THE SPIRIT OF THE Moto TT

The spirit of the Moto TT is adventure!

As with all adventures, entrants are expected to enter into the spirit of the event. This includes being considerate and supportive to all other entrants, providing assistance and care if needed.

As this is an amateur not-for-profit event, do not expect a comprehensive set of written rules. Any behaviour that conflicts with the spirit of the MotoTT may result in disqualification of a rider or a team. Offensive, anti-social behaviour or any behaviour that puts others at risk will not be tolerated.

About the event:

This event is not a race.

Nor is it a scooter rally. It is a very challenging endurance event that takes riders to the most remote areas of New Zealand over some of the roughest roads in whatever weather conditions New Zealand’s fickle climate sends our way. For four days, riders will test their own stamina and the reliability of their scooters. Not everyone will complete the mission, and those that do, will not emerge unscarred. Tired, battered and badly shaken, we cross the finish line more with a sense of relief than elation.

Given this challenge, it is important that you, your scooter and your team are all well prepared for what you will endure.

Our advice to you

Choose your team wisely. You will be relying on each other so it is good to get to know each other’s riding styles in advance. Each team should carry a first aid kit with painkillers and some drinking water.

Wear decent gear. We have had over ten “unscheduled dismounts” in each of the two previous years. A good helmet, gloves, jacket with armour, riding pants with knee pads and strong boots that cover your ankles are all basic requirements that every rider should have.

Be prepared for rain. We have experienced some severe weather on previous events so wet weather gear is essential.

Prepare your scooter. Don’t underestimate the punishment your scooter will take. You will need to carry extra fuel and oil for two strokes so make sure all your luggage can be securely tied on and that straps and bungees are in top condition.  

Check your tyres. Ideally you should fit new tyres for the event. Do not underestimate how quickly a tyre will wear out. A new tyre on the rear will be half gone after 1000 miles. If you carry a spare tyre ensure it is of a good standard.

Be prepared for breakdowns. Each team should carry spares such as spark plugs, cables, bulbs, levers and tools.

Support Crew

Sorry, but there isn’t any.

Support crew or support vehicles may not be used to support or carry equipment for competing riders during the event. Support vehicles may only be used for transport of riders and scooters who have retired from a stage.  

The organisers accept no responsibility for recovery or transport of riders or their scooters. If you have a breakdown or an accident you will need to make your own arrangements to transport yourself and your scooter home. We recommend that you join the AA.

The Awesome Volunteer Tour Marshals

Tour marshals are essential for the running of the event. The marshals are all unpaid volunteers who give up their time to apply energy and enthusiasm to ensure the event runs smoothly.

There will be up to four marshals appointed for the event and divided into two teams. One team will be responsible for managing the start line, one team for timekeeping at the lunch stop and one to manage the finish line each day. The logistics of getting to the right place at the right time (before the riders!) can be a significant challenge and the marshals will have exhausting days both driving and dealing with all manner of issues over the course of the event.  

In the event of a serious incident, the marshals may be called upon to provide assistance to those affected. This requirement will take priority over every other task.

The marshals are not responsible for planning or managing the event so please direct any feedback you may have to the organisers.

The Rules

There are six categories of rules for this event:

  1. Riders

  2. Scooters

  3. Teams

  4. Classes

  5. Points

  6. Penalties

By entering the event, you agree to abide by these rules. The penalty for non-compliance with any rule is exclusion of the rider / team’s points for the stage of the event. Ignorance of a rule is not an excuse!

Riders

  1. This event is endorsed by the Italian Motorcycle Owners Club (IMOC) and covered by their insurance. You must be a current IMOC member at the time of the event.

  2. Each entrant is responsible for their own safety. The organisers accept no responsibility for any injury, accident, loss or damage suffered by entrants as a result of the event.

  3. Learner licence holders may not enter this event. The minimum licence requirement to enter this event is a restricted license for motorcycles.  

  4. Obey the law! The event takes place on public roads and normal road rules apply.

  5. All riders must wear a full face helmet while riding during this event. Flip face / flip front helmets are permitted. Open face helmets are not permitted.

  6. Use of any navigation device while mounted is prohibited. Riders must dismount and turn off engines before using a navigation device.

Scooters

  1. All scooters must have current registration (vehicle license) and carry a current Warrant of Fitness.

  2. This event is for geared scooters only. Automatic / CVT scooters may not enter.

  3. Engine capacity of your scooter must be greater than 90cc and not exceed 400cc.

  4. All scooters must be fitted with at least one rear vision mirror. (All scooters includes vintage scooters even if an exemption is held.)  

Teams

  1. Teams must have a minimum of three riders.

  2. Each team must include at least two air-cooled 2-stroke scooters.

  3. All teams must carry their own baggage, spares, tools and fuel.

  4. Teams must travel as a group.

  5. In the event of a breakdown or accident, teams must assist their fellow team members and when necessary, remain with them until help arrives.

  6. In the event of a serious incident, teams must assist other teams when requested to do so.

  7. Teams must notify the Marshal if any team member has retired during the stage.   

Classes

There are two entry classes for this event; Trophy Class and Tourist Class

Trophy Class:

  1. Trophy class teams must start the event with four riders.

  2. Trophy class teams must start and finish each following section with a minimum of three riders on three scooters.

  3. Pillion passengers are not permitted. Team members may only ride pillion as a result of accident or breakdown.

  4. Substitution of team members or scooters is not permitted. If a substitute scooter is used to complete any stage, that rider will be treated as having retired from that stage.

Tourist Class:

  1. Tourist class teams have one hour extra time to complete each stage.

Start times usually begin around 8.00am each day. The organisers will decide the order in which the teams start. This will be communicated prior to the event. Tourist Class Teams will depart first. There will be a 30 minute interval between the departure of the last Tourist Class team to leave and the first Trophy Class team.

In each class, teams will be scheduled to start at one minute intervals. This will be the recorded team start time, regardless of how late you leave.

Retired riders and teams:

Any riders or teams who have retired from the competition but who wish to continue to ride the course are welcome to do so. This includes teams reduced to two or fewer riders. The start time for retired riders will be around 15 minutes after the start time for Tourist Class but before the Trophy Class start time.

Points

The event takes place over four days. Each day will consist of two stages separated by a lunch break. Each stage will include a checkpoint where the team must take a photograph. Teams should allow a minimum of at least 45 minutes for a lunch stop each day. There is no maximum lunchtime. It will get dark around 6.00pm so teams should need allow sufficient time to complete the afternoon stage in daylight.

  1. Each team starts each stage with 50 points. And can earn an additional 25 points for photo checkpoints

  2. The maximum score for the event is 600 points

  3. Points will be deducted if the team incurs a penalty.

Penalties

  1. Finishing a stage early: No penalty this year

  2. Finishing a stage late:

    1. -1 point per minute for the first 5 minutes

    2. -3 points for every 5 minutes for next 25 minutes

    3. -5 points for every 10 minutes for next 30 minutes

    4. -5 points for every 15 minutes for the next 30 minutes up to a maximum of -50 points

  3. Failure to assist a fellow team member in the event of a breakdown: -100 points

  4. Failure to assist another team if asked to do so in the event of an emergency: -100 points

  5. Failure to realise a team member has broken down : -50 points

  6. Finishing a stage with only 3 scooters: -25 points

  7. Failing to notify the Marshal if a rider has retired during a stage: -25 points

  8. Finishing a stage but failing to check in: -25 points

  9. Finishing a stage with team members separated by more than 5 minutes: -10 points

  10. Being issued with any infringement notice by the Police: -15 points

  11. Caught using a smartphone or sat nav device while on a scooter:

    1. First offence in one day: -15 points

    2. Subsequent offences in one day: -50 points

  12. Deliberately blocking another team’s progress: -50 points

  13. Blocking traffic / causing a tailback: -50 points

Spanners Card:

Each team receives a spanners card which may be used on any one of the first three days of the event (it may not be used on the final day). Playing the spanners card allows the team to deduct up to 30 minutes off their finish time for that stage. To play the card, all riders who started the stage must finish the stage and surrender the spanners card to the Marshal. The team may nominate the length of time that they wish to use. Any unused time may not be stored. The spanners card may not be transferred to another team.

Future developments:

While these basic rules are set for 2017, we may introduce further changes to the points and penalties before the event. Any future changes will not affect the rules regarding riders, scooters or teams but may award points or impose penalties that align with the Spirit of the Moto TT.