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Old 29th July 2011, 08:31   #1
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I thought of putting together a thread which we all can use to plan our IBA rides.
For those who were away for quite some time or do not know about this yet:
IBA - World's Toughest Motorcycle Riders

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There are many forums on the web which give a lot of information and tips on Saddlesore/Bunburner attempts.
So, I will try to add a few links here to get us all started:

1. Official Rules page:
IBA - World's Toughest Motorcycle Riders

2. Successful Attempts from tbhp:

Renukumar:
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...uccessful.html (My saddle sore attempt - Successful)

blueand4u:
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/motorb...-my-fazer.html (Successful Saddlesore 1600K attempt in my Fazer)

swapitude:
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...ore-1600k.html (Successfully completed "Saddlesore 1600K")

Congratulations guys!

and there are some more as well.
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I am planning a Saddlesore 1000 attempt on the long weekend of 13th-14th August (2011).

Route:

Bangalore-Pune-Bangalore (830+kms one way - upto Pashan Lake on Mumbai-Pune bypass - and turn around at hinjewadi)

I plan to begin at Nice Road (starting from BETL Road - at where >NH 7-meets-NICE road>)
NICE Road
Hosur
Chitradurga
Gabbur
Hubli
Belgaum
Kagal
Malkapur
Borgaon
Khed
Shirwal
Pune
(At the split between Katraj and Pune-Mumbai bypass - plan to take the Pune-Mumbai bypass)
upto Pashan lake
and turn around at Hinjewadi.

Bike: Fz 16

I am setting up the bike this weekend.
next 1 week for trial.
Next weekend will be all loaded (with saddlebags- and material - trip to Nandi hills - to get a feel of it - with our dear Ironhawk (thanks bhai!) )
and-
the next weekend
Saddlesore 1000

Please pour in with route information, and other tips.
If anyone is willing to join PM me!
there is just enough time to prep and do it.

thanks,

Ace.

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I am planning a Saddlesore 1000 attempt on the long weekend of 13th-14th August (2011).....
All the best for your ride buddy.

You know i would have loved to join but as spoken, it will be very tight with the fatherhood on the way in a few weeks and the ride being planned for 2nd week of Aug.

So go all guns firing and yes do take care of the documentation bit for the certification. Am happy to be your witness at the start and end point if you wish.
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Here is my thread in a different forum: 23 Hrs 50 Mins == 1753 Kms - xBhp.com : The Global Indian Biking Community

I would not recommend the route taken by me and would anyday suggest the Pune route.

All the best for your SS1600K attempt

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All the best for your ride buddy.

You know i would have loved to join but as spoken, it will be very tight with the fatherhood on the way in a few weeks and the ride being planned for 2nd week of Aug.

So go all guns firing and yes do take care of the documentation bit for the certification. Am happy to be your witness at the start and end point if you wish.
Sure Abhinav! (you indeed do have much important roles to be assigned as of now! - , I know! some other day..)

Thanks for the wishes and the offer to volunteer!
I will surely give you a call.

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Here is my thread in a different forum: 23 Hrs 50 Mins == 1753 Kms - xBhp.com : The Global Indian Biking Community

I would not recommend the route taken by me and would anyday suggest the Pune route.

All the best for your SS1600K attempt
Thanks Setty bhai!
going through it!
<Abhinav mentioned it to me - but, I was searching it on tbhp! post it here too!>

help me with some queries about the gear-

1. Where did you buy your gear in Bangalore?
2. Any thing/gear/apparel you felt was necessary but you didnt have (or had a different one)?
3. Any thing else you thought would be better to carry? (apart from your list)

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^^^ I had most of the gear with me. I was missing knee guards. Cramster looks fine for me as I don't have the rivet scratching issue in my bike. They are currently not having in stock.

Other thing which I should have had is a better way to carry luggage. I used bungee cords to tie a back pack and was elegant. In fact, it has left some memories on the rear fender. I should have got saddle bags. Now, I have bought Cramster Stallion and it fits very well to my bike. Here is the pic of her with saddlebags and tank bag.
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^^^ I had most of the gear with me. I was missing knee guards. Cramster looks fine for me as I don't have the rivet scratching issue in my bike. They are currently not having in stock.

Can you please suggest a source in Bangalore?
I can go today to procure the same.

Other thing which I should have had is a better way to carry luggage. I used bungee cords to tie a back pack and was elegant. In fact, it has left some memories on the rear fender. I should have got saddle bags. Now, I have bought Cramster Stallion and it fits very well to my bike. Here is the pic of her with saddlebags and tank bag.
For the saddlebags as well - please give me a reliable (and VFM offering) source.

Also, I want to change my helmet visor (Vega- Full/half convertible helmet). ( there are some scratches on it.)
Any notes on that?


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All the best with your saddlesore attempt. For gears, take a look at planetdsg and cramster websites.

Is it vega boolean? Visor is readily available with authorized dealers for boolean as its a common model.
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^^^ I had most of the gear with me. I was missing knee guards. Cramster looks fine for me as I don't have the rivet scratching issue in my bike. They are currently not having in stock.

Other thing which I should have had is a better way to carry luggage. I used bungee cords to tie a back pack and was elegant. In fact, it has left some memories on the rear fender. I should have got saddle bags. Now, I have bought Cramster Stallion and it fits very well to my bike. Here is the pic of her with saddlebags and tank bag.
With cramster stallion or colt, is it possible to accommodate a pillion rider, albeit with some difficulty?

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All the best for the ride @bhushan.
But ensure you have all the gear as discussed. Let me know if you need any help.
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All the best with your saddlesore attempt. For gears, take a look at planetdsg and cramster websites.
Yeah, thanks for that, I will make note of the models in my range before hand.
I am intending to buy it after having a touch and feel of it in person.


Is it vega boolean? Visor is readily available with authorized dealers for boolean as its a common model.
Ya, its boolean
I am visiting 'helmet paradise' (as suggested by rk_sans and Iron hawk), so- will get it done there.
Thanks for the help and your wishes.

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All the best for the ride @bhushan.
But ensure you have all the gear as discussed. Let me know if you need any help.
santosh, thanks!
I will be geared 'well' in 2 days.
thanks for the wishes.

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Bike is pure stock.

Have installed double barrel Crash guards.
Cost: 650 INR

Yesterday-

I filled my tires with 'preventaflat' solution from Sai Iyengar tyres (Indiranagar).
250 ml in front
300 ml in the rear

Total cost: 700 INR

considering the long ride ahead, I filled in N2 also.
30 INR per tyre.

planning to get it checked the next week at same place.
So, I can be tension-free in the trip at least about the air pressure.

This weeks agenda:
1. Get WD40 + OKS Chain lube
2. Idling set + test runs
3. 'Gear' up
4. Finalise the material to take on the Run. (and buy it!)

(August) Weekends agenda:
Saturday: (3 AMish) Test run with all gears on (+saddlebags) to Nandi Hills.
Sunday: (2 AMish) Test run on NICE road (BETL to NH4).

Countdown widget on my mobile reads:
13 days left

Would just like to re-state:
13th-14th Saddlesore would also be followed by a PH on a Monday (15th Aug is on Monday !)
So, if anyone is planning to do it - now would be a good time to start preparing.

Ace.

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With cramster stallion or colt, is it possible to accommodate a pillion rider, albeit with some difficulty?
Have tried colt with pillion and it was very comfortable without any difficulty for the pillion.

@Bhushan (Ace), good you have got the slime filled in the tires.

Since the Colt is fitting the CBR250R, its worth a try on the FZ. Let me know when you are free this week and I will get the Colt to office. We can quickly meet up and give it a try.

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@Bhushan (Ace), good you have got the slime filled in the tires.
Well, Its 'preventaflat' and it's an australian brand.
Prevent-A-Flat - The Tyre-Sealing Specialist

Note: There is a Telebrand clone video on the site also

Ashwin (Sai Iyengar) claims - its much better and much senior wrt the Slime brand.
proven and tested.
Since the Colt is fitting the CBR250R, its worth a try on the FZ. Let me know when you are free this week and I will get the Colt to office. We can quickly meet up and give it a try.
Sure!
I will call ya today evening.

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Best wishes for your ride. I completed my Saddlesore 1600K yesterday.

Just another suggestion for the route would be:

Bangalore - Hyderabad - Bangalore - Chennai - Bangalore.

Awesome 4 laned route and petrol pump's readily avaialble.

Choose Bharath Petroleum and Reliance petrol pump (big ones) so they will give a printed receipt. Indian Oil also gives, but not many does.

Have atleast 50% cash in hand - so if they dont accept card, may as well pay cash and get a receipt - Saves time also.

And, Get your fuel bill after tank up and food bills before eating, saves time as well.

And i chose Chennai - Madurai - Chennai - Salem - Chennai / 1650 Kilometers in 19.5 Hours!

Good Luck and Ride Safe!
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@madbiker,
thanks for the wishes and route options.

But, I have verified/tallied the route, and it is in really good shape + I have identified the bunks which will be good to fillup, and some other details of the route are addressed as well.

Perhaps, the next SS on that route!
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I have a query here.

My bike suspension is set at middle (there are 3 notches to left - to make it softer, and 3 to right to make it tighter /duh!/).
Now, till date, I have driven my bike well, without any moment of panic/doubt (as to whether I will make the turn with rubber side down, or not!).

But, just for the IBA - which will be on Blr-Pune-Blr good roads, is it a good idea to push the suspension setup 2 notches towards tight setup?
As for now, the comfort has been just fine, no pains/complaints whatsoever.

I feel tighter setup would mean better handling and planted firmer ride.


Any thoughts?

Thanks,

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I have a query here.

My bike suspension is set at middle (there are 3 notches to left - to make it softer, and 3 to right to make it tighter /duh!/).
Now, till date, I have driven my bike well, without any moment of panic/doubt (as to whether I will make the turn with rubber side down, or not!).

But, just for the IBA - which will be on Blr-Pune-Blr good roads, is it a good idea to push the suspension setup 2 notches towards tight setup?
As for now, the comfort has been just fine, no pains/complaints whatsoever.

I feel tighter setup would mean better handling and planted firmer ride.


Any thoughts?

Thanks,

Ace.
My 2 cents,
As the road you are taking is very good, i would suggest to leave it at the current setting unless the luggage you are carrying is too much. I think you can test this in your trial runs.

Tighter setup would also mean getting exhausted soon because of the stiff riding.
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My 2 cents,
As the road you are taking is very good, i would suggest to leave it at the current setting unless the luggage you are carrying is too much. I think you can test this in your trial runs.

Tighter setup would also mean getting exhausted soon because of the stiff riding.
I could test the tighter setup in the trial runs, but, then I wouldnt get time to set it back to mid-setup! and retest!

Even one notch tighter would result in somewhat similar effect, right?

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I mean, there is absolute not problem with the current setup.
Again, just querying to see if we can have one notch better handling and behaviour on road.

morever, the kind of spanner needed to adjust the suspension is not in the toolkit!
Its not that common either <says the Yam guy at showroom>.

(OT: In Most Wanted: NFS, we can just press "Esc" and adjust the suspension slider to what we want! lolz)

Ace.

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