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Iron Butt 2011

Ken Meese leading the crowd this time. Linky to the daily updates on the IronButt site.

Edit: Ken's update page.



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Ken Meese leading the crowd this time. Linky to the daily updates on the IronButt site.
If you have problems with the above link, try this Linky instead. The updates aren't daily, but nearly so.
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I see in today's report Ken forgot his rally flag at one point and had to turn around and go back to get it and lost 4 hours in the process. If he didn't retrieve it, it would be a loss of 150 points.

The FJR1300 board is abuzz about this rally as there are 17 FJR's in this rally and their FJR rider Dick Peet (in 2nd) is behind Meese in points: Yamaha FJR1300 Forum Some 57 pages of stuff there. I think they are rooting Peet for a win.

Aisde, seems to say something of the FJR1300 durability too. At least the BMW's aren't blowing chunks and finals as bad as in years past...yet. Never understood why the Gold Wing and Harley guys can't do a better showing or finish. Too much weight causes some fatigue maybe? I know one Honda rider who did some Iron Butt coast-to-coast thing (CA to FL and back) and he had a Gold Wind, but opted to take the ST1100 for some reason I never fully understood.


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Dang it. Spoke too soon.

Seems BMW is indeed blowing chunks in the IBR - yet again. Somewhere in Florida these popped up in Photobucket, and maybe even a chain-drive model too?



Famous final drive failure on an RT in Jacksonville, and maybe the yellow/white GS next to it too since the wheel and tire are sitting close so they aren't the issue?



Just when I thought that BMW blowing-up stuff was over. Fwiw, these are swipes off the FJR forum on the rally. They must be laughing their heads off over there. Meese better hold the lead for the sake of BMW.


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Found this. Probably from the FJR guys.

Super Meese prior to the IBR Start

Does sound a bit like him too.

Sounds like one BMW entrant's fuel pump went south in Texas and he got a loaner to finish the event. Final drive leaking too. BMW needs to make a better showing in these events in reliability. No wonder there were so many FJR entries. Even the 'Lucas inspired' Triumph was still going. Two out of 3 Harley riders out too, but they just wimp out usually.


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Yup, my motorcycles club treasurer, Wallace French, Yankee Beemers treasurer had his fuel pump fail in Texas and there is oil leaking out of the FD.

So far the YBs have had two entrants over the past few years and neither BMW has finished........Ugh!

Wallace got a loaner motorcycle with 130K miles on it, a 1997 Kawasaki Vulcan 500LTD to finish the ride in style!

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Wallace got a loaner motorcycle with 130K miles on it, a 1997 Kawasaki Vulcan 500LTD to finish the ride in style!
Man. If a 14 year old Kawi Vulcan with 130K miles on it can make it to the finish line where BMW can't, doesn't speak well for a BMW that can't complete a rally in 11,000 miles before it blows up.


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I heard through rumor control the 2 side by side in the bottome picture is one in the rally had a drive shaft go bad so the other guy pulled up and swaped with him to get him back on the road. and the doner bike had to limp along home

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Exclamation Meese is out of the race and in surgery.

I see on the IBR site Meese had an accident on I-50 in Nevada and was air-transported to a Reno hospital for surgery. His wife is en route from Oxnard, CA. No other details were given.

God speed Meese.

Another is out due to a mountain lion strike in Arizona east of Kingman while riding a Gold Wing and was also air transported out.

Report is here: 2011 IBR Rally Report


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Sorry to hear that Mack

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