Iron Butt my rear, it ain't just the butt that tingles but other private parts as well. I stand in awe of someone who could do this on a Buell, good as they are. I once did 2,000 miles in 48 hours (Boulder, CO to Phoenix, AZ and return) but I was on a tricked-out (Corbin, tall screen, top box, tunes, heated grips, etc.) ST-1100, a machine made for this insanity. Lord bless us that are this stupid!
Great story Ethan. My father lived in Mesa for many years, and I never tired of the stark beauty of the high desert around the Superstitions. It's too bad that your ride was sullied by the addition of the urban So. Ca traffic madness. With all of the surrounding empty roads that could have been part of the planned route in lou of the ride through Miramar, and the rest of that briar patch, the route planners were obviously part of the Marquis de Sade school of punishment. The fact that you did this on a Buell engenders my admiration for your accomplishment. 1200 miles on a Buell would be tantamount to twice that on a Goldwing. VWW
The knee bend on my XB9SX aggravates my tendonitis prone knee at times...otherwise the "clear air" and slightly forward body position seem to facilitate longer rides than you would think possible with that kind of bike. But still....an Iron Butt? I'll enjoy it vicariously...thank you very much.
Now that's inspiration. For any further ventures let me suggest fitting the handguards from the XB9SX(the funky new blue one.) For about $70 I have been able to help increase my comfort level every time I ride regardless of distance or temperature.
Now that's the way to ride a bunch of miles safely: prescheduled rest stops, good riding buddies with good equipment and plenty of cold air to keep you awake. Still, that's a hell of an accomplishment on a Buell. I did a thousand mile day on an ST1100 and didn't like it very much.
BTW, you Mid-Atlantic dwellers get to hear the Rolling Thunder this weekend as thousands of bikers converge on DC to pay tribute to our fallen service personnel. That sound really kicks off the summer season for me. Have a great Memorial Day and get out to your local veterans' cemetery to say thank you.
Last 4th of July I rode 1002 miles in 17 hours on my 1999 ZX-6R which isn't exactly a couch. From Wilminton, NC to Cherokee, NC then from Cherokee to Front Royal, VA via the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive, then from Front Royal to Woodbridge, VA.
I did that ride with another woman, starting from the San Diego checkpoint. It was a lot of fun, but we faced some incredibly gusting winds going across the Imperial Valley from Yuma toward San Diego in the middle of the night, which threatened to blow us right off the road at times. I had to stop a couple of times and get my nerve back! The winds finally died down at the top of the mountains, thank heavens.
The Iron Heart sponsors plan to hold another IBA ride next year. I noticed another one of the MOrons said he would join Ethan - no need to wait for a call, just sign up yourself! The website is http://www.ridefortheheart.com/.
You da man, Ethan. As you know, I found the XB12R to be surprisingly comfortable, especially the seat. The pegs were a bit high and did cause some knee pain after a while. I know the S pegs are a bit lower but I'm not sure I'd want to do a thousand miles on it. You're a better man than I. Nice job.
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