Analyzing the top 3 on leg 1

Some quick analysis of the top 3 riders on leg 1:

Rider 98 Jim Owen 50 Eric Bray 10 Billy Connacher
Base points (excluding SEC combo) 9757 9217 9088
Rest minutes 448 485 524
Rest bonus points 2240 2400 2400
Leg 1 total 14497 14017 13988
 # of bonuses 43 45 43
Miles 3207 2912 2943
Time In to checkpt  10:51:00 PM  5:50:00 AM  11:49:00 PM
  • Jim got more points on bonuses than Eric and Billy but fewer points on rest. How important will a little bit of extra rest be on leg 2?
  • Jim and Billy got to the checkpoint on Tuesday night which meant they got the leg 2 bonuses at 6 am Wednesday morning. Eric checked in just before the checkpoint window opened so he got the leg 2 bonuses at 8 am Wednesday morning. How important is an extra two hours of routing time on leg 2? (There was no time-restricted bonus that would have required the riders to haul out of the checkpoint immediately at 8 am.)
  • Eric collected the most bonuses with the fewest miles of the three.
  • All three riders went for and got the 2500 point SEC combo bonus.
  • Between them the three riders went to 12 of the 14 SEC stadiums (two went all the way to Texas A&M in College Station but none of the three went to Florida or South Carolina).

The three riders’ routes were similar yet built of different bonuses.

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Jim Owen

Bray

Eric Bray

Connacher

Billy Connacher

What does all this mean for the second half of the rally? We’ll know in a little over 24 hours.

Brief update

We had reported the Schlemans as being out of the rally with mechanical issues on the brand new Gold Wing but they got it sorted out (bad battery) and got to the checkpoint on time.

John Frick and Rick Snyder may have planned their route with an ulterior motive, because we heard that they stopped off at the BMWMOA rally in Iowa in mid bonus hunting. John seems to be having a good time because he hasn’t called to yell at us this time, yet.

Bruce and Adrian Scudella have withdrawn for non-rally related reasons. They’re veterans of many Butt Lites and we’re sad to see them go.

Ian McPhee’s R1100RT blew it’s final drive (how often have we heard that one) but thanks to fellow IBR rider Bob Lilley, is back on the road.

The big topic for discussion after this rally will be GPS navigation, for many reasons which we’ll talk about later. All we’ll say at this point is, if your GPS sends you down a goat trail and we didn’t tell you you needed to be there, maybe don’t listen to the GPS

 

 

 

Leg 1 Results

Audited official leg 1 standings

Position Rider # Rider name L1 score L1 miles L1 bonuses
1 98 Jim Owen 14497 3207 43
2 50 Eric Bray 14017 2912 45
3 10 Billy Connacher 13988 2943 43
4 29-30 Peter Green & Rex LeGalley 13952 3369 46
5 33 Brian Nuehring 12975 2969 43
6 91 Corey Nuehring 12975 2967 43
7 8 Jeffrey Konicek 12971 2871 47
8 89 Rick Armour 12731 2827 37
9 32 Steve Gallant 12538 3034 38
10 56-57 Tad & Karen Scott 12437 2656 32
11 104 Scott Thornton 12435 2790 35
12 62 Ian McPhee 12379 2882 38
13 101 Kevin Gardner 12308 3187 32
14 46-47 John & Nadine Huval 12128 2832 39
15 76 Dylan Spink 11926 3046 32
16 15 Jay Bolinger 11902 2749 34
17 81 Gregg Lenentine 11854 2888 36
18 4 Ron Messick 11826 2783 32
19 64 Greg Farmer 11783 2643 31
20 105 Beth Madson 11344 2626 31
21 79 Barry Myers 10805 2154 38
22 3 Gary Huff 10761 2500 34
23 45 Mike Hutsal 10733 4231 28
24 35 Cary Pettinger 10728 2745 29
25 106 Don Duck 10601 2342 27
26 14 Paul Meyer 10467 3383 34
27 34 Ryan Rahjes 10366 2563 37
28 111 Kurt Worden 10311 2191 35
29 2 Eric Edelman 10245 2038 37
30 39 Rick Snyder 10178 2657 26
31 31 Roy Kjendal 10077 2230 25
32 42 Angelo Patacca 10022 2201 30
33 54 Freddie Edelman 9935 2089 35
34 92 Mike Hall 9931 2353 29
35 13 John Frick 9847 2459 25
36 69 Mike Nolan 9846 2270 34
37 84-85 Eric Chernin & Shirley Davis 9786 2337 34
38 95-96 Karen McCauley & Mariah Thompson 9760 2128 32
39 37 Steve Snell 9749 2654 28
40 94 Yancey McCauley 9660 2152 32
41 11 Gerry Arel 9625 2436 30
42 55 Jim Winterer 9622 2672 26
43 12 Lynda Lahman 9537 2058 29
44 59 Terry Lahman 9537 2049 29
45 99 Sjef Vanderaa 9399 2496 25
46 24 Brian North 9378 2328 24
47 21 Martin Cover 9271 2125 33
48 53 Lyle Monroe 9266 2051 25
49 28 Maura Gatensby 9240 2286 21
50 67 Mike Riley 9225 2429 26
51 23 George Levar 9104 1878 30
52 82 Lisa Hecker 9071 2124 32
53 100 Steven Rufo 8994 2140 31
54 49 Bill Cumbie 8934 1797 31
55 22 Kith Burkingstock 8773 2188 32
56 5 Raven Park 8747 1898 29
57 1 Nathan Smurdon 8675 2424 24
58 26 Michael Baker 8596 1872 31
59 115 Jesse Lucas 8546 1907 26
60 58 Chuck Lackey 8546 1860 25
61 88 Daniel Eckert 8481 1956 33
62 74-75 Martin Little & Rebecca McCallum 8440 1728 30
63 61 Trey Nicoud 8427 2384 24
64 60 Jim Burriss 8171 1835 28
65 90 Bob Bowman 7988 2822 26
66 6 Nancy Lefcourt 7917 2520 29
67 97 Andy Regnier 7879 2434 32
68 18-19 Doug & Liz Jacobs 7536 1977 19
69 7 James Epley 7528 2672 29
70 63 Adrian Scudella 7520 1813 19
71 113 Todd Lipps 7330 2123 20
72 43 Brent Cornell 7324 2357 19
73 68 Paul Partin 7321 1745 24
74 52 Darryl Doughty 6973 2633 22
75 80 Jon Good 6927 1934 21
76 86 Ken Cook 6433 2229 25
77 114 Rob Carlo 6007 2687 22
78 65-66 Ken & Linda Schleman 5686 1808 12
79 93 Lynne Carey 5665 1176 19
80 108 Lee Miller 5156 2457 23
81 70 Bruce Scudella 4830 1833 19
82 36 JD Smith 4657 2311 16
25 Troy Martin DNF
20 Michael Best DNF
51 Thomas Spearman DNF
83 Daniel Roth DNF
Frans & Bettie de Wet DNS
Steve Bennett DNS
Steve Boone DNS
Brett Morehead DNS
Phil Becker DNS
Thomas Southwood DNS
Josh Mountain DNS
Jeff  Johnson DNS
Jon & Graeson Kerr DNS
Wolfe Bonham DNS
Chad Churchill DNS
Zac Rhoades DNS
Rob  Lightner DNS
Jim Alton DNS
David Arkle DNS
Michael Kalinosky DNS
Robyn Pitts DNS
Bruce Edwards DNS

 

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.