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Swiss endurance rider on his fourth of six continents in 100-day ride challenge
MINNEAPOLIS — May 2, 2016 — Swiss endurance rider Urs “Grizzly” Pedraita is 25 riding days and 16,932 miles into his quest to set a new world record by circumnavigating six continents in less than 100 riding days aboard his Victory Motorcycles® Cross Country Tour.
Grizzly rode away from Daytona International Speedway on March 11 flanked by hundreds of owners of Victory motorcycles who joined him to ride one lap of the Daytona 200 road course and escort him out of town for the first part of his journey.
From Daytona Beach, Fla., he traveled 3,971 miles in six days and 14 hours to complete the first leg of the ride in Panama City, Panama. He then continued traveling south 6,269 miles for nine days and 23 hours to reach Ushuaia, Argentina, at the tip of South America. From there, he returned 2,088 miles to Santiago, Chile, loaded his bike onto a plane and transferred to Australia, where he spent six days and five hours riding 4,604 miles west across the continent from Sydney to Perth.
From Perth, Grizzly and his Victory were flown to Cape Town, South Africa, on April 27, where they currently await clearance through customs. Thereafter is a 6,503-mile journey from Cape Town to Cairo, Egypt, where he’ll then point his front wheel toward Tunis, Tunisia, and a ferry to take him across the Mediterranean.
From Africa, Grizzly’s path will lead him north through Europe, then east through Asia. An eventual arrival in Singapore will have him load his bike onto a plane and travel to Anchorage, Alaska, before resuming his tour across North America to a planned finish in Daytona Beach.
“I had a very good start of my world record attempt from the Daytona Speedway...
Jared Zimmerman & Lou Santiago
The essential “how-to” automotive television program swings a leg over the Modern American Musclebike
MINNEAPOLIS — April 29, 2016 — The World Record holding 2017Victory Motorcycles® Octane® is set to make its television debut Saturday, April 30, at 10 AM CT / 11 AM ET, in the season premiere of Velocity’s Car Fix, the essential “how to” automotive series that features the talented dynamic duo of Lou Santiago and Jared Zimmerman. In each episode of “Car Fix” Santiago and Zimmerman take on special automotive projects including modifications, upgrades and repairs using high-end performance and aftermarket products that car junkies can’t wait to get their hands on.
In this 30-minute “Car Fix” episode, the guys take a look at what makes the Victory Octane a Modern American Musclebike – the sharp-edge styling, the race-bred V-twin engine producing 104 horsepower and 76 foot-pounds of tire-shredding torque, and the stiff and solid chassis that delivers outstanding power to weight performance in the class. Zimmerman then customizes an Octane and puts it up against Santiago's Mustang GT. Who will win in the quarter mile?
“Vehicle enthusiasts are familiar with the musclecar formula: take a big motor, shove it into a lightweight chassis, then delete anything that does not contribute to performance – the Victory Octane is the two-wheeled expression of that concept,” says Alex Hultgren, Director of Marketing for Victory Motorcycles. “The guys at ‘Car Fix’ couldn’t have found a better challenger to go up against Lou’s Mustang.”
“Car Fix”, which premieres on Velocity at 10 AM (CT)...
Matt Smith pilots Victory Gunner into the Final Round in North Carolina
MINNEAPOLIS — April 25, 2016 — The second race weekend for the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock Motorcycle Drag Racing Series, the Four-Wide Nationals presented by Lowes Foods at zMax Dragway in Charlotte, N.C., saw Matt Smith ofVictory Racing’s® Drag Race Team speed into the Final Round and gain some welcomed season points.
Showcasing Victory’s commitment to deliver Modern American Muscle, Victory drag racing team is comprised of NHRA power-couple Matt and Angie Smith and their Pro-Stock, custom Victory Gunner drag bikes. Matt boasts two World Champion titles and seventeen career wins, ending the 2015 season – his first with Victory Racing’s Drag Race Team – 4th in points with three runner-up finishes as well as a No. 1 qualifier. Angie, Matt’s wife and Victory Racing’s Drag Race Team partner, last year blasted down the strip to three quarterfinal appearances.
The unique Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway had four bikes battling each other during each pass. Rather than two riders side by side reacting to one Christmas Tree start, there were four riders responding to two separate Trees.
While Angie Smith retired her Victory Gunner following the final qualifying session on April 23, Matt Smith continued through the field and – as the quickest Pro Stock motorcycle in Saturday’s qualifying – found himself in the next day’s Four-Wide final round. Elimination Round 1 saw him roar down the dragway in a time of 6.844 sec. at 195.03 mph and move into Elimination Round 2, where he covered the quarter mile in 6.850 sec. at 195.00 mph. Then, in the Final Round, lined up against Andrew Hines, Eddie Krawiec and Chip Ellis, he launched late and watched Hines pull...
Grizzly has completed the third stage of his round the world trip and is on track to break the world record.
The Swiss rider swiftly rode through the Americas in just 19 days. His final goal is to go around the world in just 100 days on a modified Cross Country that he has named Victory Daytona ONE.
Grizzly started the record attempt with a lap of the Daytona Speedway during Daytona Bike Week in March and then made his way south through the USA to Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Argentina.
The third stage involved a distance of 3,360km and Grizzly covered this in a butt-numbing 2 days and 23 hours. He has been through 36 sets of customs clearances, 100 mountain passes and has ridden on sand and through snow.
Grizzly is now back on the road in Australia for the next stage of his adventure and is riding from Sydney to Perth.
So far he has ridden 19,840 km in 19 days and 12 hours – averaging almost 1,000km a day. With a further 75 days ahead of him, the scale of his attempt really does start to show, as does his remarkable endurance.
Grizzly commented: “I am well! And the stage from Central America to South America is now completed. Now I‘m looking forward to Australia! I’d like to say thank you for all the motivating messages I receive everyday. Please don’t be disappointed that I am not able to answer personally. I’m absolutely happy for your attention and it is a big honour and motivation for me. Don’t stop writing please.”
During Grizzly’s attempt the timer is only stopped at airports when his bike is airlifted to the next continent.
After Australia Grizzly will fly to Cape Town and then start riding his way up through Africa.
See further updates on Grizzly’s Facebook, Instagram and website.
Victory Cross Country Tour
Springtime in Texas means a thing or two to residents. For some, it's time to gather the family, drive down major motorways, stop and snap a photo of the family laying in the wild flowers of the bar ditch. For others, it means that they will no longer be breathing out of both nostrils at the same time, or at all for the next month and a half. For me, it's riding season, and time to slap a helmet on to enjoy some of the most amazing roads that CenTex has to offer.
It also means that almost every weekend there is something motor-related happening in Austin. A few weeks ago, I utilized our long weekend to go out and put some quality miles down on two wheels out in the Hill Country. The reason for the season was of course Easter, and the event that got me out of the Austin city limits was the Giddy Up Chopper and Vintage Motorcycle show down in New Braunfels. I needed to spend a little more quality time atop the Victory Cross Country Tour, a bike that I rode back in Sturgis last year, but I was awash with stress during that event, so I wasn't able to give it my full attention. Now, here in Texas, I was able to give it the attention it deserved.
Jesus, this thing is big when you walk up to it. Full fairing, lower fairings, hard bags, top case, the whole damned thing. I am not a big guy in the least. Weighing in at around 175-180 and standing every fraction of 5'10" tall, I am just about average for an adult male in every way. Bikes like this can be very intimidating at first and any time you haven't ridden one in a while. It has been months since I first rode this beast in the Black Hills of Sturgis, SD, so I felt ready for it's size and weight, but I was still apprehensive.
Swinging a leg over this thing made me wish that I had spent the last several...
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