Even though we want to encourage madness, we have to ensure that we do things as safely as possible and with respect to others around us. Thus we’ve come up with a set of rules that each participant must abide by or will run the risk of being disqualified. Before we start, it’s probably a good time to mention that in the event of any dispute, the Rally Master’s decision is final! It might not be fair, but it will be final. Oh, and we reserve the right to adjust and add to these rules as we see fit. Final rules will be presented at the Rider's Meeting on the Friday night of MBSR2017.
FOLLOW THE ROUTE!
There’s a route that we have taken a lot of time to create. It is important to avoid all highways; this is mainly for the smaller scoots where it is illegal and dangerous to be on a multi-lane route. However, since there is an additional challenge to following this course, we require that all classes do so … because we’re like that. The reception party does not open until 12 hours after you depart. The idea is that you will only be able to do the route in less than 12 hours if you speed excessively or take the highway. Either way is bad and if you do, there will be no-one at the end to welcome you back anyway. If, when you get back, your odometer suggests that you did not follow the route, you will be asked to conduct an odometer accuracy check. If, as a result, we conclude that you did not follow the course, you will be disqualified. Harsh, yet fair. JUST DON’T TAKE SHORT CUTS! Oh yes, and if you want to use GPS, then you are free to do so.
USE OF SUPPORT VEHICLES
There will be an official Mad Bastard Support Vehicle (aka Sweeper Truck) available to all participants of the Rally. However, riders who wish to arrange their own support vehicle in case of “catastrophic failure or breakdown” will be allowed to do so under strict conditions so as to not interfere or disadvantage other riders. Support vehicles must be declared and remain at rally HQ. They may only be dispatched if HQ is advised of a required rescue. Private support vehicles may not follow riders along the route. Doing so for MBSR2017 will result in a disqualification and the dreaded DNF!
Each rider must always ensure their own safety. We strongly recommend that only experienced riders participate in the rally, as it does require mad skills. Fatigue is your worst enemy! If you get to the point where your safety is compromised, PULL OVER AND REST. If you’re too tired to continue, DROP OUT OF THE RALLY. There’s no point in killing yourself over a certificate – no matter how pretty it is. And yes, that is a rule! Excessive speed kills. Remember, while on the MBSR, you are representing motorcycling/riding. This is a rally, not a race. Excessive speeding will not be tolerated … though most of you would be lucky to get close to a speed limit. The rider must also possess a current and valid drivers license, insurance, and appropriate riding gear, including a DOT approved helmet (‘tis the law). See our GEAR page for a list of suggested items.
Each rider must ensure that their bike is licensed, insured, and in road worthy condition. The bike must comply with local laws, and most importantly it must be able to travel 600+ km. Be sure to visit a local dealer to get an inspection prior to rally weekend.
Let’s be clear here, we will not be asking you to do anything unsafe, illegal, or anything that could endanger you, other riders, or the general public to earn points. This may be an appropriate time to mention nudity (which happens to find it’s way into the rally quite regularly): If you choose to get naked, it’s on you! We want you to be creative, have fun, and participate in the spirit of the rally within legal and safe limits.
We like to encourage people to ride with at least one other person, therefor teams are welcome and teams are rewarded. To qualify as a team you would need to be at least two, though there is now no upper limit and team members do not even have to be riding in the same class. If you register as a team then you’re registering for the Team Prize, and that goes to the team who gets the most points on average (total number of points accumulated divided by the number in the team). Okay, what if you have two people who want to ride the rally but they only have one scoot (rider and passenger)? The answer is that rider and passenger constitute one entry and one chance at winning the main prize, and one chance at winning the 2 Up 2 Crazy prize. Two brains may be considered an additional advantage, however, riding 2-up should slow you down enough to balance things out! Your scooter must also be designed to carry rider + passenger so check your owner’s manual or manufacturer specifications.