Revved Up

The Big Spin Goes Off Without A Hitch

Last months RevUp4DSI went off without a hitch. Big kudos to the charity and the army of volunteers who made the event happen and made it yet another wonderful and memorable event. We covered a nice even 1,111.1km of some of the best motorcycling roads in the south west of our motorcycle friendly island.
Early on the first day we rode out from the Joe Duffy Motorrad emporium in Finglas, Dublin. 140 of us set out for Thomastown and then Inistioge in Co. Kilkenny for the first stop of the day.
From there we headed for Callan, then on to Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, and off in the direction of Lismore Castle in Co. Waterford. With the second checkpoint of the day checked off the list, we rode on to our base for the weekend. This was The Rose hotel in Tralee, Co. Kerry. We can heartily recommend this hotel, the staff did a wonderful job of looking after us.
One of the features of Rev Up is the ability to add to the adventure by getting the navigation wrong. This isn’t quite the disaster that it might appear and simply adds a few miles to the adventure. Travelling with a leading correspondent from a leading Sunday standard of weekly publishing I had expected higher standards. Alas I was to be disappointed as he utterly failed to contribute to the navigation in any way at all, seeming instead to be happy enough to pout when we found ourselves off the chosen path.
What can I say? Some people are just that little bit too difficult to keep happy. After a long day in the saddle we got into the hotel, were fed and watered and bedded down for a much needed nights sleep. The following day was a revelation with some of the best roads I’ve yet to ride here in Ireland being mapped out for us. Molls Gap is simply fantastic and the Conor Pass is simply motorcycle nirvana.  
RevUp is now in its 12th year and we, Irish motorcyclists, have bagged just shy of two million badly needed Euro for this very worthy cause. Well done to every one who took part, donated or worked on the event. Here at BBG we’re so very proud to be involved in our own small way.
See the registration page to sign up for next year’s event. Just don’t ride with a journalist if you’re in any sort of hurry!
Credits: Paul Browne, Bike Buyer Guide