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Mike Kneebone, President of the Ironbutt Association says “Who is Tim Yow and why do I consider him a long-distance expert? Here’s a list of Yow’s certified IBA rides”

SaddleSore 1000 06/25/10
SaddleSore 1000 06/28/10
Ultimate Coast to Coast to Coast Insanity on a KLR 650. 07/06
Bun Burner 1500 08/26/06
SaddleSore 1000 08/20/06
SaddleSore 1000 05/11/06
SaddleSore 1000 05/09/06 IN-1000
SaddleSore 1000 05/05/06

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Fatique and Hydration

This article was based on a seminar that I attended at a Ironbutt Annual Meeting that was given by Dr. Don Arthur–retired Surgeon General of the US. Navy and well known Long Distance rider. I asked for and received Dr. Arthur’s permission to use this information on a Side Stand Up (http://sidestandup.com) session that I was giving, and he gave me permission to use this information anywhere it will assist Long Distance riders. So thank him the next time that you see him
To adequately discuss this subject, requires it to be rather lengthy. But it should be well worth it to serious L.D. riders

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Items to take on an extended L.D. Ride–

CLOTHING:
Light mesh heavy gloves, Aerostich 3 digit waterproof gloves
2 @ pairs of L.D Comfort shorts, 1 lg sleeve L.D. Comfort shirt
2 pairs of protective gear–lightweight (mesh) and heavyweight
Electric vest w/ arm chaps and gloves  or Electric Jacket
1 Pair tennis shoes or sandals and boots
1 Sweatshirt
1 pair blue jeans
2 or 3 pairs of socks-wash them often
Mosquito head net protection
10.  Frogg Toggs or equivalent

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Tips for a successful IBA Saddlesore Ride

Tips for a successful SS1K      [Ironbutt SaddleSore- 1Thousand Miles in 24 Hour Ride]

1. Read carefully all the rules that Ironbutt has for this ride:    http://www.ironbutt.com/ridecerts/getdocument.cfm?DocID=1
Then carefully read & re-read Ironbutts 29 “tips” :             http://www.ironbutt.com/tech/aowprintout.cfm

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Ironbutt Gold Club–IBA’s most extreme riders

Mile Eater GOLD Club – Our most extreme riders!

Name State Year admission Number Rides

Mile Eater GOLD Club – Our most extreme riders!

Name State Year admission Number Rides

Tom Atkinson TX 2009 30
Tim Yow IL 2008 38 on 24 different bikes!
Jack Shoalmire OK 2007 100+
Bruce Arnold FL 2007 50+ All on the same 1999 H-D Dyna Convertible!
Steve Broadhead AL, CANADA 2006 36
Sean J. Gallagher VA 2004 30+
Michael LaDue WA 2003 20
Glenn K. Pancoast MI 2002 30+
Terry Tracy WI 2001 21
Fran Crane CA 1997 Numerous
Dave McQueeney CA 1997 Numerous

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Ironbutt’s most SaddleSores on different motorcycles!:

Timothy Yow 05/11/06 Suzuki Boulevard C90T
05/09/06 Yamaha FJR1300
05/05/06 Suzuki V-Strom 650
04/15/06 Kawsaki Vulcan
03/09/06 1969 Moto Guzzi Ambassador 750
07/09/05 BMW R1200GS
06/11/05 Honda VTX1800
10/10/04 Kawasaki KLR650
08/18/04 H-D Road King
08/08/04 H-D Softail
06/26/04 H-D Heritage
05/23/02 2001 Honda GL1800
10/05/02 2001 H-D Heritage Softail
04/13/03 1986 Yamaha Virago
06/01/03 1998 Honda ST1100
06/10/03 2000 Yamaha RoadStar
06/21/03 2001 GL1800 (different GL1800 then 5/23/02 ride)
06/28/03 1998 Honda Valkyrie
07/14/03 1993 Honda CN 250 Helix
07/20/03 2003 H-D Road King
09/06/03 1982 Honda Magna V45
3 @ in the process

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Ultimate Coast to Coast to Coast Insanity

UCCC- A ride done by Tim Yow

I had always wanted to ride to Alaska and when the opportunity presented itself I decided to not just do a UCC, but upon checking and finding that only 4 riders had done it up to that date, and none on a single cylinder, I decided to instead attempt a UCCC ( Iron Butt describes it as the “Ultimate Coast to Coast to Coast Insanity). I also decided that since the Ironbutt Association who certifies these rides allows plenty of time for this ride that I would stretch it out and milk it for all it was worth with many side trips & sight seeing. All the IBA rides that I had ever done were all so time intensive this was a real treat and I enjoyed it to the hilt.

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Newspaper article of my ’09 Circumnavigation of North America

Charleston motorcyclist takes riding to extremes

By Bonnie Clark, Features Writer
bclark@jg-tc.com

Life is a series of challenges, and when they don’t present themselves, Tim Yow of Charleston goes looking for them.

Yow, 66, a serious biker and businessman, completed a 17,000-mile motorcycle trip in a month this summer, with an extra week thrown in for bike maintenance. There were challenges to spare.

The journey took him from Florida to California, then up the Coastal Highway to Alaska, up to Prudhoe Bay, across Canada and into Newfoundland and Labrador, and back to Florida.

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Ride report of ’09, 5 Coast/Circumnavigation of North America

This trip actually started with a conversation with Alan Leduc Founder of the MTF in 2008. He was going to be totally tied up with his China project until 2010, so the plan was to go on June +/- of 2010. After other things interrupted Alan’s plans, I was talking to Terry Hammond about it, and it dawned on me that there was nothing preventing me from stepping the schedule up and planning a June/July 2009 run. Alan and I had discussed doing a UCCCC and throw in a bay to bay and if time permitted, also throw in a Nova Scotia, Newfoundland loop of 500 miles +/-. Terry Hammond and I got together and compared our lists of stuff that we felt it was necessary to take for a trip of this length and sometimes isolation, planned maintenance, dates, parts and tools. As the time began to roll around, Terry realized that the extremely wet spring might possibly interfere with his participation. Terry owns a few bikes including a KLR 650, but he planned to take his ST1300, which concerned me having been there and remembering the dangerous “grader berms”, and the ST-1300’s low clearance, etc. We were shooting at the week of June 21st, which I hoped would get us out of Alaska before monsoon hit too hard like it did the last time I was up there in July/August 2006. I also decided that it would be better judgment to put a new rear tire on my KLR 650 and truck to Key West, saving the chain, sprockets, and tires. I put on an Avon Gripster with the hopes of getting to Anchorage from Key West & through San Diego without the need to change tires. I had added San Diego after a conversation with Mike Kneebone about adding another coast to my ride. I already planned to ride from Key West to Prudhoe to Goose Bay, Labrador and back to Key West making it a UCCCCC which would touch five coasts including counting Key West as the start and finish coast. This made some changes in my maintenance schedule since I was adding more miles, but also included the infamous “Goose Bay Road” which had bit many riders and many bikes. I already knew how treacherous the Dalton Highway (Haul Road) could be and it always varies a lot with the weather at the time. When I rode it in 2006, it had been raining for three days and the Calcium Chloride (snot) was very difficult to ride and equally hard on the bike. I hoped for better weather. I sent extra tires to Roger Bliss in Wasilla, AK and made him and Jack Gustafson of Glenn Allen, AK aware that I was going to make another run their way. I also contacted other friends, Joe and Sandra May (Iceman) from Trapper’s Creek to let them know. I left for Key West the week of June 15th and planned to hit some National Parks for stamps on the way down to Tom and Trudee Coppedge’s place in Marathon Key before launching the ride. It was here that I learned that Terry absolutely could not go. I decided to leave Key West on June 25th, and I also learned that a couple of school classmates planned to meet me in Texas and ride to Alaska on their road bikes. I would leave them as I went north from Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay. Robert Thompson from Thompson’s Motor Sports in Terre Haute, Indiana riding the same Gold Wing he rode with me to Alaska in 2006 and Jim Knierem riding his new Harley. I eventually met them in San Antonio, Texas at Jim’s daughter’s house.

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