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Denmark Beach Rally 2015

For the third year in a row the season premiere for me was held on the Danish west coast, close to the summer village of Lökken, Denmark.

Driving on the beach is allowed in Denmark as long as you don`t go faster than 30 km/h….. in average was our conclusion.

Of course you have to give way for other participants on the beach, like people and their dogs. Consequently the perfect time to go there is early spring or late fall, this to have the whole horizon at your disposal.

Driving on that soft and unpredictable layer of sand can be a real challenge for both driver and machine. A big advantage is that most falls or mishaps occur during the start or stop sequence meaning the speed is low and risk of injuries are minimal. A really good opportunity to develop your driving skills on soft ground. Did I mention it´s pure fun!

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Starting up early with the ferry transfer from Gothenburg, Sweden we entered the long awaited beach at lunch time, ready for the experience to begin. Imagine letting go of a long winters longing for stretching out on your beloved motorbike, that was exactly what we all first did. You could hear joyful callouts from within the helmets and the engines revving at their best ability…jihaa!

Soon enough we reached a water crossing to wide and deep to drive through. The whole bunch was gathered as the hindrance occurred and we helped each other with the crossing over a narrow bridge. Later water crossings where crossed more or less successfully with only some wet boots and pants. One should always be careful and respect those ditches with water, often deeper than you expect. How we know? Well…

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Time for the brought lunch away from the always blowing wind, sitting on a sand dune enjoying the stretches and sea in front of you. Life is good!

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The day continued with several more enjoyable kilometers heading south until it was time to park the bike for today and gather with all the others at our pre booked hotel. Washing the bike off with some fresh water is advisable after a whole day driving in salty water and sand. But don´t forget yourself and that thirst!

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Next morning some of the participants left for an early ferry back home while others had another half day along the beach heading north, driving back more or less the same way as the day before. Above you have examples of how to load luggage for a weekend on your light bike, here with the Motonaut Rack Kit and some alternative bags.

Below my loading solution on a Honda XR650 R

Motonaut Raid configuration

Motonaut Raid configuration
20 + 30 + 20 liters

20 + 30 + 20 liters

If you have the chance to go for a beach drive, don´t hesitate but take the challenge and develop your driving and skills. But always respect others visiting the beach for other reasons like swimming, the silence and more.

I hope this story gave you some inspiration of driving onto the sand!

 

Jonas Jerndal