I hope you have had the pleasure of getting to read the first part of this two-part motosport journey 🏍️🏍️🏍️
So you now know what the Iron Butt Association and associated IBA rides are. The next logical question is: why do it? why ride a 2-wheeled machine with an internal combustion engine packed between your legs for a thousand miles in under 24 hours?
I’ll try to answer the above by directing some questions back at you, kind reader (I promise you this is not a deflection! stay with me….) Do you think full marathons should exist? Should people climb mountains, scuba dive, sky dive or go explore a new continent/country? I ask these to help re-frame the question into one where we ask ourselves why we push our personal boundaries and limits — it is in our quintessential human nature to do so! I see it as a humble marker of being able to take my joy of long-distance riding to an accomplishment that is celebrated amongst those who understand and cherish it (replace riding IBA with running a marathon and I hope you can empathize 😊!) …
There’s a fair chance that you have not heard about the Iron Butt Association, outside of perhaps some assortment of “posterior” jokes. Even as a motorcyclist with 9+ years of nearly continuous riding experience (as of Spring 2020), I had not come across the term ‘IBA’ until my delightful comeuppance with the ST Owners riding community. While one could jump right into the IBA story, I’d instead like to take some time to setup this journey which spans three-quarters of a decade of learning and experiences: so kindly bear with me 🏍️🏍️🏍️ :)
Early on in my motorcycling life journey, I realized that my 2-wheeled riding identify was that of a “long-distance touring” rider (signifying my preference for long rides of 100 miles or more, over shorter jaunts). Broadly speaking, this touring category can be further split into a] Cruiser Touring (think the big bagger Harleys, Indians, Victorys etc) b] Sport Touring (BMW K-series, Honda ST series, Yamaha FJRs, Kawasaki Concourses etc) and c] Adventure Touring (BMW R-GSes, Honda Africa Twins, Yamaha Super Teneres, etc) based on the type of motorcycle. Most of my bikes (4 out of 5) have been in either the Sport or Adventure touring category except for a 2-month stint when I had a mid-size Yamaha cruiser (my back regretted it, despite enjoying the motorcycling experience itself). …
There are various online companies that help you get incorporated in various states (states have different pros & cons) and the services they provide differ widely; It is difficult to compare them apples-to-apples.
But all these companies have one firm undeniable common point — the state filing fee. Each state has a fixed filing fee that any new business must pay to get incorporated. Given this is a constant, one might expect that most incorporation services simply pass this buck along to the customer. …
The Moonshine Lunch Run (MLR) is an annual motorcycle event to kick off riding season, and celebrate motorcycling in its purest form — overcoming adversity (weather, terrain) for the ultimate goal of human triumph through community and shared hardships.
Terry Hammond was a friend to everyone he met, but especially other long-distance motorcyclists. Even those he never met in person he counted among his friends, and his willingness to open his home and heart to any rider was truly epic.
Terry was a Midwestern gentleman, an eighth generation farmer, a family man, a committed Christian, a skilled tinkerer, a community benefactor, and a funny, funny guy. He could sing, cry, laugh and ride, and did them all with relentless enthusiasm. …
Many people have had great success replacing the stock halogen turn bulbs on their vehicle with LED replacements. But there are some key pieces of information that need to be addressed, before the replacement can be done. Should one buy the LEDs locally, or online? What type of LED do I buy? What color? Hopefully this short write-up will help answer some of these questions, and add to my previous posts on using LED bulbs.
Buying LED Bulbs Online
Generally, across all consumer goods categories, the advent of online shopping has revolutionized the entire experience. It is my humble opinion that buying online is the best source for your LED needs. …
My Honda ST1100 had beautiful 3-wire turn signals (1157 socket) which meant that the turn signals could function as both ‘running lights’ and as ‘turn signals’.
This might not seem like a big deal, but on a 2-wheeler where you want to be seen as much as possible, having those running lights can be a huge visibility boost. My V-Strom unfortunately has a 2-wire (1156 socket) system meaning turn signals only blink when I activate the turn signal, and stays turned off at all other times…. this bothered me a lot.
The beautiful final result! (I’ve also added LED light strips on the…
I finally got around to installing Ricks Mirror extenders from www.adventuretech.biz
Continuing on from my earlier article on the Windshield replacement, I look forward to seeing how much the dirty wind around my helmet has reduced. It had already reduced significantly thanks to the Givi — I can now listen to my favorite podcasts (On Point — Tom Ashbrook by NPR) on my Sena headset, which I could not do before while on the Stock windshield….
Removing the stock mirror — you actually don’t need to separate the two pieces like I did — Learn from my missteps ! :)
Rick’s extenders come with a nice spacer that sits atop the stock female thread on the…
The majority of Strom owners have experienced ‘buffeting’ on their rides, especially at speeds greater than 50 MPH. There have been numerous theories as to how/why this happens, but the common wisdom & consensus revolves around the following main reasons :-
1) Stock Windshield & mounting bracket locations cause ‘dirty’ turbulent air to flow up to the rider’s helmet causing a majority of the buffeting effect (potentially resolved using aftermarket brackets such as MadStad & aftermarket windshields)
2) Stock mirror stems are aerodynamically in a bad spot, and these add to the turbulence felt at the helmet (resolved by using different mirrors such as Aprilla Mirrors, or by using a simple genius mirror extender such as Rick’s…
I bought LED 1157 bulbs to replace the stock tail light bulbs. My intent was two fold : reduced power consumption, and higher light output.
I’ve found JDM A star to be a fantastic company and a reliable supplier of high quality LED products — I’ve used their LED bulbs for 3 years now, first starting with my Honda ST1100 and now on the Wee Strom.
The install is pretty simple. Take off the seat, reach back into the rear section of the tail light housing area (you’ve to reach back past where the tool kit is…
I’ve been researching LED headlight replacements for my V Strom for a while now. The key benefits are two-fold :-
Finally I received the LED headlights on 7th March 2016. The packaging was pretty decent, and the LED bulb looks well constructed.
4 LED chips per bulb
A funky shield the seems to hover above one set of bulbs
Initial thoughts on construction of the ballast — positive. Looks waterproofed and well constructed. …