Doing wheelies on the on asphalt is so yesterday. Stunt riders are always looking to push the envelope creating the next craziest stunt. American Ryan Suchanek modified a Kawasaki ZX6R with snow studs to improve traction on the ice for the stunt.
Ryan achieved a 152.89 kmh (95 mph) wheelie onboard his Kawasaki ZX6R. That was enough the land Ryan in the Gunness World Record books. The record was set (USA) on the frozen Lake Koshkonong, Wisconsin, USA on 5 February 2011.
The speed guns used on site gave a rough readout for Ryan and his team but we measured the Record by timing his run over 100m to ensure accuracy.
Rome, Georgia: On minute Zero, John Ryan was in Prudhoe Bay, on the North Shore of Alaska. 5,191 minutes later, Ryan was in Key West, Florida, having traversed the entire North American Continent, the long way, on his 2005 Yamaha FJR 1300, outfitted with Metzler Z6 Interact sport-touring tires. And with those 5,191 minutes, or, if you prefer, 86 hours and 31 minutes, Ryan totally destroyed the existing time record for this trip, of 96:01, by a clean 9.5 hours!
The adventure began before the adventure began when Ryan ran into a blizzard on the Dalton Highway north of Fairbanks, while trying to get to the starting point for his continental crossing. The snow forced him to return to Fairbanks and try again a few days later. Then, when he was finally able to reach Prudhoe Bay and began his trip, Ryan cut a tire on the sharp rocks of the 400-mile long gravel Dalton Highway, repaired it, and continued to Fairbanks for a replacement. Beginning all over again on try number two, (or is this try number three?) a rock punctured Ryan’s oil pan 26 miles from where he was to start his journey, forcing him to stop in Prudhoe Bay for repairs. Local mechanics, used to working on heavy machinery, welded his cases, fabricated a case guard, and Ryan returned to the start, ready to set the clock and begin his adventure without further interruption.
Nailing the holeshot, so to speak, Ryan blitzed to Fairbanks, riding through 300 miles of rain and mud on the first 400 miles. There, Ryan showered himself and his Yamaha in a carwash, fueled his bike, and headed south to Florida, now mostly on paved roads.
Covering the 5,645 miles, from the far northwest to the far southeast of the North American Continent, Ryan basically ran as perfect a journey as one could ever hope for or plan. There was more rain from Edmonton, BC, until Madison, WI, — a distance of over 1,200 miles — and Ryan made the slight error of a wrong turn in Tennessee that added about 120 miles to his trip. But with so much that can slow a journey like this, one wonders if a more perfect trip is actually possible.
Ryan said, “I could have done better and figure I gave up about three hours. They had me at the border crossing from Canada for an hour and a half. And then I added distance to the trip in Tennessee. The bike and tires were more than great. Not only did they go the distance, but with my enlarged fuel tank and extra gear everything is really stressed to the limit. I had over 140,000 miles on my FJR 1300 when I started, and it’s still under warranty. Over 100 people helped me on this trip, and I’m indebted to them all and Metzeler and Yamaha.”
Ryan’s record took exactly 9 hours and 30 minutes off the previous record, and it was also significantly quicker than John Ryan’s last attempt, which came up short at a total time of 101 hours and 11 minutes, due to extremely bad conditions and less than perfect luck. Ryan said, “Other long distance riders have told me that they think this new record will stand for a long, long time.” Yes, 86 hours and 31 minutes, less than four days, is a seemingly impossible period of time to ride a motorcycle from the top of Alaska to the bottom of Florida. Heck, it used to take airplanes that long to get from Prudhoe Bay to Key West. But they didn’t have the advantage of the high- mileage, high-confidence, new Metzeler Z6 Interact sport-touring tires.
Keeping records for his record required Ryan to maintain time/date stamped receipts from all gas stops, and to have the beginning and end of the journey witnessed by police too verified his identity. Plus, Ryan used an online tracking system that recorded his whereabouts approximately every 20 minutes along the route. It will be an official record once verified by Michael Kneebone of the Iron Butt Association.
Metzeler congratulates John Ryan for joining its historic list of Metzeler heroes, and we congratulate all who helped Ryan in this complicated conspiracy of Ultimate Continent Crossing. And, yeah, don’t try this at home.
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Buell motorcycles sent extreme rider Craig Jones to Lake Dellen in Sweden to see how fast a motorbike could go on ice. With a small window of opportunity and against the elements including extreme temperatures of -10C, Jones took a specially customized nitrous-injected Buell 1125R and set a world first for the fastest bike on ice.
With extreme riding conditions comes the need for extreme equipment, and the bike used for the attempt boasted some mammoth modifications. Complete with nitrous oxide injection providing an estimated extra 50bhp, the white Buell 1125R reached top speed on a 1.1km run. The tyres were specially adapted with protruding spikes (20mm on rear and 15mm on front) designed to increase grip on the perilous surface.
Zero Motorcycles will make history again the weekend of April 4-5, when they host their 24 Hours of Electricross. The event will be the first international endurance competition for off-road all-electric vehicles and is a landmark moment in the electric vehicle industry. Teams from around the world have signed on to be a part of making history and for a chance to be included in the Guinness World Records.
“This event is pulling together an incredibly diverse group of people from around the world. Everyone from lifelong motorcyclists to environmentally-conscience trend setters are fielding teams. Some are traveling thousands of miles at their own expense for this opportunity to make motorcycle history,” said Neal Saiki, inventor and founder, Zero Motorcycles.
Created by company founder, entrepreneur and former NASA engineer Neal Saiki, the Zero Motorcycles’ 24 Hours of Electricross will take place in the heart of the Silicon Valley at the 408MX Motocross Track in San Jose, California. Given the grueling nature of this 24-hour endurance race, the limits of competitor’s skills and their electric vehicles will be tested as they battle it out for a chance at setting a Guinness World Record. The event is designed to spark competitive innovation in electric vehicles everywhere.
Zero Motorcycles is the next step in motorcycle evolution and represents the ultimate electric motorcycle technology. Unencumbered by conventional thinking about how they design, manufacture, and sell high performance electric motorcycles, they are on a mission to turn heads and revolutionize their industry by combining the best aspects of a traditional motorcycle, with today’s most advanced technology. The result is an electric motorcycle line that’s insanely fast, and environmentally friendly.
Collaborative efforts between Zero Motorcycles, Blue Ribbon Coalition, California State and Private Parks and numerous industry sponsors have made this seminal event possible.
Event Sponsors: Hi-Ball Energy Drink, Fox Racing, Alpinestars, We All Ride Motorcycle Shop, Scotts Valley RV, Custom Culinary Concepts, Watchwear.com.