"Motorcycle challenge that should’ve taken place on the longest day of the year, now to take place on August 1st! Route update -There will be three loops.
Loop 1 will take you to Scarborough via the Lincolnshire wolds past Cadwell Park, through Kirmington (Guy Martins home town/village), the Humber bridge and Olivers Mount race track where the first pit stop will be. Then back via North Yorkshire Moors, Lincolnshire past the home of the Red Arrows and back to Chris Walkers.
Loop 2 will take you to the pit stop at the Bathams brewery via Donington Park and the National Memorial Arboritum and then back via some of the best roads anywhere up through Market Harborough, Uppingham, across Rutland and back into Grantham.
Loop 3 Takes you to a pit stop at Weston Super Mare and uses quite a lot of the various LDU/LeJoG routes over the years including the good ‘ol Fosse Way to test your patience and mental strength. following a designated route. Motorcycles must cost no more than £300 (not including the cost of insurance, MOT, tyres or brakes) and must have valid MOT certificate. Accommodation and on the road support will be provided. Places are limited."
Knowing the challenge would come around very quickly, I started looking at the charity bike over the winter months.
Having sailed past several junctions on the 2019 LDU, with the brakes jammed full on, I took the bike to my (very) local brake and suspension specialist - Tyres4bikes!
Stef and Claire identified that one of the front forks wasn't doing much more than passing an MOT, also I'd noticed that the bike sat very low with rider aboard, so a suspension refresh was very necessary! I left the bike with them, and 2 weeks later, I received a text "we've kidnapped your bike, you'll get it back when we're done with it!"
Then an update, 3 weeks later " hopefully you'll get your bike back next week, currently it is a chassis and an engine"... Blimey, what have they done??
So the bike was collected on the agreed date, the bike has had a major bodywork overhaul, Stef has painstakingly cleaned all the green gunge off the frame and engine. He also freed up the front disc bobbins, so they now actually float! The bike feels and looks so much better, I can't wait to ride the 1000 odd mile challenge, a huge thanks to Tyres4bikes.
Next up, MOT! Keep your fingers crossed for me!
Update- mot passed!!