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Hardcore Posties Take On Tasmania and Raise Money for MS Research

12 November 2008 - Tasmanians would have witnessed quite a scene when 47 “Hardcore Posties” rolled their Honda CT110’s off the Spirit of Tasmania last month.

They came for four days of extreme riding, pushing the Honda postie bikes to their absolute limits, ultimately raising $24,000 for the MS Society of Tasmania.

The Hardcore Posties have developed a cult following due to their extremely tough riding, carrying all their own food, water, camping gear and fuel on the back of the iconic bikes.

“Out of 47 machines, the only postie bike that didn’t make it was one that holed its sump. It’s a testament to just how tough these little Hondas are,” said event organiser Phil Hodgens.

Setting out from Devonport, the Hardcore Posties headed east on wild logging tracks and a deserted railway line. They rode through Ben Lomond National Park, taking the postie bikes up the notorious ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ – a narrow track carved into a cliff face – up to the Alpine Snow fields before returning to Launceston.

The previous three annual runs have been in the desert, including a ride across the Nullarbor Plain, crossing Australia from East to West coast and riding from Birdsville to Alice Springs.

Hodgens provides the ride for free as long as riders raise at least $500 for the relevant charity beforehand and cover all their own costs. He chose Tasmania for this year’s event as it has the highest rate of MS in Australia.

“Tasmania was awesome. The weather was great and the scenery was incredibly diverse over such a small area,” said Hodgens.

“Stephen (Tuffy) Tuff, the editor from Trailrider magazine, brought a little mobile bar down each night and the money raised went to the MS Society as well.”

“Next June we’ll be riding from the sunny coast of Queensland to Birdsville, central Australia, raising money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.”

“A big thank you to Honda for generously donating prizes for all of our annual events thus far.”

For more information about next year’s ride email: motorbikin@westnet.com.au