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About the "Reliability Run" Dual-Sport Ride 7 years 2 months ago #96

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OVBSAOC officer, past President, and founding member Clark Francy is an old Enduro rider from way back, so it was only natural for him to include an Enduro-type ride among the club's twice-yearly Rally activities.


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That's Clark on the right, with RRDSR participant/OVBSAOC member/course worker Stevie Szewczyk getting ready to head out on the course on his 441 Victor.

With the primary intent of encouraging participation by BSA-enthusisasts, riding vintage BSA motorcycles, clark initially set the ride up with fairly modest challenges. Back roads, and the odd bit of mud and water here and there provided a fun and interesting alternative to the rally's pavement-only rides.

In more recent years, RRDSR participants have tended toward more modern and capable Dual-Sport bikes. Clark responded by introducing more true-off-road sections into the rides, yet included alternative routes, which continue to assure the course is managable by just about any machine.

Overall, the Reliability Run Dual-Sport Ride is a not-to-be-missed event, taking riders an average of 80 miles throughout beautiful countryside, and featuring awesome trails, dirt and gravel roads, and some of the best twisty, windy pavement anywhere, all with impressive elevation changes and awesome views and scenic vistas.

And, the RRDSR continues to evolve, featuring ever-new trails, routes, and options - for riders of both vintage and modern bikes. Stay tuned for updates, and put this one on your must-ride list. You'll not be disappointed.
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About the "Reliability Run" Dual-Sport Ride 7 years 2 months ago #98

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i have been lucky enough to ride the reliability run many times. i have ridden it on 441 bsa,puch a couple of greeves a few husqvarnas, gas-gas and have had fun at all of them. hope i can make both in 2013 dennis brown
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About the "Reliability Run" Dual-Sport Ride 7 years 2 months ago #99

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I can personally attest to Dennis' claim. Check this pic of him rolling his ultra-fine vintage Puch to the line at a past RRDSR.


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About the "Reliability Run" Dual-Sport Ride 7 years 2 months ago #106

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I get a great deal of sheer joy from riding the Reliability Runs. They are the single must do rides for me yearly. The work that Clark, with the assistance of Ted and Steve is truly appreciated. Riders should not be put off if they are not dirt riders, just do the alternate, more gentle route, you will be glad you did. If you like woods riding the off road sections are great fun just be sure you have true, full knobby on the rear at least,,,,it might rain,,,a lot!
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About the "Reliability Run" Dual-Sport Ride 5 years 6 months ago #901

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I've been a "Dual-Sport" rider my whole life. Being able to ride down the road and onto the trails and visa versa always seemed to be the way to really get the most out of the motorcycle riding experience. And, the Reliability Run truly does provide the best of both street and dirt riding, which is at the heart of Dual Sport.

For one thing, Jefferson County, Ohio - where the Reliability Run is held, has got to be one of the best placed to ride a motorcycle in the whole wide world. I've ridden a lot of places, all over the country, and I never get tired of riding in good old Jefferson Co. It's got the hills, it's got the rural countryside, the farms, the woods, the back, gravel and dirt roads, and darn nice trail, too.

And, the Reliability Run makes the most out of these opportunities. For one thing, these days we're giving you about a 100 mile ride, and that's a good long run for anyone. Don't be intimidated, though, as because we're winding and winding and winding around all these back roads, and any given time you're only about twenty minutes or so from the start and finish, campground location.

Neither is there reason to be intimidated by the course. It aint boring, as Jefferson County's natural terrain takes care of that. And yet, we provide bypasses around the tougher trail sections. That way, the guys who want the challenging stuff can have at it, yet if you've got an older bike and/or older body and/or a big Adventure bike, you can still have a great time and not kill yourself.

Any scenic! Oh man is the ride scenic. You're up and down and around hills and valleys and across creeks all day long, with forested areas, and farms, and overlooks, and just everything you could ask for. Photo ops? Plenty of 'em!

And, on top of all this we make it dirt-cheap to ride. Five bucks admission to the Rally, and another ten bucks to ride. Want a neat, commemorative t-shirt? Just another ten bucks! You can't even go to the movies this cheap, and we give you a heck of a lot more entertainment and CG graphics ever will.

So come on out, ride the event, have a great time, and tell your friends.
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