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Old 05-24-2009, 05:59 PM   #1
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My 2009 DustyButt attempt

This ride was conceived by an evil vixen.

The goal is to do an IBA SaddleSore (1000 miles) in 24 hours, on dirt roads. On the surface, sounds easy. Peel away a few layers of the onion, and it sounds boring.

The DustyButt has been anything but boring over the years. We did the first one in 2003, 8 starters and 6 finishers, one broken hydraulic clutch and one broken collar bone. I was thankful to be among the finishers on this ride. A group in South Africa repeated the feat in 2004 with much TV coverage and fanfare, and I believe, a broken pelvis.

In 2008, we repeated it (quietly) with 6 starters and 2 finishers. I was not among the finishers...

2009 was to be my year to strike back. I mean really, how hard can this be?

Focus on getting the right bike, get it prepped, and ride, right?
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Old 05-24-2009, 06:06 PM   #2
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So, a couple months ago, I lucked into a really good deal on a new, left over, BMW G650X-Challenge. I already had one of these bikes and knew that I loved it, but was hesitant to make the necessary mods for the Touratech camel tank, knowing that it would diminish the trail riding ability of the bike. But with a second X , I could keep one set up for trails AND have one set up for distance dirt rides.

So, new bike in hand, I began the task of prepping it for the DustyButt.

New one on the left, right off the showroom floor
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Old 05-24-2009, 06:11 PM   #3
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Fresh bike, 198 miles on the odo, stock everything...
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Old 05-24-2009, 06:13 PM   #4
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Getting down to basics...
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Old 05-24-2009, 06:15 PM   #5
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Stock tank in black, plus additional TT tank in white...
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Old 05-24-2009, 06:19 PM   #6
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And viola, a bike that is as aesthetically pleasing as is is comfortable to ride. Really, love the seat...
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Old 05-24-2009, 06:26 PM   #7
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Old 05-24-2009, 06:33 PM   #8
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I also put some decent DOT knobbies on the bike for ride day. D606 on the rear and MT21s on the front. The bike was pretty much ready to roll, even if I wasn't.

The weeks before the ride was a travesty in and of itself. Scouting the route was mostly hindered by bad weather and the one time that I did get out there, I ended up in a Kansas corn field because the mud on the roads was slick as snot. There is really no good way to describe it; it's kinda like pancake batter with too much veggy oil mixed in. If you drop your bike in it, you can't even plant your feet long enough to pick the dang thing back up.
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Old 05-24-2009, 06:34 PM   #9
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You know, some people are just easy to dislike....

Not ONE, but TWO nice bikes, with a farkle or two I would like to have....

You sir, make me sick....

Good on ya! Looking foreward to this story as it unfolds!!!
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Old 05-24-2009, 06:36 PM   #10
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Old 05-24-2009, 06:39 PM   #11
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So, ride eve showed up and 8 of us met in Goodland, Kansas. 3 Ktm 950 Adventures, 2 KLRs, a Buell/Rokon Frankenbike (and I say that with the utmost respect and admiration), a Kawi Super Sherpa and my X.

This thing was just scary to look at...
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Old 05-24-2009, 06:43 PM   #12
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Dave, the owner of the Buell, and his wife Jill drove in from upstate NY. 17 hours on the highway, arriving Friday afternoon, and eager to ride. They even went out for a 2-up ride Friday afternoon, just to enjoy western Kansas.

One more view. Yes, that is two rear wheels on one bike... This is the only All-American 1200cc dirt bike that I know of, in existance.
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Old 05-24-2009, 06:48 PM   #13
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Mike's KTM Adventure S with TKCs - imho, THE correct bike for this ride
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Old 05-24-2009, 06:53 PM   #14
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Amy's little Super Sherpa. 250cc of pure heart and soul, both bike and rider.
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Old 05-24-2009, 06:56 PM   #15
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I'm in!

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