I've done one that I certified and several that were so close that I didn't send them in.
I'm wanting to do another SS1000 in state soon and then try a Bun Burner Gold.
I've got to do the smaller one though to get my flesh butt back to ironbutt toughness.
I've done 3 in Canada & the Great Lakes Regions, but they were before I even thought about a Goldwing. Now it's easier with windshields, tanks over 2 gallons, mug holders, cruise control, etc.
Good planning will decide if it's a decent ride or not. I would choose a nice interstate and go 500 miles out & back to avoid cross traffic.
Keep water real handy at all times, the wind is VERY dehydrating. Dehydration = Confusion = Trouble.
The basic Iron-Butt should take 19 to 21 hours.
Many have difficulty maintaining speed during the dark hours, so I like to get that out of the way while my brain is fresh. Otherwise, I'd see imaginary truck treads, roadkills, bricks and e/thing else at night, with a tired brain ... the real ones are enough for me.
Also, it's a lot easier to do later in the riding season since you've built-up your riding butt. For me, anyway. If anything gets weird, be ready to just call it a day and do it another time.
For some real excitement try what our member Yellow Wolf did. Over 1000 miles back and forth on the dragon's tail in under 24 hours. They didn't count it as official because they want you to travel more of a route than a racetrack going back and forth. But what he did and where he did it is quite an accomplishment.
My daughter and I are doing ours very soon, looking for the proper day now. Even the easiest ride is surely a test, and as with all riding, there's an element of danger....why make it worse with rain, cold, etc? We're going, we want the braggin' rights, plates, pins, certificate, etc! LOL
Did mine last Sept. Did iton my Honda VTX 1300R. I truly had an "ironbutt" when I got done. And IMHO, running 500 mi back and forth on an interstate is "cheating". Find a nice route that does some interstate and some secondary highways. Even with fuel stops and short breaks I was back home in just over 21 hrs. Got to agree with others here, safety first. If you get to tired to ride...STOP...
For those of you planning to do it.....ride safe and enjoy
I did a Saddle Sore 1000 inside the state of Missouri.
From Joplin to I-35 and Hwy 136 North of Kansas City, East to North of Hannibal, MO (Wayland), South through St. Louis to 60 Hwy at Sikeston,MO, West to Springfield, MO, then I-44 back to Joplin.
It took a little over 15 hours. Not all interstate for sure, look at a map.
To do 1000 miles in 15 hours takes 66.7 mph average. That is not hard to do.
The biggest time killer is stops, you have to do them fast.