Endurance riding has always appealed to every serious bike riders and now it is a trend in India too.
Endurance riding involves maintaining a rhythm, its about finding that sweet spot which puts minimal strain on your body and on the motorcycle, a balance between the rider and his motorcycle.
The involves challenge of adapting to a new terrain and new conditions every passing minute is what appeals to me more. These are the 4 Extreme Endurance Motorcycle Rides in India
1. Saddle Sore
Saddle Sore is a series of rides which tests the endurance riding abilities of a rider.
A Saddle Sore is considered a benchmark for endurance riders, a small peek into the international riding forums and an IBA number is as coveted as an Olympic medal.
The basic ride to qualify as a Saddle Sore is called a Saddle Sore 1000 wherein the rider has to cover a distance of 1610 kms or 1000 miles within 24 hours under the strict guidelines laid out by Iron Butt Association (IBA).
Incase of advance ride called SaddleSore 2000k, the rider has to cover 2000 kms within 24 Hours
2. Bun Burner
Another series of rides which tests the endurance riding abilities of a rider.
The basic ride called Bun Burner 2500k, the rider has to cover a distance of 2500 kms within 36 hours under the strict guidelines laid out by Iron Butt Association (IBA).
Incase of advance ride called Bun Burner 2500k GOLD, the rider has to cover 2500 kms within 24 Hours
3. 10,000 km in 10 days
These 10,000 kms would take you from city roads to national highways, state highways and some pretty rough patches.This challenge is considered to be very hectic, tiring and within few days fatigue set in.
You have to keep pushing through stormy weather, bad roads and pathetic traffic to achieve this ambitious goal. By this you will cover almost all the corners of the country and then, making your way through its heart, you will return home will amazing experiences of your lifetime.
Recently Team Bike India performed this challenge and posted the log of how the riders completed 10,000 kms in 10 days, in their own words.
4. 100,000 Miles in One Year
Riders that successfully have ridden and documented 100,000 miles / 1,60,934 kms in one year (any consecutive 12 month period) may apply for entry into the 100K Club – a certification program for the few people able to ride this many miles in one year!
Before you can apply for 100K certification (100,000 or more miles in one year), you must have at least completed a Bun-Burner GOLD, a SaddleSore 2000, or the Iron Butt Rally. Other 24 and 36 hour rallies qualify.
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