What, you might ask, does this have to do with motorcycles? It’s clichéd, but in light of all this upheaval I couldn’t help but think of Easy Rider on a recent BMW Motorrad launch. So, what is the price of freedom? R197 990. I joke, but this is the ticket for the 2017 BMW R nineT Scrambler, a bike that is certainly going to “get your motor runnin’”. For that you get a 1 170cc air-cooled flat twin Boxer,
4-stroke engine, and plenty of street cred.
I feel happier on two feet or four wheels, but have to admit that the “freedom” I felt on these two wheels was terribly addictive. Even for a novice rider such as myself, the R nineT is a very responsive machine, and comes packed with German efficiency and reliability. The price also includes an aluminium fuel tank with visible weave weld, heated grips, off-road tyres, cross spoke wheels, automatic stability control, and standard ABS to secure your safety.
South Africa has some of the most scenic “driver’s” roads in the world. There’s an embarrassment of choice for those who like the open road, including Chapman’s Peak Drive, the Franschhoek Pass, Magoebaskloof, Naude’s Nek, Swartberg Pass, R62, Long Tom, and Sani Pass.