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post #1 of 57 Old 03-10-2017, 01:38 PM Thread Starter
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KLR Iron Butt Ride

Has anyone on here completed a 1,000 miles in 24 hours Iron Butt ride on a KLR? I've done it on a BMW K1200. I know thats not what you buy a KLR for but just wondering if it had been done.

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Has anyone on here completed a 1,000 miles in 24 hours Iron Butt ride on a KLR? I've done it on a BMW K1200. I know thats not what you buy a KLR for but just wondering if it had been done.
Not me!!! I may get that much a year if my wife lets me.
For anyone that has, I'm not worthy!!
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I understand buddy.

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1000 miles in 24 hours! How much money do I get at the end. It's going to have to be 6 figures to get me to even think about it.

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I've been a IBA member for a few years and have 10 or 12 SS1000 under my belt or ass as it were. Saying that I'm not sure I would/could every do one on the KLR. It just does not seam like the bike for that type of ass pounding ride. All my SS1000 rides have also been on my 2 BMW's a K1200LT and a K1600GTL. My best time is 15 hours 45 minutes and longest was almost 18 hours.

If you choose to try this on the lil Thumper plan your route very well because I think you'll need every bit of the 24 hours.
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The question is how many quarts of oil do you have to take along?
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Yes.

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West Texas-New Mexico-Arizona, so . . . you might conclude he cheated!

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I've ridden my '87 -A1, 748 miles in about 14 hours of road time. With the stock seat! I was younger then.
So a SS1000 is readily doable, by some.

I believe I have read of a couple KLR's and also Ninja 250's which have officially completed an entire Iron Butt route.
Isn't that usually about 9000-10,000 miles in 9 days.

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I've ridden my '87 -A1, 748 miles in about 14 hours of road time. With the stock seat! I was younger then.
So a SS1000 is readily doable, by some.

I believe I have read of a couple KLR's and also Ninja 250's which have officially completed an entire Iron Butt route.
Isn't that usually about 9000-10,000 miles in 9 days.
Right!

A guy spoke at an ADVMoto Rally a couple of years ago . . . he completed the BIG ONE, about a thousand miles a day for a week or so . . . on a URAL! Also, he suffered from (I think) MLS; he considered riding his medical therapy . . . had to fabricate one of more PUSH RODS roadside, while on the clock . . . he was asked how he got lubrication holes in the push rods; the answer was simple . . . Urals don't have no stinkin' lubrication holes in their push rods! He had the old ones in his saddle bags to show!
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I don't think I would ever ride 1,000 miles in a day just to say I did it on either my Goldwing or my KLR. If I really needed to get someplace 1,000 miles away in a hurry without trying to enjoy the ride and the Goldwing and the truck were out of commission, I would get on the KLR and go.

One winter I had been visiting my son and his wife in Memphis for Christmas. On the way home to Houston I rode the TAT from Memphis to Bartlesville, OK. On New Years Day morning in Bartlesville it was 26 degrees f. I needed to get home for business the next morning. I put on my homemade heated vest and turned on the grip heaters and rode the 620 miles to Houston comfortably in about 10 hours. The only bike modifications were a homemade seat and a tall windshield.

I rode an old Triumph 650 from Miami Beach, FL 1,700 miles to Oklahoma City because I only had enough money left for gas and two hamburgers. I lost a couple hours in Florida waiting for a filling station to open to get a bolt to fix a broken clutch cable and I slept for a couple of hours on the highway shoulder south of Dallas, but there must have been an iron butt in there somewhere. That was one of those "Really Need to Get There" type rides.
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