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iron butt rides

Postby dennislp » Wed Dec 16, 2015 12:22 pm



does anyone do them and what did you think of them



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Re: iron butt rides

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Dec 16, 2015 2:18 pm

I've many time done rides that would qualify, but I've never bothered to document or apply or pay for the privilege.

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Re: iron butt rides

Postby harvey01 » Wed Dec 16, 2015 2:50 pm

I've done two that qualified and several where I was just trying to get home and wound up going that far. I find it is fun to plan them and set up the route. And it can be fun to ride but you have to be ready for that type of riding. Many things come into play, such as what to eat before and during, what to drink, what to avoid, how to get you sleep habits adjusted---never been good at that one. And of course you do have to prepare your bike or at least know that it is properly maintained and ready to go.

And normally you will do some riding after dark, not everyone can enjoy that! I do but I know many who just do not like that.

From reading of others trial and tribulations I have also learned that the seat on the bike is important. Some folks cannot sit in the seat for the hours necessary to do such a ride. And you do have to make yourself be very conscious of time spent getting gas and taking a break to limit that time as much as possible.

The most fun ride I ever did for certification was one that had me riding around Virginia which meant a lot of the miles were on secondary or back roads rather than interstate. Fortunately I planned it so that at the end of daylight I completed the most fun back roads--Rt 16 Tazewell to Marion. I admit getting on interstate and going so many miles one way and turning around and coming back home just does not excite me.
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Re: iron butt rides

Postby PastoT » Wed Dec 16, 2015 3:16 pm

In my younger days I'd never heard of the group (1982...) and I rode cross country all the time and found myself changing routes to alleviate the repetitiveness and never stopped for more than an hour as I wouldn't have slept anyway (too excited to get home or back to my friends at school). There is a lot to be said about planning your route, weather avoidance, missing road construction and large city traffic rush hours (timing), eating and physiological/psychological preparation. Recently I decided I'd knock out a Saddle Sore 1000 and tuck away one recognized ride certificate. After riding 2200 miles in 40 hours when I was younger I've slowed down and begun to smell the roses; something an IBR attempt leaves little time for. My SS1000 was an easy bet for me and very enjoyable until I had a tire failure; so the ride expired, but then knocked it out on the return 4 days later without issue. Its an experience that might leave you yearning to repeat it like an addiction. I like the science of it and the feeling of accomplishment after. My advise is all the planning and execution is worthless unless you get the paperwork at the start and end. You need start and end point witnesses willing to sign a form attesting to your presence, location, date and time. I had my receipts signed and they have dates and locations and my SPOT GPS tracking log, and a lot of additional support documents but after I discovered the witness forms on the website I relinquished my goal and said the heck with it - I didn't have those specific forms signed and didn't get the witness contact information. Still I enjoyed it just as much as I did decades ago and will likely do it again, unless the roses are particularly fragrant.
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Re: iron butt rides

Postby dennislp » Wed Dec 16, 2015 4:57 pm

was thinking about there lake Michigan ride . last mo when I went to fl I did a 1100 mile day and a 300 mile to and a 900 and a 500 mile on way home ordering a russel seat if it wasn't for that I would have ridden it all first day didn't have much time

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Re: iron butt rides

Postby detdrbuzzard » Wed Dec 16, 2015 5:21 pm

I've done two IBA rides so far, last years attempt at lake huron didn't go so well due to a wardrobe malfunction
next year I plan to do these two rides and hope to have time to complete a lake huron ride. my rides have been done with a few of my co-workers so I wasn't alone and made the ride more fun. if there is someone in your area that sets up an IBA ride sign up for it
http://members.triton.net/vandenbe/LakeMichiganSS1K.htm

http://members.triton.net/vandenbe/2016MIO.htm

and the lake huron ride info from earlier this year
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Re: iron butt rides

Postby dennislp » Wed Dec 16, 2015 6:22 pm

the pin isn't that important to me most my long rides are alone but sometimes its nice to have others there. I have good friends I ride with a lot but 200 and there done . I may be getting older but I am going to fight it every inch of the way

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Re: iron butt rides

Postby detdrbuzzard » Wed Dec 16, 2015 6:34 pm

if I never do or complete another I can say I've done it and have the IBA paper to prove it. look on the IBA calendar and see what's going on in your area, it is early for most rides so check back next year when most rides get posted. the other ride I'm proud to say I've done and I've done more than a half dozen are 200 mile bicycle marathons
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Re: iron butt rides

Postby bntyhntr6975 » Wed Dec 16, 2015 11:37 pm

Ive done a couple SS1Ks on my VTX. I bought the 'Wing for the long rides. Failed a Bun Burner Gold (1500/24) on the 'Wing due to rear tire blowout early on.
A regular Bun Burner (1500/36) is planned for next May and the BBG will get done in June or July.
Its really not as hard to do as most people seem to think. Last SS1K, 3 of us went together. Spent an hour for a sit down lunch and was back home in under 18hrs, at a steady but not grueling pace.

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Re: iron butt rides

Postby detdrbuzzard » Thu Dec 17, 2015 4:41 pm

when we did the lower great lakes IBA ride we stopped for supper just east of Toronto and hour later we were back on the road then we stopped in Chatom for about 45 minutes so we wouldn't be riding through Detroit at 2am with the bars closing. we finished up by 3am
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Re: iron butt rides

Postby harvey01 » Thu Dec 17, 2015 5:27 pm

It is not a Iron Butt Ride although some do approach it as such. I recommend the Four Corners Tour as a fun ride. This tour is sponsored by the Southern California Motorcycle Association, SCMA, and is a fun ride as you get to go to the 4 corners of the USA. You have 21 days from the day you start at one of the four corners to ride to the other three. You pick your own route, the date you start, and you are on your own.

Many folks will plan their routes based on interstate hwy, or you can mix and match with other roads. I used them to cross large areas but I used a lot of secondary roads also. I also road from Madawaska, Maine to Sault St Marie through Canada and took a side trip down in to Mexico. By far the Pacific Coast Highway was one of the best roads, and going to see the Grand Coulee Dam was exciting. I also took time to visit the site where 4 states come together called Four Corners. Seemed appropriate!

I even managed to crash in Texas and spend a couple days in Lubbock, TX getting stuff back together. It was a great trip, I was by myself but talked nightly with my wife back in VA and family. My wife actually had a map and kept track of me that way. I did not have a Spot device or any other tracking device, and I did change the routing as I went along so I had fun. It took me a total of 19 days and that does not include the time to get to the first of the 4 corners, nor the time to get home from the last.

I did tow my trailer which was the carrier of warm weather and cold weather riding gear, all of which I needed. The coldest temps were in the 20' and the highest were pushing right at 100 according to the Wing. I did the trip in October. And, yes I did ride in a lot of rain.
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Re: iron butt rides

Postby GRAPEAPE94 » Thu Dec 17, 2015 8:25 pm

Technicaly I qualify for 18 IRON BUTTS. Not being able to take much time off from work I did my rides from S.W. Florida to Cleveland and back straight thru. As a smoker I stop about every 11/2 hours for a smoke, gas about every 250 miles and a meal break but I still do the 1200+ miles in 18 hours. I think that my IRON BUTT days are over as I turned 70 in October and don't want to take any chances.

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Re: iron butt rides

Postby minimac » Fri Dec 18, 2015 8:15 am

I can't count the number of rides I've done in my 50 years of riding, which easily would have qualified, not only on my bikes but my scooters as well. My riding buddies all know I have an iron butt-I don't need a piece of paper to prove it. :D
I may just do one this year on both the Goldwing and one of the scooters, though.

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Re: iron butt rides

Postby Wingsconsin » Fri Dec 18, 2015 4:19 pm

I have doe quite a few and documented 2 of them with the IBA.
I wrote about my SS1000 on a blog and you could read it here -->> http://neverlost-justexploring.blogspot ... day-1.html

The most recent IBA ride I finished and registered was the GL100 -
Around all 5 Great Lakes in under 100 hours - a really simple ride...
I finished it in 68 hours and 20 minutes (2499 miles total - ride days of 750 -750-1000 approx).
No time for sight seeing but I did get 2 full 8 hour sleeps and nice sit down meals the first 2 nights out.

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