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Old 08-11-07, 09:04 AM   #1
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Anybody who also rides a motorcycle want to debate the term "Ironbutt?"

I haven't ridden a motorcycle for long distances, but I can say after about 12-14 hours on a bicycle saddle is a lot more painful than the same time and terrain type on a motorcycle. Plus motorcyclists have more comfortable saddles.

So if motorcyclists want to call themselves "Ironbutt" for such a feat then what should we call cyclists?

Steel butt? (understatement)
Adamantium butt? (comic book exaggeration)
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I like adamantium butt. But I'm probably one of the few that get that reference. It also kind of reminds me of wearing a pirate outfit, make up, and singing dorky 80's Britpop the whole way.

But for the hardcore bikers, I might suggest Titanium Butt.
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Maybe the term "ironbutt" for motorcyclists comes from the guys who ride hardtail custom bikes. Some of the custom bikes don't even have padding on the seat, Ouch!
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I am an Ironbutt Motorcycle Rider. There are a number of Ironbutt rides, as well as an 11 day rally that covers around 11,000 miles. I have completed the Saddle Sore, which is 1000 miles in under 24 hours, and a Bun Burner which is 1500 miles in under 36 hours.

I have done a few centuries on bikes, and I would say to compare the two, when I am done with a Century I am physically spent (hungry, thursty, legs weak). When I am done with 1000 miles in about 18 hours, my butt hurts more (even with my custom Corbin seat), my body is stiff, and I am much more mentally drained.

The big difference with the 2 is that there are motorcycle riders that all they do is commute and do weekend riding, and decide on a good day that they are going to do a Saddle sore. They'd be real sore for a few days after, but it is doable. There is no average bicycle rider riding 10 miles a day, a couple times a week that is just going to do a century. You have to train for it, and while training for it your butt gets used to being in the saddle.

Which is the true Ironbutt, go do both and you decide,
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