IN 60 DAYS AROUND THE WORLD!
World record attempt by Globe Adventurer Marc Suter
Marc Suter, also known as the "Globe Adventurer", had set an ambitious goal for 2019: soloing the world in the record time of 60 days on a motorcycle. This would be the new world record for the fastest circumnavigation of the world by motorcycle! His journey was to lead through 77'000 kilometers, through all 6 continents and 36 countries.
36-year-old Marc Suter is a trained landscape gardener and has been working for a snow chains company as area sales manager for 10 years. In addition, he made the one KFOR military operation in Kosovo. From an early age his father had taken him on motorbike tours, which soon became a passion for the motorcycle. Inspired by other adventurers like Nick Sanders, Urs Pedraita aka "Grizzly" and Dylan Wickrama, Marc came up with his own project!
Equipped with a Yamaha Super Ténéré and iXS motorcycle clothing from head to toe is the Swiss on 1. June 2019 at 01: 00 clock from Diesse in the Bernese Jura out to his adventure. Previously, Marc had used every opportunity for three years to prepare meticulously for the big adventure. He went through a physically tough workout and carefully selected his equipment in extensive tests. There was a lot to organize and plan in advance: where do I need a visa, how do I get across the different national borders, where are gas stations for my motorcycle etc.
On the first day Marc traveled to Biała Podlaska in Poland. That was 1'616 kilometers. Marc knew he could only fulfill his world record mission by riding 15 through 18 hours a day, averaging 1'100 kilometers. He had to adjust to the fact that only time remained for the most necessary sleep! We stayed in the covered hammock or with the locals if opportunity arose.
To the over 250 kilogram of his Yamaha Marc had to take over 100 kilograms of luggage on the journey. Tools, spare tires and clothing for temperatures between minus 5 ° and more than plus 45 ° Celsius, as well as a jerrycan. Technical support Marc got from certain checkpoints at various Yamaha agencies, about every 10'000 kilometers. There, the service could be done and the tires changed.
From Poland, Marc actually wanted to travel to Russia via Belarus on the second day. Unfortunately, you can not officially enter Russia via this route as a non-Russian. Thus, he had no choice but to take the time-consuming detour via Ukraine. To 22: 00 clock of the 2. June 2019 finally drove Marc to Russian customs. Because his visa for Russia only from the 3. When 2019 was valid, Marc had to wait two long hours somewhere in no-man's land before he could finally cross the border.
In the first three days he crossed Germany, Poland, the Ukraine and reached Russia. With 5'000 kilometers covered he had the target more than done. The journey took him further and further east, on the 7. Day he passed Ulan-Ude. According to his GPS, the fastest route to China turned out to be tedious and difficult to drive in practice. In three crashes Marc always had to bend the side cases straight again. After all, nothing serious broke. To make up for the lost time, Marc drove 24'2 kilometers in 700 hours. He reached Vladivostok punctually to load his Yamaha Super Ténéré on the plane to Vancouver.
After the arrival of man and machine and a service in Vancouver, it was called "off to the south". The planned route ran from northern Canada across the border into the US, along the entire west coast to Mexico and always following the legendary Panamericana route through Latin and South America to the southernmost tip of Ushuaia in Argentina. In Newport, Origon, Marc forced retinal problems in his right eye to a four-day compulsory break. The subsequent onward journey then proceeded according to plan and Marc sat diligently kilometers by kilometers.
The border to Mexico already happened and at full speed, Marcs big dream of pitch after case smashed into a thousand pieces. On a direction-separated, two-lane highway happened the accident: a pickup must have overlooked him on his motorcycle and drove him from a side street ago bending in front of his nose. Marc had no chance for a braking or evasive maneuver and collided with the vehicle. Marc himself has no memory of the exact accident, but otherwise was unhurt - luckily! However, his machine was beyond repair, so his adventure was abruptly ended. Marc had no choice but to stop his world record attempt prematurely.
Marc Suter scored halfway around the world on his world record attempt in not quite 400 hours:
"Quite literally, I spent 398 hours, 29 minutes and 54 seconds of 18'429.40 kilometers on the bike in 27 hours. I spent a total of 17 days, of which I spent five days transporting from Vladivostok to Vancouver and four days had the retinal problem in Newport Oregon. In addition, half a day's service was provided in Vancouver, Canada and Chihuahua, as well as the day before a tire change in Nikolayevka, Siberia. So I've just spent exactly 11 days in the bike saddle. On my World Tour, I lost XNUMX kilograms of weight.
When I set off at 01: 00 in the Bernese Jura at night, it was 7 ° Celsius, in the Arizona desert the maximum temperature was 47 ° Celsius. However, with iXS apparel equipment, I was well-equipped for all conditions. The Tour jacket and pants Montevideo-RS-1000 have a very variable structure, so I was able to adapt my clothing at any time optimally to the prevailing conditions.
Also the iXS Enduro Helmet HX 207 camouflage with helmet roof, visor and sun visor was a perfect travel companion. As a glove, I chose the iXS Timor GTX Grip glove. A good compromise solution: thanks to GORE-TEX® Membrane my hands were dry even in the rain and when it was warm, the glove led away by the high breathability much water vapor to the outside. To be additionally protected from rain and cold, I had a rain jacket & pants Silver Reflex ST of iXS with it. Because the new material reflects completely in the headlights in the dark, this rainsuit provides more comfort and additional safety.
The high protective effect of the clothing has certainly also contributed to the fact that I have suffered no serious injuries in my crashes. My adventure trip meant a real long-term test for the clothing, which they passed with flying colors. The clothing equipment has always served me well and I could fully rely on it. It is so robust that fortunately it is still fully operational. So I can continue to wear them on future trips. "