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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Mar 8th, 2009, 10:04 pm Thread Starter
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Bun Burner Gold

Yes, second time is the charm. Just got my Bun Burner Gold certificate Friday. 1,500 miles in 24 hours.

Fall of 2007 I got to 1,400 miles before a rear tire blow-out, ending my first attempt at a Bun Burner Gold.
This last October, I was able to complete the 1500 miles with an hour and a half to spare. Yes.

I thought I might be disqualified because I lost my headlight at 3:30 am and kept driving on running lights down I-76 until dawn....and was naive enough to tell the Iron Butt Association.

It must be a looooong winter if I'm posting this....I need spring.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Mar 9th, 2009, 12:32 pm
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Congrats and well done! Doing a BBG1500 is a lot tougher than doing a SS1000.

But we need details! What was your route? When did you start/end? Was your headlight just a bulb failure? Any other problems?

Nice ride, in any case.

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Thanks for asking Meese,

On October 19th 2008 I rode a 2006 BMW 1200GT a total of 1,532 miles starting in Omaha, NE continuing on to Greeley, Colorado, Rawlins Wyoming and Salt Lake City, Utah ending in Reno, Nevada.

I left at 12:00 midnight after attending a wedding of a friend. (This was perfect for me because this broke up the night hours). The first problem came when the gas station I was trying to get a start time receipt from was broken. Lesson learned was to pre-scout the start gas station.

At the intersection of I-80 and I-76 was were my headlight stopped working after a gas fill up. I had installed a aftermarket HID light (from the group buy). I decided to keep moving instead of tearing the bike apart, although I had the stock bulb under my seat. My first police cruiser wasn't spotted until I reach Greeley, Colorado when it was almost daylight. I know lucky.

I was reinvigorated after dawn with uneventful riding until Rawlins, Wyoming where a gas station ran out of receipt paper at the pump and I had to stand in line 15 minutes to get a receipt.

During my first attempt at the Gold Burner Gold, I learned to only drink protein shakes and water from the tank bag at every gas stop (while filling the tank). This accomplished two things (1) save time (2) eliminate having to go number 2 during potty breaks. I also learned to check air pressure most stops. Dress in layers. Bring a change of gloves. Bring good music and ear plugs. Plan trip in Spring or Fall when the weather is cooler.

In Salt Lake City, Utah I learned why a GPS would of been nice. I-80 dumped us onto an alternate road without good detour signage, I probably went 30 miles (that didn't count) out of my way.

The GT is the perfect bike for a Long Distant ride like the Bun Burner. Electric windshield, heated grips, heated seats, great breaks and plenty of power and plenty of amps for the plug ins. What a bike.

I had about four hours of night riding into Reno, NV. Knowing that the trip was almost over gave me a second wind to handle the fatigue. Plus my headlight started working again after entering Nevada. I know I was lucky. The next morning replaced the HID bulb with the stock bulb.....I was in motorcycle paradise and had a entire week to play.
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Congratulations! That is one hell of an accomplishment. It must be tough doing it alone... I couldn't imagine doing that kind of mileage non-stop... Don't think my back could take it! Bravo!!!

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You rock!! I am still planning for a SS1000. The KGT is the right ride for this endeavour.

When in doubt, apply more throttle.
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Thank You Snowy1248

I would like to personal Thank Snowy 1248 and the rest of the Denver k-bike.com gang who helped me after my tire blowout in 2008 (first attempt at Bun Burner Gold). I was stuck in Denver Sunday morning awaiting Tuesday when the dealership opened. Snowy1248 picked me up with a trailer, found me a used tire (from another member), mounted my new tire and offered me shelter. I needed to get home and was on my way early Sunday afternoon. If that doesn't show the character of Snowy1248 and other members on this site, I don't know what would. Thank you! Thank you!

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