Harleys under Magoebaskloof stars for the grand finale at Magoebaskloof Hotel. Photos: Roelof de Jonge

Magoebaskloof Valley roared with the sound of 120 Harley Davidson motorcycles this weekend during the second annual Fun Run organized by Dave and Elmarie Martin and their friends, Groenie and Annie Groenewald from Gauteng.

Harley Davidson riders touring Magoebaskloof and the Tzaneen area.

During the initial Covid-19 hard lockdown, the foursome, like many other Harley-Davidson motorbike owners were unable to hit the road for a very long time. This however did not stop them, and they soon birthed the first virtual bike rally which they hosted on Facebook, with the Magoebaskloof Hotel being the destination of choice.

Warm and sunny weather greeted the riders on Saturday.

Following the success of the initial virtual tour, the Martins and Groenewalds went further in the planning of an actual rally for October last year. For that first event, more than a 100 Harley-riders joined in from across South Africa and headed to Magoebaskloof.

Saturday morning the pack left the hotel for a mass outride which took them down the mountain and through Tzaneen all the way around and back up to Haenertsburg.

The idea behind the rally was to stop at all the popular establishments along the way and show some support to the industry that was very hard hit during the lockdown.

Saturday morning the pack left the hotel for a mass outride which took them down the mountain and through Tzaneen all the way around and back up to Haenertsburg. They toured the area and visited and supported various establishments before making their way back to their hotel for the grand finale that evening.

Speaking to some of the riders at the event it was clear that this has become an annual institution that will see the 120-strong pack return next year for another worthy out-ride.

Deon Baker and his staff at the Magoebaskloof Hotel prepared a fitting feast for the riders who enjoyed some live entertainment and the fellowship of like-minded folk. Speaking to some of the riders at the event it was clear that this has become an annual institution that will see the 120-strong pack return next year for another worthy outride.

Magoebaskloof Valley roared with the sound of 120 Harley Davidson motorcycles this weekend during the second annual Fun Run.

Speaking to some of the restaurateurs in the area, it quickly became just as clear that the Harley pack, will
again be welcomed with cold beers, hot food and open arms.

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