THE LAST IRON BUTT


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GRAPEAPE94
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THE LAST IRON BUTT

Postby GRAPEAPE94 » Tue Jun 09, 2015 12:18 pm



I just got back from my latest IRON BUTT and it will be my last. I am just getting too old.

Every year I go from Venice, Fl. to Akron, Ohio to visit the grandkids and have always ridden straight thru. I don't know if it is my age (I'm 70) the road conditions or the minor problem with the bike but this latest trip took a lot out of me.

It didn't help that the cruise control died on me in Ga. on my way north and I had to twist the throttle the whole way. Then again it could have been the road conditions and the problems that caused with cagers not knowing what to do, or how about the traffic jam east of Columbia S.C. that for about 20 miles I only was able to shift into 2nd four or five times. Lucky there was no rain but on my way north I thought that someone left the freezer door open. When I left Venice at 6:00PM it was 91 degrees then when I crossed the bridge into Ohio from W.Va. the temp was 54.

I averaged 37.82 mpg for the trip which was not bad. The only question I have is dealing with the mileage. My odometer read 1188.3 miles for the trip south but all of the mapping sites put the mileage at 1136.2 +-. Is my odometer off that much? I followed the mapping to the letter.



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Re: THE LAST IRON BUTT

Postby harvey01 » Tue Jun 09, 2015 4:39 pm

Unfortunately I suspect your odometer is off. I know the speedometer is off also.

You know not doing the ride as an straight thru ride but overnighting along the way can actually be more fun and allow time to really see and enjoy area you are riding through.
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Re: THE LAST IRON BUTT

Postby detdrbuzzard » Tue Jun 09, 2015 5:59 pm

I agree Harvey, slowing down some and enjoy the sight's! but I've got another iron butt coming up at the end of the month, my goal is to have an IBA cert for all of the great lakes. this year its lake huron and next year is lake Michigan, after that I'm not sure i'll do another one after that cause i'll have completed my goal not because of age
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Re: THE LAST IRON BUTT

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Tue Jun 09, 2015 6:15 pm

I'm glad you're safe. I suspect your speedometer/odometer could easily be off by that amount... even something as minor as a small change in air pressure in the tires could cause that little bit of error (50 miles over a 1100 mile trip isn't significant to me) over the long haul.

I think your accomplishment is pretty amazing at any age. I'll be 70 in 13 more years, if I live that many more... and I hope to be riding as much as I want when I reach that milestone... I'd do what has been recommended next time, meaning I'd break up the trip in two days... either camping out or staying in a nice clean motel over night for a good rest half way to your destination. It seems the ride would be a lot more fun if you didn't feel compelled to make it 1100 miles straight through... still, I'm impressed.
I am wrong as often as I am right concerning what is wrong with someone else' motorcycle without having seen the machine in person. Guessing with limited information, as to the source of the trouble, is sketchy at best.

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Re: THE LAST IRON BUTT

Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Jun 09, 2015 7:31 pm

that's a very long ride going non stop for 1100 miles. i turned 60 last June, and i did a ride from here in Tennessee to the Florida keys a total of 997 miles, but i broke it up into 2 rides stopping at a motel just above the Florida border in GA which is just about half way. i just turned 61 years old today, and next month i plan on doing the ride down to the Florida keys again breaking it up into a 2 day ride. i would never consider going 1000 miles non stop. not only would that take its toll on me, but i have to consider my 32 year old bike i'll be running. like me, it deserves a "rest" lol.

grapeape, i applaud your "stamina" at your age for doing what you did.

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Re: THE LAST IRON BUTT

Postby AZgl1800 » Tue Jun 09, 2015 8:15 pm

most Honda speedometers are generous by 5%, my bike indicates 86 mph at a GPS actual speed of 80.
The odometer is also off, but I have not bothered to try and figure that out.

I do know that if I use the odometer to computer mpg, the number is terrible..... averaging 33 mpg usually,
and just last Saturday on a fast run to get home and out of the heat/humidity, a 3 tank average was 27 mpg.
but, that was following the fastest thing on the freeway, and sitting behind a Tulsa Tall windshield.

that is a lot of air to be pushing at high speeds. mpg has to suffer when you get up over 60 mph with that thing.

As for getting tired of long rides, I agree. I am 72.5 on the calendar and I have to get off every 1.5 hours to stretch my legs.
My hips keep locking up with what feels like a Sciatic Nerve pain from hip to knee...
Installed Mick-O-Pegs 3 days ago, and that made a huge difference in comfort.
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Re: THE LAST IRON BUTT

Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Jun 09, 2015 8:27 pm

when i have to go to my "local" VA hospital which is 147 miles away, there are 2 rest areas on the interstate and i stop at both of them for at least 20 minutes, and i do the same thing on my return home run. even when i go somewhere like i did today to go get the ABS cement, there are 2 rest areas on the interstate that i stop at for 20 minute rests. now on my ride down to Florida, there's at least 25 rest areas along the interstate and i stop at every one of them. there's no way im going to ride almost 1,000 miles non stop. hell, i wouldn't be able to walk after riding all that mileage without getting of the bike every so often lol.

AZ, i hope i can still walk let alone be riding when i get to 72.5 :?

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Re: THE LAST IRON BUTT

Postby Wilcoy02 » Tue Jun 09, 2015 8:35 pm

Most freeways have a sign every mile.
Set your throttle for 60 mph and time it. 1 mile should be 1 minute.

Then set it again and do 10 miles. Should take you 10 minutes.

This will tell you how your speedometer and odometer are doing.

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Re: THE LAST IRON BUTT

Postby littlebeaver » Wed Jun 10, 2015 9:48 am

Don't you just hate those traffic jams,,, my bike hates going slow.... I get frustrated... restless,,, angry even sometimes.... I'll take the shoulder if I have too, especially if I have to pee.... LOL :lol:

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Re: THE LAST IRON BUTT

Postby roadwanderer2 » Wed Jun 10, 2015 10:07 am

in my personal opinion, taking the shoulder to get out of standing traffic on any major highway is very dangerous. you never know what's laying in the roadway that you might run over. could be glass, nails, chunks of tires from vehicles having blow outs, car parts, etc etc, not to mention other cagers thinking about doing the same thing and pull right in front of you not expecting to see a motorcyclist riding the shoulder, and btw, its illegal to ride the shoulder,(at least in this state) anyway and you could end up with a ticket.

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Re: THE LAST IRON BUTT

Postby littlebeaver » Wed Jun 10, 2015 1:27 pm

roadwanderer2 wrote:in my personal opinion, taking the shoulder to get out of standing traffic on any major highway is very dangerous. you never know what's laying in the roadway that you might run over. could be glass, nails, chunks of tires from vehicles having blow outs, car parts, etc etc, not to mention other cagers thinking about doing the same thing and pull right in front of you not expecting to see a motorcyclist riding the shoulder, and btw, its illegal to ride the shoulder,(at least in this state) anyway and you could end up with a ticket.

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Oh Blah Blah Blah..... :lol: :lol:

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Re: THE LAST IRON BUTT

Postby roadwanderer2 » Wed Jun 10, 2015 3:27 pm

littlebeaver wrote:
roadwanderer2 wrote:in my personal opinion, taking the shoulder to get out of standing traffic on any major highway is very dangerous. you never know what's laying in the roadway that you might run over. could be glass, nails, chunks of tires from vehicles having blow outs, car parts, etc etc, not to mention other cagers thinking about doing the same thing and pull right in front of you not expecting to see a motorcyclist riding the shoulder, and btw, its illegal to ride the shoulder,(at least in this state) anyway and you could end up with a ticket.

stuart.

Oh Blah Blah Blah..... :lol: :lol:


that's ok beave, laugh all you want, but one time your gonna try it, and your gonna get surprised by some stupid cager, something laying in the road that your gonna run over or a cop sittin on the side of the road and getcha, but that's ok, you go for it dude, me, i'll just sit and wait.

stuart.




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