Five Steps To Prepare For Your First Iron Butt

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By Evans Brasfield

Spring is springing like an underdamped shock absorber, and the heart of the riding season – with its long days and warm nights – is just around the next corner. So, why not make 2021 the year you do something epically MOronic? Grab a riding buddy, or two, and experience the Iron Butt Association‘s Saddlesore 1000, the gateway drug to long-distance motorcycle riding. Even if you only do it once, you’ll be able to regale your friends with stories from the time you rode your motorcycle 1000 miles in less than 24 hours. (Or maybe you were really feeling your oats and cranked out a Bun Burner 1500.

American Iron Butt: Conquering A SaddleSore 1000

While you may be able (and lucky enough) to simply pick a weekend to jump on your bike and ride those 1000 miles without any forethought, the rest of us would benefit from planning, particularly if your intended route takes you into remote parts of the country in the middle of the night. Not every gas station is fully automated or open 24 hours, and it would be a bummer to have your SaddleSore 1000 scuttled due to a lack of fuel.

So, read on to learn the five things that we learned during our own Saddlesore 1000.

1. Thoroughly plan your route

Map people will love this part. You need to plot your complete route for the 1000+ miles (to have a buffer to account for speedometer error). Once you have your route roughly planned out, go back through it and mark your gas stops, based on your bike’s range. In states with wide open spaces, like in the Southwest, you may have a relatively short stint before one that could tax your bike’s limits. As you are plotting your gas stops, also consider the time …read more

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