LANSDALE — Motorcyclists from across the country will descend on downtown Lansdale Saturday, including two who are trying to ride their way into the Guinness Book of World Records.
"We are two riders, motor bike riders, traveling through all 48 states, and we plan on making videos of each state, and we think it's a pretty cool idea to share with the people of Lansdale," said rider Yonatan Belik.
Each year, the annual Bike Night sponsored by the Blue Comet Motorcycle Club of Skippack brings hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts rumbling into town. This year's event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 7, from 5 to 11 p.m. (with a rain date of Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.), and will feature roughly four dozen vendors, live music, food and drink vendors, and more.
This year, they'll have two special guests. Belik and fellow rider Michael Reid are about to begin "Project Create 48," a three-month ride aiming to travel roughly 9,000 miles to break the record for most distance traveled on a specific type of motorized scooter. Throughout the journey, Belik and Reid plan to make videos highlighting each of their destinations, sharing via their Facebook page, Instagram account and website.
"I remember reading these Guinness World Records and seeing all these awesome achievements. I never imagined I would actually get the chance to be in the book," said Reid.
He and Belik, a native of Israel, said the Lansdale kickoff will be their second attempt at a world record, after breaking a similar record for the greatest distance on a scooter traveled in 24 hours last summer. Both are done under the leadership of "Wheeling for the World," a global association of members who look to collaborate across cultures and countries.
"I recall looking for Israeli record holders. I counted them on one hand, while biting the nails of the other, thinking which records I could break," Belik said.
Their vehicle of choice is a 50cc Honda Ruckus, which has a top speed of roughly 30 miles per hour, and which Reid said was a very deliberate choice.
"We recognize how our fast-paced lives cause us to focus on the destination, rather than the journey, so we're choosing to slow down — investing the time to immerse ourselves in our surroundings, and avoid any chance of getting a speeding ticket," Reid said.
Belik said the pair plan to set up a table or informational stand around when the event starts, to meet and greet anyone interested, and then formally drive off after borough Mayor Garry Herbert signs their formal record attempt documents around 8 p.m.
Why did the pair choose Lansdale?
"We chose Lansdale Bike Night because of its family friendly atmosphere and commitment to both support and build the local community," Belik said.