29/12/2017 at 1:03 pm #72826
Have decided that with 2018 soon to be here its time for something new!
Rallymoto seems like a good place to start looking!
I am a total novice to 2 wheeled competition although I have been involved with motorsport
of the 4 wheeled type most of my adult life.
So can anyone point me in the best direction on how or where to start?
Have lots of questions about what bike, how big, when, where and how etc etc.
Thinking of turning up at an event, have a nosey about, chat to a few people?
Thanx in advance.
Skip03/01/2018 at 4:15 pm #72934
Hi Brian. Obviously you came to the right place. The big question is, are you a true novice to two wheels
Or are you a road bike rider.
kevin04/01/2018 at 8:19 am #72941
Iam pretty much the same as you Brian I have been looking at doing this in 2018/2019 but bike wise I already had a couple so I have been build a rally build from that. mine is a big bike though what I have already rode around Britain on trails and the t.e.t with ease hence picking that bike for the build.I feel comfy with it and it’s never let me down . Iam hoping to be ready for at least 2019 at the latest I’ve even thought about buying another bike that’s smaller to play about on and get a feel of the events. me personal if you haven’t done lots of off road on motorbikes would go for a lighter machine easier to throw around and manipulate it to get it were you want it to go and if you come off (hope not) it will only be a light macchine falling on you and you should get up with minor injury if any at all and be able to pick the bike etc with ease.04/01/2018 at 10:22 am #72943
I’m certainly no expert as I’ve only done 2 events, but heres my take on it.
The first event is usually Brechfa in March. You can often enter an event for one day rather than the full two days if you feel you need a taster, or just lack time.
If you have done any sort of off road trail riding then you’ll be fine. There can be some more challenging sections, mud holes, rocky climbs etc, but the course should be doable on just about any size trail bike.
There is a beginners class and classes for large bikes/trail bikes/enduro based bikes etc.
It all depends on how serious you want to take it.
Get a bike your happy to drop, and happy to pick up again. I’ve seen trail bikes like xt350/drz400 all the way up to 990 adventures on the events.
Or you build a proper rally bike with full nav gear etc and go the whole hog. 🙂04/01/2018 at 12:41 pm #72944
Welcome to Rallymoto!
I was in a similar situation to you six years ago, I had been trail riding and driving non competitively for years and had been around motorcycle sport for years, helping friends in disciplines as varied as motocross, beach racing, sidecar cross, drag racing, track racing and endurance racing when I finally decided to take the plunge.
I was convinced by a couple of friends that rallying was the way to go and best suited to my bike at the time (a CCM 604E) so i entered the Hafren Rally in October 2011 in the beginners class. I then started to worry whether I’d done the right thing so signed up for a two day training course at Sweet Lamb Rally Complex in Mid Wales (run back then by Rallymoto in conjunction with Craig Bounds and Tamsin Jones of Black Desert Training). That was a real eye opener by the end of the first day I had been persuaded to upgrade my Hafren entry to the full rally (the beginners only do two laps instead of three)!
I would recommend something similar, as well as Black Desert, similar training can be had from Desert Rose Racing, the Sweet Lamb Adventure Bike Academy, Donna Gray at Raidtech all who can offer rally specific training
and there are the manufacturers various schemes, BMW Off Road school, Dave Thorpe’s Honda Off Road Centre, Geraint Jone’s Yamaha Off Road Experience, Ady Smith’s KTM Off Road School but these are not rally specific.
If you want to read more about my hapless efforts as a noob
And don’t forget there’s no such thing as a stupid question, although you might get a few stupid answers 🙂
05/01/2018 at 7:08 pm #72961
Welcome guys, 6 years ago i was a road rider getting bored with it and thinking i can’t hurtle around the countryside at three figure speeds or tour Europe by motorway, bought a “green lane’er” with a couple of mates and haven’t looked back.
Sold the road bikes, too boring and I get more fun, thrills, travel etc out of the dirt biking plus there’s some great people 🙂
Don’t know where you’re based but training is great for technique and confidence, post up your part of the country and see if anyone knows of some training near you. Done Sweet Lamb and Black Desert, both gave a huge improvement and i must go back for more.
You don’t have to be a riding god to ride a typical rally (I’m certainly not!!) only the guys at the front need to be, the rest of us ride for enjoyment/satisfaction/kicks, only occasionally getting a bit competitive, though always friendly.24/01/2018 at 8:35 am #73026
I’ve also just joined Rallymoto for the first time, and plan to enter the whole ATRC series this year.
I raced MX for a few years but stopped in 2010. I hadn’t ridden off road at all until December when I went on a 2 day trail riding trip to Spain with a group of friends.
Fortunately / unfortunately (not sure yet), I got bitten by the dirt bike bug, and came back and bought an Enduro bike, and here I am.
I’m excited and can’t wait to get to the first event in March. I’m not really nervous about the riding side, but does anyone have a guide to the mundane stuff, like what happens on the day, how and where do you sign on and what time, how long are the riding days, is there food and toilets on site or do we need to be self sufficient, can we actually stay on site etc, etc?
Like I said, it’s the mundane dits and pieces that are concerning me.
Joe Ryder24/01/2018 at 8:37 am #73030
BurtParticipant24/01/2018 at 8:17 pm #73032
I’ve made it a click link for you
And specifically yes there will be toilets (usually plastic loos as often out in a forest).
And food is usually the ubiquitous burger van, although some rallies do include a meal (i.e. the Ryedale)
- This reply was modified 3 months, 4 weeks ago by Tony Ferrari.
24/01/2018 at 8:22 pm #73034
- This reply was modified 3 months, 4 weeks ago by Tony Ferrari.
As to times for registration, scrutineering etc. these will vary from rally to rally and will be either in the regulations when entries open or in the special instructions usually sent out about a week before the race
24/01/2018 at 9:02 pm #73035
Thank you. Do I need to apply for an ACU licence?24/01/2018 at 10:32 pm #73036
You can buy an annual licence for £48 from here
Or you can buy a “day licence” (actually a single event licence so covers two day rallies too) for £15 each time.
So if you are going to do four or more rallies in a year, it’s worth buying an annual licence
25/01/2018 at 11:30 pm #73040
Thanks for that. I may end up doing some Enduro’s too, so I’ll probably go straight for the annual licence.
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