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KYMCO & Parts Canada proudly present the 2015 Mad Bastard Scooter Rally

KYMCO Canada is proud to host the 2015 Mad Bastard Scooter Rally, headquartered at the Delta Guelph Hotel & Conference Centre in Guelph, ON (June 19-21) and presented by Parts Canada.
 
KYMCO Canada is pleased to welcome a brave group of 75 riders to this biannual event founded in 2005. The rally takes riders 600+ km through an as of yet, undisclosed route (participants find out where they're riding the day before they set off - adding navigation to the challenge!). Being a rally, and not a race, participation is all about getting points which includes them completing the ride in full costume. Perhaps surprisingly, for many it will not be their first time committing themselves to this act of madness over the summer solstice weekend!
 
 
 
The scooter, particularly the 50cc scooter, was never designed for six to eight hundred kilometer outings. Known for their convenience, storage capability, fuel efficiency, affordability, ease of use and nimble handling, a small displacement scooter is perfectly suited for running errands and commuting on a daily basis. But rally after rally has shown it can just as well handle the open road, albeit at an often dreadfully slow pace! And that's where functionality becomes secondary, and the fun takes over.
 
This is the first year the rally will be hosted by new owners, KYMCO Canada. The rally was founded in 2005 by Rob Harris (editor of Canada Moto Guide) and has taken place every odd year since,being headquartered in cities such as Barrie, Bellville (twice!), and Gatineau.
 
We would also like to express our appreciation to the wild group of media representatives who have enthusiastically agreed to saddle up on a KYMCO scooter and ride alongside the rest of the pack despite not being eligible to win the grand prize. That's right, there is some incentive, although we're convinced that most competitors would still ride the rally just to be a part of such an extraordinary event!
 
This year, the rally winner will take home a KYMCO Super 8 150 scooter along with capturing the coveted title of Maddest Bastard. A highly complex system of points, understood only fully by our new rally master, Sabina Heilman, determines the winner. Winning the rally has little to do with speed and much to do with commitment, quick thinking, navigational skills, and sometimes a willingness to embarrass oneself for the sole purpose of public mockery. The combination of scenic routes, road side scavenger hunts, daring photo challenges, and outrageous costumes is appealing to many, but throw in the early morning send off (4am) for a grueling 600+ km ride (over 24 hours) and only the strong will survive.
 
Good luck to all and ride safe!
 

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