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Old 04-24-2013, 09:59 PM   #1
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Is my butt made of iron? Only one way to find out eh.

For a while now I've had an inkling to do an Iron Butt ride. I tried (and failed) to attend a Far Rider event a few months ago that would have got me underway so it all got put on the back burner until I recently read a ride repot from Ian Robinson (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=787417) where he nailed the 1610km in 24 hours with the minimum of fuss and trouble using the same route I'd planned with the same bike.

Inspired now to just get on with it, I am having a nudge at a Saddle Sore 1000 mile'r this coming Saturday.

With a plan of attack reviewed and approved by the man himself (thanks Ian for the input)...a full moon...good weather on the horizon out west...bike and rider prepped and ready to roll...so its game on.

Kick off is at midnight on Friday from the service centre at Yatala then out to Augathella via Charleville and back before Midnight Saturday.

Some links for anyone interested.

Map (not very exciting...lots of straight lines as you would expect)

http://goo.gl/maps/bXNfH

Planning Spreadsheet (distance and time plan, fatigue checklist, etc. Might be useful to someone planning a ride like this)

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...kE&usp=sharing

Spot tracker (will come alive close to midnight tomorrow).

http://share.findmespot.com/shared/f...U4uC5fqyCaoU8R

Some pics of a (hopefully) well prepped KLR.

Back view



Dash view



Front view




Well...I've done it now I guess....no turning back once public statements are made.

Will let you know how I go when I get back.

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Old 04-24-2013, 10:07 PM   #2
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Good luck with your trip. Better man than me.

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Old 04-24-2013, 10:07 PM   #3
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:42 PM   #4
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Best of Luck,

i miss my old KLR, let us know how how she handled and rode :)


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Old 04-24-2013, 11:16 PM   #5
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Old 04-25-2013, 01:15 AM   #6
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Good luck, did Brisbane to Roma return last week, lots of road works and delays waiting for one way traffic to clear, lots of Wide Loads and mining traffic. It will be difficult to keep up a good average speed.

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Old 04-25-2013, 01:26 AM   #7
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Good luck mate. Hope you enjoy the trip.


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Old 04-25-2013, 01:51 AM   #8
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Good luck, John.
I kinda like the idea of doing an Iron Butt but have never tried.

Remember my motto "Go flat out and get there before you have an accident...... "
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Old 04-25-2013, 02:26 AM   #9
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Good luck and safe travels John.

Great lttle read and pics too.
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Old 04-25-2013, 03:30 AM   #10
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Thanks! and distance clarification

Thanks everyone for the support!

Just a quick clarification on the distance I have specified in the planning spreadsheet.

I have mapped out 1607K trip which an astute and IBA experienced inmate has quite rightly pointed out is shy of the required 1610K and far too close to the mark anyway given variations in mapping tools vs. GPS vs. Speedo etc.

Quite right...and actually on purpose. Ian found himself slightly short on distance too at the end of the ride, so I planned on the same thing happening to me with the idea I would be able to simply keep riding down the M1 towards the Gold Coast where there are regular 24 hour service centres etc that I can use for the final checkpoint once I clock comfortably over the magic 1610k.

The alternative of trying to find extra distance at the beginning or the middle seemed like a bit hard as I just won't known until almost the end how far off the mark things are.

Hope that makes sense.

Keep the input coming though.....I am after all a complete virgin at this kind of riding.

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Old 04-25-2013, 03:35 AM   #11
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Old 04-25-2013, 03:55 AM   #12
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If it needs doing then it needs to be in the plan... your expecting the crimp in the distance so if you factor it in then your outcome is certain. It might need a corner docket = one more stop say another 10/15 minutes.

Really dumb stuff like getting stuck at roadworks after you maybe extended a break can blow your margin before your very eyes.
Even queuing at the dowsers or a slow attendant might take 10 minutes too..

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Old 04-25-2013, 03:59 AM   #13
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Drikko and myself did a similar run in 2010 with a stop off at FarRide East 13 for long enough to check in. We covered 1750 km that day. Our circuit took us from Charleville to Cunnamulla and back to Dalby via Moonie. Similar time of year to your trip.

The only difficult part for us was getting through Toowoomba with the heavy fog and misty rain before dawn.

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Old 04-25-2013, 04:02 AM   #14
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Good luck Tux

I'm with Bulldust. I rode back from Birdsville to the Gold Coast (towing a mate's KTM with my V Strom!) on Monday and Tuesday.

Roadworks between Charleville and Toowoomba were constant with very regular 5 minute waits. Not sure if that will impact your timing considering you're doing a fair bit of night riding and into the weekend, but might be a little frustrating.

The roads are pretty reasonable.

All the best with it and ride safe.
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Old 04-25-2013, 04:28 AM   #15
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Good luck Tux

I'm with Bulldust. I rode back from Birdsville to the Gold Coast (towing a mate's KTM with my V Strom!) on Monday and Tuesday.

Roadworks between Charleville and Toowoomba were constant with very regular 5 minute waits. Not sure if that will impact your timing considering you're doing a fair bit of night riding and into the weekend, but might be a little frustrating.

The roads are pretty reasonable.

All the best with it and ride safe.
Thanks Boys.

Not great news on the road works though...thanks for the intel Bulldust & TravelBug However that is just one of those things that is completely out of my control really other than a major route change.

I have factored in just shy of an hour for contingencies....but I totally take Gateman's point too that shit is going to happen and resisting the twist the throttle solution in favour of pulling the pin early is all part of the game you play with these rides I guess.

I take the position that success or not it will be fun trying (kind of like my career).

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