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IronButt Rally 2019 Versys 300 still in it.

For those that might not be aware Kurt Worden is still in it at day 8 of the IBR. On a dang V 300!!! Man in a race that is dominated by BMW 1200GS Super Tenere, Full sized Harley FJR 1300's ST1300 etc its funny to see the little V in the running.


IBR is a 11,000 + mile "race" that has no route takes place over 11 days. They gave one check point this year for Washington at day 5 or 6. The rest is up to the rider to deiced where they will go for points. There is a large list of places to score points across the US and Canada

Ive seen different bikes in Texas and Alaska on the same day (yes really).....

My hat is off to him for attempting it on such a small bike. 11,000+ miles on a 300 in 11 days!!
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Wow -- I didn't make 10,000 miles riding the entire last year. I can't imagine what is making 11,000 miles in 11 days.
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Once did 1500km ride from Bangkok back to Malaysia in a single day ride and I know how it hurts.

11k miles in 11 days is sure gong to be painful. wish the ride all the best.
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Wow that is impressive. I would love to know what kind of mods were done to the bike before the rally. Some competitors go to extreme lengths for extra fuel range and comfort. Good luck to him!

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That's very impressive. I know, as I have completed a single Iron Butt, the Colorado Classic. I ended up totaling 1,133 miles in 19 hours. It was done on a BMW R1150RT that had a perfect wind cocoon and a Russell Day Long Saddle.

Its hard for me to imagine riding 1,000 miles in a day at 8-9,000 rpm.....buzzing and vibrating. And then doing it for 11 days in a row on a 300cc bike.
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Once did 1500km ride from Bangkok back to Malaysia in a single day ride and I know how it hurts.

11k miles in 11 days is sure gong to be painful. wish the ride all the best.
11,000 miles = 17,703km
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Wow that is impressive. I would love to know what kind of mods were done to the bike before the rally. Some competitors go to extreme lengths for extra fuel range and comfort. Good luck to him!
I've only seen one photo of his bike and it was a small head shot. From that a set of aux lights, crash bars and panniers.

Think Eric (guy on the S10 forum who was tech inspector) said 4 different bikes had FLIR systems on them.

Everyone has approximately 10 million additional lights on their bikes lol. Everyone has multiple GPS units mounted. I saw pictures of bikes with 4....

Most have an aux fuel tank installed. They limit fuel to 11 gallons maximum, and are very strict on mounting the tanks. You still have to get a dated printed receipt every 350 miles (or less) so the extra fuel is more about stopping when convenient not when needed.

Ton of pictures here might be some of the bike
https://hobartphoto.zenfolio.com/p387264174
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Quite an accomplishment on any bike let alone a 300! Good for him! There’s a real biker!

With all the pollution and climate change, what kind of world will we leave Keith Richards?
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Really cool animation of the race and what different riders did. Click the link below.
No update of the guy on the V300. They have about 10 minutes to finish. Final scoring and such will take some time but they should have it up tonight Ill post here.


https://spotwalla.com/animator.php?i...H8auBIme7nX06w
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Wendy Crockett riding her 2005 FJR rode 13,000 miles in 11 days and is the winner (holy cow!!). They have not posted who got what bonus points yet, just someone live posting from the banquet.

You don't win on mileage you win on points like going to Chicago had 4 or 5 points stops doing the length of the Mississippi River had a whole bunch and a bonus for doing them all etc.

Funny story. More FJR's finished the race than started the race this year. Few guys on BMW's had unrepairable breakdowns 2 separate FJR owners handed out their bikes for the riders to attempt a finish.
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I got sucked into the ride reports for the first half of the race yesterday really interesting to see the different bikes and issues riders encounter in just the first few days.

IBR Daily Reports

There is a photo of Kurt and his X-300 in one of them, it looks like the least farkled bike in the rally. He is adopting the 'Go light, go fast, go far' mantra and I like it.

They also have the bonus list for the first part of the rally posted at that link so you can imagine how you would have planned a route for max points.

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Kurt finished! An accomplishment all on its own. 2000 points away from a medal in 45th place. Amazing on the little bike that could!

He did 9540.5 miles.

96 riders started 71 finished.
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I got sucked into the ride reports for the first half of the race yesterday really interesting to see the different bikes and issues riders encounter in just the first few days.

IBR Daily Reports

There is a photo of Kurt and his X-300 in one of them, it looks like the least farkled bike in the rally. He is adopting the 'Go light, go fast, go far' mantra and I like it.

They also have the bonus list for the first part of the rally posted at that link so you can imagine how you would have planned a route for max points.
One of the things on points and locations for the points...... The GPS cords they give are for "within 100 miles of" then give directions on how to get there. To defeat people just plugging in the cords into a mapping solver and give the best route. SNEAKY. So you don't know unless you read the detailed instruction if say its 50 miles of dirt road or 5 mile hike once you get to the location unless you pay attention.
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