22nd August 2016
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Compass Challenge Continues: September
In this year's old motorbike riding challenge, RealClassic readers keep on clocking up classic miles while seeking out cardinal points of the compass...
We reckon IanW deserves to score double; not only did he bag a perfectly acceptable ‘east’, but it comes with a built-in joke about ‘riding’. Top man. Oh, and by the way, this is his commute to work. Ghastly, isn’t it?
MichaelP took a while to get on the scoreboard but he finally scored compass points with West Malling in Kent. ‘I think the sign could do with a lick of paint! I must have gone past a few other suitable spots, but could I find them?’ Yup. This little challenge can be tougher than it seems.
Anyhow, this was Michael’s ‘first proper ride on my “new” bike too. Ran lovely. Me being paranoid, and a Triumph owner for many years, I brought along a tool kit, spare oil and foot pump: all not needed. Was running great until I got near home and it faltered, then I realised I needed some petrol. Ran great again after that. The front brake makes the ride even more stimulating in London traffic. A good ride out that I’ve needed for weeks now.’
Next up, RobB appears to have covered most of the island of South Ronaldsay in the Orkneys, on an impressive coast-to-coast ride to collect four compass points aboard his Jawa. Bearing in mind the geographical limitations of a small island, he scores extra points for ingenuity in choosing the place names!
Meanwhile, Rob-the-regular continued his impressive collection of cardinal compass points with Westcott in the West Country. ‘I missed North Bovey on Dartmoor,’ says RobN, ‘so kind of cheated with this little sign.’ It’s only a cheat if you photoshopped the sign, Rob…
And finally, to wrap up this round-up, TimE outdid himself. Not just a handsome and interesting motorcycle; not just some interesting place names – but an actual compass sign to complete the deal. Actually, we’re quite surprised no one has sent a photo of a compass, next to a pair of compasses, near a suitable signpost. Next time, maybe?
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
At the end of the year, prizes are awarded for the best efforts – so far, we have contenders for the Hugest Haul, Oldest Combined Age (of bike and rider), and distance travelled. Final entries are due by 31st October 2016.
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.
Please note: you should NEVER put yourself or any other person at risk to park or take a photo. Do not break the rules of the road which are there for your protection. Motorways / freeways / trunk roads and the like are strictly off limits. Try not to inconvenience other people - and definitely don’t put yourself in harm’s way.
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