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Could You Survive This?

Ontario's Maddest Motorcycle Rally Is Done on a Scooter

The 2017 Mad Bastard Scooter Rally is just around the corner. Watch the video to determine whether you should subject yourself to it or stay off the roads on June 23 to 25th.

Dressed up like a trick or treater, leaving at 3:30 in the morning to ride for 24hrs straight around through rain and whatever else Mother Nature throws at you while your butt grows so sore that you wish it would just stay numb. This is why we ride! Not motorcycles of course...scooters!

The Mad Bastard Scooter Rally isn't afraid to laugh at itself. Sure you're touring some of Ontario's wealth of motorcycling roads but in this case, you don't have time to stop and smell the roses. You're given the route map roughly 8 hours before the rally begins and you have 24 hours to complete it. Take a look at last year's route and think about how well you'd do on a 50cc engine!

Fittingly, the rally was devised in the middle of the night (with the help of some fine scotch) by Canada Moto Guide staff photographer Richard Seck and editor Rob Harris (as many riders in Canada know, Rob recently passed on doing what he loved. Read this beautiful tribute by Mark Richardson here). The plan was an 850km trip around Lake Ontario and, after leaving at the break of day they had returned in 22hrs. The first Mad Bastard Scooter Rally was born!

Since then the stakes have just gotten higher and higher. How the costumes got involved we don't know but it's a huge part of the fun. And you need to keep your spirits light when taking on such an undertaking. The KYMCO team seems bent on outdoing themselves each year coming up with more and more diabolically challenging routes.

The 2017 edition will begin in London, Ontario but we'll have to wait to find out exactly what route they've devised for us. If you want to complete the rally you better brush up on your navigation skills...and don't forget your outfit!   

So, are you up for it? Time to get ready for 2017!
Most of the video was shot on the Cruise the Coast roads in Ontario's Southwest.

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