1500 Mile Iron Butt?

by Dawna
(Hendersonville, NC)

My 2007 V Star 650 Silverado

My 2007 V Star 650 Silverado

Have any of you girls done an Iron Butt ride yet? My guy and some of his friends are doing a 1500 mile ride in September and I really wanna go even though I know it is just a testosterone trip. My question are as follows:

1. What should I do to prepare myself? I haven't been on any long rides and I am worried about fatigue, back ache and the such.

2. How do you stay awake? We are going all the way from Western North Carolina to Miami, FL and back. No stops except for food and gas.

3. Is the throttle lock worth it? I bought one the other day although I haven't had time to try it.

4. Any other suggestions??????

Thanks in advance...

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Jul 21, 2010
Conditioning & Practice
by: Jenny

Start going on some longer rides as much as possible. Put in some 300 mile round trips. As many as possible and longer ones if you can. The more you ride, the more conditioned you are to long distance riding. Be sure to have food to snack on on the way as well as rest stops. Stop frequently and rest. Check on your mental condition. And be willing to admit that you need to stop longer, or stop altogether. The danger is trying to ride beyond your abilities. Condition riding!! Can't stress that enough.

Make sure you have accessories on your bike that will add to your comfort. Drivers back rest, highway pegs so you can move around. And Conditioning. Can't stress that enough.

Jul 21, 2010
Long Rides
by: Robin

Practice, Practice, Practice, YES on the throttle lock, I love mine. Look into seat pads, the air ones are the best. Get yourself a drink holder, but instead put a small cup in it to hold small candies to pop in your mouth. Make sure you wear all your gear and a face shield, fatigue comes from fighting the wind and dehydration which comes from the wind over your skin, wear a jacket no matter the temp. Ear plugs can help in the fatigue as well. highway pegs can help the back ache by helping you change position. On my V-star sometimes I will move my butt up on the back seat to just stretch it out while I'm riding.

I don't consider myself an iron butt, but have put on may miles in the two years had my license, 34,000.

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