Part 2: In Part 1, Alan Rider described the workings of the 10-n-10 Rally and what drove him to give it a try in the first place. In Part 2, he describes the mental and physical toll that he paid by committing to 18-hour days in the saddle. A Reason to Roam While the chance [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
10,000 miles in 10 days? Part 2 – Special Feature Trying to survive the Motorcycle Endurance Rider Association’s 10-n-10 Rally.
10,000 miles in 10 days? Part 1 – Special Feature Trying to survive the Motorcycle Endurance Rider Association’s 10-n-10 Rally, where getting pulled over costs you money but earns you points.
[ Feed Me! (top photo) Other bonus locations included chowing down on everything from donuts and pecan pie to burgers and barbecue. In fact, the 10-n-10 Rally may be one of the few motorcycle competitions where entrants actually gain weight. ] Part 1: Chasing the sunset through the golden light and purple shadows washing over [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Building a Go-Far Yamaha FJR1300AE – Special Feature And all the other farkles that make 10,000 miles in 10 days tolerable.
They say great long-distance motorcycles are made not born. That may be, but the stock Yamaha FJR1300AE I borrowed for last summer’s 10-day/10,000-mile 10-n-10 Rally, had an awful lot of the qualities I was looking for in an endurance rally bike right out of the box. Topping that list is its bulletproof reliability, hassle-free shaft [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
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 [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Hard as it may be to believe, riding 1000 miles a day for 10 days straight can actually be fun. When friends ask me about my experience competing in MERA’s inaugural 10-n-10 Rally, I’ll admit that I tend to lead with the dramatic stuff: hail, gale-force winds,and triple-digit temperatures. Riding 18 hours a day while surviving [...]Read Full Post | Comments(4)
Here’s how to follow along as riders in MERA’s 10-n-10 Rally hit the road. As I sit here in my Salt Lake City Hotel room reviewing my planned route for the Motorcycle Endurance Riders Association’s first-ever 10-n-10 Rally one last time, it occurs to me that my three previous installments in this series overlooked one [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
The one thing that matters more to competitors in MERA’s 10-n-10 Rally than a strong finish. When the 35 men and women entered in the Motorcycle Endurance Riders Association‘s inaugural 10-n-10 Rally roll out of our Salt Lake City hotel‘s parking lot next Thursday morning, each of us will be attempting to ride a minimum [...]Read Full Post | Comments(4)
Making a good long-distance bike better. While the field for the Motorcycle Endurance Riders Association’s 10-day/10,000-mile 10-n-10 Rally includes bikes from nearly every major motorcycle company, walk through the parking lot outside our Salt Lake City hotel on the morning of August 26th and you’ll find as many Yamaha FJR1300 sport-tourers in the lineup as [...]Read Full Post | Comments(3)
Attempting the MERA 10-n-10 Rally A few years ago I managed to string together three 1,000-mile days in a row and, I have to say, it was one of the toughest things I’ve ever done on a motorcycle. Which is why Cycle World contributor Alan Rider’s offer to tell the story of a 10-day/10,000-mile endurance [...]Read Full Post | Comments(42)