Seems like there is a record for everything, largest bubble gum bubble, longest political career, biggest tire. So what about records set on and with motorcycles? Here’s a look at a few on the books. 

CROSS WORLD

The newest entry into the record books was set by Urs “Grizzly” Pedraita riding a Victory bike. His achievement was riding five continents in less than 120 days. He rode a Victory Cross Country Tour. Some facts: 

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As you put some miles behind you, ever wonder who else has to get on two wheels to “just clear my head?” Here are a few famous people who were known to get on bikes

Bob Dylan

Dylan crashed his 1964 Triumph Tiger 100 not far from his Woodstock, NY, home in 1966. Reports say he had injured vertebrae, but did not go to the hospital. It proved to be a life-changer for him as he stopped a huge tour schedule, waiting nearly 10 years to go back.

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In all of my motorcycle camping excursions, one thing had been missing; a guitar. Riding a vintage bike hundreds of miles, taking refuge in a state park and sleeping in a tent; it would only seem natural to knock off a tune at the campsite at days end. How in the heck do I carry a guitar on a motorcycle, though? It’s difficult enough to pack the necessities on my chopper. My mind was made up though, and I was determined to figure out a way to hop on my scooter with a guitar.

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Accident attorneys say they should be the second person you call after a wreck. The first is 911 (or the equivalent) to get law enforcement and medical help on the way.

Do you really need to have an attorney represent you after a crash?

The short answer is no.

“You don't need a lawyer to help with routine car accident claims, if you take a little time to educate yourself about the claims system.

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Getting an exact number for motorcycle v. animal wrecks every year is not an easy task. A lot of the stats just refer to total wrecks and do not break it down by what the person was driving.



  



The sad fact is the number of wreck involved animals is going up. That is the worst news for those of on two wheels.



  



Deer Crash keeps some records of deer-related wrecks that resulted in fatalities, but no info on what kind of wheels the driver had.

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Saddle up and hit the trail for a look at museums that are actually interesting. Here’s a view of some of the best motorcycle museums around. 

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame 

The American Motorcycle Association HOF was created in 1982. It’s located in Pickerington, Ohio. 

Exhibits start with a 1984 Roper Steamer and go through 2004 with Chad Reed’s 2004 YZ250.

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The world’s first 3D printed motorcycle debuted recently in Europe.

Well, partly 3D printed. The Light Rider (Page is in German so you will need a browser that translates) has a 3D printed frame. Other parts are, presumably, made conventionally. the company is pushing the frame manufacturing process and not saying much about the remainder. The tires are pneumatic.

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Not sure how to shop for motorcycle insurance? Here’s a guide to help cut the clutter.  

We are not recommending any insurance company listed here. We just use their websites to provide the information you need to know. 

CHECK THE LAW

Step one is to find out what your state law requires. DMV.org lets you select your state to find out what’s required. You may be surprised to learn that motorcycle insurance is not a requirement in all 50 states. 

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Since bikers have little way to secure our rides when parked away from home, theft has got to be a worry. 

Yes, we can lock things down. Bolt cutters make short work of even hardened steel, so a tire boot is not a lot of help. 

We can lock the steering. But three big guys can pick up almost every ride and put it in the back of a pickup. For some of the bigger bikes, four guys can lift it. 

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Vision is so basic to everyday life that it’s easy to overlook the eyes’ true potential.   Eyes for the most part dart around, randomly picking up signals for us to direct our attention.  Sight is the motorcyclist’s secret weapon.  Consciously controlling vision leads to a higher level of skill and enjoyment.

From basic training through professional racing, riders are taught that vision is crucial to directional control. 

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The guys and gals who ride a Spyder will argue that it is a motorcycle. Open air, one drive wheel, maximum two people, same hand controls as a motorcycle do support that line of thinking. 



  



State law varies widely. Washington State has a special permit for some trikes. It’s not a motorcycle endorsement. Washington also has exceptions for three-wheeled rides so the driver just needs a regular Class D cage license.  

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