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From the IBR Website - Iron Butt Rally - 2007 IBR - 2007 IBR - Final Results

Ninety-Seven Starters, Seventy-Two Finishers (~26% attrition rate).

The Top-Ten Riders were:

1 Martin Leir; BMW R1200GSA
2 Jim Owen; BMW R1200RT
3 Brett Donahue; Harley-Davidson XLH1200R
4 Jeff Earls; BMW K1200GT
5 Eric Jewell; BMW R1150RT
6 Tom Melchild; Yamaha FJR1300
7 Greg Marbach; Yamaha FJR1300
8 Michael Evans; Yamaha FJR1300
9 Alan Barbic; Yamaha FJR1300
10 Peter Leap; Honda ST1300

Four BMW's, four Yamaha's, a Harley, and a Honda.

Even with all the final-drive problems, BMW took the Number-One spot and FOUR of the top-five places. However, they also took TWELVE of the Twenty-five DNFs (with Forty Total BMW Entries - 30% attrition), with only Three of the Fourteen FJR's in DNF-status (~21% attrition).

Of the Three Harley-Davidson and one Buell Entries, there was one DNF to offset Brett Donahue's Third-place Finish, with D!ck Fish finishing 60th on his Uly (stupid nanny program! It's his NAME!).

One Victory - an '08 Vision ridden by Andrew Mills, finished a very respectable 15th.

Three Kawi's - a so-new-it-still-has-that-new-bike-smell Concours 14, an "Old School" Connie, and a Ninja 250 (ridden by Alan Bennett). The 250 was the only DNF from the Team Green camp.

One Triumph Trophy ridden by Kevin J. Healey, turned in a mid-pack 35th-place.

Suzuki had Six entries - Four DL1000's and Two DL650's with no DNF's.

Lastly but not leastly - Honda fielded Twenty-Eight entries - Seven ST's, and Twenty-One Goldwings, of various displacements (including a GL1000 ridden by Donald A. Jones). Six Goldwings and Two ST's were DNF'd (~27% attrition).

Of note was Chip Hyde who crashed on the first leg with his GL1800 whilst attempting to reach Goose Bay. That particular bonus was at the end of 600+ miles of unpaved road, and Chip was upside-down with less than 200 miles to destination. Deep gravel claimed his bike and a broken bone in his hand. You gotta give the man credit for havin' the balls to attempt such a thing with a heavy bike like that. That, or just stand there, shaking your head.......
 

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Funny how the manufacturers with the most expensive "superior" bikes have the most attrition. Maybe those bikes aren't so superior after all.

Just a thought.
 

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Did Donahue need to have the bike seat surgically removed from his Iron Butt?

I'd think, like the dog-year conversion, that doing those kind of miles on a Sporty should count more than those on a faired bike. Same goes for the 250.
 

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And I'm still not allowed to edit my posts!

Oh, and I just found out that you must wait 30 seconds between posts.

So much for a "Quick Reply".
 

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Oh - almost fergot: There were less "Finishers" than had been previously-reported. Everything I wrote in my first post - just ignore it.
 

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Don't know if you caught that to be a finisher you had to have 190K points, so many of the DNF's were not mechanical conditions, but poor route planning, or not truly having an Iron Butt, in addition to mechanical problems.
I'm not sure how much you can say about a motorcycles reliability from running this rally. If you had the story of each person with a problem that might be illuminating, but as the site points out one guy might have failed trying to average 1,300 miles a day including the haul road in Alaska, while another finished while averaging 800 miles a day in the lower 48.
 

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Maybe.....

Don't know if you caught that to be a finisher you had to have 190K points, so many of the DNF's were not mechanical conditions, but poor route planning, or not truly having an Iron Butt, in addition to mechanical problems.
I'm not sure how much you can say about a motorcycles reliability from running this rally. If you had the story of each person with a problem that might be illuminating, but as the site points out one guy might have failed trying to average 1,300 miles a day including the haul road in Alaska, while another finished while averaging 800 miles a day in the lower 48.
... but 40% of BMWs didn't finish. Three 1150s blew their hubs. 37% of Hondas didn't finish.

All Suzukis did finish. As did the lone Buell.

All this does indicate something. The most expensive bikes don't guarantee squat as far a reliability goes. Those differences are far beyond some rogue statistical anomaly.
 
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