NEW Tiger 800 XCx Unveiling

Wednesday 4th February 2015 ……………… TIME : 17.30 for 18.00 unveiling of the NEW Tiger 800 XCx.

All welcome

Lights snacks and Drinks will be on hand

Posted by on February 2nd, 2015 Comments Off

NEW Tiger 800 XCx & XRx…………….. ARRIVAL

Due to change in the Homologation Process & Procedure the NEW 2015 Tiger 800 range is going to be delayed.

The first shipment will arrive in middle January but expected to be available for retail as from end February.

Mike Hopkins Motor Cycles / Triumph Cape Town will have a demo unit available for short test rides (only) as from end January.

Further details to follow :

PRICES :  Triumph Tiger 800 XCx                                                R 139 500.00

PRICES : Triumph Tiger 800 XRx                                                R 127 500.00



Posted by on January 8th, 2015 Comments Off

Sunday 30th November 2014 – RAT Breakfast Ride

With the annual Toy Run event taking place RAT CT broke away to do a figure 8 around the mountain ride , ending up at the Waterfront.

The route , planned and led by Movember Gareth led the group of 28 departing at 08.50 & arriving at FerryMans at 10.50 – and we had to wait 10 minutes for the clock to strike LEGAL.

There were a few “first time” joiners…thank you guys, it was great to have you along. The pace was moderate , the weather was great , the wind was no where to be found. Just before Chappies , Fender Bender ( Tenere 660) decided to rearrange the rear end of Rodneys SpeedMaster. But all good , now the SpeedMaster is bright from behind. Chappies is a pain @ R25.00 per bike , to get the sweaty gloves off , money out , back on again…….but all good when one stops to view the coast. Flat sea and a beautiful Hout Bay. Over the mountain and towards Oukaapse Weg , Houtbay again and along the coast. Camps Bay was wall to wall with…….. yes umbrellas………

Mitchells was a welcome sight and all except the 2 BSA’s arrived on time.


  • 2015 CALENDER OF EVENTS is up and running. For overnighters please book early to avoid disappointment. Any destinations / events that RAT’ters would like us to publish and / or support please let me know so that I can put into the Calender 2015.



Posted by on December 1st, 2014 Comments Off

Oudtshoorn 2014

OK…………….. so we managed to get the weather all over the place again. The wind was hectic. But not hectic enough to deter the riders. WIND was the order of the day.

N1 to Worcester , Robertson , Ashton , Montague & stopping Barry dale for lunch. Thanks to Derek (Country Pumpkin) for the “warmers”. As always the food was great. Wind again. Oudtshoorn by 16.00. Kleinplaas was a welcome sight as strained necks needed a rest. The bakkie was 1 1/2 hours behind with Bullet Burger flying in around 7. Loading all into the bakkie off to dinner.

Black Swan is a real treat – Thanks David Pienaar for the recommendation. Food was great. Service stunning. prices not too bad either. The Swellendam’ers joined in.

Saturday morning started off great. Kleinplaas breakfast is a real filler.

Down Robertson Pass to Eight Bells. Thanks to all that posed for photo’s. Bernadine (Die Burger) was there on her Daytona 675. Joined by the local Garden Routers we set off in the wind to Knysna. Sadly the camera’s along the road flashed a few times. Mitchells Brewery was a hoot. Split into 2 groups the tours and tasting went off too well. There was a coup against the Black beer (by one ratter) , marriage proposal (by one ratter), hording of certain tasters( by a non ratter) many laughs and no spills. Thank you Mitchells Beer.

Back to Oudtshoorn via a VERY misty wet Outenique Pass.

Kleinplaas for Braai. Salads prepared by the Kleinplaas ladies was super. Way too much meat. A Blow up over the Head trick by our own Robby Williams , Giggles , laughter , the 2 Germans found window sills for tables to eat off , almost ran out of ice . Thanks to Kleinplaas for the use of the Lapa & utensils.

Sunday morning 09.00 departure started at 08.30 , no wind , only a police check point and further no issues.

Ronnies “…..” Shop for a stop , Country Pumpkin for lunch – again thanks Derek for the specials – Du Toits Kloof Lodge for a GOOD BYE.

Who joined in …………… Triumphs , a sole Griso & a Tenere. Photo’s show all.


Will we do it again ? YES !

WHEN ……….. watch the calendar ……………


Posted by on November 3rd, 2014 Comments Off

ElandsBay 2014 – 19th July

Explorers , Tiger 800 xc’s , Thunderbird’s , and one single Griso ( which appeared at a Stop & Go) , had a fun ride to Elands. The hotel was ready , the bar most welcoming , dinner was great (massive portions of fish – tender calamari – huge burgers) and a massive fire afterwards. Wigs were worn by all…………photo’s say it all.

What happened………….. well watch out for the next event , meet the people that attended , and join in for the next ride / overnighter / weekend away.


Posted by on July 21st, 2014 Comments Off

8th March 2014 – Matjiesfontein

Not threat of rain (which never happened) or a flat rear tire or road works or no shows could dampen the spirit in which this ride took place. Streeten did his normal……I will show you how to do a trip on steel thread……………. move , Dawson’s Tiger developed a rear flat out of no where , and to this very minute still a mystery as to how. BUT tyre weld works.

After a well deserved “cold one” the bus tour of the town was enjoyed. With much laughing at ” we now turn left , as we can’t turn right ” and ” I love it when you talk foreign” and ” it’s show time” 10 minute trip was 9 minutes with 1 minute to the old house. The town has a long history. The old trains / buildings and so on deserve a good hard look.

Dinner was at 19.00 – on time , the dinning room perfect , all were dressed up in what had been “requested”…………. of course some over dressed and some under dressed. One slight hic cup @ dinner ( apparently cold pickled fish starter takes long to prepare)…… rest of the dinner was perfect. Back to the Laird for a night cap and celebrate Julia’s birthday. The Honky Tonk piano player ( who is also the tour guide) kept the music going and grabbed one and all to sing along. ( no idol winners).  A time was reached that no ringing of the “bell” could raise the barman from his hideaway.  but the Chippendale did his “stuff”.

Breakfast……….. ok we leave that.





Posted by on March 10th, 2014 Comments Off

RAT – Matjiesfontein – 8th March 2014


There is still accommodation available @ the Lord Milner in Matjiesfontein

Contact hotel directly on 0235613011 / use ref : Triumph Cape Town

Email will be sent out with route – but departure from shop is @ 11.00

Plans for the afternoon / dinner dress code / ride back to follow on email.

Posted by on February 20th, 2014 Comments Off

16th February 2014 Breakfast Run

Thanks to all those that joined for what tuned out to be a WARM (HOT) ride.

The “cruise” weather was great….. even though Mike Johnston could not get out of third gear – the pace was casual.

NEXT run will be a “more speedy” ride.

Thanks to Bushpub for a good meal at a refreshingly affordable price.

Any suggestions to other venue’s always welcome.

Any route suggestions welcome.

REMEMBER 8th March is Matjiesfontein Overnighter

Next Breakfast ride planned for 13th April.

Posted by on February 17th, 2014 Comments Off

Celebrities Who Ride Triumph Motor Cycles

The list of celebrities that ride Triumphs

Have fun guys & gals.

Triumph Riders have something to be proud of.

Posted by on February 6th, 2014 Comments Off

Triumph Factory – Client Safety – Explorer / Trophy

All Triumph Explorer and Trophy Motor cycle owners have been requested to contact their closest dealer with regard to a Factory recall on the ECM.

Mike Hopkins Motor Cycles & Triumph SA have already made contact with all owners , as on record – MHM expects the first batch of new ECM’s to arrive from the factory within a week , whereupon clients will be telephoned and requested to come in and have the change made and software downloaded. This process should take the workshop no longer than +/- 45 minutes.

Triumph UK ( worldwide) place customer safety as a priority.

Once again , TRIUMPH , leads the way

Posted by on January 24th, 2014 Comments Off