Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Motomarathon Motorcycle Long-Distance Rally Schedule for 2010

Motomarathon may be the long-distance motorcycling event for we mere mortals.  "Aluminum Butt Rally" maybe?  According to the Motomarathon Association's website, motomarathon is about riding as many twisties as possible during an event. Routes are kept secret until the night before each event. Instead of a traditional LD points system based on grabbing bonus locations, the goal is to complete as many checkpoints as possible.   Accumulated yearly and lifetime checkpoint data is maintained by the association. Similar to traditional LD events, riders document checkpoints by photographing their assigned badges with the checkpoint location in the background. The association claims that the routes will allow plenty of time to complete all checkpoints at posted speed limits, and even time for leisurely lunches and sightseeing.  Barring major mechanical or navigational woes, it appears riders will be able to stop each night and get a decent amount of sleep without having to check into the fabled Iron Butt Hotel (i.e. sleeping on your parked motorcycle).  The association also invites its members to create their own motomarathons using the same basic format.  This year's schedule follows.  I usually attend the Retreads Mid-Atlantic Rally that same week in May, but that New England event looks mighty tempting....

2010 Motomarathon Schedule:
Southern California Motomarathon -- March 26-29
New England Motomarathon -- May 13-16
Centopassi Motomarathon -- June 25-28
Colorado Motomarathon-- September 17-20

Image courtesy of Motomarathon Association


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