National Road Rally

Entering the National Road Rally may not be the best thing we’ve ever decided to do, but why not (?)

The National Road Rally is an annual event run by the ACU for any motorcyclists. Its a ‘scatter rally’ where you can choose to ride a distance of your choice (between 180 -> 540 miles in this case) visiting a number of checkpoints from the 100 or so around the UK.

The aim is to complete the mileage for the route you’ve chose to attempt, within the time limit and by visiting control points in an order based on the schematic route map. (ie neighbouring check points). The mileage between each point may not be the actual road mileage, but is the one you use in calculating and then riding.

There are 7 riders from Red Hat (and associates) and we’re currently in two teams

|Rider No| Name | Bike | Comment |
|473|Roger Nunn | Yamaha XJ750 Seca (1985)| Very recent purchase from ebay, with leather bag on front forks. A very worrying development in bike purchasing|
|474|Malcolm Herbert|Honda XLV600H Transalp (1987)|Bought from a very shady character via ebay in 2008, 4000 miles in (and a trip to Scotland) its developed a total loss oil system recently|
|477|Graham Lee-Green|2008 KTM 640 Supermoto|Goes round corners as quickly as it goes through tyres|
|491|Gavin Spurgeon|Honda Goldwing|Despite being under 30, Gavin rides (or is it drives) a bike with stereo, reverse gear and a barbeque|
|501|Jon Fautley|Suzuki SV650|Passed his test in 2008 and will probably double his personal bike riding mileage on this event|
|502|Daniel Stifft|BMW F800|Seen the bike outside the office once|
|504|Richard Barbosa|Triumph 955i Daytona|Occasional visitor to the office but possibly will be the quickest bike at the event|

There are still a couple of possible entrants, and it would be good to get a 3rd team. Myself, Roger and Graham are riding as Wye Valley AC and Jon, Daniel and Gavin as Red Hat UK.

We’ve all entered for the main event (despite some saying that they wouldn’t) which involves a series of special tests at MIRA on the Saturday morning, followed by a 2pm start on the rally itself. It will be a 540 mile route, as many check points as possible along with an arrival at Bletchley Park by 10am on the Sunday morning.

Could be a long day.

We’ll be riding for charity and I’ve set up a JustGiving web page for the event. We’ll be supporting Diabetes UK and all donations welcome.

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