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    I posted this the other day, as a form of introduction of myself, but....of course it did not get posted, so here goes again. You will see several posts on this forum from me, because I believe in helping others if I have something to add, or knowledge on a topic that can be of help to someone.

    This is going to come across as very bragadocious, and I do not mean for it to be, but when introducing oneself to a motorcycle forum, you need to state WHO you are, and WHAT experience you have, so that it lends some credence to info you may pst about.

    I have been riding on the street for 44 years, and in that time, the IBA (IronButt Association) has listed my documented, verified, and certified mileage as over 1,800,000 miles. I have officially been a member of the IBA for more than 30+ years now, and am Member # 3005. I have done a lot within the IBA over those 30+ years, including some firsts within that group, such as the first rider to ride a documented more than 2000 miles in under 24 hours (2156 miles), and it was at a IBA sanctioned event. I also was the first to do a 200 CCCCC, which is Coast to Coast 4 times, in under 8 days. I am a member of the 100,000 miles in one year club, the 10/10th club, and still hold the record for the most miles in 30 days, at 30,681 miles.

    I have owned a lot of bikes over the years, as have most of us. In total, this is my 7th GL product from Honda, and my current ride is a '13 F6B. This is the bike that was struck by lightning last September 5th, 2013, while I was riding at 70 mph, on Interstate 5 in Washington state. The lightning actually hit me on the helmet (Arai), and traveled down the headset cord through the bike, and out the antenna.

    I am my own Tech, do all of my own work, and have a pretty nice shop to do it all in.

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    I am here quite often, as I am retired, and in between long rides, I just like to offer help to other riders. Please...take advantage of that, and I will do my best to be frank, forthright, and to the point.

  • #2
    Nice to have you on board. You say you are retired but I am curious how you could have ever worked and still be able to log that many miles. Well done. :toast:
    Dave - Arizona - 2012/GL1800

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    • #3
      One must choose a priority in life....to ride, or not to ride?...that is the question. As with the old slogan...Ride/Eat/Sleep/Repeat....a person still must take the time to Eat, and to Sleep, so that they can continue to Ride more once they are nourished and rested.

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      • #4
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        • #5
          Welcome!! I am new to IBA. Completed ss1000, BBgold, ss2000 and 50cc in 12 months. And I thought I was busy. Doing border to border to border this fall…. Somebody warned me to ironButt stuff was addicting..... But I didn't listen. apparently, neither did you

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          • #6
            Cool, welcome aboard! Everyone needs help from time to time!
            """""""Darksider #10 It's been said by many people, that I am still only 16 years old inside my head!! LOL!!
            I have never thrown a leg over any make or model of motorcycle and had nothing but a good time!!"""""""

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            • #7
              Dam...Coast to Coast 4 times, in under 8 days. Thats impressive for sure...Did you do this on a wing???

              John
              John - Richmond 2013 GL1800, Level 3

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              • #8
                im tired just reading his post,lol,,,welcome
                thanks to the following folks
                1-traxxion//2-heli bars//3-sierra electronics//4-alley kat exhaust//5-schroaders Honda//6-129 slayer.com//7-killboy.com//8-windbender shields//9-dealsgap.com//10-wingstuff//11-mojo tools


                the 24 hrs of deals gap//1001.7 miles//23 hrs and 52 min//29,786 turns
                avg. 19 mpg

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                • #9
                  John, yes, I did that on my '03 Wing. It was pretty far tricked out for serious LD/Endurance riding. That same year is when I also did the 107,781 miles in one year, and a few other rides.

                  And Yellow Wolf, I got tired just typing all that. I had to take a power nap in the middle of it. I rode out to YOUR neighborhood last year, and rode the Dragon's Tail for the first time in 17 years. Did good on my timing. Did not like the drifting cars that were out playing that day. Had fun, seriously scrubbed the tires, and it was on the way home from there that I got hit by lightning. I think YOU might have had some influence in that....eh? Like..."stay out of my neighborhood" ( ha ha ha ha ha)

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                  • #10
                    MMR...If and when you have a few moments (between power naps) you said "It was pretty far tricked out for serious LD/Endurance riding" would you mind telling us what things you did to your wing...I would guess, Seat, External Fuel Tank,Hi Way pegs,5 Gallons of Black coffee :D Thanks

                    John
                    John - Richmond 2013 GL1800, Level 3

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                    • #11
                      John, you are right on the mark, as it was the things done by the vast majoity of LD riders. The seat (to me the most important change) was a RDL..Russell Day-Long saddle. I am currently on my 11th seat from Russell, and I won't ride an LD bike without one. When 80+ % of the riders at the starting line of THEE big show...The IronButt Rally, have a RDL seat on their bike, that is very telling. And of course, yes I did have the ubiquitous aux. fuel cell. No to the coffee, but I also knew you were joking. Serious LD/Endurance riders stay away from coffees, teas, sodas, etc, as they are a diuretic, causing the rider to stop more often, and loosing of important body fluids, and giving a false high on caffiene. I also did have the usual suspects, like the Garmin Zumo 550 (still using the same one), and the Valentine One radar detector. Those items listed are the normal accoutrements of any LD bike, along with beter..and additional forward lighting. It is from that point that the individual rider makes choices as to what completes the bike for them, such as hydration system, audio systems, mapping programs, windshields, footpegs, and many, many more.

                      Some things I will not divulge, as they are individual tarde secrets that each rider uses to tweak the bike to their personal needs, but...all within the rules and regulations of the IBA.

                      At that point, the bike is done, and it then becomes the rider that needs to be tuned...prepared, and make the decisions that allow the rider to complete a goal/ ride.

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