Sunderland dad completes 2,000km classic bike rally to the Alps

Ray Inskipp on his Honda CBX in front of the Alps in France.
Ray Inskipp on his Honda CBX in front of the Alps in France.
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A petrolhead dad has biked his way across Europe as part of a convoy of enthusiasts.

Ray Inskipp has taken part in the annual Honda CBX Euro Rally, where he was one of 32 hardy Brits made the long journey over the continent to the French Alps at Les Saisies.

Bikers during their Honda CBX Rally event which took them to the Alps in France.

Bikers during their Honda CBX Rally event which took them to the Alps in France.

All those making the trek, who are part of the UK CBX Club which was founded back in 1992, journeyed using their Honda CBX bikes.

“The bike is a really iconic motorcycle which was produced in the 1970s and early 80s,” explained Ray, 57, of Ryhope.

“They go for upwards of £15-£20,000 these days.”

Ray helped organised a previous rally in Ireland in 2015 with people from as far afield as America and Japan arriving to get involved.

This year’s event covered three days, travelling down to Portsmouth and then crossing the Channel on a ferry.

The bikers then rode 250 miles to Dijon before reaching the Alps.

The club’s magazine CBX rider is published four times including articles and features about the ownership and running of a CBX.

There are regular features on members’ bikes and technical articles to help riders maintain them.

Ray, who is married to Beverley, 57, with who he has Gemma, 29, Raymond Junior, 27, and Jonathan, 25, added: “I’ve been into motorbikes all of my life really and recently retired from editing the club magazine.

“The club has got quite a following and it’s great that we managed to get so many people to do the rally.

“The journey down to Portsmouth turned out to be quite terrible, but we all had a good time on getting to France.

“Practically all of the members are 50 plus so to cover 2,000 kilometres is a lot for them.

“We were quite tired by the end but it was a great experience.”