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24 WheelsOfGrace.com Aug/Sept 2016 GRIZZLY SETS NEW WORLD RECORD ON HIS VICTORY CROSS COUNTRY TOUR: Swiss endurance rider completes his round-the-world ride challenge in 72 days and 13 hours Victory Motorcycles® is proud to announce that Swiss endurance rider Urs "Grizzly" Pedraita has achieved a new world record by riding across five continents in less than 120 days aboard his Victory Cross Country Tour. Grizzly covered roughly 47,390 miles in 72 riding days and 13 hours by the time he reached a celebration in his honor at Volusia Motorsports in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., on July 10, 2016. e previous record for such a ride was 120 days and 2 hours, and included time-stops for transfers. Grizzly's overall time without time-stops was 119 days and 21 hours. In such a long motorcycle trip that is beating the record by a thread. From Daytona Beach, Fla., to Panama City, Panama. To Ushuaia, Argentina. To Santiago, Chile, loaded his bike onto a plane for Australia, from Sydney to Perth. Flown to Cape Town, South Africa, to Cairo, Egypt, to a ferry across the Mediterranean to Tarragona, Spain. From there to North Cape (Nordkapp) Norway. Down through St. Petersburg, Moscow, Irkutsk and Vladivostok across Russia, through South Korea, through ailand and Malaysia. From Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, onto a plane and traveled to Anchorage, AK, to a tour across North America through Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Chicago and Santa Monica, California across to his finish-line in Daytona Beach. e Victory Cross Country Tour used for this record-setting ride was specially modified by Motostyling Zurich. While the engine, frame and running gear remain relatively untouched; other parts of the bike have been redesigned to fit Grizzly's needs as he covers long distances in remote parts of the world. More info at: victorymotorcycles.com AMA MOTORCYCLE HALL OF FAME TO INDUCT GLORIA STRUCK AND RONNIE JONES IN OCTOBER CEREMONY: PICKERINGTON, Ohio: Motorcycling enthusiast and pioneer Gloria Struck and dirt-track racer Ronnie Jones will be among the honorees that the American Motorcyclist Association welcomes to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame this October. "It's my pleasure to announce the first two members of the Class of 2016," said Ken Ford, a member of the AMA board of directors and chairman of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation board. "Gloria Struck has inspired generations of women to take up motorcycling for both sport and pleasure, and she remains a vibrant reminder of the emotional connection we can have with two wheels. Ronnie Jones fielded one of the most successful privateer professional dirt-track careers in history, and his accomplishments rank among his era's most impressive." e 2016 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held during the American International Motorcycle Expo, which runs Oct. 13-16 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Tickets to the 2016 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be available soon at americanmotorcyclist.com. For updates on the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, keep an eye on americanmotorcyclist.com/hof as well as the AMA's social media channels, including Facebook FB.com/ AmericanMotorcyclist and FB.com/AMAHallofFame and Twitter and Instagram @AMA_Riding. HARLEY-DAVIDSON RACERS DOMINATE FLAT-TRACK AT X-GAMES: A trio of Harley-Davidson racers filled the medal podium as Harley- Davidson® Flat-Track racing opened 2016 ESPN X Games Austin. Jared Mees rode a Harley- Davidson® XR750 motorcycle to the win and an X Games gold medal following a race-long battle with Harley-Davidson® Screamin' Eagle® Wrecking Crew rider Kenny Coolbeth Jr., who finished second to claim the X Games silver medal. Harley-Davidson® Screamin' Eagle® Factory Team rider Brad Baker won X Games bronze for a third-place finish. INDIAN MOTORCYCLE ENGINEERS SHARE A PASSION: At Indian Motorcycle® designing and building exceptional motorcycles doesn't end aer an eight-hour workday. Melding their careers with a shared fervor for going fast, a team of Indian Motorcycle engineers continues to practice their art on two-wheeled skunk-works type projects aer-hours in the office and at home. Now, in a seven-episode video series titled "A Passion For Speed", we're able to capture a glimpse of what happens in these creative sessions as the team prepares an Indian® Scout® and Indian® Chief Dark Horse® for land speed racing in El Mirage, California. More info at: indianmotorcycle.com.

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