How many countries can you visit by motorcycle, in 24 hours? MV Agusta is aiming to find out.
If you live in North America, the answer is probably going to be two. Maybe three, if you ride like mad from southern Alberta to northern Mexico.
If you live in Europe, you can see a lot more in 24 hours. Next week, on June 21 (the longest day of the year), MV Agusta is going to attempt to set a new world record, visiting 11 countries in that timespan.
To pull it off, MV Agusta is teaming up with journalist Valerio Boni. On the 21st, Boni is going to ride 2,000 kilometres across Europe in 24 hours, starting at Malmö in Sweden and ending the ride at MV Agusta’s Italian HQ, if all goes to plan. Along with Sweden and Italy, his proposed route will take him through Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, Austria and Liechtenstein. Sounds like a busy day.
Obviously, as MV Agusta is behind the whole affair, Boni will be riding one of the company’s bikes—a Turismo Veloce Lusso SCS. It should be interesting, as MV’s machines have never been reckoned as mileage-eating long-haulers. Boni is willing to prove the bike has what it takes, though. He’s also aiming at the Iron Butt Association’s SaddleSore 1600K and SaddleSore 2000K certifications as he completes this ride.
Some readers will likely recognize Boni’s name from the rally racing scene; he saw some success riding 125 cc Cagivas in African events. He’s into long-distance challenges as well, recently setting the Guinness World Record for longest distance on a minibike in 24 hours.
Thanks to the Turismo Veloce’s onboard electronics, Boni will be able to share his adventures in real time on the MV Agusta website.