While the idea of entering an endurance rally may be a little intimidating, once you figure out how they work—something you can only do by jumping in with both feet—I can virtually guarantee you’ll have a great time. If you’re game to give it a go, here are a few tips designed to help you take that plunge:
Registration for the 2012 edition of the Motorcycle Endurance Riding Association’s 10-n-10 Rally is now open, but you’d be wise to work up to it by entering one or more 24-hour rallies (like MERA’s always-fun Utah 1088) this summer. To learn more about both events, visit www.utah1088.com.
If making the trip to Utah for your first endurance rally seems impractical, you’re sure to find at least a few long-distance events closer to home under the “Event Calendar” tab at the Iron Butt Association’s website (www.ironbutt.com).
If you’ve never done a 1000-mile day before, you’ll also want to check out the collection of helpful long-distance riding advice on the Iron Butt Association’s website under the heading “Archive of Wisdom” (www.ironbutt.com/tech). And if you do end up entering a MERA event like the Utah 1088, be sure to ask about the organization’s endurance rally mentoring program.