JimT has signed on for the 2010 run on the CBR forum.......
I haven't decided yet.
2010 will be a northern route, run along the Canadian border, crossing the border several times.
as you mentioned, 252cc is still the biggest engine allowed and personally, I think they're onto something there....
even the 250s are almost too fast for this type of ride, using secondary roads.
there's no limit on engine size to ride the CBR in a support or tourist capacity, but if you're running for points 252cc is the max.
what I learned from the first ride is that to place in the points, you need a very light scooter, auxiliary fuel tank and a dedicated support team. You need to be willing to reconfigure the variator for the roads each day.
Excluding the 2T Vespa P200 manuals, all of the top runners in the 250 class had a dedicated support team carrying a generous supply of spare parts, belts, tools, tires pre-mounted on spare rims, etc.
Like with most forms of automotive competition, lots of money can definitely give you an edge!
It would be interesting to see it done without any formal support teams......carry your own spares and go for it!
The more durable your bike, the better your chances. The rider is also the mechanic.
It would change the entire format of the ride, but there would be stragglers showing up all through the night and some scoots would be hopelessly lost in the backroad mazes of mid-America, never to be seen again.