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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 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...

#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...

R5K members recall their 2018 highlights

R5K members recall their 2018 highlights

We've been saying it for a couple of weeks now, but with the longest, hottest and perhaps greatest of summers now tucked away in the memory banks, R5k members have been recalling their magic moments...

Monkey Run: Take the scenic route through Romania

Monkey Run: Take the scenic route through Romania

There's still time to add to this year's #ride5000miles totals, but there's no harm in planning ahead and thinking about 2019. If you fancy something a bit different with a real sense of adventure...

R5K member spotlight: Mike Britt

R5K member spotlight: Mike Britt

The #ride5000miles Facebook group is a great place to talk with like-minded people, get advice and share your experiences about life on two wheels. A group is nothing without members and so we thought...

Winter sees #ride5000miles members share their top riding tips

Winter sees #ride5000miles members share their top riding tips

It’s officially winter, so getting out on your bike is harder. You have to spend more time watching the weather forecast for a window of opportunity, more time kitting up and more time washing the...

#ride5000miles members refuse to stop riding this winter

#ride5000miles members refuse to stop riding this winter

Scores of #ride5000miles Facebook members have vowed to keep on biking despite the first frosts of the year and a premature appearance of the dreaded gritter. An early cold snap in late October saw...

Huge Remembrance Sunday rideout targets M25 and M60

Huge Remembrance Sunday rideout targets M25 and M60

Thousands are set to participate in a rideout to commemorate fallen soldiers this Remembrance Sunday. The Ring of Red is one of the biggest remembrance rideouts in the UK, with routes planned on the...

R5K: 'I love the way riding lets you forget the mundanities of life'

R5K: 'I love the way riding lets you forget the mundanities of life'

With a bumper summer and a mild, long autumn we’ve seen huge numbers of bikers not just complete their 5000-mile challenge, but push far past that as well. This year we’ve seen more members than ever...

Add to your #ride5000miles total with a brew at Squires

Add to your #ride5000miles total with a brew at Squires

I want a giant mug of tea, so heavy I can barely hold it with one hand. I want a huge carpark full of diverse machines. I want greetings, smiles, and a friendly ‘ey-up’ from the locals. And I want my...

Share your riding goals with #ride5000miles

Share your riding goals with #ride5000miles

It may be approaching the end of the biking season, but there’s no reason why you can’t still sign up to our #ride5000miles challenge. "The beauty of R5K is that you pledge to cover 5000 miles in a...

Achieve #R5K with the Longest Day

Achieve #R5K with the Longest Day

Three thirty-seven in the morning and the carpark of the Holiday Inn near Land’s End should be quiet, but today it is a hive of bizarre, hushed activity. In the shadows, lit by the strobe of a...

Autumn weather won't stop R5K members

Autumn weather won't stop R5K members

Changeable autumn weather that fluctuates between sun and rain and gusting winds hasn’t stopped MCN #ride5000miles members from getting the most of their bikes and it seems they have two ways of...

What the #ride5000miles group means to its members

What the #ride5000miles group means to its members

We love our #ride5000miles Facebook group. The online world can be a cruel place and we’ve carved out an enclave for us bikers to seek advice, share experiences or generally have a natter about life...

'I'm trying to clock my 5000 miles in Japan!'

'I'm trying to clock my 5000 miles in Japan!'

Japanese #ride5000miles enthusiast Kazuo Sakai is our furthest-flung member and he’s bidding to clock the 5000-mile mark on a variety of machinery which includes a Kawasaki Z250, a Honda CB400...