Cape Bike Travel

I have a passion for motorcycles. A few years ago I met Jorg. He rented Harleys to tourists from a small garage in town. Since then his business has grown to one of the largest workshops in the city. Cape Bike Travel also maintains the bikes for local league race teams and supplies BMW’s to Charley Boorman and his crew. I asked if I could spend some time there to learn a bit more about mechanics and maintenance in exchange for some photo’s. These are some of the pics.

Jorg Vogel

Jorg Vogel – Owner of Cape Bike Travel


Electrical maintenance.


Race bike number 23


Ruan – Workshop manager. He has since cleaned up his desk.


Adrian – Expert mechanic. Loves all bikes.


Ruan in action


Beautiful Yamaha R6 going up on the stand.


Adrian’s “bucket of tricks”


Some of the BMW’s available for hire.


Showroom floor


A customer’s custom cafe racer.


Race bikes on the bench.


Getting your hands dirty.


Unlike other workshops, Cape Bike Travel has a surprising welcoming atmosphere. People are constantly popping in just to ask advice, look around, or just have a chat. The staff are always happy to oblige.


This guy.


Lumo green blood.


Spray painting fairings


Race bike waiting for it’s turn on the bench

While I Work

Wednesday Nights

Twice a week I go to toughen up at the Chinese Martial Arts and Health Centre in Cape Town. Thought it would be nice to have some pics of this.

Shot with a Canon EOS1Ds Mk3 at 1600 ISO and slow shutter speeds. The camera isn’t that old, but it missed the ISO speed bus all the later models are on at the moment.




















Double Rainbow

The Company Gardens

The “Central Park of Cape Town”. The Company Gardens was the first thing the Dutch built when they got here. Now it’s home to squirrels, pigeons, rats, ducks, fish, homeless people and politicians. Tourists and locals love hanging out there. That’s Table Mountain in the background, the historic looking building is the Iziko Museum and Planetarium, the couple on the bench is sitting in front of the aviary, the saluting statue is of Cecil John Rhodes, and Bruce Lee is standing in front of the Chinese Lantern.










Mountainbiking on Devil’s Peak

Cape of Good Hope