- December 29, 2011
- By Natalie Windsor
Cycles and speed are all linked for 2011 Cycle Source Magazine’s Motorcycling Woman of the Year. Laura Klock grew up in rural Wisconsin, hanging out with her father in the garage where he worked on the hot rods and racecars he loved. When her parents divorced before she was ten, cycles became the bond she shared with her father. Laura has passed along that love to the next generation: when her two daughters, Erika and Karlee, were in their mid-teens, they were competing for land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats. In 2006, Laura set a national land speed record, racing a Harley-Davidson Road Glide on the Bonneville Salt Flats, clocking 143.659 mph on a bike she and her husband Brian built. In 2008, she broke her own record with a top speed of 153.906 mph, and put a new record in the books of 153.592 mph. Since then, Laura, Erika and Karlee have become the first mother-daughter-daughter trio in the history of land speed racing to hold records at the same time. Erika was 16 when she set her own land speed record; Karlee was just 14 when she became the youngest ever to set a speed record at the Salt Flats.
Laura Klock doesn’t merely set motorcycle speed records, she can take a bike apart and put it back together. She set a bike build record of five hours and five minutes at the XX Chromes All Woman Bike Build in 2007. You might even ride with her: she and Brian own Klock Werks Kustom Cycles in Mitchell, South Dakota, which offers more than 350 Klock Werks Brand part numbers, including their own FLARE Windshield.
Laura’s 2011 Cycle Source Magazine’s Motorcycling Woman of the Year honor makes her a double winner: she was also Cycle Source Magazine’s Woman of the Year in 2008. Still, she considers her daughters to be her greatest accomplishments, and she has many. Laura is the Vice President of Klock Werks; she’s a MotorMaid and a certified Motorcycle Safety Foundation Rider Coach ; she’s a Contributing Writer for Motor Market Magazine. Laura is also one of the co-founders of Helping with Horsepower, an organization that implements volunteer programs to empower, encourage, and raise funds for charity.
Laura has been featured in magazines including Hot Bike Bagger, American Bagger, American Iron, IronWorks, Cycle Source, Christian MotorSports Illustrated, Biker’s Ally, and on PowerBlock TV, Speed Channel, and the History Channel. She appears all over the nation as an ambassador and speaker.
Laura is one of the major supporters of the Biker Belles Ride, an annual event that takes place during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. She advises Biker Belles on the overall event as well as recruits women dignitaries and sponsors for the event. Her charity ‘Helping with Horsepower’ (www.helpingwithhorsepower.com) helps young women and girls who are at risk or are victims of abuse, is one of the chosen charities for the Biker Belles event.
The Biker Belles Ride, presented by the Sturgis Buffalo Chip, takes place Wed August 8th 2012. The ride kicks off from The Lodge in Deadwood and ends at the Legendary Sturgis Buffalo Chip where the Biker Belles will be treated to a special women riders reception, which will include a fashion show, a live auction and top of the line entertainment. For all those ladies heading to Sturgis in 2012, this is the event to be a part of. Tickets are available now by calling (605) 347-9000 or by clicking here.
For event & sponsorship info contact
Toni Woodruff, Sturgis Buffalo Chip
Congratulations, Laura Klock, Cycle Source Magazine’s Motorcycling Woman of the Year!
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