48 Plus! (3 Countries & Alaska)  
May 17-27, 2005


48 Plus! (3 Countries & Alaska)

Why? Because we can. For those of you who really want a challenge, this is the ride for you. 48 States, 3 Countries and Alaska to boot all in 10 days or less. This event is being run so that we can all end the ride in time for the Hyder Seek festivities.

May 2005 - MTF 48Plus! successful Riders:

Top Row (left to right): Tom Sayer, Tom Coppedge, Rick Nealy, Dave Hinks, Mike Ledbetter, Ollie Bingaman Mike Bobbitt, Edgar Tanner

Bottom Row (left to right) Kevin Lechner, Kevin Healey, Alan Leduc, Art Garvin, Bruce Harris, Doug Chapman, Gregg Burger



In an effort to accommodate riders from all over North America, there will be western, central and eastern routes available. Some things to note:

  • The eastern route will follow as closely as possible, Ron Ayres' 1998 record-setting route.
    Since we're on our way to Hyder Seek 2005, we thought this would be a good option for some folks.
  • Mexico will be optional for all routes.
  • Each route has a small number of mandatory stops. You must get a valid receipt at these places to demonstrate you followed the general route.
  • Mandatory stops do not replace the requirement to document your visit to each state. Refer to and understand the "Iron Butt Association's 48+ Rules" for documentation requirements for this ride.
  • Mandatory stops do not dictate routing through major metropolitan areas. You are responsible for detailing your route, picking the appropriate path through major cities, stops in each state, etc. The routes provided will serve as a guide during your detailed planning process.
  • On a ride of this magnitude, the MTF will certify the greatest ride completed and properly documented. What this means is that we understand the committment involved in committing to and riding this ride. If, for whatever reason, you do not complete the entire ride, we'll certify the greatest ride possible. You're responsible for proper documentation.
  • The MTF will not certify more than a single ride. For instance, if you ride a BBG while riding this event, you would be responsible for submitting the BBG paperwork directly to the IBA for certification.
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Iron Butt Association

The rules for this ride are simple. First, the "Iron Butt Association's 48 Plus! Rules" should be read and understood. The IBA's rules for the 48 Plus! govern this ride. Second, as the sponsoring organization, the MTF may require prerequisites greater than those stipulated by the IBA. For this ride the prerequisites are:
  • A Certified BBG or a certified IBA ride of 2000 miles or more or a qualifying rally.

Trip Philosophy

Group riding typically refers to large groups of bikes riding together in a pack. MTF Long Distance rides are not "group rides." Rather, each ride is a "mass ride." Mass ride is a term coined and used in the long distance community and refers to a ride where all riders start from the same location, begin at roughly the same time, follow the same route and end the ride at the same destination.

For various reasons the MTF does not encourage groups of more than three riders while particpating in an MTF Long Distance event. The major reasons deal with safety, but in the end, each rider makes his/her own decision to ride with others or not. If you're riding with others, here are some things to consider:

The Motorcycle Tourer's Forum reserves the right to accept or reject a rider's request to participate in this ride.

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