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Phil Tarman
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Posted: 22 September 2015 at 10:29pm | IP Logged Quote Phil Tarman

I just found this sub-forum after John sent me a scan of his sub-liter bike article from the spring issue of the Iron Butt magazine. I had answered his survey, but for some reason never got that one issue of the magazine. I did manage to get three copies of the summer issue and two of the winter issue.

I did my first SS1K in 1999 on my '99 Kawasaki Concours. I did a couple of other rides including a BB1.5K on that bike and its successor, another '99 Connie.

But I've had five knee replacements and I'm getting older and older (72 now). I figured out the day was coming when I wouldn't be able to pick up the Connie and, since I was famous for dropping them, when Honda decided to import their NT700V into the US in 2010, I bought one. I had seen one and sat on one in '08 in Mannheim, Germany, when I was in Europe to visit the GCE Rally (GCE is the Gtr Club of Europe; the Concours is called a GTR on that side of the pond).

I signed for the NT on a Tuesday and went home and ordered about $2K of farkles that I knew I wanted to make it fit me. I got bar risers, peg lowerers, a tank pad, Denali D1 LED lights, and a Throttlemeister. I ordered it with heated grips, a tank pad, and Honda's wind deflectors. I also ordered the big pannier lids that were only available in Europe and the UK, and a Givi Maxia trunk. After a few months, I ordered a Russell Day Long saddle and after a year or two, I installed a Rostra electronic cruise control.

I was the first NT-owner ever to complete an Iron Butt ride in the whole Western Hemisphere (Woo-hoo!) Since then I've ridden one other certified SS and several 1000-mile days. I finally achieved a BBG in May during the Team Lyle Rachel Insanity Days Rally in Nevada (the rally's motto is "All the Nevada you can ride in 24 hours"). I think I'm the first sub-liter bike to finish that rally.

In '13, after my retirement, I did my "Epic Post-Retirement Ride to Alaska, the Four Corners of the US, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and Labrador." That was a different, slower-paced long distance ride. I rode 21,000 miles in 84 days on that trip and had nine days when I didn't ride at all.

In August, I took part in Bob and Sylvie Torter's Big Sky "Working on the Railroad" Rally. I was the lowest-point-earning finisher, but it wasn't the bike's fault. I got 8,111 points (you needed 8,000 points to be counted a finisher if you hadn't been in a rally before; the winner of the open class was Jim Owen -- he rode 200 or so miles farther than I did, but he earned 96,000 points! I rode 1807 miles in 18 hours during that rally.

At this point, if I needed to replace my NT, I'd find a low-mileage 2011 bike and transfer all my farkles to it.

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Posted: 22 September 2015 at 11:32pm | IP Logged Quote OX-34

Great intro to the sub-litre sub-forum Phil.

I'm looking forward to reading much more of your adventures. Hopefully most on 'Dudley'

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Posted: 23 September 2015 at 8:03am | IP Logged Quote jmhbhm

Welcome to the fourm Phil.
Looking forward to your contributions to the sub-liter LD info base.

Congrats on your finish in the Torter's rally! One minor thing, are you sure that you rode 1807 miles in 18 hours on an NT? Have you got an FJR engine shoehorned into it?

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Posted: 25 September 2015 at 5:51pm | IP Logged Quote NevadaWolf

Howdy Phil!

Good seeing you here and hope to see you again on the road. It was
really nice meeting you this year in Alamo.

Edited by NevadaWolf on 25 September 2015 at 5:52pm


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Posted: 12 November 2015 at 9:09pm | IP Logged Quote janiecem

Since the last time I posted on this sub forum, I finished
a Bun Burner on my BMW F650 single, and I'm signed up for
the Butt Lite next summer. I'm thinking about upgrading to
a slightly larger bike, an F800 ST. Does anyone have an
opinion about this model for a long distance rally bike?

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Jan
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Posted: 13 November 2015 at 10:42am | IP Logged Quote OX-34

Jan I bought a used F800ST a couple of years ago with a view to shipping it to the US for the Iron Butt Rally.
I think they would be a good base for a lightweight tourer. Tiny tank of course, but most rally riders run some form of auxiliary cell for long distance work. Iron Butt Rally vet Mike Langford from MapleFarkles made a tank that went onto a BMW F800GT.

The alternator output is low, but with careful selection of lights there may be enough spark for even possibly some heated gear.

My local dealer was a nuisance so I ditched the bike and haven't looked at a BMW since. I did like that little bike though.




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Posted: 19 November 2015 at 3:52pm | IP Logged Quote janiecem

Thanks, Peter.

I'm flying to California this weekend to look at the
bike.

If I decide to buy it, I'll go back sometime in December
to ride it home to the Seattle area.

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Posted: 28 January 2016 at 6:45am | IP Logged Quote jmhbhm

Jan,
Did you get the bike?
If so, post some pics and let us know how you like it.

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Posted: 17 May 2016 at 11:34am | IP Logged Quote JackC

Does an old Multistrada DS1000 count as it is just below the 1000cc
limit? I feel it's stretching the intent a bit, but performance is on par with
the current 800cc offerings from Triumph,Yamaha BMW etc. It's not
had a decent run yet, but it has the makings for a decent run out if
reliable.

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Posted: 28 September 2016 at 12:21pm | IP Logged Quote ts1964

JackC wrote:
Does an old Multistrada DS1000 count as it is just below the 1000cc limit?
Honestly?
Not for me! It still caries the "1000" in its name.
Neither would I count a BMW S 1000 RR/R/XR and their other 200 mph siblings.
I do my rides with <125cc, that is below 1000cc.


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