I've raised UNPOPULAR, and even CONTROVERSIAL, questions about long-distance motorcycle rides: WHAT ABOUT SAFETY?????????
Crew rest rules apply to piloting airlines, even to driving commercial trucks (as in, "Six Days On The Road," the line, "The ICC is checkin' on down the road").
Yet, somehow, the vigilance and competence of a motorcycle rider does not deteriorate at all over a long period of riding. Neither the rider, nor anyone else on the road, has his safety and competence compromised by fatigue.
How/why is this exception made for motorcycle riders? While medical surgeons may work long hours, they do not pull marathon shifts like Iron Butt riders--or, if they do, do you want a doctor operating on you after 23 hours and 59 minutes of cutting on the table?
So, what say ye, fans of long-distance uninterrupted motorcycle riding? Is there no price to pay for fatigue? If fatigue might be a psycho-physiological issue, how to motorcyclist compensate for typical and normal effects of fatigue (e.g., limited vigilance, slower responses, less-acute perceptions, loss of strength and endurance, etc.)?
What does the Iron Butt Association say about the consequences of fatigue? The Motorcycle Safety Foundation? The AMA (that's, American Medical Association)? The National Transportation Safety Board? The American Automobile Associaton? Other?
DISCLAIMER: I ain't preachin'; I'm only ASKIN'! If a motorcycle rider is NOT impaired at all by fatigue, I'll join you in joyous celebration. Please inform and educate me, how a rider's competence is in no way diminished by fatigue as a function of long-distance riding (in contrast to that of airplane pilots and long-haul truckers).