I predict that the top 5 will be dominated by BMW "R" bikes, FJRs andBefore it starts, does anyone care to predict the finishes.
I say BMW wins and wins big like usual, 5 of the top ten places.
Did you apply to participate? It frequently takes more than one try to be among the few that the IBA can accommodate. While the rider's motivation, experience, intelligence, endurance, dedication to detail, perseverance, financial situation and attention to detail are all critical, some bikes are [and/or are perceived to be] better for rides of this sort as is witnessed by the fact that market share has not been an important consideration.I know a couple of the participants and wish them a safe ride.
One thing is for sure. There are no newbie riders in the group. And, yes, it is the rider and not the bike.
Wish I had been invited, had the time and the money.
Now that you mentioned it, professional truck operators' training and discipline would be valueable assets for participation. I know that a hefty percentage of long haul drivers ride motorcycles but do not know if any have participated in the IBR. Interesting...a bunch of truck driver wanna bees
I agree with one minor quibble. I think that ergonomics are more important to many LD riders than the brand per see. The FJR is a popular IBR steed but not it's stablemates. Likewise BMW R bikes are more popular than other platforms.It'll be fun to keep track of the daily updates and riders.
The rider certainly is the most important part of the success. And I'm sure that each rider is on the bike that they prefer over all others -- "brand loyalty" is a function of comfort (for THAT rider), performance and reliability.
Best of success to all of the participants!