Valerio Boni has accomplished what he set out to do. Last week, the former offroad racer set a new record for the most countries visited in 24 hours by a motorcycle. His new record stands at 11 countries visited in that timespan aboard an MV Agusta Turismo Veloce.
Boni set off from Malmo, Sweden on June 22, fueling up and officially starting his record book challenge at 5:38 PM. From there, it’s a quick rip over to Denmark. Boni continued on a southerly course, covering more than 2,000 kilometres within the 24-hour time slot. All in all, he visited Sweden, Denmark Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria and Italy. He also achieved an Iron Butt Association SaddleSore 2000 certification.
The trip ended at MV Agusta’s factory, because the company backed this trip. The idea was to prove the big-mile capability of the Turismo Veloce tourer, showing the company can do more than just build pretty hypernakeds. Specifically, Boni rode the Turismo Veloce Lusso SCS, with MV’s Smart Clutch System, updated aerodynamics, lower seat, adjustable windscreen with more protection and other updates for 2021.
Sounds like that extra protection from the elements came in handy, as Boni had to ride through quite a bit of rain overnight. He ran into traffic diversion that also complicated matters, but he managed to prevail and supposedly stayed at the speed limit the whole time, too.
In the aftermath, Boni said “The comfortable saddle, the good protection provided by the windshield, the absence of vibrations and the cruise control function are the most important elements that helped me ride the Turismo Veloce for 2,003 km in 24 hours across 11 countries. It was an unforgettable experience, and a not too tiring one either.” We bet he slept well when it was over, no matter how comfortable he says that bike is.