Photo taken during the 2015 Iron butt Rally - by Steven Hobart
I am an avid motorcycle rider who likes to ride long distance and participate in endurance events. I enjoy riding and for me it is more the ride than the destination. For the last 12 years I have averaged around 45,000 miles a year riding all over the country, Canada and Alaska. I am involved in long distance endurance motorcycle riding and competing in endurance rally's like the Iron butt Rally across America. I have also traveled by motorcycle all over the USA and enjoy visiting new places when ever I can. You can view my "About Me" webpage to find out my professional and personal life. I have been riding motorcycles since the early 1970's and also rode with my father who was a Shriner and road HD Electra Glides in the Shriner parades. My first motorcycle was a Honda 500 Four and it was a hell of a motorcycle. I also owned a couple Triumph's back then that were a lot of maintenance. I started riding long distance on a Kawasaki KZ 650 when it was first introduced in 1976. It was a great motorcycle for its time. I bought one when they first came out in 1976 and rode it all over America. I used to ride from the Great Lakes Naval Base to Miami non-stop to visit family. Of course the reason I rode non-stop was out of necessity as I could not afford motels back then on a Navy enlisted man's salary.
I got more serious into riding when I moved to Japan. I think that is when I really learned to ride motorcycles. I started riding dirt bikes along with high performance sport motorcycles like the Kawasaki Ninja and the Honda VFR. I had a couple 250 CC dirt bikes that were really fun to ride both in the dirt and on mountains roads. I learned to be more confident on the street after riding dirt bikes by becoming comfortable when the tires slide and how to crash. I used to tell people I drag my elbows not my knees on dirt bikes. I got more serious into riding when I moved to Japan. I think that is when I really learned to ride motorcycles. I started riding dirt bikes along with high performance sport motorcycles like the Kawasaki Ninja and the Honda VFR. I had a couple 250 CC dirt bikes that were really fun to ride both in the dirt and on mountains roads. I learned to be more confident on the street after riding dirt bikes by becoming comfortable when the tires slide and how to crash. I used to tell people I drag my elbows not my knees on dirt bikes. One the best motorcycles I owned while living in Japan was the Honda 750F Integra ( see above ). It looked a little like the Honda CBX as the fairing was very similar.
Check out my website as I have a lot of information related to long distance and rally riding. If you have any questions send me an email and I will be glad to answer any questions.
Currently I enjoy long distance endurance motorcycle riding and also competing in motorcycle endurance rally's. I have also completed over 30 Iron Butt Association ( IBA ) certified rides including 2 BBG Trifecta's. The BBG Trifecta is 3 BBG's back to back to back. A BBG is 1500+ miles in less than 24 hours. I am the only person who has completed 2 certified BBG Trifecta's in the world. Worldwide only 10 other riders have been able to complete this ride. I have also successfully completed 20 Bun Burner Gold's ( BBG's ). The BBG is ride of 1500+ miles in less than 24 hours. Other IBA rides I have completed include a 10n10th ( 10,000 miles in 10 days ), SS5000 ( 5000 miles in 5 days ), 3 100CCC's ( Jacksonville Beach to San Diego and back in less than 100 hours ), 50CC THW ( New York ( Coney Island ) to San Francisco ( 45 hours ) ), B2B ( 1650 miles in 22 hours ) and a SS2000.
I have competed in multiple rally's that include several multi day rally's. I finished 37th in the 2009 Iron Butt Rally and 9th in the 2010 IB5000. I have ridden in the Cape Fear Rally 5 times and finished in the top 10 4 times and first in 2012.
June of 2014 I attempted and completed a new IBA ride called BBG
Quattro Gold. A BBG Quattro Gold is four BBG's back to back to back
to back. A BBG is 1500+ miles in a 24 hour period. This was a damn
hard ride and required a lot of up front planning, preparation and
determination. I started this ride near my house and completed in
Ely, NV. I rode 6200 miles in less than 96 hours ( 4 days ). I rode
through all types of weather and temperatures ranging form 38
degrees to 107 degrees.
This is my certificate from the Iron Butt Association for my Bun Burner Gold Quattro ride. I received this certificate on my birthday. It was a nice present to receive.
I put on a seminar the last couple years for rally planning at the IBA's Bike Week Party in Jacksonville, FL and a condensed version of the presentation was published in the Ironbutt magazine in the summer of 2014. Here is a link to a PDF version of the article.
rode hard and finished in the top 10 of the
2013 Iron Butt Rally. I wrote a pretty long 2013 Iron Butt Rally
ride report and you can read by
It was a hell of a ride that required great endurance to compete with the big dogs of the rally world. I rode 11,083 miles in the 11 day event scoring 81,703 points. I was the only touring motorcycle in the top ten as most were Yamaha FJR's which are perfect for this type of rally.
The Iron Butt Rally ( IBR ) is the toughest motorcycle rally in the world and really brings out the top competition from around the world. It was an honor to ride and compete with all of the 2013 IBR riders.
I have done a lot of work to my motorcycle to get it ready to compete in the rally and I created a webpage with photos and information that show what I have done. Click here to view the webpage.
I have developed a process over the years competing in rally's on how I approach routing in a rally and for the IBR I have made some changes to my approach. Click here for how I plan my routes in a rally.
I have also developed a webpage that allows me to check the weather across the US and Canada during the rally on my mobile device, click here to view the webpage..
I recently integrated a Garmin 2797LMT GPS into the Gold Wing so I could have voice command capability. Click here to see how I did it.
I finally made it to Alaska after 14 years of trying to make it happen. The MTF had a planned IBA UCC in June of 2012 and I was going to the be start witness in Key West. As the ride got closer I was able to find a way to get away for the two+ weeks it requires to ride to Alaska from Key West and back. So finally in the summer of 2012 I was able to ride from Key West, FL to Fairbanks, AK and back. It was a very memorable ride. I meet up with all of the MTF UCC riders in Dawson Creek, BC after being the witness for many of them in Key West. We then rode the Alaska Highway together to Fairbanks, AK.
The ride to Alaska has many things to experience that are an experience you will never forget. The wildlife along the route is wild as I saw a lot of bears, Moose and other animals. The Alaska Highway was closed for three days on the ride up do to two washouts north of Watson Lake. I will be putting together a ride report.
I have a lot of farkles ( accessories ) on my motorcycle. One of them is a satellite tracking device called SPOT that I use in all of the events I participate in. Currently I am the top tracked SPOT user in the world on Spotwalla.com. Spotwalla was built by Jason Jonas and it allows family, friends and event organizers to track my progress and provide a level of comfort with the emergency capabilities built into SPOT. Spotwalla.com is the best tracking website on the internet.
In 2005 I became one of the first riders to use a tracking device. I started using real time tracking with a cell phone based service called Accutacking. That service allowed me to have a webpage with a map that showed my location over a 48 hour period. It was a good way to get into real time tracking.
I recently upgraded the suspension on my Gold Wing with Progressive Suspension front fork MonoCartridge Kit and a new rear shock with a new Progressive Suspension heavy duty spring. Click here for the write up.
I started riding Honda Gold Wing's in 2003 and I have owned 6 Gold Wing's since then ( 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 and now a 2012 ). My 2012 is well equipped to ride LD endurance rides and to compete at high levels in endurance rally's.
I have ridden over 380,000 miles on Wing's over the years and I have never had a problem. The wing is a very reliable motorcycle and that is one of the reasons I choose to ride a Gold Wing. I am never worried when I hit the road if I am going to make it back because the Gold Wing is so reliable.
I love to help other riders get involved in endurance and rallying riding and help grow the sport. Some of the ways I help is to answer questions on forums that riders have. Other ways include creating webpages of information showing how I added accessories to my motorcycle, webpages with weather information ( link for one of the weather webpages ) for different IBA rides and events and also files with lists of gas stations along a specific route. I also have provided list and information about states DOT websites and how to use them when planning a ride. All of this information helps make the rider safer out on the road and to be successful on the ride.
I also hold events that allow riders to attempt IBA rides with me. One of them is called BBG Weekend. This helps riders who want to attempt a IBA ride but do not want to do it alone.
If you are interested in becoming an LD endurance rider contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I think we all should try and give back to the community when we can and some of the things I have done over the years to give back include:
Sponsored motorcycle racers with financial support and motorcycle gear
Provided new helmets and jackets to the local MSF course to teach new motorcycle riders
Former AMA Field Rep
MSF Instructor at Florida Keys Community College
Former Motorcycle Tourer's Forum ( MTF ) Associate Director - Long Distance Committee
Created websites to help others with understanding how to install accessories or to provide information that is helpful in planning rides
Donated 1000’s of dollars’ worth of new gear to organizations supporting motorcyclist
MTF Gold Member for helping and giving back to the community for many years
Providing support to riders on motorcycle related online forums
Holding events to assist others to promote long distance endurance riding
Writing ride reports to help others understand how I do some of the rides
Please look around and if you have any questions feel free to contact me.
Last updated June 2015.
Planning a couple BBG's for the end of summer.
I completed my 30th BBG on March 12, 2015 riding the IBA's Full Court 1500!
I attended the IBA National Meet in August in Denver and had a great time
I completed a BBG Quattro Gold on June 17, 2014. You can find out more info about the ride on Tim Masterson's blog, click here
I rode in the 2013 Cape Fear Rally in April and finished 5th place
I recently upgraded my suspension after 55,000 miles. Click here for the write up
I completed my 20th BBG September 20, 2012 on my ride to the MTF founders feast
I just returned from a ride to Alaska. I rode from Key West, FL to Fairbanks, AK and back. See my photos on my photos webpage
I competed in the 2012 Cape Fear 1000 Rally and took first place for the Arcadia starters