Prolouge: Jan 29th 2012, my earlier post on my ride “ my longest ride yet 1727 kms on my ninja
“Barely Two hours Left for 24 hours filled ninja up and found that the timing was to complete 229 kms . What happened after that was one crazy ride. The road had side and centre markings and I knew I had the bike to do it. Told my ninja to be ready and it was get set and go. The bike was shooting like a rocket and the only concession was the frequent turns,bridges where I eased her a little else she was clocking 140 + ( I just could not even look at the speedo as visibility at night was less and I was fully concentrating on the road ahead all I know that my throttle was touching the max) and me ducking down finally crossed thirunelveli and after some time sleep started to kick in and I had to ease up a bit but still clocking 120 kmph. Reached the end of the highway and without even checking the clock went to the ATM at mahendragiri. Obtained the receipt and I had done the Impossible.”
Mar 3rd ,2012 : The Impossible becomes officially possible.
The IBA Certificate
Having done a long ride I could not have called my ride a saddle sore unless it has IBA approval. I prepared my ride report which contained a covering letter explaining the difficulties encountered during the ride, 2 printed maps(google) showing the route one for going and other return with the distances. ATM receipts and fuel bills and Meal bills all electronic printed photocopied and pasted on a A4 paper in serial order. The most important Trip sheet and witness form. Put the whole bunch in to a cover and snail mailed the same to IBA. Then I have forgotten the issue for good. Almost a month has passed and I get a call at 6-00 am on Mar 3rd ,2012 in the morning on my cell phone and I was wondering who the heck it could be. Good thing that I was yet to go out for my morning walk/jog routine and I don’t carry a phone. I answered the call to my surprise it was from IBA and they wanted to know what PK stands for in my name harikesh.p.k. that clarified the call was over.
Finally after 3 days there was a mail from lena of IBA that my ride is approved and I have to sent the payment. So there finally it was relief that what I counted as a 50 : 50 chance has proved fruitful and a tough and very hard ride (for me) was officially recognized.
Letter from President IBA
For me touching half century in life it is not that I can just jump on a bike and do a saddle sore. After owning a ninja from Aug 2010, the saddle sore remained on my wish list. I was planning mentally doing a saddle sore since joining Xbhp and coming to know about IBA and their rides. Ninja was a perfect tool to execute the plan.
The IBA Plate
Most of the write ups on Xbhp on saddle sore attempts were read and relevant points were taken. That finished, now I have to work out on my own plan which I have divided in to broad categories as below:
2. Route & time,date
3. Fuel stops
4. Food to carry
Bike – condition major areas
Tyre :good thread, no cracks chips ( inspect visually ) no history of puncture ( if yes put in a new tube/ new tyre if tubeless) most important correct tyre pressure. Inspect Rim/spokes for bends/damage.
Clutch /chain/sprocket – to be well within the life cycle. Chain should have proper lube,tension and cleaned before the ride.
No mods on the bike – better to have the stock bike ( its not a short burst but a long 24 hours)
Engine – new oil filter, Oil , valves adjusted and new / clean air filter and cleaned / new spark plug:
Electrical – horn,lights etc in good working condition.
After doing the above,ride the bike for a mini saddle sore type run for a 100 kms and re check all are in order. Bike is set.
Route, time, date
Route : good well laid roads to put it short – NH / Golden Quadrangle. Avoid / skirt around populated areas,cities known bottle necks etc. I did this mistake and paid for it( starting from Thiruvananthapuram) loosing time during the start of the ride.
Time & Date is linked to your route – Peak of summers, monsoon, bad wather forecast weeks can be avoided. Always make a habit to check weather a week every day before your ride from the NIC website of GOVT of India IMD - Weather on Web and see the satellite image. It helps. Avoid festival days,national holidays etc which may create bottle necks on your chosen route. Plan a day like a Saturday night/Sunday morning a normal holiday etc. also check if there are any major meetings,visits by political leaders enroute. Best to avoid those days as road blocks may slow down the ride. Plan a date accordingly. A horoscopical / fancy date should be your last priority. Just pray to god that’s enough. Any day is a good day because a lot has gone in to choosing the day.
Fuel stops : Important as you have to get an electronic printed receipt. Do some home work and get details of the pumps open 24 hours on your route which gives electronic printed receipts. If fuel stops has food joints better as it saves time for you. Every second counts in the 24 hours.
Food to carry: carry light food for full day and lots of water,fruits cut and ready to eat, pealed oranges ( packed properly ) cut apples etc are good snacking on the go, butter / cheese sandwhich sliced and cut in to small pieces are good for a fast bite. Chocolates plain ( not nut type ) some colas etc. better to carry water in small half litre bottles. Easy to drink even while riding. Plan accordingly.
Body : you should be in some shape enough to fast walk at least 5 kms and pull in some 20 pushups. For me I do some walk/jog daily do some pushups or I work out on a thread mill at home. Known issues for me a bad back and bad right knee. So no to too much stress on knees and wear a waist belt to support my back during rides
Ride experience: you sould have at least done about 300 kms at a go at least a couple of times during day and most important at night. I have done many 300 kms , more that a couple of 500 kms, one 800 kms from Aug 2010 till jan 2012 ( my saddle sore was on 29th jan 2012).
Do not use any new dress / gear/helmet etc. all your gear should be worn , used and set for your body before your ride.
Carry dark visor/clear visor or multi visor helmet and (skull caps for bald like me). Suit accordingly as per the weather and climate ( woolens,balaclavas etc ).
You should be able to sleep well during the previous night if you plan to ride in the morning. Else it would be a good idea to start in the evening and put in some sleep during the afternoon etc. good sleep before the ride helps a lot.
Other : it is a 24 hours ride. In theory you can finish the 1600K ride on a R1 / fireblade clocking 200 kph in around 8.5 hours. But that’s not what IBA wants for saddle sore 1600k. it is an endurance ride to be on the saddle for almost 24 hours including the butt breaks. So plan the ride accordingly and use the 24 hours allotted and make a comfortable ride. Sometimes it better that you don’t finish SS 1600k in 18 hours and in case you don’t have a perfect documentation and receipts in place.
Note down what all you need to do at each stop- like fuel up,write log,phone home,change visor,check oil level, check the fuel receipt contains date,time and reg no of your bike etc correctly. after long rides your mind gets tired and you forget the basic things. The check list helps especially late into the day. Then one should know that the ride is verified thoroughly. The documentation you submit has enough for IBA to get an idea about your ride. Fuel consumed,average speed,time,distance etc can get them the data they require to judge whether you have done the ride. So having the data correct especially your log has a lot of bearing on your ride. The log has to correlate correctly your fueling stop bills/ATM receipts and matched with the route map. Any major roads short cutting your route, some proof by way of ATM receipt/fuel bill etc that you had taken the road ahead and not the short road is always better. In fact the more the better should be the option. Finally they can call your witness and checkout if everything is in order.
This is the summary of now what has been a successful saddle sore 1600K for me.
IBA Metal Pin
Hope a lot more of you do the same successfully and add to the IBA member list from India.