Capital City Showcase - Berlin & London
February in Europe is generally cold and wet. Not a good month to get your bike out, but a perfect month to dream about traveling and touring, both near and far. However, it is the perfect month for motorcycle shows to present the latest bike models, recent trends in biker fashion and accessories, as well as the best destinations for motorcycle touring. Consequently, presenting South Africa as a motorcyclist’s heaven to winter weary bikers seemed the obvious thing to do. In 2018, Due South set up stand for the first time at the bike shows in two of the most vibrant European cities, Berlin and London.
For both shows, Due South teamed up with Motolombia, a touring company based in Colombia, offering excellent on- and off-road tours in Colombia, Peru and Ecuador. To us, sharing a stand and handing out combined information made a lot of sense. Our approach to running motorcycle tours and our operating ethos is similar: Presenting the best our countries have got to offer, ensuring that you enjoy the ride and get to see and experience places and people off the beaten track.
Several thousands of bikers, both young and matured, male and female, riders and pillions, came to the shows, seeking information and inspiration. These were busy days for Joe, Zoe and Diana, who were working the stands in both shows. A lot of people popped in for a chat, and to get some hands-on information on – as we see it - two of the best travelling destinations in the southern hemisphere. Thanks’ again to everybody who stopped by!
For us, talking to you, the riders and pillions, is an excellent opportunity not only to promote our tours, but also to find out what you want and expect from a motorbike trip that should give you the holiday of a lifetime. With your ideas and wishes in mind, we constantly work on making our tours even better. So watch this space for more and exciting news on touring South Africa with Due South. Bear in mind: Life’s a journey… and we want you to enjoy the ride!
About the Shows
The 22nd Berliner Motorrad Tage (BMT) opened their doors from 9-11 February 2018. Over the three days, more than 45,000 visitors roamed the five exhibition halls and outdoor arena. For the first time, the show was held at Station Berlin, one of the most extravagant venues in the German capital. Situated right in the heart of the city, the 1913 industrial style halls and corridors make for a thrilling backdrop. The show presented a broad spectrum of motorcycle manufactures, related brands, accessories and activities. With most of the exhibitors having a distinct German and European focus, Due South and Motolombia surely added some exotic flavour to the show. This was well received by the audience. The great interest in our tours and the positive feedback at the stand gave ample proof to that.
The long-standing Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show was held from 15-17 February 2018. As always, the three days attracted thousands of visitors to the ExCeL Centre in London’s Docklands. The show was packed with polished chrome and shiny leather, latest innovations as well as classic and custom bikes, and accompanied by action and entertainment. Our stand was located adjacent to the Adventure Stage. There, an exciting line-up of guest speakers, among them multiple world record holder and veteran global explorer Nick Sanders, acclaimed writer Elspeth Beard, the first British woman to motorcycle around the world, and desert explorer Chris Scott, told their mouth-watering stories of global bike travel. Both, Latin America and Africa featured highly in their accounts. For those who have been inspired to go on the bike adventure of a life time, Due South and Motolombia stand ready to deliver.
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