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I see the Iron Butt Rally (IBR) 2013 just concluded last night. Winner rode 11,799 miles in 11 days. Second place rode 12,963 but accumulated fewer points. :shock: Some interesting notes about the entrants and finishers - this was the first IBR with no GL1500s entered, only 6 of the 15 GL1800s finished, and most interesting of all - BOTH Harleys that entered were able to finish. :? And to us wrinklies out there - the 2013 IBR saw the oldest finisher in its history. John Frick finished in 25th place at the age of 70. I say we sponsor Cousin Jack for an assault on that record in 2015. He'll only be 72 and a shoe-in to beat the record. What say you, Mel? :cheesygrin:
You may read all about the IBR 2013 here: http://www.ironbuttrally.com/IBR/2013.cfm

I'm aware that there are many reasons that entrants drop out of the IBR but it would be interesting to know what caused 2/3 of the Gold Wings to DNF.
 

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I have not looked at any news, but perhaps the other 1800 competitors simply opted out for no reason of the bike?
 

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I'm aware that there are many reasons that entrants drop out of the IBR but it would be interesting to know what caused 2/3 of the Gold Wings to DNF.

I would bet the bike was not the reason. Most folks just simply do not have the stamina to stick with that rigorous an activity.

Health issues, money, emergencies, etc...
 

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I could have ridden an extra 50 miles or so and done an unofficial Iron Butt on the way back from N-5 but I failed to see the point.

IBs are illegal in many places (Contest, hours of driving etc) and prove little other than stubborness. I can get a certificate from my wife for that.

IMO if someone starts an IB and realizes it proves nothing they are wiser for re-evaluating their time usage.
 

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IBs are illegal in many places (Contest, hours of driving etc) and prove little other than stubborness. I can get a certificate from my wife for that.

IMO if someone starts an IB and realizes it proves nothing they are wiser for re-evaluating their time usage.
Very well put!
 

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I have successfully completed 2 Iron Butt saddlesore 1000s. Yes I know that is not a big deal. But it was an accomplishment, and something I would no longer be able to do. I could never have competed in the real thing, but I still support it and those who do. It can be done without speeding, and laws that limit driving time mostly apply to commercial drivers, and they all break them, they have to to make any money.

A couple of months ago, I drove from Phoenix, AZ to Portland in under 24 hours, and on the way back I beat that time. I was not tired, falling asleep at the wheel or anything like that. In fact it was several hours after the trip before I went to bed. The law for truck drivers is 11 hours. But it takes a lot more effort to drive a truck than a comfortable car with cruise control.

I hope none of those riders were using cell phones while riding. That would be far more dangerous than fatigue or drowsiness.

Also it looks like there were no accidents involved.
 

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I.ve done 1171 miles in 23 hours on my 02 Valkyrie, no problem .I had a great time going from central Or. to Bullhead city Az. The worst part was the heat in Az. I stopped in Needles to cool off at a gas station. The water from the hose was almost hot enough to hurt. I could have gone more .The Valkyrie is a very comfy bike I love it and I'm 70
 

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I.ve done 1171 miles in 23 hours on my 02 Valkyrie, no problem .I had a great time going from central Or. to Bullhead city Az. The worst part was the heat in Az. I stopped in Needles to cool off at a gas station. The water from the hose was almost hot enough to hurt. I could have gone more .The Valkyrie is a very comfy bike I love it and I'm 70
But could you and your Valk do 11 of those on consecutive days? I have a Valk ('01) in the garage as well. Very smooth and comfortable. But I wouldn't even dream of trying 11,000 miles in 11 days on it. Or any other bike for that matter. Hats off to those who are able to do it. Not everyone is able, or sees the point, in climbing Everest but more people line up to do it each year.

To each their own, as long as its within their limits and they're out there riding safely.
 

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prove little other than stubborness. I can get a certificate from my wife for that.
:ROFL:

Frankly I question why anyone would want to do this... I ride to visit and see. This would not be fun, so why? Ok for them, but not for me.

On anything other than a wing or a bmw tourer? Thats another line of questioning.
 

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In 1970 I drove a brand new VW beetle from OKC to Tacoma, WA in two days which was a bit more than a thousand miles per day. That took about 19 hours driving time per day with little time for meals. The worst part was in Wyoming at high altitude where the 70hp beetle was pretty slow on grades. The woman who hangs around here was hanging around then too but didn't volunteer to help with the driving.
 

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More power to all of you. I wised I could ride that far. I can't make it 200 miles before I'm forced off the bike, my butt hurts for a good 2 days after that.

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Longest ride I have ever done (non stop) was New Smyrna FL to Hartford, CT. That was 1187 miles in 20 hours. No way could I even think about returning the next day!
 

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All it takes is 1000 miles in 24 hours to get an Iron Butt certificate. For someone in good shape that should be a piece of cake on a Goldwing.
 

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The Iron Butt thing completely escapes me! I've done over 1,000 miles in 24 hours on several occasions, but so what?

Volunteer 24 hours at a children's cancer ward and tell me which is tougher.
 

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756 miles in 11hrs 56 min. is my distance record (with my then 11 year old son on the back too), but 14 hours straight in the saddle doing Triathlon escort is my time record. Most years of the triathlon I am in the saddle for about 11-12 hours.
 
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