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Honda Adventure Roads

FROM ONE TIP OF THE GLOBE TO THE OTHER

We conquered the north – now we’re heading south. The 2019 edition of the Honda Adventure Roads is hitting South Africa for an unforgettable ride through some of the most breathtaking terrain the continent has to offer. Our journey starts in Durban, cross through Lesotho and the winding roads of the famous Sani and Swartberg Passes and ends near the bottom of the world, at the Cape of Good Hope.

Meet local fauna on a mix of road and track trails alongside expert Honda riders. Get tips for a rocking ride on your Africa Twin’s home terrain and make the 2019 Honda Adventure Roads a journey that will live on forever.

GO HARD BY DAY. SLEEP SOFTLY AT NIGHT.

The ultimate road trip shouldn’t end when the sun goes down. The Honda Adventure Roads experience combines landscape with luxury with a mix of unforgettable accommodations that includes charming local cottages, incredible campgrounds under the stars and premium hotels.

THE TRIP

The 2019 Honda Adventure Roads event will cover 3,736 kilometres in 12 stages that cross through some of the most breathtaking scenery in South Africa.

From the celebrated Sani Pass, through Lesotho, the stunning landscapes of the Karoo desert region, the Swartberg Pass and ending at the Cape of Good Hope, you’ll experience South Africa the way few others can. And with a mix of roads and trails that range in difficulty from medium to truly tough, the odds are good that your riding skills will be put to the test and come out even stronger.

Stay on track on your trip, thanks to an electronic roadbook with step-by-step instructions for each leg of the journey. Our marshals will also be supporting the group throughout the trip, by leading and helping during the journey.

WHO SHOULD REGISTER

The event is open to all Africa Twin and Honda big on-off motorcycle owners who are looking to challenge themselves on new terrain. You must be an intermediate level rider; riding proficiency will be evaluated before the trip. The route is not appropriate for beginners, as it includes passes with a higher degree of technical difficulty.

For your comfort and safety, you should also be able to understand and converse in English, the official language of the Honda Adventure Roads.

LOGISTICS

We make planning easy! You’ll be able to drop off your motorcycle at your local participating Honda dealer and it will be transported to the event for you (Option available until 29th November 2018 only) . Honda can also loan you a bike at no extra charge (if you already own an Africa Twin or Honda Adventure on-off motorcycle). Please contact the Honda Adventure Roads team for more information.

Day by day

stages
  • 01.03.2019 – Day 1

    Welcome at Durban

    Guests arrival

  • 02.03.2019 – Day 2

    Durban – Clarens – 406 km – 100% Tar.

     

  • 03.03.2019 – Day 3

    Clarens – Sani pass  – 280 km – 90% Tar. / 10% Gravel

    Crossing Lesotho and step over the famous Sani Pass

  • 04.03.2019 – Day 4

    Sani Pass – Tiffendel – 345 km – 50% Tar. / 50% Gravel

    Go up to Tiffendel, the only one ski resort in South Africa

  • 05.03.2019 – Day 5

    Tiffendel – Gariepdam – 350 km – 80%Tar. / 20% Gravel

    Play with monkeys

  • 06.03.2019 – Day 6

    Gariepdam- Graff-Reinet – 340 km – 70%Tar. / 30% Gravel

  • 07.03.2019 – Day 7

    Graff-Reinet – ADDO – 240 km – 75% Tar. / 25% Gravel

    Visit of Addo Park

  • 08.03.2019 – Day 8HRC COACHING

    ADDO – Oudtshoorn – 445 km – 70% Tar. / 30% Gravel

    Sleep in middle of the savannah

  • 09.03.2019 – Day 9HRC COACHING

    Oudtshoorn – Oudtshoorn – 190 km – 60% Tar. / 40% Gravel

    Swartberg pass

  • 10.03.2019 – Day 10

    Oudtshoorn – Montagu – 290 km – 70% Tar. / 30% Gravel

  • 11.03.2019 – Day 11

    Montagu – Kleinmond – 340 km – 60% Tar. / 40% Gravel

    Visit Cape Agulhas

  • 12.03.2019 – Day 12

    Kleinmond – Cape Town – 350 km – 80%Tar. / 20% Gravel

    Incredible sceneries, the adventure is not finished yet!

  • 13.03.2019 – Day 13

    Cape Town – Cape Town – 160 km – 100% Tar

    Cape of Good Hope and Chapman Roads

  • 14.03.2019 – Day 14

    Goodbye!

Q&A

Travel

How much does it cost to participate in the Honda Adventure Road?

The price of €7,400 includes transportation of your own Africa Twin from Europe. Alternatively, Honda can also supply you with a rental Africa Twin during the event, at no extra charge to you.

What is included in the price?

- Transport of your personal Africa Twin from Europe (Option available until 29th November 2018 only). Honda can also supply you with a late model Africa Twin onsite at no extra charge. 
- 14 nights in various accommodations, including luxury hotels, local lodges and 2 camp grounds
- All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
- Fuel
- 3 bilingual guides (marshalls)
- Tolls
- Administration
- Satellite phone (in case of emergency)
- Transportation to and from airport to hotels
- Admission to national parks and ferry crossings
- Trippy, the Honda Adventure Roads trip information kit
- Luggage transport van (60l maximum)
- Honda assistance truck with 1 backup motorcycle for the group
- 1 mechanic
- Honda electronic diagnostic system, repair kit and parts
- Medical assistance (1 emergency doctor and nurse)
- Medical and repatriation insurance
- Honda Adventure Road branded gear: 2 polos and one Leatherman
- Official Honda drivers and ambassadors
- Extracurricular activities such as safaris and training events with HRC rally riders

What’s not included?

- Airfare
- Tips
- Alcohol
- Cancellation insurance
- Personal expenses
- Any damage to your motorcycle
- Anything not listed in the “What’s included” question above

Can I bring a guest?

Due to the difficulty level of the trails, the Honda Adventure Roads event is not designed for additional passengers. For more information, please contact the Honda Adventure Roads team.

How much passes, tarmac, gravel riding?

The journey covers a total of 3,736 km, and includes 3 passes, as well as tarmac roads (65% of the trip) and gravel roads (35% of the trip).

How long does the Honda Adventure Roads event last?

The event runs from
1st to 14th March 2019 and includes 12 days of riding.

What kind of accommodation will we be staying in?

You can expect to stay in different types of accommodation that include 4 and 5 star hotels, local lodges and camp grounds, for a varied experience that combines local charm and luxury.

What about food?

Please advise us of any dietary restrictions so we can accommodate you.

Do I need a visa?

Most European countries do not require a visa.
To be sure, check with your local South African embassy.
NOTE: Your passport should be valid for 6 months or more and have at least one blank page.

Do I need an adapter?

The electrical grid in South Africa is 220V and 50 hz.
You will need a specific adapter that can only be found in that country.
We will provide it on arrival.

Is there a time difference?

Yes. In winter, South African time is GMT +1.

Can I easily exchange money in South Africa?

We recommend withdrawing cash from the ATM at the airport.
ATMs are easily accessible everywhere.

Can I pay for my personal expenses with my bank card?

Yes. You can pay for most expenses with a bank card.

Will a designated vehicle follow us with our luggage?

Yes but van space is limited to one suitcase per participant (maximum 60 litres).

Can I connect to the internet?

We recommend buying a data plan upon your arrival at the airport in Durban.
The cost is €30 for 5GB or €70 for 20GB.

How will we navigate the route?

All participants will receive an electronic road book (Tripy II).
Just follow the instructions and live the experience!

Geo-tracking

All participants will be equipped with a SPOT personal satellite tracker that will show your location in real time, and allow you to call for technical or medical assistance.

Dates

Deadline to register:

15th January 2019

Deadline to drop off your motorcycle:

30th November 2018

Date to pick up your motorcycle:

2sd May 2019

Motorcycle

Can I rent a motorcycle?

One of the unique aspects of the Honda Adventure Road is that you get to experience it behind the wheel of your very own Honda (Option available until 29th November 2018 only) . Honda can loan you a bike at no extra charge to you (if you already own an Africa Twin or Honda Adventure on-off motorcycle). Please contact the Honda Adventure Roads team for more information.

Do I have to plan a particular preparation on my bike?

We recommend the following equipment:
- Crash bar and additional lighting
- Mixed service tires (ex: TKC 80 or Anakee wild)-Spoiler screen
- Side bag
It is mandatory to have your motorcycle inspected by your local dealer before the trip.

When and where can I drop off my bike?

We make it easy for you! You can drop your bike at your local participating Honda dealer to be inspected and transported to the event. But only until 2018 November 30th.
Please note that all costs associated with bike inspection and preparation are not included in the event price.

Medical assistance

Do I need any special vaccinations?

No. You do not require any special vaccinations.

Will medical assistance be provided?

Yes. A European physician and a local physician will be available.

Do I need any specific insurance?

Medical and repatriation insurance:
The Honda Adventure Roads team will provide all participants with medical and repatriation insurance, which will cover any medical costs incurred while in South Africa.
It also covers any repatriation costs, if needed. It does not cover any medical expenses incurred upon your return to your home country.
You should also have third-party insurance to cover any damages.

Technical assistance

Will technical assistance be available?

Yes, a technical assistance vehicle and 2 Honda mechanics will be on hand to help with any technical issues on your motorcycle.

Spare parts

Can I get spare parts for my motorcycle?

A selection of basic spare parts will be available at competitive prices.
The parts will allow you to ride your motorcycle until the end of the trip. A fully functional spare motorcycle will also be transported to the event.

Dress code

What kind of riding gear should I bring?

You should arrive with the appropriate clothing: riding boots and pants (no jeans), a motorcycle vest with regulation safety protections, as well as gloves and a full-face helmet.