chance that you’ve taken a trip along Chapman’s Peak Drive. The spectacular panoramic views of Hout Bay and Noordhoek are some of the city’s worst kept secrets, and for good reason.
Capetonians know that the views are worth every penny of the road’s toll fee. Besides, the money goes into maintaining the road itself, which has notoriously been bombarded by falling rocks in the past.
Now, I can say that I’ve seen Chappies on a Harley, and man! It’s left every other drive I’ve taken in its tracks – literally.
Harley Davidson Chauffeur Rides offers visitors to the Cape an alternative way to go sightseeing, taking advantage of the magnificent motoring skills of some of the city’s most passionate Harley lovers.
The drivers are all endlessly cheerful – belying their rough-and-tough looks - and obviously love riding their Harleys more than most other things.
Cruising past Silvermine along Ou Kaapse Weg with Devil's Peak in the distance. Credit: Mikail Baker
There’s an array of bikes on offer, as well, ranging from hulking, comfort-orientated brutes, to smaller and nippier superbike hybrids.
The gentleman in charge of my chariot for the day, Jan, made me feel safe enough, but still made sure that I felt the full power of the machine.
His reaction when taking in the view of Noordhoek’s long and picturesque beach is testament to how fantastic the experience is on a Harley. “Incredible,” he gasped, even though he’s probably seen that same view dozens, if not hundreds of times!
While tours can last the best part of a day, time seems to go by more quickly on two wheels. There’s just so much to take in that there’s simply very little time for anything else.
Just remember that there will be no hair blowing in the wind – helmets are a must!
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