#Ride5000miles members are plotting ways to make the most of motorcycling post lockdown

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With riding a motorcycle for pleasure currently placed on hold for the foreseeable future, #ride5000miles members have come together online to support each other through this unprecedented time.

One of the ways they’ve been overcoming their bike-less blues is by planning the amazing two-wheeled activities they will be getting up to once the ban on free movement has been lifted.

This includes Graham Bell, 59, who intends to use his KTM 1290 Super Duke GT and Super Duke R for longer weekend rides and a potential European jaunt, should the virus be cleared in time for decent weather.

"When we see a glimmer at the end of the tunnel, we’ll leap onto re-planning everything that we would’ve done, but in a shorter time frame," Graham explained.

"Maybe we’ll start with a weekend break to Wales or Scotland? As things then progress, perhaps we can do a September or October ride down to France or Spain, where the weather should be good still."

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Elsewhere, Scottish-based Mike Taylor, 38, plans to help people get back on two wheels through his small bike touring firm, Passing Places Tours.

"I might try to do a 'for cost' run, or even just a camping weekend somewhere," the East Lothian rider told MCN. "I’ll just sort it out and book it with a campsite and riders can just pay whatever it costs - just to try and give people something to look forward to and an excuse to get together."

On top of this, Mike also plans to run his third-annual Sunart Wildcat Rally, which he organises for between 50 and 60 bikers in aid of Scotland’s Air Ambulance charity.

Originally due to take place on April 24-25, it’s been provisionally pushed back to September this year.

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Elsewhere, IAM Observer Roland Johns, 69, has his heart set on simply getting back out into the countryside and spinning some laps around his beloved Cadwell Park.

"I just want to get out for a decent ride in the countryside and start training bikers again," he explained. "I try and do at least one track session a year just to keep my skills sharp, and have fun at the same time."

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Dan Sutherland

By Dan Sutherland

Senior Writer (motorcycling), sportsbike nut, currently riding a FireBlade