2021 IBR Rally Report

#2
Chris,

Thanks for the report. Just finished reading all the installments, you are lucky to have a wife that understands your illness.

Did the sportster make it into the hopeless class?

-Mark
 

cacomly

Premier Member
IBR Finisher
#4
Chris,

Thanks for the report. Just finished reading all the installments, you are lucky to have a wife that understands your illness.

Did the sportster make it into the hopeless class?

-Mark
Thanks Mark, I agree I am lucky that my wife not only understands me but supports me

No a Sportster is not considered to be Hopeless Class.
 

RobG4

Premier Member
#6
Really enjoyed reading your ride report! And the fact that you did it on a Sportster with moon miles is just incredible. Congrats on making it back without having to load it onto a truck. That would have been a disappointing way to fish an otherwise fantastic 31 days. At least most of the 31 days sounded fantastic. Ha!
As a newby rally rider, I appreciate the insight as to your thoughts on resting vs pushing through it and possibly making bad/dangerous decisions.
 

cacomly

Premier Member
IBR Finisher
#8
Really enjoyed reading your ride report! And the fact that you did it on a Sportster with moon miles is just incredible. Congrats on making it back without having to load it onto a truck. That would have been a disappointing way to fish an otherwise fantastic 31 days. At least most of the 31 days sounded fantastic. Ha!
As a newby rally rider, I appreciate the insight as to your thoughts on resting vs pushing through it and possibly making bad/dangerous decisions.
The hardest decision to make is to abandon a cert ride or deciding to cut off part of your route during a rally. I usually build in an "out" where I will identify a bonus or group of bonuses to drop and the time savings should I need them. In 2019 I dropped two that combined were almost 20% of my total points and that was a very difficult decision, however had I not done so I likely would not have finished. That was due to a mistake I made 4 days earlier which cost me 4 hours.

If interested, check out the links to my other rides and rallies on my blog. This was my 4th IBR and the other three are written up as well. If you read the rally report for 2017 you will see why I knew better than to forgo adequate pre-rally inspection/maintenance
 
#10
The hardest decision to make is to abandon a cert ride or deciding to cut off part of your route during a rally. I usually build in an "out" where I will identify a bonus or group of bonuses to drop and the time savings should I need them. In 2019 I dropped two that combined were almost 20% of my total points and that was a very difficult decision, however had I not done so I likely would not have finished. That was due to a mistake I made 4 days earlier which cost me 4 hours.

If interested, check out the links to my other rides and rallies on my blog. This was my 4th IBR and the other three are written up as well. If you read the rally report for 2017 you will see why I knew better than to forgo adequate pre-rally inspection/maintenance
I like the idea of having an "out" just in case things go South. I built in one of those in my first rally so I knew at least I'd finish. I'll go check out your other write ups. Thanks!
 
#13
What mileage handicap? I get 40-50 mpg depending on speed. It's better than what I get on my GSA. Plus I have a 6 gallon aux fuel tank so I have a range of 375 - 450 miles with a comfortable reserve.
My memory might be bad, but I thought I read the bike had 270,000 miles on it. In the long run it doesn't matter. You have proven that. Looking forward to you next adventure.

-Mark
 
#14
As usual, an excellent ride report. I sometimes think you put as much effort in your posts as you do the IBR. But please, stop teasing your wife about your anniversary. We all know in the 2023 IBR you will be trying to place in the teens and in 2025, place in the top ten. Congratulations on taking the 28th position.

Jack
 

cacomly

Premier Member
IBR Finisher
#15
My memory might be bad, but I thought I read the bike had 270,000 miles on it. In the long run it doesn't matter. You have proven that. Looking forward to you next adventure.

-Mark
Mark, it has 306,000 miles on it :)

And if I thought the mileage was an issue I would have ridden my 2007 Sportster with 40,000 miles on it
 
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