Cancellation of Butt Lite X

It is with much sadness that we must announce the cancellation of Butt Lite X.

We reached this decision after much analysis and discussion.   It basically came down  to our responsibilities to our riders, volunteers, and their families.   We just cannot, in good conscience, pretend that a group of over 130 people gathering during a pandemic is a good idea.   We also feel very strongly that the added pressure of incorporating the additional safety measures into what a rally rider must normally deal with is unrealistic and potentially dangerous.   Attempting to navigate the various restrictions that can change at the state, county and city level will be nearly impossible, especially when considering the states that have travel restrictions specifically from Kansas.

This was to be a huge celebration.   We had a hell of a rally planned for you. And we are each grieving the loss of our last rally as a team.   We have grown extremely close over the last eight years.  With each Butt Lite, we strove to provide each rider with an amazing experience that would challenge you to think about where you were going and to feel various emotions once you got there. That was the vision of Eddie and Adam when they started Butt Lite and we have always worked to keep it that way.

Riders will be hearing more from us in the coming days.

Many of you have asked why we do not just postpone Butt Lite X until 2021 or 2022.   That is not a simple question to answer. While there is a myriad of reasons, we will leave it at this – We had all agreed that after Butt Lite X we would be done.   Each rally is a two-year project that takes precedent over everything in our lives.   If we were to take this out another two years we would basically have to start over.   Each location would have to be rechecked, hotel contracts would have to be re-written, riders would have to re-register.   We are not going to do that. As sad as this is for all of us, Butt Lite X is the rally that never happened.

The irony that Butt Lite X would be taken out by a global pandemic would not be lost on our mentor, Eddie James, and it is not lost on us.   That little bit of sick humor eases the pain, but just a little bit.

With much sadness,

Bart, David & Lisa

Butt Lite X Roster

Timothy Allen 2017 BMW R1200RT
James Alton Yamaha Super Tenere
Ken & Felicia Aman 2006 GL1800
Gerry Arel 2011 BWM R1200R
Jeff & Erin Arsenault 2006 Yamaha FJR
John Atkinson 1991 Kawasaki Concours
George Barker Honda GL1800
Philip Becker 2012 K1600GT
Mike Best 2018 gold wing
Marc Bialt 2016 BMW K1600GT
Wolfe Bonham 2003 BMW R1150GS
David Bourdeaux 2018 Honda Goldwing
Bob Bowman 2007 Honda ST1300
Eric Bray 2015 BMW GSA
Kith Burkingstock 2014 Yamaha Super Duper Tenere
Jim Burriss 2013 Victory XTC
Eric Buskell Harley Davidson Road Glide
Mark D Campbell 2019 R1250GSA
David Clark 2010 Kawasaki Concours 14
Billy Connacher 2016 R1200GSA
Lance Corley 2018 Harley Davidson RoadGlide
Martin Cover BMW K1600 GTLE
Kevin Craft 2018 BMW R1200GSA
Wendy Crockett 2005 Yamaha FJR – why mess with success? 😉
Dan Crowley 2018 Gold Wing
Greg Dennett 2002 Honda ST1100
Christopher Dewall 2005 Honda VTX 1300
Sanjay Dixit 2007 BMW R1200RT
Danny C. Dossman 2012 Honda ST1300
Darryl Doughty BMW R1200GSA 2016
Scott Durham 2017 GL 1800
Bruce Edwards 2017 BMW R1200RT
James Epley 2015 Triumph Trophy SE
Greg Farmer 2016 Honda Goldwing
Edward Feyereisen 2007 Suzuki DL 1000
John E Frick 2016 BMW RT
Connie Gabrick 2009 Victory Vision
Randy Gabrick 2013 Goldwing
Steve Gallant 2012 Honda ST1300A
Kevin Gardner 2008 GL1800
Art Garvin 2010 GL1800
Maura Gatensby ST1300 one year or the other, all the same
Steve Giffin 2005 Yamaha FJR 1300
Peter Green & Dannette Sifford Honda Goldwing
Mike Hall 2018 BMW R1200RT
Allen Hatcher 2009 Honda ST1300 PA
Mike Heitkamp BMW R1200GSA
Shawn Hughes 2018 BMW K1600 GTL
Mike Hutsal 2013 BMW K1600GT
Doug & Liz Jacobs R1200GS
Eric Jewell ST1300A
Stephen Johnson & Rhiannon Storm Concours 14
Jeffrey Konicek 2004 Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad
Lynda Lahman 2018 Africa Twin CRF1000L
Terry Lahman 2017 Africa Twin CRF1000L
Nancy Lefcourt 2013 R1200RT
George Levar Honda ST1300
Mike Lindstrom 2018 BMW R1200 GSA
Beth Madson 2019 BMW 750GS
Scott Madson 2007 BMW R1200RT
Troy E Martin 2013 Triumph Trophy SE
Ken Meese ’09 BMW K1300GT
Paul Meyer 2015 Triumph Trophy
Lee Miller 2005 ST 1300
Rick Miller Concours 14
Olaf Moon 2008 Yamaha FJR1300AE
Josh Mountain 2008 Yamaha FJR1300AE
Jim Owen 2018 BMW R1200RT
Paul Partin 2008 Honda Gold Wing
Chris Purney 2016 Yamaha Super Tenere
Ryan Rahjes 2016 Goldwing
Lionel Ramos 2019 HD Road Glide CVO
Andrew Regnier 2015 Super Tenere
Mike Riley Kawasaki Concours 14
Mark & Michelle Rotert 2017 BMW R1200GS
Daniel Roth 2011 R1200GSA
Glenn Royal 2019 BMW R1250 RT
Lisa Cover Rufo BMW R1200GSA
Steven Rufo 2012 Triumph Explorer
Bruce Scudella 2000 BMW R1100RT
Monica Short Suzuki V-Strom
Paul Slaton 2006 Yamaha FJR 1300
Rick Snyder 1996 BMW R1100GS
Thomas Southwood
Dylan Spink 1983 GL650I
Daniel Stephans II BMW K1200LT (will likely change)
James R Stovall Jr 2013 Honda Goldwing
Kirsten Talken-Spaulding BMW R1200RT
Scott Thornton 2012 FJR1300
Kenneth Trass 2016 Honda Gold Wing
Keith Underdahl 2015 Yamaha FJ-09
Stephen & Tamara Vook 2018 BMW K16GTL
David E Walls 2014 FJR 1300 ES
Jim Weatherhead 2014 BMW R1200GS
Daniel Wilcox 2004 FJR1300
Mark Wood 2018 Triumph Tiger 1200XRt

The Deadline is Near – and Thanks to SOC Rider # 40

The July 31 deadline to apply for Butt Lite X is near. We could just say that. But how about a nice little story to go along with the nudge?

At this year’s Iron Butt Rally there was a lot of talk about old-school. At TeamStrange, we’re cognizant of history and we approve of old-school.

So y’all know that Eddie James was a founder of TeamStrange, of the Minnesota 1000, and Butt Lite. But Eddie also put together the Grand Tours – starting with the I’ve Been Everywhere Tour in 2000 (visit the locations in the song I’ve Been Everywhere), the Presidential Tour in 2001 (towns named after US presidents), and more. Later in the 20-teens (or whatever that decade is called) Eddie’s brother Jon picked up the baton with the 30th Anniversary Grand Tours, the Whispering Giants Grand Tour, and more. This year’s TeamStrange Grand Tour is States of Confusion, which is . . . well, confusing.

Anyway, States of Confusion rider # 40 inquired about whether a particular building would meet the qualifications for an SOC location. Perusal of the area in Google Maps turned up something that greatly amused the SOC rallymaster.

If you knew Eddie, you knew that he had a mischievous sense of humor and an anti-authoritarian streak.


These tendencies came out in the license plates on some of his motorcycles. Back in the day, Eddie was working at a Harley-Davidson dealer in the Twin Cities, and would ride his BMW to the store. One day Eddie’s BMW was parked out front and the irate and somewhat geographically-challenged owner screamed at him, “Park that Fucking Jap Bike out back!”. Thereafter, Eddie usually had a Bavarian-built BMW with the license plate “FJB”.

At some TeamStrange event, Eddie was downright giggling. He was giggling because he’d just got a new license plate for another of his bikes, and this one said “DONEY“. For those not into the blues as depp as Eddie was, a doney is a term for a woman, often disreputable, and most famously in the Robert Johnson song “I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom” and as electrified by Elmore James in “Dust My Broom“:

I don’t want no woman want every downtown man she meets
She’s a no-good doney, they shouldn’t allow her on the street

Eddie was positively delighted to have put one over on the Minnesota DMV.

So how does this relate to States of Confusion? At the request of the rallymaster, SOC Rider # 40 sent back a photo of a road sign close to the SOC location. Eddie would think this was pretty funny. Thank you SOC Rider # 40.



IBR No Draw Clarification

We always have questions on this.

The top ten finishers in Butt Lite X will be eligible for no-draw spots in the 2021 Iron Butt Rally. That means you get to bypass the IBR drawing process. Whether you must meet any additional qualifications that the IBR may impose is up to the IBR. If you finish in the top ten in Butt Lite X and you already have a spot in the 2021 IBR, bully for you. Un-used no-draw spots do not pass down to Butt Lite finishers below #10.

However, the first place finisher in Butt Lite X gets his or her IBR entry fee paid by TeamStrange, whether he or she already had a spot in the IBR or gets in via the Butt Lite top ten no-draw entry. So, another good reason to strive for first.

Applications close July 30, 2019, tick tock tick tock . . . .

Announcing Butt Lite X Registration

Butt Lite X will start and end in some town or city somewhere in the lower 48 of the USA. The rally will begin on Sunday, July 5, 2020, and end on Saturday, July 11, 2020. The entry fee will be $975 solo or $1175 two-up.

Please read all the information below before proceeding. We know you’re anxious, but reading comprehension is always important:

  • If you are interested in applying for a spot in BLX, read this page, then click on the link a the bottom of this post to go to the registration site.

    • Preference will be given to previous Butt Lite riders, Butt Lite volunteers, Minnesota 1000 riders, MN1K volunteers.

    • You will be asked to provide a brief riding résumé.

    • If you have never ridden with us in the past, don’t despair. This doesn’t mean you won’t get in.

  • After all the data for the application is gathered, you will be prompted to make a deposit of $100 via PayPal.

    • If you are selected, the $100 will go toward your entry fee.

    • If you are not selected, the $100 will be refunded to you.

    • PayPal will be the only form of payment we will take during the application process.

  • Applications will be accepted beginning April 1, 2019, through July 30, 2019.

    • The order in which we receive applications will not impact your chances of getting in. Unlike previous Butt Lites, being first doesn’t guarantee you a spot.

  • You will be notified via email (the email you give us during the application process) during the first week of September 2019 whether you were or were not accepted. If you don’t get in, we won’t leave you hanging. This date may fluctuate depending on where we are with reviewing applications.

    • At that time, you will be given information on how to pay the balance of your entry fee (checks or PayPal will be accepted). We will accept two payments over a period of time that will be communicated then.

    • You will be informed of the rally start and finish locations, schedule and reservation information for hotels.

  • There will be no refunds of entry fees after you have been accepted into the rally.

  • There will not be a waiting list. If you are on the fence about applying for Butt Lite or want to wait to see who else gets in, you will be out of luck. You must apply during the application window in order to be considered.

  • If you want information on what to expect during the rally – rules, route sheets, reports from riders – you can find more information on past rallies (and on Butt Lite X as we post it) here.

  • If you have any issues with the registration process, email us at

Light fuse, get away.

Butt Lite X Registration

A Communique from the Butt Lite rallymasters

Before we start, we want to take the opportunity to thank all the riders who have participated in Butt Lite over the years. Without you, the rally could not happen, and because of you, we make the rally happen. Some of you even come back for more, which either shows we’re not cruel enough or there’s something wrong with you, or both. 

Also, we want to take the opportunity to thank all our volunteers over the years. Truly, the rally would not happen without your participation. Your continued willingness to travel half way across the country to get up at 4 am and deal with cranky, smelly rally riders and cranky, smelly rallymasters constantly amazes us.

 At the end of each Butt Lite rally, people start asking us when the next Butt Lite will happen. We have always responded that this is like asking a woman who just gave birth when she wants to have the next baby. This time, riders were asking us before we’d announced the results, which is like asking that woman even before the umbilical cord has been cut.

 Nevertheless, we did start talking among ourselves about the possibility of another Butt Lite fairly soon after the end of BLIX – sooner than we had started talking about it after any of the other rallies. We fairly quickly realized we all had the same feelings about the future of Butt Lite and we fairly quickly came to some decisions.

 We are planning that there will be a Butt Lite X in 2020.

 We are expecting that it will be the last Butt Lite rally.

 When we decided to do Butt Lite 6IX in May 2011, we were terrified that we would not live up to the standards and goal of Total World Domination established by our founders, Eddie James and Adam Wolkoff, and that we would somehow ruin the name of Butt Lite. We still strive to meet that standard of performance but we have less fear of failure. Over the past 7 years, we’ve had more fun working together to put on Butt Lite than you can imagine. One of our serious considerations regarding the future of Butt Lite, and a huge downside for us, is that breaking up this team will feel like breaking up a family.

 But, it is 2 solid years of work and stress that goes into putting on a multi-day rally like Butt Lite. The rally pretty much fills all available non-day-job hours. We want to be free to tell friends where we went on our last motorcycle ride without worrying about accidentally revealing a bonus location. We want to be free to post photos on social media without giving away a secret. We want to be free to go on a vacation that isn’t guided by the parameters of the next rally. As much as we enjoy working together, and as much as we will miss that, our lives have been controlled by the rally for 7 years now, and we (and our significant others) all feel it’s time for that to end.

 But why end Butt Lite instead of passing it along to someone else to continue? We just feel that closing up shop is the right way to go out. There were five Butt Lites under Eddie and Adam and there will be five Butt Lites under the Gen 2 rallymasters, and that’s a nice symmetry. We hope and expect that there are others who will develop another multi-day rally that will be as successful as Butt Lite, and we’ll be happy to give any advice we can. But the past can be a burden, and we think it’s best for the sport and for the LD community if that future rally, whatever it is, can be free to develop its own identity and become its own legend.

 There will be more details on Butt Lite X in time. But there is one other thing we need to tell you right now, and it will unavoidably make some riders unhappy. Because Butt Lite X will be the last Butt Lite, we expect there will be a lot of riders who will want to be part of it. And that’s great. But it’s incredibly important to us that those loyal Butt Lite riders who’ve supported the rally in the past, and for some reason still want to come back for more, get the chance to do so. So, as much as we enjoy watching the free-for-all, first-come-first-serve registration scramble, we’re not going to do that for Butt Lite X. We want to ensure that Butt Lite veterans don’t get shut out so there will be some sort of drawing process TBD that will give preference to returning riders. The good news is, you won’t all have to be sitting at your computers at midnight frantically hitting the Enter key.

 There will be more information posted at the TeamStrange website and discussion board and the Butt Lite blog in due time. And again, we want to thank our past and future riders and volunteers who gave us the opportunity for so much fun and angst over the past 7 years. One last time, light fuse and get away.

The Rider’s Perspective

Several of our Butt Lite IX riders are blogging about the experience.  One is a top 10 finisher, another gives us a first-time, multi-day perspective and finally, an Australian pillion riding in her first rally.  They all do a great job of detailing exactly what this is all about.  Enjoy!

Rider #32, 5th place – Steve Gallant:

Rider #7, 54th place – James Epley:

Rider #75, 59th place – Rebecca McCallum: