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Participants have gathered in Seattle and will be off and running tomorrow morning. There will be about 88 contestants (several dropped out for financial reasons).

I wish them all Godspeed and a great ride.
 

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Before it starts, does anyone care to predict the finishes.

I say BMW wins and wins big like usual, 5 of the top ten places.
 

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Before it starts, does anyone care to predict the finishes.

I say BMW wins and wins big like usual, 5 of the top ten places.
I predict that the top 5 will be dominated by BMW "R" bikes, FJRs and
St13s. How's that for covering all bases? :joke:

I think there are about 5 or 6 Goldwings set to start.
 

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Anyone who has raced(yea its not a race) knows it's the rider not the bike
 

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a bunch of truck driver wanna bees
 

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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.
 

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Anyone who has raced(yea its not a race) knows it's the rider not the bike
You are correct. The IBR is not a race and the rider, preparation and strategy is very important. Thanks for pointing that out. It seems that many people still misunderstand the IBR.
 

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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.
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.
 

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a bunch of truck driver wanna bees
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...
 

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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!
 

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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!
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.
 

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Excited about the ride. I look forward to this event every two years and am on the boards constantly looking for updates. Lots of beemers in the ranks, hopefully, without the final drive problems of the past.
Hopefully a safe event for all involved.
 

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OK, what is it? :shrug:
 

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I bet the night before kick off is an emotional roller-coaster.

I envy the riders and am excited for them.

Let the games begin.

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heck i do 7-8 k in that time in a truck with a top speed of 62mph,,,,oh and i make deliveries also,lol

kidding aside it takes planning and stay awake ability to do this ride!!!!!!
 

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Anyone know why they moved it up this time? it is usually around Labor Day.
 

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A great friend of mine has been invited, and accepted for this year's IBR.

I wish them all a safe ride.

They roll out Monday at 10 am.

:bow:

Not my way to see America, but I admire the dedication they have.

:doorag: Don
 
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