Modern-era Indian on show for the first time in Cape Town. Picture: Dave Abrahams
Modern-era Indian on show for the first time in Cape Town. Picture: Dave Abrahams
Ultra-rare 1832cc American-made Honda Rune was the star of the visitors parking area. Picture: Dave Abrahams
Ultra-rare 1832cc American-made Honda Rune was the star of the visitors parking area. Picture: Dave Abrahams
Somebody actually arrived on this S and S-powered creation. Picture: Dave Abrahams
Somebody actually arrived on this S and S-powered creation. Picture: Dave Abrahams
Visitors parking was as much part of the show as the brand-new bikes on the trade stands.  Picture: Dave Abrahams
Visitors parking was as much part of the show as the brand-new bikes on the trade stands. Picture: Dave Abrahams
Trade stands offered everything from new bikes to new adventures. Picture: Dave Abrahams
Trade stands offered everything from new bikes to new adventures. Picture: Dave Abrahams
Pocket bike on the table was custom sprayed for the occasion. Picture: Dave Abrahams
Pocket bike on the table was custom sprayed for the occasion. Picture: Dave Abrahams
What the well-dressed biker is wearing this season. Picture: Dave Abrahams
What the well-dressed biker is wearing this season. Picture: Dave Abrahams
Airbrush artist Steve Mohacsy not only created these unique helmets designs&
Airbrush artist Steve Mohacsy not only created these unique helmets designs&
He also created this one-of-a-kind BSA-based bobber. Pictures: Dave Abrahams
He also created this one-of-a-kind BSA-based bobber. Pictures: Dave Abrahams
Desmo Owners Club brought a fine display of Bolognese classics.
Desmo Owners Club brought a fine display of Bolognese classics.
Including this iconic 996, still the standard by which sports bikes are measured after more than two decades. Pictures: Dave Abrahams
Including this iconic 996, still the standard by which sports bikes are measured after more than two decades. Pictures: Dave Abrahams
If you can dream it, they can build it, say DVille Classics. Picture: Dave Abrahams
If you can dream it, they can build it, say DVille Classics. Picture: Dave Abrahams
Ladybusa show special was created by Wessel Strydom to raise cancer awareness. Picture: Dave Abrahams
Ladybusa show special was created by Wessel Strydom to raise cancer awareness. Picture: Dave Abrahams
Collection of 1960s 50cc tiddlers owned and restored by Mike Clark sparked a lot of nostalgic comments. Picture: Dave Abrahams
Collection of 1960s 50cc tiddlers owned and restored by Mike Clark sparked a lot of nostalgic comments. Picture: Dave Abrahams
Rock duo Black Irish belted out biker favourites such as Black Velvet and Hotel California. Picture: Dave Abrahams
Rock duo Black Irish belted out biker favourites such as Black Velvet and Hotel California. Picture: Dave Abrahams
This 1985 Honda VF1000R, painstaking restored over a period of six months, is believed to be one of five in South Africa, and the only one running. Picture: Dave Abrahams
This 1985 Honda VF1000R, painstaking restored over a period of six months, is believed to be one of five in South Africa, and the only one running. Picture: Dave Abrahams

By: Dave Abrahams

Cape Town - Sunday’s first annual Cape Bike Expo in the gardens of Timour Hall in Plumstead may have exceeded expectations by a factor of four, but it didn’t lose the informal atmosphere the gracious old homestead, long the home of the annual Classic Car Show, always lends to the occasion.

Part of that was due to the setting; although it was indeed a trade show, with several new models not seen before in Cape Town and a host of specialist aftermarket suppliers and custom workshops showing off just what it is possible to create locally on two wheels, it is difficult to imagine that it would have had the same vibe if it had held in an exhibition hall.

Part of it was the music, as rock duo Black Irish belted out biker favourites such as Black Velvet and Hotel California - but mostly it was because the visitors’ parking was as much part of the show as the brand-new bikes on the trade stands.

A MOVEABLE FEAST

Among them were an ultra-rare 1832cc American-made Honda Rune, an S&S powered “custom Harley” without a single Harley-Davidson component on it, and dozens of freshly-built bobbers based on machines as varied as 125cc Sachs schoolboy specials, big old BMW flat twins and Harley Sportsters.

There was also a small but vocal group of Yamaha RD350 LC two-stroke sports bikes, nearly all with riders who were younger than their bikes.

It was literally a movable feast as bikes came and went all day long. Convenor Jo Huysamen was hoping for 300 visitors but played it safe for the first Cape Bike Expo, ordering only 200 of the coveted metal badges – but in the end some 875 machines rumbled, rattled and rolled through the gates, to give the Cape Bike Expo its unique flavour.