Friday, November 16, 2018

Iron Butt Ride Plan

Planning is the key to success

I have been curious about the Iron Butt Association (IBA) since I read about it in a forum a couple of years back. It completely slipped my mind until a few months back when I read about it in Rider Chis's Iron Butt Report post. He completed the challenge and was accepted as a member of the IBA. As with everything in life the planning stage is very crucial but at the same time it can be very frustrating and time consuming as well.

There are a few categories which can be found here. The lowest requirement is the SaddleSore challenge where one is required to ride 1600 miles (1610 km) within 24 hours and are required to ride safely.

I am planning to do the SaddleSore challenge. Currently I have two tentative route planned: route 1; a mixture of highways and old trunk roads but more time on the road; & route 2; mainly riding on highways. The planned route is not finalized as I may do some modifications to either route to make them more manageable.

If you look at both the routes, they both starts and ends at the petrol station near my house.

There are only five steps to qualify for the Saddle Sore ride certificate:

  1. Choose a safe route.
  2. Get a start point witness.
  3. Collect and track receipts.
  4. Get an end point witness.
  5. Submit your documentations to Iron Butt Association for verification.
There are more research to be done to determine where the petrol stops are along the route and also to see how long the Vulcan can go with a full tank of gas. So far for city riding the Vulcan needs to refuel after about 120 km. I suspect it might be more than that as the tank size stated in the specifications is 14L but every time I fuel up it shows about 9L.

A more detailed information regarding IBA can be found here and don’t forget to check on their riding tips.

There are a few essential items which is required to bring along for this trip:
  1. Phone charger
  2. Phone mount
  3. Chain lube
  4. Tyre repair kit
  5. Portable pump
  6. First Aid kit
  7. Folder (important to keep track of all the receipts)
  8. Pen
  9. Phone (most important item besides the motorcycle)
  10. Touch and Go card (make sure it is loaded)
For the time being this is just a plan and one of the items in my bucket list. There is no fix date or day as to when I will be doing the ride or even if I will be doing it at all but there is no harm in planning. If the day do come, I know that I am well prepared for the trip and just hit the road.

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