‘My Long­est Day’

R5K mem­bers on their big rides

Motorcycle News (UK) - - #Ride5000miles MCN 5000 - Gary Swan­dells

O “I did Barcelona to Lon­don in a day on my street­fighter, a smidge un­der 1000 miles. Any­thing is pos­si­ble with an air seat. I had to make up time thanks to the dreaded Suzuki reg/ rec fail. I dropped the bike on my foot try­ing to bump start it too. The ride it­self was pretty easy: 14 hours door-to-door.” Rob Wright

O “357 miles from Ashk­a­bat to Turk­men­bashi, which isn’t that long but I was on a DRZ400S with the most un­com­fort­able seat known to man, a top speed of 55mph, in 40-de­gree heat and I’d run out of wa­ter. I was on a four-day tran­sit visa through Turk­menistan and had to get to the ferry port ASAP.” Heather Sin­clair

O “Solo ride, Buck­ing­ham to Courchevel on a Fri­day and then back again on the Mon­day. In­clud­ing a play around the moun­tains, it was a 2000-mile week­end on an S1000RR.”

Matt’s croc has gone a bit floppy

We’re done. Now for next year’s

Ex­tra fuel can avert dis­as­ter

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