As the world of amateur rally racing grows – seemingly exponentially – more and more rally planners are offering Adventure Raid courses. Hellas Rally, 1000 Dunas, Hispania Rally, Dinaric Rally, Sonora – all of these events have an ADV class open to high capacity adventure bikes, and usually the organizers have no trouble filling them. Having raced Hellas in 2019 and Hispania in 2020, I have noticed that the ADV classes still have at least 30-40 runners, and there is a good chance that they will grow even more in the future. While most Adventure Raid classes offer shorter stages and GPS navigation instead of a roadbook, this is still a pretty decent challenge: great riders take on the same routes, the same technical terrain, and the same endurance event. Everyone.
My own rally weapon – or rather, pack mule, but that’s a story for another time – of my choice is a heavily modified Suzuki DR650. Not exactly an ADV fat bike, but not a smooth and graceful KTM 450 either; So far, as I have no illusion of placing myself anywhere other than the end of the peloton, I have above all been grateful for my indestructible tractor. The maintenance of the bivouac consists largely of a quick check and inspection of the tires; there is no need to change the oil every five minutes, and most of the time the thing keeps running despite rally conditions or terrain. For a complete enthusiast like me that’s a lot of cycling and a lot of reliability to stick with the DR rather than thinking of something more suited to racing, especially since I’m on the road indefinitely between groceries.
Perhaps that is the beauty of the big ADV racing motorcycles: they will not only get you through a rally, they will also allow you to come and return from the rally. Who knows – maybe Races to Places will become a thing, with adventure riders traveling from race to race and keeping up with the world of rallying.
What is your opinion ? Have you ever participated in a rally with a big ADV motorcycle?
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