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To Beestekraal

Stasie and beyond.

Words & Pics: Séan Hendley & Trevor Webb

On BMW’s 1250’s...

So, about a month back, after a

Not the most inspiring route, but it was out

seemingly endless, (and pointless in my on bikes with a good mate and that was

opinion), lock down with no apparent good enough for us.

end in sight we desperately needed to

shake off the cabin fever blues before

going postal on our local council offices

and thus decided it would be better to

test the limitations of our work travel

permits and headed out for a proper ride.

The Plan

We managed to scratch the last two bikes

on BMW’s demo fleet, a R1250R-HP and a

RT and decided to head out for a day in the

saddle and under the sun.

The vague plan was to head north through

Pretoria, follow the old road out past

Gerotek, turn right just before Harties

towards Brits and then on to Thabazimbi

with a stop off at Beestekraal Stasie for a

properly decent chow.

That’s pretty much how it all went, only

we did not have a return route planned.

We were just so excited to get out into the

countryside that going home was never

really thought about. So we decided to take

the road out to Warmbaths and then head

back down the 101 through Hammanskraal

and Pretoria North CBD onto the R21 back

to Kempton Park.

The Ride

The route was chosen for its climate,

road conditions, nominal traffic volumes,

choice of restaurant and the least

likelihood of interfering blue suited

bullies. The climate, because we left

the East Rand in just a little bit over

1℃ temperatures even with the sun

shining brightly overhead - and that side

of the map book is generally warm with

reasonably good quality road surfaces,

not a huge amount of traffic, lots of open

countryside and bushveld and the quaint

and really pleasant Beestekraal Stasie.

Beestekraal is nestled between all sorts

of game farms and holiday resorts and

is owned and operated by the bubbly

Lynette.

On the way to Pretoria we tried to ride

through the Fort Klapperkop reserve area

to get some really nice pics on the bikes,

but it wasn’t to be as the council had

deemed it necessary to shut the gates…

for who knows what bit of splendid

Government logic. The advantage of the

lock down was that there were a whole lot

fewer vehicles on the road.

The disadvantage was that those out and

about are possibly suffering from hypoxia

from breathing in their own CO2 driving

with their mass hysteria masks on and

driving like real carrots.

So, it was fairly quick getting through

Pretoria CBD and out onto the old road

north west to Harties and Brits where the

traffic was a bit more challenging for some

reason. I really enjoy the bit of road

out of Brits that runs in between all the

vegetable farms, with its green fields, fruit

trees and colourful Bouganvilla bushes

with the canals reflecting up the sunlight,

something just really serene and beautiful

riding through there. Then it was a right

turn at Die Blou Bul Slaghuis and onto the

open road to Thabazimbi.

Beestekraal Stasie

Possibly one of our favourite destinations

whether I am on any kind of bike, (there

are lekker dirt routes and tar routes there),

or in my 4x4 with my camping trailer in

tow. The atmosphere is always chilled

and relaxed, the restaurant is clean with

an old world nostalgia about it, the food is

always brilliant and very well priced with

man size portions - and Lynette is always

so accommodating, her staff super friendly

and efficient. It is always worth a stop in,

even if it is just for a softy and a chocolate.

Lynette says she can do functions there all

you need to do is give her a call on

072 288 2094.

We are thinking of hosting a bike

something there once this flippen lock

down is finally over.

The Bikes:

BMW R1250R-HP

My mate Trevor is a bit of a

tourer fan and very much more

conservative than me and looked

lustfully at the RT when we picked

the bikes up from the office.

I, on the other hand am not and

quite happily let him take the old

man bike. The HP looks like a

small bike and handles like a small

bike for the most part, but man

does it kick off the line with sinus

wobbling torque, especially in

dynamic pro mode. My sinus’s were

quite congested that morning and I

wasn’t quite ready for that kind of

acceleration - problem solved pretty

quickly.

The R1250R-HP has everything

BMW could throw at it on it except a

windshield and I loved that. Top end

might not be anywhere near 300kmh like

some of the fantastic plastic missiles

out the but the acceleration is mind

bendingly quick as mentioned earlier

and where that comes into play is in

the tight and twisty stuff, booming out

of turns in just about any gear while

still cranked over will bring a rush of

adrenalin and an evil giggle from the

rider, then banging through the gears

using the quick shifter while hanging on

the gas will just intensify that glee and

even the big standard silencer plays

along with a good healthy cough when

changing hard all the while remaining

true on course without any underpants

staining unexpected wobbles.

Sadly though, there were very f

ew of those types of riding opportunities

on this particular route and most of it

was fairly mundane, straight or slightly

curved roads. Nevertheless, this brought

about another sort of fun, especially

because the roads north of Brits were

fairly quiet and in surprisingly good

condition, and that was open wide in top

gear.

No, I’m not going to tell you at what speed

that happened as I am not a fan of “The

Blue Lantern Inn” or its innkeepers. A point

to note here is that, even though it has

no wind protection, the sitting position is

condusive to holding on more with you

knees than with your shoulders and arm

Lynette, the ever effervescent Boss Lady

at Beestekraal Stasie.

and thus your neck, shoulders and back

do not seem to take that much strain like

they would on a normal sports bike and

we did about 450km’s for the day with 1

refuelling stop in Warmbaths.

I really enjoyed riding the R1250R-HP…

possibly a bit too much. I understand

exactly why Glenn came back raving

about iot after the SA launch.

BMW R1250RT

At the lunch stop at Beestekraal we

swapped bikes and I got to ride the

‘toppie’ bike, R1250RT.

Earlier this year I had the opportunity

to ride the RS down to Durban and

back solo on a business trip and

enjoyed it so much that I took the

very long way down through Petrus

Steyn, Lindley, Bethlehem, Clarens,

a couple of laps in the Golden Gate

National Park, Little Switzerland,

Bergville, Winterton and eventually

getting onto the N3 close to Mooirivier

and banging down the freeway into

Hillcrest and loved absolutely every

minute onboard the RS.

But true to my predictions the RT is

more civilised and although great for

long straight roads at reasonably high

speeds does take a bit more effort

and concentration to coax some fun

out of it.

Maybe when I am closer to 80 than to

50 will I appreciate this bike more.

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