Keen to prove that small-capacity bikes are capable of long-distance riding, MCN’s Senior Online Reporter, Dan, embarked on a 300-mile round trip with his younger brother, Matt, to test two budget-friendly commuters.

The ride aboard the Rieju Strada 125 and Peugeot Belville RS125 took the pair from rural Lincolnshire to the first-ever #ride5000miles meet-up in Oxfordshire.

What’s the point?

Remember all the reasons you bought your motorcycle? Was one of them because you wanted an ornament for your garage? Of course not, bikes aren’t statues. #ride5000miles is here to inspire, encourage and celebrate what your bike was designed to do, and that’s be ridden.

The benefits

There aren’t any. Unless you count the thrill of discovering a twisty B road, a less stressful commute, discovering a stunning weekend route, making new biking mates, exploring the glorious British countryside or finally taking your dream trip abroad.

Keep a tally

You could use a GPS, phone App or even just the second trip on your clocks to keep a tally of your mileage. This is an honesty-based challenge so it’s up to you how you count the miles. It’s important you do keep track through, watching the miles tick by is a great incentive.

Join The Official Group

The official group for the #ride5000miles challenge, and the central social media hub for the campaign can be accessed via –

Join to interact with others doing the same, share experiences, ideas and encouragement. You can sign up for the challenge to receive regular updates and free content at www.motorcyclenews/ride5000miles.