Valerio Boni attempting record ride

Endurance ride events are popular here in the country. The rules are simple: finish a specified route within a given time while following the traffic rules and you’ll be a certified “endurider.” It's a coveted achievement for a lot of motorcycle riders. Similar events here in the country usually cover between 600 to 1,200 kilometers and cross dozens of towns and cities along the way.

In Europe, a similar endurance ride might entail crossing multiple borders. For this Italian rider, it means 11 countries.

On June 21, 2021, Italian moto journalist, Valerio Boni, will be embarking on a world record attempt as he tries to cross 11 European countries within 24 hours. His weapon of choice: the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce.

It is powered by a 798cc inline three-cylinder engine with a counter-rotating crankshaft and produces 110 PS at 10,150 rpm and 80 Nm at 7,100 rpm. It’s paired with a 6-speed transmission with up and downshift assist as standard. This allows it to reach a top speed of 230 km/h.

The ride

MV Agusta rider visiting 11 countries in 24 hours image

The ride will start at Malmo, Sweden, and will pass through Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, France, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, and finally, at MV Agusta’s home in Italy.

On paper, this 2,000-kilometer ride seems to be a piece of cake, but the current COVID-19 protocols in different countries might be a cause for delay.

Besides being a feat for Boni, this record attempt will also highlight MV Agusta’s onboard communications tech as it would allow Boni to share his adventure in real-time on MV Agusta’s website. The journey, if completed, will also earn Boni the title “Iron Butt Rider” by the Iron Butt Association’s (USA) SaddleSore 1,600.

We wish Boni the best. You can check on his progress at the MV Agusta website.