Duke Dunsford
Post Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2003 10:25 pm
 Subject: IBR: 12th PLACE!

Leon is 12th place!

3rd in the Blue group behind Brent Ames and Todd Witte. Paul Talor is the winner.

The IBR world has been redefined by a rider who smoked most of the field on a bike predisposed to not even finish. Leon felt he could possibly have been in the top 10 if his cell phone wouldn't have croaked. His friend Scott Davis was 13th (different route) on a BMW. Gold medals went up to 14th or 15th place.

He was talking to Bob Higdon as he was on the phone with me. It sounded like there was a hoard of people around him wanting to talk. Several comments were flying around about what he could have done on a stronger bike. I think they're all hoping he'll stick with the 250! The motor's still doing great. He actually started it up and let me hear it run over the phone. I told him Mike wanted it back, we'll see...

By the way, he was wearing his Ninja250.net shirt.

Way to go, Sir...!
ScottG
Post Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2003 10:30 pm
 Subject: Congrats Leon, that is absolutely amazing!! (n/t)

loudboys
Post Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2003 10:32 pm
 Subject: No replacement for displacement.....

except determination, preparation, and sheer willpower.
Hats off.
MikeM
Post Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2003 10:34 pm
 Subject: Re: IBR: 12th PLACE!

What an inspiration!!!! Go Leon. What a great honor for a fantastic gentleman!

And three great huzzahs to Duke for the engine and assistance. This was truly a team effort by many people.
knapper
Post Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2003 10:41 pm
 Subject: absolutely amazing....

and my sincerest congratulations to Leon on a job well done!
Wes
Post Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2003 10:44 pm
 Subject: Holy FUCK

Pardon my French!

Great Gods, that's a great finish! I was hoping for around 33rd. I think the picture at the bottom is appropriate. Wink Good job Leon!!!!

Wes
MIK
Post Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2003 10:50 pm
 Subject: Congratulations!!! That is a great result!!!

Duke, are you going to better it? Next year? Mr. Green
ohioJoe
Post Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2003 10:55 pm
 Subject: Iron butt? pshaw! Leon has a titanium butt!! way to go! (n/t)

live2windare2fail
Post Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2003 10:58 pm
 Subject: Speechless. Absolutely amazing, Leon. Congratulations! (n/t)

Jim Race
Post Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2003 10:59 pm
 Subject: I'm floored....

A lot of so called "stronger bikes" finshed many thousands of miles behind The 250. I'd say Leons ride was plenty strong. :)

Absolutely amazing!

I'll bet this is slowly starting to sink in about now. Good for him.

Does he already have a date for the banquet? ;)

-jim

p.s... Nice work on the pic 'o the day, but is it 'sposed to link to "laurabelle", or is Animal too gauche? Wink
Eric R
Post Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2003 11:22 pm
 Subject: With a subject line like that, what more needs be said? (n/t)

Shelly
Post Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2003 11:33 pm
 Subject: Way to GO LEON!!! We Love ya! (n/t)

Mikimoto
Post Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2003 11:37 pm
 Subject: You should have your ass bronzed!!! (n/t)

Lexy
Post Posted: Sat Aug 23, 2003 12:25 am
 Subject: CONGRATULATIONS LEON!!!

You are officially (once again!) my hero!

You kick all kinds of iron butt all over the road!

Lexy
Sceadu
Post Posted: Sat Aug 23, 2003 12:32 am
 Subject: Incredibly Amazing!! Way To GO Leon!! CONGRATS!!! (n/t)

Wes
Post Posted: Sat Aug 23, 2003 12:56 am
 Subject: A Snippet from BMW MOA

The Hopeless Class will need to be renamed, since Leon's 250 Ninja finished 12th. Just to prove you should never say never, and that nothing is truly impossible, two of the top ten finishers were blue pill riders. So there you go, the Iron Butt Rally finishers have challenged even The Matrix and come out the other side.

-- Montana
oogie_boogie
Post Posted: Sat Aug 23, 2003 1:30 am
 Subject: Good Job Leon, Hopeless That. :) (n/t)

WesNJ
Post Posted: Sat Aug 23, 2003 1:55 am
 Subject: Congrats Leon. Amazeing finish. (n/t)

Ben_
Post Posted: Sat Aug 23, 2003 1:59 am
 Subject: nice (n/t)

VFR Pilot
Post Posted: Sat Aug 23, 2003 5:13 am
 Subject: Leon, you are a giant among men! I doff my helmet in awe! (WOW!) (n/t)

gord
Post Posted: Sat Aug 23, 2003 5:39 am
 Subject: bet you're gonna be sore for a while ;) good job leon (n/t)

Jeb
Post Posted: Sat Aug 23, 2003 5:41 am
 Subject: kickass. i think i can say without consulting the other admins...

that you deserve a free lifetime membership on the board; no dues ever for you! Wink
VD
Post Posted: Sat Aug 23, 2003 5:57 am
 Subject: Re: IBR: 12th PLACE!

Way to go Leon, on your TOUR DE FORCE! When I read about your single day rides, one of which was over 1500 miles, I THOUGHT you were nuts. Now that you have completed the Iron Butt, I KNOW you are nuts! Congratulations on a fantastic ride and for fulfilling a dream that you no doubt have had for some time. I can only imagine the hardships, physical and mental that you had to go through for the past week and a half and you conquered them all. Helmet's off to you, Leon.

How tempting will it be for the guy who has probably logged more miles aboard a 250 Ninja than anyone, to forsake it, buy a bigger bike and go for the victory in 2005? Can the EX500 run fast enough to knock off all the big bikes? Wink
woot
Post Posted: Sat Aug 23, 2003 6:47 am
 Subject: Fantastic! We've all been watching closely - that last leg especially! (n/t)

MattH
Post Posted: Sat Aug 23, 2003 8:09 am
 Subject: I never doubted Leon or the 250. Congrats and thanks from all of us! (n/t)

volken
Post Posted: Sat Aug 23, 2003 10:48 am
 Subject: Absolutely Wonderful! Leon Rocks!...

That is just amazing. My hat's off to you Leon. Anyway, I think it is a wonderful victory, and something that shows the world that the Ninja 250 really is the "little bike that could".

Makes me wish I didn't have to sell my little guy. Wry *sheds a tear* But I do like my 600 Mr. Green
mikeh
Post Posted: Sat Aug 23, 2003 4:54 pm
 Subject: He took one for the team, whew. Thats serious willpower and determina (n/t)

Wolcott
Post Posted: Sat Aug 23, 2003 10:56 pm
 Subject: Congratulations LEON!!!

I've been reading Bob Higdon's summary of the progress and routing for you! Was out of town, so just got the info that you did so well. Good to see a buddy do it right.
Dick
MIK
Post Posted: Sat Aug 23, 2003 11:53 pm
 Subject: Will you create any special IBR merchandise? ;-)

Or maybe an additional logo? Racing only kind of logo doesn't reflect the soul of Ninja250 anymore Wink
Jeb
Post Posted: Sun Aug 24, 2003 12:22 am
 Subject: you know, i think i might - a sport/touring/commuting trinity :) (n/t)


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