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In conjunction with the "Land of the Ozarks Flower Sniffin' Ride"

The Members
of the
Motorcycle Tourer's Forum

are pleased to sponsor

Iron Butt Association
Saddle Sore 3000 / 3000 Gold / 2000 / 2000 Gold / 1000!

Registration is open now!

Registration closes 4/24/2018

Ride must complete by 0900 hours CDT 4/29/2018

Saddle Sore 3000 < 72 hours
Saddle Sore 3000 Gold < 54 hours
Saddle Sore 2000 < 48 hours
Saddle Sore 2000 Gold < 36 hours
Saddle Sore 1000 < 24 hours

(Anyone can attempt the Saddle Sore 1000, but only current members of the IBA or can prove experience in multi-day endurance rides can attempt the longer rides.)

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Site Coordinator
MTF Refund Policy
MTF Agreement & Waiver

Site Coordinator

Mike Donley (boatpuller)


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the Motorcycle Tourer's Forum?

    The Motorcycle Tourer's Forum is an internet forum that provides a meeting place for motorcycle touring enthusiasts, owners, riders, and admirers of all brands and models of touring motorcycles. You can visit the forum by going to Membership is free (although Delphi, the forum host, does have options that allow you to pay if you want to avoid pop-ups and improve your search capabilities). You become a member simply by participation in the forum. This ride is one of many events sponsored by the MTF. Go to the home page of this website for more details:

  2. What is the Iron Butt Association?

    The Iron Butt Association is dedicated to safe, long-distance motorcycle riding and has promoted riding through certification. You become a member of the Iron Butt Association by completing one of their certified rides. The IBA's entry level certified ride is the The SaddleSore 1000. You can learn more about the Iron Butt Association by going to their website: You can read more about the SaddleSore 1000 at IBA SS1000 Guidelines You can read more about the SaddleSore 1600K (the metric version of the SS1000) at IBA SS1600K Guidelines

  3. 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.

  4. Riding 1000 miles in 24 Hours, is this a race?

    Long Distance riding is about time management not speed. THIS IS NOT A RACE! To ride 1000 miles in 24 hours, you only need to average 42 miles per hour. If you manage the time you spend at your stops you should have no problem completing this ride at a safe speed. Riders that are determined to be riding at unsafe speeds will not be certified. If the MTF or the IBA learns after the ride certification that the rider participated at unsafe speeds, the certification will be revoked.

  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.

    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. What type of bike is necessary?

    Riders have completed the SS1000 on almost every type of bike imaginable.
    All brands of motorcycles are welcomed for this ride.

    Riders are responsible for their own motorcycles and the MTF does not do safety inspections. However, if an unsafe condition (including use of gas cans) is reported or observed, the rider will be ask to correct the situation and if not corrected, will not be allowed to participate?

  7. Am I allowed to carry extra fuel?

    The MTF utilizes TeamStrange Uniform Rules ( 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 (

    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

  8. How often am I required to stop?
    In addition to any mandatory stops listed on the website (for this ride there are none), the IBA requires riders to stop a minimum of every 300 miles.

  9. 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.

  10. Is this a group ride?

    While this ride is being organized for a group of like minded riders, it is NOT A GROUP RIDE.

  11. What if I come upon a rider is in need of emergency care?

    If you come across any person in need of emergency care, whether with your group or not, it is MANDATORY THAT YOU STOP AND SEEK PROPER MEDICAL CARE. Document the time that you spent with the person and get their contact information. The time you spent providing care will be considered when evaluating your ride. Note: You are only required to ensure that the rider is safe and does not require emergency care. For example: if you encounter a rider that has run out of gas, you have no obligation to assist the rider in obtaining gas. In fact, extra time will not be allotted for non-emergency care.

  12. Who is the Site Coordinator and how did they get this job?

    The Site Coordinators are members of both the MTF and the IBA. They volunteered to coordinate the logistics will be the person responsible for checking you in. The Site Coordinators and their volunteers are giving up a significant amount of their time and, in some cases, money to make this ride possible. Please treat them respectfully.

  13. How long will it take to receive my certification?

    Both the IBA and the MTF are supported by a network of volunteers. Your ride documentation will be collected at the end of the ride and reviewed by the the MTF Site Coordinator for completeness. The documentation will then be sent to the MTF Long Distance Ride Committee for validation. Once the ride is validated a request will be made to the IBA to certify the ride. The IBA will print the certificates and mail them to the MTF for distribution to the riders. It is not unusual for the entire process to take several months. In fact 8-10 weeks is normal. Due to the MTF's relationship with the IBA, riders participating in MTF sponsored events typically receive certification faster than individual riders.

  14. What do I get for the certification fee?

    If this is your first IBA ride (then it needs to be the Saddle Sore 1000) you get:  Certification, sticker, patch, and license plate backer.  For the other rides you get certification and sticker. Pins and other stickers etc can be purchased after from the IBA store.

    Paper Certificate


    MTF-IBA Sticker


    License Plate Backer
    Does not fit all motorcycles

    SaddleSore 1000 Pin

  15. What are the MTF Registration and Fees for this ride?

    The MTF will submit your ride to the IBA for certification. Do Not Submit the ride to the IBA. The fee paid to the MTF for this ride is the same fee you would pay if you submitted the ride directly to the IBA. The IBA provides a modest discount to the MTF to cover the validation process. When you register, you will be provided an option to make an optional donation to the MTF which will be used to sponsor future rides and contests. The MTF is run exclusively by volunteers and has no paid staff. Payment information will be provided at the conclusion of the registration process.

    Register to ride at => Pre-ride Registration is required.

    During the registration process you will be required to consent to an Agreement and Waiver. Click the following link to view the Agreement and Waiver. Review it thoroughly before registering for a ride.

  16. What if I decide to terminate the ride?

    The MTF and IBA are dedicated to SAFE long distance riding. If at anytime during the ride you question whether or not you should continue, by all means you should terminate the ride. Listening to your body is an important part of long distance riding and you should not continue unless you are comfortable with your physical and mental state. If you terminate the ride, be sure to notify the Site Coordinator so he does not send a search party looking for you.

    If you terminate the ride or have an accident, you must notify the Site Coordinator as soon as reasonably possible. Failure to notify the Site Coordinator that you are terminating the ride may result in suspension from participation in future events. The MTF has a generous refund policy. Click the preceding link to view it. In the event you terminate your ride fees will be refunded accordingly

  17. Am I allowed to have a chase vehicle?

    Chase vehicles are not allowed. A chase vehicle defies the spirit of long distance riding. If the MTF learns a chase vehicle was present, the ride will not be certified whether or not aid of any kind was rendered.

  18. What if I have a breakdown during the ride?
  19. Where can I get some tips on Long Distance Riding?

    The MTF has many experienced long distance riders. They welcome questions from those that are new to the sport. You may post your questions at: We would also encourage you to read the IBA's "Archive of Wisdom" - 29 Long Distance riding tips at:

  20. Where can I find information on weather conditions along the route?

    This web page provides weather conditions along Interstate Highways.

  21. What if I have a passenger?

    During the registration process, you will be asked to enter the information for your passenger. As you continue through the registration process, you will come to the Fees page. You will select one rider certification fee and one passenger certification fee.

  22. What if it rains or the weather is bad? Is there a rain date?

    There will be no rain date. If you are riding 1000 miles you should expect to encounter and be prepared for rain and bad weather along the route. Being prepared for weather-related contingencies is an integral part of Long Distance Riding and the ride will not be cancelled due to rain alone.

    If there are serious weather warnings, i.e. Tornado or Hurricane, a decision will be made on site by the Site Coordinator regarding cancelling the ride or delaying the start of the ride. If the ride is cancelled, a full refund will be made to all riders.

  23. What if I have other questions?
  24. There are two ways you can get answers to other questions that you might have: