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The AutoTrader SA Bike Festival, powered by Discovery Channel, is now the market-leading annual showcase in the SA motorcycling calendar and the third installment returns to the legendary Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit from 25-27 May 2018.
Organisers are delighted to announce that tickets are now on sale for the largest motorcycle festival in Southern Africa and visitors can again expect another huge variety of the newest biking trends from the world’s top brands alongside live music, test rides, training courses, 2-wheel action and stunts, kids activities, Joburg’s favourite food trucks plus the best in lifestyle and merchandise. The three-day event attracts over 20 000 riders, collectors, motoring enthusiasts and their families from all over the country for one extraordinary weekend where consumers can be entertained and educated as well as learn, try and buy from a multitude of manufacturers and brand leaders, meeting the experts face-to-face.
To benefit the dedicated bike clubs, fans and followers of the festival, the first 2000 Standard tickets are just R150, and those who book early will join the #SABikeFest Inner-Circle giving them first access to the circuit test rides, adventure off-road rides, latest news and industry updates, special offers and value-adds from participating brands and exhibitors. Thanks to an array of innovative brands and returning sponsors, 2018 sees new and exciting ticket packages and special offers to boost even more added value to the visitor experience, plus offered at 2017 prices.
The Jamie’s Italian VIP Experience launches for the first time in 2018 and will be located at Race Control in a dedicated conference room on the first floor of the Kyalami Pit Building with views of the starting grid and Monster Energy #FlightNight. It includes a dedicated Pit Roof viewing area, VIP parking, complimentary beers, wine and selected spirits, helmet and jacket storage and a festival branded cup as well as a delicious “Italian Inspired Harvest Table” menu, rooted in authenticity, driven by what you’d find people eating all over Italy. Taking inspiration from the “Italian table” – where people relax, share and enjoy each other’s company – Jamie’s Italian menu will be packed full of antipasti and nibbles, perfect for sharing, as well as comforting bowls of pasta, beautiful fresh salads and secondi.
Visitors who buy the Jamie’s Italian VIP Experience before the 23rd of March will receive a 10% discount voucher on their first 5 festival-favourites “Circuit Test Rides” and “Adventure Ride Outs” when they launch in March 2018 and the first 50 of these visitors will also receive a R200 gift voucher to redeem at the Full Throttle stand over the weekend. One lucky VIP ticket holder will also stand a chance to win an Eagle Armor Band valued at R1250 compliments of participating exhibitor Rok Originals. The winner will be announced on the 28 February.
Back by popular demand, The Sumting Village with tickets available at R495, returns with an all-new location closer to the circuit and near the Monster Energy Activations and “BigRig”. The package includes one delicious meal from our favourite local food truck, Sumting Fresh worth R80, access to a private cash bar inside with selected spirits, beers and soft drinks, a Festival branded cup, complimentary voucher to secure helmet and jacket storage plus fast-track access and VIP parking. It will also provide access to choose and purchase “Circuit Test Rides” and “Adventure Ride Outs” 24 hours in advance of general release as well as include five months free of the digital issue for Bike SA Magazine worth R140, PLUS 1x free hard copy June issue to be collected in the Sumting Village on the day from the all new Bike SA Magazine team.
For our out-of-towners, Legacy Hotels & Resorts and Legacy Lifestyle have come on-board as official hotel and rewards programme partners for 2018 and are bringing with them exclusive specials on accommodation at The DAVINCI Hotel & Suites and/or The Centurion Hotel for those attending SA Bike Festival 2018. Visitors who purchase a Jamie’s Italian VIP Experience ticket will also receive an annual membership to Legacy Lifestyle – Africa’s Premier Luxury Rewards Programme and can benefit from 100s of luxury offers from over 200 Legacy Brand Partners. To book a hotel room please contact the team via the festival website.
New for 2018 – The All Action Kid’s Kyalami Pit Roof! A space full of entry level cc motorcycles, electric scooters, pocket bikes, ride on & arcade games, funfair food, soft drinks and much more! Whether you have kids or are a kid at heart, this fun filled area has something for everyone and is well lit and secure so that visitors can stay on longer and enjoy the festivals full activities with all the family. ALL visitors will also be able to access to the pit roof to view the full circuit’s activities and FMX #FlightNight.
The Sunday Charity Ride takes on a new route this year and still provides the opportunity for the public to ride the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit on their own motorcycles on the 27 May. This year the donation choice is yours. We continue our relationship with Ride For a Reason – Claws and Paws with the ticket contributions starting at R50 per person, however visitors are also able to participate in our Rambo Blanket Drive where the proceeds will go towards purchasing blankets (R149 per blanket) for local Gauteng communities for the fast- approaching 2018 winter months. The RAMBO bike clubs, dedicated to this annual cause, will distribute the blankets together with groceries to these communities in the weeks following the festival and together we are uniting with the aim to deliver the highest number of blankets in history.
To round up all the action for 2018 – all tickets include (From R150-R950):
- Festival Guide and Dunlop Lanyard
- Access and variety to test ride the latest and most popular motorcycles around an international race circuit from Husqvarna, Suzuki, Honda, Harley-Davidson, Zontes, Yamaha, Indian Motorcycles, and KTM to name a few (R100-R160 per ride)
- Opportunity to purchase Adventure Ride Outs on a 2km off-road course from our favourite machines, with guidance from the experts from KTM, Honda, Suzuki and more. (R100 per ride)
- Grandstand seating to view Monster Energy’s second instalment of the night-time FMX stunt show #FlightNight and our favourite trial biking brother duo The Le Riche Brothers.
- The Martini MotoGP Bar
- Access and voting of the RocoMamas Custom, Vintage, Classic & Retro Motorcycle Championship with international custom judge and builder from Germany, Frank Sander, and local Classic expert, Robert Coutts, from the 2 Stroke Club
- Flat track racing and Scooter and Commuter testing for beginners
- Opportunity to “Auction” your own motorcycle or buy “Nearly New” from the team at AutoTrader
- Learn to Ride activities and training with the team from Harley-Davidson
The #SABikeFest team are looking forward to yet another fantastic, market-leading event and together with headline sponsors, AutoTrader and Discovery Channel, the three power-houses are also pleased to announce the official brand ambassadors, George Mienie, CEO of AutoTrader, the “Voice of Choice for the SA Motor Industry” Greg Moloney, as well as advocate of revolution in freedom, equality and mobility, “Biker Queen” Seipei Mashugane.
The combined intention from the motorcycle industry for 2018 and beyond is that “united we are STRONGER and TOGETHER we can drive the industry forward”. Motorcycling can offer independence, mobility and an alternate and cost effective means of transport for SA Commuters. During these difficult global economic times, by highlighting and raising awareness of the positive impact 2 wheels can have for South Africa’s future, we can have a positive impact on environmental and economical solutions.