Makes me almost regret calling it the Multiugly on a previous post.
Congrat's all the same. How much time would he have saved on another bike. You know, all those people who gripe about the 4 hour valve adjustments every 1000 miles that they say Ducs need. He could have knocked alot of time off . . .
I feel they're more about providing an opportunity to learn about and experience Long Distance riding with the experiance and help of others in the world who enjoy that type of torture. It's not about goiung ballstothewall fast but more about learning the formula which allows for amazing seat time in a safe manner.
Everybody sleeps. Some of the shorter events like a SaddleSore1000 can be done by me in a "safe and sane" manner in about 14 hours. No naps needed. A 50 CC , coast to coast in under 50 hours, might be done by some without rest but I stopped for a 3 hr nap in Oklahoma when I did mine. I had another short nap in New Mexico but I finished in 48 hrs 20 min.
The trick I've found to "safe and sane" endurance riding is consistant time with stops taken when needed. That along with all the other LD riding tips found at the Ironbutt Association's website. www.ironbutt.com
Well at leasrt this should answer any questions about Ducati's reliability these days. One of these would probably be a good choice for the Alaska trip. Too bad they are like $5K more than a V-Strom 1000. Cheaper than the BMW 1200 GS, though. Lighter, too.
the Ducati.com page says, "The Multistrada Eagan will ride is mechanically totally stock. He has added a six-gallon auxiliary fuel cell, Light Force Driving lamps, a one-off windscreen made by Aeroflows Paige Ortiz and a custom seat made by Richs Custom Saddles in Seattle."
Hey. This is what's all about. This is a rider boys. I could care less about your lap times. Tell me how much time you spend in the saddle. This is one helluva machine, and one helluva determined S.O.B. in the saddle.
Long distance riding is about achieving a goal, and knowing how to achieve it. If your goal is as many miles in 24 hours as possible, then naps may not be necessary. But if your goal is to ride from Alaska to Florida, chances are you will be napping (hopefully while the bike is stopped).
Ironbutt rules center primarily around keeping LD riding safe. Many LD rallies will have bonus locations that encourage taking time off the bike to sleep. Also, if you look at the sleep habits of sailors who attempt solo around-the-world trips, the way they get by without sleeping for long periods of time (e.g. 8hrs at a stretch) is by napping.