Anyone in here done an Iron Butt or is planning to do one? I'm planning on doing a 1000/24 next month, if the weather cooperates. Any pointers would be appreciated.
Haven't done one yet, but am considering it, the 1000/24 to start with. I spent a bunch of time reading logs and stuff over at the IBA website, there's some hardcore riders there!
This is why I chose Interstate 5. The hwy runs straight up the center of California and has a 70MPH speed limit (which everyone breaks by at least 10MPH). Very little traffic except arount major cities and all the gas stations you'd want. Gosh.....I wish I could leave right now.Best of luck with the Iron Butt. We did a charity ride from Lands End to John O'Groats covering the full length of the UK and only used up 862 miles. We did it in 14 hours which isn't bad on our conjested roads
I have four stops planned along the way for gas (I have a 160 mile wall in that department), and breaks. Fifteen or twenty minutes each and then a full hour at Medford for a good meal. My knees are fine, it's my glutimous maximus I am worried about. I have a friction type throttle control and a great backrest. It ain't exactly a Lane recliner, but it's comfortable.[/QUOTE]
I have no experience in long distance riding myself, but picked up a couple of ideas from someone on the vn750.com forum a while back.
Get a pair of cramp busters to fit on each grip. You will have a more relaxed hands generally, and especially the right hand when you can't use the throttle lock, for whatever reason.
Have two or three different types of pads to put on the seat in rotation, to avoid saddle sores and numb bum. Something like an Airhawk or gel pad, a sheepskin, (you can make a cheap fake sheep skin from one or two car washing mitts from Wal-Mart), and if you have an old beaded seat pad for a car, redesign and string the shape to fit your bike seat. The main thing is to get some air circulation between you and the seat.
Thanks for the advice, vulcan 08. I put the backrest when I bought the V2KI have done the 1000/24 from Denver to Tulare, CA. Probably the biggest thing is going to be a back rest and some highway pegs to stretch out and move around. I did it on a stock seat on my 900 LT and no problems. The biggest thing is to stay hydrated and eat small at fuel stops (granola bars, trail mix, etc.) Also, bring spare socks in case you hitr rain or sweat a lot. It took me just under 20 hours mainly because i was following my wife who was driving with our 2 y/o so there were some bathroom stretch brakes that i didn't have to take. If traffic cooperates you should be able to turn it around and be back in your planned 16-18 hours.
One more thing, keep a charged cell phone and get a good nights rest and keep your shiny side up. Be packed the day before so you can wake up, drink coffee, eat a small breakfast and hit the road safely.
Good luck and keep that shiny side up!!!