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No I am not. I lurk on the IBA form but that's it. I've subscribed to Iron Butt magazine. Hoping to learn and later become active in the LD riding group. I love the long rides.
Here you go. This is an old fashioned mail list. Read the instructions on how to subscribe. Many of the big dogs of the sport will be found here more so than on the IBA forum. I "recommend" lurking for a period of time before you jump in with any postings. When you do post, if it is a reply make sure you follow the protocol of the list and trim your reply quote, and make sure you adjust your Subject title. Some of the longer term members tend to get bent out of shape when newbies jump in with both feet before getting a feel for what is correct. There is a ton of good info on the list (as well as some battles now and then) and you will also have access to the archives which goes back over 8 years.

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post #12 of 174 (permalink) Old 10-14-2012, 09:12 PM
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First post on here But this year I did all the north west US and loved all of it except riding in the 100 degrees plus temps but the west is terrific. In all I did about 5500 miles in about 4 weeks. Soon as the winter ends in 2013 I hope to do the south west again but get in the places I missed back in 2010 when I did it then. But this time a was wondering about meeting up with and goldwing groups out in Arizona ot Calfornia any suggestions

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While my personal preference is Alieve I'd like to offer two more suggestions... eat bananas for the potassium (good for the joints) but know that eating too many may lead to constipation, and use a Glucosamine supplement. My joints hurt far less now on long rides since I started this after the Denver IBA meet. Good advice from Marc (Flyguy405)


AH yes, bananas are always on board when I take off. I also take along some TUMS or something like that.


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There are literally hundreds of things that contribute to being able to safely ride long distances. Here are a few basic pointers to make that first LD ride successful.
1. Choose an efficient route.
2. Use a bike designed for the job.
3. Be well rested.
4. Know and follow the IBA rules.
5. Pick a summer day with good weather and lots of daylight.
6. If you fall off the required pace, you must THINK. You probably picked a poor route....get back to the interstate ASAP.
7. High speeds are usually not your friend on long distance rides. They will only tire you out, suck a lot of fuel and make the ride more dangerous.
8. Stop only for short amounts of time. A 3-4 minute rest stop every hour or so can work wonders.
9. Know your route. Your first LD ride is not the time to experiment.
10. Pain relievers are your friend.

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Checklist

Here is a link to the IronButt pre-ride checklist that's quite extensive. This may help those who are not sure what to take with them. I don't recommend trying to take everything on the list but, I'm sure you will find a couple of things you didn't think about.

http://www.ironbutt.com/ibmagazine/1...echecklist.pdf


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I carry a bunch of different old fashioned gas cards. BP, Shell, Chevron-Texaco, Exxon-Mobil, etc. I spread out my usage and pay all the bills when I get home from the trip. It may be overkill, but it works and you often get a discount for using the right card at the right station.

I just had too much problems with cards being turned down after being used all day.

Although I do call Amex and let them know all my lodging will be going on the card for the next few weeks and that seems to help...but that's just one use per day.

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For those that are contemplating the 50cc it is a great ride!!!!!! I am going to try hard to do the 100cc if the MTF has it again!!!!!!!

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For those that are contemplating the 50cc it is a great ride!!!!!! I am going to try hard to do the 100cc if the MTF has it again!!!!!!!
They typically have it every other year, they just had one last March. I'll probably do mine at that time also.


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For those that are contemplating the 50cc it is a great ride!!!!
Now, I understand why the ride is done in conjunction with the pizza party in Jacksonville...nothing like any reason for a ride and all of that, but what one thing would you have done differently during that 50cc ride that would have made it easier to accomplish?



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For the 50CC I headed to SD the night before and got a hotel. Left at 0300 and headed off to San Antonio, Spent about 5 hours in the rack, Then headed to Houston where I had to work for a couple hours. Then back on the road to Jax. Distance is about 2360

Ride took about 44hrs 5 hrs in a hotel and 2 hours at a Denny's outside of Houston and 45 mins in Pensecola for BBQ. So it was basically about 37hrs driving.That was averaging about 64mph. Trip back was a BBG Jax to Van Horne ~1510 miles.

1. Have warm clothes or electrics
2. Have real good lighting.
3. Get to start location early.
4. Google the place where you'll get sand etc if you do that.
5. Plan your gas once into Texas.
6. Use guys on the approvers list for SD and the cops in JAX Beach. If you do the pizza party then you won't need the Cops.
7. Get Baker hand wings. I didn't have them on my first trip . Temps were down to 27 in FL and I had freezing rain in West TX. What a difference they make.
8. Courtesy of MTF and Greg Rice Use this. http://www.mctourer.com/rides/2012/50cc/weather.html


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