Road Rally nOOb - Now with more rallies & daytrippin

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Boondoggle, Jul 31, 2015.

  1. Boondoggle

    Boondoggle no good deed

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    Also, I just realized that I have a telephone and we could actually, you know, talk about it if you want :lol3
  2. Patch

    Patch Long timer

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    Think you pretty much nailed it there ... there is info online and several good blogs from riders, but essentially it boils down to how you like to ride and if the endurance scavenger-type rally appeals to you.

    Me, I like to ride alone with others. Rally rides are perfect for that: a group of riders all start together but ride their own rides and follow their own chosen route to bonus locations and then end up together at the finish to tell lies and relive the ride, usually with tasty, refreshing beverages.

    Don't let the 'endurance' part put you off, rally rides exist in 8, 10, 24, 36 hr formats up to 11 days long. You need to be somewhat proficient in navigation and manipulating waypoint/gpx files and riding with a gps. Sure you can still use plain old maps if you choose but thats really going to make it difficult to enjoy it IMHO.

    You can look at Ride Master:
    https://rides.jasonjonas.com to see what events are near you, and maybe jump in and register for one.

    One thing you'll find - rally riders are ALWAYS ready and willing to help out those new to the 'sport' and will try to make sure you have fun. If you're near, or can be near the Northeast I'd recommend the Team Lyle New England. Its based in Rhode Island this year, and is an 8 hr rally. Its a good 'test' if rally riding is for you as its a short event and thus based on a smallish geographic area so there is little chance of getting into too much trouble unless you ride into the ocean.

    Some resources for researching in addition to the Void that Boonie mentioned:

    http://www.teamstrange.com
    http://www.ironbutt.com/ibr.cfm



  3. BkerChuck

    BkerChuck Been here awhile

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    Throwing in my .02 here. I was familiar with the Iron Butt Rally from magazine articles years back but never heard of any of the smaller events until I bought my FJR and joined that forum. Attended a RTE and met my first in person IBR finisher and heard stories of the MD20/20, Cape Fear, the Void, and more. Tried my first event the next spring, the MD20/20 and it's been downhill ever since. 3 Saddle Sore rides, Tour of Honor, Team Strange Grand Tours you name it. Met Boonie at Void rally I think last year?

    Like these guys have already said LD riders and ralliers are among the most willing group to help out a noob as I've ever met. Advice on using Basecamp and your GPS, lighting choices, routing, all of it. Read some ride reports and reach out to the writers of them. I've posted a couple myself for that express purpose. PM me if you want I'd be happy to help.
  4. Boondoggle

    Boondoggle no good deed

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    Actually this year’s void would be perfect for you - its just a day’s ride from charlotte to fredericksburg- and it’s in just under two months. Give it a try.

    One thing - part of the fun is that “first time” feeling. Not knowing what to do or what to expect, and just going forward.
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  5. Boondoggle

    Boondoggle no good deed

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    From page 1 of this thread :lol3
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  6. RealOldDualSportGuy

    RealOldDualSportGuy You Played it for her, now play it for me

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    Thanks everyone

    Appreciate the n00b support

    Ride safe
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