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A Swiss endurance rider is aiming to break the ‘all continents’ world circumnavigation record by motorcycle
Swiss biker Urs Pedraita is preparing to ride a Cross Country motorcycle around the world in the fastest time possible.
The current record for riding in all continents (not just through two antipodal points) stands at 120 days and two hours. But Urs, known as ‘Grisu Grizzly’, wants to ride the 100,000 km in under 100 days, which will mean he’ll break the existing record by 20 days.
He will set off on the attempt in February 2016, starting and ending in Zurich, by riding an almost standard Victory Cross Country. Additional items added to the bike include a larger 33-litre fuel tank, a customised seat with a back support and two LED lights for better visibility during night rides.
A video about the attempt (above) has been released and Grizzly is currently part-way through a ride to Russia (from Zurich – Stockholm – Helsinki –Moscow – Odessa – Kiev – Vienna – Zurich). In July he sets off on another training ride from Zurich to Vladivostok and back, then in October 2015 he will ride from Kenya to Tanzania before the record attempt in February 2016.
Grizzly has completed big rides on Victory motorcycles before. The first was in 2013; a 9,000-mile, 37-day trip from Bern to Vladivostok and back… in the winter. He says the biggest threat on that trip wasn’t the cold, but the wolves that followed him. “I could only scare them away using the sound of my exhaust,” he says.
In 2014 he made an attempt on the world circumnavigation record (held by Kevin and Julia Sanders) and rode with his friend ‘Bulldog’ on two Cross Country motorcycles. Bulldog had an accident just before Berlin and ended up in hospital. Grizzly continued the ride alone and broke the record by about three days,...
Third place for Victory Racing in its first ever TT Zero race
- Lee Johnston rides a 111.62mph lap to his second TT podium
- Fourth for Guy Martin on a 109.717mph lap, just shy of the 110mph mark
- “It’s a proper fast bike, the Victory boys were spot on,” says Guy.
Lee had ridden increasingly fast laps on successive practices throughout the week as he became more familiar with the intricacies of riding the electric motorcycle – including energy management and regeneration – and he rode his fastest lap to date just when it mattered most.
Lee said in the winner’s enclosure: “Yeah, awesome to be back on the podium again. Every time we go out, we’re getting faster. Think we had a little bit of battery left, so maybe could have went a bit quicker. Fair play to the Mugen boys, but at the end of the day they have been coming here for three years and in their first year they did nowhere near 110mph, so credit to the whole Victory team, it’s an absolutely awesome job. The bike’s so fun to ride because it’s so small, I really like riding it.”
Guy Martin, who stepped in to ride the bike on behalf of the injured William Dunlop, placed fourth, an equally sweet victory in some ways, as he had only ridden two practice laps on William’s No.6 machine ahead of the race. He also posted his fastest lap of the week in the race – a 109.717mph, just shy of the 110mph mark.
“It’s a proper fast bike,” he said. “The Victory boys judged it just right to use up all of the battery power as I came over the finish line. I’d need more time to properly get my head around it but I’m happy to have had the opportunity to ride it.”
For a first time at the TT, the team is thrilled that it has...
- Victory Racing is now the second electric team to ride a 110mph TT lap
- Lee rides a 110.97mph lap in the final practice for the SES TT Zero
- Guy Martin rides a 108.67mph lap on only his second ride of the bike
Lee Johnston, clearly buoyed from his first ever TT podium in the Superstock race, rode an 110.97mph lap and reached 144.9mph through Sulby on the Victory electric prototype that’s powered by Brammo battery modules and supported by Parker Racing (the makers of the electric motor).
Guy Martin rode a 108.674mph lap, just 1.3mph shy of also achieving a 110mph lap. His ride was made even more impressive as it was only his second time on the bike.
Lee was thrilled to go beyond the 110mph mark for the first time and said: “It feels good yeah, I’m still just getting used to the bike, feeling a bit more flowing and trying to think about saving the power rather than rolling it on and off. Yeah it feels really good.”
Guy Martin was measured and contemplative after his second ever ride of an electric motorcycle. He said: “Interesting, interesting… yeah, it’s just…it’s just getting your head round what it’s doing. Just the momentum I think…just keeping the momentum up, don’t waste energy by braking late, or by braking at all, don’t even look at the brake lever, just roll off and let the regeneration do the work.”
Regeneration of the battery modules takes place when the riders roll the throttle off. In essence, more electricity in put back into the cells that can be used by the bike later on in the lap. Both Lee and Guy have realised they can post faster lap times by consciously using less brake and allowing the Parker GVM electric motor to ‘engine brake’ to slow themselves down....
Victory Racing charges through second practice and Guy Martin rides his first TT lap ever on an electric motorcycle
- William Dunlop unable to ride due to a crash in morning practice in another class
- Teammate Guy Martin (Tyco BMW) steps in and has his first TT Zero experience
- Lee Johnston screams through Sulby at 157.9mph greatly increasing top speed
Isle of Man: Victory Racing has charged forward in its second practice with Guy Martin replacing injured William Dunlop to ride his first ever lap of the TT course on an electric motorcycle.
William fell from his Tyco BMW S1000RR at Laurel Bank in the morning’s Superstock practice lap and was taken to Nobles hospital. He had a broken rib and bruising, ruling him out of any more racing this week. After consultations with both teams and both riders, William’s Tyco BMW teammate will ride the electric motorcycle in Wednesday’s TT Zero race.
For his first ever ride on the electric bike, Guy Martin rode an incredible 104.56mph lap and hit 147.8mph through the Sulby speed trap.
Guy is known for his love of engineering, but even he was almost left speechless at the end of his lap. “I couldn’t be more impressed,” he said. “It was mega. So quiet and really fast. A mega experience.”
While Guy took much of the spotlight during today’s practice, Lee ‘General Lee’ Johnston rode a 103.94mph lap and screamed through Sulby 15mph faster than his previous practice lap, hitting 157.9mph.
Riding over the 150mph mark will be come as some solace for William Dunlop as he had told the team in their morning briefing that he was eyeing up 150mph at Sulby today. Little did he know at the time how his day would pan out.
With Guy stepping in last minute, the team was able to run two bikes and now has two sets of battery data that it will study to make decisions about the setup for the SES...
- Dunlop and Johnston achieve +100mph laps on first attempt
- First ever lap of the TT course for Victory’s electric bike
- Further technical insights revealed by the team
Six bikes set out on the practice, but only three crossed the line with two of those being the Victory machines.
Getting both bikes back across the line and breaking past 100mph laps on Victory’s first ever attempt at the TT is a promising start.
William Dunlop and Lee Johnston rode one lap of the course, achieving average lap speeds of 104.185mph and 105.185mph respectively.
Both riders also achieved 140mph through the Sulby speed trap – testament to the GVM Parker electric motor installed in the machine.
This means that Victory is now the third electric bike team to ride over a 100mph lap, something made extra special by doing this on their first ever time around the course.
Dunlop completed his lap in 21:43.717 minutes while Johnston was 12 seconds faster, crossing the line after 21:31.322 minutes.
Team manager Brian Wismann (also head of Brammo product development) said this first ever ride of the course by Victory Racing follows a trouble-free week of testing at Jurby.
“We are really pleased with our first lap of the TT course,” he said. “Both riders executed clean laps to bring a pair of 100mph+ laps on our first attempt. The reliability of the bikes has been a strong suit for us so far at the TT, with very few technical problems arising. I think this will continue to be a key to being able to translate practice results to race results when it counts.”
Following this first TT Zero practice session, William Dunlop and Lee Johnston were in extremely high spirits. Both...
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