R59 and clear of the traffi c both the Kymco and the Wing cruised along happily at 3 cokes over the speed limit. Pulling into the Block House One Stop on the R59 a little bit later Glenn, riding the Xciting 400 Scooter, commented how the temperature had suddenly dropped just past Kliprivier. For some reason he didn’t appreciate my response about not noticing the temperature change lounging behind the Goldwings big screen and fairing listening to tunes bluetoothed from my phone to the Wings juke box with the seat warmers and grip heaters set to max, and Appy agreeing with me did nothing to soften his scowl. A lekker Wimpy brekka and coffee soon had us all in better spirits and then it was out past Parys, with a quick fuel stop in Sasolburg, then open country roads through the beautiful Free State autumn landscape passed Vredefort, Viljoenskroon and onto Bothaville. Where, just before Bothaville, we found a short cut to NAMPO along a dirt road and that being our forte soon had the scooter and tourer bouncing along happily. Glenn and the scooter seemed to be in their element immediately and disappeared off into the distance in a cloud of dust at break neck speeds. The Goldwing did require a bit more judicious management, especially in the thick sand and wash boarding, some frantic toggling of the ride 72 RIDEFAST MAGAZINE JUNE 2019 mode button got it into ‘RAIN’ mode and suddenly the big lump became quite light on its feet and stabilised in the dirt. We eventually got up to about 90 kays per hour happily and caught up with Glenn on the scooter, who had gotten so far ahead he had pulled over to take a couple of photos. A couple of minutes later we joined the queue of white double cab bakkies at the entrance to NAMPO. As it turns out, NAMPO is the biggest agricultural trade show in South Africa and is the annual “How’s your mother?” for all the farmers from around the country and neighbouring states… hence all the white double cabs. Everybody and anybody who is anybody goes to NAMPO - all the major brands catering to agriculture had a stand there. Tractors, trucks, combine harvesters, solar plants, water pumps, canopies, 4 x 4 accessories, spanners, cattle, irrigation, plants, chainsaws and… and… and the list goes on. It also seems to be the place to put the motorcycle industry on exhibition properly. We visited the exceptionally impressive stands of Polaris, Linhai, Kubota (side x sides), John Deere (side x sides), Suzuki, KTM, BMW, Yamaha, Kymco, Big Boy, Country Trax, Honda and Maxxis, all good mates of ours and excellent clients. The brands not on display were very notable in their absence. After having spent a good 5 or 6 hours walking our feet broken Above: Yamaha SA, Kymco SA, Suzuki SA and BMW SA all had very impressive stands at the NAMPO Show.