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Who's Up for a Metric Iron Butt Ride 1000+ Km In A Day!

Discussion in 'Asia' started by TonyBKK, Aug 4, 2009.

  1. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Secret Soi Rider

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    Who's up for a Metric Iron Butt?

    1000+ kilometers in a day.

    How's this for a route:

    Caltex Asoke, Bangkok-Petchabun-Lom Sak-Phitsanulok-Den Chai-Lampang-Chiang Rai-Mae Sai and you get 1018 km [​IMG] When are we going?

    Map: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?doflg=ptk&a...234589&z=10

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    Dates and details to be announced once we figure them out! (Probably after the rainy season- September or October)
    Comments, suggestions and advice welcome.
    Ride On!
    Tony
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  2. canoli

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    Put me down for maybe... depending on how my first ride in this country goes. :evil

    Thanks for the info and video of the park.
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  3. Bill 310

    Bill 310 Poser Emeritus Super Supporter

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    There is no such Iron Butt Association ride.

    The entry level metric Iron Butt Ride is the SS1600 (1600 kms in less than 24 hours) which is the equivalent of the Saddle Sore 1000 (1,000 miles in less than 24 hours)

    This link will help you learn more

    http://www.ironbutt.com/ridecerts/getdocument.cfm?DocID=30
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  4. Chanderjeet

    Chanderjeet IndiYeah !!

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    I think these guys are planning a 1000km just for fun and not for a REAL iron butt recognition.

    In certain areas 1000kms IS iron butt and even more so difficult. GO GUYS !
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  5. Bill 310

    Bill 310 Poser Emeritus Super Supporter

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    Well it might be difficult to ride 1,000 kms on their route but it is still not an Iron Butt Association Ride.

    I am not putting your friends down and they have a nice ride planned but I am sure those riders who have many multi-day Iron Butt Rides might think that their 1,000 km ride is a fantastic ride and many might want to do it but none would confuse it with a certified Iron Butt Association Ride.

    For example the rides that these did are slightly more challenging and required more than 1600 km a day and on some interesting roads

    kshay Kaushal Gujarat, INDIA 10/29/08 Bajaj Pulsar 180! 1,077 miles

    Deepak Vasudeo Dongre INDIA 01/25/09 Bajaj Pulsar 150cc 1,055 miles

    Khardungla Pass, India - World's Highest Motorable Road at 18,380 feet
    Name Hometown Date Motorcycle

    Jeff Lee Taiwan 07/09 Royal Enfield
    Michelle Chou (passenger) 07/09 Royal Enfield


    Ultimate North America Insanity (Prudhoe Bay, Alaska > Goose Bay, Labrador >Key West, Florida > Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Paradox, Colorado)

    The Jim Young Memorial Ride

    Name State Date Motorcycle Mileage/Days

    Jeff Lee TAIWAN! 06/2008 BMW R1200GS 23,805 69
    (mileage was home to home - (Jeff also went to Inuvik, Yukon Terrorities,
    as well as other extreme points along the coasts of Mexico, Canada and the US)

    Tom Greenauer Orchard Park, NY 06/2006 BMW R1200GS
    16,547 miles 19.5 days
    Robert Schlossin Alden, NY 06/2006 16,547 miles 19.5 days

    Dick Fish Manitoba, Canada 07/2003 BMW R1150GS 17,185 miles 17.5 days

    I hope these guys write up an awesome ride report with lots of pictures and return safely from their adventure.

    I know you have done some, shall we say, interesting rides yourself :clap
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  6. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Secret Soi Rider

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    Um... if you'll take a moment to re-read the OP nowhere did I say anything about Iron Butt Association...

    Just a fun ride with friends- we're certainly not out to prove anything.

    Happy Trails!

    Tony
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  7. Chanderjeet

    Chanderjeet IndiYeah !!

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    That's exactly what I meant Bill.
    They are just calling their ride an Iron butt ride but they aren't aiming for any certification from the "association"

    Cheers mate, Ride on :thumb
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  8. TonyBKK

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    Great ride!

    Our routes and distances differed slightly. From Nakhon Ratchasima Trent returned home on the highway (big mistake!) while I opted for the 304 through Tap Lan National Park and Chacheongsao. My way is longer, but I made it home 30 minutes before Trent because I didn't have to battle the bumper to bumper Sunday evening traffic that Trent encountered.

    Here's the way I went:

    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Ratchadaphisek&daddr=Thanon+Asok+Montri+to:13.796865,100.574684+to:Route+12+to:Route+2%2FMittraphap+to:Route+2%2FMittraphap+to:Route+304+to:Thanon+Chao+Khun+Thahan+to:Unknown+road+to:Unknown+road+to:Thanon+Rama+IX+to:Thanon+Asok+Montri+to:Naradhiwas+Rajanagarindra+24%2FWat+Pho+Maen+to:Unknown+road&hl=en&geocode=FYgF0QAdmB3-BQ%3BFRqv0QAdW3T-BQ%3B%3BFbuH_wAdFmkIBg%3BFYy89wAdYB8gBg%3BFb9H5AAdWTYVBg%3BFSMG0QAd-O8FBg%3BFWbR0QAdpvsBBg%3BFRWD0QAdyTEBBg%3BFdyn0QAd1pYABg%3BFfSw0QAdeIv_BQ%3BFazC0QAd6Hf-BQ%3BFREU0QAdGBj-BQ%3BFcgK0QAdzRn-BQ&mra=dpe&mrcr=1&mrsp=2&sz=15&via=2,4,11,12&sll=13.799032,100.566401&sspn=0.02013,0.038581&ie=UTF8&ll=15.183482,102.32666&spn=3.577867,4.938354&z=8

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    Great ride! Took quite a bit longer than expected because Trent got a flat tire and we had to figure out how to use the new Tire Plugger that Bard got for us.

    The Tire Plugger worked like a charm once we stopped to read the instructions! Awesome product!

    Then I got ahead of the group and just beat a thundercloud that dumped on them and led them to stop for a while. I took advantage of my big lead to do a warm up run on highway 12 up to Nam Nao National Park and back. What a stunning road! Always puts a big permagrin on my face [​IMG]

    Took video too which I'll post up once edited.

    Got back to the rendezvous point in Lom Sak just as the boys were finishing lunch and we headed out again. This time there was some rain that slowed us down a bit. I was feeling very lucky that I hit it earlier while it was still dry.

    Then I got pissed... [​IMG] We blasted through the park and at the park exit I pulled over to wait for Trent. Andrew and Gerhard blasted on ahead.

    That's the last time we saw them... Not knowing the route Andrew had planned Trent and I continued on highway 12 until we hit Khon Kaen. We expected to see Andrew and Gerhard at a gas station along the way but they had disappeared. Not even a call or SMS until they got back to Bangkok. Very lame...

    Trent and I headed on back to Bangkok on the highway 2 and the Sunday afternoon traffic was getting thick. Stopped shortly before Nakhon Ratchasima and I asked Trent which way he wanted to go back. I suggested the 304 which is a beautiful road over the mountains to Chachoengsao but Trent wanted to take the highway. I said cool, we can figure out which way is faster, and off we went.

    Nakhon Ratchasima to Bangkok via the 304 is 308km:
    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Unknown+road&daddr=Route+304+to:Thanon+Chao+Khun+Thahan+to:Unknown+road+to:Unknown+road+to:Thanon+Rama+IX+to:Thanon+Asok+Montri+to:Naradhiwas+Rajanagarindra+24%2FWat+Pho+Maen+to:Unknown+road&hl=en&geocode=FRA95AAdOjcVBg%3BFSMG0QAd-O8FBg%3BFWbR0QAdpvsBBg%3BFRWD0QAdyTEBBg%3BFdyn0QAd1pYABg%3BFfSw0QAdeIv_BQ%3BFazC0QAd6Hf-BQ%3BFREU0QAdGBj-BQ%3BFcgK0QAdzRn-BQ&mra=ls&via=6,7&sll=14.95457,102.075005&sspn=0.040052,0.077162&ie=UTF8&z=8

    Nakhon Ratchasima to Bangkok via Highway 2 is 259km:
    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Unknown+road&daddr=Unknown+road&hl=en&geocode=FRA95AAdOjcVBg%3BFcgK0QAdzRn-BQ&mra=ls&sll=14.32925,101.295835&sspn=1.285301,2.469177&ie=UTF8&ll=14.155219,101.304932&spn=1.286286,2.469177&z=9

    Turns out my way, which is about 50km longer, was also quite a bit faster and infinitely more pleasant because I had hardly any traffic to deal with while Trent said that it was bumper to bumper all the way back to Bangkok on the highway. Yuck!

    So- pretty happy to have done my first Metric Iron Butt here in Thailand. The Ninja 650R was quite comfortable. Only complaint was that I had a tank mounted camera that kept me from tucking in properly during the fast bits.

    And it was a GREAT warm up for our ride to Malaysia for the MotoGP in less than 2 weeks! Can't wait!

    Happy Trails!

    Tony
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  9. TonyBKK

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  10. Chanderjeet

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    gotta post pics !!
    lets that those ninjas
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