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Old 03-18-2013, 01:14 PM   #1
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my first Iron Butt ride

Ok guys, this is my intro to you all... I grew up riding desert bikes in So Cal, been on street bikes for a few yrs now. Really itching to get back in the dirt- when I can afford it a Tiger 800 will be in the garage along with my Victory.

Did my first Saddle sore 1000 Saturday. It was actually not nearly as grueling as I thought it was going to be. Never felt like I was fighting sleep at all. Altho the last 1/2 hour I was REALLY ready for it to be over. There were two casualties- a bird & a squirrel. & a whole crapload of bugs.

From Orange County Ca. south to San Deigo, then east thru Yuma to Tucson. Then north to Globe Az, & west thru Phoenix back home.

Here are the stats- time started (first gas receipt) 3:26 am- time ended-11:06 pm. Besides gas & bathroom breaks I took a 20 minute breakfast break & a 1 hr 45 min dinner break visiting with friends in Phoenix. Odometer says 1058.6 miles. Google maps put it at 1036 I think. My speedo shows faster reading than my GPS, so the diff doesn't surprise me. Plus the back & forth on & off freeways for stops, so actually pretty accurate. Trip clock on the speedo shows 15 hrs 36 minutes of saddle time. Speedo also shows 41.8 avg mpg. & 72avg mph. Temps were 41* in a very wet fog at the start of the trip to 95* going to dinner in Phoenix. The winds east of Alpine Ca & near Palm Springs were wicked. Palm Springs is normally pretty heavy, but I think they were stronger than normal. Of course, that could have been because I had been on the road for so long already. It was ideal weather for the most part. I dont think I could have chosen a better day to do this. The desert was beautiful- wildflowers blooming everywhere, & the floor of the desert was so green it looked like there was grass growing on it. 80 - 85% of this route is freeway, but the rest of it (back way from Tucson to Phoenix) fun roads thru some pristene spots. The saguaro cactus in some spots are so dense it could be a forest. & the canyon west of Globe is awesome.

Would post pics but it seems as if I am not allowed. A minimum post count before you can maybe?
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Old 03-18-2013, 02:34 PM   #2
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Good job. What kind of bike did you ride?
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:29 PM   #3
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Congratulations. I can not imagine 15 hours of riding in one day but I love reading how someone else did it.
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:40 PM   #4
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Good job. What kind of bike did you ride?
Victory Crossroads. These bikes almost make it cheating, they are so comfortable.
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Old 03-19-2013, 06:57 PM   #5
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Victory Crossroads. These bikes almost make it cheating, they are so comfortable.
Hm, 15 hours is 15 hours, worthy achievement in itself. Congratulations deserved.

Still you have a point. Checking the IBA site there is nothing for those who ride long and far on harsh terrain but can't make averages of 70 mph and more.
Something in the line of an IBA for thumpers, perhaps?


By the way. What looks a Victory Crossroads like?
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:25 AM   #6
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Hm, 15 hours is 15 hours, worthy achievement in itself. Congratulations deserved.

Still you have a point. Checking the IBA site there is nothing for those who ride long and far on harsh terrain but can't make averages of 70 mph and more.
Something in the line of an IBA for thumpers, perhaps?


By the way. What looks a Victory Crossroads like?
Thanks mang!! Still have not figgrd how to get myself allowed to post pics. You can check my profile pic tho...
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Old 03-20-2013, 01:00 PM   #7
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Checking the IBA site there is nothing for those who ride long and far on harsh terrain but can't make averages of 70 mph and more.
Something in the line of an IBA for thumpers, perhaps?
There has been a group that put on a rally called 'Dusty Butt'. 1000+ miles in 24 hours on gravel/dirt roads. Doesn't look like it has been held for a few years.
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Old 03-20-2013, 02:35 PM   #8
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Thanks mang!! Still have not figgrd how to get myself allowed to post pics. You can check my profile pic tho...
Quick guide to post pictures:
1. find a hosting site where you can upload pictures.
examples:
-smugsmug (run by our hosts)
-flickr, picasa, photobucket and many others. Some of these offer free space in the hope you will stay and get the full ops.

2. upload your pictures to the hosting site

3. at the hosting site choose a picture to post, copy its url

4. in your post select the pictogram "picture" and insert the url of the picture.

Voila, you're done.

More details: check the thread ask baldy/how to post pictures.

Good luck.

No thanks, anything to see the victory crossroads
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Old 03-20-2013, 03:02 PM   #9
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There has been a group that put on a rally called 'Dusty Butt'. 1000+ miles in 24 hours on gravel/dirt roads. Doesn't look like it has been held for a few years.
Indeed, and in beautiful New Zealand, since TLOTR distinctly famous.
A quick search got me there:
http://www.kiwibiker.co.nz/forums/sh...adventure-ride
Is the thread that started the initiative. From #314 a report of the first edition in April 2007. The ensuing discussion is enlightening. This kind of ride causes a conflict of interests: being in the outdoors brings the desire to 'smell the roses', but the challenge is hard core endurance riding: no time to stop.


http://www.advroutes.org.nz/db1kssi.html
offers maps of the past rides and the next one scheduled 2010. Perhaps no more rides since then? Likely to be found at the forum.


Well worth to have a look.
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:23 AM   #10
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Quick guide to post pictures:
1. find a hosting site where you can upload pictures.
examples:
-smugsmug (run by our hosts)
-flickr, picasa, photobucket and many others. Some of these offer free space in the hope you will stay and get the full ops.

2. upload your pictures to the hosting site

3. at the hosting site choose a picture to post, copy its url

4. in your post select the pictogram "picture" and insert the url of the picture.

Voila, you're done.

More details: check the thread ask baldy/how to post pictures.

Good luck.

No thanks, anything to see the victory crossroads

Oh, Ok... I shoulda seen that. Thanks! (I never claimed to be the sharpest marble in the bag!!) I'll post some pics of my ride when I get home from work
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Old 03-21-2013, 04:35 PM   #11
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You may not be a sharp marble but you did do a SS1000. Next up: 1500 in 36 hours and that was tough for me. I too found the saddlesore relatively easy and went in to the bun burner with a rather slack attitude. I ended up in upstate New York in October in 50 degrees after 34 hours riding and barely made the deadline.

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Old 03-21-2013, 05:36 PM   #12
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:13 PM   #13
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Congrats on the 1000 miler.

What color is your Crossroads? They look great.

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Old 03-21-2013, 09:48 PM   #14
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IBA ss1000

I did my 1st ss1000 last summer July 3&4th from Jackson,Ms.to Norfolk,Va.in 17hrs.i had to take longer water breaks to stay hydrated,was 100*in Ms. when i left at 3pm,got to Norfolk {son's house} 9am next morning.Rode my Harley Road King,my most comfortable bike,at 60yrs old i figured i better get that ride under my belt before i get to old.
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Old 03-22-2013, 05:09 AM   #15
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Congrats on the 1000 miler.

What color is your Crossroads? They look great.

mines black- the fastest color... lets see if this pic thing here works...



nope... will try another time, gettin late for work...

Thanks everyone, by the way!!

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