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Hard Miles™ DVD
The True Story of the 2007 Iron Butt Rally™
“The World’s Toughest Motorcycle Competition”


Frequently Asked Questions


I'm having problems playing my DVD. What gives?
Do you accept international orders?
Will the Hard Miles DVD work in countries other than USA?
Is the Hard Miles DVD high-definition?
Why is this video about the 2007 rally? What happened to 2008?
If the Iron Butt Rally is the "World's Toughest Motorcycle Competition", why haven't I ever heard of it?
Is the Iron Butt Rally really THAT hard? The competitors look like ordinary people.
Who is Abracadabra Presentation Graphics, Inc.?


I'm having problems playing my DVD. What gives?

If you are having problems with the playback of your Hard Miles DVD, chances are you have one of our first-run discs. Prior to February 4, 2009 all of the Hard Miles discs were laser burned DVD-R video discs. Some older DVD players are not compatible with those DVD-Rs. As of February 4, 2009 our second run of Hard Miles is a commercially pressed DVD just like you would rent or purchase from US retailers. You can tell which type of disc you have by the color of its bottom playing surface: the laser burned DVD-Rs are purple. If you have a purple bottomed DVD-R Hard Miles disc that is giving you trouble, send us an e-mail and we will arrange to swap out that disc with a second-run pressed DVD.


Do you accept international orders?

Yes. We are now accepting international orders from select countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. We accept orders from: Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Ireland, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.


Will the Hard Miles DVD work in countries other than USA?

Maybe. The Hard Miles DVD was shot and edited in NTSC video, which is a United States television standard. Other countries have different television standards, so the Hard Miles DVD may not play properly depending on your country. However, there is a very good chance the Hard Miles DVD will work in a computer, regardless of the country where you reside.


Is the Hard Miles DVD high-definition?

No. The Hard Miles DVD is standard definition video formatted to 16:9 aspect ratio in order to take advantage of today's wide-screen flat panel televisions.


Why is this video about the 2007 rally? What happened to 2008?

The Iron Butt Rally is a biennial event. It used to run every year, but then it was realized that the enormous amount of preparation necessary to compete required an additional year between rallies. The next Iron Butt Rally will be held in 2009.


If the Iron Butt Rally is the "World's Toughest Motorcycle Competition", why haven't I ever heard of it?

Long-distance motorcycle riders are a small, yet dedicated, sub-group of the motorcycle community. The Iron Butt Rally emerged as a way for the longest of the long-distance riders to challenge themselves while maintaining safe riding practices. There is no prize money for winning the Iron Butt Rally, so sponsorship is all but eliminated. This helps keep the rally a smaller, more personal event with greater access by non-professional motorcycle riders.


Is the Iron Butt Rally really THAT hard? The competitors look like ordinary people.

Motorcycle riders know that riding requires much more physical exertion and mental alertness than simply driving a car. Iron Butt Rally riders typically spend 16+ hours a day in the saddle. Multiply that by 11 days, add temperature and weather extremes, and with the added challenge of complex routing and bonus-point calculations... Yes, it really is THAT hard.


Who is Abracadabra Presentation Graphics, Inc.?

Abracadabra Presentation Graphics, Inc. is a multimedia company specializing in creating videos, presentations and sales meetings for corporate clients throughout the United States. Dean Tanji, the Producer of Hard Miles, is a three-time Iron Butt Rally competitor earning Bronze in 2001, Silver in 2003 and Gold in 2005. There are a number motorcycle riders within the Abracadabra organization with such rides as 2004 Suzuki V-Strom, 2003 Yamaha FJR1300, 1999 Suzuki SV650, 1992 Harley Davidson Sportster, 1988 HD FXSTS Springer and a 2006 Vespa LX 50.




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