Could the madness of the Mad Bastard Scooter Rally be catching on? It looks like the Toronto Moto Scooter Club will make a run this September that circumnavigates lake Ontario – the original idea of the Mad Bastard Scooter Rally.
Way, way back in 2004, Editor ‘Arris and a few crazy comrades rode an 800-km circuit around Lake Ontario on 49cc scooters, for reasons unknown. Whatever their motivation, that loony loop was the inaugural running of the Mad Bastard Scooter Rally, a CMG tradition that runs every two years now.
The Toronto Moto Scooter Club’s route is a little more sane than the original MBSR one though, mainly because they’re taking two days to do it – they start off by heading to Kingston, then Wolfe Island, then New York state (you’ll need a passport!), where they’ll stay overnight in Oswego.
Then on day 2, organizers plan to run along Lake Ontario’s southern shore and re-enter Canada at Niagara Falls, then make the run home. Oh, and they recommend at least a 200cc engine, as they’ll be running at highway speeds, and they don’t mention anything about crazy costumes. Frankly, it’ might be a little hard for someone dressed as Scooterman to make it through US customs.
Now, the club run is going to be small in number, but it’s great to see a growing realization that scooters are good for more than running back and forth to work and the grocery store.