The RAT Insanity Gold level is designed so that a well prepared and
experienced long distance rider should be able to successfully complete it.
There is no margin for error in this ride. The RAT Insanity level is a somewhat
more forgiving but is not a trivial challenge and will require adequate
preparation and experience in riding long distances.
Both rides require that you keep your wheels turning. Time management is an
extremely important aspect of these rides. These are not "canned" rides. All
ride planning is left to the rider. We have made no suggestions as to rest stop
locations, gas locations, or how you manage this ride. When planning this ride,
it is extremely important that you take these stopping locations into account.
Every rider is different and has different requirements for rest, gas, and
riding distances. You will need to take these in to account as you plan your
When riders register they will declare what ride they are intending to ride.
This is so we can verify the prerequisite. It should be noted that any rider who
doesn't meet the prerequisite for The RAT Insanity Gold, but finishes in Gold
time will not be certified as a Gold finisher. This is our best attempt to curb
inexperienced riders from making the attempt. Riders that sign up for The RAT
Insanity Gold but do not meet the time requirements for that ride and do meet
the time requirements for The RAT Insanity ride will be shown as finishers of
The RAT Insanity. Note that The RAT ride times are measured from Paris, TX to
Paris, TX. Riders are to use the same Gas Station at the beginning and end of
All riders must present a log with time/dated receipts from each of the
mandatory locations, in the specified order, to be considered a finisher. If a
receipt is unavailable at a location (we know this is extremely possible at some
locations), please note the time, mileage, address and description of where you
stopped. The mileage and time from your adjacent two documented stops will be
used to validate stops where documentation is unavailable.
All Standard Iron Butt Association Ride Rules apply. The only exceptions are the slight differences noted below, which are specific to this MTF event:
- All riders will start from and end in Paris, TX at the host hotel.
- All riders will ride clockwise.
- All riders will check-in with the MTF upon their return. Check-in
instruction will be provided at the riders meeting.
- All riders will wear a helmet at all times while on a motorcycle during this event.
- All riders must present a log with time/dated receipts from each of the
mandatory locations, in the specified order, to be considered a finisher.
It may or may not be possible to get a receipt of any form in some of the
locations you are asked to stop. We are fully aware of this and you don't need
to bring it to our attention again. If you are unable to get a receipt please
document the time, location, and your mileage at that point. We will not
require photo's of these stops and they will not be considered as suitable
documentation. We will use your mileage and the mileage of your previous and
next documented stops to validate any stop where you can not obtain a receipt.
It is possible that you may have successive stops where a receipt is not
available. We don't think this is likely, but it is possible. The same
- Any rider exhibiting unsafe practices will be disqualified. Excessive
speed is considered unsafe.
- All riders are required to check in with their emergency contacts or the MTF ride coordinator once every 24 hours unless you have provided your SPOT information as noted below. This allows us to have some clue about your location should you have any difficulties along the way. This is
for your good as well as ours. Please comply with this simple request.
- If you use a SPOT or similar device, you will provide the link & any required password to the ride coordinator. This is simply for safety reasons, we want to be able to quickly locate you if something should happen. If you have a SPOT you don't need to check in as noted above.
Frequently Asked Questions
Riders must register via the Jason Jonas' Ridemaster . All registration, including fees and prerequisite documentation must be finalized no latter than 15 days prior to the start of the event. All prerequisites must be met by the closing of the registration.
Mementos for the ride will be available during registration for an additional fee.
Mementos will be a four color plaque with a design similar to that shown above.
The mementos will indicate either RAT Insanity Gold or Rat Insanity depending on
which ride you completed. Your name and bike information will appear on the
plaque as well. Mementos will be shipped to all finishers that order them after
the ride is complete. If for some reason you are unable to complete the ride
your fees for the memento will be refunded.
IBA certification will be submitted by the MTF Long Distance
Team after the event. Documentation will be collected during the checin in after the ride.
I rode the RAT in Insanity Gold time, but didn't meet the prerequisites...
If you on meet the prerequisites for the RAT Insanity, your ride will be certified as a RAT Insanity even if you ride the route at a "Gold" pace. On the other hand, if you meet the prerequisites for a Gold and registered for the gold, but run into issues and don't make it in 70 hours and make the 85 hour mark, the MTF will submit your ride as a RAT Insanity.
If you have any questions, contact the event manager. However, questions such as
motel, gas availability, etc should be posted on the MTF forum in the Long
Distance Rides folder.
The Motorcycle Tourer's Forum reserves the right to accept or reject a rider's request to participate in this event & ride.
History of the Ride Around Texas
Doug Woodall came up with the original idea for
the ride around Texas. The MTF asked Doug if he would allow them to take his
idea and work with the Iron Butt Association to develop a new IBA ride. Doug
agreed, so Jason Jonas, MTF's liaison with the IBA, began working Mike Kneebone,
President of the IBA. Mike and Jason decided that this would be a demanding two
level ride -- The RAT Insanity Gold and the RAT Insanity. Doug, Jason, and Alan
worked out the details of the ride with the intent of being the first to do the
ride and then offering it as the centerpiece of the MTF's Poker Run From Hell in
October of 2005. Doug got a new job. Jason decided to work for awhile so that
left Alan to do the initial ride to make sure that the route would work and to
determine if the times were feasible. Alan did the initial ride in January,
2005. Doug, Jason, and Alan put on the finishing details and started promoting
the RAT for the 2005 MTF PRFH. Hurricane Katrina had other plans and the event
was cancelled. It was then decided that the inaugural ride would be held in May
2006 in conjunction with the MTF's Founders Feast.
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