Okay, so you’ve got some questions do ya? Well that’s good, but since this is a non-interactive page then you can ask as many questions as you’d like, but no one’s listening! However, before you get irate, we have done our best at being psychics and predicting what exactly you may be thinking so that we can counter those very thoughts with our own well-researched answers. If you don’t find the answer here, then please contact us directly.
How exactly does the MBSR define a scooter?
Yeah, that’s not as easy as it sounds. Traditionally scooters have been small wheeled, auto-transmissioned, step-through framed and of small capacity. But there’s at least one scoot out there that defies one of those definitions … expect for the step-through frame (as in you don’t have to swing your leg over the saddle, you merely step-through it and plonk your butt down). So that’s pretty much our definition, however in order to keep machines that we think are in the spirit of the rally, we have opened up the sub 110 cc classes (Straitjacket and Heavily Medicated) to motorcycles as well. If you have something that you’d like to ride the rally on and you’re not sure, please shoot us an email with a pic and we’ll give you a quick judgment on it. Oh, and we also allow mopeds into the rally. These are much easier to define as they have pedals to assist the motor and look very geeky.
Is the rally only open to scooters and mopeds or can I ride my small capacity motorcycle?
This is a pretty common question and for MBSR2011 we had a new ‘guest’ category for 110-200cc motorcycles. However, the number of entrants for this was very small and participants were not eligible to win the main scooter prize. We’re not sure if this category is really needed (we already allow any machine under 110cc to enter whether or not they meet the scooter definition) but if you’re interested in entering such a machine in the next rally, please contact us, as we will consider it on a case by case basis.
What is the difference between a rally and a race?
A lot, actually! A rally is more of a relaxed event with emphasis on being a social get-together and a less competitive nature. A race is geared towards competing to win and usually that’s determined by who’s the quickest. The Mad Bastard Scooter Rally is an event that takes place on public roads and requires that all participants obey the law. There is no reward for going fast and taking risks. In fact, it’s more likely to get you disqualified. Okay, so this might be just our definition, but it’s important to realize that whatever it is, the Mad Bastard Scooter Rally is not a race.
Do I have to wear a costume?
You don’t HAVE to do anything, but a certain percentage of MAD POINTS is allotted to the “Madness of the Rider” – these points could be the difference between 1st and 2nd place! And really, why wouldn’t you dress up? It’s all a part of the spirit of the rally!
Do I have to raise money for the charity?
Again, you don’t HAVE to do anything – a very small percentage of MAD POINTS is allotted to reaching a minimum amount of donations for our charity. The plan for MBSR2017 is the same as MBSR2015, we ask each rider to raise $200 in order to automatically receive the maximum allotment of MAD POINTS for this category.
Do I have to attend the rider meeting on Friday night?
YES! The rider meeting is VERY important. First of all, your registration isn’t complete until you arrive at our Rally Headquarters and sign in. During the rider meeting we cover important information about rules and safety, we go over the route in detail, and answer any questions about the rally or the weekend in general… Oh, and did we mention it’s a blast.? Seeing old friends, meeting new ones, re-igniting old rivalries, pledging new ones – this all happens at the rider meeting! It should be noted that we CAN deny anyone the right to participate in the rally if they do not attend the rider meeting that takes place on the Friday night.
This is my first time riding the rally - any advice for newbies?
Absolutely – here are some great tips from your fellow Mad Bastards from back in the day in the old forums and from our Facebook page!:
- “Get your machine mechanically up to spec beforehand… check the oil, tire pressure, do the maintenance, etc.”
- “See how comfortable your seat is for extended periods… a sheepskin or pad can make a world of difference if the seat isn’t terribly good”
- “Dress appropriately…. rain gear is a must if it looks to be a wet riding day. The mornings tend to be cold in June (especially out of the cities) so if you get wet, it can be a miserable time”
- “Keep hydrated – sports drinks can be good for this, keep up the electrolytes and such. Even if you aren’t sweating, scooting along all day will drain you dry and that’ll affect how tired you get”
- “Other things to bring include sunblock, bug spray maybe (June can be bad), hide a couple twenties on the bike in case of loss of wallet or debit card.”
- "Make sure your cell is charged up before you go. (I have a charger chase, and you can also get USB plug in universal batteries to charge things…. if you rely on your phone for GPS or camera as I do, it’s a good idea to make sure you have enough juice to finish out the day)
- “Bring a map of the general area just in case you make a wrong turn
- “Bring a gas can for a smaller 2 stroke 50cc that can’t travel more then 80-90 km on a tank, and also a litre (or two) of 2 stroke oil, sunglasses and snacks
- “Study the clue sheet, and keep your stops short”
- "Design your costume to dress in layers (early morning departures can be cold); why bother taking part unless you and your scoot are decorated; start your charity drive early and be aggressive with your targets."
My friend [better half, amigo, arch nemesis] is participating in the rally. Can I attend as a guest, or just be a passenger on his/her scooter?
Yes, of course, the more the merrier - but you will have to register as a “guest/passenger” subsequent to the “Rider” registration of your friend/better half/amigo/arch nemesis. Guest registration includes your attendance at the Friday rider meeting (which includes dinner) as well as the Sunday Awards Banquet (which includes brunch).
What is the cost of MBSR2017 and what's included?
We're working on specific details for MBSR2017. Stay tuned.