The Iron Butt Association is a 50,000 member group of hard-core, yet safety-minded, riders who have ridden long miles. To become a member, riders submit documentation showing they rode a minimum of 1000 miles in a 24-hour period.
The Tour of Honor is a proud supporter of the IBA, and the ride can lend itself well to achieving the goal of riding 1,000 miles in a day (aka SaddleSore 1000 or SS1K). Whether it's your first attempt or your 10th, it can be a way to extend "riding with a purpose" to, well, "riding with two purposes." Caveat: Some riders have found that spending time at memorial sites is more important than trying to beat the clock. If you find the challenge more difficult than anticipated, be assured that you aren't the only one! And of course, safety is the biggest concern. Ride within your limits.
There are two rides recognized by the Tour of Honor, the TOUR OF HONOR SADDLESORE and the TOUR OF HONOR SADDLESORE-EXTREME. These rides are not for novices, and must conform to the IBA rules mentioned below.
The TOUR OF HONOR SADDLESORE is a 1000-mile ride in 24 hours, visiting at least four (4) ToH memorial sites during the ride.
The TOUR OF HONOR SADDLESORE-EXTREME is a 1000-mile ride in 24 hours, visiting all seven (7) of one state's selected memorial sites, OR any seven (7) sites in a region. A variation can be a Tour of Honor Extreme Bun Burner, a 1500-mile ride in 36 hours, visiting all seven of a state's memorials, or any eight sites in a region.
NOTE: Credit for Tour of Honor Extreme Bun Burner Golds (1500 miles in 24 hours) will not be allowed because of safety factors and detracting from the TOH experience.
Your TOH-IBA ride will be recognized on the IBA website, and you'll receive a special certificate reflecting both accomplishments. You must include proof of visiting at least seven TOH sites, in addition to your verification by the IBA, to qualify for this special IBA ride.
NOTE: Have the Tour of Honor portion verified BEFORE submitting to the Iron Butt Association. When submitting IBA documentation, mention that it's a verified ToH ride and then they'll confirm with us.
If it's your first attempt at an IBA ride, a certain amount of preparation is critical. We suggest that you first read the 29 Tips for Long Distance Motorcycling, then read the requirements for submission to the IBA. The start and finish times, odometer readings, fuel receipts, all have to be witnessed at the beginning and end of your ride. They are then verified under strict standards, "because if it was easy, everyone would be doing it."
Couple the Iron Butt ride with snapping photos at TOH sites and it may seem a bit daunting by the end of the day. But, like other extreme events in your life, you'll always remember your first SaddleSore 1000.
Good luck and RIDE SAFE!