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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old Aug 22nd, 2009, 7:35 pm Thread Starter
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Arrow Let the "Iron Butt Rally" Begin!

The Iron Butt Rally has just began posting to the rally site's "Day Reports" webpage. Begins on Monday, but they have some info already.

Link to the Iron Butt Rally's Daily Reports webpage.

Here's to hoping the BMW's make some sort of respectable showing this year without a bunch of breakdowns.


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Day Two: "Inspection Day"

Insurance and registration problems already?

So one RT is off to a flying stop due to auxiliary wiring burning up? Can't attribute that to BMW. He goofed, but it's fixed.

Entry bikes I count so far:

Touring rigs:
20 Gold Wing 1800's (One from a BMW LT since final drive crapped last time)
1 1981 Gold Wing (Some 1000cc maybe?)
5 BMW K1200LTs (any wagering on final drive failures?)
1 Victory Vision (I bet the bike finishes, if he doesn't!)
1 Harley-Davidson FLHT


Sport-Tourers:
19 Yamaha FJR1300s
11 Honda ST1300s (with one BMW convert who's final drive crapped last time)
3 Honda ST1100s
4 BMW K1200GTs (Two guys carrying a spare final drive, and Ken Meese is one! ) No K1300's entered maybe due to stalling or faulty switch-gear?
7 BMW R1200RTs
4 BMW R1150RTs
2 Kawasaki Concours 1400s
1 Moto Guzzi Norge
1 Triumph Trophy


Dual-Sport entries:
10 BMW R1200GS or GSAs
3 BMW R1150GS
1 Kawasaki KL650 single


Sport Bikes:
2 Honda CBR1000XX
1 Kawasaki ZX12R


Beaters:
2 Suzuki RE5 Rotary engines models
1 BMW R60/6 (with 512,000 miles on odometer)

No scooters this time.

Interesting commentary on the link that BMW dropped to 35% entry in 2009 from 43% in 2007 due to equipment failures. Most seem to move to Honda. H-D isn't in the long-haul.

Nice write-up about Ken Meese at the end. "Go Kenny!"
Somewhere I posted prior that BMW should sponsor this event to get back into the reliability game. Give Ken a free entry bike and sponsor him BMW AG!


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Was checking out the site and didn't see where they start. Is it always different, and a different part of the country?

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Was checking out the site and didn't see where they start. Is it always different, and a different part of the country?
Seems to move around a lot. One year it started, or was it ended, in Ojai, CA at the old Widder Enterprises electric vests) place. Maybe that's when Ken got his interest peaked as it's close to home base for him?

Ought to be interesting to see what happens in the next few days. Even more if none of the BMWs tank (with the exception of the wiring smoking out of one "before" the race).

This is where they start:
Marriott Spartanburg
299 North Church Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306

Checkpoint 1 - Wednesday, August 26, 9 - 11pm Scoring opens at 5 pm.
Pheasant Run Resort
4051 East Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174

Checkpoint 2 – Sunday, August 30, 9pm – 11pm Scoring opens at 5pm.
Doubletree Hotel Santa Ana/Orange County Airport
201 East MacArthur Boulevard
Santa Ana CA 92707

Finish – Friday, September 4, 9am.
Red Lion Inn at the Park
303 W. North River Drive
Spokane, WA 99205


From the above, I smell Bonus Points in Maine and Alaska. Maybe Florida too.

Good luck entrants!

Oh, here's their forum link: IBR Forum for 2009 Rally


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Anyone hear from ken Meese? We should have given him a GPS tracker we could watch his progress playing where is Waldo. Greg any word ?

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Ugh! The Legendary BMW is the first to chalk up a problem in only 3 hours from the start.

Mechanical Failure Number One
"Within three hours of the start, Rallymaster Lisa Landry received the first call from a rider with an apparently serious mechanical problem. Jim Bain reports that the clutch in his 2003 BMW K1200LT has started slipping badly. He thinks it might be the notorious “slave cylinder” failure. This is another one of the “isolated” (BMW-speak) problems this particular model has had."

Cool the Spartenburg, SC police provided an escort to get all 100 of them out of town's city limits.
Around here, they would have constituted "Gang Activity" or "Illegal Street Racing" and be arrested and/or their bikes impounded. Maybe the "Escort" was to run the the hooligans out of town?


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I talked with a friend who is in contact with Ken. Right now he is sleeping! If I recall correctly, He had 6 hours sleep in the last 60 hours. Supposedly he took the Key west route and made back in time to the check point. Do not know many points he accrued but he felt he did a good job. We all know he would. His GT is running well so far. Broke 100k during this leg.

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I don't get it: they're given 11 days to ride 4,136 miles (according to Google)?

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