Biker jôl to rev up Festa Portuguesa

Bikes, Quads & karts

On Saturday 26 October the annual A Festa Portuguesa at Emperor's Palace in Kempton Park - a four-day celebration of all things Portuguese - will experience a two-wheeled invasion, as the Johannesburg chapter of the Crusaders Motorcycle Club leads a convoy of more than 100 motorcycles into the Park to host a Bikers Day Jol with a distinctly Iberian flavour.

All bikers are welcome - ideally with family and friends in tow - and the first 2500 riders will receive a metal badge. They'll also be able to get up close and personal with some of the most respected custom bike builders in the country.

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Superb paint job and a lot of painstaking detail work make this Suzuki M109R Boulevard by Joint Effort very special.Believe it or not, this hardcore, hardtail Joint Effort custom started life as a Buell sports bike.

Robin da Silva has been customising Harley-Davidson and other American-style cruisers for the past 25 years in his Joint Effort workshop.

He'll have several examples of his work on show.

He said: "Riders - and anybody else who's curious about how we create a motorcycle that is a unique expression of the customer's personality - are welcome to come and see what we can do."

Backing up the array of custom chrome on show will be Mustang Sally, Charlie de Mota's 18-wheeler 'gig rig'.

De Mota said: "We've been on the road since 1998, taking the music to wherever bikers get together."

This gynormous jukebox comes complete with everything a party animal could ask for, including 12 bunks, air conditioning and toilet facilities.

"I even have a projector and satellite television system," added De Mota with a smile.

But you don't have to be Portuguese - or a biker - to join the party.

"We want to share what we do and love with everybody," De Mota said. "Besides, bikers aren't as scary as you might think."

Tickets to A Festa Portuguesa cost R70 a day for adults and R40 for scholars, students and pensioners. Get them from Computicket, Box Office at Emperor's Palace or at the gate.

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