Manic motorcyclists ride 1,700 miles to visit Harley dealers

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DETERMINED riders Tim Manhire and Adey Scammell battled many miles in sweltering heat to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

The pair jumped on their Harley Davidson motorbikes, making the trip that stretched from Plymouth, to Carlisle and down to Southampton.

(l-r) Adey Scammell (44) and Tim Manhire (61).'Tim Manhire, of Gosport & Adey Scammell, from Southampton, rode to all 26 Harley Davidson dealers in England and Wales. They collected �2,079 charities National Kidney Federation and British  Heart Foundation.'''Picture: Allan Hutchings (132121-186)

(l-r) Adey Scammell (44) and Tim Manhire (61).'Tim Manhire, of Gosport & Adey Scammell, from Southampton, rode to all 26 Harley Davidson dealers in England and Wales. They collected �2,079 charities National Kidney Federation and British Heart Foundation.'''Picture: Allan Hutchings (132121-186)

Tim, 61, of Priddy’s Hard, in Gosport, took on the challenge riding to all the Harley dealerships in England and Wales to raise cash for the National Kidney Federation.

He is a kidney transplant patient of nine years and was on dialysis for two years while waiting for a transplant.

Adey, 45, raised money for the British Heart Foundation.

The Southampton-based rider suffered a heart attack five years ago.

Tim, a member of the New Forest Hog Chapter, had already ridden to Rome and back before taking on this challenge from July 15 to 20.

He said: ‘It went brilliantly, every dealer welcomed us with open arms.

‘The weather was unbelievable, if anything it was too hot, we never had a rain drop on us at all. But it was hard, we had long riding days, we had to call in at five or six dealers a day.’

Temperatures soared to 85F when the pair were in Birmingham.

Tim added: ‘The thought was “let’s get all this leather off and ride in our shorts” but you’ve got to be a bit careful.’

But the hard slog was worth it as the pair raised just over than their £2,000 target.

Tim, who swapped his Harley for a new one in Norwich while on the trip, added: ‘What (the NKF) do for you is unbelievable.

‘I went from being attached to a machine for three times a week for four hours to having complete freedom again.’

When the pair arrived in Southampton they did so in style, with a ride-in with other members of their chapter.

And an auction of T-shirts from each of the dealers they visited on the road netted them £480 of the total.