Hello All,


I am writing these lines before the Midsummer Feast in Latvia. The Rally preparations have entered the last stage and the air is filled with great expectations for another interesting Motorcycle Rally. Interesting because we are going to enter new ground – Vidzeme, which can be described as a different region to Kurzeme.

Consequently the Kurland Rally has acquired a new meaning of exploring new ground in Latvia -- further every time. The first Kurland Rally was organized back in 2003 and the event so far has seen most parts of Kurland, hence it now goes to the Midlands of Latvia.

The new route traditionally has been laid out visiting castles, palaces and manor houses of the region along with visits to towns and places of interest in Vidzeme.

A venue has been chosen for a Group Photograph with riders and their motorcycles against a historically important place as a backdrop -- this has become a regular feature of the rally, adding another beautiful photograph to the collection.

Several road sections on our route will be under maintenance and we will have to ride on the white country roads as well to reach our destinations, but only for a few kilometres. Please take utmost care and ride carefully on these roads, keeping a good distance from the front rider to let the dust settle.

Road and rider safety will be a priority in this rally. The riders of more modern motorcycles – please do not steal the breaking distance of the older motorcycles by overtaking and cutting in in front of them. Please do not “hang at the tail” of the older machines as their engines can sometimes seize or the pistons can nip up in their engines most unexpectedly and an imminent crash is possible. Please remember that prevention is always better than cure.

The older pre-war motorcycles are always welcome at our rally and it is only natural that we should respect their age and technical limitations.

Let me wish to all the participants a safe journey to Sigulda in July.
My mobile phone number if you need any assistance while in Latvia is

+ 371 29255601.

Yours in motorcycling,



Last Updated on Monday, 09 October 2017 05:52