The first-ever Motorrad Days South Africa 2015 was a roaring success, taking the motorcycling community by storm and making for a very interesting weekend in Clarens, Free State.

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The first-ever Motorrad Days South Africa 2015 captured exactly that and more. The event saw the quaint town of Clarens, Free State transformed by the buzz of motorcycles, live music and the roaring crowd. Just under 2000 motorcycle enthusiasts from around the country spent the weekend making life a ride. The atmosphere was charged with all the makings of an unforgettable weekend.

Not only was it a chance for the rider community to come together, socialise and have a good time in a spectacular setting – it was also an opportunity to celebrate the motorcycle lifestyle as well as the incredible BMW motorcycles.

Imagine waking up to a beautiful sunrise and a gourmet breakfast before taking a breath-taking group outride through the Golden Gate national park. Back just in time for lunch and perhaps a trim at the on-site, professional barber. As the sun begins to set crowds gather at the beer tent or grab a hay bale and listen to the best that South African music has to offer. The weekend line-up included Die Heuwels Fantasties, Mean Mr. Mustard, Ard Matthews (Just Jinjer), DJ Bon Tempo, CrashCarBurn and local rock band Rooibaardt. It’s just a taste of the festivities that went on till late at night, over the Motorrad Days weekend.

Another highlight was international Street Bike Freestyle Rider, Mattie Griffin. He kept the audiences’ pulse racing with his daredevil stunts throughout the festival and pushed the boundaries of what’s possible on two wheels. To keep audiences at the edge of their seats even more, a motorcycle lottery was held. It saw one lucky winner walking away with an F 800 R on the first night, and another winner taking home the R nineT on the second night.

The event would not have been possible without the support of the motorcycle community, the Clarens community, BMW dealers and BMW Clubs. It’s a prime example of the resulting success when people unite under a shared passion.
Alexander Baraka, General Manager of BMW Motorrad South Africa said, “The first BMW Motorrad Days South Africa exceeded our expectations and the feedback we have received from participants, festival goers and the local community has been overwhelmingly positive. We are committed to growing this into South Africa’s biggest premium music and motorcycle festival.”

The first-ever Motorrad Days South Africa was definitely one for the history books. And in this case we hope history repeats itself – again, and again.