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#R5K member Mark Silcox gets reunited with his beloved Ducati 998S after 11 years, following a serious racing accident

#R5K member Mark Silcox gets reunited with his beloved Ducati 998S after 11 years, following a serious racing accident

For many, Ducati’s 916 family are regarded as the most beautiful sportsbikes ever made, and it’s the reason why 53-year-old Mark Silcox became the owner of a brand new 998S in 2002. Purchased after...

Racking up the miles: How #ride5000miles is helping generations join the two-wheeled fun and games

Racking up the miles: How #ride5000miles is helping generations join the two-wheeled fun and games

It could be said that riding a motorcycle is something of a selfish hobby. Just you, your bike and the road in front of you; there are no phones, no interruptions and often no real destination in mind...

The positives of biking: How two wheels helped one man's cancer recovery

The positives of biking: How two wheels helped one man's cancer recovery

When #ride5000miles member Nigel Hart learned he had prostate cancer two-years-ago he used his love of biking to boost his recovery. "I had always pined for a motorbike, but my wife had always said...

#Ride5000miles member plans to tour Scotland the alphabetic way round

#Ride5000miles member plans to tour Scotland the alphabetic way round

A Scottish member of our #ride5000miles group plans to visit a different village, town or city in the country for every letter of the alphabet aboard his trusty Kawasaki ZZR1400. "I’ve been on...

Three-day ride across UK aims to raise £30,000 for Crisis

Three-day ride across UK aims to raise £30,000 for Crisis

Nigel Lomas has combined his love of riding motorcycles a long way with raising money for worthwhile causes and his latest venture could make a huge difference to the homeless. The active...

How a Yamaha RXS100 restoration project got a couple hooked on biking

How a Yamaha RXS100 restoration project got a couple hooked on biking

Ride5000miles member Nigel Hobson accidentally inspired his wife Emma to take up motorcycling after purchasing a Yamaha RXS100 project bike to rekindle his own biking youth. The low-capacity...

Biking magician pulls Yamaha Tracer 700 GT out of the hat in MCN competition

Biking magician pulls Yamaha Tracer 700 GT out of the hat in MCN competition

A Wolverhampton-based biking magician has bagged a brilliant motorcycling prize – a brand-new Yamaha Tracer 700 GT in an MCN competition. Shaun Mansfield, 56, says the middleweight tourer allows him...

Hardy #ride5000miles members begin to make big plans for New Year

Hardy #ride5000miles members begin to make big plans for New Year

While many head to the gym or start a 'dry January', in the New Year, #ride5000miles members are already setting their sights on realistic 2020 targets that will make a more lasting difference to...

Meet the next generation stepping up to the #ride5000miles challenge

Meet the next generation stepping up to the #ride5000miles challenge

The #R5K group is no stranger to experienced riders, leaning on decades of biking knowledge to achieve their annual mileage goal, but plenty of new riders on restricted A2 licences are chasing the...

A change is better than a rest for #ride5000miles fans

A change is better than a rest for #ride5000miles fans

It’s easy sticking to what you know, but some #ride5000miles members have bucked the trend this year and taken the plunge with something different. Gordon Hill, 49, from Dumfries, chopped in his 2003...

#Ride5000miles members hit the dirt for winter thrills

#Ride5000miles members hit the dirt for winter thrills

With temperatures tumbling and sunlight scarce, it's not easy to add to your 5000-mile target at this time of year.  But #ride5000miles members are embracing the conditions by heading...

R5Ker aims for the Arctic Circle after late summer ride to Morocco

R5Ker aims for the Arctic Circle after late summer ride to Morocco

Andy Barnes took a huge chunk off his 5000-mile annual target with a mammoth 3800-mile trip to Morocco aboard his trusty Yamaha FZ8 – and now he has plans to ride across the Arctic Circle! Setting off...

R5K members target UK ‘four corners’ in 24hr charity ride

R5K members target UK ‘four corners’ in 24hr charity ride

A pair of motorcycling mates are planning to ride to all four corners of the UK in under 24 hours to raise money for charity. Kai Samlofski, 47, of Newton-Le-Willows, and Mark Isherwood, 44, from...

R5K members make special events out of European miles

R5K members make special events out of European miles

With mid-summer sun now a mere memory, #R5K members have taken to Europe in an attempt to enjoy some late-season heat while bolstering their mileage totals. For some it’s a last chance for a ride...

BSB riders join the chase to ride5000miles

BSB riders join the chase to ride5000miles

Despite the thrill of racing bikes professionally, a number of British championship riders have been enjoying serious road miles this year, too. "I just love motorbikes and even on a weekend off from...

R5Ker tackles 48 states in 48 days for air ambulance service

R5Ker tackles 48 states in 48 days for air ambulance service

A 61-year-old Brit has ridden across all 48 contiguous (connected) US states in just 48 days to raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance Service. Gordon Wilson, a retired senior lecturer from...

Biking duo prepare for charity epic in a bid to raise £53k

Biking duo prepare for charity epic in a bid to raise £53k

Two #ride5000miles members from Willington, County Durham, are hoping to break a world record by riding to 50 countries in 20 days in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Having previously completed two...

Female bikers tackle the #ride5000miles challenge in style

Female bikers tackle the #ride5000miles challenge in style

It’s been an action-packed summer of motorcycling for the dedicated female members of #R5K, with riders tackling big trips and achieving high-mileage. Making up 10.1% of the 12,000-strong group, women...

R5K member tours Europe's rudest place names

R5K member tours Europe's rudest place names

From Cockermouth to Scratchy Bottom, Britain is home to some truly comical place names and one #ride5000miles member could not resist the temptation to visit towns and villages with rude names for...

Father and daughter leave stress behind on annual trip

Father and daughter leave stress behind on annual trip

A motorcycling father and daughter have enjoyed their sixth annual tour together exploring the Isle of Wight and the east coast as they pile on the miles. Martin Potts, 57, and Claire Potts, 26, began...

125 riders tackle the #ride5000miles challenge in fine style

125 riders tackle the #ride5000miles challenge in fine style

Riding over 5000 miles in a year can be challenging on any bike, however a dedicated band of intrepid riders are tackling the task aboard sub-15bhp 125s. Despite being limited to around 70mph and...

Who says you can't tour on a Harley?

Who says you can't tour on a Harley?

#Ride5000miles member, Martin Fell, has been bucking the motorcycle touring trend by covering almost 2000 miles in 10 days aboard his Harley-Davidson Breakout cruiser. Leaving Northern Ireland on...

R5K thrill-seekers explore alternative mileage methods

R5K thrill-seekers explore alternative mileage methods

To some #ride5000miles members, a new riding season means a chance to push their two-wheeled limits, looking for ever more extreme means of achieving their distance goals. "I treated myself to a...

'We have more smiles per mile at 30mph' - Northern Ningers

'We have more smiles per mile at 30mph' - Northern Ningers

A biking tour can be a great way to add to your #ride5000miles total, experiencing new places and roads often with friends. But instead of cramming everything you’ll need onto a bike and setting off...

A highland and island fling by motorbike

A highland and island fling by motorbike

For many an overnight ferry sees you arrive on foreign shores with the promise of a European adventure ahead, but #ride5000miles member Dan Dobson and riding buddy, Phil Winstanley, opted for a more...

Dedicated R5K members in search of biking nirvana

Dedicated R5K members in search of biking nirvana

Spring is definitely here and summer is just around the corner – and that means longer days, lighter nights and loads of cool places to visit that are coming alive with bike activity. And it’s great...

Iron Butt president says big miles make Bank Holidays great

Iron Butt president says big miles make Bank Holidays great

Another long weekend beckons, and for many of us it’ll mean an extra day of riding fun: either a short hop to the coast, a blast through the Peak District or maybe even a night away on foreign...

Friends reunite through #ride5000miles after 15 years apart

Friends reunite through #ride5000miles after 15 years apart

For many, being part of the #R5K group means shared experiences, group ride-outs and new friends. But for three members it’s resulted in rekindling a friendship lost 15 years earlier. Bikes never...

5 steps to getting your lid #ride5000miles ready

5 steps to getting your lid #ride5000miles ready

SHARK helmets Whether you’re already halfway through your #ride5000miles challenge or you’ve just started, it’s always a good idea to check your helmet to ensure it’s still able to do its job properly. We spoke to...

#ride5000miles memories flood back with the help of members' photographs

#ride5000miles memories flood back with the help of members' photographs

We all ride for different reasons. But whether you’re a commuter, summer Sunday warrior or ride year-round, it’s always good to share experiences, either at the time with friends or down the line with...

R5K members who've ditched the car to travel by bike

R5K members who've ditched the car to travel by bike

For every 20k miles a year superstar there’s another type of riding hero, someone who’s achieved perhaps the most difficult thing in biking: starting to ride, and there’s plenty of those who’ve signed...

Ride 5000 miles: The 2019 miles are already flowing

Ride 5000 miles: The 2019 miles are already flowing

New year, fresh start and for most #ride5000miles members that doesn’t mean hitting the gym or giving up booze, but snapping a pic of the bike’s 2019 start mileage and getting off the mark as quickly...

Join the high miles club in 2019 with #ride5000miles

Join the high miles club in 2019 with #ride5000miles

When MCN started the #ride5000miles campaign back in July 2017, we had no idea it would become so popular. It’s gone from nothing to more than 8000 members (on the Facebook group) in just 18...

2019 #ride5000miles starts today!

2019 #ride5000miles starts today!

One of the stand-out aspects of #Ride500miles is the way members have encouraged and inspired each other; not least with some incredible pictures of their riding adventures. When we asked you to show...

Rush of R5K members complete mileage in December

Rush of R5K members complete mileage in December

Back before #ride5000miles was begun, early December often used to be about denying the existence of Christmas. But now we look forward to the festive season in a whole new way as it’s when many #R5K...

Are motorbike satnavs a waste of space?

Are motorbike satnavs a waste of space?

It’s the issue that divides households and stirs the passions. No, not Brexit, but satnavs; are they the greatest contributor to a quality ride since John Loudon McAdam or a brain-shrinking device...