- John Koller
- Chris Salmon
- Mauritz Boshoff
- Theo Janse van Rensburg
- Wayne Taylor
- Johann Rawlinson
- Garth Taylor
- Wayne Pollock
- Eddie Naude
- Frans Pieterse
- Werner Puchert
- Wesley Delport
- Redawaan Hendriks
- Antonie DeJong
- Peter Hood
- Pierre Delport
- Kevin Nunes
- Jan Harm Robbertse (Videographer)
- Chris Slabbert (Videographer)
We featured one member of the Ride On! Speak out! team on our Facebook page every day, just in case you missed their profiles here they are again. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for real-time updates when we hit the road on the 23rd.
Introducing the first, and one of the most experienced Ride On! Speak Out Riders, Johann Rawlinson.
“I’ve been riding since 1967 …………..45 years!” Asked why he’s doing the trip, “I smaak my boney, I smaak Africa and I wanna ‘punch’ everyone that abuses women and girls”. Johan’s secret preparations for the 7600km trip includes, “mixing sore-bum muti to take along. Fundamentally focused on mental preparedness to carry the torch and wave the flag for the cause.”
We are kicking off Monday morning with our 2nd featured adventure rider, and the first of our three UN friends who will join the hardy JHB riders. Redawaan Hendricks has been riding on and off since the 1980’s, cutting his teeth on Honda and Yamaha motorcycles. He’s now looking forward to riding a Harley for the first time, for an awesome cause.
As for the reason he’s doing this trip? In his own
words, “After climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with inspirational leader Nomcebo Manzini, the UNWOMEN Regional Director and 72 other climbers from across the continent of Africa, to Climb Up and Shout Out to end Violence against Women and Girls, we decided to continue the campaign with a motorcycle ride through Africa to amplify the campaign message. I am doing this for the both of us. To quote Mahatma Ghandi – “You have to be the change, you want to see in the world.” So, to be the positive role model in ending violence against women and girls, I am doing this for my children- especially my sons- and all the men out there in the world.” Asked about his preparation, “Lots of love, encouragement and support from my amazing wife.”
Today we feature Garth Taylor, better known as “Big G”! He’s no stranger to two wheels with an impressive 20 years of riding under the belt. Two young ladies are his main motivation for doing the ride, “As a father of two daughters that I love, I want to show them that men can care and make a change.” Ever the serious rider, Garth’s preparations include, “strengthening my back for the monster days of long-distance riding.”
Peter Hood (our 2nd UN rider) joins the pack with more than two decades of riding experience. Asked about why he was doing the ride, “I have a strong affinity with gender equality and women’s empowerment due to 25 years of work with the UN Population Fund and postings in Africa (Somalia and Western Sahara).” Riding the 7800km should not be a problem for Peter who stays riding fit and supplements his activities with cycling and kayaking.
Today we feature Kevin Nunes, no stranger to riding with over 10 years of throttle twisting experience. Kevin will be one of the Harley Davidson Dealership representatives on the trip and the official technician. He will man our sponsored Mercedez Benz support vehicle and will be looking after the well being of the team’s motorcycles. With more than 6 years experience as Harley Davidson tech under the belt we’re lucky to have him on board.
Asked about how he felt about the upcoming adventure, “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to do something like this, and for an awesome cause, making people aware of the scourge of abuse against woman and girls.”
Antonie de Jong
Antonie de Jong, the last of our three UN friends, is a motorcycle enthusiast with more than 25 years experience, cutting his teeth on Honda, JAWA, Yamaha, BMW and Ural. Ton’s staying fit by cycling to work every day, motorcycling and taking bee pollen to prepare for his Harley-powered African adventure.
In Ton’s words, “Men must become more aware of the violence problem and learn that it’s something that can be prevented, that their help is needed, badly needed.”
* Erm, Ton, we are used to a little less formal riding attire here in Africa. See you soon.
Today we feature one of the toughest riders joining us on the trip, Wayne Pollock. We asked him about a nickname and he mentioned something about “Duifie”. Not too sure if we will be using that name on the trip though
Wayne’s been riding for 50 years and when we asked him why he’s doing the trip, he said “for the sheer hell of the experience, and the chance to give a little back to society by shouting out against women and child abuse. Hopefully somewhere on this important trip this scruffy, ear ring bearing biker will have an impact on somebody and change their attitude towards the way they treat women and children, and become a better person in society.”
Wayne’s preparation for the trip includes a full medical check-up and a little ‘medicinal’ Jack Daniels
A man who feels extremely comfortable in bright orange, we welcome a recently wedded Chris Salmon. He’s been on two weels for over 42 years and down playing his age, he did point out that only 36 of those years were actually legal. Chris is a man of few words and would not disclose any of his secret preparations for the long haul other than visiting the gym.
Mauritz Boshoff, or rather Mo! as he’s known amongst his friends on the road, has been riding since his early teens but will only admit to 3 years active riding. He might not have as much experience as the other riders on the trip but this guy is all heart – ” This is a cause close to my heart because abuse has played a negative and positive role in shaping the man I am today. Abuse is shameful, however, I believe that not doing anything to stop it is even more shameful.”
Today we acknowledge another rider, John Koller, a man who has been riding motorcycles since before it was law to wear helmets. “I started at the age of about 14 and went everywhere on my Maserati (Yes, Maserati – a 1950’s vintage) and rode into my 20’s and 30’s but then stopped. I started seriously again in my mid 50’s, so I guess that’s a total of about 20 years. I’m doing this trip to make a difference by adding my voice and, more importantly, my actions to this cause th
at Africa and the world needs so desperately. Throughout one’s life we tend to take, now I have the opportunity to give back to society.”
As for preparing for the extra-long distance trip, John mentioned push-ups and, ever the organizer, said ” making copious notes and lists of what we will need on the trip. We are also trying hard to get donors for our safety and riding apparel.”
Great to have you along John!
Frans “French” Pieterse is stepping into our featured spotlight today, a rider with 22 years experience. Asked about what his motivation is for the 7800km adventure, he said, “When you find yourself in a position where your passions in life combine with your work, or you have the opportunity to do some good by employing your skills and passions, then whatever you are doing is no longer a chore or just work. You do what you love! Opportunities such as this journey rarely pre
sent themselves in most lifetimes. I consider myself blessed with what I have in life and what I have achieved thus far. Nothing would have been possible though, without the support of my wife and daughter, family and really good friends. This trip will allow me to give a little back. If I can make a difference in life to one person or family, it will be worth it.”
Any secret preparations Frans? “Nothing Secret about it… I am in a constant state of restlessness and am suffering from sleep deprivation! I am way too excited to sleep, and looking forward to the adventure ahead. I don’t think there will be much rest and sleeping during the 16 days that lie ahead. I should be well prepared for that!”
Pierre Delport (Customer Relations Manager at Harley Davidson JHB), a seasoned rider who first donned a leather jacket in 1969. He will be behind the wheel of our support vehicle, and we really appreciate that, we know he feels more at home on his custom Harley Davidson Cross Bones.
Asked about why he’s doing the trip, “I’ll be killing two birds with one stone. I have the opportunity to travel 9 African countries with like minded Johannesburg Harley-Davidson Riders and to support one of the most worthy causes that very few males pay attention too, speaking out and creating awareness to END Violence against Women and Girls”
Fate brought him his first motorcycle in 1994 when he rescued a dilapidated Suzuki from a chicken coup. He restored it to it’s former glory and has been riding ever since.
“At school a former teacher quoted passages from a book titled the Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance where a motorcycle resembled more that a mode of transport. I have since become addicted to the moments of uncluttered isolated clarity on the road especially out in the middle of nowhere. I’m humbled by this opportunity and hope to pass on a little of this ‘peace of mind’ whilst on this epic, once-in-a-lifetime journey. I’m doing this trip for my Dad.”
Secret preparations, Wern? “Finding the right amount of money to bride Pierre and Kevin to make space for my hair dryer in the support vehicle.”
Theo Janse van Rensburg
Theo started riding 43 years ago (1968) on a 50cc Honda. A Triumph Bonneville came in 1972, doing his first solo ride from JHB to Durban in the same year. Then came along a Honda 750 and a red Honda Goldwing (costing an exorbitant R2, 750-00). His first big rally was the Buffalo Rally in 1972 which Theo attended for a few years, but it was the Harley’s following (or rather leading) in the ei
ghties through to the nineties which has kept Theo on the bike ever since.
Theo’s love for all the aspects of bikes; including “collecting” bikes (mainly Harleys, dating from 1926 through to the 2nd world war and a few modern ones), and especially his 2 daughters and son are the main reason that Theo is seeing this as a wonderful opportunity to combine his love for motor biking and to donate his time to show that men are also against the Abuse of women and children. Having just returned from the 2012 West Coast Rally, riding 1450km in the saddle, Theo is fully prepared for the road ahead.
Wayne “Tails” Taylor
Wayne confesses to having always loved riding Motorcycles. He purchased, and has been riding, his beloved Harley in Joburg over the past 2 years. As a Father of daughters, “Tails” feels a moral obligation to help bring awareness to this fantastic, and important, Ride On! cause.
“Nobody should be subject to the violence that has such a detrimental affect on lives, especially Women and Girls! South Africa, and Joburg Harley Davidson, have been very good to me. I now have an opportunity to give back! If we all take a stand, collectively we CAN make a difference! This is one of those opportunities that only presents itself once in a lifetime.”
Wayne’s secret preparations for the trip include being on his Harley every single day, hoping it may help prepare his “butt,” however he is admittedly unable to pump out 500kms a day to be best prepared lol. He’s also throwing in the odd bit of admin to help prepare for what will be a very tough, but very rewarding, 16 days!
The guru with the maps, our very own GPS and “fixer”, Wesley Delport. With more than 30 years experience, Wes is no stranger to riding motorcycles.
“I hope that through this ride, I will have a positive influence on someone’s life. If I stop the abuse of one woman or girl by doing this trip, I will consider my donation of time and energy well spent.”
Getting himself ready? “Although I consider myself to be bike-fit, I am practicing to sit still for a couple of hours per day. ”
A biker in the true sense of the word and a humble man who avoids the limelight, Eddie Naude.
He has been riding since 1979 with the iconic Triumph Bonneville 650 being his first mode of two-wheeled transport. He bought his first Harley Davidson in 1994 and has owned a total of five since.
Eddie describes himself as ‘Wayne Pollock’s evil twin and Pierre Delport’s worst nightmare’. When asked about his reason for doing the trip, he replied, “I truly believe in this cause.”
Eddie’s currently focusing on cardio exercise and mental preparation for the long road ahead.
“Live to ride, ride to live”
Jan Harm Robbertse and Chris Slabbert
We welcome Jan Harm Robbertse (left) and Chris Slabbert (right) from The Shipyard Productions to the Ride On! Speak Out Team.
These two story-tellers will be documenting our trip and in Jan Harm’s own words, “The love for people, a passion for wildli
fe and our African continent combined with the art of storytelling and conceptualising has become my life path.”