BIKE: ‘98 Yamaha 600 Diversion - saved from scrap
STRATEGY: After the last two year’s experience, my strategy is finally to get the route navigation sorted so I don’t get lost! And when the going gets tough 15 hours in, I’ll remember my friends who have died or suffered from cancer and the great cause we are supporting.
WHAT YOU THINK THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE CHALLENGE WILL BE: setting out knowing just how long and hard this will be. My first LDU was an unknown and last year was a different experience. And the endurance will probably be made worse because I smashed up my leg this year and I’m still in recovery - so I’m expecting more pain!
PREVIOUS LONGEST BIKE TRIP: Longest was the 2019 LDU! Esp as I got lost a couple of times!!
BIKE: Suzuki SV650S
STRATEGY: Slow and Steady
WHAT YOU THINK THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE CHALLENGE WILL BE: Navigation, because Johnny is bound to do an unforgiving route.
PREVIOUS LONGEST BIKE TRIP: Last year, LDR 900 miles in a day.
AGE: 40 & 7/12ths
BIKE: Yamaha FJ1200 mostly. It’s had donations from various others too from R1’s to FJ1100 and even some car parts. Don’t ask. But a big shout out to the people who make cable ties.
STRATEGY: Take my time and enjoy the day instead of head down and battering on like in previous years. Firstly I would like the bike to start that day. In fact now I think of it I would like to make the start line at Lands End without requiring 3 breakdown trucks, a chain and sprocket set, new tools and a 2 repairs to the rear suspension like my last effort in 2019 did.
WHAT YOU THINK THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE CHALLENGE WILL BE: Holding back enough to let Grant catch up again on his Jaffa Cake bike but I will need to as he will be pushing me to get the bike going when (not if) I break down!
PREVIOUS LONGEST BIKE TRIP: Previous LDU event, not sure which year was longest as they all feel long by the time your half way there.
BIKE: Jigsaw – honda cbr400 with fireblade engine and triumph 675 bodywork.
STRATEGY: make progress asap – keep going and get past everything as easily as possible. Look to save 3 seconds a minute – that will cut an hour off the journey time and when you’re an hour away from john o’groats you’ll really wish you were there already!
WHAT YOU THINK THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE CHALLENGE WILL BE: mental fatigue – keeping alert for the entire journey, hence riding fast to stay awake and aware of hazards.
PREVIOUS LONGEST BIKE TRIP: Manylots of LDD’s in the past – this will be the seventh occasion. Also doing 1000 miles in one day despatching years ago.
BIKE: 1998 Kawaski zzr600
STRATEGY: To stay awake not breakdown,bomb on ,raise as much money as possible
WHAT YOU THINK THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE CHALLENGE WILL BE: Staying awake, raising as much money as possible. Not breaking down on a £300 bike ,not getting lost in Gloucestershire like we did last time (2015)
PREVIOUS LONGEST BIKE TRIP: Trondheim in Norway
BIKE: 1989 Yamaha XJ600
STRATEGY: Just keep going. I struggled last year, some niggling electrical issues on the bike and some poor navigating. In the end it came down to just having the will to finish
WHAT YOU THINK THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE CHALLENGE WILL BE: The toughest part will only make itself known on the day - could be bad weather, mechanical issues or navigation error. If I make it that far, the last 100 miles will be the worst.
PREVIOUS LONGEST BIKE TRIP: Last year I covered 927 miles in just over 22 hours.
BIKE: 2000 Suzuki AN 400 Burgman - The Brackenburgman
STRATEGY: Just concentrate on the finish. Stop to pee, snack, fuel and that's it.
WHAT YOU THINK THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE CHALLENGE WILL BE: Fatique. Riding a Burgman. Riding a Burgman with fatigue.
PREVIOUS LONGEST BIKE TRIP: In one day? 700 miles. On KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT. Luxury.
AGE: Too Old for this (62)
BIKE: Yamaha XJ600S Diversion
STRATEGY: Just keep going mile after mile after mile...... and get further on the Divvie than I did last time.
WHAT YOU THINK THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE CHALLENGE WILL BE: Hallucinations on the last 100 miles.....
PREVIOUS LONGEST BIKE TRIP: LDD and LDU are the longest in a day, but 4,000 miles round Norway was the best.
BIKE: Kawasaki GPZ500s
STRATEGY: Its 1000miles to John O'Groats, I've a full tank of fuel, Half a flapjack, it's raining and I'm wearing a tinted visor...
WHAT YOU THINK THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE CHALLENGE WILL BE: The mental strain - Wick onwards is will power alone.
PREVIOUS LONGEST BIKE TRIP: LDU 2019
BIKE: Honda CBR600F2
STRATEGY: Reminding myself that riding bike is a privilege and a joy and the long term gains is greater than the short term suffering.
WHAT YOU THINK THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE CHALLENGE WILL BE: Like climbing a mountain reaching the summit means you have only done half the journey. Getting up on the Tuesday morning knowing I still have over 600 miles to cover to get home to my own bed.
PREVIOUS LONGEST BIKE TRIP: LDC2020
BIKE: Suzuki GSX750F
STRATEGY: Go big or go home. No, a brisk but sensible pace to cover ground and stay focused
WHAT YOU THINK THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE CHALLENGE WILL BE: The pain
PREVIOUS LONGEST BIKE TRIP: LDU 2020
BIKE: NTV 650 1994
STRATEGY: Hopefully to complete the ride,
WHAT YOU THINK THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE CHALLENGE WILL BE: I think the toughest part is going to complete the ride on a old bike.
PREVIOUS LONGEST BIKE TRIP: My longest rides are from Spa to Calais, Calais to Spa and Spa back to Calais in 18hrs. England to Paul Ricard South of France in 2 days. England to Nurburgring Germany in 1 day.
BIKE: Kawasaki ER5 1999
STRATEGY: 1. Learn to spell ‘strategy'. 2. Learn to pronounce ’statergy’. 3. Finish prepping bike asap. 4. Put a few miles on bike to make sure it works. 5. Panic as June 21st approaches.
WHAT YOU THINK THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE CHALLENGE WILL BE: Toughest part of the trip will probably be trying to get back home again.
PREVIOUS LONGEST BIKE TRIP: on a VFR800 in 2005 when I rode from Saville to Pamplona, a distance of around 900km which took me around 12 hours. Since then I’ve only ever done trips of less than 1 hour so maybe I need to get some practice in.
BIKE: Suzuki RF900
STRATEGY: not a clue yet
WHAT YOU THINK THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE CHALLENGE WILL BE: I think the toughest part of the challenge for me will be the actual time on the bike causing the usual aches and pain’s.
PREVIOUS LONGEST BIKE TRIP: My previous longest trip in one day was 650 miles from Cochem in Germany to home via the Nurburgring and Spa 10 years ago.
AGE: 56 but will be 57 by the time we start the LDU (& probably nearer 60 by the time I finish !)
BIKE: Kawasaki GPX600r
STRATEGY: Stick with my mates - we're in this together. And there's more chance of them fixing my bike if breaks than me.(unless one of them breaks down, in which case.... I'm off!)
WHAT YOU THINK THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE CHALLENGE WILL BE: Based on the last time I did this, navigating end-to-end via towns you don't know while sleep-deprived & hallucinating late at night in the rain(while lost). Unless my bike packs in. Or I crash. Or run out of petrol 'cause it leaks. Or crash whilst lost because it packs in by running out of petrol....
PREVIOUS LONGEST BIKE TRIP: John O'Groats to Land’s End on the Longest Day Down Challenge in 2015 - only just made it inside 24 hours that time and you have to bear in mind this year we’re doing it the other way round so it’ll be uphill all the way!
BIKE: Honda VFR400 NC24 1988 that's been in a shed for a decade and has seen better days.
STRATEGY: To stick closely to the three guys that goaded me into this, that way they can fix my bike when it breaks down. All for one n all that...
WHAT YOU THINK THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE CHALLENGE WILL BE: Keeping warm, keeping up, keeping focused! And mainly overcoming my own self doubt!
PREVIOUS LONGEST BIKE TRIP: On a bike tour to Norway our longest day on the bikes was 13 hours, we covered 500 miles! BTW Go to Norway its beautiful.
STRATEGY: No strategy that I've thought of yet apart from start at the start and finish at the end....hopefully.
WHAT YOU THINK THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE CHALLENGE WILL BE: Keeping the arse from getting sore.
PREVIOUS LONGEST BIKE TRIP: Just over 500 miles in a day from home in Sheffield to Edinburgh and back to meet some mates that were on their way back home from a Scotland tour that I couldn't go on.
STRATEGY: tag on to a guy who's done it before . try not to get lost . live in the slipstream.
WHAT YOU THINK THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE CHALLENGE WILL BE: prob going to be my wrists and hands . bust then loads and the old arthritis is a joy .
PREVIOUS LONGEST BIKE TRIP: many years ago back in my 20s when I got my first gsxr 750 a lovely red slab1st day I just rode and rode and rode and rode .
BIKE: 1998 Varadero 1000. Same bike I used in 2019. Hasnt moved since.
STRATEGY: My strategy is to not get any points and finish in under 24 hours with a smile on my face.
WHAT YOU THINK THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE CHALLENGE WILL BE: The 2 tricky spots for me were late morning I dipped and just needed lots of espresso to reboot, then the last 100 miles in the dark was pretty slow and steady. Praying for the same weather as 2019!
PREVIOUS LONGEST BIKE TRIP: 2019. took 21 hours. loved it.
BIKE: Kawasaki GPZ500s (ex dispatch)
STRATEGY: Not to get lost. Last year was my first Longest Day Challenge. I faffed about with my side panels as we were about to leave and ended up on my own. I was last, until catching up with other riders at Bathams Brewery who had temporarily broken down. I learned a lot from these guys, one thing, you can't read a map in the dark at 50mph (ish)! This year, get mobile phone wired up to bike so that it is charged and ready with post codes for WHEN I get lost. Keep calm, safe and carry on in true British form
WHAT YOU THINK THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE CHALLENGE WILL BE: Navigating roads I don't know. When it gets dark, tiredness sets in, it gets cold compared to daytime and reading my hand written "directions" is not as clear as looking at a map in my dining room with a cup of tea.
PREVIOUS LONGEST BIKE TRIP: Last years Long Way Round! Before that, long distance dispatch riding, maybe 350 in a day.
BIKE: Bros 400
STRATEGY: Hope for the best, this bike is rough...
WHAT YOU THINK THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE CHALLENGE WILL BE: Concentrating on staying on route, I've got form for flying past exits and many mile detours or 180's
PREVIOUS LONGEST BIKE TRIP: LDU19, 1020 miles
BIKE: 1989 Kawasaki GPX600R
STRATEGY: Stay on the bike
WHAT YOU THINK THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE CHALLENGE WILL BE: Keeping the bloody thing running without it breaking down!
PREVIOUS LONGEST BIKE TRIP: London to Glasgow, but over two days stopping in Leeds overnight.
AGE: 47 3/4
BIKE: Kawasaki ZZR1100C
STRATEGY: Actually getting there will be a fecking miracle as I'm pretty sure it's the millennium Falcon of the motorcycle world.
WHAT YOU THINK THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE CHALLENGE WILL BE: Toughest bit will be trying to make sure the bike actually holds together. The miles you just have to pucker up and do
PREVIOUS LONGEST BIKE TRIP: San Tropez to Bristol in one hit. Took 18 hours
BIKE: Honda NTV REVERE 600, 1992, 80,000 MILES!
STRATEGY: Having seen the calibre of some of the other bikes, Fireblades,FJR,RF900 etc,being a 20 stone old(ish) man on a 600,probably not to arrive last!.,
WHAT YOU THINK THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE CHALLENGE WILL BE: Comfort,usually ride my comfy Crosstourer!, Hope this crate will stay in one piece!
PREVIOUS LONGEST BIKE TRIP: Been riding 40+ years,loads of European tours,2500/3000 miles in a week or so regular,once did 3 week tour of France and Spain,longest day ever,600+ miles up to Le Havre for early ferry.
I am putting myself through this challenge due to in the last 5 years lost my Mum, my best mate, 3 other close friends, and more recently my Niece Zoe. my brother's daughter. If my fundraising helps in helping just one person in their fight against this horrible disease it will be worth it, I also love a challenge and have lost 7 Kg preparing for this event.
BIKE: Yamaha XJ600
WHAT YOU THINK THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE CHALLENGE WILL BE: Navigation, thought I had it sussed but lost my powerbank on the 1st leg, a fork seal also blew putting fork oil on my disk, smoked well. Biggest fear RAIN.
PREVIOUS LONGEST BIKE TRIP: Longest day round last year
BIKE: Suzuki GS500F
STRATEGY: Stay awake, keep pointing North, don't run out of fuel, remember the tortoise and the hare
WHAT YOU THINK THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE CHALLENGE WILL BE: Navigating while tired and not getting lost!
PREVIOUS LONGEST BIKE TRIP: LLD 2015, LDU 2016,17 and 18
NAME: Matt and Charlie
AGE: Old / 3yrs
BIKE: The flying sofa - 1989 Honda CBR1000f
STRATEGY: to stay on and enjoy the experience
WHAT YOU THINK THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE CHALLENGE WILL BE: all of it
PREVIOUS LONGEST BIKE TRIP: previously have ridden from the Dolomites to Windsor is a single day , but I was younger then and made up a lot of time on the autobahn....
STRATEGY: Not doing it on a GN250
WHAT YOU THINK THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE CHALLENGE WILL BE: Finding a decent pint whatever time we finish
PREVIOUS LONGEST BIKE TRIP: In a single day, last years challenge, on a GN250