I started riding long distance back in the 1970's on a Kawasaki KZ 650 that I had added some accessories to make it a better long distance riding motorcycle. I rode a lot of LD rides back then long before I knew about the Iron Butt Association. I can remember many rides that where over well over a 1000 miles in a day.
During the late 1970's I was in the Navy and stationed at Great Lakes Naval Base in North Chicago, IL. I bought a Kawasaki KZ 650 in 1977 and fitted it with a National Cycle windscreen, Sissy bar to bungee cord by duffel bag to and a tank bag with CB radio installed. From there I made trips out to the Grand Canyon, Miami, FL, and Bike Week in Daytona Beach over the years. The rides to Bike Week were in early March and it was still very cold outside in northern Illinois. I would have to use canned sterno under the oil pan to loosen up the oil so the motorcycle would start.
I learned about the Iron Butt Association in 2002 from a couple friends, Jack Dodds and Bill Boklan, as they were getting ready to ride the Motorcycle Tourer's Forum ( MTF ) 50CC / 100CCC ride in April of 2003. I wanted to do the ride also but I needed to complete an certified IBA ride first to be eligible. I always plan big so my first ride was a SaddleSore 2000 in June 2003. Man was that a hard ride as it rained like hell on the northern part of the route and the Interstates were flooded in some areas. I pushed on and finished the ride in 40 hours.
I previously was the Associate Director of the MTF Long Distance Committee and helped plan and organize all of the LD rides from 2008 to 2012. In 2012 we have 2 big rides planned, a 48 plus and the UCC. The 48 plus is a ride that you must get a receipt in all 48 lower states and Alaska in 10 days or less. The UCC ( Ultimate Coast to Coast ) is a ride that starts in Key West, FL and finishes in Deadhorse, AK. Deadhorse is on the north slopes in the oil fields.
I have completed 24 IBA rides and have plans for 5 more in the next year. I have also completed over 18 BBG's since my first BBG in 2004. I have been fortunate that I have always been successful when attempting a certified IBA ride. I think one of the reasons is that I do a lot of up front planning and approach each of the rides with the same level of effort. I try and learn everything I can about my planned route including the possible weather and traffic conditions along the route. I review all of the states DOT highway websites for large scale construction and I plot those in my GPS with an audible alert that starts about 2 miles out so I know why if traffic slows down.
Here is a list of the 24 IBA certified rides I have completed. Click on the Ride Report links.
|BBG 3000||03/07/2007||3012||Ride Report|
|50CC Quest GOLD THW||09/13/2007||NYC>SFO||Ride Report|
|BBG ( FL-BBG )||05/16/2008||1520||Ride Report|
|BBG ( IBA National )||08/13/2008||1521|
|BBG ( IBA National )||08/17/2008||1520|
|BBG ( To MTF B2B )||08/28/2008||1520|
|Border to Border Gold||08/29/2008||1650||Ride Report|
|BBG Trifecta ( 3 BBG's )||03/05/2009||4559||Ride Report|
|10 / 10th ( 2009 IBR )||08/2009||10,079|
|BBG ( FL-BBG )||1/29/2011||1530||Ride Report|
|BBG Trifecta ( 3 BBG's )||10/07/2011||4558||Coming Soon|
|SS 1000 ( Florida Keys 1000 )||1/27/2012||1058||Coming Soon|
|SS 1000 ( MLR SS1000 )||4/12/2012||1050|
|* Click the "Ride Report" link for a ride report.|
I am riding in the 2013 Iron Butt Rally in July.
I rode in the 2013 Cape Fear Rally in April and finished 5th place.
I completed my 20th BBG September 20, 2012 on my ride to the MTF founders feast.
I just returned from a ride to Alaska. I rode from Key West, FL to Fairbanks, AK and back. See my photos on my photos webpage.
I competed in the 2012 Cape Fear 1000 Rally and took first place for the Arcadia starters.