Johannesburg: There is nothing evil about motorcyclists, a biker said outside the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Motorcycle insurer Trudie Carr said: “We are people too, and not evil as we are made out to be. This is a sad day for bikers everywhere.”

She was among a number of people at court to attend the appearance of a motorist accused of killing biker Douglas Pearce in Johannesburg last week.

Carr said she insured Pearce's motorcycle and they were friends.

Pearce, 39, was shot dead in an apparent road rage confrontation on Malibongwe Drive on Friday.

The two allegedly got into an argument, pulled off the road and continued their confrontation during which the motorist was injured and the biker shot dead.

The alleged killer, who is in his forties, was arrested on Friday and is expected to appear in the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court to face a charge of murder.

Police said the firearms recovered from both men were sent for ballistic testing.

The motorist was treated for head injuries in hospital under police guard.

Several bikers arrived at the court on Monday.

Sapa