J&P Cycle Open House - Iron Butt Saddle Sore 1000 ride

J&P Cycle in Iowa have their 35 year open house on June 28-29th. Free food, vendors and great pricing for your motorcycle accessories at the open house. Special guests from Sons of Anarchy also attending.
We leave at 8:00PM on June 26th and arrive in Iowa on the 27th. Please remember that this is a Saddle Sore 1000 ride or 1000 miles plus within 24 hours. This is not a ride for every one. This is a timed, individual run to qualify for the Saddle Sore 1000 certification. No time to smell the roses or taste the food at every truck stop.
I've done 5 of these, one BunBurner 1500, a Saddle Sore 2000 and a 50 CC ride(Coast to Coast in 50 hours).
Contact me for more details and remember that there is a cost with the Iron Butt Assoc. for the certification, pin and patch.

I have made a reservation at the Microtel Inn in Marion, IA 52302 for June 27 & 28. Their number is[masked]-7400. I stayed here last year and it was a good place within 15 minutes from the J&P grounds. Price is also the best around as they get much higher as you get closer to J&P and their open house date.

This ride requires the Metrowest Emergency Information Form to participate.

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  • Sharon

    Finally getting around to posting a few items. Riding along with Chuck is always fun and this ride was certainly no exception. Some little tidbits that I found quite entertaining -- after riding 2500 miles, we only heard 131 of the 416 songs downloaded on the MP3 player on Chuck's bike. Chuck's phone also announces when he gets text messages and emails which is a riot because he cannot (or, thankfully, will not) read them while riding -- Chuck received 243 emails while on this trip.

    Chuck, please do correct my numbers if needed as I forgot to write down the tally at the end of our ride.

    July 10

  • Leslie

    I just looked at the pictures again and it didnt register about that little red bike until now. OMG Stephen did you go on that sport bike????? I do hope that high seat means good suspension and cushioning. You truly DO have an Iron Butt lol Boyyyy is my helmet off to you smh.

    July 1

    • Chuck C.

      The only people that went on the Iron Butt to Iowa was Chuck, Brian and Sharon. The others that signed up did not cancel their RSVP so we did all the work for them with paper work and waited, but no show.

      July 1

    • Leslie

      GEEEEEZ :X Just glad you all made it home safely with no problems.

      July 1

  • Brian V.

    If you are ever considering an Iron Butt ride of 1,000, 1,500 or 2,000 miles you should talk to Chuck because he is the Master of the long distance rides. The guy is unstoppable once he hits the highway. These types of rides do take preparation, but having well prepared ride leaders like Chuck make it much safer and comfortable. Thanks Chuck for tolerating the newbie to long distance rides on the Saddle Sore 1,500 to Iowa.

    1 · July 1

    • Brian V.

      Ops! 1,000 miles not 1,500 miles. I guess it felt like 1,500 miles to my brain when I was typing. :)

      July 1

    • Leslie

      Glad you are all home safe and sound Brian. It must have been an amazing ride and I am hopefully looking forward to going on one with Chuck in the lead. I have learned even in our little short forays he is the one person I would trust with my life, and I don't say that lightly or to polish egos. I am not like that. Wear your Iron Butt patch with pride because you deserve and earned it and if they still have those license plate holders put one on your bike because it deserves it. I truly believe that you have to take care of your bike for it to take care of you. I look at it as a symbiotic relationship always have. I am anxious to hear about all your stories when we get together for another ride :)

      July 1

  • Sharon

    5:35 AM - I am enjoying my first cup of coffee for the day behind our hotel watching the blackbirds, sparrows and a robin pair as they greet the sunrise in the cat-o-nine tails and wildflowers along a stream/culvert. It is such a tranquil spot despite the traffic and housing around us.

    1 · June 29

    • Lisa

      Enjoy the day! Be safe!

      June 29

    • Brian V.

      We made it back safely thanks to Chuck's expert skills as a long distance rider and ride leader. These Iron Butt rides are demanding, but Chuck's preparation allowed us to complete the trip with the highest degree of safety and backup supplies. The guy knows everything! Sharon deserves kudos for riding over 2,500 miles on the backseat of Chuck's Goldwing!

      2 · July 1

  • Sharon

    6 AM - so nice to get up to greet the sun with a cup of good coffee. Made it to Erie, PA area last night after another good day of traveling through some gorgeous farmland across Indiana and Ohio. Looks like it'll be another beautiful day and we shall continue to have fun in our travels.

    June 30

    • Lisa

      Hey guys! Have a great day and stay safe!

      June 30

  • Lisa

    It was fun seeing you all last night at TJs to send you off a half hour, fashionably, late!

    1 · June 27

    • Sharon

      Thanks to Caren, Tovah, Kathy, Peter W., Lisa K. & Mike K., and Stick for sending us off. Also, thanks to Mike & Lisa for the escort down the road to Hopkinton.

      1 · June 28

  • Sharon

    We are having lots of fun here in Iowa... A rain shower hit just as we arrived Friday evening to get us a little wet to start the weekend off with our own wet t-shirt contest! Lots of gorgeous bikes, good looking & tall men, a few WalMartians here & there, lots of friendly peeps & many interesting stories shared. We may even be surprised to have a few long distance new members join our "little" group as we chat up all the fun rides we have done already plus the ones planned for the rest of the year. Hope y'all are having a fun weekend without us.

    June 28

  • Chuck C.

    How about some of you locals coming down to TJ's Thursday night from 7-8:00 to send us off on this adventure. Join us for a bite to eat before we leave to do the SaddleSore 1000 ride to Iowa........

    3 · June 24

    • Franny

      I am going to try to pop over for the send off at TJs! Wish I were going!

      1 · June 25

    • Chuck C.

      Great!!!

      June 26

  • Vittaya

    Holy Cow that sounds amazing! I just got my bike back from the shop but don't think I can swing tomorrow. Have fun everyone and be safe!

    June 25

  • Franny

    Have a safe ride! Can't go but hope to get one of those long rides in one of these days!

    June 25

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wish I could join... But could not get out of work Friday... Inventory weekend... next time... thank you Chuck for all the info...

    June 25

    • Chuck C.

      Hope you can join us next time. Watch for the pictures we'll post.....

      June 25

    • Leslie

      Chuck are you going to have your Marvin the Martian helmet cam on?? I hope so :) Yanno come to think of it Chuck you DO NEED a helmet Mohawk :Xhmmmmmmm

      1 · June 25

  • Caren C.

    okay! are you buying! :)

    1 · June 25

    • Chuck C.

      Remind me never to put Caren and Leslie together..... Anything could happen then!!!

      June 25

    • Leslie

      He loves/likes you/me Caren he really really does lol.....I think we kind of think alike lol OMG HE IS IN TROUBLE lol

      June 25

  • Sharon

    Two and a half more sleeps until departure!! Carlos and Stephen (+1), how are your preps coming along?

    June 24

  • Leslie

    I want to wish you all a safe and wonderful trip. I wish I were going but there will be other times and Chuck will be there to lead them :) PLEASE stay safe, a patch is not worth your life if you get tired, please stop. Ya Ya I know.....but you know me I had to say it. Luvs ya all this much....see you when you get home :)

    1 · June 22

    • Sharon

      Leslie (and many others), thank y'all so much for your well wishes. Feel free to call Chuck's cell phone to yack in our ears to help us stay awake....... OK, now both of you are swatting at me!! Yikes!!! Keep in mind that my mission on this trip is to assist with keeping us all safe too by babbling away, singing (Weeeeeeeee!!, although I know lots of songs too!), and pokes in the ribs as needed. ~ Miss Daisy

      June 24

  • Brian V.

    Chuck, I have read the different posts about the preparation for a 1,000 mile ride. Do you want to join together to consolidate tools we might want to bring? No sense in all of us bringing the same items. That way we can pack lighter. Just a thought. :-)

    June 8

    • Brian V.

      Chuck thanks for making this trip so much easier for the folks taking the trip. I greatly appreciate it because this is my first long distance trip with a group.

      June 12

    • Brian V.

      Chuck it looks like Google Maps has interstate 80W westbound near exit #97 has been closed for a number of days near the intersection of route 219 near DuBois, PA. This is the only closure, but there are a number of work zones along Interstate 80.

      June 20

  • Brian V.

    Chuck, do you normally have bluetooth or CB radio communication with the lead and tail riders on a trip like this one to Iowa? If yes, what Bluetooth headset are you using?

    May 11

    • Chuck C.

      And I hope you have good rain gear just in case. Last year we rode the first half of the trip in rain and fog. So far the long range forecast looks good with maybe only a few showers.

      June 12

    • Brian V.

      Chuck, the long range weather forecast looks like rain early Thursday, but then it looks like the 10-day forecast looks good for weather overall. Let's hope it stays that way. Either way we ride! :)

      June 20

  • Richard L.

    I just finished my first 1,000 mile saddle sore with the IBR last weekend. Good luck to all for you in the run.
    Chuck has done many of these and has the best advice as a result... my 2 cents worth: don't speed & be safe. If you don't stop, there is more than enough time. Bits that might hurt (apart from the obvious) knees and wrist. Walk a few hundred yards on a fuel stop (takes 3 minutes) and get a wrist-throttle grip for $9 from amazon that holds the throttle with your wrist. Take ibuprofen, and gold bond talc.

    2 · June 10

    • Richard L.

      I didn't eat much apart from a few Odwalla bars, washed down with gatorade. I suck on richola hard candy. I took a camelback, but next time I'll try and hook up something to the bike, not to my back. Camelback also blocks the air-flow through a back vented jacket. Starting at 6am, I was ready for a nap by 1pm when the thrill of starting had worn off. I took my break at 4:30pm for half an hour, and was finished by 12:30. Like I said, there's plenty of time, as long as you are moving, not stopping.

      June 17

    • Brian V.

      Rich, that is very good information. I too ride with a Camel Back on longer rides for hydration, so I might need to test that out this Sunday on the Hairpin Lunch in North Adams. I sure hope the weather is acceptable for our trip to Iowa. Did it rain during your 1,000+ mile trip? If yes, was there anything that you would recommend in additional to a rain suit and boot covers (example: Rain-X, waterproof gloves, etc.,). Thanks in advance!

      June 20

  • Brian V.

    Chuck, the average rainfall for Des Moines, Iowa is about 5 inches (the most rain of the year on average and the temps are 65-85 on average. How has the weather been in your 5 other trips? Did you experience a lot of rain and were the temperatures between 65-85 or did it get much hotter (historically it can get to 103 degrees). Just trying to plan the clothing needed. A good rain suit seems in order and waterproof motorcycle boots :)

    June 12

    • Chuck C.

      I always pack a light jacket, windbreaker and my rain suit. The combo will always keep me warm on the Goldwing. I always ride in just a t shirt, but that's. Just me. My normal boots are waterproof, but I also have boot covers that you can borrow to save money. My other 5 SaddleSore rides where in different parts of the country and all types of weather up to 112 degrees. We wore special cool vests for that....

      June 13

  • Chuck C.

    I have printed out all the paper work required for the check in, check out and log forms for the ride. All you have to do is show up a little early at TJ's to fill in the blanks on the forms, receive your zip lock bag for all the gas receipts and be ready to ride. Please try and get a nap that afternoon as it will make the night riding easier and have a meal at home or at TJ's. We will leave on time and then fill our gas tanks before getting on the highway. The gas fill is the actual start time of the ride. Do not fill your tank earlier.

    June 12

  • Richard L.

    sorry, I can't make this one as planned. I'm signed up for the Minute Man 1000 for a Saddlesore certificate attempt this weekend, and then on 26 will be at an off road lesson down in Pennsylvania.
    Very best of luck, and good weather and safe travels to all who go for the SS1000 with you.

    June 4

  • Brian V.

    I have booked my room for June 27 & 28 at the Microtel Inn at Marion, IA. Looking forward to the run west.

    April 6, 2014

    • Chuck C.

      The route will be I-90W to I-84W to I-81S to I-80W

      April 8, 2014

    • Brian V.

      Thanks for the route update Chuck

      April 11, 2014

  • Dave F

    Chuck Is this something you train for and work up to?

    1 · January 1, 2014

    • Chuck C.

      If you know you can ride 500 miles in a day, then you can do this. You must feel comfortable doing the 500, not with back or butt pain. I use the 500 as that is what we call a long day. Remember that we all stop every 100 - 175 miles depending on our gas tanks.

      January 1, 2014

    • Chuck C.

      Leaving at 8 at night with a good nap before leaving gives you the first 500 and then the sun comes up and your ready for the next 500. I've done leaving during the morning and riding till midnight and then getting a room and sleeping for 4 hours, but that was a killer to the system.

      January 1, 2014

  • Chuck C.

    This ride requires the Emergency Information Form to be filled out and given to the ride leader at the ride meeting point. No form, no ride! Find the blank for downloading on the site "More" and then "Files".

    December 1, 2013

  • Richard L.

    I just saw the start time is 8PM, not AM... Would it not be easier to start a 24 hour ride early in the morning, after a good nights sleep, than at the end of the day?

    November 13, 2013

    • Chuck C.

      I have done 5 of these rides. The first one I did leaving at 10 in the morning and we were a mess when we arrived. I take a nap before leaving at night and when the sun comes up it triggers the brain to wake up and arrive awake.

      November 13, 2013

    • Richard L.

      Makes sense. 8pm it is. Thanks.

      November 13, 2013

  • Sharon

    When will you be returning?

    November 8, 2013

    • Sharon

      ROBSL (rolling off back seat laughing)... just a quick 2500 mile trip!!! No problem! I'll bring lots of pillows.

      November 8, 2013

    • Chuck C.

      Bring a bungee cord so that when your sleeping you don't fall off!

      November 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm interested. June is a long way off, so I'll commit closer to the actual ride. What are the registration guidelines to qualify for the patch?

    November 7, 2013

    • Chuck C.

      Just Google the Iron Butt Assoc. And all the rules for the different rides are shown

      November 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, Chuck.

      November 8, 2013

  • Ed L.

    Will plan to ride. we'll see what happens between now and then.

    November 7, 2013

  • Richard L.

    Yes, usually I don't even have a calendar for 8 months out, but I had planned to do a SS1000 in late June 2014.... because it's the longest daylight and shortest night. I'm in. Will confirm closer to the time

    November 7, 2013

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