In the comments section, on different features I published, some of you have mentioned the Iron Butt riders. But I realize that most of you don’t know what is The Iron Butt Association (IBA). First, let me mention that the Iron Butt Association is a very loose knit group of about 50,000 members around the world without yearly dues or formal meetings. Just irregular email updates with long distance riding tips (To get on the list, e-mail your request to email@example.com mentioning that you want to subscribe to Iron Butt News.)
Supporters are all endurance-motorcycling enthusiasts riding long distance, a few thousand miles at a time, simply for the challenge of doing it, some wanting to see a lot of the country in a shortest amount of time, and doing it safely…Their slogan is “The World Is Our Playground.”
The IBA hosts many different rides, the most well known being the 11-day, 11,000 mile Iron Butt Rally. Among many others, the Saddle Sore (1000 miles in 24 hours), the Bun Burner (1500 miles in 36 hours), the Master Traveler Award (visit 50 parks in at least 25 US states), the coveted 10/10t Challenge (10 consecutive 1,000 mile days) and the almost-impossible to get into 100K Club (100,000 miles or more in one year).
The IBA offers completion certificates and pins members take to online forums to swap stories and all sorts of advice, of safety tips, etc. The organization’s only group riding event is the competitive Iron Butt Rally, held every two years. About 100 participants are chosen by lottery from the applicant pool. Last year, about 1000 people applied for the 2013 rally. The 11-day, 11,000-mile course traverses challenging terrain such as the heart of Death Valley and the top of Pikes Peak, with bonus checkpoints along the way for stops at offbeat sites.