Grim Rider's Website
A site dedicated to long distance motorcycling &
home of the Grim Riders MCC
At Eilaean Donan Castle in Scotland during the first Brit Butt Rally in May 2008.
Welcome! This site reflects my interest in long distance motorcycling and especially competitive road rallies in the United Kingdom and beyond.
I hope it will prove to be a useful resource for those of you with similar interests.
Between 2008 and 2014 Grim Riders organised a number of rides, including a charity ride with a different theme each year to raise money for the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance. Rides could either be completed as 'Touring Rides', meaning you collected landmarks at your leisure on as many rides out as you like over as long a period of time as you like; or as 'Challenge Rides', meaning you set out to visit a set number of landmarks from a ride on one ride.
If you have any questions or comments about anything you read on this site, please feel free to contact me via the contacts page and I shall get back to you as soon as I can,
ride safe, Grim.
Raised for the Air Ambulance:
Who is Grim?
I have been riding bikes for around 28 years, over half my life. In that time I have owned over 20 bikes, including a Yamaha YB100, Suzuki GSXR750. BMW K1200RS and five BMW Boxer twins. I covered over 100,000 miles on two of those - a BMW R100RS and a Yamaha FJ1200 and have just reached that milestone on my current BMW R1150GS. I worked as a motorcycle courier for two years in the mid-80s and then as Sales & Workshop Manager of a Honda & Suzuki dealers before eventually becoming a teacher.
My first road rally was in 1985 when I rode a Honda CX500 in the National Road Rally, but I didn't take up long distance riding seriously until 2008, shortly before the first IBA UK Brit Butt Rally. Since then I have ridden my GS in around 40 rallies of various sorts, including taking first place in athe first six 36 hour Brit Butt Rallies run to date (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) but 5th in 2014; first in the IBA Norn Rally in Northern Ireland (2008); first in the Welsh Rally (2008); second in both IBA Bally Rallies in Ireland (2009, 2010) and an IBA Brit Butt Light (2013); third in the Norwegian Camel Rally (2009); and fourth in two more IBA BBL rallies (2012, 2014).
In November 2008 I had a serious motorcycle accident on a Yamaha TX750 which left me with a titanium rod holding my right femur together and I might have lost my leg but for the Air Ambulance. It was while recuperating that I came up with the idea for Grim Riders, with the aim of raising money to support the work of the Air Ambulance, which receives no money from the government nor any national lottery funding. Many thanks to all of you who continue to support this initiative as we have together raised over £7000.
In May 2015 I was barred from riding any more IBA rallies by the incumbent President of IBA UK.
In July 2015 a group of us set up British Long Distance Riders to promote our own ideas of what recognising challenging and interesting motorcycle rides should be about.
From the end of 2015 certificates for Grim Riders' rides will only be issued to those who have already started to visit locations and registered their interest with me.
if you want to continue gaining recognition for achievement of challenging rides and share your success with others please see the new British Long Distance Riders website at www.bldr.moonfruit.com.
You can still use the ideas in the Grim Riders' rides to plan and put together rides, but certificates will be issued by bldr from January 2016.
Many thanks for your continued support.
At Eilean Donan Castle on the first IBA Brit Butt Rally in 2008