Grim Rider's Websites
A site dedicated to long distance motorcycling &
home of the Grim Riders MCC; the British Long Distance Riders;
and the Moped Challenge
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.
Who is Grim?
I have been riding bikes for around 32 years. In that time I have owned over 25 bikes, including a Yamaha YB100, Suzuki GSXR750. BMW K1200RS and six 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 over 50 rallies of various sorts, including taking first place in the first six 36 hour Brit Butt Rallies run (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) but 5th in 2014; first in the IBA Norn Rally in Northern Ireland (2008); overall winner 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); fourth in two more IBA BBL rallies (2012, 2014), and then fifth after satnav failure in my final IBA rally, the BBR of 2104.
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. Rides we have completed including a number of County Rides, the North Coast 500 and a tour of Wales - follow the link from the BLDR icon on the home page for more details.
In September 2016, following the random purchase of a 1977 Honda Camino with 188 miles on the clock a couple of us joined the NACC and arranged our first moped challenge - see the link to the separate website for this on the home page for past and future events.
At Eilean Donan Castle on the first IBA Brit Butt Rally in 2008