Ngwako MAKGOPA, aka Houser, is a member of the 1632 Bikers’ Forum.
He is originally from Limpopo in Ga-Matlala, Vlakfontein. Houser works for an IT company in Jozi.
Q: What model is your bike?
A: It’s a BMW R1200GS Adventure 2014 model.
Q: When did you buy it?
A: Around February 2018.
Q: Is it your first bike?
A: It’s my fourth. I’ve been through the ranks. I started out with 350cc Regal Raptor Cruiser, then I bought a 600cc Honda superbike, followed by a 1000cc Fireblade Honda superbike and then came this latest baby.
Q: Why do you like biking?
A: It’s about convenience, saving on time and fuel. I commute a return trip of 72km to work daily, and I never sit in traffic. Single trip takes me approximately 30min in a heavy traffic. Once you start riding its not easy to quit.
Q: How long have you been riding?
A: Since 2013, and it feels like yesterday.
Q: Do you have a licence?
A: Yes, and it’s been a while now.
Q: Where did you learn to ride?
A: In the quite streets of my hood. I was taught by my late best friend, Koena “Manimal” Rakhutla.
Q: Have you pimped your bike?
A: Just a bit. I put on brighter spot lights for visibility and its nickname ‘Nja Yam’ on the side and the registration plate has the name ‘Houser’ on it.
Q: How often do you ride?
A: Five days a week. Sometimes, with the 1632 Bikers’ Forum on weekends. I do a minimum of 360km per week.
Q: How far have you ridden?
A: I’ve been to Mbombela, Eswatini and Polokwane. Next year, I’m planning to do nine provinces in nine days.
Q: Any traffic fines?
A: Not on my bike.
Q: Why the colours?
A: These colours are the best.
Q:Do you have a safety outfit?
A:You bet, safety first is what we preach in 1632 Bikers Forum
Q: Your advice to other road user?
A: Avoid speeding, reckless driving and always buckle up.