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A Harley-Davidson For the Day

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A Harley-Davidson For the Day

Go the whole hog and hire a motorcycle to tour Cape Town

Legend has it that motorcycles were made for hairy, hard-fisted, menacing men. Outlaws.
The type of free-wheeling, morally bankrupt blokes who find glory in stealing the accountant’s daughter and disappearing into the night, never to be seen again.

We disagree. Motorbikes were made for conquering Cape Town’s roads.

You may have sped down German autobahns, toured Route 66 in America and hugged tight to the Great Ocean Road in Australia, but until you’ve snarled around the Mother City’s Chapman’s Peak Drive, off-roaded amongst the arid moonscapes and towering rock formations in the Cederberg mountains and torn up the tarmac revving along South Africa’s (SA) magnificent passes, you’ve failed to do your duty as a diehard motorbiker.

And while only the smallest handful of visitors to Cape Town and greater SA have the luxury of arriving with their trusty, growling steed at their side, the majority who aren’t so lucky can turn to Cape Bike Travel. Operating since 2005, this motorcycle specialist rents out Harley-Davidsons, BMWs and Ducatis to fully licensed (over 21-year-old) riders keen to explore the open roads of Southern Africa.

We can guarantee the outfit stocks a damned nice fleet of mean machines too, and owner and founder Jörg Vogel, who commands a pretty tricked-out Harley himself, is more than happy to recommend the best beast for everything from cruising the city for a few hours to overlanding up to Victoria Falls or the deserts of Namibia for a longer holiday.

Word is, the most popular rental model is the Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic, a cycle that comes complete with the high handlebars, shiny chrome and studded panniers that you’d expect from the famous motorcycle manufacturer. But, otherwise, the dirt bike-esque BMW F650GS Dakar and the seriously adventure-savvy BMW R1200GS go down a treat with those looking to tear loose some gravel off the beaten path.


Harley-Davidson Sportster 883

  • 1-3 Days: R1100 p/day (includes 250km)
  • 4-20 Days: R1000 p/day (includes 250km)

Harley-Davidson Dyna

  • 1-3 Days: R1400 p/day (includes 250km)
  • 4-20 Days: R1300 p/day (includes 250km)

Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail

  • 1-3 Days: R1400 p/day (includes 250km)
  • 4-20 Days: R1300 p/day (includes 250km)

Harley-Davidson Road King Classic

  • 1-3 Days: R1600 p/day (includes 250km)
  • 4-20 Days: R1500 p/day (includes 250km)

Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra

  • 1-3 Days: R1600 p/day (includes 250km)
  • 4-20 Days: R1500 p/day (includes 250km)


  • 1-3 Days: R1100 p/day (includes 350km)
  • 4-6 Days: R1000 p/day (includes 350km)
  • 7+ Days: R890 p/day (unlimited km)


  • 1-3 Days: R1300 p/day (includes 350km)
  • 4-6 Days: R1150 p/day (includes 350km)
  • 7+ Days: R1050 p/day (unlimited km)


  • 1-3 Days: R1500 p/day (includes 350km)
  • 4-6 Days: R1350 p/day (includes 350km)
  • 7+ Days: R1200 p/day (unlimited km)


  • 1-3 Days: R1600 p/day (includes 350km)
  • 4-20 Days: R1450 p/day (includes 350km)
  • 7+ Days: R1300 p/day (unlimited km)

When you hire a Harley-Davidson, BMW motorcycle, you are entitled to between 250km and 350km free for shorter rentals and an unlimited number of kilometres for longer rentals; and every additional kilometre will be charged at a price of R3 for the Harley-Davidsons and R2 for the BMW model.

All of the bikes come complete with a helmet, 24-hour roadside assistance and fully comprehensive insurance; plus, delivery and pick-ups can be arranged at an extra cost, which means it’s no problem to merely drive one leg of a journey. Jackets, a GPS and panniers are available for a fee.

TIP: Contact Cape Bike Travel and ask Jorg for their current specials for readers; he always gives something extra for you, we guarantee.


Still working on getting your motorcycle licence, but hungry for a ride on a Harley? Consider taking one of Cape Bike Travel’s chauffeured motorbike tours.


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