Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Today in motorcycle history, June 10, 1994



  The Vancouver (B.C.) Sun runs a story about the Argentine motorcycle adventurer, Emilio Scotto, entitled "Motorbike odyssey 'biggest trip' in history: Argentinian's Goal is 'Moon and back'". 

  Emilio Scotto is an Argentine motorcycle enthusiast, writer and photojournalist who just happens to hold the Guinness record for the world’s longest motorcycle ride, spanning 10 years, 279 countries and a total distance of 457,000 miles.The ride was done on a 1980 Honda Gold Wing GL1100 he lovingly refers to as “Black Princess." Scotto recounted his travels in a 224-page book, "The Longest Ride: My Ten-Year 500,000 Mile Motorcycle Journey",  which was published in 2007.

  In 1985, Scotto quit his job as a Buenos Aires sales rep for Pfizer to see the world on his five-year-old 1100cc Honda Goldwing Interstate. He had never traveled outside of Argentina before and left with only $300 and no contacts for his journey.

  When he finally put the kickstand down in 1995, Emilio went through 13 64-page passports, consumed 12,500 gallons of gas, 350  gallons of oil, 86 tires, 12 batteries, nine new seats and one replacement motor. 

  In one post-ride interview, Scotto boasted about the importance of his ride, "This is more than a trip around the world, it's the biggest trip in the history of human beings."

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