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Don't know if anybody here follows the Iron Butt Rally but it's a ride that lasts for 11 days and covers a minimum of 11,000 miles. Held every two years, this year's rally (which ended Friday) featured an old 2003 Ninja 250 that finished in the top 25% of a field of about 100 bikes.The vast majority of these bikes were 1100 cc's or greater.

Such a small bike, going all over the United States in 11 days in the middle of the summer is a story in and of itself, but what really stands out is that this bike had a bit over 100,000 miles on it at the start of this grueling rally! If a little EX250 can take that kind of punishment, I'd bet a Versys that is kept well maintained is capable of easily doing 200k+ miles.

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The ninja 250 was designed to survive beginner riders. LOL! The amazing thing is that most every bike made can go past 100,000 miles easily when maintained and ridden enough. The problem is many are wrecked or neglected.
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The amazing thing is that most every bike made can go past 100,000 miles easily when maintained and ridden enough.

This can be said for most Japanese bikes for sure. I know a guy who has a Honda ST1100 that he bought new that has almost 400,000 miles on the odometer.

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I am familiar with the iron butt rally. A guy I know, Shane Smith from McComb Ms. won it in 05 with 13,277 miles. He placed 2nd in 01 with 12,219 miles. And he placed 9th in 99 with 12,780 miles. Each time it was done on a Honda ST1300. Here is a link for ironbutt info. https://www.ironbutt.org/ibrfacts.htm

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I am familiar with the iron butt rally. A guy I know, Shane Smith from McComb Ms. won it in 05 with 13,277 miles. He placed 2nd in 01 with 12,219 miles. And he placed 9th in 99 with 12,780 miles. Each time it was done on a Honda ST1300. Here is a link for ironbutt info. https://www.ironbutt.org/ibrfacts.htm

I've definitely heard the name.

You are probably confusing the ST1100 with the ST1300. The 1300's did not come out in the US until 2003, so the '99 &'01 were probably ridden on ST1100's and the 2005 IBR on a 1300.


I have owned three ST1100's and one ST1300. Good machines both but the ST1100 was the most dead solid reliable bike I've ever owned.

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I've definitely heard the name.

You are probably confusing the ST1100 with the ST1300. The 1300's did not come out in the US until 2003, so the '99 &'01 were probably ridden on ST1100's and the 2005 IBR on a 1300.


I have owned three ST1100's and one ST1300. Good machines both but the ST1100 was the most dead solid reliable bike I've ever owned.
You are correct the 99 & 01 were on ST1100's and the 05 was on the ST1300.
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