Iván Cervantes, a five-time Enduro World Champion and Triumph Global Ambassador, has claimed the Guinness World Records title for ‘The greatest distance on a motorcycle in 24 hours (individual).’
Riding a Tiger 1200 GT Explorer on the High-Speed Ring at the Nardò Technical Center in Italy, Cervantes traveled more than 2,492 miles in a 24-hour period, beating the previous record, 2,116 miles, by more than 372 miles.
The record attempt was witnessed and validated by a Guinness World Records adjudicator on April 30, with a final confirmed distance of 2493.27 miles – a distance equivalent to travelling from New York City to Los Angeles as the crow flies.
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“The Tiger 1200 GT Explorer was the perfect bike for this attempt,” Cervantes says. “It’s very comfortable to ride for a long time. For sure, the hardest part was the weather, because it started to rain, but this bike has a very big screen and excellent protection, which helped me a lot. It is a very special bike for me. It’s not easy to ride for 24 hours in a row, but in the end, the record is mine with this amazing bike!’
Cervantes is a five time Enduro World Champion, 21 time Spanish Enduro Champion, and five time Spanish Motocross Champion. In July 2021, he was announced as one of Triumph’s new Off-Road ambassadors, helping to develop the upcoming range of motocross and enduro bikes.
Since joining the Triumph team, he has seen great success in riding and competing on Triumph adventure motorcycles, sealing wins at the Baja Aragón, 1000 Dunas Raid and Basella Maxi-Trail Race.
The Tiger 1200 GT Explorer
The motorcycle used was a Tiger 1200 GT Explorer, chosen at random from the production line at Triumph’s factory in Hinckley, UK. No special modifications were made to the bike, other than completing the recommended running in and first service schedule before the attempt was undertaken.
For the record attempt, features such as the 30-liter fuel tank and wind protection were invaluable in ensuring Cervantes could continue riding as he faced challenges encountered along the way. Heated grips and seats provided additional comfort during the cold early-morning hours and unexpected downpours of rain, while the powerful T-Plane triple engine and advanced electronics provided effortless power and control. High-intensity LED lights ensured he had exceptional visibility when riding, even in the complete darkness of the remote testing facility at Nardò.
Underlining the excellent performance and reliability of the Tiger 1200, the only maintenance required on the bike was a single, planned tire change halfway through the attempt, where the standard fit Metzeler TOURANCE Next tires were refreshed as the rain started and night began to fall.
“Iván’s achievement in taking the Guinness World Records title on the Tiger 1200 is simply incredible,” says Nick Bloor, CEO of Triumph Motorcycles. “His determination and perseverance have led him not only to beat the existing record, but to add almost 20% to the distance travelled in 24 hours. An outstanding effort, and one that everyone at Triumph is incredibly proud to have supported.”