Records are made to be broken, and some people take a special pleasure out of breaking one after the other. According to Motorcycle News, marathon biker Carl Reese added another trophy to his bulging case last month. The Santa Clarita, Calif. construction manager, broke the 24-hour distance record by piling up 2,119 miles in a single day. Wired tells us he completed the feat of biking endurance on a BMW K1600GT. The ride mileage easily surpassed the previous record of 2,023 miles.
Reese’s just-completed 24-hour effort could have resulted in even more mileage if not for tire issues. The marathon rider hoped to go 2,400 miles in 24 hours, breaking the existing record (set by Matthew McKelvey in 2014) by 376.5 miles. But, the abrasive surface on the Continental Tire test track in Uvalde, Texas chewed up the six tires Reese had available.
Such an effort can’t take place without preparation and equipment modification. Because of the remoteness of the three-mile long track Reese’s motorcycle was equipped with an extended range fuel tank. Eight fuel stops were needed, and almost 90 gallons of fuel was consumed during the event. The crew was fueled with gallons of coffee and dozens of donuts.
The track lacked nighttime lighting, so Reese’s team partnered with Clearwater Lights of Rancho Cordova, Calif. to improve his visibility and illuminate the track ahead. The lighting team equipped the motorcycle with two sets of dual Sevina LED lights, in addition to the headlight already on the bike. Each Sevina light produces 7,500 lumens, providing a total of 30,000 lumens beyond what the stock headlight provides. Custom-designed electronic circuitry projected the light a significant distance down the track, allowing Reese to identify hazards in enough time to avoid them.
In addition to changes and adjustments on the bike, accommodation must be made for monitoring when an attempt is made to break a 24-hour record. Guinness required at least two timing officials to be present at all times for time and distance verification. A sleep schedule that allowed for continuous operation and alertness by the monitoring team was arranged. A large recreational vehicle was brought to Texas from California to serve as the command center for all timing and support personnel.
The eight-time Guinness world record holder adds this mark to his others which include:
- Shortest charging time to cross the USA in an electric vehicle (12 hours, 48 minutes, and 19 seconds). Accomplished in a Tesla Model S P85D.
- Fastest time to cross the USA in an electric vehicle (58 hours and 55 minutes). Accomplished in a Tesla Model S P100D.
- Transcontinental autonomous record (57 hours and 48 minutes) accomplished in a Tesla Model S P85D, using the full-autonomous autopilot function for 96.1% of the 2995-mile journey.
- Round-trip transcontinental electric vehicle record (6 days, 6 hours, and 22 minutes). Accomplished in the same Tesla Model S P85D as the second half of the same trip as above.
- Solo motorcycle record from Los Angeles to New York City (38 hours and 49 minutes). Accomplished on a 2015 BMW K 1600 GT.
- Fastest Lap of Moorea on a 125cc Scooter (48 minutes and 18 seconds). Accomplished on an eight-horsepower Peugeot 125cc Tweet Scooter.
- Closest Place to the Sun on Earth to the Sea on Motorcycle in a Single Day (a gain/loss in elevation of 56,678 feet). Accomplished to bring awareness to the Coalition of Hope Foundation’s efforts to rebuild Ecuador after the7.8-magnitude earthquake in 2016. More than 650 lives were lost and 26,000 homes destroyed.
Reese and his fiancée, Deena Mastracci, set these records, in part, to bring awareness to the Motorcycle Relief Project. Most of Reese’s record-setting attempts are made accompanied by an American flag gifted to him by retired veteran and friend, SFC Rod Hawk. The flag originally flew in Iraq and was presented to Hawk for his accomplishments during the war. Reese, also a veteran, carries the flag to honor the efforts made by his fellow warriors around the world.
Photos: Action Sports Photography/Shutterstock.com, credit: 360b/Shutterstock.com, Jia Li/Shutterstock.com