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Motorcycle Industry: Female British Motorcyclist Takes on 1000 Dunas Challenge

As seen in The Motorcycle Industry: Vanessa Ruck, a British motorcycle rider, racer, and adventurer, is pushing herself to new limits in Spain with the 1000 DUNAS RAID.

Vanessa, also known as ‘The Girl on a Bike,’ is set to take on the challenge this weekend (22nd – 29th October 2022) between Granada, Spain, and Morocco on a Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro motorcycle.

The 1,200km cross-country rally raid will take several days to complete and will require mastering the navigation of loose rocks, ruts, riverbeds, and sand dunes. To navigate the route, a roadbook is provided, putting navigational skills to the ultimate test, while a wrong turn could land the rider in serious trouble. Mechanical and riding abilities are required to complete the epic challenge.

Vanessa discovered her passion for motorcycles while recovering from a cycling accident seven years ago. She found a new way to quench her thirst for adventure with motorcycling after a lengthy recovery involving multiple surgeries, and she’s never looked back. Vanessa became the first woman to compete in the Tunisia Desert Challenge despite having no previous rally experience, and she has since competed in numerous rallies, including the infamous Red Bull Romaniacs, Qatar Baja, and Rallye du Maroc.

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She has since made it her mission to break down barriers and expectations, whether by improving her motorcycle mechanics or mastering difficult terrain. Vanessa will be the first female competitor to complete the 1000 DUNAS challenge while riding a standard adventure bike.

Ms. Ruck stated, “THE 1000 DUNAS RAID is a momentous challenge, not only because of the physically arduous terrain but also because of the mental strain required to navigate the route.” I chose the Tiger 900 Rally Pro as the ideal companion for me to step up the challenge and push the limits of what both motorcycles and I are capable of.”

With its beneficial floor clearance, extraordinary energy-to-weight ratio, committed excessive specification Showa suspension set up, sump defends and engine protection, rally offroad seasoned mode which disables ABS and traction control, and light-weight Brembo Stylema brakes, the Tiger 900 is as snug off avenue as it’s far on. This is lucky as Vanessa will experience the bike from domestic in Wales to Granada, an epic 1,200-mile trip, earlier than even beginning a thousand DUNAS RAID.

To assure the Tiger 900’s adaptability and dependability during the rally, Vanessa will spend some time at the Triumph Adventure Experience in Spain before the start fine-tuning the suspension, installing off-road-focused tires, eliminating weight for speed, and facilitating deep-sand recovery. She will bring necessary supplies and spare parts, such as oil filters, tires, and brake fluid, to equip herself for a variety of possible outcomes. Her overnight lodging will be a straightforward bivouac tent.

For the rest of the Motorcycle Industry article see here.

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