Top / Down
& Bottom / Up Rides


July 12 - 16, 2010


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Choose your Ride:

Top / Down GOLD: Angle Inlet, MN to Key West, FL
- or -
Bottom / Up GOLD : Key West, FL to Angle Inlet, MN

One way: 2,337 miles in 50 hours or less



Top / Down: Angle Inlet, MN to Key West, FL

One way: 2,337 miles in 75 hours or less



If you are really nuts, we'll let you ride Top, Down & Up:

Angle Inlet to Key West back to Angle Inlet in less than 100 hours.

 
Event Coordinator:   Kevin Lechner
  Ride Registration
  List of Participants
  Documentation Forms
  Lodging/Hotels
  MTF Refund Policy
  Ride Disclaimer & Waiver

Event Questions and Discussions

There is a message thread on the MTF where you can find out more information, ask questions and read discussion from other about the 50CC / 100CCC event. You can find the message thread at: http://forums.delphiforums.com/MCTourer/messages?msg=40274.1

If you prefer, you may email questions to the event coordinator at: kevin@kevinlechner.com


Rules & Fees




IMPORTANT NOTE: You must go through Canada to get to Angle Inlet, a Passport or Passport Card is required for entry into the U.S.
Information on U.S. Passports can be found at the U.S. Department of State's Website



Complete Event Schedule
See individual webpages for details of each event

Date / Time
Note: All times local
Event / Location
Sunday , July 11th
4:00 p.m. Central Time
Pre-ride Dinner - Angle Inlet Starters
    TBD
Monday, July 12th
5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. Central Time
Start of Ride - Angle Inlet
    Witnesses Available at the Lodge
    We will start releasing riders at 05:30 AM
    All riders must have witness signature and receipt by 7:00 a.m.
Tuesday, July 13th
5:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Pre-ride Dinner - Key West Starters
    TBD
Wednesday, July 14th,
6:00 a.m. Eastern Time
Start of Ride - Key West
    Witnesses Available
    for all Riders
    We will start releasing riders at 4:30 a.m.
    All riders must have witness signature and receipt by 6:00 a.m.

    ** Note: Top/Down/Up riders will have priority for witness & gas pumps

Thursday, July 16th
7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time
Witnesses available - Key West for 75 hour riders
    Witnesses Available at the hotel

Friday, July 15th
7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Central Time
Witnesses available - Angle Inlet
    Witnesses Available at the Lodge



Rider Documentation Forms

Click link to download appropriate form:

Top/Down Witness Form

Bottom/Up Witness Form

Top/Down/Up Witness Form




Routes

Top/Down Route (S&T 2007)

Bottom/Up Route (S&T 2007)



MTF's Long Distance Ride 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:

  • Set expectations up front. Discuss fuel ranges, stop times, food stops, speeds, etc. Will your fuel stops be "splash and dash" or "fill and chill"?
  • What happens when someone breaks down? While being on the side of the road sucks, remember the people with you and what it must feel like for them. If your safety is not in jeapordy, will the other riders carry on?
  • If riding with others isn't working out, don't be afraid to wave them off and carry on at your desired pace rather than allow yourself to get frustrated. In the end, each rider is responsible for their own ride. In the words of an LD rider, "Everyone gets tired at different times, or gets hungry or even has to pee at different times. It's YOUR ride and it really isn't much fun when you are sitting on the side of the road waiting for your riding partner who is taking a quick nap."

Frequently Asked Questions


  1. Will these rides be certified by the Iron Butt Association or the Motorcycle Tourer's Association?

    The ride will be certified by the IBA. The MTF does not certify rides. The MTF has a long standing relationship with the IBA and has sponsored many IBA rides. The MTF assists with logistics, such as route planning and witnesses; collects and validates the documentation; and then submits the ride to the IBA for certification.

  2. Am I allowed to carry extra fuel?

    The MTF utilizes TeamStrange Uniform Rules ( http://www.teamstrange.com/uniform_rules.htm) as a guideline for Auxiliary Fuel Systems and the carrying of extra fuel.

    Of important note is that No Gas Cans are allowed. This includes the containers used on ATV's which have become popular on some dual sport bikes.

    The MTF does allow one exception to TeamStrange's rules. Riders are permitted to carry the MSR type (Mountain Safety Research) fuel bottles ( http://www.msrcorp.com/stoves/bottles.asp).

    Caution: Cascade Designs Inc., the manufacturer of the MSR bottles, does not recommend using MSR bottles to store alcohol or gasoline containing alcohol or ethonol. The bottles are untreated aluminum and the alcohol could corrode them. For more information click here

  3. How often am I required to stop?
    In addition to mandatory stops listed on the website, the IBA requires riders to stop a minimum of every 350 miles.

  4. Do I have to record all of my stops and keep all receipts?

    You must record ALL gas stops and any other stop longer than 20 minutes. You must keep and submit official receipts (Location, City, State, Date, and Time) for ALL gas stops and any lodging stops that you might make during the ride. It is not necessary that you maintain and submit receipts for such things as foods and snacks (unless you are using this receipt to document a mandatory stop).

    In the even that you run out of gas and acquire extra gas (e.g. passerby or MSR bottles) you must document the amount of gas that you obtained. In the case of MSR bottles, if you refill them at the next stop you must document this as well.

  5. What are the rider's responsibilities?

    Riders will be required to acknowledge their responsibilities during the registration process. Each rider is responsible for their own ride. Safety is of primary importance.

    • Participant agrees to keep and maintain his motorcycle in a good and safe condition, in full compliance with all rules and laws governing such vehicles. Specifically, said motorcycle shall be in full compliance with any and all safety inspections and certifications required by the State of registration of said motorcycle and shall be safe to operate on the public ways and under the conditions to be encountered in the Event.
    • Participant will at all times while riding his motorcycle wear and employ all such safety clothing and gear including, but not limited to, a DOT approved helmet, as is reasonable, customary and prudent for use by motorcyclists under the circumstances of the Event. A DOT approved helmet shall be worn at all times while Participant is riding in the Event whether or not the use of such a helmet is required in the jurisdiction in which the Participant is riding.
    • Participant shall be licensed to operate a motorcycle in his State of residence and authorized to legally operate a motorcycle in the State or States, Country or Countries where the Event may be held. Participant's motorcycle shall be properly registered and licensed.
    • Participant shall have and maintain in full force and effect liability insurance and such other insurance as may be required for the operation of a motorcycle in the State or States, Country or Countries where the Event may be held.
    • Participant shall comply with any and federal and State laws including, such as but not limited to, all safety rules, traffic laws and rules of the road.
    • Should Participant be given a map or route information as part of the Event, Participant shall use such map or route information at his own discretion and will not rely upon said map or route information as a representation that it is safe or prudent to follow such map or route information. Such decisions shall be and remain in the sole discretion of Participant.
    • Each Participant is responsible for his own ride. The MTF helps with the logistics by planning a route and arranging for witnesses, however, the Participant is responsible for the ride. Safety is of primary importance.
    • The Participant is responsible for terminating his participation in the Event if he feels that continuing would put himself or others in jeopardy.
    • The Participant is responsible for his personal condition. The MTF does not condone nor will it tolerate riding under the influence of alcohol, illicit drugs and even some prescription drugs.
    • The rider is responsible for reviewing the Motorcycle Safety Foundation "You and Your Motorcycle: Riding Tips" booklet
    • The rider is responsible for reviewing the Motorcycle Safety Foundation "Motorcycle Operator Manual" booklet

    If the MTF discovers that a rider has violated their responsibilities, even if it is after the ride is certified, the MTF will notify the IBA and the certification will be revoked.


  6. Lodging Information

    Angle Inlet Lodging

    Website: http://www.angleoutpost.com

    Telephone: 218-223-8101
    Toll Free: 1-800-441-5014

    Angle outpost resort has cabins double occupancy $55 a night per person. this is their historically sell out the week.

    The MTF has blocked two cabines (16 beds total) for the ride. When calling for reservation Mention the Motorcycle Tourer's Forum and/or Greg Blewet who blocked the cabins for us.

    They expect this week to be a sell out, so call and get your reservations ASAP.

    Key West

    Coming Soon!


    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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