About the 500’s
The “500’s” are a series of three navigation events specifically for “Big Adventure Bikes”. The tree 500 events are the Kielder 500, the Wales 500 and the IOM 500. The events are designed to make the most of your adventure bike, giving you sense of The Dakar with long days in the saddle, roadbook navigation whist riding through some of the most beautiful and wilderness areas the UK has to offer. You will be able to ride in remote areas that are perfect for your adventure bike and these areas are “out of bounds” – so you will experience something special and unique on the the 500’s.
This is real adventure riding.
The course for each event will be a minimum distance of 500km over 2 days, covering a range of roads, tracks and back roads that are all rideable on dual sport tyres and with care on road tyres. The 500’s are 100% navigation events and there is no “speed” element to the events.
Navigation will be by roadbook with a back up GPX track. RallyMoto will supply a “hire” roadbook holder to all competitors.
Finishers of the two day events will receive a finishers medal and depending on the accuracy of the navigation a gold, silver or bronze medal. Riders that follow the GPS will receive a bronze medal as this course is slightly different to the roadbook route.
Riders are tracked by GPS for safety.
Camping will be included in the event fee and there is also a range of accommodation available near each start venue.
For information on the individual events and to sign up please visit the individual event pages as listed below:-
- Is the route really rideable on road tyres?
Yes. The route will be ridden on an adventure bike fitted with Tourance tyres. The off road tracks are the large gravel tracks that pass through the forest. The idea is to give riders an easy to ride, scenic route route some Welsh forestry that is otherwise off limits unless it is part of an organised event with the appropriate permits and permissions.
- Will my new bike be OK as I don’t want to damage it?
We would consider these tracks and back roads to be perfect for the “Big” adventure bikes that are able to cover distance and handle light off road. The course is design for minimal damage to your bike. Of course we cannot guarantee everything as it is a bit of an adventure after all.
- Will my GPS work?
A GPX file of the route will be provide as a back up to the roadbook navigation. It is worth noting that the GPS course will vary from the roadbook course slightly.
- Is my bike suitable?
A number of questions have arisen about bike suitability. KTM 690’s and Husqvarna 701’s are fine, so are older style 600’s that are more trail orientated such as XR/XL600’s which are on the weight limit of 150kgs. The reason for having this restriction is to make this an adventure bike event.
- Do I need to bring fuel?
No. Definitely not, the route passes commercial fuel stations and you should refuel here. Maximum distance between fuel stops is 80-100 km (50 – 60 miles). Just make sure you are fully fuelled at the start.
- Do I have to take part in the skills tests?
For 2019 there are no “Skills Tests”. The event is a 100% navigation.
- Do I need my own roadbook equipment?
No, RallyMoto provide an “adventure roadbook holder” to each rider. This has to returned after the event.
- Do I nee an accurate trip?
Yes, at this adventure level of riding we use an app on a Smart phone which is very good and it attached to the supplied roadbook holder.
If any riders have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0770 392 4448.