List of long-distance motorcycle riders

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Long-distance motorcyclists with Wikipedia articles, with tours in chronological order.

List of motorcycle riders and tours[edit]

Rider Date Motorcycle Route Distance Support Notes
George A. Wyman (USA 1877–1959) 1903 1902 California motor bicycle San Francisco–New York 3,800 mi (6,100 km) Unsupported First transcontinental crossing of the United States by motor vehicle[1]
William C. Chadeayne 1905 Thomas Auto-Bi motorized bicycle New York–San Francisco (via Chicago, Omaha, Cheyenne, Ogden, Reno, modern day I-80) 3,800 mi (6,100 km) Unsupported 47-12 days, new record transcontinental crossing of the United States by motor vehicle[2][3]
Carl Stearns Clancy (USA 1890–1971) 1912 1912 Henderson motorcycle Circumnavigation. Dublin–New York 18,000 mi (29,000 km) Unsupported First man to go around the world with a motorcycle[4]
Erwin "Cannonball" Baker (USA 1882–1960) 1912 1912 Indian motorcycle United States, Jamaica, Cuba, central America 14,000 mi (23,000 km) Unsupported Demonstration tour sponsored by Indian[5][6]
Erwin "Cannonball" Baker (USA 1882–1960) 1914 Indian V-twin motorcycle San Diego–New York 3,378 mi (5,436 km) Unsupported New transcontinental record 11-12 days. Newspapers dubbed Baker "Cannonball" for the feat.[5][6][7]
Avis and Effie Hotchkiss (USA) 1915 Harley-Davidson sidecar New York–San Francisco–New York 9,000 mi (14,000 km) Unsupported First transcontinental crossing of the United States by women[8]
Augusta and Adeline Van Buren (USA) 1916 Indian Power Plus New York–Los Angeles 5,500 mi (8,900 km) Unsupported [9]
Svend O. Heiberg (Denmark/USA) and Aksel Svane (Denmark) 1924–1925 Harley-Davidson sidecar Circumnavigation. Europe, Turkey, Iraq, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, China, United States Unsupported To conduct forest research. Heiberg later became professor of silviculture in USA.
Zoltán Sulkowsky and Gyula Bartha (Hungary) 1928–1936 Harley-Davidson France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Cairo, Jerusalem, Beirut, Syria, Turkey, Bulgaria, Bucharest, Budapest, Athens, Luxor, Sudan, Karachi, Bombay, Delhi, Lahore, Madras, Colombo, Australia, Padang, Singapore, Bangkok, Saigon, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Beijing, Nagasaki, Tokyo, Honolulu, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, New York, Mexico, Havana, Panama, Chile, Brazil, London, Dublin, Brussels, Madrid, Nice, Bern, Zurich, Munich, Vienna, Budapest 170,000 km (110,000 mi) Unsupported First round the world on all inhabited continents (66 countries) with a motorcycle[10]
Bessie Stringfield (USA, 1911–1993) 1930s Harley-Davidson 8 trips across US Unsupported [11]
Max Reisch (Austria, 1912–1985) 1933–1934 Puch 250 Austria (Kufstein)–India (Bombay) 8,015 mi (12,899 km) Pillion rider Herbert Tichy First motorbike ride from Europe to India[12]
Robert Edison Fulton, Jr. (USA, 1909–2004) 1932–1933 (18 months) Douglas twin cylinders Hemispherical route through 22 countries. From London and across Central and Southeastern Europe, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq (across the Northern Arabian Desert), British India, Southeast Asia, China, and Japan. 40,000 km (25,000 mi) Unsupported Travelogues: book, One Man Caravan,[13] and a film:The One Man Caravan of Robert E. Fulton, Jr. An Autofilmography[14]
James C Wilson and Francis Flood pre-1935 Triumph motorcycles single cylinder with sidecars First motorcycle crossing the continent of Africa. From Lagos, North of Lake Chad to Massawah on the Red Sea. Estimated 3,400 miles (5470 km) Unsupported Travelogue, Three-Wheeling Through Africa, 1936. Self-filmed.
John Gerber (USA, 1945–2010) 1966 (2 months) Vespa GS 160 single cylinder scooter Continental route through 8 countries. From Minneapolis, Minnesota to Panama and back through the USA, Mexico, British Honduras, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. 11,000 mi (18,000 km) Unsupported Travelogues: blog South to Panama and Back[15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22]
John Gerber (USA, 1945–2010) 1971 (2 years) Vespa SS 180 single cylinder scooter Hemispherical route through 21 countries. From Menomonie, Wisconsin to Cape Horn through the USA, Mexico, British Honduras, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Dutch Guiana, Guyana, French Guiana, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and north through central America again. Gerber intended ride through Canada to reach Alaska, but his ride was cut short when he was hit by a car in Hayward, California. 25,000 mi (40,000 km) Unsupported Travelogues: blog South to Panama and Back[15][16][17][18][19]
John Gerber (USA, 1945–2010) 1978 (1 years) Vespa Rally 180 single cylinder scooter Circumnavigating through 23 countries. From Singapore to London through the Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Burma, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Greece, Italy, The Vatican, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, France, and England. 20,000 mi (32,000 km) Unsupported Travelogues: blog South to Panama and Back[15][16][17][18][19]
David McGonigal (Australia, b.1950) 1970s (4 years) Yamaha RD350 Circumnavigating via Asia, Europe, North America. First World Tour[23]
Ted Simon (UK, b. 1931) 1973–1977 Triumph Tiger 500cc Circumnavigating. 1973: England, France, Italy, Sicily, Tunisia, Sudan, Ethiopia. 1974: Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana, Rhodesia, South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique, Brazil, Argentina, Chile. 1975: Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, USA, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia. 1976: Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal. 1977: Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Greece, Yugoslavia (formerly), Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, England. (49 countries) 78,000 mi (126,000 km) Unsupported Jupiter's Travels[24]
Walter Muma (Canada, b. 1956) 1978 Motobécane Mobylette 50 cc moped Toronto to Alaska and Inuvik via gravel Alaska Highway, and back 11,500 mi (18,500 km) Unsupported [25][26]
Emilio Scotto (Argentina, b. 1956) 1985–1995 1980 Honda Gold Wing GL1100 Circumnavigating. All of Europe, all of Africa, all of the Middle East, Central Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, some Pacific islands, and all of North and South America (279 countries) 735,000 km (457,000 mi) Guinness record for the world’s longest motorcycle ride. Travelogue: The Longest Ride: My Ten-Year 500,000 Mile Motorcycle Journey[27][28]
Jim Rogers (USA, b. 1942), Tabitha Estabrook January 1991–November 1992 BMW (x2) Circumnavigating . Section 1: Ireland, across Europe, Russia (Europe and Siberia), Japan. Section 2: Japan, China, Karakoram Highway, Pakistan, Central Asia, Caucasus, Turkey, across Europe and back to Ireland. Section 3: Ireland, Southern Europe to Northern Africa, across the Sahara through Tamanrasset, Central and Southern Africa to Cape Town. Section 4: Australia and New Zealand. Section 5: Ushuaia, Patagonia, Chile, Peru, Columbia, Central America, Mexico, Eastern USA to New York, across Canada to Alaska, Pacific Coast to San Francisco (52 countries) 105,000 km (65,000 mi) Travelogue: Investment Biker.[29] Videos: The Long Ride, The Party's Over
Nick Sanders (UK) 1992 Royal Enfield Bullet Circumnavigating 61,200 km (38,000 mi)
Dave Barr (USA, b. 1952) 1994–1996 Harley-Davidson Circumnavigating. Section 1: USA, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Southern America (Atlanticantic loop) to Ushuaia, Chile, Southern and Central Africa, North Africa (across the Sahara through Tamanrasset), Central and Northern Europe (winter time), Russia (Europe and Siberia in winter time), Mongolia (winter time), China, Southeast Asia. Section 2: Australia (about 40 countries) 133,575 km (83,000 mi) Dave made the trip on a 1972 Harley-Davidson® motorcycle with two prosthetic legs. Travelogue: Riding the Edge, Riding the Ice[30]
Andy Goldfine (USA) and Helge Pedersen (Norway) 1996 2 × BMW R80G/S North America: Duluth to Seattle (Goldfine); Hyder, Alaska; Anchorage. Asia: Magadan, Siberia; Lake Baikal; Ulan Ude; Mongolia; Beijing; Vladivostok; Sakhalin Island; Holmsk; Hokkaido; Yokohama. North America: Los Angeles to Seattle (Pedersen) and LA to Duluth (Goldfine). 17,000 mi (27,000 km) Travelogue: 10 years on 2 wheels by Pedersen[31][32]
Austin Vince, Gerald Vince, Chas Penty, Bill Penty, Clive Greenhough, Nick Stubley, Mark Friend, Louis Bloom 1995–1996 Suzuki DR350 Circumnavigating. London, through Central Asia, Kazakhstan and Siberia to Magadan across the difficult Road of Bones to Magadan, then from Alaska to Chile, and finally from Cape Town through Africa and the Middle East back to London 65,000 km (40,000 mi) Unsupported, filmed TV series and book: Mondo Enduro[33]
Benka Pulko (Slovenia, b. 1967) June 1997–December 2002 BMW F650 Circumnavigating. Europe, Russia, Egypt, Middle East (including Saudi Arabia), South Asia, Southeast Asia, South America, North America, Australia (75 countries) 180,015 km (111,856 mi) Unsupported Guinness Record for the longest distance and duration solo motorcycle ride by a woman. First motorcyclist to ride in Antarctica. First woman to ride solo across Saudi Arabia.[34]
David McGonigal 1997–1999 BMW R1100RT Circumnavigating . Section 1: Australia, Chile, Antarctica, Ushuaia, South America to Alaska. Section 2: Australia, Vladivostok, Siberia, Mongolia, Russia (Europe), Europe, Morocco, back to Europe. Section 3: New Zealand, Pacific islands. 114,063 km (70,875 mi) The First Seven-Continent Motorcycle[35]
Nick Sanders June 1997 Triumph Circumnavigating 32,070 km (19,930 mi) Record for circumnavigating the Earth on a motorcycle in 31 days and 20 hours.[36] Travelogue: Fastest Man Around the World.
Jūgatsu Toi 1997–2002 Honda XRV750 Africa Twin, Honda NX650 North America, Australia, Africa, South America, Eurasia 120,000 km (75,000 mi) 2010 NHK television documentary covered 30,000 km Eurasian leg[37][38]
Nick Sanders 1998– Yamaha YZF-R1 Circumnavigating. Seven complete world tours Books: Anatomy of an Adventurer, Parallel Coast, Parallel World–Around the Globe on an R1, Loneliness of the Long-Distance Biker, Fastest Man Around the World, Journey Beyond Reason, Biker Britain, Timbuktu–In Search of the Dakar Rally and Timbuktu[39]
Neil Peart 1998–1999 BMW R1100GS Quebec–Alaska–Mexico–Central America 88,000 km (55,000 mi) Unsupported Book: Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road. His BMW was on display at Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum.[40]
Sjaak Lucassen 2001-2006 Yamaha R1 Around the world 250,000 km (160,000 mi) Autobiography: Leven op 2 wielen[41]
Documentary: Sjaak the World (2010)[42][43][44]
Ted Simon (UK, b. 1931) 2001–2004 BMW R80G/S Circumnavigating. 48 countries in North America, Asia, Europe, Africa, South America, Australasia 88,000 km (55,000 mi) Unsupported Dreaming of Jupiter[45]
Simon and Monika Newbound (UK) May 2002–October 2003 BMW R1150GS, BMW F650GS Circumnavigating. All of Europe, Turkey, Caucasus, Iran, Russia (Europe and Siberia), Mongolia, China, USA, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Haiti 189,000 km (117,000 mi) Unsupported Guinness Endurance Record. Crossed the USA 5 times and the Arctic circle 3 times.[46]
Kevin Sanders (UK, b.1964), Julia Sanders (UK) (passenger) June 2002 BMW R1150GS Circumnavigating . Alaska to Florida across Canada and the USA, Europe to Turkey, Iran, Dubai, Australia, New Zealand, and back to Alaska (12 countries) 31,319 km (19,461 mi) Guinness Record for the fastest circumnavigation of the world by motorcycle, in 19 days 8 hours and 25 minutes.
Kevin Sanders (UK, b.1964), Julia Sanders (UK) (passenger) August–September 2003 BMW R1150GS Adventure Hemispherical. Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, across the USA, Mexico, Central America, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile and Argentina (Ushuaia) (13 countries) 27,200 km (16,900 mi) Guinness Record for the fastest trans-American motorcycle ride, in 35 days. TV series: The Ride: Alaska to Patagonia (National Geographic, 2005).
Kanichi Fujiwara (Japan, b. 1961), Hiroko Fujiwara (Japan, b. 1962) March 2004–June 2008 Yamaha Passol electric scooter and
Yamaha Majesty scooter
Circumnavigating. Australia, Thailand, India to Scotland, Scandinavia, Africa, America from New York to San Francisco. (44 countries). 50,552 km (31,412 mi) Unsupported, sponsored by Yamaha May be first circumnavigation by electric scooter or electric motorcycle.[47][48]
Scooter weighed 45 kg (99 lb), with 30 km/h top speed, 20 km battery endurance.
Ewan McGregor (UK, b. 1971),
Charley Boorman (UK, b. 1966)
April–July 2004 BMW R1150GS Adventure Circumnavigating. UK, France, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, USA, Canada, ending in New York (12 countries) 30,396 km (18,887 mi) Truck and crew Documentary TV series & book: Long Way Round
Bharadwaj Dayala (India, b. 1969)
Apr 2006-Oct 2007 Hero Honda Karizma India, Iran, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Greece, Italy, France, UK, Canada, USA, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Bangladesh (15 countries) 47,000 km (29,000 mi) Unsupported and unsponsored Book: Ride the World[49][50][51][52]
Ewan McGregor (UK, b. 1971),
Charley Boorman (UK, b. 1966)
May–August 2007 BMW R1200GS Adventure Hemispherical. UK, France, Italy, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa (17 countries) 19,500 km (12,100 mi) Truck and crew Documentary TV series: Long Way Down
Kanichi Fujiwara (Japan, b. 1961) April 2009–November 2013 50 cc Honda Super Cub Numbered highways of Japan 100,000 km (62,000 mi) Several non-contiguous rides

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