Iron Butt Adventures

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Rollin', Nov 15, 2016.

  1. Rollin'

    Rollin' does it come in black?

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    Recently completed my 24th Iron Butt ride, 21 completed on Victory's and 3 on a Honda CTX1300.

    My favorites have been the ......est rides.
    Highest to lowest - Mount Evans to Death Valley.
    Southernest (new words) to Northernest points in the USA. Key West, Florida to Deadhorse, Alaska.
    Northernest to Southernest points in Canada. Inuvik, NT, to Point Peele N.P., ON.

    Toughest? The 49 state ride with an average of 880 miles a day for 10 days was challenging. The 2000+ miles in 36 hours and 1600+ in 24 hours were also challenging.

    A lot of adventures and a lot of great memories, hoping to do a few more!

    50,000+ certificate miles.

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  2. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze I keep blowing down the road

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    didn't know you switched to Honda.

    I wish I had the time to ride that much.
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  3. Charleston

    Charleston Been here awhile

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    The 49 states on a Kingpin would be tough.

    The Vision seems like it would be a great Iron Butt bike. How does the Honda compare?
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  4. MarioThePlumber

    MarioThePlumber I like math

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    I'm currently planning a SS2000 for next spring/summer that will zig-zag through most of Wyoming, and go through Montana and Idaho.
    I don't know what to expect though. The furthest I've traveled on a bike in one sitting was 200 miles and that was in 5 hours and on a bike I no longer own.
    Once the weather becomes bearable next spring, I'm going to do a 300 and 500 mi practice run and then maybe a true SS1000 before stepping up to the 2000.
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  5. TheRoss

    TheRoss Been here awhile

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    My hat is off to you Rollin', great job! Especially on the 48 and 49 state rides!:clap
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  6. drtyrrel

    drtyrrel "don't look down"

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    Do you have an auxiliary fuel tank on the ctx1300? I did just over 700 miles on a trip to Houston last year. I was pretty beat but I think I could have gone farther. Next time I'll try it in July instead of mid October.
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  7. anotheroldfart

    anotheroldfart Been here awhile

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    Plan to take along extra fuel. Gas stations are few and far between in remote areas of the Mid/south west. I found some stations close early evening.
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  8. Rollin'

    Rollin' does it come in black?

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    Replaced the Vision about a year ago.
    I have started to make a few changes on the CTX.

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  9. Rollin'

    Rollin' does it come in black?

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    I have two REDA gas cans and carry one or both depending on the ride.
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  10. Rollin'

    Rollin' does it come in black?

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    Thank you!!!
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  11. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze I keep blowing down the road

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    In 2010 I did a 904 mile day. Not because I wanted to, really. I just didn't want to pay for another night in a motel. I can't say that I have had any desire to repeat the experience. I was riding a 2009 DL1000 V-Strom with the Suzuki gel seat. I had a huge Cee Bailey windscreen and a Vista Cruise throttle lock.

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  12. boatpuller

    boatpuller Long timer

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    No GLC? Living in WI, it would be right in your neighborhood.
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  13. anotheroldfart

    anotheroldfart Been here awhile

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    CTX1300 stock gas tank under the seat? Gravity feed auxiliary fuel tank is an easy install. Just tap into the fuel sender plate. Similar to the GW auxiliary tank design I used on my '06 Wing.

    Tour Tank (Tucson) has end fill or center auxiliary tanks to consider. Tourtank.com

    Something to consider??
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  14. Gham

    Gham What's for lunch?

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    Was looking at #19,you went from Wisconsin to S.D. in April? That's brave! :yikes
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  15. fireman1028

    fireman1028 Been here awhile

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    That's awesome.

    I am planning my next IBA ride for next year. Coast(JAX) to Coast(San Diego) in under 50hrs. Should be able to knock out a BBG on the same ride.
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  16. Rollin'

    Rollin' does it come in black?

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    Yes, the fuel tank is under the seat. I will have to think about that, it would be nice to have more range.
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  17. Rollin'

    Rollin' does it come in black?

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  18. Rollin'

    Rollin' does it come in black?

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    The Kingpin worked well, the only changes I made were using a Mustang seat and added a 2 gallon axillary gas tank.
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/the-road-to-hyder-49-states-in-less-than-10-days.598699/
    The Vision was a great bike for long rides, the CTX is lighter, has a shaft drive but has less wind protection and a smaller fuel tank.
    Wind protect is missed in November but nice in July!

    The Vision on ride 21 in Canada.

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  19. Rollin'

    Rollin' does it come in black?

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    Good luck on your ride! A long ride before the SS2000 would be a good test of your gear.

    Every minute is a mile, I wrote this about time management after my 4th BBG1500.

    "The BBG1500
    This was my 4th BBG1500 and this is my thoughts on the ride and stop time.
    Doing a 1500 day is all about stop time and all of the stop time minutes do seem to add up quickly. I track them on the GPS.
    I use a basic concept on the ride. Every minute is a mile and every minute stopped is a mile lost. Think of everything you might do at a stop, how many minutes (miles) would each one take?

    Clean the headlight and face shield, you just lost 3 miles. Change gloves because of a temperature change, just lost another 2 miles. Do you know where your gear is? Looking adds time.
    Coffee? Nope, takes to long. Sitting down to eat? No, its a good time to walk around the bike and check things over. Gas station heat lamp hamburgers can save a lot of time.
    Stop to take a picture, always a tough decision but so far no regrets. I take a lot of pictures while moving.
    You have to make good decisions at the gas stops so that you don't need to make extra stops during the ride. Extra stops can kill a ride.
    Speed? High speed adds fuel stops. Extra fuel extends range but filling two tanks adds time.

    And then there are the things you have no control over, traffic, construction and weather. Rain gear adds a lot of stop time.
    After the bike is packed do a long test ride, readjusting things during a ride adds time. Don't "try" new gear during the ride, I always say that but I do it and always regret it. Test new gear before the ride.

    Saving a minute at each stop can make a huge difference at the end of the ride. You can only lose time, you can never really make it up, you can only give up things that would have added to the stop time."
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  20. Rollin'

    Rollin' does it come in black?

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    The current collection, one pending.

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