Iron Butt-Vancouver/Halifax/90hrs

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Steve G., Jan 8, 2006.

  1. Steve G.

    Steve G. Long timer

    Oct 30, 2004
    West is the Best
    The 90cc challenge.
    At this point I'm a pretender. I've done the 1000miles/24hrs, and 1500miles/36 hrs. A buddy and I have been kind of throwing this idea around, and have more or less nailed a departure of June 15th. On airhead GS's.
    I start this thread to hear from serious riders who do serious miles, to learn from their experience regarding physical and mechanical preparation, group size thoughts, departure time preferences, riding gear/wear, fuel stop strategies, route preferences, food/water requirements, and any other thoughts.
    The reason for GS's, is me really. On the other two rides, I was with guys on big new K bikes, and the effortless high speed mile eating is something not found on an airhead GS. I offered the request that to make it tough, but equal, that it would be a GS thing. There's a strong possibility of newer oilhead GS's coming along, but I'll deal with that. I can push my GS hard and it will take it. They can cruise faster on the open range land of the praires, but there are cops everywhere, and a stop with the police would slow things down alot. But to have equal amounts of wind/weather protection is the real equalizer I think.
    Ciao, Stebe G.
  2. Malindi

    Malindi Zen Adventurer

    Jul 9, 2001
    Vancouver, BC
    A few thoughts:
    - The smaller the group, the better. 2 is ideal.
    - Start from Halifax. i.e., ride out there at leisure, then make your way back for the big run. By that time you’ll be working better as a group and resting from coming off work. As well, you’ll have more daylight coming back (East to West) and are “going home”, which is always psychologically more comforting.
    - Drink 0.5 liter of water at every stop, no matter if you’re thirsty or not.
    - The prairies are painfully dull. I did this run in 2001 ('83 R80RT)and would not do it again.

    Good luck

    By the way, I’m an IBA witness for Vancouver but will be riding RTW … contact David Morrow from the IBA list. He’ll meet you somewhere and sign your paperwork.