Katana launches at Bike Fest

One of motorcycling’s most iconic names, the Suzuki Katana, will be launched in its comeback format at the South Coast Bike Fest in Margate during the weekend of April 26 to 28.

The big retro bruiser has a 999 cc transverse four-cylinder engine punching out 110 kW and 108 Nm of torque – the powerplant shared with GSX-S1000 and boasting dual throttle valves, a 44 mm throttle body and 10-hole injectors for precise atomisation.

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It also has three-mode traction control, a slipper clutch, ABS-enabled Brembo radial calipers, low rpm assist and a new, full LCD dash. Lighting is LED all round and the suspension comprises 43 mm inverted, fully-adjustable, KYB forks and preload/rebound adjustable shock. Wheels are Y-spoke, cast rims rolling on Dunlop Roadsport 2 rubber (120/70 R17 front and 190/50 R17 rear).

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South Coast Bike Fest has also expanded its footprint for the 2019 event presented by Ugu South Coast Tourism and powered by Gearhouse.

“We will be extending the South Coast Bike Fest event site by one kilometre, as well as growing the festival footprint by moving into the hinterland,” says event organiser, Vicky Wentzel. “This will give visitors an even greater opportunity to experience more of the incredible KwaZulu-Natal South Coast while also opening up the event to the wider community.”

The WFO Hard Enduro Club-endorsed South Coast Hard Enduro Festival Race will form part of the 4th round of the KZN Enduro Championship. Riders will race along a specially-designed junior enduro track for 65 cc and 85 cc competitors, with the winner set to be crowned the Junior Margate Enduro Champion.

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Scott Bouverie. (Credit: Sam Clark)

There will be some fun-filled entertainment for all spectators at KwaNzimakwe and KwaXolo with demonstrations by South African motorcycle trials’ champions, Bruce and Brent le Riche, as well as Yamaha South Africa’s brand ambassador, Alfred Matamela – AKA King Donut. He will also be hosting his popular Soweto Learn-to-Ride Academy Workshops for up-and-coming riders.

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Visitors to the South Coast Bike Fest can also look forward to:

• 6 Beachfront Boulevard-Themed Bars
• 35 musical acts at Budweiser Beach Stage, Village Pier Rock Stage and Sunset Beach Party venues.
• Full Throttle Programme
• Village Market and Expo Zones
• Food Courts
• The Pals in Paradise Mass Parade (leaving from C-Bali Restaurant at St Michael’s Beach on Sunday, 29 April)

UGU South Coast Tourism CEO, Phelisa Mangcu, says: “For thrill-seekers, bike lovers and music fans, the annual South Coast Bike Fest always offers exactly what is required for a weekend of entertainment.

“It is events like these that give the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast a really usable platform to showcase the inviting atmosphere and incredible family-friendly tourist sites and activities on offer.”

She said the diverse tourist offerings included extreme sports such as scuba diving, abseiling, white water rafting, ziplining and shark cage diving; family-orientated options such as waterslides, game parks, paintball, butterfly farms and boat trips; as well as unmissable heritage and cultural tours.

There will also be an official South Coast Bike Fest shuttle service for all attendees, running from The Hibiscus Mall to the venue.

Bikers and pillions wanting to access any of the bars or stages (Budweiser Beach Stage, Village Pier Rock Stage, Sunset Beach Party, Full Throttle Entertainment Zone, and Jazz Bar) must pre-register online (www.southcoastbikefest.co.za) and purchase a South Coast Bike Fest pin for R35. Bikers and pillions will need to purchase a pin each. Bikers must be accompanied by their pillion to collect the pre-purchased pin at the Sasol Garage, Margate – bike licences must be shown.

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