Data analysis from the start

86 motorcycles and 94 riders started Butt Lite IX.

The lineup of brands is:

BMW 34
Honda 22
Yamaha 12
Triumph 7
Harley-Davidson 3
Kawasaki 3
Aprilia 1
Can-Am 1
Ducati 1
Indian 1
Victory 1

The high-mileage and oldest bike is Rick Snyder’s 1995 BMW R1100GS at 286,585 miles, followed by Rob Carlo’s 2011 Harley-Davidson Road Glide with 212,431 miles that somehow managed to pass the sound check.

The low-mileage and newest bike is Dylan Spink’s 2018 Honda Gold Wing with 810 (!) miles, followed by Ryan Rahjes’ 2016 Honda Goldwing  with 1398 miles (at least that’s what the odo says).

The average starting mileage is 59,328 miles. The motorcycles in the rally taken together have already gone over 5 million miles (5,102,265 to be exact).

The single most common model in the rally is the BMW R1200GS, 13 of them.

This year’s exotic bikes are Karen McCauley’s Can-Am Spyder (with 108,293 miles and two-up with Mariah), Yancey McCauley’s Indian Roadmaster (a late replacement for a V-Strom), and Kurt Worden’s Versys 300. There’s also Raven’s Aprilia Caponord, Jim Burriss’ Victory Cross Country, and Adrian Scudella’s Honda Gold Wing trike, which might be exotic to some, but they’re veterans and old friends to Butt Lite.

Then there’s Corey and Brian Nuehring who look identical and ride Yamaha FJRs that look identical and have the same license plate numbers from different states. That defies analysis.


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