#Ride5000miles 2018 is all go!

Published: 21 January 2018

Members cure those January blues by getting in some early miles

A new year marks a fresh start and another chance to achieve your #ride5000miles goal. In a bid to get ahead early, R5K members are already back out on the roads; enjoying their bikes and adding to their mileage totals.

This includes MCN’s Acting Consumer Editor Dan Sutherland, who enjoyed a 70-mile round trip to the Carole Nash Classic Bike Guide Winter Classic at Newark Showground. The trip was one shared with his mum Nicki, who came along as pillion for the first time in five years.

“I’m very happy I was able to get my mum back out on two wheels today after a five-year break! Here’s to many more trips together,” Dan said.

Another member adding to their total is Michael Corns, who headed out with a fleet of fellow Ducati riders for a 200-mile jaunt in Jakarta, Indonesia. 

Speaking on the R5K Facebook group, Michael said: “First ride of 2018 after returning to home following a visit to family in the UK and Belgium. Added 200 smiles with the boys to kick off this year’s challenge. The added advantage here is the temperature – no need for heated grips!”

Another rider who added miles to his total was Matthew Clark, who said: “First ride of 2018 completed today. I only covered 56 miles and cannot believe how filthy my bike has ended up! It’s going to take more time to clean than I spent out on the road. Still, it blew the cobwebs away and got me started towards my 5000-mile target for the year ahead.”

As well as a new R5K challenge, members have also been getting to know their new bikes. This includes recently joined Mike Porter, who purchased his Kawasaki ZX-6R on New Year’s Eve and has since covered 200 miles on it.

MCN’s Senior Editor, Matt Wildee also got in on the action, buying an 85,000-mile Yamaha XJ900F for the Longest Day Down charity ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats later this year.

Why you should pledge to ride 5K in 2018

1. It’ll make you a better rider
2. You’ll know your bike better than ever
3. It’ll make you ride to places you’ve never been before
4. You can be part of biking’s best online community


What is R5K?

MCN’s campaign to encourage as many readers as possible
to cover 5000 miles in a year is all about getting the most enjoyment possible from your motorcycle. We realise life is full of pressures that stop you biking, but there’s always a way. 

How do I do it?

Make a note of your mileage at the start of your biking year. Many members take a photo at the start of the term and at the end and share it on our Facebook page. Make a concerted effort to ride your bike more. Reap the benefits of increased machine control, a happier outlook on life and more friends and a wealth of tales to tell.  

What do I win? 

Nothing – but satisfaction, a greater love for bikes and biking, and perhaps a little bit of fame. We regularly feature R5K members in the paper, and showcase your experiences to get even more people to join in with the challenge. We want the world to ride 5000 miles – and it’s really not that hard.