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40,000 miles in 40 days

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To the majority of motorcycle riders this story brings about yawns and exclamations of "what an idiot" and "why would he do that" and "what a waste of gas" and other similar responses.

But to us in the LD riding community, Steve Diederich has just risen to the position of LD God.

The previous world record of 31,000 miles in 31 days has stood for decades, and I don't know how long this one will last.

Much respect...

 

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Is he streaming netflix on that big IPAD or just GPS

Its an amazing feat, kind of hard to imagine the weather and other issues he dealt with in 40 days of 1000 mile average days.


I just cant help thinking if I was to ever do something like that I would probably make some kind of route error and come up 20 miles short
 

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Wonder how many oil changes and tires and fuel. Incredible feat. Sponsored by Peroration H sticker on bike could pad the pocket book. :eek2:
 
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Be real interesting to know how he laid out the logistics, how often did he change things out like his gear and helmets, timing for the needed tire changes and oil changes to allow him to keep on schedule.

He will be a great testimony for someone's gear as that many 1000 mile days you cant do in discomfort
 
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I would imagine he's running a car tire out back.
Dr Blackbird does that on his wing, and said 20,000 miles plus. Fronts are OK for 10k maybe 15 if your really ontop of air pressure.
Oil changes are a 15 min job. Running a good synthetic 8 to 10 k????
 

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I think it would be interesting to know if it was 40 1000 days or some down days with 1500 mile days.

Bet a lot was in Texas and 80 mph speed limits.
 

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Crazy achievement. Also would like to read more about the preparation and logistics. But crazy he is . . . :)
 

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He wasn't getting alot if sleep if he did close to the speed limit. Had to be mostly interstates with loops around towns. Auxiliary fuel tanks for sure. I want to read the details ok f this ride. Possibly support vehicle?
 
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Be real interesting to know how he laid out the logistics, how often did he change things out like his gear and helmets, timing for the needed tire changes and oil changes to allow him to keep on schedule.

He will be a great testimony for someone's gear as that many 1000 mile days you cant do in discomfort
What he said. Yes be sweet to know the whole story. Any more info TXT?
 
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He wasn't getting alot if sleep if he did close to the speed limit. Had to be mostly interstates with loops around towns. Auxiliary fuel tanks for sure. I want to read the details ok f this ride. Possibly support vehicle?
No way he had a full time support vehicle, that'd be even more maintenance. :)

This is very cool, I'm also very interested to read about the logistics/route/etc.

Edit: Hey, look at that, quick Google found a GL1800 riders page on it.

http://gl1800riders.com/forums/4-general-mc-message-board/421241-40k-miles-40-days-iba-40x40.html

Steve Diederich, the first rider to complete the CCCCCC Insanity - that is Coast to Coast to Coast to Coast to Coast to Coast in less than 250 hours - has gone and done it again by setting a new record riding 32 days straight with 32,022 (corrected) miles!

With that record in the books, he is continuing on hoping to make it to 40,000 in 40 days. Keeps in mind, things like breakdowns and tire changes don't stop the ever ticking clock. And change tires he must. Steve is burning a set of Dunlop tires every 7 to 8 days (they don't last long running 17 hour days at interstate speeds in the warm western USA weather).
 
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Ok, let's see if I can answer some of this...

big IPAD or just GPS
I don't know, but most likely GPS


Could this be published in the Guinness Book of World Records?
He said they are going to see if it can be submitted.


Be real interesting to know how he laid out the logistics, how often did he change things out like his gear and helmets, timing for the needed tire changes and oil changes to allow him to keep on schedule.
We're all waiting for the ride report.


He will be a great testimony for someone's gear as that many 1000 mile days you cant do in discomfort.
LD Comfort base layer.


I think it would be interesting to know if it was 40 1000 days or some down days with 1500 mile days.
I think he might have had a 1200 day or two but I'm not positive he even did that much.


Bet a lot was in Texas and 80 mph speed limits.
And that's a bet you would lose. Here's the link... https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?id=182c75abc1586b685c


He wasn't getting alot if sleep if he did close to the speed limit.
I think most days were about 16-17 hours which is a typical pace for an Interstate SS1K.


Auxiliary fuel tanks for sure.
Yes, he has a tailtragger with about 4 extra gallons, but when you look at his fuel receipts you'll see that he rarely used up both tanks.


Possibly support vehicle?
Nope.


Those were my first two thoughts.
What we do is not everyone's cup of tea.


Yes be sweet to know the whole story. Any more info TXT?
For those of you on FB... https://www.facebook.com/events/208..._plan_mall_activity&notif_id=1526426536764538


Edit: Hey, look at that, quick Google found a GL1800 riders page on it.
Yep, this is not his first "insane' ride.


I'm actually quite surprised to see so much interest in this ride. I had (wrongly) assumed that most of the replies would be similar to pdef's. It's been refreshing to see.

If you want a more up close and personal look at the IBA and IBA riders you can certainly come see us in the Dallas area in October. I can't release details to the public yet but we'll have our annual Texas get-together that month. It will be about a 3500 mile weekend for me coming from the Phoenix area. If there's interest expressed about this I'll post up more info when it's made public.

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Brian, let me know either post it up or PM if you dont want it advertised. I have done several 1000 mile days, never really documented any of them but always interested in the things done to make the distance travel possible.
 

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Brian, let me know either post it up or PM if you dont want it advertised. I have done several 1000 mile days, never really documented any of them but always interested in the things done to make the distance travel possible.
It's only private right now because the rooms are released to the Premier members first. After a couple of weeks or if the hotel sells out they will open it up to the public. That just means that if the hotel is sold out you'll need to bunk elsewhere.

There will be a day of seminars and then a day for both SaddleSore and Bun Burner Gold rides, so if you want to earn your membership you can do the SaddleSore. It's structured so you know exactly where to go and you'll get your certificate the next evening at the party.

But you MUST be signed up for the event in order to ride the SS.

You can also do a SS "to" the event and as long as you follow all the rules and cross your Ts and dot your Is you can have an IBA member sign off on your final witness form. If you do this and the ride meets the criteria you'll also receive your certificate for this at the party.

Here's the rules: http://www.ironbutt.com/themerides/ssseries/

When the info goes public I'll post that link too.

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Insane. Wonder if he has one of those genetic "disorders" that lets him sleep for a few hours a day and come out the other side fully refreshed. I'd give my left nut for something like that. Sleep is such a waste of time...........
 
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But to us in the LD riding community, Steve Diederich has just risen to the position of LD God.
40/40ths is truly a great accomplishment. I love to ride but couldn't imagine enjoying that.

But since there can be only one God that would have to be Nick Sanders in my book. What he has done is just insane.

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IMHO an amazing feat no matter how you cut it, awe and congrats to Mr Diederich.

Sub'd in hopes that more links / info on other than social media will be posted here as they come available (thanks, cheez, for the gl1800 riders link ;-)
 
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Those were my first two thoughts. :loco:
We had a brief discussion about this run on the Dust Bowl Beemers group, and I surmised that past a certain point, accomplishing such a feat isn't about riding or motorcycles at all. There's something else going on there mentally. Either way, it's a noteworthy accomplishment. But I am curious as to the true psychological drives behind doing it.
 

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We had a brief discussion about this run on the Dust Bowl Beemers group, and I surmised that past a certain point, accomplishing such a feat isn't about riding or motorcycles at all. There's something else going on there mentally. Either way, it's a noteworthy accomplishment. But I am curious as to the true psychological drives behind doing it.
While I'd not discount the motorcycling aspect completely I do agree that there's likely a lot more than just that involved in motivating the feat.

I see and read about lots of noteworthy accomplishments and invariably share your curiosity about what really drives folks to undertake those .... while at the same time wondering if I'm really capable of ever fully understanding.

Heck, though officiating for 15 years with the CMRA, never having been driven to enter a track as a competitor myself I still don't presume to really understand what motivates folks to participate in that sport (though the 'study' was / is one I find very compelling). My time with, and acutely observing, racers 'up close' has left me with the firm belief that in many cases their drive has relatively little to do with the motorcycles per se; I think that they're often just a 'tool' for satisfying some deeper urge (IMHO more often than the 'casual observer' might think).

For me, just as your comments about this 40/40 ride indicate for you, even recognizing that in no way reduces the noteworthiness of their accomplishments as motorcycle racers / riders.
 
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GOOD LAWD...I have done 800 one day, and 5 the next, and I was beat. I can't even imagine 40k. That is just amazing, unthinkable. Just wow.
 

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We had a brief discussion about this run on the Dust Bowl Beemers group, and I surmised that past a certain point, accomplishing such a feat isn't about riding or motorcycles at all. There's something else going on there mentally. Either way, it's a noteworthy accomplishment. But I am curious as to the true psychological drives behind doing it.
I think that applies to so many things. For example, the Nick Sanders ride around the world appeals to me not one bit, yet Steve's 40K run is something I followed daily.

Why do bull riders strap themselves to the back of an 1,800 pound behemoth?

Why do mountain climbers strive to climb the highest peaks on all the continents?

If scientists could find which gene is ticked "on" to create these behaviors I'm not sure that I would want mine ticked. As of now, I'm content with the occasional 1000 mile or 1500 mile run, but I do appreciate what it takes to do 12,000+ miles in 11 days every two years and I know I don't have that in me.
 

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So the circumference of the planet earth is 28000 miles at the equator (give or take if I member) but can't be circumnavigated due to the large bodies of saltwater between the landmasses. One day they will be doing a raid on mars, no water to get in the way there.

Question, what is the equatorial circumference of Mars (none of that kilometer bvllxxxx)?
 
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Yeah, I don't know what he does for a living, or if he's retired. There seems to be a lot of independent contractors / business owners in the LD community. As for me, I'm still working for The Man, and will be for a while yet. :-(
 
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We had a brief discussion about this run on the Dust Bowl Beemers group, and I surmised that past a certain point, accomplishing such a feat isn't about riding or motorcycles at all. There's something else going on there mentally. Either way, it's a noteworthy accomplishment. But I am curious as to the true psychological drives behind doing it.

It's the ultimate crank measuring contest Tim... :yawn:
 
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GOOD LAWD...I have done 800 one day, and 5 the next, and I was beat. I can't even imagine 40k. That is just amazing, unthinkable. Just wow.
I hear you. I did about 650 on a day a couple times and I was totally beat to death when I got off the bike, but considering I was on my 02 DL1000 with a 75/25 tire on front and back I figure I could have gone further if I had a set of something like Pilot's or a smoother road tire. Still, pushing 1000 miles a day constantly for 40 days... Not sure I could ever want to do it, even with a gun held to my noggin.
 

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(from his FB page)


ONE WEEK LATER

Any desire to ride has not come back. No surprise there! Also, the bike needs Lots of love and attention. Soon enough I'll have to take it apart, replace what needs replacing, and clean everything everywhere. The bike IS the dirtiest it-has-ever-been.

As for myself; My fingers hurt, but luckily only when I move them. They built-up some muscle; in just one position though. So, the first few days they kind of snapped when I flexed them.

My neck is dealing with the same odd-muscles situation, and with the freedom to achieve full mobility (no helmet and jacket getting in the way). Thats the thing it dislikes most. Its like being on crutches for six-weeks. If you don't flex the joint fully it'll stiffen-up.

Overall my body/bones/muscles ache a bit. Nothing that keeps me from doing anything. I realized shortly after returning to a normal life that my body did indeed build-up new muscles ...but while sitting! So, standing and walking for the first few days my body was like, What? You want to do that too?! I felt 'heavy' while walking.

Home and work life has gotten back to normal. I've taken care of dozens of little things that got pushed off. Nothing forgotten (or at least I think so!). Back to the grind and home improvements. And, relaxing. Lots of patio time. :)

Lastly, Micki & I will be putting together some deeper information about the ride, stats, the bike, etc, etc. It'll take some time to gather all that, so be sure to "Like" the CycleShit Page to get notices; https://www.facebook.com/CycleShit/

Thanks for Following Along. I Had A Great Time! Very Happy I completed my goal. And, really appreciated everyone's help, comments, and input.


 
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Be real interesting to know how he laid out the logistics, how often did he change things out like his gear and helmets, timing for the needed tire changes and oil changes to allow him to keep on schedule.

He will be a great testimony for someone's gear as that many 1000 mile days you cant do in discomfort
A friend, Carl Davies here in Austin, had set a Guinness record for the longest motorcycle trip within one country by travelling 27,3xx miles in 30 days here in the USA. He hit all 4 corners of the country, looping back through the geographical center in Kansas.
Someone beat his record, but it took them close to a year, as there is no time limit on it.
This ride? You could borrow the Goodyear test track and just snooze it.
Talk about MONKEY-BUTT!
 

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Pretty remarkable. I, too, would love to know the logistics involved. I'm sure the story will continue to unfold.
 
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Wow! My hat is off to him. Having done several 1K miles days because I had to getting home to go offshore to work in my BMW Rallyrat days when working 7/7.
Would be very interesting to read his log book on the feat.
 

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The previous world record of 31,000 miles in 31 days has stood for decades, and I don't know how long this one will last.
Apparently, not very long.

This one flew completely under the radar with no publicity. Here's the email I received from the IBA:


On July 10, 2018, Matt Wise has a set a new record, riding his 2015 BMW R1200GSA a total of 45,425.5 (GPS) miles in 45 days!

While the ride is pending verification, IBA officials were aware of Matt's goals and was tracking it as it unflolded, so there should be no issues with verification.

Matt started planning this ride in March of 2016 at the IBA Pizza Party when we announced that Dave Zien had ridden his Harley-Davidson 31,000 miles in 31 days during our rider recognition segment at the party.

Matt's trip would be anchored around retracing Ron Ayres' 48 state route. He would fill in the other days by hitting the four corners of the US, doing the Lap of Florida and the Ride Around Texas as well as some local riding loops and day trips from his home. Matt even managed to take a quick time out and have dinner with the group of riders doing the cross-country George A. Wyman Memorial ride in Laramie Wyoming.

Matt's SPOTWALLA track is located at:

https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?id=18f865b00c11a2cbc8&hoursPast=0&showAll=yes

Some interesting statistics from the ride:

45 days (1074.5 hours start to finish)

45,425.5 miles

1,195 gallons of gas

23 hotel stays

4 rear tires

2 front tires

2 sets of brakes

3 oil changes

6 unpaid days off from work

Matt went on to say:

"It was the ride of a lifetime and over way to soon. Some days were better than others, but every day was better than being in the office."


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I had 95 hours of seat time during my recent 11 day journey. I can't imagine multiplying that by more than ten times!

Most everything above make sense to me, but why TWO sets of brakes?
 
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And the hits just keep on coming. Read this to the end.

A 48 State Insanity is riding all lower 48 states AND getting to Alaska within 10 days.


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Wed, Jul 25, 10:43 PM (19 hours ago)
to me

This certification came out of verification today - it speaks for itself:

48 States Plus Double Insanity!
Insane Back to Back 48 State Plus Rides in 20 days!

This is to Certify that in July of 2018, Tom Loegering rode a BMW K1200LT through the 48 contiguous United States of America, western Canada and Alaska, not once, but twice in 19 days, 4 hours, 4 minutes! Mr. Logering's stunning 17,369-mile journey started in California continued on to Florida, Maine, and Washington, twisting and turning to ride in each state before ending in Alaska where Mr. Loegering surely lost his mind and decided to turn around and complete the 49 state ride a second time before returning to California!

In August of 2011, Mr. Loegering was the first rider to complete the 48 States Plus Double Insanity. In July of 2018 at 80 years old, he completed this ride a second time to become the only rider to have not only completed this insanity, but also finish it two times!

Congratulations to 1993 & 1999 Iron Butt Rally finisher Tom Loegering
 
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He’s 80? I guess that means I have no excuses except for the shoulder. Once that is resolved, I’ll go get my SS1000.


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