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SportstersPaul
02-12-2012, 11:42 PM
MotoMarathon has posted four events running east of the Mississippi for 2012. These are four day events covering 1600 plus miles of backroad twisties, no superslab. Daily runs of 350-450 mile days with 24 hours each to complete. New England-June 7th-10th, Empire State-Sept.13th-16th, Wisconsin-Oct.4th-7th, and Great Smokey-Oct.27th-30th. My current plans are for the Empire State and the Great Smokey.

Nobody
02-13-2012, 01:30 AM
Bloody tempting.

Gas Man
02-13-2012, 01:16 PM
Got a link for more detailed info?

sprink
02-13-2012, 02:36 PM
http://www.motomarathon.com/

Gas Man
02-13-2012, 09:26 PM
IDK about the whole check points and stuff. I would love to do some of their routes but without the organized crazy. I'll have to marinate on this one...

SportstersPaul
02-13-2012, 10:11 PM
The check points are a piece of cake, simply a landmark or sign that you photograph while holding your entrant number in the picture as well. Almost anyone can do 350-450 miles in 24 hours! Greg, thanks for posting the link. You leave anytime after the next days route is posted at 8:00 p.m. and are required to check in by 8:00 p.m. the next evening with your photo documentation. Most contestants break out into smaller groups for the actual running. We had 28 entrants at last years New England run. Doesn't sound to difficult to me, and I'm an old crippled bastard.

Gas Man
02-13-2012, 11:23 PM
The miles are not the big deal for me. I just don't know if I like the structured riding.

SportstersPaul
02-16-2012, 10:08 PM
Actually its an "open" structure, you have an option of taking any route to the checkpoint for you photo documentation, and could run the route backwards or any such deal. Just at the end of the days 24 hour period you have your photo's!

DK Custom
02-17-2012, 02:27 AM
Looks interesting for sure. Is it all on asphalt, or do you need a dual sport bike? I have ridden in dirt and gravel on my HD's, but it is not something I really enjoy.

Gas Man
02-17-2012, 08:31 AM
The Great Smokey would be a cool time that I might be game for. I'd be more game if I was riding out with another rider, like yourself.

SportstersPaul
02-17-2012, 09:12 PM
my plans as of now are for the Empire State and then the Great Smokey. The roads are all asphalt or cement. But I did learn that New England has two catagories of roads, Tourist roads with reasonable maintenance, and non-tourist roads which are much like our "war zone" conditioned ones. Horsepoweris not a big requirement, good suspension and decent brakes make all the difference in the world. I was the oldest rider last year, road the farthest to get there,(most flew in), and still hung with the Aprillias, Beemers, Ducatis and the like. Surprised most myself included. Still lots of time for sightseeing etc. By posting this I'm hoping to find a couple more riders, a small group is ideal for longer runs. GPS skills are an attribute, sadly I have none, however the runs can be done with simple mapping!

Gas Man
02-17-2012, 10:11 PM
I do have the GPS and the mapping technology for use with the laptop. I'm 1 or 2 years younger than you and have no issue with the miles... it's just getting to doing the ride and style of ride.

SportstersPaul
02-18-2012, 02:27 AM
Well its something to keep in mind, and set some time aside I believe in October.

Caveman
02-18-2012, 02:38 AM
Ok, this looks totally BAD ASS!!!! I would totally be down for this. Gas, if you need a riding partner I'm there. I think that this would be a great time and make for some seriously cool stories
:rockwoot:

DK Custom
02-18-2012, 03:30 AM
I might be up for the Smokey run in October...as it gets closer I will have a better handle on my schedule. Right now my main focus is planning for my 35 day 9000 mile trip this June!

Gas Man
02-18-2012, 07:34 AM
I hear ya Cave. I might have the time off for the NE but it's also a weekend for a dirt track race in Ohio, which I also want to go to. Whats your sked look like on those dates? Check the link for a complete list. But that's why I was thinking the Oct run. Plus being Oct, it would make for a great tail of season ride.

Caveman
02-19-2012, 01:42 AM
The NE run Jun7-10 I would have to take 36 hours vaca for.
The Emp St run sept 13-16 I would have to take 48 hours for :tremble:
The Wisconsin run Oct 4-7 I would only need to take 12 hours for maybe 24:skep:
The Smokey run Oct 27-30 I would have to take 24 for sure :skep:

Apparently having shit scheduled on decent dates around here is frowned upon in this institution!!!!

Gas Man
02-19-2012, 09:30 PM
Damn the man!!!