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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-11-2016, 12:07 AM Thread Starter
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anyone here ever enter the hoka hey motorcycle challenge? it's at least 8000 miles in 10 days, no gps, no hotels, must sleep next to your bike, this year it was 10,000 miles in 12 day's, a friend is trying to get me into it. but i need a bed every other day or so, too old to sleep on the ground. but you younger riders might be interested.
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One of the Ga crew , Deadman , has been several times , he wrote a book on one of them .. Pretty decent book IMO .. I contacted him a few months ago when I saw on linkedin that he had moved to Colorado .. He is an old guy , my age or real close to it ... He rarely comes on here ... I'd love to do it , but realistically , don't see it happening ..
The year he wrote the book , I think he finished in the top 20 , another year he finished second ..
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From what I understand old guys probably should forget endurance rides. When I ride about 8 to 10 hours in a day I am ready for a motel.
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Sounds like a lot of interstate riding to me. Not my cup of tea.

Now, 10 days of riding the Blue Ridge Parkway, Skyline Drive, then looping through southern PA, WV, and KY would be a nice ride. Hammock camping is the way to go for a trip like this.

I guess the difference is that the hoka hey motorcycle challenge appeals to type A personalities, and the ride I describe appeals to laid back personalities.
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Sounds like a lot of interstate riding to me. Not my cup of tea.

Now, 10 days of riding the Blue Ridge Parkway, Skyline Drive, then looping through southern PA, WV, and KY would be a nice ride. Hammock camping is the way to go for a trip like this.

I guess the difference is that the hoka hey motorcycle challenge appeals to type A personalities, and the ride I describe appeals to laid back personalities.
I was going to post something similar, but you pretty much summed it up with the last sentence.

I met a guy by chance at the overlook at Deal's Gap who had participated in the Hoka Key challenge. He was riding a BMW something or other touring bike. We talked for maybe 30 minutes about the Challenge and what it entails. Super nice guy, but definitely a Type A rider. That was long enough for me to decide that it's something I won't attempt. Too much like work for motorcycle riding, which is the antithesis to why I ride.
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Each year is a different route , and usually there is very little interstate , but think back roads with lots of "two miles on this road then turn left on that road for fifty miles , then right on that road for five miles , with extra bonus points for different stops along the way , that may be out of route a bit .. Unless they changed the rules I believe it is American bikes only ..

Deadman is definitely a type A guy , but pretty laid back too .. If ya cant do 16-20 or more hours in the saddle every day dont apply .. Everyone has a spot tracker , so they know after it is over if you ran the proper route or not , guys miss turns and ride 300 miles to get back on course , not for the faint of heart ..

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I had heard of it, and as an IBA member I was interested, so I did some digging into the history of the event. It wasn't pretty.

Lots of charges of lying and deceit, prize money never paid, prize money kept by organizers, fundraising for Native American causes never passed on, conflict of interest, etc., etc.. Then changes of ownership/management, promises to improve the run, promises of ethical behavior, etc., etc..

And, in earlier versions of the race, riders dying on the road in crashes.

Has any of this changed? Is this a legit event these days? I'm not saying it isn't, I really don't know. I don't know anybody involved in running it, and I haven't personally spoken to anybody who's ridden lately.

Is it on the up and up these days?


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Fatigue is a big concern on a endurance run. I mean we have enough of a chance of getting in a wreck just doing local rides with the way traffic is and most cagers not paying attention. Add rider fatigue into the equation and the chance of something bad happening increases. If doing these endurance runs is what you want to do to prove to yourself that you can do it then go for it but IMO it doesn't really impress to many people. JMO
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From what deadman has told me , it is on the up and up now , I think the first year is the one you are referring to .. I remember all the stuff you are talking about being out there , I don't know if it was true or not , I only know what I remember reading after the fact and in fairness , it was one sided , against the promoters ..

I'm not going to pay a grand entry fee , and then run myself to a frazzle . Nothing to prove to anyone ..
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Sounds like a lot of interstate riding to me. Not my cup of tea.

Now, 10 days of riding the Blue Ridge Parkway, Skyline Drive, then looping through southern PA, WV, and KY would be a nice ride. Hammock camping is the way to go for a trip like this.

I guess the difference is that the hoka hey motorcycle challenge appeals to type A personalities, and the ride I describe appeals to laid back personalities.
I'm thinkin' more what you're looking for is 'Motomarathon'. They don't hold a candle endurance wise to the Hoka Hey, but they sound like a blast! It all takes place in four days on prearranged routes that are kept secret till the time of departure. The goal is to ride as many twisties and scenic routes you can in the allotted time and you stay in hotels at night. I've been trying to do one the last few years but I haven't been able to sync up with when they have one because of prior riding commitments like Shark Week etc.

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