When Ron Ayres first competed in the Iron Butt Rally in 1995, a hardy, but loosely organized group of endurance riders took the field to participate in a sport that barely existed at the time. Ayres' riveting account of his sixth-place finish, Against the Wind, would introduce countless motorcyclists to this virtual community for whom mileage means nothing and everything.
And naturally, many readers became hooked.
Best-selling author Ron Ayres has written the first book that shares the proven advice of long-distance veterans with all riders who want to extend their range on a motorcycle. Those hard-core motorcyclists who aspire to participate in endurance rallies will find all the basic information they need to get off to a great start, but touring riders and less ambitious travelers also will be well-served by this book as would anyone looking to learn a few tricks for enjoying more time in the saddle.
To ride long distances, first one must be comfortable riding in a wide range of conditions and situations, and long-distance riders typically choose and modify their gear with these goals in mind. Preparation is also key to success, and you'll learn how to make the most of your ride before you even mount up, utilizing the latest techniques for computer mapping and GPS navigation. See how the Big Dogs manage fuel consumption, speed, and rest breaks to maintain a high average mileage. And lastly, an extensive resource directory will put hundreds of valuable contacts at your fingertips.
Ayres has drawn on his years of experience to produce a book that can help riders get started down the long road of endurance riding, answering their most frequently asked questions. You will learn how to:
Maximize your comfort on the bike under a wide range of conditions, by choosing versatile gear that will protect you from extremes of weather and temperature as well as an unplanned get-off.
Prepare yourself physically for your efforts so you can resist tiring and eliminate distractions that lead to mental fatigue. Good nutrition, hydration, and rest also play a vital role in doing your best.
Modify or change your motorcycle's three points of contact seat, handlebars, and footpegs to best suit your conformation and riding style. Aftermarket goodies like windshields, throttle locks, auxiliary mirrors and lighting, communication systems, and much more are all covered in detail.
Develop good riding habits and constantly work to improve them through practice and ongoing education. The overall safety record of high-mileage motorcyclists is exemplary and a tribute to their commitment to responsible riding.
Plan extended routes using readily available computer mapping software and download your work to a GPS unit for efficient navigation on the road. Even the purist will be pleasantly surprised at the options today's technology brings to motorcycle touring and travel.
Manage fuel consumption, speed, and rest breaks to maintain a high mileage. Learn why, in the long run, raw speed is not as important as consistency.
Build mileage gradually by documenting various Ã¥milestoneÃ¶ achievements recognized by the Iron Butt Association, such as the Saddlesore 1000, a 1000-mile ride within 24 hours. Ride-in dinners and lunches, regularly scheduled around the country, can also give you a great opportunity to meet other members of the long-distance community and learn from their experiences.
The popularity of dual-sport touring is growing by leaps and bounds. Equip your bike to best handle the rigors off-pavement routes.
Put yourself to the test by participating in an organized endurance event. Rally veterans share effective tips for managing resources, evaluating bonus listings, plotting strategies, keeping records, and packing for life on the road.
Access additional resources to learn even more about long-distance riding. The online community is quite active and a great source of wisdom and information for a novice.