Category: Iron Butt Rally 2013

Back at the rally HQ

After a dry and chilly ride to Germany (!) and Denmark, I have returned to the rally base in Örebro. The ride went according to plan, I just lost some points at the scoring table, but that’s ok because I shouldn’t have claimed them…

“I have a cunning plan, Mylord!”

OK, everything is ready and prepared. The route is fixed and this time I go for a bold move. There is a maximum limit of 2000 km for the rally, but I will be close to that (hopefully). Unfortunately, the route will not be…

On a ferry cruise to Göteborg

So here I sit on board of the ferry boat to Sweden, watching the Baltic Sea. I just have finished the Smørgåsbord (Swedish buffet). Today was I sunny and quiet day. I went from Belgium to Kiel in a very relax manner, trying to…

Everything OK

Just a quick note before I leave the rally venue. I had a good ride, almost a perfect one. Due to a transcription error, I lost many points at the scoring table. So instead finishing 4th, I ended 6th. I had a good performance,…

Before the storm – impatiently waiting for the Brit Butt Rally 2014 to start

Dear followers, I have arrived with the ferry in Hull this morning, accompanied by my old motorcycle chap Jo. We had a full English breakfast in Hull and decided to ride directly to the Rally HQ in Castleford, as the weather was not too…

New report: Brit Butt Rally 2013

Dear followers, finally I managed to finish my report on the Brit Butt Rally 2013 of last year. Enjoy it!

Die letzte XBR-Alpentour – lassen wir es noch einmal richtig krachen!

Die Info gibt es hier. After twenty years of organising the legendary XBR-Alpentour, it’s time to say good-bye (see link)

European Road Runner Rally report released!

Finally I finished the report on the European Road Rally last September. See here.

Long runs the fox -1st place in the EuRR Rally!

Well, after a 600 km back home and some 60 hrs without real sleep I am too tired for a long report. This was a great rally! My idea that the route through the alps was the winning one was correct. I visited Slovenia…

The next generation – the new “Wasserboxer”

I left my BMW at the dealer for a 80000 km service and needed a substitute for a day. Much to my surprise, they provided me with the new  R1200 GS LC, the totally revamped new ” water boxer” model of BMW’s most sold…

Alpentour 2013!

Finally, my favorite roads are on the menu: from Saturday on, I will guide my 20th XBR Alpentour. As the XBR still has the sick gear box, I’ll take the Sportboxer. Which is OK, because I neglected her this year. My favorite roads in South Tyrol…

After the rally…

…is before the rally 😉 . The European Road Runner Rally starts in 10 weeks… 😀 I attended the final banquet and the award ceremony. It was announced that the minimum level to be a finisher was lowered to only 55000 points. hmmmm, what…

The riders are coming back

So I am sitting here in the hotel lobby and welcome the riders entering the building. The European riders seem well, except for Giel Kerckhof, who seems to have stopped…due to a broken gear box! This is ironic, because my problem appeared when I…

Back at the finish!

Dear all, these are my first words since 11 days ago…I have reached the finish line despite my sick gear box. But, as you know (Skye and Hampe, does this sound familiar?) : “A Honda never gives up until it is burning up” Despite…

Day 10 – Nearly there …….

Robert has sent me a quick update before hitting the sack (that means going to bed …..) He’s had a relatively quiet 750 mile ride today.  The bike still runs perfect – apart from the gearbox. He’s been through Nebraska, Iowa  and Illinois.  Iowa…

Day 9 report …..

Robert sent me an email earlier today – except I didn’t receive it ….. So, I’ve just had a lengthy phone call bringing myself up to date with what is happening.  I should point out here, that I had to make the call and so…

No further news yet to report

Just in case you were all wondering !!

Update – end of Day 8

Just had word from Robert that he has reached SLC again – (no, I don’t know what SLC is either !!) 5th is now working, but the gearbox is in a really bad way.  Shifting is very difficult. He is 2000 miles away from…

Here’s what has happened

My blog tonights was going to be about how all was going well I received news from Robert this morning at 8.00am (midnight on Sunday in California) basically saying that in the end he had 3 hours of buffer due to my efficient rest break (finding…

Day 6 Update

Just as we were leaving Lillehammer this morning, a text came through from our hero !! As I need to be back home tomorrow for business meetings, I’ve had to wait until I was nearly home before finding a hotel with a computer to…