Long Distance Riders Launches New Certfication Organization

A new long distance motorcycle riding certification organization launched yesterday, named appropriately enough, "Long Distance Riders&...

Long Distance RidersA new long distance motorcycle riding certification organization launched yesterday, named appropriately enough, "Long Distance Riders"...

http://www.longdistanceriders.net

It was created by a Jack Powis of Tallahassee, FL, a long distance rider himself.

He came up with the idea of launching a new long distance riding certification organization after he and friends expressed frustration with having to wait so long to get a certificate back from the Iron Butt Association. From there, the idea grew into becoming a more fun alternative to the IBA, offering something for a wider group of riders.

I spoke with him over the phone, "We want to create something more fun, with nicer looking pins and patches, and offer certified rides that more people can do", says Powis. Powis refers to the fact that he'll be certifying 500 mile rides in 12 hours. "A lot of people are riding 500 mile rides and would like for that to count for something".

Long Distance Riders will offer the following certified rides...

  • Easy Rider: 500 miles in 12 hours

  • Full Throttle 1000 miles in 24 hours

  • King of the Road 1500 miles in 36 hours

  • Born to be Wild a Coast to Coast ride in 48 hours.

To kick off the launch of Long Distance Riders, Powis and some friends will be doing a coast-to-coast ride from Jacksonville, FL to San Diego, CA this weekend, hoping to finish it in 48 hours.

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