Biker jôl to rev up Festa Portuguesa

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IOL mot pic oct18 Festa Portuguesa 1 . Superb paint job and a lot of painstaking detail work make this Suzuki M109R Boulevard by Joint Effort very special.

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.

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'.

IOL mot pic oct18 Festa Portuguesa 2 Believe it or not, this hardcore, hardtail Joint Effort custom started life as a Buell sports bike. .

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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