On our way to our weekly Saturday morning
(07:00) gathering, I spotted the stranded Aprillia & rider in Atterbury
drive (east). In winter this means we get to see the “polar bears” responsible
for bringing the winter chills to the Highveld. I was urged by the “biker
brotherhood” instinct that lies rooted deep within all true bikers to make a
u-ey, and go assist the stranded “brother”. “Fernando” the gentleman introduced
himself as I parked on the sidewalk next to him with the big BMW Adventure.
Turned out the Italian beaute fell victim to the popular bike gogga….”leaving the park lights on”. I’m on the verge of
becoming an oubaas, which meant the body fought against push-starting this beaute.
So I picked up the trusted cell phone and called for back-up. Within minutes my
son and his friend were there….the young oukes with the elasticity & muscle
to push-start the Aprillia. It seemed as Fernando had his gym attire on….and
blerry goodness did they get a workout or what. As they took turns sitting on
the monster while the others did the pushing, they eventually ran out of descents.
Quick biker-to-biker brainstorming had the
young oukes pushing the Aprillia up in Atterbury to the Shell garage. I rode
ahead to go & organise the jumpers. No jumpers at the Shell had me running
to a fellow African from Mozambique who was busy filling up. The man gave me
jumpers in its rawest of raw forms……two cables, no “knypers” at the ends; just
cables with exposed wire on each end.
In no time the beemer had the Italian stallion idling, bringing to live the magnificent RSV4 motor.
A sound amplified by a carbon tip Ackropovic exhaust. What a pleasure it was to help a fellow biker
and as the biker saying goes; “we never leave a brother behind”. Hopefully the
“parking-light” gogga won’t strike again.