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Urban Pirates North Coast 500 (plus 'a bit') Challenge

19 June 2019

Members of Aberdeen based motorcycle club, Urban Pirates, and their friends will be taking on a unique challenge to help raise funds for our charity. 

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The group of six, made up of three Urban Pirate members, one associate and two friends, will soon be embarking on the incredible challenge of taking on the North Coast 500 route, using scooters with engines no bigger than 125cc!

Setting off from Aberdeen on June 29th, the group will aim to do around 100 miles a day. Their journey will take them to Aviemore first, then on to Thurso, Ullapool and a brief stop at the Tomintoul Motorcycle Gathering before returning to Aberdeen on 6th July. The journey will cover nearly 800 miles in total.

What really makes this a unique and incredibly tough challenge are the rules the group have set for themselves. They are restricted to using scooters with a maximum value of £400, engines no larger than 125cc and they must be of a step through design. As the route they are taking crosses some of Scotland’s toughest roads and crosses high mountain passes, these small scooters are really going to struggle.

Adding to the difficulty, the group will be camping on all but one of the nights, meaning they will be taking all their tents, clothing and supplies with them. The additional weight from this will add even more strain onto these small vehicles.

Struggling scooters, breakdowns and plenty more difficulties are expected, but the team are motivated for the challenge and to make a difference for local people with disabilities.

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Steve Masser, of Urban Pirates said:

“We wanted to do something that captured our shared interests, was going to be a real challenge and allow us to make a difference for this fantastic charity.
“Limiting ourselves to scooters that cost £400 and have engines no bigger than 125cc is going to make this an interesting challenge. There’s going to be a few steep roads that are going to push these bikes to their limits.
“We’re really looking forward to this challenge and are so grateful for the support we have received from companies, friends and everyone who has sponsored us.”

Some of the scooters purchased are in better shape than others, meaning the team are having to put in the time to make sure they can complete the journey. Ecosse Motorcycles have agreed to support the group and ensure their scooters are in the best possible condition by offering free oil, filter services and comprehensive safety checks before they head off.

Julia Smith, Fundraising Co-ordinator, The Cornerstone Foundation said:

“We are absolutely delighted to have the Urban Pirates join Team Cornerstone!
“We are looking forward to waving the team off and hearing about their adventures!
“The Funds raised from this epic challenge will go towards benefitting local people through our Gift of Time appeal. Through the Gift of Time, we are able to fund additional hours of care for people with disabilities and long term health conditions when they need it most!”

To support Urban Pirates with their fundraising, please make a donation to their page at