RideFast Magazine June 2019

RobRidefast

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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

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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.

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