Each February since 2007 has seen the staging of the Route 62 Harley Rally. It is currently staged at the host site of Avalon Springs in Montagu.
With over 500 bikers attending, it is one of the biggest and best Harley rallies in Africa hosted by a single club, Free Chapter of Cape Town.
Cape Route 62 is the tourist route in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape, South Africa that meanders between Cape Town and Oudtshoorn, the Langkloof and Port Elizabeth, offering the shorter, scenic alternative to the N2 highway, prompting associations with the legendary USA Route 66 byway.
Cape Route 62 will take you along the longest wine route in the Western Cape and most likely the whole world.
It’s an area of magnificent landscapes and towering cliffs, crystal clear streams and an abundance of trees and indigenous flora – all contribute to make this some of South Africa’s most diverse regions. The ever changing colours of the majestic mountains, scenic passes, rivers, vineyards and orchards, as well as the multitude of attractions, will offer you an unforgettable adventure – whether this is in the physical sense or simply a kaleidoscope of scenic tranquility. Those who have traversed the twists and turns of Cape Route 62 return time and time again and affirm that it is “The Road” that provides them with the most inspiring adventures.
Harley Riders from all over South Africa and even from other countries make their way to Montagu on a wide range of Harleys, dressed in denim and leather and bedecked with patches and badges.
They are warmly welcomed by the friendly reception crew and each receives a well-stocked goody-bag. The program includes interesting outrides, great food, cold frosties and live bands and performances to party the nights away.
The traditional mass ride takes the posse of gleaming chrome in a rolling thunder of V-Twin engines through the local streets. This is followed by a variety of challenging Harley Games back at the rally site, designed to test skills to the limit.
The rally site is well served by local wine estates, a tattoo artist, a Harley dealer & workshop, bike wash, food stalls and more.
Each evening the roar of Harleys is replaced by the rock bands that ensure a pulsating rhythm continues long into the night. For those wanting a more leisurely pace, there are the soothing waters of the hot springs and plunge pools.
It is more blessed to give than to receive and all of the profits raised are donated to charities serving the local communities.
It is always a happy weekend followed by sad farewells to new friends and old with the hope of meeting again next year at the Route62 Rally.
Registrations and information at www.route62rally.co.za
Ride Loud and Ride Proud!
Above all though… Ride Safe.