Making miles while the sun sort of shines

MCN’s #ride5000members keep making great motorcycling memories

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It’s been a busy few weeks for #ride5000miles, with members taking on the high winds brought by Storm Brian in a bid to add to their total mileage.

This included Chris Hood, who challenged the elements and travelled 180 miles across Yorkshire on Sunday October 22 with some friends. 

Sally Weighill also took on the high winds on her Kawasaki Z1000SX on Saturday October 21, riding to Peterborough-based Yamaha and Triumph dealership Webbs, to look at some Triumphs on her wish list. 


Elsewhere, Ian Atkins added to his total, with a 191-mile ride through Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and Hampshire on his early Triumph Tiger. 

Posting about the ride on the R5K Facebook page, Ian said: “Good test for the newly-fitted R&G heated grips, which seem to work a treat! Just another 1365 miles to complete now, to the big 5k.”

Ian Pemberton also added to his goal with 165 more miles over a week exploring parts of Wales, including the breath-taking Bala Lake. Fellow R5K member, Dave Mews, visited this at a similar time. 

Big-distance rider Philip Weston completed a trip from the UK to Andorra, which saw him topple the 120,000-mile mark on his Triumph Tiger 800 and bring his overall total to around 36,000 miles!

With the mild autumns of the last few years many people are putting their bikes away far too early. There is still plenty of time to crack that 5000-mile target and with the roads still free from salt, we should all continue riding as much as we can. And if you haven’t signed up to R5K, do it now. Our Facebook group is full of great people and inspiration.

This week’s 5000-mile heroes

Richard Moore 
Tracy Atkinson
Alan Storey
Bill Halley 
Mort Chris
Duncan Mepham
Stuart West-Gray
Heiko Dudzus 
Richard Brookes
Malcolm Gibbons
Keith Bousfield
Sam Downing 
Stephen Bennett 
John Crawford 
Barney Jacques-Grey
Brian Stewart
Greg Symons 
John Winnard
Kirk Stringer 
Dafydd Ap Gruffydd

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