Carl Reese of Santa Clarita, California, broke the solo cannonball motorcycle record from Los Angeles to New York City in 38 hours, 49 minutes. Reese completed the 2,829-mile feat on a 2015 BMW K1600 GT six-cylinder motorcycle, breaking George Egloff’s previous record of 42 hours set in 1983.
No one in history, with the exception of Erwin “Cannonball” Baker himself, has set as many cross-country records in such a short period than Reese and his team. Reese set six records in under seven months from April through October 2015, including the official Guinness World Record for the shortest charging time from Los Angeles to New York City in an electric vehicle. In October 2015, Reese and two other drivers set the first semi-autonomous driving record from Los Angeles to New York City in 57 hours, 48 minutes in a Tesla Model S P85D.
“There is a reason this record has gone unchallenged for over 30 years. Unless you have completed Army boot camp, it is difficult to relate the mental and physical exhaustion,” Reese said. To prepare his body, he gave up all stimulants before the run, including coffee, tea and sugar. “The immense level of fatigue driving a motorcycle solo for 38 hours is like finishing a UFC fight, then getting hit by a freight train. This was far more difficult than any other transcontinental record I’ve set to date.”
Reese is now working with Hollywood-based filmmakers to produce a documentary highlighting the history of transcontinental driving records. The production team is seeking funds to complete the documentary. The documentary trailer can be viewed on YouTube and donations made on Indiegogo. Transcontinental driving records date back more than 100 years, when “Cannonball” Baker drove an Indian motorcycle from Los Angeles to New York City in 11 days. Historians attribute interest around such trips to advancements in transportation and manufacturing in the U.S.
The BMW K1600 GT used was acquired from West Valley Cycle Sales in Winnetka, California — the oldest BMW Motorrad dealer in the U.S. West Valley provided additional support and technical assistance throughout the trip. Leading technology provider of GPS tracking software for businesses with vehicles and other mobile assets, GPS Insight provided telemetry equipment.
Notaries and film crews were present at the start and finish locations, along with 13 witnesses, including transcontinental record holders and members of the TransContinental Drivers Association, Ed Bolian, Dave Black, Deena Mastracci, Alex Roy and Vic Manuel.
As in his previous record runs, Reese carried an American flag for good luck. It was gifted to him by veteran and friend, retired Sgt. 1st class Rod Hawk. The flag originally flew in Iraq and was presented to Hawk for his accomplishments during the war. Reese, whom also served in the Army, said, “I carry that flag to remind me of the men and women who have put themselves in harm’s way to protect our freedom.”
Trip photos and video footage from the record-breaking trip in August 2015 are available to members of the media upon request. Please direct all media inquiries to Josie Hankey at 410-420-2001 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about this record-breaking trip and future expeditions, follow Reese’s Twitter account, @EVRecordAttempt.
They've arrived! The moment we have all been waiting for. The MX Front Fenders are here and are making their debut Jan. 17, 2016. York Swap Meet — York, Pennsylvania. Come and see all that Preston Petty Product has to offer! Please note, if you ordered online all orders will ship Monday, Jan. 18.
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Stop by our booth at York Swap Meet in Pennsylvania, Sunday, Jan. 17, and say hi to Jack
We are also very proud to have Jack Penton sharing our booth space with us this year. Jack will be there to showoff his PVL and Power Dynamo ignitions from Penton Racing Products. Come by to talk with Jack about his great ignition systems that Penton Racing Products offers.
Motorcycle heated apparel specialist Gerbing gives us yet another reason to love lithium-ion battery technology. Using a rechargeable 7-volt lithium-ion battery that will power the vest for up to 10 hours, the new Gyde Torrid heated vest features four heating grids — one in the neck, one in the back and two in the chest — and can reach temperatures up to 135F. Water and wind resistant, the 4-way stretchable shell material has a fleece-lined back for added comfort. $249.99. MC
If you wish your helmet chin strap was equipped with a quick-release buckle instead of standard D-rings, the Echo Quick Release from Tennessee-based Echo Products is the easy answer. Made of tempered steel and high-impact nylon, the Echo Quick Release metal-to-metal locking design feature provides extra security by requiring pressure on both sides of the release buckle to release the strap. Exceeds D.O.T. 218, SNELL 2005 and N.I.J. 0104.02 chin strap testing requirements. Average retail, $7.99. MC
Indiana-based CarCapsule has introduced the Bike ShowCase “touchless” motorcycle cover. The protective structure is supported by inflatable air columns and features a zip-open front panel for easy ingress/egress. Evaporative Storage System technology filters and exchanges the air 3-5 times an hour, keeping the inside air temp consistent with ambient temps and eliminating moisture that could condense on your bike. Clear panels are durable 0.30 gauge PVC and the flame and oil resistant base mat is made from 0.60 gauge reinforced PVC. $1,195. MC
Introducing a fully refreshed line of cold weather gloves by REV’IT! With over a dozen new men’s and women’s styles to choose from, riders in every class will be able to find the perfect level of warmth, protection and grip.
Design details: Warmth
The design starting point for each glove was warmth. To deliver a glove capable of keeping riders warm and comfortable throughout the winter, at least one layer of additional insulation and one layer of waterproofing material were necessary.
Wet hands mean cold hands. That’s why we added high-quality GORE-TEX® and hydratex® membranes into the new line, for 100-percent waterproofing and breathability.
Next, our designers looked to materials with excellent warmth-to-weight ratios. Both Thinsulate® and Primaloft® — thin, highly insulating materials considered the best in their classes — were added to prevent loss of handlebar control due to cold fingers or a lack of dexterity.
Design details: Grip
Understanding how to deliver precise control of the handlebar is essential to creating a safe glove, especially in cold, wet winter climates.
Materials’ compositions highly influence the level of dexterity afforded to the rider. The compact and efficient insulating materials inside the gloves, alongside the GORE-TEX® grip construction ensure the various layers of the glove work together as one.
To increase handlebar feel, a goatskin with diamond texture has been added as reinforcement on the new gloves, for maximum safety and control.
Design details: Protection
In case of a crash, the hands are the most likely to make first contact with the road surface — which means good coverage is paramount. With this in mind, REV’IT! designers have used our own SEESOFT™ protection for impact energy absorption, and all outer materials have been selected for their high levels of abrasion resistance and durability.
REV’IT!'s Engineered skin® design philosophy is evident in the entire FW2015 gloves, with innovative solutions that will distinguish these winter gloves from all others.
EMGO has been supplying parts for vintage motorcycles around the world for more than 45 years. Their stable of parts is extensive and includes hard-to-find items for Japanese classics, including this reproduction handlebar ignition switch for mid-1970s Honda CB550K and 750K fours. A faithful replica of the original, it plugs right into the stock wiring harness. Available from dealers nationwide. Price varies, approximately $55. MC