2009 BMA Knysna

A drowned RAT adventure

words by Mark Livings:

BMA Knysna : 12th – 14th February 2009

Departing from Cape Town on Friday the 12th all bikes headed towards the road works on the N1 north bound.
First stop was N1 Winelands to meet up with the balance of the group. During a group foto session “affirmative” shopping was done and Bob was down to “borrowing” clothes for the rest of the trip.
Over Du Toits Kloof pass . a short stop to secure a loose nut on a Buell , the “Naked Boys” taking full advantage of the pass (and we presume Bob’s bottled up anger) Up to Worcester and over to Robertson for the first of the scheduled stops.
A hammering run to Barrydale , splash of petrol and lunch at Country Pumpkin.
Ladismith ,Calitzdorp , petrol stop and the heavens opened up. Rain like those have never seen it before. Into Oudtshoorn and over the Outeniqua pass to George. Stop at the Total for fuel , coffee and a dry out. Into Wildernis , stop at Monks for a beer and then onto Knysna.
Monks caravan park was found (our digs) and rooms sorted out. Off to the local Spar and soon as fire was lit and the jokes started again.
Saturday morning 08.00 “most” of us left in the rain to Buffalo Bay , over a short piece of “dirt” and out of the rain for a good strong coffee. Breakfast was brilliant with plenty to chose from at a mere R45.00 each.
Back to Monks to see Thys from BMA to collect Dinner Ticket , Badges and Golf Shirt.
Lunch was at Knysna  Waterfront with a large display of Triumphs and other British Bikes.
A short nap in the late afternoon and then to the Golf Club for dinner.
Who gets the 1st prize draw? Bob ! Oil for the Speed Triple.
Wim , the birthday boy gets oil and handcleaner.
The Naked Boys arrived slightly late for dinner so “plonked” themselves down with some british ladies. Food was great. MC of the evening was hilarious. One Italian gent laughed all the time.
One Daytona rider did not join the dinner party as he had a slight attack of food poisoning and was bed bound.
Sunday 06.00 or just after we left Knysna. The Naked Boys still asleep. Fuelled up in Knysna.
Rain , rain and more rain. Over the pass again and onto Oudtshoorn.
1st Stop was at the nearest garage for a change of clothes , splash of petrol , a coffee and rusk.
Onto Ladismith for fuel and then to Robertson for lunch. Passing plenty of Harley’s was marvellous. Makes 140 so fast as the Triumph sweeps past.
Lunch at the train in Robertson , still slightly wet and damp. The Rocket rider buying “shots” again.
Worcester N1 stop for fuel and the “normal” goodbye and thanks.
Even the rain could not dampen “our” spirits.
A great weekend , thanks to all who joined – without all of you there would be no weekend away.

Wim’s Photos from the weekend can be found here.

Eugene’s Photos from the weekend can be found here.

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