1st Cape Town Free Chapter

FCCT Breakfast Ride to Lime Tree Cafe, Bergvliet

11 September 2022

Sunday’s breakfast ride, or drive 😊, was named after a Scottish rock band “Wet Wet Wet”!  The forecasts were all looking grim and sure enough when I went to get the bike out it was pouring in the ‘West and according to Weatherman Tim it was raining in the Deep South as well!

We had 1 hardy biker, Bwana Bruce, who braved the elements, but the remaining 13 of us decided we would be much warmer and safer in our cages!

After arriving at the venue we were greeted by semi darkness and load shedding . The restaurant did their best to accommodate us but were limited with only filter coffees or tea as the coffee machine couldn’t work!

The breakfasts were also fine, but a little slow due to limited power they had, buy once the food arrived it was delicious apart from cold chips! When the power returned they brought us 2 fresh bowls of piping hot chips 😊 !

This was an excellent venue and I’m sure we will be back one day. Thanks to Armelle for the great venue and to Mr Mike for chauffeuring me there 😊

Ivor Wills.

Editor. 

FCCT Lunch Ride to Red Tin Roof, Riebeeck-Kasteel

28 August 2022

It was a chilly and slightly damp start to the day as I rode to our meeting point at the Engen N1. 20 members and guests arrived at our meeting point including Gordon’s son, Michael, and Rob Jones’s wife, Anja.

After a short briefing from Mr Mike it was time to line up as usual but Mr Mike had a problem - he had lost his glasses somewhere between the car park and our departure point! Luckily eagle-eyed Bruce went back and found them along the road, intact.

Our route was straight forward out onto the N1 and then left on the R44 towards Wellington. We then turned left and headed out towards Hermon. It was a chilly ride but the scenery around us was amazing as we rumbled past fields of bright yellow canola and wild flowers lined the verges.

We are definitely privileged to ride in the Western Cape. We all arrived safely at the venue and were promptly shown to our tables in the courtyard where there was even a young lady preparing to sing to us 😊. We were joined at the venue by Raffi and his wife, Debbie, and Sean and Bags’ wives,  Mandy and Patsy.

We had all pre-ordered our meals and after a while the food arrived. My Prego steak roll was very nice, some of the espatadas looked quite impressive 😊.

After lunch we all started drifting off in various directions, some of us heading back to Somerset West and others back to Cape Town. Thanks to Marianna and Armelle for another great venue and to the marshals for getting us there safely.

Unfortunately a cage driver took out Rob & Anja on their way home, resulting in a bent bike but no serious personal injuries.

FCCT Monthly Chapter Meeting 

Tuesday 23 August 2022

Vani Moodley and Curry Quest kindly provided a spicy meal to warm us up on a chilly night.

2 new members were also patched, Mandy Vollmer and Selina Sewchuran

FCCT Breakfast Ride to De Malle Meul, Philadelphia

14 August 2022

FCCT's breakfast ride took us to De Malle Meule, Philadelphia.

Weather was chilly and wet...

We have a few hard core bikers who rode by bike - the clever ones arrived by car, dry and warm...

Food was delicious.

(pkf) Marianna

FCCT Lunch Ride to Elgin Railway Market

31 July 2022

Due to a last-minute change of venue our lunch ride for July was to the Elgin Market in Grabouw. 12 hardy bikers met at the Engen N2 and luckily for us the early morning rain had cleared up before our ride although it was rather chilly 😊

Our route was straight forward out onto the N2 and then through all the various robots of Somerset West and then up and over Sir Lowry’s pass and onto Grabouw.

As we neared Grabouw the temperature was a little cooler, but the sun was out as we all made it safely into the venue, the market has grown quite a bit since our last visit with some weird and wonderful engineering masterpieces to look at.

As always there was a large assortment of food and drink vendors as we all went our various ways to see what took our fancy 😊my choice of a spicy chicken burger was very nice.

We were joined at the venue by our Birthday boy Sean and his wife Mandy who was taking him away on a surprise getaway. After enjoying our food and drinks we all had a browse around some of the stalls selling various craft items and collectables.

It was now time to make our way back towards Cape Town via the N2 again, for some of us it was a bit quicker to get home than others 😊

We were missing our Director and Sweep Bwana Bruce who was felling under the weather, and we hope he is back in the saddle soon.

Thanks to the Marshalls for getting us there safely and to Mariana and Armelle for choosing another great venue at short notice.

Ivor Wills.

Editor.

HDCT Christmas in July

30 July 2022

FCCT attended the “Christmas in July” event last Saturday which was hosted by Harley Davidson Cape Town, all the various chapters and MC clubs had been invited to attend and it was very well attended.

There was a custom bike show with various categories which you could vote for such as best custom and best of show, I don’t know who the eventual winners were, but our club was well represented with Paul Wiesenberg, Bob Govender, Rafi Wiener and Sean Vollmer all displaying their bikes.

There was also a club competition where you could practice your basketball skills and “Shoot some Hoops” the club with the most baskets could win a new Harley Davidson Motorcycle.

The food and drink vendors were a bit overwhelmed with the number of people with some people waiting 1 Hour for a Burger apart from the food and drink issues it was a well organised event.

Ivor Wills

Editor.

LUNCH RIDE TO “ABBEY ROSE RESTAURANT “

GREYTON 26 JUNE 2022

Another chilly start to the ride and I must admit it didn’t warm up later in the day either! 😊 20 members and 2 guests met at the Engen N2. Before we departed our “Hoof Meisie” had a very important announcement 😊 - apparently on Saturday, after our dealership event, someone had a small mishap with their bike! Francois was very pleased to hand over the “Shit Happens Cup” to Bwana Bruce!! 😊

After a short briefing we headed out onto the N2 towards Somerset West, up and over Sir Lowry’s Pass towards Grabouw, over the Houwhoek Pass and on towards Caledon. Just before Caledon we turned left towards Greyton.

We all arrived safely at the venue which didn’t have much parking outside, but we all found somewhere to park. We were greeted by a nice open fire and a plentiful supply of hot coffee provided by the host. We had pre-booked our meals with Marianna and the food looked delicious as it came out.My choice of beef burger came with a delicious sauce and homemade chips.  I must admit the oxtail, pork belly steak and chicken pies looked delicious and judging by the comments of the various members everyone enjoyed the food.

There was a special surprise for all of us during the meal when we were all given a glass of bubbly and Barry announced that it was Tim and Heathers 51st wedding anniversary! Congratulations Tim & Heather and thank you for sharing your special day with FCCT!!

After another coffee it was time to head back to Cape Town with most of us taking the direct N2 route back to Cape Town and some special people went home via Franschhoek.

Thanks to Marianna and Armelle for another great venue and to the marshals for getting us there safely.

Ivor Wills.

Editor.

MEET AND GREET @ HARLEY DAVIDSON CAPE TOWN

Saturday 25 June 2022 

1st Free Chapter Cape Town were invited to Harley Davidson Cape Town to meet the Managing Director of Harley Davidson Cape Town and Winelands, Mr Zubair Moolla, and his team.

26 members gathered bright and early at the Greek Club for the short ride to the dealership.

Quite a few members took full advantage of the extra 5% discount on offer to FCCT members! As an added bonus if you spent more than a R1000 and bought 3 items you could test your basketball skills, and for every successful basket you qualified to enter the R100 Club, and entrance to the 100 Club room, where all merchandise on offer was R100. Ammi was lucky enough to employ Armelle’s daughter to throw for her and managed to score 2 baskets 😊! She then bought Bruce a brand new helmet for R100, what a bargain!!

There was coffee and wors rolls on offer as well as music from the Harley event truck. Thanks very much to Harley Davidson Cape Town for hosting us.

Ivor wills

Editor.

FCCT Breakfast Ride to Toeka Stoor, Domaine Brahms Winery, Windmeul, Paarl

12 June 2022

For anyone who hasn’t been to Toeka Stoor, it is a treasure trove of antiques, vehicles, memorabilia and collectables from the past!

This breakfast ride has the honour of having the lowest number of participants this year with 9 members and 8 bikes - maybe the impending weather forecast was a factor 😊 

Our usual meeting place was the Engen N1 which was relatively quiet apart from a group of sidecars out for a ride, including a dog with its own goggles 😊!!

Our short ride to the venue took us out onto the N1 briefly and then off onto the R304 and onto the R312 to join up with the R44 Wellington Road. At the Windmeul Winery we hooked a left turn and were very soon at the venue. After safely parking our bikes, we made our way past all the old beetles, trucks and various old signage  into the venue.

The inside is a veritable Aladdin’s Cave with all types of collectables you can imagine, and more. After seating ourselves outside, surrounded by a collection of old road signs and suitcases, we ordered our coffee and teas. The breakfast was a buffet style with scrambled eggs, bacon, wors, smoor, baked beans, paptart and livers on offer. There was also fresh farm bread, muffins, vetkoek and various preserves to fill us up.

My only comment was that the coffee wasn’t the best, I must admit, and most other people agreed 😊

After saying our goodbyes, we all went our separate ways. Thanks to Armelle and Marianna for another great venue and to the marshals for getting us there safely. 

Ivor Wills

Editor

FCCT Lunch Ride to Du Vin, Stellenbosch

24 April 2022

There was a definite nip in the air as I made my way to our meeting point at the Winelands Engen N1 but thank goodness for heated grips 😊 !

We had 15 members as well as Bob’s guest, Celine, who met up at the meeting point . It was nice to welcome back Barry Katz who has recently relocated to the Cape.

After a short briefing we headed out onto the N1 and headed for Paarl, then turned onto the R301 Franschhoek Road towards Groot Drakenstein. At Allee Bleue we turned right onto the R304 and through Pniel and up and over The Helshoogte Pass.

We all made it safely over the pass and into Stellenbosch - the traffic intersection at the R304 was a bit of a challenge but we all made it through safely. The restaurant is situated on “Kanu” wine farm.

After safely parking our bikes we were joined at the venue by Ammi and Lisa so we were then 18 people. The venue was quite busy with various activities on offer to keep children busy such as putt putt and a large jungle gym area.

We were seated at 3 large tables and I must say the service was on the ball ! The restaurant theme is Asian Fusion which sounded very fancy😊. There was a wide choice of dishes on offer including sushi, shrimp and soba noodle salad and delicious burgers. My southern fried chicken burger with delicious onion rings was first class.

I would definitely give the venue and the food a 10 out of 10. After saying our goodbyes it was time to hit the road with most people returning via the N1

Thanks to Marianna & Armelle for another great venue and to the marshals for getting us there safely.

Ivor wills.

Editor 

FCCT Breakfast Ride to Pepper Tree Art Stable & Coffee Shop, Philadelphia

10 April 2022

I must say the seasons are definitely changing and as I made my way to the meeting point at the Engen Winelands my bike was showing a chilly 9 degrees… Brrr!

We had 18 members + Michael Bagraim’s son Jacques who was riding his dad’s other bike. The parking was bustling with classic cars, muscle cars and bikes who were on their way to Freedom 301 to the Classic Car & Bike Expo.

After a short briefing we headed out onto the N1 and then 1st exit left onto the R304 towards Malmesbury. At Klipheuwel we turned left and then right and headed straight to Philadelphia.

We all arrived safely in Philadelphia and parked our bikes outside the church which gave us all a bit of exercise as we walked to the venue 😊

After being seated we ordered teas and coffees and our breakfasts. We were met at the venue by Ammi, Uncle Poul-Enja and Bob and his family.

Our table must have drawn the short straw as our food took ages to come but was worth waiting for as my Farmstyle breakfast was delicious.

Some members decided to make their own way home so we all headed in different directions.

Thanks to the Marshalls for getting us there safely and to Armelle for another great venue.

Ivor wills.

FCCT Lunch Ride to Shark Bay Hotel, Langebaan

27 March 2022

The weather gods were definitely smiling down on FCCT for a change, and beautiful blue sky and no wind was the order of the day as I headed to our meeting point at the Total Garage West Coast.

Unfortunately, some of our members couldn’t find the Total Garage and ended up in some strange places 😊- be prepared for fines!

Our route was a simple one, straight up the West Coast Road to Langebaan. Mr Mike is running his new bike in, so our pace was a leisurely one as the big V twins ate up the kilometres.

It was quite some time since my last visit to Langebaan and I was amazed at how much it has expanded with shopping centres, offices, supermarkets and houses of all shapes and sizes!

After safely negotiating our way through the residential areas we found our way to The Shark Bay Estate and what our dear Marshal thought was the venue. Unfortunately, it was not, but Armelle took over the navigation and we carried on safely to the hotel!

We were met at the venue by our much-travelled members who missed the Total garage 😊, Gordon, Debbie, Francois, Lynn and Malcolm (take note Fine’s person)

We were now 20 members and 1 guest, who was visiting Liza from the UK. I must say the venue and the views were stunning overlooking the azure blue lagoon.

Our food orders were promptly taken, and we were lucky enough to be the 1st table to be served. Unfortunately, the remaining tables waited for nearly an hour for their food to come out - apparently it was the eisbeins that were the holdup 😊! All the food looked delicious - even Bags’s kiddies Mac & Cheese was delicious he told me 😊!

After lunch it was time to hit the road back to Cape Town and go our separate ways. It was a great ride with great weather and great people.

Thanks to the marshals for getting us there safely and to Armelle and Marianna for yet another great venue.

Ivor Wills

Editor


And from the pen of Gordon 'show me the way' Collins

The lunch ride on Sunday 27 March 2022 was a great, longer ride to Langebaan. An awesome group of the regular riders met at Ou Meul Total garage on the R27 by Melkbosstrand for the ride up to the venue. Some of the Somerset West members missed a few turns, ending up about 40km off-course, and decided to go ahead to the venue. One southern member arrived at the venue later after riding alone.

On arrival at the turn-off to the venue more than half of the group got confused between Shark Bay Shack and the real venue of Shark Bay Hotel. Eventually everyone arrived at the correct venue though. What an awesome venue it was! Views to die for, attentive staff, scrumptious food, and good company combined to make a memorable afternoon.

After lunch the majority of the large group left together and rode back as a well-led and disciplined pack. Thanks to the organisers, RC, marshals, and of course the attending members for a great day out.

FCCT Lunch Ride to Eight Feet Village, Bothmanskloof, Riebeeck-Kasteel

27 February 2022

Our February lunch ride took place on a sweltering hot day with temperatures soaring over 40 degrees. We were without our trusty pack leader/historian/editor a.k.a. Soutie.

It seemed incongruous that while the world is in turmoil, we were privileged to find serenity as we cruised on our Harleys on quiet backroads, through the the Boland farmlands.

We met at the Engen Winelands 1-Stop with a pack of 14 bikes and 4 pillions, turning off the N1 onto the R304, where we proceeded to the 4-way stop, turning east onto the R312. Ably managed by our marshals, we joined the R44 towards Wellington, then onto the R45. Just before Malmesbury, we turned onto the R46 towards Riebeeck-Kasteel. At the top of Bothmanskloof we arrived safely at our destination on top of a kopjie with spectacular views over Kloovenberg estate and the Riebeeck-Kasteel valley. We were joined for lunch by Al & Michele Joffe. 

The menu was varied and the enjoyable lunch was served to tables under the shelter of trees and umbrellas to escape the scorching heat.

Kevin remarked that when Bob got home, his rump would be medium rare.

Our intrepid road captain's plan was to ride back home at speed to facilitate air-cooling.

In spite of this we were still pap-sop-nat from perspiration.

FCCT Breakfast Ride to Allee Bleue Bistro, Groot Drakenstein

13 February 2022

For our first breakfast ride in February, we had an excellent turnout of 22 members and 18 bikes. Our meeting point was the Engen Winelands N1 which was bustling with various car and bike clubs bright and early.

After a short briefing we saddled up and headed out onto the N1 towards Paarl. At the Paarl off-ramp we turned right and under the N1 and then turned left onto the R45 towards our destination.

At the junction of the R45 and R310 we reached the venue and took the long and winding road to the Bistro where we all parked our bikes safely outside and were shown to our tables.

The waitrons were very efficient, and our orders were very soon taken, and teas and coffees served. There were various breakfasts on offer and my choice of the full breakfast was delicious!

After filling our stomachs, it was time to head home via the scenic Helshoogte Pass and Stellenbosch, at which point we all went our separate ways, with some members stopping for a quick beer on the way home.

Thanks to the marshals for getting us there safely, and Marianna and Armelle for another great venue.

Ivor Wills

Editor

 

Lynn Stols: Thanks Marshals, riders and pillion riders for a fabulous morning. Enjoy the rest of your day and a good week ahead 😊😊

Michael Bagraim: Once again words are not enough to describe how fantastic the ride was! Thank you to the organisers the the committee and especially our marshals. Food and venue was great. Bags

FCCT Lunch Ride to GabrielsKloof Wine Estate, Botriver

30 January 2022

For our first ride of 2022, and our last ride of January, we had an excellent turnout of 25 members, 17 bikes, and a few cars!  The temperature was warming up and the good old south easter was having a blow as we set off from the Engen N2.

Our route was onto the N2, through the numerous traffic lights of Somerset West and on towards Sir Lowry’s Pass. The wind picked up as we made our way up and over the pass and safely through the single file roadworks.

The wind eased off somewhat, going through Grabouw and up and over the Houw Hoek pass towards Bot River. We arrived at the turning to Gabrielskloof and all made it safely across the N2 and into the venue.

We all parked our bikes safely, except for our new transferee Francois Stols, who unfortunately parked his bike horizontally! We now have a new holder of the “shit happens cup”. Luckily Francois was not hurt, apart from his pride😊!

We were all seated outside on a long table and were joined by Mandy and Patsy and their guests; now 29 people. Unfortunately, a long table meant a long wait for the food which took about 90 minutes before we were served.

Once the food arrived it was worth the wait and my choice of calamari Caesar salad was delicious. Due to our lunch being delayed some of our members took the direct route back to Cape Town while the rest of us took the scenic route via Kleinmond and Clarens Drive - it was sad to see the extent of the damage caused by the recent fires.

As we headed for Kleinmond we were cooled by a nice sea breeze, but as we descended into Rooi Els the heat returned and the mercury started to rise as our speed slowed due to all the Sunday drivers! At one point I think the temperature was higher than our speedos!

We all made it safely back onto the N2 and some of us headed home while others stopped at the Shell N2 to say their goodbyes.

Thanks to Marianna and Armelle for the venue choice and to the Marshals for getting us there and back safely.

Ivor wills

Editor

FCCT Captain's New Year Potjie Cook Off 

16 January 2022

We had an excellent turnout of members and family members who came to support the 7 teams who were participating in our potjiekos competition. The venue was the Laerskool Simon van der Stel in Wynberg who very kindly gave us the use of their sports fields for the day!

The weather was quite cloudy as I left Somerset West, but this soon changed to sunny skies as people started arriving and establishing their spots under the shady trees. The braais were very soon on the go and everyone was very busy chopping and slicing and dicing in preparation for cooking their various pots.

Michael Bagraim and his team of Mexicans were making veggie Nacho’s in a pot, with a drop of Tequila :) !!

Gordon Collins and his team - an oxtail pot, specially imported from KZN.

Gideon Kriel’s team - a chicken pot.

Liza van Jaarsveld’s team - a pasta pot.

Mr Mikes team - biltong, pasta, and rice pot.

Kevin Moodley’s team - FH Durban bunny chows!!

And Bwana Bruce’s team were making lasagne in a pot.

The smells coming from the various pots was making everyone hungry so at 1pm it was tasting time, and I must say the pots I tasted were delicious. We were all asked to vote for our favourite pots, but not our own unfortunately 😊, and the results will be announced at the next club meeting.

Coffee or tea was provided by Gideon and Marianna.

Thanks to Mr Mike and his team for organising the braais and wood and arranging the venue for us, and to all the members and their families who made the day such a success!

FCCT Bwana Bruce's Pitch & Ride

5 January 2022

Our director Bruce was suffering from an extreme case of cabin fever and suggested a Peninsula ride to blow away the festive season cobwebs!

Some of us lucky enough to be on leave, or retired, decided to join him and 10 FCCT members turned up at our meeting place at Paradise Motors in Newlands. We had 6 Harleys, and Alan Joffe on his BMW vacuum cleaner, and Enid Katz on her BMW hairdryer 😊.

Our route took us out on the M3 towards Lakeside and then up & over Ou Kaapse Weg towards Noordhoek and over the mountain towards Glencairn and Simonstown. The roads were quite busy and our progress quite slow but the weather and scenery spectacular.

In Simonstown we stopped for a coffee break at Berthas restaurant in the harbour, where there was a lot of activity on the water, after which it was time to carry on around the peninsula and our lunch stop in Kommetjie. As we climbed up out of Simonstown the weather was starting to cloud over and look like rain. As we passed Cape Point we were greeted by some fine rain, but this didn’t last long.  Misty Cliffs lived up to its name and as Rafi said we had 4 seasons in 1 ride 😊

As we dropped down into Kommetjie the road has deteriorated since our last ride with some serious bumps to contend with which caused a few of us to become airborne! We all arrived safely at our venue the Fisherman’s Gardens in Kommetjie and chose a nice big table under the Milkwood trees.

My choice of fish & chips was delicious and my ice-cold Castle Lite went down like a homesick mole 😊

After lunch we continued our journey back over Ou Kaapse Weg and then went our separate ways, by which time the South Easter was really pumping and the ride home was quite breezy.

Thanks to Bruce for the great idea and to everyone who joined.

Ivor Wills.