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Pop into the Sabie Valley Rider Academy next time you are in Sabie. Thomas explains the intracasies of the GS to Lance... Sabie Riding Academy: Upon entering Sabie, we stopped in at the Sabie Riding Academy for a refreshment brake. The academy is built out of shipping containers - too cool! Thomas Böhm is the operations instructor at this scenic training venue situated in the forestry town of Sabie, Mpumalanga, gateway to the famous ‘22’ road, and offers On-Road & Off-Road Academy courses that are aimed at Motorcycle Enthusiasts and accommodates from novice to more experienced riders. They will also assist anyone in the area who might need some assistance. Next time you are in the area – pop in and say “Huzzit”! www.rideracademy.co.za At the academy, we traded bikes. I have to mention that I’d grown quite attached to the R – it fits perfectly, but in the name of scientific edification, I reluctantly agreed to let it out of my sweaty paws – and I assumed the position on the faired RS. Mpumalanga Twisties: More of the same – everywhere you look there is another corner and yet another gorgeous view as we blitzed our way down the escarpment towards Sudwala’s neck. The Lowveld is pretty dry at the moment. At the time of penning this, we are all kind of hoping for a storm or two just to alleviate the brownness of it all. These routes gave us the opportunity to open up a bit – and in what felt like a heartbeat, we arrived at our lunch destination at the Summerfields Kitchen. The R1250RS From R176 400 I have always loved the look of the RS. I remember seeing the very first 980cc ones that they used in the Boxer cup. In my opinion, they were styled ahead of their time and I was always fairly determined that I’d own one. Sadly, as often happens, this never came to pass – so this was the perfect time to make up for this deficit. Read everything that I said about the Naked R. Remove a fraction of the hooligan, refine the bike a little bit and include a fairing and screen. Naturally, because the bike is fared, you tend to go a bit faster – and we easily saw 225KPH before chickening out this time. The screen is easily adjustable up and down via a clip that you can move while you ride. Simple and effective. Very comfortable with awesome, useable torque in all applications. This is another bike that you could commute on every day – and then head out for longer adventures on the weekend Summerfields: I need to chat a bit about Summerfields. Summerfields is a working macadamia Nut Farm that happens to have a luxury lodge – and a Gin Still on the property. We were treated to a picnic type lunch on the banks of a babbling brook (OK waxing lyrical now…), and then we were taken on a tour of the nut plant and the Gin Factory. It’s really interesting - and if you find yourself in that neck of the woods, go and say hello. The visit was topped off with a gin tasting on the banks of their dam – non alcoholic nogal! A pretty cool, interesting visit that we’d probably had never seen if we did not ride motorcycles…. Summerfields.co.za Summerfields was the spot where we swapped bikes again – and this time I climbed on to the big daddy R1250RT. A fuel stop in White River – and we were on our way back to the airport. Proceedings were delayed by a bit of a smash-up en route – it looked as if one of the trucks ran out of brakes and donnered into a median barrier. Nothing serious, but it could not have happened at a better spot to cause delays. STAND A CHANCE TO WIN A SHOEI Spend R2 000 or more on accessories, apparel or protection and stand a chance to win *Offer available at LINEX Lynwood and Randburg The Gin Still, we battled to get the guys out... 54 RIDEFAST MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2019 For further information enquire in store *Offer available at LINEX Lynwood and Randburg