When you hear the word ‘motorcycle’, you tend to think of a lean machine zipping through the traffic. It’s a vehicle associated with speed, yet Roger Bibbings rallied bikers to join him on a slow motorcycle challenge.
Workplace safety supremo and lifelong motorcycle enthusiast Roger urged fellow fans to join him in the e2w slowly challenge, which took place on the 21 and 22 June 2014.
Roger rode his trusty 1979 TS150 MZ to raise money for RoSPA’s Driveway Safety campaign. At least 29 children have been killed on, or near, the driveways of their homes since 2001.
The challenge attracted six riders, though in the end, due to mechanical dramas, only Peter Henshaw, the former editor of Motorcycle Sport and Leisure and Phil Speakman, general secretary of the MZ Riders Club, made it to the finish line.
But what did e2w slowly involve? The team set off from the most easterly part of Great Britain in Lowestoft on the longest day of the year and finished up in St David’s, the most westerly point, at sunset the next day.
They rode vintage motorcycles, mostly over 25 years old and under 200cc, and travelled mainly on minor roads. They carried all camping gear, tools and supplies (except water and petrol) on their bikes and¬ had no backup vehicle.
This trip followed 2013's e2e slowly event, which covered Land’s End to John O’Groats.
"I was inoculated with the motorcycling virus very early on by my father," says Roger. “It was on holidays on the continent as pillion on small machines that I learned about the feasibility and pleasure of travelling slowly on two wheels and using the minor roads.
"You see, smell and remember so much more and provided you keep on going, you cover the same ground as those burning up the highways on much bigger machines."
You can read more about the eventful journey in Roger’s two-part blog on Safety Gone Sane.
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