Old Honda C90s gear up for 1368-mile Benidorm epic

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Six intrepid Honda C90 riders are planning an ambitious mission to cover six countries in six days to raise money for charity.

John Haynes and five mates hope to cover 1368 miles on their trusty Hondas and are aiming to embark on the epic adventure at the end of May 2022, Covid restrictions permitting. The group will start in Winterton, Lincolnshire and end in the Spanish resort of Benidorm.

The Spanish invasion is all about raising money for Lindsey Lodge Hospice in Scunthorpe, who cared for John’s father Rod Haynes – a speedway star in the 70s who rode for Scunthorpe and Sheffield Tigers.

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It took time to source six Honda C90s

John said: “I told Dad I was going to do this when he was in the hospice and he just rolled his eyes. But I told him, so I have to do it now.

“It took us a while to source six C90s but we’ve done it. Some of the lads had to travel a bit to get them, but we managed to get six and have already had a 60-mile run out.

“I have been experimenting with the gearing on mine as they can do 50-55mph… but not for long. But it didn’t make much difference and I think we’ll be cruising at about 45mph.

“We are planning to cover about 300 miles per day and camp en route with gear that we will carry with us as we didn’t want to make it too easy! The guys who are coming are all mechanically minded and they can all dig deep if we need to do a 12-hour day… or more. We know that there will be mishaps along the, but that’s all part of it.”

John is hoping to raise £10,000 for the hospice and donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rod-haynes

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Phil West

By Phil West

MCN Contributor and bike tester.