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Old 03-16-2008, 01:33 AM   #1
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Old 03-16-2008, 05:33 AM   #2
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"For most riders, the object of the Rally boils down to basic, brute survival."

Sounds like a pretty stupid reason to ride right from the get-go.
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Old 03-16-2008, 06:36 AM   #3
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"For most riders, the object of the Rally boils down to basic, brute survival."

Sounds like a pretty stupid reason to ride right from the get-go.
Isn't that what riding a '47 Knuck is all about?
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Old 03-16-2008, 07:58 AM   #4
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"For most riders, the object of the Rally boils down to basic, brute survival."

Sounds like a pretty stupid reason to ride right from the get-go.
The Ironbutt served a very useful purpose last year by exposing the serious BMW drive hub problems. BMW might have gotten away without addressing the issue for years otherwise. Come to think of it Goldwings had nearly the same 40% failure rate while the V-Stroms and Buell flew through. Sort of separates fact from PR ad copy doesn't it?
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The Ironbutt served a very useful purpose last year by exposing the serious BMW drive hub problems. BMW might have gotten away without addressing the issue for years otherwise. Come to think of it Goldwings had nearly the same 40% failure rate while the V-Stroms and Buell flew through. Sort of separates fact from PR ad copy doesn't it?
It also served to show that "the Honor System" no-longer seems to be working. The fact that outside help was allowed, and completely unregulated - it was just a matter of time before a "cheating scandal" would raise its ugly mug.
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Well yeah it is! But you looked so damned cool on the thing you have it up on your My Space!
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Those Beemers were blowing up without the need for the Iron Butt. If you read the BMW web sites, they talk about faiures alot, and none of them participated in the 'race'.
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Those Beemers were blowing up without the need for the Iron Butt. If you read the BMW web sites, they talk about faiures alot, and none of them participated in the 'race'.
Dude! It's not a RACE! - It's merely a COMPETITION!
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Old 03-16-2008, 09:32 AM   #9
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That's right. It isn't a race.

People who do the Iron Butt (and similar events) make it very clear that success is due to planning and time management. It's not speed or sleep deprivation. Because the event is not about how far you go, but how many bonus points you get, the trick is to plan a route that you can achieve given the weather and traffic, as well as your own physical abilities. Then of course making quick stops is a huge key. The fewer times you have to stop, and the less time you spend at a stop, the better off you are. I won't ever do a multi-day rally (I know my own limitations) but I can make huge miles without speeding (well, the usual 7-10 mph over) because my gas stops are usually 4 minutes, maybe 7 if I need a pit stop. That's the sort of concentration that makes miles within the time allotted.

I have not read the book but I would be very surprised if Ayers had described the rally in the same terms used by the article.
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Hey, isn't that a Bob Seager song? Bob Seager (Seger? cee-gar?) songs comprised the background music of my days as a motorized squid, '76 to '80 on everything from honda 100's to wreched 750 cee cee twin kawasakis (purple ones). I got monkey butt when I rode my '78 XL250S from Virgina Beach to DC one fine summer weekend. WFO all the way...ahh, the sea stories never end...
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