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Explore The City From The Back of A Bike
Unusual and exciting ways to explore the City with these motorbike rentals and tours
“I’m going to stabilise the bike, then you can get on, put your feet up, sit back and relax,” says Cape Bike Travel owner Jörg Vogel. Relax? Not so much. This is my first time on a motorbike, and I’m a little nervous, to put it lightly.
Cape Bike Travel is the official rental outlet and tour operator for Harley-Davidson Cape Town. One of the services they offer is the chauffeured ride that Jörg is taking me on now. “It usually takes about five minutes for people to relax,” he tells me afterwards. Unsurprisingly then, it’s not until we leave the city centre and go roaring up Kloof Nek Road that I start to enjoy myself. I’ve driven this route a hundred times before, but this is a completely different experience.
ONLY A BIKER KNOWS WHY A DOG STICKS ITS HEAD OUT OF A CAR WINDOW
When we get to the top of the hill, I don’t just see the ocean, I smell the pine trees too. Winding down the road to the beach is exhilarating, and I soon get used to leaning to go around corners. The people strolling along the sidewalk in Camps Bay are right next to us, and I catch snippets of their conversations as we speed past. We’re right in the middle of everything; there’s none of that separation from your surroundings that you feel in a car.
The Harley draws admiring glances from people, and I start to understand the attraction of driving such an iconic bike. There’s no waiting in traffic, as Jörg easily weaves around cars as we head back into town, and the stretches of empty road give him a chance to show me just how fast and smooth the bike rides. Along the way, Jörg nods to and greets other bikers, demonstrating just how much of a community there is amongst petrol heads.
I arrive back in town feeling windswept, happy and just a little bit high on adrenaline. Riding on a bike lets you experience your surroundings in a new way and going fast is really fun. Add the drama and scenery of Cape Town’s coastal roads and you have an absolutely amazing experience.
These chauffeured rides are a good idea for an anniversary gift, birthday present or even a corporate outing. “It’s for those people that always wanted a motorbike; this is their chance to be an outlaw for the day.”
Jörg drives many of the chauffeured rides himself, and he also has other drivers available, each of whom drives their own bike. This means that riders always get to journey with someone who has a passion for motorbikes and who will be able to show off Cape Town’s countless beautiful routes.
LIVE TO RIDE, RIDE TO LIVE
Jörg started Cape Bike Travel in April 2005 as a natural extension of his passion for motorcycles.
“Why bikes? Why not? What else? I’ve been messing about with bikes from a very young age. I got my license at 18, and I couldn’t afford a car, so I bought a bike. I’ve even transported a tumble dryer on the back of a motorbike.”
Alongside the chauffeured rides, Cape Bike Travel organises motorcycle tours for overseas visitors that include pick-up from the airport, accommodation and bikes with a guide or a GPS. If tourists or locals want to rent bikes for the day or the weekend, the business offers that as well, complete with comprehensive insurance and 24-hour roadside assistance. Bikes for rent include Harleys, BMWs and Ducatis.
So if you’re a tourist who wants to experience Cape Town in a unique way or a local who just wants a couple of hours on an empty stretch of road, contact Cape Bike Travel.
Tip: One of the best routes to traverse is the stretch of road that winds its way from Cape Town to Clifton, over Chapman’s Peak Drive, up around Ou Kaapse Weg, down into Constantia and back into the Mother City CBD.
The chauffeured tours can be booked for one hour, two hours, four hours or eight hours. Riders are advised to wear flat shoes, a light jacket and windproof pants.
By Lindsay Callaghan
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