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Danell Lynn Completes Guinness World Record Attempt On Avon Tires

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After travelling more than 53,000 miles across the country in one year, motorcyclist Danell Lynn has completed her Guinness World Record-breaking attempt on Avon tires.

When she set out on her 2006 Triumph Bonneville for a trip she dubbed, “One Woman, One Bike, One Year” on Sept. 19, 2014, Lynn knew this would be a life-changing journey. What she didn’t know was how quickly the constantly changing weather and road conditions would wear out her tires. That’s where Roadrider tires from Avon Tyres made all the difference.

The benefits of the Avon tires were outstanding,” stated Lynn. “The Avon Roadrider’s outperformed any other tire I’d tried, providing up to 11,000 miles on the rears, and up to 20,000 miles on the fronts. They proved road worthy through the backcountry roads, as well as the highway, and the ultimate challenge in northern Alaska, the Dalton Highway into the Arctic Circle. I simply could not have been happier with these tires.”

Lynn’s Guinness World Record attempt – in the category of “longest journey by motorcycle in a single country” – was achieved by riding through the 48 contiguous United States. The most recent Guinness World Record in this category was set in 2014 – a 23,760-mile run. Lynn’s trip totaled 53,800 miles and has now been submitted to Guinness World Records for confirmation of the new record.

When Danell called us to share her story, we were thrilled to provide our proven Roadrider tires for the remainder of her trip,” said Ken Warner, Vice President of Marketing for Avon Motorcycle Tyres North America. “We celebrate her completion of this incredible journey and her safe return home. We’re proud to have been a small part of her success.”

Danell Lynn, M.Ed. is a travel enthusiast, author, journalist, philanthropist, blogger and fashion designer. To learn more, visit http://www.danelllynn.com. To follow her journey, connect via Twitter.

Bikernet Special Report: The Motorcycle Riders Foundation

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At the 2015 Motorcycle Riders Foundation’s (MRF) 31st Meeting of the Minds Conference held in September in Milwaukee, WI, a Legislative Strategy Session was hosted by the MRF’s Legislative Committee.

As has been done for the past several years, the MRF requested that it be attended by Sustaining State Motorcyclists’ Rights Organizations (SSMRO) Legislative and/or Executive Officers. We welcomed several representatives from our Sustaining Motorcycle Clubs and Organizations as well.

The goal was to set the MRF’s Federal Legislative Agenda for the 2015 Meeting of the Minds to the 2016 Meeting of the Minds annual cycle. Continue reading.

Get Your Free 2016 Klock Werks Calendar Today

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The 2016 Klock Werks calendar calls attention to Klock Werks’ “Understand the Difference” campaign and utilizes photos of kustom motorcycles owned by friends, family, and even employees at Klock Werks. Doyle Thompson’s HD Road Glide, “Panel Wagon”, is featured for January, and Laura Klock’s Indian Chieftain, “Big Chief #297”, is the spread for March. Dan Cheeseman’s aptly named HD Dyna, or “Nugget,” can be seen on the May spread, and Todd Reiff’s “Victoria,” a 2013 Victory Cross Country, is the highlight of October. Klock Werks’ shop dog, Nelson, and Karlee Cobb share an experience on the Triumph Bonneville with sidecar on the June spread.

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Of course there is space at the back of the calendar to make a wish list of parts you’d like to add to your bike, and also room to make a list of roads you’d love to travel in the New Year, but the calendar is really more of a personal call to action to Understand the Difference, and also a challenge to BE the difference. We set our brand apart by not only making products for your bike that look great, we dedicate ourselves to developing products that function just as well. Klock Werks has grown into something we are very proud of, and we couldn’t have done it without you!

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2015 Bikernet Holiday Shopping Guide

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The Bikernet Elves have done it again! Bikernet’s second annual Holiday Shopping Guide is a wish list for the motorcycle enthusiast and a gold mine of gift ideas for your loved ones.

The Bikernet Holiday Guide. You will find in this special section a selection of gift idea for you and for your riding friends. You can also see it as a handy wish list you can share with your family and pals (nudge, nudge).
The guide will be upgraded as new items and fresh ideas become available, so make sure to check back often to see what’s new.
Read it here.

Hells Angels Buy Out Entire Walmart Bike Supply For Christmas Charity

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For most of the last two decades, the Hells Angels motorcycle club in California has been a major sponsor of a Christmas charity for needy children.

Over Thanksgiving weekend, one intrepid Reddit user witnessed the angels purchasing a California Walmart’s entire stock of children’s bicycles.

The 200+ plus bikes will go straight to the Poverello House, a California based-charity for the homeless and impoverished.

In 2010, the secretary for the Hells Angels opened up about why the group supports Poverello House.

“People read what they want to read, and believe what they want to believe, we believe in these kids. We want to make sure to bring these toys here for these kids to have a great Christmas,” Merl Hefferman told KMPH.

“You got Wind and Fire, you got Screamin Demons, you got just the regular Joe riding his motorcycle. It’s everybody coming together to make this come together.”

Congress Passes Five-Year Highway Bill, Including Big Wins For Motorcyclists

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From AMA

Congress passed a five-year $305 billion highway bill Dec. 3 that includes several big wins for motorcyclists.

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“Some of these issues — such as motorcycle-only checkpoints and recreational trails funding — are ones we have been battling for several years, and it is a major victory to get language in the highway bill that meets our goals,” said Wayne Allard, AMA vice president of government relations.

The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act includes:

Continued funding for the Recreational Trails Program, which provides funding to states for maintaining, improving and expanding off-highway recreational opportunities;
A prohibition against using federal funds for discriminatory motorcycle-only checkpoints;
Reestablishing a Motorcyclist Advisory Council to coordinate with and counsel the U.S. Department of Transportation administrator on specific infrastructure concerns to motorcyclists;
Funding of highway safety grants that include programs to reduce distracted driving, including language that make it easier for states to successfully qualify for and receive the money;
Measures to ensure privacy and security in vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure technology; and
No expansion of pilot programs to place tolls on the nation’s existing interstate highways under the Interstate System Reconstruction & Rehabilitation Pilot Program.
With AMA support, administration of the Recreational Trails Program moved from the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), which was eliminated, into a separate standalone fund within the Federal Highway Administration.

“The new arrangement for the Recreational Trails Program provides more certainty and stability,” Allard said. “The TAP funding was a constant target for legislators who were looking for ways to cut programs that were not self-supporting. The RTP is funded by gas taxes paid into the Highway Trust Fund by off-highway-vehicle users, but was in jeopardy by being lumped in with the other TAP programs.”

The ban on federal funding of motorcycle-only checkpoints comes after eight years of battling this discriminatory and ineffective law-enforcement tactic, Allard said.

“Our focus now can shift to oversight, monitoring how law enforcement agencies use their federal funding, and to efforts at the state level to convince legislatures to prohibit these checkpoints,” Allard said. “But this move at the federal level means motorcyclists can once again travel our nation’s highways without the constant fear of being stopped just because of their choice of vehicle.”

The highway bill now goes to President Obama for his signature.

Paper Towel Motorcycle Art

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From Art News.

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“Power,” not unlike a sheet of Bounty paper towels, “is disposable,” the artist Will Ryman told me over the phone earlier this week. Known for addressing politics through material metaphors, the artist has used this analysis as the basis for Freedom (2014), a sculpture recently unveiled in a quiet corner of the Shelborne Hotel bar.

Commissioned by hotel owners and art collectors Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos and Paul Kanavos, Freedom (2014) recreates the iconic pressed-steel forms of a Harley Davidson, down to the chain, gas cap, and texture of the leather seat, almost entirely in Bounty paper towels—approximately 20 rolls or so, fortified with resin and glue. Continue reading.