I just completed a 1000 mile event on my 1939 ish M20. Not a big deal if the terrain was not taken into consideration. The event included 14 bikes and lots of roadside repairs, 12 bikes completed the trip through Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee with much of the riding conducted on dirt, gravel, or worse. The M20 was by far the oldest bike and competed against bikes as recent as 1980. The next oldest bike was a 65 BMW/2. I will be happy to share more information with those that are interested. I will end by saying the BSA was bulletproof ( wrenched on everyday) so don't be afraid to take those old bikes out there and return them to the glory they deserve! If you are on instagam take a look at Vintage 1000 and you will find some pics.
Looks like it was a lot of fun. 200 miles a day on a WM 20 should not be a problem even on dirt if you don't push the bike too fast which is just about the only thing that you can do to kill them. Regularly run better than those sort of distances on mine with little thought , although on tar only, I regularly get told the rear wheel spends more time in the air than it dose on the ground. How long have you had it ?
Not long, a month or so. I wanted to do this event in a different way than most, on a rigid frame girder and none of my other bikes seemed to fit the event. Got the M20 going and felt like it was worth a shot. The bike was more than capable, just added a set of trials tires and lots of Lock Tight. It was a good chance for me to learn the bike, I had several adjustments and repairs along the way but nothing that could not be addressed at road or camp side. I also had great support from the other riders that ran slower for me and the support crew that was a call away if needed. I hope to see more older bikes pushing the envelope in the future events. It seems that every year the bikes get a little old and to me that's a great thing. There we a lot of very rough sections along the way and a couple of major water crossings that the M20 didn't love. The M20 can handle the rough roads but it rattles things apart no matter how much you prep. We all were required to carry all tools and camping gear on the bike and that added to the adventure. Gas cans are not required but helpful when you fall short between stops. I carried an extra gallon. The paved sections were my least favorite, seems like every paved section was an M20s worst nightmare, climbing!! The M20 was smoking when I started the event Tuesday morning of course it had not been before. Still smoking when I finished, time for a top end I think. Cheers
I think I'd really enjoy something like that. Looked bloody good fun, working as a team, keeping everyone going, great camararderie. Pity it's in the US and not over here in Europe. It would have to be a warm bit of Europe though!