In recognition of what we at RallyMoto consider a historical moment for our club, we decided to contact Hampshire based member Ian, the first rider to complete all three of his chosen routes of the Ice Breaker Challenge.
Now as we do commend Ian’s efforts, we also acknowledge that at this point in time not all participants have been able to complete the three routes yet due to the fact that a couple of the roadbooks were delayed in being posted out (lockdown also affected our ability to ride reccies and therefore finalise some routes). But seeing as this a first for RallyMoto running a ‘Rally in a Box’ style of event, we were intrigued to touch base with Ian and hear about his experience on the Ice Breaker Challenge.
weapon of choice
I only really noticed the mileage after I’d fitted the Kit690 tanks and nav tower and wanted to fit smaller clocks to make room for the roadbook holder. I copied the original clock mileage to the new one at 89495 miles.
“The roadbook holder is an F2R electric, with an ICO Rallye Max GPS based trip. They’re both nice to use, and reliable, but I still find myself struggling with which button to push and when sometimes, and with the really close junctions on the roadbook the GPS ICO does have a tendancy to add 1/10ths km for you when you least want it to! … I run a garmin montana 600 alongside the ico, to keep an eye on the bearing which has been really helpful on some of the roadbooks to quickly identify where I’ve gone completely wrong!”
the ice breaker challenge
G: Is this your first time riding a roadbook rally? If not, what is your prior experience?
I: Not my first one but I’m by no means an expert! First for me was the Coast to Coast (August), Tour of Wales (September) , Salisbury & Thetford cannonballs (November) then the Icebreaker. I still have a lot I need to practice though and struggle most with the really short distance changes especially if there’s more than one – I get mentally stuck on the first one almost every time and then can’t read the next 1 or 2!
The additions I’ve spent on – forks internals / rear shock 300mm, tanks and nav tower, Nova gearset, 732 cc, clutch add up to significant costs but as I already have the bike it’s cheaper than buying a new one. A new bike would no doubt be more capable (as are most other riders!), but I’ll stick with this one and besides I have to see it through 100k now!
“I keep thinking I should do training but some also argue the best training is time on the bike so – to date – I have just tried to get as much time on the bike off road as possible and tried to take on board hints / advice from those more capable than me! “
Running a remote rally means we as organisers aren’t amongst the action and we rely on our members to share their experiences, pictures and stories. If you’re on social media then there is a specific Ice Breaker Challenge group you can join which is a great source for updates and feedback. You can also join our facebook group, check out our page, follow us on Instagram and subscribe to our Youtube channel to connect with the RallyMoto community. It’s a friendly and supportive bunch of likeminded folk who enjoy sharing information. If you have more questions for Ian then leave a comment below as he has a ton of information regarding servicing and maintanence of his 690.