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IBA Frequently Asked Questions

Organization and Membership

1.   What is the Iron Butt Association?
The Iron Butt Association (IBA) is an international organization dedicated to safe long-distance motorcycle riding.
 
2.   Are there any chapters?
No. We are a single organization, with approximately 50,000+ members world-wide!
 
3.   How do I become a member?
In order to become a member, you need to complete and have certified one of our long distance rides, the shortest of which is the Saddlesore 1000 (1,000 miles in 24 hours or less).
 
4.   Where can I find the requirements for membership?
The complete rules, procedures, forms, and fee schedules are on our Web site. Take the "Rides and Rules" link from the home page, then the link to the ride of your choice.
 
5.   Is there a list of members?
The membership list is on our Web site. Take the "Rides and Rules" link from the home page, then the link to the Ride Finishers list. You will be asked to enter a code word shown on the Web page in blue. This is to cut down on spammers attempting to harvest the list. The code word is not your IBA eStore password.
 
6.   Is there a chat or discussion group for members?

YES! We have created the IBA web forum that you can now join! Check it out! Iron Butt Association Web Forum

There are several other forums for discussion of LD riding topics. The most popular is the LD Riders email list. Instructions for subscribing to the list can be found at http://www.ldriders.com/

 
7.   How can I contact the IBA?
You can use the Contact Us page on our Web site (take the "About the IBA" link from the home page, then the "Contact Us" link) or you can email info AT ironbutt DOT com.

 


IBA eStore

1.   Can anyone purchase IBA merchandise from the online eStore?
Most of the merchandise in the eStore is for IBA members only. IBA members can only purchase merchandise related to the rides for which they are certified.
 
2.   How do I sign in to the eStore?
When you become an IBA member, we issue you an IBA member number and PIN number for the eStore. Together with your email address and home address submitted with your ride application, we set up an account for you. You need your email address and PIN in order to log in.
 
3.   I forgot my PIN number, or I need to update my contact information. What do I do?
Contact us via our Web site or send email to info AT ironbutt DOT com.
 
4.   How do I contact the eStore Manager?
You can contact her via email at: storemgr AT ibaestore DOT com
 


Ride Certifications

1.   I ride a trike. Can I qualify for IBA membership?
Trikes are generally acceptable, but contact "info AT ironbutt DOT com" if you have any concern.
 
2.   What rides do you offer and where can I find the information regarding documentation, procedures, fees, etc.?
The complete rules, procedures, forms, and fee schedules are on our Web site. Take the "Rides and Rules" link from the home page, then the link to the ride of your choice. Additionally, IBA certification is offered via several competitive rallies. Check our Events Calendar for dates and other information.
 
3.   Some rides are considered "extreme" and require a prerequisite ride be completed prior to attempting them. Why is that?
Too many folks were attempting these advanced rides as their first Iron Butt-riding experience, and ended up biting off more than they could chew. We therefore require that a shorter ride be completed, just to be sure there is an understanding of the planning and endurance required for the more difficult rides.
 
4.   You require witnesses at the start and end of the ride. Can it be the same person?
Yes.
 
5.   Can I have my witnesses sign off several hours before I get my starting gas receipt and/or several hours after I get my ending receipt?
Yes. We understand that many riders will start or end at times inconvenient for others (like 3 AM). As long as the witness is within a reasonable distance of the start and/or finish, it will be fine.
 
6.   The rules call for logging my odometer reading at each stop. My bike doesn't have an odometer. What do I do?
It is up to the rider to provide documentation sufficient to uphold the ride claim. Your odometer reading is only one of several pieces of information we use to verify that claim. If your bike is not equipped with an odometer (or if it is not working), you can substitute a bicycle computer or GPS odo reading. If you have none of these on your bike, be sure that the rest of your documentation is in good order and include a note telling us why no odo readings were submitted. It will be up to the verification team to determine if your ride is certified.
 
7.   I lost one of my gas receipts. Can I still have my ride certified?
As stated above, it is up to you to demonstrate to us that you rode the ride you claim. Normally, a single lost receipt is not a fatal loss, as long as the rest of the documentation supports certification. Be sure to include a note concerning the lost receipt. Record attempts, as well as some of the more extreme rides, require flawless documentation.
 
8.   How long does it take to have my ride certified?
The value of an IBA certificate lies in the meticulous verification of rides An IBA certificate demonstrates without a doubt that the ride claimed was actually ridden. We receive approximately 4,000 rides submitted for verification each year, with the vast majority of them coming in during the North American summer months. With the limited resources of a volunteer organization, turnaround times for verification requests can stretch to as long as three months during these busy times from the nominal 4-6 weeks. We are continuing to take steps to improve the efficiency of our processes, and we appreciate your patience.
 
9.   My check was cashed, but I still don't have my certification package. What's going on?
The fact that your check was cashed is a good sign! We don't cash them until the ride has passed preliminary verification. So your request is in process and moving through the system. See above for more details.
 
10.   How can I make sure you received my ride package?
The best thing to do is to purchase the "Delivery Notification" option from the Postal Service when you mail your package to us. Please use standard first-class or Express Delivery service, not registered or certified mail.
 
11.   I received my certificate package, but there is an error (e.g., a typo on the certificate, didn't get all the items I should have, etc.). Who do I contact?
Use the "Contact Us" link on our Web site, or send email to: "info AT ironbutt DOT com"
 
12.   My club wants to sponsor a Saddlesore 1000 group ride. How do we do that?
We have a special set of rules for organized rides of ten or more riders for club and shop rides which reduces somewhat the documentation requirements and fees. Contact us at: "info AT ironbutt DOT com" for more information.
 
13.   I live outside of the US. Can I have one of your rides certified?
Yes. We certify rides world-wide. Fees can be paid via International Money Order in US funds or by credit card.
 


Iron Butt Rally

1.   What is the Iron Butt Rally?
The Iron Butt Rally, sponsored by the Iron Butt Association, is considered the ultimate competitive motorcycle endurance ride. Held in August/September every other year in odd-numbered years, it covers a minimum of approximately 9,000 miles in North America over an eleven-day period. Points are accumulated by arriving at checkpoints within the allotted time and by visiting optional bonus locations between the checkpoints. It is not a race, but rather a test of planning, preparation, strategy and tactics, riding skill, and endurance.
 
2.   How do I sign up for the Iron Butt Rally?
Except for a very limited number of positions that are assigned at the discretion of the IBA President, selection for a starting position in the Rally is determined by random drawing. Application information is available on our Web site approximately 18 months prior to the Rally.
 
3.   Is there prize money?
No. The Iron Butt Rally is one of the last great amateur competitive motorcycling events. Winners receive a handsome trophy and the admiration of their fellow riders.
 
4.   Can I volunteer to help out during the Rally? Does it improve my chances of getting in to the next Rally?
Volunteer opportunities are very limited, and we prefer to fill most of the volunteer positions with Iron Butt Rally veterans. Working as a volunteer does not improve your chances in the next drawing.
 


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