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Why did we go?

This summer [of 2007] myself and my team member James will be setting off on the charity Mongol Rally, a 8000-10000 mile rally around the globe, starting in Hyde Park 21st July and finishing in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, to raise at least £1,000 for Christina Noble Children’s Foundation and Mercy Corps Mongolia. Two hundred teams will be spending their summers in an effort to raise a quarter of a million pounds for charitable causes, and we were hoping that you would take interest in our cause.

Mongol Rally Official Website

The one big difference about the Mongol Rally than other rallies is the rules: cars may not exceed 1(one) litre, and bikes no more than 125cc. This makes the journey worthy of the sponsorship due to the endurance experienced by the riders.

The acceptable means of taking part in the rally is by going by car. Both myself and my team-mate do not consider that taking the acceptable means is an acceptable option, hence why we wish to go by bike, along with only a couple of other bike teams out of the 200 entrants. Last year one man made it by Honda C90.


Comment from Dad
Time: 18 October 2006, 2:24 am

What about Portugal ??

Comment from martin_gibson
Time: 18 October 2006, 5:05 pm

You know I’m not allowed to talk about that in public.

Comment from Ed
Time: 17 November 2006, 2:03 pm

Hey Martin,

Wasn’t sure where to post but I’m very impressed with the site. Good to see the bike itself, that makes the prospect a lot more attractive and concrete. You’ve been to a fair few places, even if it wasn’t by bike… Still you’ve got to feel safe with a guy who drives a Volvo (No offence, we have one too). I’ll see you at the gig on Tuesday and we’ll discuss things further…


Comment from Alan Crofts
Time: 27 December 2006, 4:09 pm

Good effort on the site… Incidentally, you know a provisional licence isn’t valid outside the UK, ie you need a full bike licence not just CBT :) ?

Comment from Dad
Time: 8 January 2007, 1:14 pm

I think you have to put up with the leaks until it sort of gungges itself sealed. Too much smoke means too much 2 stroke oil. No smoke means the engine is about to seize !

Comment from Wayne
Time: 17 January 2007, 2:40 am

Good luck on your 2 stroke fella hope to see you at the start your gonna luv it the pain the sunburn and sleep riding cant wait

Comment from Matt
Time: 25 February 2007, 5:57 pm

wow can’t believe people do this on motorbike! I’m part of a team of 4 from the US. Have you gotten much figured out logistically other than the bike? we’re in early stages of planning…

Comment from edgar uher
Time: 19 March 2007, 5:09 pm

hello martin,
fascinating project you have there. i know a thing or two about the minsk and the factory as we did produce in 1996 a motorcycle using a (slightly modified) minsk engine in that context i have been a few times in minsk and we still stock engine parts.
you mention the elctrical system. for this we made a solid alternative . see

Comment from Angie
Time: 22 May 2007, 5:54 pm

This is great, except the Rhone is in France and rhe Rhine in Germany (somewhere near an autobahn..)

The Harris family all wish you loads of luck and fun on the trip, (and not too many flat tyres…)

Comment from Iain MacDonald
Time: 7 August 2007, 10:17 am

I’m Ali philpotts grandfather and we haven’t heard any news of him for about 4-5 days. Have you heard how he is and where.
Any news would be welcome. Many thanks
Iain MacDonald.

Comment from Katie Brown
Time: 21 August 2007, 12:21 am

Good luck Martin – hope the adventure is going well. What a great experience!
Katie and John (Your Dad’s friends in Wirral)

Comment from Angie
Time: 22 August 2007, 10:51 pm

This is gripping stuff! It keeps me occupied for at least 30 minutes twice a day….
The wingits site is good too as you are mentioned on it but I think that they have had an easier time…………………..
Keep going!
The Harris Household

Comment from wilson
Time: 8 April 2008, 1:33 pm

Hi – i have just discovered this site – im planning a trip very similar to yours ad was wanting to know if any of the riders are still looking at this site, i would very appreciative if you could answere a few questions that i have in my planning. aside from that congrats on the trip.

Comment from Battlefield Biker
Time: 7 July 2008, 3:46 am

Hi Martin,
Thank for looking at my site. The TKC 80s were great to the end. the end being my selling the BMW. My new KTM is in need of a new rear tyre and I am planning on putting a TKC 80 on it. They are entirely satisfactory on road and great off road, especially for English style green lanes.
Hope this helps and good luck with the long ride!

Battlefield Biker

Comment from Andy McAdam
Time: 10 August 2009, 2:33 pm

I just found this site after asking about 125 touring on a different site. It’s great to see this sort of thing. As Im planning a 2000 mile UK tour with my brother in a few weeks time. We’re using a Suzuki 125 GZ marauder and a Honda varadero 125. Hoping to manage, scotland, wales and cornwall and then back to Cambridge in 1 week

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