I’ve talked about fly and ride adventures in several articles already. What about fly and rally? There are so many amazing rally races available to amateur riders worldwide, so if you’re feeling adventurous, why not give that a go? All it takes is picking a rally race, filling out the entry form, renting a bike, and going.
Here’s what you need to know to get started.
Picking a Rally
I’ve already compared several different European rally races and rally training events, and if you want a full list of rally races around the world, here’s the Rally Navigator list. How do you pick a rally, though?
There are several criteria to think about, such as location. You want to pick a rally that’s either closest to you, or choose one where you get cheap direct flights. Mexico and Europe come to mind, if you’re from North America: one is really close, the other has some excellent low airfares to most hubs.
Another aspect is the welcome: how many amateur classes are there? Can you race on any bike? Id there an adventure class, if you’re wanting to do it on a large adventure motorcycle?
Finally, it’s budget. Some European rallies like Hispania or Hellas are very affordable with entry fees starting at around $700, whereas a desert rally entry can cost $3,000-$5,000 and more.
Getting a Bike
In most large amateur rallies, any motorcycle will do. Literally anything between 150 and 1200cc is a go, so you can rent, borrow, or buy second-hand whatever takes your fancy. Typically, renting a rally motorcycle with roadbook navigation equipment and assistance will cost $1,800 and up, so if you’re planning to do several rallies or come back the next year, buying something second hand and leaving it there is a great option.
Would you ever fly and rally? Let me know in the comments below.