Martin Hirst National Observer Master Rider is now officially a member of the ‘Iron Butt Association’

Where do you go after IAM RoadSmart National Observer and Masters?

A few months ago, I was reading through a magazine and came across an article relating to a long-distance motorcycle ride. The ride was called the Royal British Legion Ride and is run by a group called the Iron Butt Association. As most people who know me realise that I am always up for a new challenge on the bike, this got my attention.

After doing a little research I found out that the ride consisted of doing over 1000 miles within 24 hours. This ride is one of their ‘Saddlesore 1000’ rides. After about ten minutes thought, I decided that this was something I really should have a go at and duly signed up for it.

I had no problems knowing that the bike was up to the task, but the rider was an unknown quantity, bearing in mind that I had not done anywhere near this mileage before. I have been doing progressively longer rides over the past few months in an effort to get the muscle memory up to scratch and my body used to going ‘tank to tank’ on the bike.

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