Uber-mad Swiss endurance rider Urs “Grizzly” Pedraita has achieved a new World Record by circumnavigating five continents in 119 days and 21 hours by motorcycle. The time set includes the time that his Victory Cross Country Tour motorcycle was flown or shipped between continents, unlike other records which do not include the transfer time.
Riding a total of 47,390 miles (that 76,277 km for those using the metric system) and a riding time of 72 days and 13 hours he smashed the previous ‘riding time’ record of 120 days and 2 hours by 47 days and 13 hours!
He finished his ride on Sunday 10th July at Volusia Motorsports in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Speaking of his trip Grizzly said “with this journey the spirit of the pioneers of the past has been re-established”.
The record set by Grizzly is different to that set by Nick Sanders and the team of Kevin and Julia Sanders as theirs were circumnavigation records. Grizzly’s record was a circumnavigation through each continents longest axis. To compare the feat Grizzly rode about double the mileage of these record breakers covering around 76,000 km compared to 32,000 km.
Previous records set by Nick Sanders include his 1997 attempt on a Triumph Daytona 900, covering 32,070 km in a riding time of 31 days. His 2005 record was set aboard a Yamaha R1 achieved the feat in 19 days and 4 hours.
Kevin and Julia Sanders (no relation to Nick) set their combined record in 2002 with a riding time of 19 days and 8 hours on a BMW R1150GS and covered 31,319 km.