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Cervantes Smashes 24 Hour Distance Record Aboard Triumph Tiger

Iván Cervantes is five times Enduro World Champion and Triumph Global Ambassador who  has officially claimed the Guinness World Records title for ‘The greatest distance on a motorcycle in 24 hours by an individual.

Riding a Tiger 1200 GT Explorer on the High-Speed Ring at the Nardò Technical Center in Italy, Iván travelled more than 4012km in a 24-hour period, beating the previous record of 3406km by a huge margin of more than 600km.

The record attempt was witnessed and validated by a Guinness World Records adjudicator on April 30 2023, with a final confirmed distance of 4012.53km – a distance equivalent to travelling from London to the Great Pyramid of Giza in 24 hours.

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In preparation for the record attempt, Ivan completed intensive physical training on his own Tiger 1200 Rally Pro, Cervantes began carefully planning his nutrition and sleep strategy, in partnership with Professor Andrew Bagshaw at the University of Birmingham.

Iván Cervantes aboard the Triumph Tiger 120
Iván Cervantes aboard the Triumph Tiger 1200

The motorcycle used for the attempt was a Tiger 1200 GT Explorer, chosen at random from the production line at Triumph’s factory in Hinckley, UK. No special modifications were made to the bike, other than completing the recommended running-in and first-service schedule before the attempt was undertaken.

The Tiger 1200 family has been designed to deliver the ultimate in adventure bike touring capability, with exceptional comfort and unbeatable character. For the record attempt, features such as the 30 litre fuel tank and excellent wind protection were invaluable in ensuring Iván could continue riding, whatever challenges he encountered along the way.

Heated grips and seats provided additional comfort during the cold early-morning hours and unexpected downpours of rain, while the powerful T-Plane triple engine and advanced electronics provided effortless power and control. High-intensity LED lights ensured Iván always had exceptional visibility when riding, even in the complete darkness of the remote testing facility at Nardò.

Underlining the excellent performance and reliability of the Tiger 1200, the only maintenance required on the bike was a single, planned tyre change half way through the attempt.

Triumph Tiger 1200
Triumph Tiger 1200

The existing Guinness World Records title of 3406.17km was achieved by American Carl Reese on February 26 2017, recording an average speed over 24 hours of 141.9km/h.

Riding consistently at speeds of over 200km/h at the Nardò Technical Center in Italy, Cervantes surpassed the existing record with an incredible five hours to spare in the 24-hour window. Not content to simply beat the record, he set his sights on defining a new benchmark for this challenge – 4000km.

In the five hours that followed, he proceeded to ride a further 606km, essentially matching the existing record then continuing to ride the equivalent of the width of France in addition.

The record attempt was witnessed by an official Guinness World Records adjudicator, who validated the final distance travelled in 24 hours as 4012.53km, with an average speed of 167.79km/h.

Iván Cervantes Celebrates Guinness World Record
Iván Cervantes Celebrates Guinness World Record
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkinhttp://twowheeladdicts.com.au
Andrew Jenkin is the founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, a contributor to BikeReview and Drivetribe as well as being a panel judge of Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.


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