48 Plus! Iron Butt Association
May 16-25, 2012
Why? Because we can. For those of you who really want a challenge, this
is the ride for you. 48 States 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.
Registration is now open and will end
May 10, 2012
The last MTF 48Plus riders. May 2005
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
For regional detail information, click the appropriate link in the
menu to your right.
- The eastern route will follow as closely as possible, Ron Ayres'
1998 record-setting route.
Since we're on our way to
Hyder Seek 2012,
we thought this would be a good option for some folks.
- Refer to and understand the
Association's 48+ Rules" for documentation requirements for this ride.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
- 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.
- 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.
to the MTF rules regarding carring extra fuel here,
- 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
- Do I have to record all of my stops and keep all receipts?
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
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.
- 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
- 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
- The Participant is responsible for terminating his participation in
the Event if he feels that continuing would put himself or others in
- 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
"You and Your Motorcycle: Riding Tips" booklet
- The rider is responsible for reviewing the Motorcycle Safety
"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.
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.
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
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
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