Getting ready for the Senior Butt Rally, Sept 2022 – Allen, TX, USA

It's been a very busy few months. When we entered the Iron Butt Rally (2023) kicking off in June next year, we thought we had a pretty decent amount of time to prepare for it. Being based outside of the USA comes with a fair number of additional challenges above and...

Making a Shoei pinlock fit properly

I’ve had two friends struggle to get their Shoei pinlock anti-fog visors to fit properly. When they don’t fit snugly they can be dangerous as they’ll trap moisture droplets or just condensation between the layers and it’s almost impossible to get it to clear when that...

Further progress with the tank riser.

Further progress: A 7mm brass pipe fitting created with a bent 6mm insert, soldered then inserted through the latest riser design. Measuring how long the brass tubes need to be before they start to interfere with tank bag flange. ~23mm 1/4 inch fuel hose fitted onto...

Concours 1400 fuel cap innards. – Disassembly

To provide a cleaner, better inward pathway for fuel to be sent into the tank via the primary breather tube, and to avoid having to drill the tank, I disassembled the tank's cap and removed the extra bits which normally provide resistance and a valve type of mechanism...

Success! – Fuel pump test into the Concours 1400 tank, without drilling it!

For the Senior Butt Rally 2022 and the IBR 2023, I want to fit an Aux Tank to my Concours 1400, and aim for a fuel range of around 400+ miles ~650km. I have some wider plans in terms of what tank, how to mount it etc, and all of these are contained by not wanting to...

TT2000 2022 – a brief report.

Having not had much spare time since we returned from the TT, I’ve been remiss and haven’t written a report yet. In brief summary: we had a fantastic time, enjoyed ourselves thoroughly, nailed our goals to the letter. We also used a Garmin Zumo XT GPS and had no...

Hydration system… (2 Up).

Jug: $29 https://www.bunnings.co.nz/esky-blue-5l-hybrid-soft-cooler-jug_p0138505 Cap: Chris 3D printed Elbow: $11 https://www.repco.co.nz/en/safety-workshop-consumables/valves-fittings-hoses/fuel-oil-hoses/champion-vacuum-hose-90deg-elbow-6mm-cvc8/p/A1013147 Tee:...

IBR Planning – notes (brain dump)

This will be edited and added to as we get further prepared. Policies and provisions absolutely make sure we've got sorted out before we go: Insurances, especially the MedJet equiv options. Canada Insurance card SpotTracker National Park Pass AAA coverage GPS map...

Our entry for the IBR-2023 has been accepted!

It's been a fairly busy and full on start to the year so far; work was busy through Jan and Feb for both Stella and myself, leading up to leaving for the South Island on the 16th Feb for 2.5 weeks to attend the TT2000 Long Distance Motorcycle...

Introducing ‘IBA-Ride Bonus-Bombing’

You may never had heard of this, and you'd be forgiven because it's new, we just made it up. Here's what it's all about: Last weekend I was following a friend's (Doug Vance's) IBA Ride on his SpotWalla track as he rode a BBG - Spring Equinox ride in the USA. Having...

Thoughts on the Garmin Zumo XT (Jan 2022)

The first comment I’d have about this is aimed towards people who are already used to operating Garmin GPS units. This unit does not work in exactly the same way which you will be used to, and there will be a number of changes which you’ll need to be willing to get...

Adding in a bug-filter to my upper air-vent on my Shoei Neotec II helmet

I'm sick of bugs getting into my helmet through the upper air-vents on my Neotec II helmet, so it's time to take the vent apart and to fit a screen filter to the air-intakes. This Youtube video shows the process and how I've managed to do it. - It was a success and...

Garmin Zumo XT – Theme file: showing route and tracks overlaid

This theme file can be added to your Zumo XT, and will make your active route line thinner than any track which you might also choose to have actively shown, in this way, the route will be over-laid, and you'll also still be able to see your pre-defined track...

Content to email for an IBA NI1600 certificate

PLEASE COPY AND PASTE THIS INTO AN EMAIL, COMPLETE IT AND THEN SEND TO: support@ibapremier.zohodesk.com Subject: NI1600 Ride Application (**your name**, NZ - SS1600K) For what ride are you applying: SaddleSore 1600K - New Zealand NI1600 Date of ride start: 9-Oct-2021...

Auckland – Super-City Gold – 29 Oct 2021

Planning / Background The IBA have an In-State series, and as a sub-part of that, they also list an 'In-City' series too. These tend to be one-offs done by special nut-jobs who are happy to ride around a single city for 24 hours, riding the minimum certifiable...

Getting setup with SpotWalla for the NZDR North Island events (2021)

SCREEN SHOTS IN THIS PAGE SHOW OLD VERSIONS OF APPS, WE HAVE NOT HAD TIME TO GRAB NEW VERSIONS - SORRY! Firstly, it should be pointed out that this is not compulsory in any way. This is entirely optional for most, but also strongly requested for the NI1600...

Flicker lights – C14 – The making of…

Prompted by earlier night-fall as we go into winter, and the prospect of travelling home in the dark for the next 4 or more months, I felt the need to become more visible on the motorway at dusk. Particularly in the heavy traffic heading north from Albany up to...

IBA ANZAC Day Ride – 2021

So, Stella said she'd like to ride an ANZAC Day Ride - So planning has been made simpler by her being happy to re-do the 2018 ANZAC ride, which was my last IBA ride on the R1... The ANZAC Day Ride is a special IBA ride which can only be done in Australia or New...

New SpotWalla site – should I switch now?

What’s this all about? If you already have a SpotWalla account and if you’ve had it for a while then there’s a solid chance that it was setup using their existing website and used tracking apps which were built to interface with that. Recently at the beginning of 2021...

Getting setup with SpotWalla for the TT2000 event (2021).

Firstly, it should be pointed out that this is not compulsory in any way. This is entirely optional. What are we talking about? SpotWalla is a location tracking and sharing service for individuals. It is widely used within the long distance riding community...