VICTORY RIDER BLOG: NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS THAT WILL KEEP YOU ON THE OPEN ROAD THROUGHOUT 2016
A new year means new opportunities, and for Victory Riders, that means one thing: New riding opportunities.
We are heading into 2016 with a long list of New Year’s Resolutions that, if we accomplish every one, will have us riding almost non-stop throughout the year. Sounds good to us! If you have some resolutions of your own, share them with all of us on the Victory Motorcycles Facebook Page.
1. Follow Grizzly’s World Record Ride: In between your rides, go online to check the progress of Urs Pedraita, better known as “Grisu Grizzly.” On March 11, he’ll depart from Daytona Beach, Florida, aboard a Victory Cross Country on a motorcycle ride around the world. His goal is to complete the 60,000-plus-mile trip in 100 days, which is 20 days faster than the current record. Watch for updates here on the Victory website and on the Victory Motorcycles Facebook page.
2. Attend an NHRA Race: Ride to a drag strip for an NHRA race weekend to see the Victory Racing team of Matt and Angie Smith on their Pro Stock Motorcycle (PSM) Victory Gunners. Matt, a two-time PSM champion finished fourth in points in 2015, and he’s very optimistic about the team having more speed on tap for the 2016 season. The season starts in February, and you’ll find the NHRA schedule here: http://www.nhra.com/tickets
3. Attend Daytona Bike Week: The official dates for Daytona [FL] Bike Week are March 4-13, and Victory will announce its Bike Week activity schedule in the near future. Enjoy some pre-spring riding in Florida weather, check out the countless vendors and busy nightspots, and stop by the Speedway for a Victory Demo Ride. And salute the Daytona Beach Police Dept. on their Victory Police Motorcycles.
4. Plan a Memorial Day Victory Ride: Enjoy some riding on the holiday weekend and salute military personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom. Plan a group ride that includes a stop on Monday, May 30, at a Memorial Day commemoration, or help a local veterans group, possibly by making your ride a fundraiser for the group’s benefit.
5. Attend the Southeast Victory Rally: The 10th annual Southeast Victory Rally will be held June 2-5 in Helen, GA, a Bavarian-themed town set amid heavily wooded mountain roads that provide great riding. The Victory camaraderie at this rally is outstanding, and rally organizers donate event proceeds to charity. Look up ”Southeast Victory Rally” on Facebook for details.
6. Attend Americade & Ride the Adirondacks: The annual Americade rally will be held June 7-11 in Lake George, NY. It’s a great rally in one of the nation’s best riding areas, the Adirondack Mountains. You can head out in a different direction every day and explore new roads that take you through the beautifully wooded mountains. For rally info: http://www.americade.com
7. Ride a Leg [or More] on the V2V Relay: The annual relay ride across the country ends on the Fourth of July – Victory’s birthday! This year’s 17th annual relay should go west to east, meaning a start around June 21 on the West Coast and an East Coast finish on July 4. Look for details on the VMC website: www.thevmc.com
8. Plan a Fourth of July Ride: The Fourth of July is Victory’s birthday – the day in 1998 when the first production model rolled off the Spirit Lake, IA, assembly line. Say Happy Birthday to the United States and to Victory with a Victory Ride and share photos with your fellow Victory Riders on the Victory Facebook Page.
9. Attend the VMC National Meet: This year’s meet is scheduled for Aug. 4-7 in Fort Collins, CO. You’ll meet Victory Riders from all across North America and enjoy some spectacular Rocky Mountain riding. If time permits, plan a trip that combines the meet with a run to Sturgis. Watch for details on the VMC website or the “VMC National Meet” page on Facebook.
10. Attend the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally: The official dates for the 76th edition of the rally in South Dakota’s Black Hills are Aug. 8-14. Victory will announce its Sturgis activities once they’re confirmed. The Black Hills riding is outstanding, and the rally’s people watching and custom bike scene are the best on earth. Sturgis should be on every Victory Rider’s bucket list, and this would be a great year to check it off.
11. Attend Bikes, Blues & BBQ: Head to this outstanding annual rally and you’ll experience outstanding Arkansas riding. The rally takes place Sept. 21-24 in the Fayetteville, AR, area. Take in some rally activities – including a Victory Demo Ride – and spend a few days riding. Visit Eureka Springs and ride the Scenic 71 Loop, the Pig Trail Scenic Byway, the Jasper Disaster and more. You’ll find an Arkansas ride guide here: http://www.arkansas.com/motorcycling