Re-run your road trip

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - News -

ON 6 MAY this year it will be 29 years to the day that my Yamaha RD50MX was de­liv­ered to my door. I had never rid­den on the road be­fore and I was 16 that day. My best mate Rob who taught me to ride a bike was with me and we de­cided to em­bark on an epic jour­ney. So I got on my new RD. I could hardly ride it and we set off from Welles­bourne in War­wick­shire to Chel­tenham in Glouces­ter­shire, a round trip of 75 miles (my god is that all).

It was a mas­sive ad­ven­ture that re­sulted in near-death ex­pe­ri­ences, me­chan­i­cal fail­ure, and nei­ther of us have ever for­got­ten a sec­ond of it.

For the past two years I have sourced, pur­chased and re­stored a 1981 RD50MX and a 1979 DT50M. They are as close to ex­act repli­cas as I could make them of the bikes we used that day – same colours, some of the same mods. It’s been very dif­fi­cult. They are rare.

So in a cou­ple of weeks’ time we are go­ing to do it again. No phones. No back up. Same trip. Ev­ery­one who has heard about this has lived the story. We thought you might like to know about it. An­thony Bar­tle and Robert Web, email

Ex­act repli­cas of near-death rides

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