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Old May 17th, 2012   #1
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I noticed on the FJR forum that alot of the guys have IBA#s in their signature lines. I never ever considered the possibility of doing any of that kind of riding until very recently. Replacing the seat and installing bar risers has made me think it could be possible. There is not much LD discussion on this forum anymore, JOE Z. are you listening?
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Old May 17th, 2012   #2
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I noticed on the FJR forum that alot of the guys have IBA#s in their signature lines. I never ever considered the possibility of doing any of that kind of riding until very recently. Replacing the seat and installing bar risers has made me think it could be possible. There is not much LD discussion on this forum anymore, JOE Z. are you listening?
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What do you want to know, Redfish?

I'm always up for talking about long rides.
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Old May 18th, 2012   #5
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Default Re: Thinking about IBA Cert.

My lovely wife (BigUn) ordered Against the Wind by Ron Ayres today. I have been reading some of your old stuff on this forum lately. I've also been on the FJR forum where they seem to be very active with this LD stuff. Some of those guys rave about your friend Mario who sells the biker lingerie you are always talking about. They, like you, say he is a wonderful guy and that he supports the LD riding community faithfully. I've been on the ADVrider forum reading some.

I have time for this because I work shift in a plant and frequently have downtime at night or on weekends to surf the net. Many years of shift work as well as growing up running a shrimp boat at night has upset my circadian rhythms and trained me to stay awake for long periods of time. While lack of sleep affects everyone, I have been dealing with it since before I was 8 years old.

The biggest thing keeping me from wanting to do this has been the pain caused by the OEM seat. Now, I can see the end of that battle. Of course, I don't want to spend too much time on the bike away from BigUn and our son.
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That and the high cost of the sport is why I am not that "into it" anymore.

Plus, my physical shape is not as up to it as it used to be. If I cannot do it at a high level, I don't want to do it.

Yes, Mario is a great guy.

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Of course, I don't want to spend too much time on the bike away from BigUn and our son.
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Old May 28th, 2012   #7
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Finished Ron's book, Against the Wind. Enjoyed it. I am not sure that I agree with all the stuff they go through to finish but it's one heck of a ride. I am really thinking that I will have to at least do a SS1K, I just have to make a couple more mods and work on the courage a bit. I have been practicing for this by sitting down every chance I get and for as long as I can get away with. My behind may not be getting any tougher, but it sure is getting wider and softer...
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I think it's really much easier than you might imagine. My nephew and I did the SS1k two summers ago. The key is this, ride straight thru to 250 miles our first leg, then stop every 125 miles after that. When you stop, make sure to GET OFF THE BIKE!!! Buy gas the first time, take a break the second stop, and repeat the sequence. BUT.... limit your stops to 15 minutes.

We left Astoria, Ore., at 6 am, finished in Fullerton, CA @ midnight, including a 1.5 hr stop at the Grapevine. It's not hard, just keep on pace.

My next goal is a SS2k. First leg from Astoria, Ore., to Rapid City SD, about 1300 miles, then the second day will be to Chicago, Ill...... Maybe next summer.

And..... the LD shorts work!!!
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Old May 29th, 2012   #9
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Thanks Blue. I remembered reading that you and your nephew had done an IBA ride at some point. Something about an FJR with a car tire... Some of the reports make it sound like it was so difficult that only a real man should even make the attempt. I think that most of the guys that do it don't bother with a write up because it isn't really that bad. I read a very good report on the FJR forum by a guy out of Dallas/Fort Worth. He had no trouble at all, rode from Dallas to a BBQ joint in Tennessee, ate his lunch, loaded his saddlebags with BBQ and rode back to Dallas. He took a shower and took the BBQ to his wife's grandmother's birthday party.

I appreciate your feedback, I am more worried about having a signing witness when I am done than the ride itself.
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The signing witness part was a piece of cake.... I have another nephew is Fullerton, Ca. My son signed us off in Astoria, he works at a Shell station. I purchased gas about two blocks from my nephew's place in Fullerton. I would recommend you do what I did.... ride to a distant relative's house.

The other piece of advise I have is to make a reservation at a motel where you plan to finish your first day. That motivates you to continue on, even when the hours are getting long, and you'd have a finishing witness waiting for you at the front desk.

That's my plan for my ride to Rapid City and Chicago. I have no relatives in either place, so I'll use the front desk clerk.
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