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    Any Iron Butt’ers here?

    Last week a buddy and I did the Bun Burner 1500 Gold ride. We rode from Spicewood, TX to Key West, FL. I ended up riding 1,543.8 miles in 22hrs 20(ish)mins. I stayed awake all night the day before the ride, then popped an ambien at 7am, slept very well through the day, and we hit the road, well rested, at 5pm central time. We did it this way so we were fresh through the night and had daylight for our most exhausted hours of riding. It was a winning idea.

    I finally found ways to mount devices to my ‘19 1250RT handlebars, so I managed to get my phone, radar detector, and 11” iPad to all mount without conflicting with my tank bag. On the down side, I couldn’t see much of a dash. On the up side, my radar detector shows my current speed based on gps. I ran 3 power cables up to my handlebars to keep everything powered. I was able to run maps on my phone while running Waze and playing chess on my iPad. Between the Waze app and the radar detector, we successfully avoided any interactions with law enforcement.

    It was a little cumbersome not being able to see my gas gauge, but watching my mileage in maps gave me a good idea where that stood along the way. In order to feel comfortable extending my miles between fuel stops, I purchased and carried a gas bag in which I carried about 2-1/2 gallons of fuel. It wasn’t my intent to use it, but it made me feel comfortable waiting until my gas light came on many times before I started looking for fuel. As designed, I never used the spare fuel, but I was able to later give it to another biker who needed fuel along my route away from Key West days later.

    The ride was relatively eventless other than a near miss of being rear ended by a clearly impaired driver on i10 in Mississippi around 2am. Other than that, it was just a pretty standard process of working the highway, keeping the bikes fueled, keeping ourselves fueled and hydrated, and learning that the computer is incredibly adept at chess.

    My sweetie flew in and met my buddy and me for a celebratory dinner of oysters and vodka in Key West, then my buddy and I parted and each continued our own trip separately. My wife and I have had a wonderful time in the Keys, staying a few days on multiple places working back toward the mainland and tomorrow I’ll start a multi-day ride back home visiting several friends along the way.

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    Congratulations on your accomplishment, I've ridden some of the same turf myself.
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    I did the 1,000 in 24 a few years ago. Documented the ride, got signatures, when through all the stuff to turn it it and was confident I would get the certificate and tossed the whole works in the garbage! I decided I didn't want or need the wall plaque, license plate frame or certificate, or what ever it was they give out. I knew I did it and that was good enough for my. Besides, for years I have done at least one 800 mile day, just about every year, in a bit over 12 hours. I doubt I will ever do a 1500 in 24. At one time I thought about it but the desire has long since past.

    I would like to add, I get it why this is a big deal to some riders. I understand, just isn't for me any longer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoorUB View Post
    I did the 1,000 in 24 a few years ago. Documented the ride, got signatures, when through all the stuff to turn it it and was confident I would get the certificate and tossed the whole works in the garbage! I decided I didn't want or need the wall plaque, license plate frame or certificate, or what ever it was they give out. I knew I did it and that was good enough for my. Besides, for years I have done at least one 800 mile day, just about every year, in a bit over 12 hours. I doubt I will ever do a 1500 in 24. At one time I thought about it but the desire has long since past.

    I would like to add, I get it why this is a big deal to some riders. I understand, just isn't for me any longer.
    Same here PoorUB, never bothered to make a documented run for the brass ring, but I've done several 1K in 24 hours with ease over the years on various motors. My GW's were easy to make the mileage in the time allotted.

    Latest run that meets the criteria was hoofing up from mid Utah to Northern Montana near the Canadian border [ 1210 miles in 17 hours ] in 2018 and one of the days coming back from the arctic circle where I ran just about 1150 miles in just about 16 hours in early August of 18..

    It's not all that difficult to do, having made numerous long hauls from Boston to LR, Ar. and New Orleans covering 800+ mile days in just less than 12 hours coming and returning. Lot younger then, the GW's were easy to run long and hard all day.
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    I completed a documented SS1000 in 2004. I tell people I rode to Belgrade, MT for lunch one day. (523 miles one way) Not sure why I did it, I guess just to say I did. It was pretty easy and uneventful. I've never been inclined to do another one.

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    It's on my list and I have a few routes laid out to go plus I want to get in on the IB lighthouse game.

    Are you playing chess while riding? Wouldn't that classify as distracted driving?
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    Not a serious Iron Butt-er but did complete one IBA documented SS1000 from Moab UT to the MOA Rally in Salem OR in 2013. Really enjoyed it and learned a few things.
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    I did a few 1,000 mile/24 hour rides and one 1,500 ride and did the paperwork. I organized a couple of 24 hour poker runs that resulted in 1,000 in 24 rides. I then rode in a few 24 hour LD rallies. Then in 1999 I rode and finished the 11 day Iron Butt Rally. I rode and finished the 11 day IBR again in 2003, this time with my wife Voni riding her R1100RS ahead or behind me.
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    Congrats on your accomplishment. I haven't done an Iron Butt ride yet, but planning a SS1000 for June on my LC R1200R. Clearwater lights are installed and a Sargent seat is on order.

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    Chadwick, interesting strategy...sleeping the day before and starting in the evening. Do you have an inclination to do anymore distance riding? If so, would change anything in your approach to another ride?
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    Did the SS1000 in 1996 during the Feast in the East. In 1999 I did the inaugural Butt Lite 5000 - 5053 miles in 5 days. Once I proved to myself that I could, I lost any more interest. Still prefer a long-ish ride instead of a quick "around the block" but I'm way too old and decrpit for anything that rigorous anymore. Good luck in your IBR pursuits!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltabravo View Post
    In 1999 I did the inaugural Butt Lite 5000 - 5053 miles in 5 days.

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    I was on that ride.

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    Congrats on the ride. I have a few SS1000’s under my belt. Hey what’s with the IPAD ? To me that would pull your attention away from the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 61996 View Post
    I was on that ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brownie0486 View Post
    Same here PoorUB, never bothered to make a documented run for the brass ring, but I've done several 1K in 24 hours with ease over the years on various motors. My GW's were easy to make the mileage in the time allotted.

    Latest run that meets the criteria was hoofing up from mid Utah to Northern Montana near the Canadian border [ 1210 miles in 17 hours ] in 2018 and one of the days coming back from the arctic circle where I ran just about 1150 miles in just about 16 hours in early August of 18..

    It's not all that difficult to do, having made numerous long hauls from Boston to LR, Ar. and New Orleans covering 800+ mile days in just less than 12 hours coming and returning. Lot younger then, the GW's were easy to run long and hard all day.
    I'm in the same boat. At least a few times a year I'll throw down a +1000 mile day. If anyone second guesses I just show them my odometer... My 2018 Bonneville has over 80K miles and allot of those miles come from big touring trips that I grab 3-5K miles in 5-7 days.

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