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48 States Series

Version No. 2.0
Date last revised: January 6, 2017

2017, Iron Butt Association, Chicago, Illinois
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The 48 States Series consists of motorcycle rides that include the Challenge of visiting all of the lower 48 states. Several advanced versions are also available beyond the basic Challenge ride, as described below.

Time Limit
48 States Challenge
Each of the 48 States
Less than 10 days
48 States Plus!
Challenge PLUS
Less than 10 days
48 States-3Countries
Challenge PLUS Mexico
Less than 10 days
48 States Insanity
Back to back* Challenges
Less than 20 days
48 States Plus! Insanity
Back to back* 48
States Plus!
Less than 20 days

*Back to back rides have special restrictions explained here.
**Includes either 48 State pin or 48 State Plus pin

Read the rules for the iconic SaddleSore 1000 on the Ironbutt Association site.  The rules for this ride are similar and you will get valuable background information.

Documentation:  See here.


DBR - Dated Business Receipt

A DBR is a machine generated receipt with the date, time and LOCATION on it.  Check it - do not assume it is correct.  A receipt with an incorrect time/date/location is worthless.  Check and re-check.


The ride must be completed within the time limits shown above.

You may start anywhere.

Here is one riders route.  You may take any route you choose.


You must obtain DBR every 350 miles or less AND in every state (and Mexico if required). 
In each State, you must ride to a city, town or community and document your visit (i.e., picture of "Welcome to State" sign is not acceptable).  Only DBRs are acceptable as proof that you were in the required location.

Your official time is determined by the starting and ending receipts.  PLEASE check these documents and make sure the clock and date are correct!

You may take any route you wish. is strongly recommended but not required.

Remember it is YOUR responsibility to prove you visited all required stops. Spotwalla goes a long way towards this proof.


Pins:  $8.50 each
Not to size.  Pins are 1.75 iches tall.

map map

Patches: $8.75 each

Not to size. Pataches are 3.5 inches tall.