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25th May 2016

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Compass Challenge Continues

Even more RC riders have been clocking up cardinal points of the compass on classic bikes. Here are just the highlights: check the Compass Challenge Facebook page and magazine for all the action...

A Buzy Day

The weather forecast suggested afternoon rain for Peter, so ‘as I knew where all four points of the compass could be found, I thought I’d wizz round on the MZ before lunch. Eazy peazy! How wrong can you be? Seems local councils don't want people to know where they are.

The RealClassic Compass Challenge 2016

East was indeed eazy. Southowram and Northowram have at least four roads in/out, but despite being mentioned in the Domesday Book I could not find a town sign on the first three roads I tried. The final west point was even worse. There is a sign half a mile away directing you to West Vale, but when I got there I could find not a single sign to prove I had arrived; hence the photo of West Vale Bakery! Rain drops on the vizor as I arrived home for some zzzs.’

The RealClassic Compass Challenge 2016
Challenging Chargers on Now...

The Hall’s Haul

John and Carol take these challenges really rather seriously. They sprang into action last month with a colossal collection of 25 compass points, including all four ‘streets’, and then added a further 18 to bring their running total to 43. So far.

The RealClassic Compass Challenge 2016

Their other stats are pretty impressive, too: the combined age of man, woman and motorcycle is 187 and they’ve clocked up over 487 miles to date. The Halls never miss a trick – as seen here – no roadside sign or wheely bin is safe!

The RealClassic Compass Challenge 2016

All Encompassing

Meanwhile, MartinP is using the Compass Challenge to familiarise himself in a new landscape.

The RealClassic Compass Challenge 2016

‘This is really helping me get to know the area and I’ve found some good riding roads. Rather than riding around aimlessly and just ending up somewhere, I ride around with some purpose and, heaven forbid, a map!’

The RealClassic Compass Challenge 2016

Join The Challenge

Everyone is welcome to take part in the Compass Challenge. Grab a motorcycle, find four places with North, South, East and West in their names, and go for a ride. Send us the photographic evidence of your four compass points by email or post your pics on the Compass Challenge Facebook page: www.facebook.com/The-RealClassic-Compass-Challenge

You can ride on your own, with a friend, or drag your whole club or branch along, as seen here. You choose your own four points of the compass, and point your wheels in your own direction. Just take a photo of your bike (ideally an old one) at your chosen N, S, E or W point. You don’t need to be located in the UK; entries are welcome from all around the world.

At the end of the year, prizes are awarded for the best efforts – these can be on the oldest bike, or by the oldest person, the furthest travelled, the silliest place name, and so on. Final entries are due by 31st October 2016.

Have fun!


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