Ironbutt begins!!!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by jcolombo, Aug 28, 2001.

  1. Baldy

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    I was actually referring to the scooter. In fact, one of the few K1200RS's in the race was taken out by a deer. A Los Angeles-area fireman, EMT, and K12RS pilot found himself in a Canadian hospital, his K12RS history, as a result of that deer.

    And there's bad news for scooterboy:

    112 riders began and 92 remain. Gone are some GS's, a Duc, a Ural, a Tiger, a K1100LT, a K1200RS, a 1953 Indian, and a 1938 BMW. A CBR1100XX is circling the drain.

    Buffalo Phil, as he will be forevermore known, survived the Buffalo strike with a broken sternum and ribs.

    One guy who has been training for an Ironman, said this is tougher.

    Hey! Come to think of it, Baldy is training for an Ironman! That makes me cool now, right? :cool:

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  2. fish

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    Yes, boss...the coolest.

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  3. Baldy

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    Man, it's getting rough in the final hours of the Iron Butt Rally... They're due in Madison, Alabama tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. Some guys chose to go to Prudhoe Bay straight from Madison and return, others chose to do the first two legs of the IBR, then head for Prudhoe and try desperately to make it to Madison before the clock strikes 10.

    This from the LDrider list about the ones who left straight from Madison:

    > They will have ridden from Madison, Alabama to
    > Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, and back in 11 days. They have
    > ridden the infamous Haul Road from Fairbanks to
    > Prudhoe Bay (twice), consisting of over 400 miles
    > of mud and more mud, rock, gravel and potholes.
    > Alan said both forks were leaking, the front brakes
    > were gone, his auxillary gas tank was held in place
    > with rope, "but he was rolling down the road no problem".

    When I saw Alan (very briefly) on the Haul Road, he was
    really looking beat. Dick Fish had told me earlier that Alan's
    radiator was so clogged with mud that it was continually overheating.

    He would ride for 15-20 minutes 'til it started to overheat, and
    then stop and doze on the tundra for about the same time 'til it
    cooled down again. Repeat, repeat, repeat,...until he finally
    found a piece of truck mudflap and fashioned a crude one for his
    ST. There was no give up in the guy.

    Dick also reported that in one spot of construction they
    arrived at, it was raining steadily, but the construction company's
    watering truck was out there fulfilling its mission, and making the
    soup a little deeper. Those guys had some rough riding!

    This has been one very different Iron Butt.
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  4. Bill

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    At the end of Leg 3, looks like the top running GS is Yvon Gauthier in 34th place.

    Other GS riders still in contention:

    47 - Carol Youorski
    51 - Jeff Earls
    52 - John O'Keefe
    78 - Gerhard Memmen Krueger

    Looks like Eddie James & Paul Taylor each have 0 points at the end of leg 3, but their Alaskan adventure points shouldn't be counted yet--right?

    Looks like Jeff Powell is turning in the best score on a BMW right now at 9th place on his R1100RT.

    The most popular marque is BMW with 49 riders choosing BMW. 30 riders chose Honda.

    The 5 most popular bikes by my count are:

    ST1100 - 17 riders
    Gold Wing - 9 riders
    R1100RT - 9 riders (1 w/sidecar, 3 R1150RT riders not included)
    K1200LT - 8 riders
    K1100LT - 8 riders

    Hard to believe that the old ST1100 design is still such a force in LD riding. Even the BMW K bikes have had quite a few major evolutions along the way. The ST is still pretty much the same bike it was at introduction, with minor improvements. Be interesting to see what happens when it is updated.

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    Ooohh.... just read that Yvon's alternator crapped out somewhere near the intersection of I-90 & I-95-- don't have a map to look up where that is.

    Apparently hero Ahmet Buharali arrived to help and ended up loaning his own R1150GS to Yvon for the remainder of the rally. Wow.... what a guy.

    Have any of the GS riders been free of mechanical problems?
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    The guy on the Ural made it to Maine, we'll see about Alabama this morning. But he stopped at a hardware store to fix a faulty pushrod--he talked the hardware store owner into letting him borrow his grinder and he took a drill bit (apparently they make decent pushrods in a pinch) and ground it to the right length. So the Ural and its drill bit still roll.

    The GS's have definitely done poorly, but now I notice a lot of the ST1100s are struggling. Take a look at the shot of the GS below to get an idea what they put their bikes through.

    There are two BMW's that could win if their riders have iron body parts throughout, not just their butts. They left Washington after leg 2 for Prudhoe Bay, so they had 6.5 days to get to Deadhorse and back to Alabama for (gasp) a 1,000,000-point bonus that would assure their win. Nobody knows yet if they'll make it.

    A few other BMWs that are so low in the ratings now will end up high if they make it from Prudhoe in time (the guys who left straight from Madison).
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    This just in from Ron Ayres:

    Looks like nine riders made it to Prudhoe and back to Madison. Only one did it on Leg 3 (Bob Hall). Of the nine bikes sitting in the compound area, only two are dual sports (if you consider the Tiger a dual-sport). The other is Paul's GS. The other seven bikes are touring bikes (K1200LT, Goldwing, ST1100, RT1100RT etc.)

    The rally is over and George Barnes is reported to be about 350 miles out. Eric Jewel is still out, but I don't know how close.

    If I had to guess (and this is a guess), I'd say it's Bob Hall in first,
    Shane Smith in second, and the other riders who made it to Prudhoe in third through ninth. This includes Dick Fish, Alan Barbic, Dennis Kessler, Paul Taylor, Chuck Pickett, Asa McFadden, and Peter Hoogeveen). I hope I haven't omitted anyone.

    Leonard apparently made it and is asleep in the back of his truck. The remaining 125CC guys made it too.

    Hope this helps the appetite for a bit.

    These are my guesses - staff is still validating paperwork.

    Ron
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  8. Baldy

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    Results are in and BMW redeemed itself. An RT was first, a GS fourth, LTs 5th and 6th, a (Triumph) Tiger 8th. Bob Hall (pic below) won by going 12,321 miles in 11 days including Deadhorse Point in Prudhoe Bay. :huh

    Can you say "pass the nooooo doozzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz?"
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  9. Baldy

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    A pair of GS's came in 15th and 16th.

    This great-grandmother, Ardys Kellerman, placed 71st out of 112 riders. She rode an R1150RT, same as fish, giving new meaning to the term girly bike.

    Seriously, she's one impressive lady.
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    Looks like all the Geesers who started the Butt also finished it. I don't see any GS's listed in the DNF category.

    Taylors 4th place finish is a marvel. Same for the 3rd place CBR-XX.

    While just finishing is an incredible accomplishment, I think it is even more of a tribue to these riders to beat out machines that surely had some inherent LD advantages. The GS is a great bike, but an LT or Wing with nice technology perks, like cruise control, would have to be more comfortable for spending that much time on the slab.
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    Agreed. Although I think Yvon's GS DNFed because of alternator probs, but he traded it for another and took the 10,000-point penalty.

    Amazing that Bob Ray's scooter finished.

    One thing I didn't notice before is the first wave of guys who went to Prudhoe had time on their hands so they also went to Key West to pick up the 29,000-point bonus. Jeez. One day they're on the banks of the Arctic Sea with electric vests blazing and a few days later they're down near Cuba. Talk about using all of the North American continent during the 11-day romp.
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    One guy crashed 15 miles from the finish and went to the hospital. But he finished anyway. Here's his story:

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    I was forced off road 15 miles from the finish!!! on I-65, by a truck that did not see me, into the dirt and grass median. I rode dirt bike style for a while, eventually high siding. The bike is trashed, but probably repairable. I got a trip to the hospital, some temporary repair (hand and arm cast to my elbow, sling and wrap for other arm and shoulder). I will be patched up further in Greenville.

    After getting back from the hospital, I attended the banquet. After hearing of all the great rides, I realized there was still time to finish late. With limited use of my hands, I first thought of a trike or sidecar. My wife suggested a scooter (she used to ride a Helix). With the auto tranny, a scooter would be much easier to operate than even a trike.

    I talked to Bob Ray, as he had just finished the butt on a reflex scooter. Bob embraced the idea immediately, and gave it his full support. Paul Meredith and Shane Smith modified the throttle, by cleverly adapting an allen wrench to convert the throttle into a pull motion (i could not twist the throttle with my hand in a cast). I rode the scooter around Bob's neighborhood to see if i could do it. IT WORKED!!!!

    The next morning, we met at the crash site, where I rode the scooter in, with Bob Ray in a car leading, and two other cars behind. I did not know what speed i could maintain, so we thought it best to have the escorts. It turned out i was able to get it up to the speed limit. I arrived at the finish around 10 am, one day late, but still within the 36 hour finish limit..

    I was very fortunate on injuries, was wearing full gear which helped a lot.

    I am now home, and will be getting medical treatment in the AM for my shoulder.

    bill kramer
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    I've never understood the behind-the-barn-door approach to distance riding. I've found it uncomfortable, with all the weight on my butt, no wind pressure to keep load off my arms, and no incentive to keep my back straight.

    I'm no LD rider (though I've done several undocumented 1000 mile days) but I'll take a "sport-touring" or "adventure-touring" posture any day.

    - Sparky
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    Kinda like an RT, huh? :))

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    I've found the RT uncomfortable, with all the weight on my butt, no wind pressure to keep load off my arms, and no incentive to keep my back straight.

    Get one of those, and 10 to 1 you'll be compaining about seat comfort in no time. Get a low-bar bike with less fairing, keep the weight off your butt, and 10 to 1 the seat'll be ok.

    - Sparky
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    Jeeze Sparks, that sounds like fish-bait to me...:fish:
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    Not a chance.

    - S
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