Q: What do I wear?
A: OK so as this is an adventure bike tour, then the best gear to use will be, you guessed it, adventure gear. Now we’re not suggesting you go out and purchase the whole Klim catalogue – although if you can afford it it is the best out there – but generally adventure style gear is going to be the most suitable. We’re schedulling these South Africa motorcycle tours for Spring or early Autumn – it will be rather warm, but can also get a little chilly in places.
Just to be clear, we recommend:
Helmet – Off-road or adventure type are probably better than road versions which can be a bit hot and restrictive.
Goggles – can often be better than visors for maintaining air flow and keeping out dust. Safely glasses are OK too. Most Adventure helmets can be worn with goggles. Helmets with integral sun visors are good too as it’s pretty sunny over in SA.
Trousers – enduro or adventure trousers are by far the most suited to the riding and bikes, and we’d especially recommend those with CE approved knee and hip pads. Kevlar Jeans with the same padding are OK too, although usually a bit tight and hot.
Boots – as with the helmets and clothing, strong off-road boots that offer proper support and protection are essential – there’s a lot of rocky terrain on this tour and good boots will make things easier and safe for your little piggies. Ankle high road boots are not recommended.
Body Armour – If your jacket has shoulder, elbow and back padding, then additional body armour won’t be needed, but if not, then you might want to consider investing in something like a padded shirt from companies like Know or Forcefield. If you do have an unexpected off, you’ll be glad you did!
Gloves – Adventure or summer weight road gloves are probably best as they will be light enough for the off-road sections, but still offer adequate protection on the tarmac.
Stick on comedy ears / mohawk / horns – highly recommended.
Pink Teddy Bear – so, the teddy bear is awarded for worst rider each day. This will be awarded on a day-by-day basis and must be displayed on the back of the motorcycle.
Q: What is GEOS Search and Rescue?
A: GEOS Search and Rescue is the leading global provider of safety and response solutions. If you’re riding with us, you’re covered under our business membership. In the event of an emergency, our medic / office will liaise with GEOS, ensuring that the best help is on it’s way to you as fast as possible. Every tour is accompanied by a GPS device that has an SOS button that links directly to GEOS.
Q: What happens if I get injured on a ride?
A: All our rides are accompanied by a qualified Western medic who will be able to administer medical aid almost immediately. If it’s minor, you can travel in the truck for a bit to recover. In the case of anything serious, we’ll get you the appropriate medical assistance ASAP and liaise with your travel insurance company to ensure you get home comfortably.
Q: Will I have to have lots of immunisations and jabs? I hate needles.
A: We’re not keen on needles either, but in terms of jabs it depends what you’ve already had and when the boosters are needed. Certainly, there are recommended immunisations for travelling in South Africa, so consult your doctor or look online for your country’s Health Department recommendations.
Q: What about riding experience?
A: Ideally, we want confident and experienced riders on our tours, so for this reason we want you to have at least two years active riding experience. And by this we mean that you have regularly ridden during that period, rather than just passing a test on the test centre’s bikes and not ridden a mile since.
We send a pre-booking form to gauge the level of your riding experience.
Following on from this, as this tour is both on and off-road on adventure bikes, it is more than preferable if you have had a good amount of adventure riding experience before booking up. Should you have any doubts, give out tour leaders a call or email and we can talk through any queries you may have.
I used to ride a Honda MT5 farm bike back in the 80’s – does this count?
As the BMW weighs about the same as four MT5s and costs considerably more, then sadly not. We admire your old school credentials though and if you’d said DT50 we might have considered you…
Q: Can my family see where I am?
A: Only if you want them too ;) We always travel with a GPS tracker that tracks our location throughout the trip. The staff in the office will send you a link to the online map and you can share this with your family so that they know exactly where you are.
You can also send it to your mates to make them insanely jealous that you are in South Africa having the holiday of a lifetime while they are slaving away at work. Surely the main reason you booked this ride?