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By Ilpo Juvander on 2/18/2012 2:58 PM
I had already set my mind few months ago that this winter I will drive one Iron Butt ride. First trial was set for New Years Day, 1st of January 2012. Date came but at last minute I decided to cancel the ride. Reason being mainly that weather had been so poor in southern Finland that I had no time to test my gears in real winter conditions.

Lucky me, there was already group planning an Arctic Butt Experience for February, just on time before our winter holiday.

Second good thing came in January, winter arrived finally into Finland. I was able to do few test runs in -18°C as well as few longer runs as well. Some changes to equipment also was made as a result of these test runs:

Purchased Gerbing’s Heated Insoles  gerbing heated insoles...
By Ilpo Juvander on 2/16/2012 9:37 PM
Everything now ready, just getting few hours of sleep and tomorrow morning 07:00 (GMT+2) we start the Artic Butt 2012 Experience.

New goggles Weather ok, gears okWeather ok, gears ok

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By Ilpo Juvander on 2/15/2012 8:42 AM
This years first adventure is going to be ~1000 mile (actually this is 1624 km) ride in less than 24h in a route above Polar Circle.

For the ride I will be using my BMW R1200GS Adventure with special tires with spikes.

We will start the ride around 17th of February, early in the morning from Levi and start riding across Lapland.

our planned route

Weather looks...