Adventure rallies are non-competitive so, providing you can temper your own ego, the only thing you need worry about are the A-grade enduro riders that will use you solely for the purpose of gaining additional traction out of a corner. You donâ€™t need to worry about having a head on collision with another bike, quad or buggy, as you would every time you ride in one of those fish bowls that local governments call a â€˜designated riding areaâ€™.
You donâ€™t need to worry about being harassed by rangers for riding in a catchment or quarantine area and, best of all, there are little signs along the entire route that tell you where to go and when you are about to encounter a widow(er) making obstacle. All you need to do on the KTM Adventure Rallyâ€™s is breath; ride; repeat.
I have attended several. More often than not, my bike wonâ€™t start in Park Ferme and I am OK with that as there are more than 250 other riders that can give me a bump. I ride a bike that is brilliant once it starts, but it is an electric start with no kick start back-up; who can guess which bike I ride? And herein lies one of the greatest attributes of the rally: It does not matter what you ride because it is not a race.
You can be on a 130kg KTM 500 Adventure tourer or a crusty old Maico or XR. Your bike can be as reliable as sunrise or as fallible asâ€¦..well, letâ€™s not name names. And that is why I come back year after year. So you can only imagine how disappointed I was when my digestive system decided to explode 15 minutes out from the start of the event. I donâ€™t even know what it was I ate the night before, but it wasnâ€™t pretty. Nevertheless, I buckled up my duds and got on with it.