A few years ago, I had the opportunity to ride with a group of Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders from Johannesburg to East London, with a stop overnight in Kokstad. There were at least 25 of us, with me on a Road Glide, heading to Africa Bike Week. If there is one thing that Harley has always done well, with its Harley Owners Group (HOG), it is educating riders on the various motorcycle hand signals. Before this ride, I had gone through a two-day beginners’ riding course with Harley’s now defunct rider’s academy in the Hartbeespoort area.
What I hadn’t learnt, I learnt very quickly on the ride, especially when we actually got to East London and I went on a 40-plus bike ride through town to Mdantsane. Signals for slowing down, single- and double-file riding, road hazards and the like came in extremely handy, and became second nature.