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Old 06-28-2013, 07:25 AM
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Iron Butt Rally

Here is a link for those that have never heard of this: http://www.ironbuttrally.com/IBR/def...TOKEN=67651466

11 days and 11000 miles

The 2013 version will start this Monday out of Pittsburgh and there will be a 1978 XS1100 at the start line. I wish I could share more details on the ride and my progress, but the folks running the event have had issues in the past with riders getting significant outside help. As a result the participants are required to limit communication during the rally, but I promise to provide information post event. The rally organizers will provide daily updates, (with about a 24 hour delay) so the outside world will now where we have been recently. Should you read those reports and see my bike referred to as "hopeless" you will need to remember how few people know that these bikes were built very well. Please forgive them for the know not what they say.

I wanted to say thank you to this forum, many on it have contributed to getting this machine to the start line. I would not have come up with the upgrades like Geezers regulator or the auto CCT on my own. Countless others have provided tips and some of you have sold me parts. Thanks to each of you!

It is about to get hectic as I head up to the start line and run through registration, tech inspection and an odometer calibration so I may not have time to check back to the forum. Once the flag drops monday morning every minute will be used to either to route plan, ride or rest. If I pop back on the forum it will mean something unplanned has happened and I am stuck somewhere with a technical difficulty so let me try to give a brief description of the bike:

1978 XS1100 of undetermined miles, purchased out of shed in Michigan a few miles north east of Midland MI about four years ago for $500. Bike had been down at some time based on bent bars and other indicators, I did not help this when I hit a deer with it last year. I had been using a Pacifico fairing, but have gone to the smaller and lighter Vetter for this ride. The bike has the tubeless wheels with slotted rims, think these are 1980. For suspension I put progressive on rear and front, and a fork brace. Electrical upgrades are from geezer and also went to HID and LED to reduce load as I have heated vest for those cold passes over the mountains. I put a venture tank on it for that extra gallon, plus I have a 5 gall aux tank mounted to give me 11 gallons of range.

Wish me luck and follow along as I see if this bike can stand up to a ride that has chewed up and spit out brand new BMW's and GL's.

Regards,
Scott Thornton
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Old 06-28-2013, 08:14 AM
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Excellent to see you back at it Scott!!! Many miles of smiles on your journey!
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Old 06-28-2013, 08:43 AM
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Good luck! Let us know what works and what does not to make 1000 miles a day easier.

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Old 06-28-2013, 09:27 AM
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Good luck to you man! I am excites to see how it goes and what tips and tricks you have from thus experience!
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Ammeter, Oil Pressure, Oil Temp, and Volt Meters

Green Monster Coils
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Old 06-28-2013, 10:57 AM
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I've only done ONE 1K mile day, and it was on a '79 with a Pacifico. Biggest help for me was the highway pegs so I could change positions of my feet, and LAYERS for clothing! I used shorts/Tshirts, my summer overpants/jacket, and rain pants/jacket if it go cold. Long pants and sweatshirt would help if it got REAL cold, as did heated gloves.
Have a GREAT time, and don't worry, the XS will show the new bikes what the first REAL super bike could do!
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Old 06-28-2013, 03:00 PM
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With 11 gallons of fuel you'll only have to stop once for fuel if at all. Depends on riding conditions.

Standing on the pegs whenever you slow for a town or something helps A LOT.

2 or 3 ibuprofen every 3 - 4 hours helps with the aching backside.

Good luck. I know the bike will make it.
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Old 07-01-2013, 12:09 PM
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I have never had the urge for a 1000 mile day let alone 11 of them in a row.
Best of luck to you.
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Old 07-01-2013, 01:13 PM
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I'd like to know where you get 11,000 mile tires! A tire change along the way will cost a lot of time.
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Old 07-01-2013, 02:51 PM
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I'd like to know where you get 11,000 mile tires! A tire change along the way will cost a lot of time.
E3 used to be able to do it.
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1978 XS1100E
K&N Filter
#45 pilot Jet, #137.5 Main Jet
OEM Exhaust
ATK Fork Brace
LED Dash lights
Ammeter, Oil Pressure, Oil Temp, and Volt Meters

Green Monster Coils
SS Brake Lines
Vision 550 Auto Tensioner

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Old 07-01-2013, 03:05 PM
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I saw an xs11 was competing and headed right over here. I know you've already left, but good luck!
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Old 07-01-2013, 06:22 PM
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Good luck and be safe.
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Old 07-02-2013, 09:49 AM
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Think that is him taking off at about 2:06?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Lh2p...ature=youtu.be
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1978 XS1100E
K&N Filter
#45 pilot Jet, #137.5 Main Jet
OEM Exhaust
ATK Fork Brace
LED Dash lights
Ammeter, Oil Pressure, Oil Temp, and Volt Meters

Green Monster Coils
SS Brake Lines
Vision 550 Auto Tensioner

In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.

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Old 07-02-2013, 10:34 AM
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what is it, Beamer and Goldwing rally
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Old 07-02-2013, 04:50 PM
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I liked the two up riders in the beginning must be going to split the driving or maybe just the navigator Not to sure about the rider on the green bike nearer the end with the backpack, he must really know how to pack light
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Old 07-02-2013, 05:28 PM
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1978 XS1100E
K&N Filter
#45 pilot Jet, #137.5 Main Jet
OEM Exhaust
ATK Fork Brace
LED Dash lights
Ammeter, Oil Pressure, Oil Temp, and Volt Meters

Green Monster Coils
SS Brake Lines
Vision 550 Auto Tensioner

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