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Sally Weighill says #ride5000miles has made her a much bet­ter rider


When Sally Weighill stum­bled across the #ride5000miles cam­paign, she was rel­a­tively new to mo­tor­cy­cling. Hav­ing only re­cently passed her Di­rect Ac­cess test, Sally, 54, from Gran­tham, joined a num­ber of on­line fo­rums to gain more knowl­edge about bik­ing and spot­ted R5K when lik­ing MCN’s page on Face­book.

In the 18 months that fol­lowed, she has owned three bikes, vis­ited new places and trav­elled an im­pres­sive 30,000 miles, al­ready achiev­ing 6000 this year alone on her Kawasaki Z1000SX. Sally said: “The MCN #ride5000miles cam­paign is the best bik­ing group out there. You don’t get any of the ag­gro or nas­ti­ness that you get on some other pages.

“My chil­dren have grown up and they are do­ing their own thing and I thought ‘what am I go­ing to do now?’ I grew up on a farm and we had a few bikes we used to ride around on.

“One day, I de­cided that I would do my bike test. I did it within a month and haven’t looked back. My rid­ing has im­proved dra­mat­i­cally over that time and I’ve gone from sim­ply pass­ing my test to be­ing a con­fi­dent rider.” Sally cites some of this added con­fi­dence to the R5K cam­paign and other mem­bers of the group. “Cor­ners were my big is­sue when I started rid­ing, how­ever I have learnt that hav­ing de­cent tyres makes a mas­sive dif­fer­ence. “At the start, I was also think­ing about how to op­er­ate all of the con­trols, but now I’ve done so much more rid­ing, it feels like sec­ond na­ture.

“I’ve also rid­den with loads of other peo­ple, in­clud­ing fel­low R5K mem­ber Chris Hood. He is amaz­ing and he showed me some re­ally lovely roads in York­shire. “Peo­ple post where they’ve been and the places look fan­tas­tic. I just head out and try them for my­self. I love the ex­pe­ri­ence of ex­plor­ing new routes. You also meet new peo­ple who know the roads well and your rid­ing im­proves no end.”

Sally’s next big bik­ing step is to un­der­take a Euro­pean mo­tor­cy­cling mis­sion. Af­ter get­ting a taste for longer tours last year when she rode up to Scot­land for a week, she is plan­ning a for­eign for later this year.

Sally’s gone from a ner­vous learner to a bunny ear­wear­ing wav­ing ex­pert in no time Sally en­joyed a 400-mile round trip to Good­wood

Sally had a Street Triple be­fore the Z1000SX

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