I will be giving a formal presentation of my experiences in the 2009 Iron Butt Rally at the BMW dealer in Tigard on Saturday, February 26th and also at their sister store in Eugene on Sunday, February 27th. See below for details.
Saturday, February 26th @ 6:00 p.m.
BMW Western Oregon, Tigard
12010 SW Garden Place
Tigard OR 97223
N 45° 25.987' W 122° 45.673'
Sunday, February 27th @ 6:00 p.m.
BMW Western Oregon, Eugene
2891 W 11th Avenue
Eugene OR 97402
N 44° 02.878' W 123° 08.114'
The Iron Butt Association is a loose-knit group of riders dedicated to safe long-distance motorcycling. Entry into the club is obtained by documenting long-distance riding challenges, such as 1,000 miles in under 24 hours, or Coast to Coast in under 50 hours. Every two years the IBA hosts their premier event, the Iron Butt Rally. Billed as "11,000 miles in 11 days," this Rally tests the mettle of selected riders by sending them all across the US and Canada on a giant two-wheeled scavenger hunt. In fact, more people have gone into space than have completed an Iron Butt Rally.
Ken Meese has been riding ever since he snuck his parents' 125cc bike out of the garage as a teenager. He has logged several hundred thousand miles on BMWs and has ridden in Asia, Europe, and North America. Ken has ridden numerous Long Distance Rallies and Iron Butt certificate rides that have covered nearly every US state and most Canadian Provinces. 2009 was his first Iron Butt Rally, but definitely not his last.
This evening will be full of road tales, travails, and triumphs as Ken shares his experiences of competing in the ultimate motorcycle endurance Rally, and shows just what it takes to survive on a BMW for 11 days and 11,000 miles.