RAT Run aka The Frosty Run – Sunday 31st July 2011

If there was an indication that the warm Cape Town weather was to “turn” once over the mountain more “under clothing” would have been hauled out of the closests. Leaving the shop (again) slightly ahead of time , over De Waals Drive , N2 onto Sir Lowrys …….A MASS of bikes met us . A total of 28 were to make their way up Sir Lowrys.A single Bonneville , 2 Rocket Tourer’s , 1 Rocket , 1 Thunderbird , Street Triple , Tiger XC , Tiger 800 with panniers and spot lights (well done Paul)….Speed Triple 1050’s…….Tiger 1050’s (of course) , a Harley (Fat Bob….or Fat something) Honda , Aprillia………….The mist swallowed the bikes up from the top of Sir Lowry’s into Grabouw , out to Vyeboom , giving a brief glimpse of sunlight just before Vyeboom and again at the Theewaterskloof dam wall.

Angus gloated with his hand warmers while some of us shoke our hands to get the blood flowing. The air was alive with freshness , but the group all agreed that coffee was in dire need. Franschoek pass was damp but open. The sound of a throaty 3 cylinder Speed Triple with Arrows pipe certain made many an arm hair raise , even under the leather clad riders.

Franschoek was abuzz with people , and the town almost looked like the town of Sturgiss in the USA. Coffee , coffee & coffee was demanded. One place running out of water. The Jupp table waiting an hour for food , because the water had stopped ????? we wonder. Hellforleather passed some RAT stickers around………….contact Andre …………….some quirps were passed around as to a slow Street Triple , great laughter from the Jupp table and again , Mr & Mrs Tauca were there Dudley & Mrs M after their European bike trip (on a Honda)……Thanks to the guys that did their 1st RAT ride , a beautiful white Tiger 1050 with daughter in the pillion , some new faces , Jacques Rocket 2.3 , Neves Speed 1050 , where was “Zak ” and his camera ?? No Eddie on his 998? No tatooed Overton ? BOB ?? The singing Christian excused himself…………There is a suggestion on the table for a overnighter in Arniston (Carloine will investigate)……………..

Next Ride : Watch this space.

More News : Mike Hopkins MC moving end Sept to Roeland Street………………..

Oudtshoorn : not many bookings have been received yet. PLEASE book.

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