News 2013

Rally News – August 2013.

Hi All,

 

The FIVA Motorcycle Rally in Latvia is now history and hopefully it will justify  its name as a

 

„Rally with a Difference”.

 

To draw a line we need to publish the Results of Prizegiving, as follows: 

 

1.       Furthest Travelled Participant on a Motorcycle: Juergen Woldert with a 1964 BMW R60/2 + Steib S 250 sidecar – 1754 kilometres from Hanau, Germany.

 

2.       Oldest Participant of the Rally: Willi Hof (76 years) from Germany.

 

3.       Youngest Participant of the Rally: Kaspars Mezinieks (32 years) from Latvia.

 

4.       Miss FIVA World Motorcycle Rally Latvia – a silver „Namejs” ring:  Perly Hofstad from Norway.

 

5.       Newcomer’s Prize for a Debut with a Recently Restored Motorcycle: Urmas Teearu with a 1931 Indian 101 from Estonia.

 

6.       Best Preserved Motorcycle at the Rally: Rolf Beppler  with a 1926 Zuendapp Einheitsmodell from Germany.

 

7.       Best Military Motorcycle at the Rally:  Hermann Matula with a 1941 BMW R 75 from Germany

 

8.       Finnish „ Auto Moto Retro”  Magazine Travelling Prize for Technically Most Interesting Motorcycle:  Pat Gill with a 1930 Matchless Silver Hawk from the UK.

 

9.       RAMOTO Travelling Prize for the Best Overall Result in Reliability Road Trial: Torbjorn Nilsson with  a 1920 Husqvarna Model 150 from Sweden.

 

10.   Consolation  Award for the Worst Technical Hard Luck Story at the Rally: Miloš Petrik with a 1929 Ariel Mod „F” from Czech Republic.

 

11.   All country teams received special team prizes – ceramic plates with FIVA rally logo individually handcrafted by a Kurland Pottery Artist Linda Kunstmane.

 

12.   Each participant received an individually handcrafted  ceramic mug with a FIVA rally logo.

  

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 On behalf of the organizers let me thank you for attending the FIVA Motorcycle Rally in Latvia and thank you for your cooperation and patience.

Yours sincerely,

  

Juris Ramba

FIVA World Motorcycle Rally Latvia – 2013

 Organizer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rally News – July 2013.  

 

Hello All, 

It is just a few days before we will all meet at our Rally Registration Desk  at the Bikernieki Racing Circuit Entrance and  enjoy  4 days of riding through the beautiful  country of Latvia in good company and hopefully in glorious weather.

The small team of organizers all in new bibs, specially made for the occasion, are all set up to take the challenge of this international rally.

Those who intend to travel direct to the first night hotel SPA ARKADIA at Apsuciems and avoid the city afternoon traffic , please note that it is recommended to arrive there after 6 p.m.  The address of this hotel/SPA is: Apsuciems, Engures pagasts, Tukuma rajons, LV-3116. Phone + 371 29132765. 

The Technical Scrutineers and  the Registration Desk Operators  will have arrived there from Riga  by that time.

Everyone should be ready for  concert and welcome dinner at 8 p.m.

Have a safe journey to the rally,

Your FIVA rally organizer,

  

Juris

+37129255601

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rally News – June 2013, Part III.

 

If you have not made any reservations at hotel SKANSTE in Riga before and arrive early to the rally and are wondering where to leave your trailer or van in the vicinity of the Bikernieki Road Racing Circuit where the Registration Desk will be on 18th July, then  the  guarded parking lot at Eizensteina Street 2, Riga, LV-1079 can be your choice -- their website and map is here: http://celu-satiksmes-drosibas-direkcija-as-bikernieku-sporta-baze-aut.landingpage.zl.lv/ .   They charge 1.50 Euros for 24 hours for a vehicle which  is very reasonable, compared to the rest of Europe. 

For accommodation you can try a  hotel at a walking distance – 5 minutes    at Bikernieku street 121, Riga, Mezciems,  it seems to be the only hotel close to the rally registration desk. http://www.bi121.lv/map.php is their website. You can e-mail and ask yourself.

 

There are money wending machines in the vicinity of the Bikernieki Racing Circuit where you can draw money from your credit cards in case you are not going to the city. These are at S.Eizenšteina 29( at the "RIMI - Mezciems" supermarket ) and on Bikernieku street 160.

 

See you there!

 

Juris 

 

 

 

 

 

RALLY NEWS- June 2013 – PART II.

 

Hello All,

I have been approached by some of our rally participants to suggest a plan what to see in Latvia before or after the rally if/when people come and want to stay longer.

 

 

We have included some of the main attractions of Latvia in our rally route, but since we have to travel a long distance between these places of interest you will only be able to catch a glimpse of the planned  places and most probably you will want to return to some places like Rundale palace to spend more time there as I suggested before in the earlier  Rally News. (Has anybody actually been reading those?)  Maybe after you have been there (the Rundale Palace) for a couple of hours you can make a decision wether to come back or not after the rally or on some other occasion.

 

I would suggest the following plan:

 

 

 

 

 

Before the rally

 

Visit Old Riga http://www.rigaweekend.com/tours/old-riga-excursion.html?gclid=CMTfypfQiLgCFfKXcAod_VMAiQ, Art Nouveau street – Albert street http://www.latvia.travel/en/art-nouveau-riga, Doms cathedral http://www.doms.lv/index/?lang=eng – you can pop in at 12.oo hours to listen to Concerto Piccolo any day of the week before or after the rally – it is a 20 minute concert, or visit the Cathedral on 17th July at 19 hours for a proper concert. You can choose any other occasion or suitable concert as you like.

 

 

Lido Krasta restaurant http://www.lido.lv/eng/about_us/ is really worth a visit as it is one of our gastronomic national wonders that will suit all tastes. The place is convenient and friendly for motorcyclists, by the way.

 

 

 

 

After the rally

 

Monday 22 nd July – spend a day at the Ethnographic Open Air Museum on the outskirts of Riga.  http://www.brivdabasmuzejs.lv/attachments/147_LEBM_280911_Eng_rudens.pdf

 

 

 

Tuesday 23rd July – visit Jurmala (Majori, Dzintari) spend some time on the beach. http://www.latvia.travel/en/jurmala-1

 

 

 

Wednesday 24th July – visit Sigulda (Turaida castle and park, Gutmana cave, Krimulda, etc) http://www.rigalatvia.net/docs/sigulda_driving_free_self_directed_tour.pdf -- this could be best done on your motorcycles as the countryside is fantastic and not far from Riga – about 25 km– just see the guide on the website.

 

 

 

Thursday 25th July - Visit the town of Cesis 100 kilometres from Riga (medaeval castle and town) http://www.tourism.cesis.lv/en/start-page/  

 

 

 

These are just a few suggestions – you can do your homework and make up your mind what you want to see. The mentioned beautiful places are very characteristic and specific for Latvia as a Baltic state and they are unique to this country and region. Also I have arranged the places of interest in an order with the longer distance places further away from the rally, so that you do not overstress yourselves....

 

 

 

 

 

Please ride safely,

 

 

 

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

 

 

Juris

 

 

 

Mobile phone +371 29255601

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rally News – June 2013

 

 

 

 

 

Dear All,

 

 

 

Midsummer night festival Ligo in Latvia is over and this is a sure sign that we have passed the point of no return for our FIVA World Motorcycle Rally in Latvia for 2013. Hotels, food, T-shirts, prizes, etc. have been ordered and paid for and we are now looking forward to meet you -- our participants at the rally in July. The rally insurance has also been provided for – by ERGO company.

 

 

 

To those who forgot to mention in their rally Entry Forms about acompanying vehicles I can say that 24-hour parking lots around Riga are cheap, compared with the rest of Europe. You can leave a car/trailer at a guarded parking lot for 24 hours for Euro 1.5 and these parking facilities are also available near the Bikernieki Racing Circuit –  where our Rally registration desks will be situated on Thursday, 18th July --just in case. Most participants will be leaving their accompanying vehicles at hotel SKANSTE in Riga which is our pre- and post rally base. According to Rally regulations no following vehicles will be permitted at the rally throughout its duration.There will be 2 technical assistance trucks (one of them like a yellow airplane!),  vans for carrying participants’ bags – (one large bag per participant please!) and a passenger bus for those who may have problems with their machines or other problems preventing them to ride in the rally.

 

 

 

Despite the late spring, the weather in Latvia so far has been wonderful motorcycle wise. We have had the warmest midsummer night since 1960ies and the weather  forcast for July looks good. Yet please remember that the rally participants will be required to ride in full motocycling gear regardless of weather as required by the rally Regulations. T-shirts, short pants, sandals and bare hands will not be allowed.

 

 

 

We have reviewed with interest the UK’s First Choice results which gives answers to the question What is the most beautiful country in the world? The majority have voted for Latvia and this is no surprise! http://www.firstchoice.co.uk/blog/what-is-the-most-beautiful-country-in-the-world-update/  check  this site yourself!

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the Preliminary List of our FIVA World Motorcycle Rally Latvia 2013 Participants as organized in Riding Groups.

 

 

 

 

 

                FIVA WORLD RALLY LATVIA PARTICIPANTS 2013. PRELIMINARY LIST.

 

No

RIDER’S NAME

COUN-TRY

M/C MAKE

MODEL

YEAR

1.

JURIS RAMBA

LV

REX/JAP

DE LUXE 7 HP

1913

2.

TORBJORN NILSSON

S

HUSQVARNA

MODEL  150

1920

3.

INGRID LONNQVIST

S

BMW

R 66

1938

4.

ARNT GRO

N

INDIAN

CHIEF + SIDECAR

1923

5.

MARIAN BRŽAN

SLO

BSA

500 SV

1938

6.

JUHANI RUPONEN

FIN

HARLEY-DAVIDSON

28 B

1928

7.

ROLF BEPPLER

D

ZUENDAPP

EINHEITSMODELL 

1936

8.

ERHARD THRAMER

D

ZUENDAPP

KS-601

1954

9.

WILLY HOF

D

BMW

R 51/2

1950

10.

ENRICO CONCAS

I

ISOMOTO

GT

1955

 

 

 

 

 

 

11.

VIESTURS ALBERINGS

LV

AJS

K3

1928

12.

LES HOBBS

GB

SUNBEAM

MODEL  9

1929

13.

JAN TAUBEL

CZ

ARIEL

MODEL F

1929

14.

MILOŠ PETRIK

CZ

ARIEL

MODEL F

1929

15.

PAT GILL

GB

MATCHLESS

SILVER HAWK

1930

16.

JOHN SPALDING

GB

JAMES

A3 SPORTS

1933

17.

TONY HENDERSON

GB

AJS

MODEL   16M

1946

18.

MARCEL SCHOEN

NL

NORTON

INTER MODEL 30

1934

19.

MIKE PETERS

GB

BSA

WD M 20

1945

 

 

 

 

 

 

20.

SIMO NIEMINEN

FIN

RUDGE

SILVER VASE SPECIAL

1933

21.

MARZIO GHIDONI

I

MOTO GUZZI

SPORT 15

1932

22.

MAURO BOZZOLINI

I

MOTO GUZZI

GTV

1947

23.

BENITO BATTILANI

I

SERTUM

BICILINDRICA

1936

24.

MARIA ROSA GUERRA

I

NIMBUS

SPECIAL

1939

25.

HARIJS KRŪZKOPS

LV

BMW

R 12

1938

26.

RUDOLF TSCHUMPER

CH

BSA

YB 33

1947

27.

UELI SCHMID

CH

BMW

R 67/3

1955

28.

WILLI HŪRLIMANN

CH

MOTOSACHOCHE

720A

1936

29.

PETER EGLOFF

CH

HENDERSON

KJ

1929

 

 

 

 

 

 

30.

PENTTI SELJAMO

FIN

RUDGE

SPECIAL

1936

31.

BRUCE LINSDAY

USA

HARLEY-DAVIDSON

E-61 KNUCKLEHEAD

1937

32.

RICHARD   BECKER

D

ZUENDAPP

KS-600

1938

33.

CHRISTIAN BECKER

D

ZUENDAPP

KS-600

1938

34.

ESKO JĀRVINEN

FIN

BMW

R 12

1938

35.

KASPARS MEŽINIEKS

LV

SUNBEAM

LION B 29

1938

36.

JAN STREZYNSKI

CH

BMW

R 71

1939

37.

REINHARD MADER

D

NSU

OSL 601

1939

38.

HERMANN MATULA

D

BMW

R75

1941

 

 

 

 

 

 

39.

URMAS TEEARU

EST

INDIAN

SCOUT 101

1931

40.

AIVO MŪNDEL

EST

BMW

R 66

1939

41.

PETJA GROM

SLO

NORTON

MODEL 18

1939

42.

PERLY HOFSTAD

N

VIKTORIA

SN 350

1940

43.

ARVE N. HOFSTAD

N

BSA

B 33

1952

44.

ARVE HOEL

N

BMW

R67/2

1952

45.

JOSTEIN ALSETH

N

BMW

R50

1956

46.

BERNARD ØYANGEN

N

BMW

R 90 S

1976

 

 

 

 

 

 

47.

WERNER WEGMANN

CH

MOTOSACHOCHE

426 JUBILLEE

1933

48.

HEINZ FUST

CH

HONDA

CB 450

1967

49.

PAUL ELSENER

CH

HONDA

KO 750 FOUR

1971

50.

BELA GABANYI

CH

MOTO GUZZI

NUOVO FALCONE

1953

51.

RENE JUCHLI

CH

HONDA

CB 450 SUPER SPORT

1968

52.

ERNST STRAUB

CH

TRIUMPH

BONEVILLE T120

1964

53.

MĀRIS BEDRE

LV

BMW

R 35

1950

54.

OLLI KOPONEN

FIN

ARIEL

VA 500

1935

 

 

 

 

 

 

55.

MILOŠ VINCIK

CZ

JAWA

11-250

1953

56.

ZDENEK KADEČKA

CZ

JAWA

11-250

1953

57.

PETR NAVRATIL

CZ

JAWA

350 OHV

1940

58.

VACLAV CHURAVY

CZ

JAWA

01-500 OHC + SIDECAR

1955

59.

JOHN CHRYSTAL

GB

ARIEL

NH 350

1954

60.

JUERGEN WOLDERT

D

BMW

R 60/2 + STEIB S 250

1964

61.

PALMINO POLI

I

MOTO GUZZI

GALLETTO

1952

62.

SEVERINO PIERETTI

I

DUCATI

750 SPORT

1974

 

 

 

 

 

 

63.

RENZO BATTISTONI

I

MOTO GUZZI

SPORT 15

1934

64.

DANIELE GAZZONI

I

MOTO GUZZI

FALCONE CORRAZIERI

1959

65.

NORMUNDS EGLĪTIS

LV

IMZ

M 72

1958

66.

KURT AMREIN

CH

NORTON

DOMINATOR  99

1960

67.

HANS BERNET

CH

MOTO GUZZI

V7 GT 850

1973

68.

ROMAN CLESLE

CH

MOTO GUZZI

NUOVO FALCONE

1973

69.

WALTER SCHŌNHOLZER

CH

MOTO GUZZI

V7 SPECIAL

1970

70.

ERNST WIRTH

CH

MOTO GUZZI

 VT CALIFORNIA II

1983

 

 

 

 

 

 

71.

ANDREW STEERS

GB

TRIUMPH

TIGER 100

1956

72.

PAUL BRUSCHAN

GB

BSA

GOLD FLASH

1958

73.

PETE GAGAN

CDN

VELOCETTE

VIPER CLUBMAN

1968

74.

SIMON HOLT

CDN

NORTON

JUBILLEE

1960

75.

TAKIS  M. PANAGIOTIS

GR

BSA

LIGHTNING A65

1969

76.

RISTO SALO

FIN

HONDA

CB 450

1973

77.

VELI TIRKKONEN

FIN

BMW

R100RS

1977

78.

KEIJO KIURU

FIN

HONDA

CX 500

1979

79.

ILKKA ERONEN

FIN

HUSQVARNA

MILITARY 250

1969

 

 

 

Please do not leave your riding gloves at home! Also it would help if you could take

 

 your Driver’s Licence, Insurance and Motorcycle paperwork with you!

 

 

 

See you all there,

 

 

 

Your Rally organizer,

 

 

 

Juris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RALLY NEWS May - 2013.

 

 

 

Hello All,

 

 

 

Today 19th of May, Sunday is Vasarsvetki – summer festival day in Latvia.

 

 

 

I have just returned from a 2–day  trip in Kurland area in superb weather, surveying the rally preparations, checking the hotels and meals en route and finalizing parking arrangements and other details.

 

 

 

After a hectic period of exchanging e-mails and letters with our prospective participants we can now draw a line and complete our FIVA World Motorcycle Rally Latvia 2013 Entry List. We have 80 motorcycle crews on the list with 103 participants from 15 countries  todate. The target of 80 motorcycle crews was set from the beginning and we are happy it has not been oversubscribed!  Unfortunately our hotel situation en route the Road Reliability Trial today is what it is – new hotels are not being built at the required rate, so we have to make do with what is available and even then these have to be booked 1 year in advance...

 

 

 

I am hereby proposing to all newcomers to our  rally in Latvia to be patient and tolerant! A certain degree of discipline will be called for from everyone to make this event a success. Our small team of enthusiastic  organizers will be at your service, but please do not expect miracles!   

 

 

 

Our rally will be unique in more ways than one.  One of the main diferences from other FIVA rallies may be riding in small groups 8 to 10 motorcycles in a group with 2 marshals – a „pace maker” and a „tailender” to help the progress. These guys will be wearing bright bibs and they will be riding modern motorcycles. This is done for your own safetyy and security, for ease of overtaking of the groups by modern traffic, for making your journey less stressful and to control the time when you have to be at the table for meals, they will be responsible for waking you up in the morning at the right time, etc. Those who have been riding in large motorcycle groups will know how difficult it can get in towns with traffic lights and many turns – it is easy to wander off route, especially if you are not familliar with the town and have to look after your oiling system on the machine and take care of the traffic distractions, etc. on a somewhat handicapped historic machine As a rule road books not always help much, especially when the going gets nervous.  Therefore the marshals will take care of the roadbooks and the route. Also we will abstain from having police escort services as it would contradict with our understanding of motorcycling freedom in this country...

 

 

 

From correspondence with our esteemed participants of the rally it is clear that  apart from the entrants which have been to our rallies before the majority of the participants have no idea what Latvia is about, what to expect from their trip over here and how is the rally going to be organized ...

 

 

 

Please do not expect that you will be travelling in Latvia, like you have been accustomed to travel elsewhere in Europe. Firstly because our roads are in poor condition. The potholes will be mended by the month of July – there is no doubt about that, but still the roads in Latvia are deteriorating at an alarming rate. Why – I hear you asking? Because our Road Fund was liquidated and large amounts of the road tax and petrol tax money is spent on other things beside the roads! Such is the habit that the politicians do not know how to mend this situation...

 

 

 

Secondly the Kurland area is somewhat uncivilised in terms of hotel infrastructure, lacking modern buildings, yacht ports, etc. – so the whole region is natural and very much as it was before the last war, well with a few exceptions. Modern civilisation is of course taking its toll and within the next decade or two the country will change dramatically, but even then we will still be one of the greenest countries in the whole world with lots of birds and wild animals still around. As has been mentioned before en route we will be passing or visiting 9 historic palaces and castles for which Latvia is famous throughout the Baltic region. We will also be visiting the largest sandy beach in Europe.  The Kurland sea coast is a unique place in the Baltic region and as such it is worth seeing while it is still unspoilt!

 

 

 

Thirdly – the rally in Latvia will be a challenge! A challenge for your machine, a challenge for yourself and all your 5 senses – smell, sight, hearing, taste and touch! Apart form some road distances longer than usual, you will have to saviour 9 meals, listen to 5 concerts of our best performers, you will be visiting those historic palaces and castles – some restored and unique, some not quite so. It will  be a challenge to the small team of organizers as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

To better understand Latvia please watch this Youtube video

 

 

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3He04KR8QU

 

 

To those prospective participants who sent in their Entry forms, but then chose not to participate – I can convey the following – you will be sorry you missed a unique experience!  

 

Please ride safely,

 

 

 

Juris

 

 

 

Rally News – February, 2013. 

 

 

Dear All, 

 

 

Firstly a Happy New Year to all of you! 

 

 

I must say that I am pleased to note that the rally Entry List is full todate! It has been filling up fairly quickly this year compared to our previous rallies. We have started early – the VMCC (UK) magazine printed our rally advert/poster already in the December issue. Knowing the print deadlines, that is a good achievement. 

 

 

Despite the early start with preparations, running the route and contacting the hotels last July-August , we were having problems with booking hotels for the event because July on the Baltic coast line is the high season for holidaymakers and children’s summer camps and we had to put quite an effort into securing the hotels as required for our rally. 

 

 

Here I must say that during the 10 years of the Kurland  Rally  the rally was successful because we could keep everything more or less under one roof. Camping and B&B accommodation has never worked with our Kurland Rallies and it does not look like it can work with the FIVA World Rally in Latvia either. Accommodation in the countryside or towns in Kurland is not always what you may expect somewhere else in Europe, because this area was isolated from the rest of Latvia during the soviet time and so infrastructure was not developed.  Language problems, security problems, getting up on time and other holdups can put too much strain on the rally participants and the organizers as well. Our task is to predict from wrong steps – let us make it a relaxing event as it has always been.  

 

 

Some people have suggested that the organizers should not regulate too much. Please remember that   Rally Regulations are necessary to protect the participants,  as well as the organizers by providing a basic set of rules to live by -- as we all know -- “prevention is better than cure”. It is after all a FIVA World Rally and the FIVA EVENTS CODE is designed to provide guidelines for organizing such rallies. We have studied the FIVA Events Code and also past experiences on how historic motorcycle events are run elsewhere – in Britain, in Italy, in Finland, in Estonia, in Sweden and in Latvia have been taken into consideration. 

 

 

One important message from the organizers of this FIVA Road Reliability Trial in Latvia – please do not intend to have a following vehicle at the Run! This is totally unacceptable and we have asked our participants to leave their trailers, vans and cars at hotel SKANSTE in Riga for the duration of the event, because we are strictly limiting the number of cars in this rally -- the only priority is given to baggage vans, back-up and technical assistance trucks, photographer’s/video van and a passenger bus for people whose motorcycles may suffer breakdowns.    

 

 

This opinion of the organizers regarding "no following vehicles" at this year's FIVA event is also shared by some experienced members of the FIVA MC commission that we have consulted.  

 

 

Believe me this is done for the benefit and security of participants because there will not be any parking space available near the parked motorcycles in some areas. Cars can cause serious road blockage on narrow town streets and there may be security problems if you leave your car unattended some distance away from the event activities. Foreign participants, who are coming for the first time to Latvia, do not know our local conditions, so as organizers we are responsible for this information to be explained. Please note that this FIVA Motorcycle Rally will not be a "walk in the park" somewhere in Southern Europe, but it will take you through some very exotic and less civilized areas you may have never seen before...

 

 

At the same time Latvia is one of a few really green counties on Planet Earth. All our riding will be carefully guided by Rally Marshals on modern bikes. Traditionally we do not have police escorts. These things combined will mean that your riding will be less stressful than anywhere else! You can ask those people who have attended our previous rallies!  

 

 

Now some information for those participants who may be bothered about the ability of their very old or small capacity bikes to keep up with the rest of the “pack”.  Here I must explain to you how these Road Reliability Runs are done in Latvia. The whole Entry List will be sorted by the computer, taking the motorcycle age (capacity and requests to run in one group with friends) as the basis. Then the motorcycles will be split in groups 8 to 10 motorcycles in each group. Each group will have 2 travelling marshals – one in front and one in the rear. Oldest and small capacity machines will start first away. There will be intervals between groups. The youngest machines, which have higher cruising speed, will be able to catch the older machines so that everyone is at the table on the right time at the same time. At least such is the plan and it has worked for quite a few Kurland rallies already. 

 

 

I ventured to ride my 1913 veteran motorcycle at a foreign rally last year. All the faster and more modern bikes rushed away in front of the “pack”, my feeble veteran was left behind, with no tail-end marshals, no local guys to help, no road signs or standing marshals on road junctions. The impatient modern car drivers tried to cut me off the group and they succeeded in doing so, so in the end I got lost twice and on one occasion I had to find my own way back to the hotel. Needless to say I had a few situations with emergency breaking where I found myself trying to apply my band brakes in the narrow zone between the modern cars and the roadside curb. I was lucky this time and that was a good lesson for me as a rally organizer  -- how not to do things. 

 

 

Talking of small capacity motorcycles I can tell you that in our 2011 Kurland Rally event the whole distance of 600 kilometres was done by a club member, riding a Simpson moped of 80 cc capacity! That guy was first away always and was running a little late, but never late enough to miss his hot meal. 

 

 

As it sometimes is, it is not possible or practical to explain every nuance in the Regulations. The FIVA Events Code stipulates that 80 km/h can be the average speed in a touring event on highways, closed roads, circuits or in remote areas with wide open roads, so we have put 70 km/h average in our Regulations, which is way below. 

 

 

May I remind you that although Latvia is an EU country, you will need to take your valid passports, your vehicle documents, driver’s licences and green cards with you, to avoid disappointment or delays, especially at ferry or airport terminals.   

 

 

This is it for the moment.  

 

 

Please ride safely,   

 

 

 

Juris 

  

 

 

 

RALLY NEWS – December 2012.   

 

 

We have already sorted out the Rally Regulations, Preliminary Program and Entry and Accommodation Forms. I will shortly post them to our Rally Mailing List.

 

 

The Entries open on 2nd January, so you will have ample time to make your decisions.  The Entries close on 1st April and the Entry Deadline -- the last date for payment to reach the organizers is 15th April. This is necessary because the hotels en route require advance payment with reservation. After you have sent in Entry and Accommodation Forms with a copy of a FIVA ID card or alternatively 2 photographs (one from each side) of your motorcycle, you will receive an Entry Confirmation with payment details.

 

 

In case of oversubscription the older motorcycles will have a priority. Once again our pre- and post- rally hotel will be hotel SKANSTE in Riga. You will be required to make your own arrangements with this hotel. Please mention in your correspondence with this hotel that you are participating in FIVA WORLD MOTORCYCLE Rally. You will be entitled to a substantial discount.

 

 

 

 Some of the information in the Rally News may be repeated again and I would recommend prospective participants to read the previous Rally News items for more detailed information. 

 

 

You can watch this year’s Italian FIVA WORLD MOTORCYCLE Rally video on You Tube here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYCC-8SrIZI&feature=related 

 

 

 We will appeal to the participants to prepare their motorcycles and themselves as best as they can for this rally. The FIVA WORLD MOTORCYCLE RALLY LATVIA 2013 will be a long and demanding Rally for the rider as well as the motorcycle. There will be access to a technical service and rescue, but waiting will inevitably be at hand.

 

 

 Please note that for logistic reasons only sensible amount of luggage will be recommended to bring with you to leave in your accompanying luggage van. Dress code for all dinners and meals will be casual, thus there should not be a problem with that. 

 

 

This weekend we have at last got our first snow here in Latvia, but the weather is still keeping mild. 

 

 

Merry Christmas Everyone! 

 

 

Juris

 

 

 

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