Friday, February 14, 2020

Outfitting the Gryffin AT

It's been about a month since I took delivery of Janus Gryffin #036.  In that time I have been working to transform the Janus "Scrambler" into a long-distance "Adventure Touring" motorcycle.  There were several things I had planned to use but they didn't meet the utility expectations during the first 500 miles of the break in test rides.  And, the current configuration is likely to change as the the miles add up.

The two major pieces eliminated were Janus aux tank and the second 50 Cal ammo can pannier. The well made aux tank fabricated by Janus, was cube shaped and tall.  It was difficult for me to swing my leg over the tank to mount the motorcycle.  Most significantly, it held only 3 gallons of fuel.  I need a fuel endurance range of 300+ miles at a moving average speed around 60 miles per hour.  That's at least 6 gallons of fuel at the anticipated 50 miles per gallon.  I have ordered a new brick-shaped 4 gallon aux tank that measures 15" long, 9" wide and 7" high.  Low profile with a soft cargo area on top.

The second 50 Cal ammo pannier idea was scrapped and replaced by a soft luggage option to carry maintenance items. The weight of an empty can is a little over 6 pounds.  The weight of all the maintenance tools and spares is just under 7 pounds (6lbs, 14oz).  So, by going to a soft pannier that weighs less than a pound, I bring the weight down on the left side.

The existing right-side 50 Cal ammo pannier is to be used for my personal gear and route planning hardware, combined weight of 4lbs, 10oz.  It is waterproof and lockable. About 11 lbs for the right side load.

The current configuration is ready for the next series of road tests.  I used the first 500 miles to break the bike in at various speeds and conditions.  The next 1,000 miles will be ridden at more typical long-distance road speeds.  In other words, I want to establish a consistent ride pace at the anticipated cruise speeds around 60 MPH.   I am planning a series of "Run Out of Gas" (ROG) test using the 2 gallon main tank with a 1 gallon RotoPax, tucked under the tailbag.

I'll cover the ROG series of drills in a separate post detailing the ride pace statistics for each fuel range cycle of the main 2 gallon gas tank.

Janus Farkles - A Work In Progress


Thursday, January 9, 2020

Janus Farkles - Pre Delivery Accumulation of Stuff

In the Long-Distance and Adventure Touring communities, "farkles" are items added to a motorcycle to increase functionality for long-distance riding.  These items may enhance functionality, navigation, comfort, safety, reliability or just add to the cool factor.

Since placing my order for a custom Janus Gryffin 250, I have been accumulating many of the items to be mounted on the bike. Below are just a few of the items I will add to the Gryffin when I get it back to Texas.  Check out this video on YouTube:  Janus Farkles - Adventure Touring Items

Janus Farkle - Pre Delivery Items
The Farkle List - A Work In Progress

Tire Pressure Monitoring System - FoBo Bike 2
Enhanced Brake Lights - Federal Signal MicroPulse Ultra 6 Red
Caution Lights - Federal Signal MicroPulse 2 Amber x 2 synced
Anti Tamper/Theft - Wsdcam 113db Anti Theft Vibration Alarm
Cover w/carry bag - WDLHQC 210D Waterproof Motorcycle Cover

Navigation & Communications
Sena 20S Evo Motorcycle Communications
Garmin Dezl 580 GPS
RAM Case for Dezl (Dezl 580 fits in 570 RAM case)
SmartPhone Mount - Samsung Galaxy S9+ running Android Auto
Farkle Bar - RAM Arm and mounting hardware on slotted angle steel

Electrical Accessories
Multi Meter
12v Plug

Maintenance and Repair
Tools - Janus Standard Listing
Tire Repair - slime tube and tire repair
Tire Spoons - Motion Pro 08-0539 22mm and 12/13mm T-6 Combo Aluminum Tire Lever/Wrench
Tire Pump - slime 40059 Tire Inflator
Jack Stand - MX Emergency Side Stand C5010

Ergonomics and Comfort
Janus Wide Line - Custom fitted saddle to replace stock Gryffin seat
BeadRider Ultra - Ceramic bead saddle cover
Highway Bar/Pegs - Janus stock rider foot rest assembly
Windscreen - To be selected

ATGATT - Riding Gear
Schuberth E1 Helmet
Klim Kodiak 
Aerostitch AD1 Motorcycle Pants
LD Comfort - Base Layer
TCX X-Desert Gore-Tex Boots
Dr. Scholl's Compression Socks

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

The 40-40 Insanity - Ride Report

The Iron Butt Association 40-40 Insanity is an outstanding long-distance challenge.  I thank Dave McQueeney for the opportunity to be the first to attempt this soon to be IBA certificate event.

My successful 40-40 Insanity was a tough ride.  Combine the usual Interstate traffic, construction, crash delays with bad weather and it become a slog.  But hey, that sometimes happens on long-distance events. Its what makes hard riding adventures...hard.

Planning for this ride began back in September at the end of the IBA Senior Butt Rally & Big As Texas Party. Dave and I talked about his 40-40 brain child and I volunteered to ride it.  I decided to try the 40-40 in conjunction with the annual Pink's RTE event in Hollywood on Saturday 23, November. Depending on the weather, I would either do the 40-40 as a ride in before or ride out after Pink's.  I wasn't concerned about bad weather, just known or forecast icing. The Thursday and Friday before Pink's worked good for me.  See the 40-40 'Insanity' to Bite the Weenie page for the details.

BaseCamp 40-40 Insanity (all times CST)
I left home near Wimberley TX for Wilmington NC.  On the way I stopped in Charlotte NC for new tires.  The BMW dealership did not have my usual Michelin Anakee IIIs so I had them put on a set of the Anakee Adventure Tire.  I like them!

When I got to Wilmington I scouted out the gas station I would get my starting dated business receipt (DBR).  At the beginning of I-40 there are two good stations;  BP and Exxon.  Both had complete and accurate DBR information required by the IBA for certification; city, state, date time.  The BP was closest to I-40.  I checked not a hotel and settled in for rest.

Leg 1:  Wilmington to Amarillo, 1,594 miles 21:53
I broke the 40-40 distance into two legs centered on a rest stop in Amarillo TX.  I wanted to include a Bun Burner Gold (BBG: 1,500 miles, under 24 hours) as a nested event.  At 40 hours to cover the 2,560 miles, the overall average ride pace is 64 MPH and slightly higher than BBG standard 62.5 MPH. Amarillo was around 1,595 miles from Wilmington.  My planned departure time was 0400 CT (0500 ET).  Starting at this hour matched my circadian rhythm nicely and would put me in Amarillo around 2 am.  So, this longer first leg would be done when I was most rested.  The BaseCamp route schedule was to give me information about the actual ride pace vs plan. I would use the 4 hour rest period to take up the slack from delays on the first leg.

I departed Wilmington a couple moments after the planned 0400 CT, with temperatures in the mid 40s.  The DBR time was 04:59 ET (03:59 CT). A SpotWalla track is required by the rules for the 40-40 Insanity.  I was using Bubbler GPS Pro to support documenting my ride.  I took pictures of each DBR and posted them as Gas Stops via Bubble.  This technique would give me three layers of documentation back up;  paper DBR, picture on phone (cloud backed up) and on each SpotWalla gas stop marker.

(Note that the Bubble time stamp is after I had arrived at the pump, dismounted, fueled, taken the DBR picture and finally punching the send button on the app.  This was typically 3-5 minutes after arrival at the pump.)

Pit Stop 01:  Statesville NC, 07:34 plan, 07:59 actual, -25 mins.  Morning traffic delays through Raleigh

I received reports that I-40 was closed at NC mile markers 12 & 15 near the TN border. Thanks Russell Dickerson! That detour would add 45 minutes to the plan.  I selected a route that would get me around the closures while keeping me nearest to I-40 as possible.  The draft IBA rules allow for official detours. Official detours do not lengthen the time allowed for the ride so it is in the interest of the rider to select the shortest/quickest distance while remainingas close to the Interstate as possible.  As it turned out the NC DOT opened I-40 to single lane traffic by the time I arrived near the TN border.  Traffic slowed for approximately 5 miles through each of the repair zones.

Traveling though eastern TN the temps were warming up to the mid 50s.  Traffic was light and flowing well.  I had been monitoring the weather conditions and forecasts along the entire route.  In addition to the Weather Channel coverage I was using the I-40 End to End - Weather page created by Greg  Simply outstanding!  Thank you Greg.  I was enjoying this relatively good riding weather but knew I was in for wet and more cold ahead.

Pit Stop 02:  Crossville TN, 11:39 plan, 11:55 actual, -16 mins

Traffic through metro Nashville was good.  I was riding with the flow of traffic, not using excessive speed or going faster than the obvious speeders.  I work at maintaining a consistent ride pace that takes advantage of the flow of traffic without making my speed an issue.  In addition to the Garmin Dezl 770 GPS I was using Android Auto as support navigation.  It has a nice "Speed Trap Ahead" function that works well.  Still, I have learned maintaining a consistent ride pace that keeps me "under the radar" is less stressful than excessive speed.  Scattered showers had caused the road to be wet. The spray from large trucks was as bad as riding in the rain.  Temperatures were good at around 60f.

Pit Stop 03:  Stanton TN, 15:26 plan, 15:42 actual, -16 mins

I was riding through Memphis during early rush hour.  Sunset was upon me and the cloud cover make it dark.  By the time I got into AR the rain showers had turned into downpours.  The rain showers were intermittent lasting 10-20 miles at a time.  I was wearing the best riding gear I could get to protect me from the elements, Gore-tex from neck to toes.  Protecting my head is the Schuberth E1 Adventure helmet.  In it I added a 1 inch thick foam block lined with a swatch of LD Comfort material.  My riding jacket is the Klim Kodiak, in black of course.  Covering my lower half is a pair of Aerostich AD-1 riding pants.  My boots are tough TCX X-Desert Gore-Tex adventure boots designed for long distance.  I use Dr. Scholl's compression socks.  Under it all are the most important LD Comfort ensemble of long sleeve shirt and full leg length base layer.  Between the LD Comfort shirt and Kodiak jacket is heated Gerbing jacket.

The weak point in my protection at this part of the ride were my gloves.  I was wearing a pair of mid weight leather Harley gauntlets over a pair of Klim glove liner 1.0 inserts, which kept my hands relatively dry and comfortable.  But the leather Harley gloves were soaked after 500 miles of slogging through the wet weather.  The temperatures were hovering around 60f as I was reaching the end of the showers east of Little Rock AR.  I had two more sets of cold riding gloves but elected not to use them until after the wet.  I did not want to be riding in the forecast COLD with wet gloves.

In Little Rock I passed the 1,000 mile mark. West of Little Rock the radar show clearing as I entered the cold front.  Temperatures dropped from near 60f to below 40f inside of 20 miles.  I had switched to dry heavy duty gloves at the last pit stop.  I was settling in for the long cold ride to my rest stop in Amarillo.  Between the heated Gerbing jacket and the heated grips of my BMW I was comfortable.  I could feel the cold but without 'comfort stress.'  Somewhere along this segment I ate my one meal of the day; trail mix and a low sodium V8.  I would not eat again until arriving in Barstow at the end of the ride.

Pit Stop 04:  Clarksville AR, 19:10 plan, 19:35 actual, -25 mins

West of Carlisle AR, traffic stopped.  I could see nothing but solid taillights for miles. I put on my bike flashers and Federal Signal Micropulse Ultra yellow caution lights and began filtering through the backup. The Denali 4.0 high intensity aux lights on my GSA are controlled by a HEX canbus unit that flashes the Danali lights opposite of the bike flashers.  I had little trouble filtering to the detour exit being manned by the local Sheriff's Deputies.  Seems there was a huge crash with fatalities and LEO was directing traffic onto the local county roads.  Even with continuous moving I lost about 30 minutes during this significant traffic event.

Pit Stop 05:  Oklahoma City OK, 23:02 plan,  23:01 actual, -1 min

Getting fuel in Oklahoma City was cold.  I was warm while plugged in and moving.  While stopped for gas, I struggled to say warm in the high winds and 35f temperatures.  I was on the cold side of the cold front. I was feeling the 19 hours of hard riding and almost 1,500 miles.  My body struggled to stay warm by shivering.   Departing OK City I couldn't remember if I had sent a Bubble msg so I did it again. A sure sign of mental fatigue.  But the next pit stop was my planned rest in Amarillo.  The segment from OK City to Amarillo was a dreary slog through desolate country, at night and in the cold.  I did have Amazon Music to keep me company, piped from my Samsung Galaxy S9+ through my Sena 20s Evo.  But even that was not enough to keep me cheery.  This segment was a hard riding slog and I just wanted it over.  A few miles after crossing the TX border I hit the BBG mark at 01:28, 21:29 after starting in Wilmington NC. Not too shabby a ride pace for a 69 year old guy.

Rest Stop 06:  Amarillo TX, 01:52 plan, 02:55 actual, -63 minutes

I pulled into the FlyingJ travel center and immediately sent a Bubble msg to mark my arrival time.  I would use a gas fillup DBR to make my departure.  I couldn't wait to get inside and warm up. I took my tank bag to have the items in it available to me inside.  This FlyingJ had a Denny's so I went into the restaurant.  I was met by a smiling waitress who directed me to sit wherever I liked.  As you might have guessed the place was empty, save for a couple of truckers having coffee.  I told the server I was going to remain until a little after 5 am and asked her to bring me hot water for tea.  She motioned me to the spacious semicircle booth in the corner where I could relax out of the way.  I sipped on some Red Zinger hibiscus tea while I plugged in my Sena to recharge.  Setting my phone alarm for 5 am I put on my boonie hat, snuggled my face deep in the Gerbing jacket neck and dozed off.  I got 1 or 2 good REM cycles in before I awoke just before 5 am.  I got up, went into the adjoining FlyingJ to get a cup of their fresh ground coffee.  I was ready to go. I gassed up and departed several minutes before the plan 6 am start.

Leg 2:  Amarillo to Barstow, 964 miles, 17:05 

The stretch of I-40 between Amarillo to Santa Rosa NM is bleak and dreary. But, the sun was about to rise and so my spirits.  It had snowed the night before and the country side was cover in a blanket of the white stuff.  The temperatures were mid 20s and I saw a low of 23F near Tucumcari.  With the sun comes the rush of the cortisol hormone brought on by the circadian rhythm 'dawn effect'.  This evolutionary adaptation to the human body give us a burst of energy and wakefulness to deal with the new day.  I would use this to my advantage as I continued pressing west.  It wasn't long before the temperatures where hovering around 30f with clear roads.

Pit Stop 07:  Moriarty NM, 09:21 plan (Los Pinos), 08:36 actual, +45 mins

I breezed through Albuquerque around 9:20.  By this time the sun was warming up things and riding was good.  I was in the high desert and the roads were clean and good.  My spirits were high.  The temperatures were still in the mid 30s.  I pressed.

Pit Stop 08:  Holbrook AZ, 12:51 plan, 12:28 actual, +23 mins

My goal for the 40-40 Insanity was to finish the ride using around 39 of the available 40 hours.  During the second leg I wanted to be able to extend the pit stop times.  I had also planned to transit through the high elevations the Flagstaff mid day to get the best advantage, weather wise.  Flagstaff in notorious for sudden severe weather.  But, thanks to Greg's I-40 Weather page I was on top of the latest weather condition there.  After Flagstaff is the decent into the lower elevations and warmer temperatures of the desert.  I was ready for that for sure.

Near Williams I began to feel the telltale signs of sleep creeping into my brain.  When my eyes (vision) start to bounce around that means the small muscles are unable to hold the focus steady and nodding off is not far away.  I stopped for a break with about 10 minutes of my eyes closed.  This seems to reset my brain chemistry and allow me to continue, refreshed.  It's the classic 'power nap' routine.

Pit Stop 09:  Franconia AZ, 16:39 plan, 16:15 actual, +24 mins

One short segment to go.  As I crossed into California I reflected on the ride.  Riding 2,500+ miles entirely on Interstate highways is not for everyone.  Some riders prefer never to ride on the Interstates.  To me they are wonder routes where I can maintain a consistent ride pace, with access to great services, improving cell phone coverage and relatively predictable enroute times.  I-40 is notorious for its share of Interstate issues.  But my 40-40 Insanity experience was classic Interstate end to end hard riding adventure!

40-40 Finish:  Barstow CA, 18:57 plan, 18:28 actual, +19 mins.

The idea of riding 2,500+ miles of interstate highway is not appealing to the vast majority of motorcycle riders. In the long-distance riding community we see the interstates as the quickest way to get to a place with the riding is much more enjoyable.  Therein, lies the challenge of the "Interstate Highway - End to End" precedent setting 40-40 Insanity prototype.  Interstate 40 was full of traffic delays, construction slowdowns and even the inevitable closure.  Add in bad weather for all but the last 200 miles of the journey and you have the makings of riding drudgery of the first order.

My long-distance riding career has been filled with just these kinds of rides.  I thrive on the challenge.  Over the years I have collected the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to maintain a consistent ride pace, manage the risks and achieve my navigational goals.  I a word;  Ridecraft!

This is my last Iron Butt Association long-distance challenge on my 2016 BMW R1200GS Adventure, for 2019.  Next year I am embarking on new and challenging hard riding adventures.  I'm going to return to the roots of my LD passion.  I'm going to start all over with the entry level of IBA ride, the SaddleSore 1,000 miles in under 24 hours.  Then I'm going to work my way up the IBA ride list one at a time.   By next June I will be riding the 48 States in 10 Days challenge as a practice ride for 2020 Iron Butt Rally, "World's Toughest Motorcycle Rally"  all, on a Janus Motorcycles Gryffin 250 (229cc, 14hp, top speed <70 mph)
Here's why.

  • Total Miles:  2,563.7 GPS, 2,535 MC Odo
  • Start:  03:49, 21/11 CST
  • Finish:  18:33, 22/11 CST
  • Total Time:  38:34, 66.6 Ovg MPH
  • Moving Time:  33:50, 75.8 Mvg MPH
  • Stopped Time:  04:44
    • Pits Stops:  01:20 total, 9 enroute stops at 0:09 avg each
    • Rest Stops:  02:50 total, 02:25 Amarillo + 0:25 AZ 
    • Traffic/construction delays accounted for approximately 0:35 
  • Fuel Consumption: 
    • Total: 70.9 at $208.28 for $2.94 per gallon
    • Overall MPG:  36.2 miles per gallon

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

40-40 'Insanity' to Bite the Weenie

Texas to Hollywood CA is a long way to go for a hot dog, or in my case a veggie dog.  But, the 15th annual Pink's "Bite the Weenie" ride to eat (RTE) event is worth the trip.   Since 2004, members of the long-distance riding and motorcycle touring community have rendezvoused at Pink's to "Bite the Weenie!"  It is held each year on the Saturday evening (10 pm) the same weekend of the Long Beach Motorcycle Show.   I'm adding a bit of a challenge to this trip to make it a Hard Riding Adventure!

The 40-40 InsanityWilmington NC to Barstow CA, all on Interstate 40, under 40 hours

Iron Butt Association legend Dave McQueeney has come up with another way for us to feed our LD OCD'ness.  He has crafted the 40-40 Insanity challenge and honored me with the task of being the first to attempt (validate/evaluate) this proposed IBA theme ride.  Dave has created many IBA certified rides over the years...
Dave McQueeney, IBA #29

The certification protocols of 40-40 Insanity are that of the Bun Burner GOLD.  The Bun Burner GOLD is a prerequisite for riders wishing to certify the 40-40 Insanity.  At 40 hours to cover 2,550+ miles, the 40-40 Insanity moving average of 63.8 mph is more challenging than two consecutive BBG's moving average of 62.5 mph. The current ride rules provide the 40-40 can be done in either direction and combined with nested certifications:   BunBurner GOLDSaddleSore 2000 GOLD and easily extended to the 50CC Quest.  IBA Certificate collectors are going to love the 40-40 Insanity.

SpotWalla Map  See I-40 Weather (courtesy

RIDE PLAN - Nov 21, 0400 to 22, 2000 CST (0500 EST to 1800 PST)
The fuel range of my 2016 BMW R1200GS Adventure at BBG ride pace is around 275 miles.  I've plotted out pit stops along the entire route.  This is to give me an idea of the spacing and to assign dwell time at pit stop.  I'm plan to use the entire 40 hours allowed, while being diligent about arriving before the proverbial clock runs out.  I have included approximately 4 hours of rest at the Pilot station on the east side of Amarillo TX.  As you can see from the BaseCamp route data below, I have 1:00 of slack time given the pit stops and rest stop.  SpotWalla track is also required for certification.  I will be marking all stops using BubblerGPS Pro on my Samsung Galaxy S9+.  The SpotWalla track is required under the proposed rules for this ride.

Planned Pit Stops: Refuel, Refresh, Replan, or Repair

Garmin BaseCamp route data.  Pit stops:  0.05 fuel only, 0.07 fuel and restroom
All times in Central Standard Time CST

RIDE PACE STATISTICS:  Click here for the full 40-40 Insanity Ride Report
  • Total Miles:  2,563.7 GPS, 2,535 MC Odo
  • Start:  03:49, 21/11 CST
  • Finish:  18:33, 22/11 CST
  • Total Time:  38:34, 66.6 Ovg MPH
  • Moving Time:  33:50, 75.8 Mvg MPH
  • Stopped Time:  04:44
    • Pits Stops:  01:20 total, 9 enroute stops at 0:09 avg each
    • Rest Stops:  02:50 total, 02:25 Amarillo + 0:25 AZ 
    • Traffic/construction delays accounted for approximately 0:35 
  • Fuel Consumption: 
    • Total: 70.9 at $208.28 for $2.94 per gallon
    • Overall MPG:  36.2 miles per gallon

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Why Janus? Why now?

"Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play." 
Heraclitus, 450bce

Photo by S. Hobart
"Hello, my name is Tim.  I am a long-distance motorcyclist!"
Sounds like something said at a OCD therapy meeting.  The modern sport of long-distance motorcycle riding is kind of obsessive, compulsive, some say a disorder. Count me among the terminally afflicted.

My long-distance riding started 50 years ago.  In April of 1969 I was stationed at Fort Benning GA after a one-year tour of duty in Korea.  I didn't have any transportation but managed to save $850 while overseas.  So, on a Thursday afternoon I went to Columbas GA shopping for a ride.  I purchased a brand new Suzuki T200 at a end-of-model-year price of $495.00.  The following Saturday morning, I signed out on leave and rode this small, simple and relatively slow motorcycle to home in El Cajon, California.  Took me four days and three nights.  On the third day I got a $12 ($83 in 2019 dollars) room at a nice hotel for the night.  I needed a shower after sleeping on the ground the previous two nights.
That 4,000 mile round trip journey extended my riding horizon in ways that would influence my touring adventures for years to come.  I was "hooked" on the long ride.

Photo by D. Dossman
Over fifty years of riding, on two dozen different motorcycles, hasn't diminished my passion for the long ride.  If anything, it has focused my desire for new challenges.  Challenges that would help me practice the Ridecraft of the sport.  Challenges that extend my adventure horizon.
In 2001 I became a member of the Iron Butt Association, "World's Toughest Motorcycle Riders" by documenting, to IBA's strict standards, riding 1,000 miles in less than 24 hours.  This first SaddleSore 1,000 was only the beginning of many hard riding adventures.  The IBA gave me a BIG List of rides to work on.  By 2011 I had worked my way up the list to the premier signature event of the long-distance riding world, The Iron Butt Rally, "World's Toughest Motorcycle Rally," 11,000 Miles in 11 Days.   I would go on to ride/finish in the 2013 and 2015 and be on the volunteer staff of the 2017 and 2019 IBRs.

Today, after 18 years of building a long-distance resume' through the IBA, I am at a crossroads.  For the past year or so I have been searching for a way to add challenge to my LD adventures. Challenge that adds to my passion for the long ride.  That's when it hit me!  Why not go back to the roots of my passion.  Do long-distance riding, ala IBA distances, on a small, simple and steady motorcycle.  Why not try... Adventure touring on a Janus Gryffin 250!

"When you come to a fork in the road...take it! 

Why Janus?  Why now?

I want to ride the Janus Gryffin 250, #036, in the Iron Butt Rally, June 2021.  I need 18 months to train the Janus for the "World's Toughest Motorcycle Rally."

Riding any motorcycle in and finishing the "World's Toughest Motorcycle Rally" is a grueling challenge of the first order.  Riding a small 229cc, 14 horsepower motorcycle 11,000 miles over a 11 day period some would say is "Hopeless!"  It is not without precedent however.  Many past IBRs have included one or two small displacement motorcycles on the starting line.  Many of these riders did not finish, or DNF in rally speak.  Over the years a small number of top riders have survived the crucible of the IBR and brought there small, simple and steady motorcycles across the finish line, into the IBR record books. I am inspired be those riders!  They demonstrate at a fundamental level, it's not the motorcycle, it's the "Ridecraft: the collection of knowledge, skills and abilities used by a long-distance motorcyclist to maintain a consistent ride pace, manage risk and achieve navigational objectives."

My motorcycling hero is George A. Wyman, the first documented long-distance motorcyclist.  Wyman rode a 200cc, 1.25 horsepower "California" from San Francisco to New York City in 50 1903!  Today, top IBR riders like Kurt Worden, 3 time IBR finisher on a Kawasaki Ninja 250 and Versys continue to showcase their ridecraft on small, simple and steady motorcycles.

But it was Richard Worsham, Co-Founder of Janus Motorcycles who inspired me to select the Janus for my fourth IBR attempt.  In 2018 Richard rode the Janus Halcyon 250 in the Wyman Memorial Challenge, San Francisco to New York City, 3,800 miles in 6 days.  The Janus performed superbly!  Richard earned IBA membership on that ride and had caught the LD bug!

I and the Gryffin will have to earn a spot on the starting line for the 2021 Iron Butt Rally.  Even though I am a three time veteran of the IBR, I still have to be drawn from thousands of applicants.  If I don't make selection among returning IBR veterans, I will seek to be drawn from the separate list of "Hopeless Class" applicants.  The IBR oganizers have a great sense of humor and include a tiny selection of LD motorcyclists who ride vintage, antique or small displacement bikes.

Janus Motorcycles is providing me technical support as I train the Gryffin for the long ride.  They recognize this as an opportunity to identify ways to improve the reliability of the Janus under real world hard riding conditions.  Janus is customizing several different items on the Gryffin at my request.  I am purchasing the Gryffin outright, but Janus will back me for every mile.

Adventure Touring on a Gryffin 250

After I take deliver of the Gryffin around the end of this year, I will farkle it for use as an Adventure Touring bike.  To prepare it for the IBR and demonstrate it's long-distance worthiness, I will train the Gryffin using several IBA standard rides.
The 48n10, riding about 8,000 miles, is a good demonstration of the ability of the Janus to maintain a consistent ride pace necessary for the IBR.  By the time I finish the 48n10, July of next year, I will have accumulated over 20,000 hard riding miles on the Gryffin.  I will be disciplined regarding the Janus scheduled maintenance.  I am developing the procedures, tools and techniques to perform scheduled items before during and after each ride, regardless of the duration.  If the Janus fails mechanically, it won't be due to lack of scheduled maintenance or attention to issues.  I want this motorcycle to succeed!

Hard Riding Adventures will be the focal point for all things regarding the Gryffin Adventure Touring project.  So, follow along for the ride!