First Year Journey with Route 21 Garage
On the 5th February 2020 we launched Route 21 Garage as a Youtube channel reviewing rare and exotic motorbikes and everything new and different motorcycle related. This took us along a very interesting and diverse journey which I would like to share with you.
We started off with a pair of Yamaha R1’s 50th anniversary LE Limited Edition, and the 60th anniversary, also sharing the reason as to why Yamaha chose the yellow black block livery and what it harks back to.
Other bikes we reviewed are the German duo from BMW, the HP2 and HP4, High Performance Limited Editions.
From there we had a look at our rarest bike to date, the Bimota Tesi 3D and that is not any old Tesi 3D but the 40th anniversary with only 40 ever produced.
Our journey then took us to Natal, Eastern Coast of South Africa where we caught up with Dave Frisoli. Dave restores old Ducati’s having nearly 40 years’ experience with the brand and he does fantastic custom work and bikes.
The next venture took us on a road trip to Worcester in the Northern Cape where we shared some of our beautiful country with you and went to fetch our original 1981 Suzuki Katana. This led to the 4-part series on the Katana story, sharing the German ex-BMW designers shark design becoming an 80’s icon, following on with the new millennium 2020 Katana finishing with the 90’s small bore retro Katana GSX 400.
Coinciding with the American Independence Day we reviewed Erik Buell’s brainchild, the Buell XB12 SCG low rider and its unique design features.
Further bikes, we told the story on where the MV Agusta F4 Corsa, Aprilia RSV 4 Factory and Moto Guzzi’s V7 carbon Limited Edition. With the Ducati V4 Panigale 25 year anniversary we did something very special by filming the un-crating of it.
Route 21 was then invited to join the BTK, Billy The Kid, bike tour through South Africa. Over 4300 km’s, 36 mountain passes and through 5 provinces, on a motorcycle.
Continuing with our travels, we then traveled to the Western Cape to meet up with Martin who restores old Italian small-bore bikes. We were lucky enough to wrestle one of his restorations off him, a 1959 MV Agusta 150. After his explanation of the restoration, we took this gem to a beautiful location with Cape Town’s Table Mountain as a back drop to review her story. On this trip we also discovered and shared Dave Neto’s hidden collection in Somerset West, which comprised of everything from vintage helmets, oil cans, pumps, enamel signage and various rare bikes.
Through our travels, we met up with the Patton family who are related to Ray Amm, who was a Rhodesian motorcycle racer that went overseas in the 50’s and raced Norton Manx’s successfully. Winning races such as Isle of Man TT 3 times, 350 GP races and 500cc and finishing runner up in both 350 and 500 classes in the 1954 seasons.
They shared our passion for telling untold stories and kindly donated some of Ray Amm’s trophies to us. This interesting encounter led to a few episodes such as the custom build of a Triton Manx by Justin and the life story and achievements of Ray Amm. For the Ray Amm episode, it inspired me to draw a picture of him winning the 1953 Isle of Man TT double, 350cc as well as 500cc classes.
This led to further pastel drawings that we shared the evolution of to commentary, of other legends such as Giacome Agostini, Valentino Rossi, Marc Marques, Moto 2 and Moto 3 riders as well as WSBK Champions. Limited Fine Art prints of these drawings are available on Route 21 Automobilia.
We are also continually running competitions with our subscriber base and giving some of these prints away as prizes.
We thank you for your support in our first year on this channel and hope you enjoyed our journey of highlights along the way and look forward to more adventures and highlights in 2021.