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« on: December 02, 2016, 05:17:04 pm »

One of my good friends has a brother that has begun riding motorcycles after being away from them since his teenage years. He has taken back to bikes like a fish to water. This brother read an article about a fellow that recently set a new record for going from coast to coast in thirty-eight hours! 2,800 miles! So my buddy's brother called me and said he was going to break the record.        He has access to fuel cells and wants to put one each in each side of his BMW and one in his top case. That's fifteen extra gallons on top of what's in the BMW gas tank. Then, he says he can go for ten hours or so before he has to attend to business. So he plans on going 800 or more miles before stopping. He wants to leave next Spring and get BMW and a tire mfr to help him out with costs.

He recently did 1,500 miles in twenty-four hours. I just don't know about this. The question that comes to mind is, why? I told him it was dangerous riding through the night with animals every where and his doing this without getting "foggy". He can't stop and has to average 75 MPH.
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« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2016, 06:41:44 pm »

Animals really aren't much of an issue on the interstates, and those would be the only way to route it.

A friend of mine here in San Diego had a similar plan- he rigged up a trailer for his K1600LT to use as a giant fuel tank, and had a catheter installed.  His goal was to make it to the beach in Jacksonville without stopping at all.

Unfortunately, he was pulled over in Alabama for having a tail light out on the trailer- over 3/4 of the way through the ride.
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« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2016, 06:51:25 pm »


Animals really aren't much of an issue on the interstates, and those would be the only way to route it.

A friend of mine here in San Diego had a similar plan- he rigged up a trailer for his K1600LT to use as a giant fuel tank, and had a catheter installed.  His goal was to make it to the beach in Jacksonville without stopping at all.

Unfortunately, he was pulled over in Alabama for having a tail light out on the trailer- over 3/4 of the way through the ride.


I remember reading about that guy...isn't he a BMW dealer?
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« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2016, 09:51:26 pm »

Yes.
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« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2016, 10:20:16 pm »


Animals really aren't much of an issue on the interstates, and those would be the only way to route it.

A friend of mine here in San Diego had a similar plan- he rigged up a trailer for his K1600LT to use as a giant fuel tank, and had a catheter installed.  His goal was to make it to the beach in Jacksonville without stopping at all.

Unfortunately, he was pulled over in Alabama for having a tail light out on the trailer- over 3/4 of the way through the ride.


WOW. A catheter???? Not even stopping to stretch his legs??? WOW.

Why didn't he tell the cop to write fast?
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« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2016, 11:06:10 pm »

The point was to not even put a foot down until he got to the Atlantic.  Once that was blown it was all over.
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« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2016, 12:09:57 am »

They must be unofficial records. Guinness stopped doing timed records on public roads something like 10 years ago. The IBA won't specifically document/certify a ride that doesn't include gas stops every 300 miles or which require excessive speeding to complete in the time claimed.

On something as simple as a SS1K some guy wrote an article (Motorcyclist? Rider? [something]) about how he stopped to gamble in Vegas so had to run sections at hyper-sonic speed to catch back up, wheelies on the entrance ramp and other such machismo claims.

The IBA revoked his cert.
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« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2016, 08:43:51 am »

Can't change the human body and Mother Nature

Surviving a dumb trip like this is just pure luck

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« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2016, 11:58:43 am »


They must be unofficial records. Guinness stopped doing timed records on public roads something like 10 years ago. The IBA won't specifically document/certify a ride that doesn't include gas stops every 300 miles or which require excessive speeding to complete in the time claimed.

On something as simple as a SS1K some guy wrote an article (Motorcyclist? Rider? [something]) about how he stopped to gamble in Vegas so had to run sections at hyper-sonic speed to catch back up, wheelies on the entrance ramp and other such machismo claims.

The IBA revoked his cert.


I didn't know this. Given those parameters, there is only so much one could do by following all the rules. I bet IBA doesn't really check.
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« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2016, 02:18:49 pm »




I didn't know this. Given those parameters, there is only so much one could do by following all the rules. I bet IBA doesn't really check.


They absolutely do check. It's their entire purpose.

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« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2016, 10:50:49 am »




They absolutely do check. It's their entire purpose.




They don't want more accidents.   Good on them.  Now get some sleep.
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« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2016, 02:43:08 pm »

They absolutely do check. It's their entire purpose.


^^THIS!

There's a reason their certs are recognized by more riders.

Keeping in mind that there are certain self-proclaimed experts who assert that ANY rider doing more than 350 miles in a day is a danger to him/herself and everyone else on the road:

More appropriate for this discussion is the article written by Dr. Don Arthur (admiral, ret); a former head of Bethesda, former Navy Surgeon General, and a long distance rider with no little accomplishment under his belt.

http://members.triton.net/vandenbe/Fatigue%20&%20MotorcycleTouring.pdf
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« Reply #12 on: December 04, 2016, 05:45:45 pm »

Great article bounce

I think it's not a mileage thing but more about how much sleep one is getting and also circadium rhythm

You are more likely to be fatigued when you are riding at a time of day you are normally sleeping
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« Reply #13 on: December 04, 2016, 06:31:31 pm »

A fair bit of training, too.
You don't just go out one day and throw down a thousand miles without working up to it.


PS. I know there are those who can, but they are the exception rather than the rule.
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« Reply #14 on: December 04, 2016, 08:57:44 pm »

I once did 1,000 miles and wasn't trying. Then I did 840 miles in twelve hours stopping frequently because it was three years ago in the record setting heat wave. I was lucky because I went 350 miles in Utah where the speed limit is 80 MPH and no cops.
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« Reply #15 on: December 05, 2016, 11:43:26 am »

As far as riding 800 miles non stop and the guy that got pulled over attempting a coast to coast without putting a foot down is very extreme and IMO dangerous. I am a IBA member and have a Bun Burner Gold ride scheduled in June. For some reason nobody talks about the "Mile Eater Club" within the IBA.

Many Many good points on riding long distance. IMO, preparation and having the correct riding gear are key.

Here is an example on how one piece of gear and a change in mindset made a difference. Two rides, the exact same mileage. One ride was done in 14 hours and I was absolutely hobbled with being sore the next day. 5 days later. The other ride was done in 11 hours and the next day I felt as if I made an easy 200 mile scenic day ride. The distance covered was 700 miles one way.

The key difference was that I was able to use an Air Hawk seat cushion during the 2nd ride. Almost as important was the mindset that I was going to do 150 mile legs between gas stops.

If you keep your butt in the saddle longer, the miles go by easier. Comfort is the key.  

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« Reply #16 on: December 05, 2016, 05:36:09 pm »

There are plenty of times I got an early start, the weather was right and I arrived early enough I coulda kept on going. The big difference is I didn't keep going. If I had my memory might have been different. 


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« Reply #17 on: December 05, 2016, 06:59:04 pm »

. This brother read an article about a fellow that recently set a new record for going from coast to coast in thirty-eight hours! 2,800 miles!


I completed a ride back in September from Coney Island, NY to the Golden Gate bridge. The IBA calls this a 50CC THW (coast to coast in 50 hrs, The Hard Way).  Its 2930 miles versus 2350 or so going from Jacksonville to San Diego.  I rolled up to the GGB 38.5hrs after I left NY.  We were required to get a gas receipt every 350 miles and could only carry the IBA max of 11.5 gallons.  I wasn't going real fast, just kept the wheels rolling.  Think I had 7 fuel stops, used the bathroom every other stop and my helmet never left my head the entire time.  I had planned to stop in Nebraska for a 4hr nap, but I honestly felt pretty good at that point, so I just kept on riding.  I can't imagine that 38hrs is a record, surely there is some nut that is willing to ride 100 mph and have a lead car(s) looking for LEO's etc.  Hell, I don't even use a radar detector and my phone charger died so I couldn't use waze.
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I completed a ride back in September from Coney Island, NY to the Golden Gate bridge. The IBA calls this a 50CC THW (coast to coast in 50 hrs, The Hard Way).  Its 2930 miles versus 2350 or so going from Jacksonville to San Diego.  I rolled up to the GGB 38.5hrs after I left NY.  We were required to get a gas receipt every 350 miles and could only carry the IBA max of 11.5 gallons.  I wasn't going real fast, just kept the wheels rolling.  Think I had 7 fuel stops, used the bathroom every other stop and my helmet never left my head the entire time.  I had planned to stop in Nebraska for a 4hr nap, but I honestly felt pretty good at that point, so I just kept on riding.  I can't imagine that 38hrs is a record, surely there is some nut that is willing to ride 100 mph and have a lead car(s) looking for LEO's etc.  Hell, I don't even use a radar detector and my phone charger died so I couldn't use waze.


Wait a minute! That is a 76 MPH average and you had to stop every 350 miles??? That is if you could go 350 miles. Don't tell me you didn't see 100MPH!

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« Reply #19 on: December 05, 2016, 10:00:26 pm »

Re: Mile Eater Club

The reason it's not talked about is because most people simply don't know about it. It's really not much more than accumulating many different certs and a lot of people aren't into that.

Heck even I qualified for at least the basic level, have my name in that list, and got the t-shirt. I think it was somewhere after my 2nd or 3rd ss1k, a BBG or two and a SS2K.  Very few of the levels are times (beyond the requirements of the cert received). It's collecting x certs (in some cases "extreme" like a BBG, etc.).

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