BIKING is rising in popularity in Mzansi every day. We are seeing more second-generation bikers coming out of our townships.
At seventeen years old, Pontsho Mokoena, from Deneysville, on the shores of the Vaal Dam, is one of the youngest bikers in SunLand.
Q: Do you have a licence?
A: Yes, I got my rider’s licence a year ago.
Q: What bike do you ride?
A: Hyosung GT 250.
Q: Is it your first bike?
A: No, it’s my second.
Q: How long have you been riding?
A: For three years.
Q: What colour is your bike and why did you choose it?
A: It’s black and I chose it because I love it. I always wear some black to match my ride.
Q: Does your bike have a name?
A: Black Beauty.
Q: Do you have any fines?
A: No, I am careful on the road.
Q: How often do you ride?
A: I don’t have a fixed schedule. The need to ride builds up inside me until I can’t hold it back any longer and I must go.
Q: Tell us about your outfit.
A: Safety is a priority for every biker. Always wear your gear.
Q: How far have you ridden?
A: I have ridden to Tweeling, Bethlehem and a few other places around the Vaal.
Q: Who else rides your bike?
A: My friends Thato, Thabang and Ndo can ride Black Beauty. My dad too.
Q: Is it your dream bike?
A: No, my dream bike is a Suzuki GSXR K7.
Q: What do you think of Mzansi’s other road users?
A: So many motorists are bad on the road – they don’t check their blind spots or give bikers right of way. Instead, they try to push us off the road. Motorists need to respect us.